Shake your routine up a bit. If all you do is run in the treadmill without any form of stimulation, you are bound to get bored. Try switching on the TV while running or listening to your MP3 player. You could also try getting out of the home or the gym for a run, and savor the fresh air outside. If running around the neighborhood is your thing and you already find the same environment boring you, then move to another neighborhood. You can also take a weekend vacation to your sister’s house or a friend’s house in a more picturesque part of the country and do an intense 2-day workout from there.
Snag a pal. Talk a friend into going to your workout with you and you’ll soon be motivated to exercise more. This is especially true if you have been exercising for some time and your friend is a new convert. You will be eager to show her the ropes and to engage her in some friendly competition. If you go to a gym, ask a co-worker who works at the same shift as you so you can hit the gym at the same time. Even if you just run around the block before going home, you should try and exercise with a co-worker so you don’t feel the pang of staying behind while everyone else is going home. You can even follow this exercise up with a healthy dinner with your friend.
Reward yourself. Set goals and when you meet milestones, reward yourself. Pat yourself on the back and acknowledge your efforts with a “well done” gift. This could come in the form of a weekend vacation to the beach, buying a new pair of bikinis or a 2 sizes smaller dress, or even a mint choc chip gelato can do the trick. Reward could be a pretty strong motivation to keep going so indulge yourself!