Everyone goes through times when it’s harder to get motivated about exercise. Maybe you’re bored with your routine, or the weather isn’t cooperating—or maybe you just need a change of scenery. Try following this advice from the folks at the Society for Public Health Education in Washington, D.C., which might help you jumpstart your fitness routine and get back on track.
Make a plan. Wannabes stay wannabes without a written plan that's simple and realistic. Going public with your goals may also help. Pick an exercise time that works for you and put it in your daily planner. You’ll be less tempted to schedule a meeting if your exercise is pre-scheduled.
Start with small changes. If you've been inactive, find simple ways to get moving. Always take the stairs. Instead of a coffee break, take a short walk. Gradually increase your activity until you can exercise for 30 minutes a day.
Learn to love change. Exercise—like life—can get boring if there's no variety. Mix up your routine by trying a new workout class, joining a team or walking a new route.
Pick a partner. Working out with a friend or family member lets you share the joy of accomplishing goals, plus you can pick each other up when one of you starts dragging.
Reward your achievements—but don't wait until you finish your first 5K. Select a meaningful way to celebrate your big and small accomplishments, especially as you first begin exercising.
Before any strenuous physical activity, be sure to talk to your doctor.