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5 Effective Exercise Tips To Help Keep the Motivation Going

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People tend to stay motivated during the first few weeks of their new exercise regime, whether it’s working out at home, joining your local gym, running outside or cycling to work. Staying motivated over a longer period can be the biggest challenge, especially during the dark, cold winter months. A lack of enthusiasm can also deter your workout performance, which is why it’s important to find new ways to get yourself up for it.

We’ve put together some top tips to help you stay passionate about exercising all year round, and improve your day to day performance in the gym.

Challenge Your Mind

Sometimes, you can be your own worst enemy and can find excuses not to train despite being capable of completing a 60-minute workout, especially when working out in your home gym.

Psych yourself up in the morning or after work to exercise and maintain that “I can” attitude throughout. You’ll experience a positive uplift in your performance and feelings post-workout. A positive workout will keep you more determined to exercise the following day and the day after that, and so on.

Put your physical and mental state to the test to see who comes out on top – our money is on your physical side. Keep a diary of when your physical-self won the motivational challenge, as it will help put things into perspective and identify areas you need to improve on.

Music and Podcasts

Music is a great way to stay motivated whilst exercising. Choose music that will keep you pumped for longer. It’s a great way to keep yourself occupied, which as a result will improve your performance, reducing boredom and rest times.

People can get bored of listening to the same music, which is why podcasts are growing in popularity with fitness enthusiasts. Listening to podcasts can help you zone out while doing cardio and forces you to listen to what is being said, distracting you from your workout.

Exercise with a Friend

You don’t need to go solo when exercising, invite a friend along and workout together. It’s a good way to stay motivated and you can complete exercises together. When you’re feeling a little deflated, your friend will be there to encourage you not to give up.

Exercising with a friend can make the workout fun and enjoyable. It’s also a good opportunity to try out a new exercise or a piece of home gym equipment that you don’t feel confident doing alone.

Plus, you’re less likely to cancel on your friend if you have an exercise date planned and it’s a fantastic way to keep busy!

New Home Gym Equipment and Clothing

Nothing will give you a boost like new home gym equipment and clothing?

New exercise equipment is exciting, and it should improve your motivation levels as you’ll be eager to start using it and set yourself new goals. Likewise, with new gym clothing, you’ll be keen to wear them and workout in style.

Why not use it as a way to reward yourself for reaching your goals and completing a series of workouts?

Set Goals

Set yourself personal goals and challenges to avoid repetition and boredom and keep a record of your achievement.

Seeing your progress is an effective way to keep yourself motivated and determined to reach the next level. Exercising with no ambition can be devaluing and turn your workout into a chore. By setting goals, it keeps your mind stimulated and willpower to succeed will be stronger than ever. Besides, it further powers our first tip on challenging your mind.

These are just a selection of our favourite ways to stay motivated whilst exercising. The key to staying enthused is to never talk yourself out of completing a workout (unless there is a legitimate reason) and to give yourself a reason to exercise. 


Before beginning any exercise or nutrition program, consult your physician, doctor or other professional. This is especially important for individuals over the age of 35 or persons with pre-existing health problems. Exercise.co.uk assumes no responsibility for personal injury or property damage sustained using our advice.

If you experience dizziness, nausea, chest pain, or any other abnormal symptoms, stop the workout at once and consult a physician or doctor immediately.

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