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3 More Energizing Strategies

Let go of your inner geek.

A study from the University of Alberta in Canada found that humiliation in gym class (dodgeball, anyone?) can turn people off from fitness for good. Amy Hanna, 44, of New York City can relate. "I was a klutzy kid who hated PE," she says. "But when I started working out as an adult, I realized that it's about meeting my own goals, like running 10 miles or squatting my body weight. When a couple of women I know recently asked me to help them get in shape, I knew that the horrors of junior high gym were behind me." Reminding yourself that you're not being judged or graded can help you shake off the PE-class blues, says Billy Strean, PhD, a professor of physical education at the University of Alberta. "Going to the gym isn't about performing for someone else," he explains. "The only person you have to impress is yourself."

Engage in friendly competition.

Hop on a stationary bike next to someone who's superfit and you'll be motivated to work even harder, according to a new study from Santa Clara University, which found that college students who exercised with a fitter partner exerted themselves more. Ask a friend whose abs you admire if you can tag along on her next workout, or introduce yourself to that superstar in your Spinning class and make sure always to grab a bike next to hers.

Read about it.

When world-champion indoor track star Lolo Jones needs a little extra oomph, she heads to the bookstore. "If you're in a lull, the best thing to do is to pick up a book about your sport," Jones says. "Go read about running or biking or whatever your passion is. You'll be eager to try out the tips you learn." We love getting lost in the life stories of amazing athletes. Two new titles to check out: Solo: A Memoir of Hope, about Hope Solo's rise to superstardom as the U.S. women's soccer team goalkeeper and an Olympic gold medalist, and Road to Valor, a must-read for history buffs about two-time Tour de France winner Gino Bartali, who helped Italian Jews escape persecution during World War II.

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junkbuster87555 wrote:

These are interesting suggestions I hadn't thought about. I am a visual person, so this might work best for someone like me.

3/22/2014 09:05:47 AM Report Abuse
kathleencoviello wrote:

I always feel great after my workouts but, I'm always tired. I love the mantra about getting my workout over with because I can always rest later. Thanks for the inspiration.

9/14/2013 04:05:04 PM Report Abuse
SusanjBain wrote:

I am agree with you about visualization. Its really a great tool. I used this tool about myself. Your ways of getting start is really outstanding active. Thanks for sharing with us.

10/11/2012 12:23:51 PM Report Abuse
trent_il wrote:

My "instant gratification" motivator: I will sleep so much better tonight if I go for that run before dinner!

9/10/2012 11:53:56 AM Report Abuse

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