Become, and stay, motivated to exercise.
Intrinsic motivation—that is, motivation from within—will last a lot longer than any external motivation (such as a reward system). The above steps will help you cultivate intrinsic motivation to exercise.
- Set your own goals.
Create an exercise plan that is tailored to your needs and fitness levels. You can draw inspiration from standardized exercise plans, or you can consult a fitness trainer for advice, but you must make the final calls yourself.
- Discover fun ways to exercise.
Going to the gym and hitting the treadmill for 30 minutes a day can get boring fast. Instead, try going for a jog in the park, or play an informal game of tennis with some friends.
- Pick an activity in which you can improve over time.
You might be extremely unfit right now, but after even a week of practicing your activity, you will notice improvements. These improvements will then inspire intrinsic motivation in you, so you can get better and better!
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