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7 Habits of Highly Effective Exercisers

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Exercise Motivation Tips 3-4

3. Invest in more workout clothes.

For years, Gina Cancellaro, 36, a paralegal in Bronxville, New York, owned only one sports bra. "I didn't want to spend the money," she admits. Then one day she realized that this was a barrier to her working out: "My usual excuse was that it wasn't clean." So she went to the mall and loaded up on bras -- and cute tops and shorts. Now she exercises five days a week.

Why it works: "Having the right clothing doesn't just remove a hurdle; it reinforces your identity as an exerciser," McGonigal says. "And when exercising is an integral part of your identity, it isn't optional anymore. It's just part of your life." Plus, you've got to wear those adorable new workout clothes somewhere.

Do it yourself: Stock up on at least a week's worth of gym outfits to eliminate any last-minute hand washing in the sink. Think of it as spending now to save yourself grief later. To truly simplify your life, you may want to get several of the same tops and bottoms. "There's no time-consuming decision making that way," says Patricia Moreno, a FITNESS advisory board member and body and mind coach for the Web site SatiLife. "Look for basics that are comfy and show off your assets -- whether that's your shoulders or your abs -- so you feel good just suiting up."

4. Log your workouts online.

A surprising thing happened when Michelle Busack, 38, started to post her exercise routines on Facebook: Old friends from high school whom she hadn't seen in years began writing comments. "At first they just congratulated me," says Michelle, a nurse in Columbus, Indiana. "But now we've bonded over this and they're my biggest cheerleaders." In fact, if she doesn't post a workout update for a few days, they'll demand to know what's going on.

Why it works: Social networking sites like Facebook and DailyMile offer an extra layer of social support. "You've got potentially all of your online contacts holding you accountable," says Michele Olson, PhD, a FITNESS advisory board member and professor of exercise science at Auburn University at Montgomery in Alabama.

Do it yourself: Choose a social platform or online fitness tool (check out ours at Then get in the habit of chronicling your progress after your workout every day so that your friends know when you usually exercise -- and when you've slacked off. Post your minutes, your miles, or whatever motivates you most.


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odunie wrote:

Check out this great article written by someone who lost 30-40 pounds on how motivating joining a half marathon can be and about balancing fitness into our busy lives on BEAUTEologie -

11/2/2013 07:36:29 PM Report Abuse
jogoesgufi wrote:

Add "Do something fun for exercise" to this list. People think exercise means going to the gym and being a hamster on a wheel. I hear lots of people say they want to work out but they hate the gym so people need to be willing to explore other exercises that they might actually look forward to versus dragging themselves to what they conceive as torture. Great list!

8/29/2012 11:40:06 AM Report Abuse
SpecialOccasionCoordinator.0208 wrote:

Very effective tricks to help me also stay on track with my exercise routine. Im excited to start staying motivated!

7/7/2012 09:47:57 AM Report Abuse
aneeshasood wrote:

creative and very real stuff, great ideas, thanks

5/7/2012 10:15:19 PM Report Abuse
patfazio wrote:

Great ideas, they have inspired me put my workout tools in plain site.

3/24/2012 08:40:50 AM Report Abuse

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