Celebrate your body with exercise

Get tips for feeling motivated to move your body

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Fitness is a way to celebrate and thank your body. It’s not only good for your mind, it boosts your mental and emotional well-being, improves sleep, and increases motivation, too. 

Here are some ways to help you feel motivated to move your body.  

  1. Make it fun! Get creative and center movement around something you enjoy, like taking a class, walking the dog, listening to a podcast or music that pumps you up.
  2. Create tiny habits and build on them over time. Start with something so small that you can do it every day to make it a habit.
  3. Track your progress and reward yourself. Keep an activity log or use a fitness app. Set goals for yourself and remember to reward yourself in a meaningful way each time you achieve a goal.
  4. Be flexible and self-kind. Don’t let perfection impede progress and remember, it’s more of a back-and-forth dance to success as opposed to a straight line.
  5. Think of exercise as a healthy lifestyle, not just workouts. Make exercise a part of your life and not something you’re checking off your list. 
  6. Do it for a cause. Sign up for a walk to support a cause that’s important to you, so the exercise ultimately benefits others, too. 
  7. Be creative with measurements. Consider how you’re feeling vs. the number on the scale or the measuring tape.
  8. Know your “why?” How would your life be different if you were more fit?
  9. Prepare your environment. For example, set clothes out the night before a morning workout to reduce obstacles to exercise.
  10. Grab a friend. Exercise doesn't have to be a solitary activity. In fact, it could be a great time to get social and share the fun with family or friends!