Lack of motivation is one reason many people stop exercising.
Tips for avoiding burnout include:
- Think of exercise as a menu rather than a diet. Choose a number of different physical activities that are personally enjoyable such as sports, dancing, or biking.
- Develop an interest or hobby that requires physical activity.
- Adopt simple routines such as climbing the stairs instead of taking the elevator, walking instead of driving to the local newsstand, or canoeing instead of zooming along in a powerboat.
- Try cross training (alternating between several types of exercises).
- Exercise with friends.
Consider getting a dog. One study found that dog owners walk almost twice as much as those who do not own a dog. Regular walking is a good way to improve health!