Cardio is one of the best ways to burn fat, but finding the motivation to exert your entire body in an hour or more of sweaty activity is not an easy task. Here’s how to motivate yourself:
1. Have a Reason for Doing Cardio
Whether it’s a general desire to be more active and healthy or a specific goal you want to reach, give yourself a reason for doing cardio. You’ll feel more accomplished after each workout.
2. Workout Before You Have to Be Somewhere
You’re likely to have more motivation when you know you’re crunched for time. At the end of a long day, your motivation levels to workout will be significantly lower.
3. Listen to Music While You Workout
High-energy music is great for a cardio workout. It allows your mind to escape and focus on something other than the workout, and the beat of the song will give you energy and motivate you to push harder.
4. Take a Break When You Need To
Taking a break for a minute or two doesn’t make you a quitter or mean you’re not working hard enough. It will help you build up your stamina and save you from exhausting yourself too early.
5. Set Goals During Your Workout
Give yourself little milestones to achieve throughout the workout instead of one big goal. Running on the treadmill in 10 minutes at a time seems a lot easier to achieve than running for an hour straight.
6. Pair Your Cardio with a Fitness Tracker
Use a fitness tracker to record your goals and progress. This is a great way to hold yourself accountable for your fitness journey.
7. Share Your Cardio Success on Social Media
Sharing your progress with friends and family is rewarding. Be proud of your accomplishments and the extra support from others will be a great motivator.
8. Don't Worry About What Others Think
If you work out at the local gym, just remember everyone else is there for the same reason – to exercise. You’re doing this for you and you’re doing something positive for your body.
How do you make cardio more enjoyable?
Source: Wise Bread
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