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How to Get Motivated to Move

girl with headphonesYou know you’re supposed to get up and move, but sometimes you just aren’t feeling it.

Exercise is good for your brain and your body. It helps keep your muscles and bones strong. It can ease stress and help put you in a good mood. Exercise can help you sleep better and keep you from gaining unhealthy weight. Regular exercise can even help you do better in school.

But don’t stress if you’re feeling unmotivated. Sometimes all it takes is one small change to get you on the way. Here are three tricks to get you up and moving.

Make a Wicked Playlist

Music is a great workout buddy. When you're listening to your favorite song you won't even realize you're working hard. And you'll be motivated to keep moving. Great music can improve your endurance and your mood, and give you more energy when you exercise.

For a killer playlist, go beyond what's on the radio or hitting "shuffle" in your music library. The key is finding music that keeps you moving and motivated. If you feel good then the motivation comes easier!

  • Pick songs that make you tap your toes and wiggle in your seat. If you can't sit still when you listen to them, then they're perfect for exercise.
  • If you love slow songs, look for dance remix versions. They usually have a fast, pounding beat -- perfect for exercising.
  • The best workout songs have a tempo of at least 120 beats per minute (BPM). You can usually find the BPMs by searching online.

Find a Workout Mantra

Feel like you just can't get moving today? A few simple words can pump you up! Try a "You can do it!" mantra. A mantra is a kind of inspirational phrase or motto that you can repeat to yourself over and over when you need an extra push or just some support. It can give you the drive and motivation to keep going when you feel like you can't. It's a way to be your own cheerleader.

You can say a mantra out loud or just think it to yourself. Try different things until you find a phrase that sticks with you and keeps you going.

Try something like:

  • You've got this.
  • Keep moving.
  • Just one more.
  • Don't stop.
  • No excuses.
  • Work hard.
  • Breathe easy.
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