4 Ways to Jump Start Your Work Out Routine

Sara Samuel is a 16 year old girl who goes to boarding school in New Jersey.  In the future, she would love to travel, have a book published, and get into college.  She does not enjoy soy products, waiting, and Physics.two-girls-exercising-cayucos-beach2 by mikebaird.

If you are not an Olympic athlete or intense body builder, it’s probable that you don’t enjoy exercising.  The idea of sweating, awkwardly grunting, and deliberately making yourself almost pass out is not an attractive prospect. But in spite of all that, it’s incredibly important that you get out and exercise, especially as a teenager. Still, keeping motivated and actually getting out that door to go for a run is not a simple task.  Here are 5 ways to motivate yourself and stay focused on your fitness goals:

  1. In today’s society, it seems as if no one is happy with his/her body. As a result, numerous unhealthy weight loss drugs, drastic diets, and body-cleansing agents have become viable weight loss prospects.  Many of these things have dangerous side effects or are just simply unpleasant experience.   Exercising—in conjunction with a moderately healthy diet—is a great way to trim those extra pounds without incurring a stroke or brain damage in the process.
  2. Exercising with a buddy can be great fun—and also incredibly motivating.  Friendly competition is an excellent way to intensify a workout routine.  You might run an extra mile to outdo your buddy, or add a few more weights to the bar (the Nike commercials with Mia Hamm and Michael Jordan come to mind!).  Maybe, you don’t want to compete with your workout buddy.  Your friend could be on the opposite treadmill, lending support and encouraging you to sprint just a little faster—without a competitive edge.  Either way, working out with a buddy can be a great motivational technique!
  3. Join a gym! The old stereotype still holds true: gyms are great places to meet people.  You might feel a little awkward at first, but working out in a gym is definitely a fruitful experience.  If you fear being judged or looking awkward in a tank top and spandex, it is proper gym etiquette to not judge others and you certainly won’t be the only one wearing athletic wear. If you still fear working out in public, choose a treadmill in the corner or go during quieter hours.  Once you are over your fear, it’s time to work out! Most gyms have a ton of equipment that you can use with just a simple demonstration or read of the directions.  Gym facilities are generally well equipped with implements for those of all fitness levels and needs.  Often, classes are available for a group workout, while personal trainers are there for consultation.  Having a gym membership is also infinitely more appealing when the weather doesn’t cooperate with your workout plans
  4. Focus on something else while you work out. Bring your Ipod along, updated with the latest singles and equipped with a special playlist.  Having music you enjoy on your Ipod/MP3 player might just motivate you to get up and get to the gym.  No one wants sit alone in his/her living room and listen to the same playlist repetitively.  But, if music isn’t appealing, most gyms are fitted with televisions.  You can run a few miles, bike up a steep incline, and conquer the Stairmaster, all the while watching your favorite television shows.  In the end, you’re not counting the steps or seconds until your done, and your workout becomes pleasurable!

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