How Can I Motivate Myself to Begin Walking for Exercise?

How can I motivate myself to begin walking for exercise?  I need some advice on how to get motivated and start walking for health reasons.

10,000 Steps a Day to Your Optimal Weight: Walk Your Way to Better Health How Can I Motivate Myself to Begin Walking for Exercise?

The best way to motivate yourself to start walking for exercise, is to be blunt with yourself about your health. If it’s something you need to do, there’s no questions about it. To make the walking experience more enjoyable, I strongly suggest listening to music while you walk. There have been studies that show people walk/exercise more when they are distracted by music. Here’s an article about the benefits of listening to music while exercising: http://www.personalpowertraining.net/Articles/the_benefits_of_listening_to_music_while_you_exercise.htm

As for motivation to START the walking program, I would suggest setting up a reward system for yourself. When I started walking, I would keep track of every day that I went for a walk, and if I made it 7 days in a row, I would reward myself with something (like a new shirt, new pants, etc.). Best of luck, and I’ll tell you something, the feeling you get after you walk, is AMAZING! Walking is so refreshing, and it gives you plenty of time to think and contemplate things! Good luck!


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April 29 2011 03:21 pm | Walking For Health

4 Responses to “How Can I Motivate Myself to Begin Walking for Exercise?”

  1. Yours Truly Says:

    start with these 2 walking exercises at home http://www.realage.com/videos/workouts/
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  2. Shannon Says:

    put a tredmill in your bedroom and walk while you watch tv you could walk for one 30 minute show everyday and then gradually increase your speed
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  3. Katie R Says:

    Listen to music on your iPod/mp3 player as you walk. If you’re into it, then a great idea is to listen to audio books as you exercise (I do this and tend to forget I’m even exercising, therefore go for way longer, plus I get through a lot of books!). Also try and walk places that are nice, through parks/countryside if you can or at least through nice streets. Make sure to vary your route for walks. Also, try doing intervals with your speed – walk at a normal pace for a minute, then do thirty seconds brisk walking (as fast as you can), this will help make it more exciting as well as being good exercise.
    Good luck! Most of all, try and keep a positive attitude towards it. Trust me, I used to HATE walking/fitness of any kind but now I can’t get enough of it cause I found the right things that I enjoy doing and found ways to make myself enjoy doing them more.
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  4. Sarah Says:

    The best way to motivate yourself to start walking for exercise, is to be blunt with yourself about your health. If it’s something you need to do, there’s no questions about it.
    To make the walking experience more enjoyable, I strongly suggest listening to music while you walk. There have been studies that show people walk/exercise more when they are distracted by music.
    Here’s an article about the benefits of listening to music while exercising:
    http://www.personalpowertraining.net/Articles/the_benefits_of_listening_to_music_while_you_exercise.htm
    As for motivating to START the walking program, I would suggest setting up a reward system for yourself. When I started walking, I would keep track of every day that I went for a walk, and if I made it 7 days in a row, I would reward myself with something (like a new shirt, new pants, etc.).
    Best of luck, and I’ll tell you something, the feeling you get after you walk, is AMAZING! Walking is so refreshing, and it gives you plenty of time to think and contemplate things!
    Good luck!
    References :
    past experience

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