How To Motivate Yourself Into an Exercise Routine You’ll Actually Stick To

We’ve shown you lots of great ways to get and stay active. Whether it’s the Lifehacker workout or our daily 20 minute workout generator, you have plenty of options if you’re not sure how to get active and get in shape. Combined with the personal trainer in your pocket (in the form of your Android or your iPhone), you have all the tools you need to get healthy. So why haven’t you?

Whether it’s time management, stress, a busy job, bustling family life, or something else, in this post we’re going to help you break down the barriers that may keep you from getting up and active. We sat down with some experts—people who have really motivated others—for their tips on how to do what you already know you should. When we’re through, you’ll be in the mental position to take advantage of the great fitness resources we’ve put together.

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First of all, if you’re struggling with a sedentary lifestyle, you’re not alone. Millions of us are just like you, and we all know we should get moving, but we stumble and fall back into old habits or never get the traction you need. This is completely normal, don’t think anything otherwise. Very few people spring out of bed one day and say “I’m going to change my behavior for the better for the rest of my life,” do it, and never look back. In the real world things are different. Here are some things to remember:

Don’t be too hard on yourself. Fitness expert (and Lifehacker contributor) Roger Lawson notes that we’re often our own biggest hurdle. “They’re simply too hard & expect too much from themselves; they think it has to be much harder than it has to be and when they don’t live up to the expectations they’ve set for themselves, it all begins to fall apart,” he explains. This is the cycle many of you know: you start something with good intentions, stumble, get frustrated, and give up. Be nice to yourself—stumbles and failures are going to happen, no one’s perfect. Photo by Richard Beatson.
Don’t get caught up in the “all or nothing” mindset. Exercise doesn’t have to be complicated, you can look for a Judo Near Me and that will be more than enough. Doing something is better than doing nothing. “Don’t let optimal be the enemy of good enough,” Roger says. “Sure, you could be doing more or could be doing better, but if in the long run that gets in the way of you doing anything at all then it’s not use to you. Do what you can do and do consistently then worry about optimizing later as you gain traction.” Remember, getting started is everything.

2 Responses to “How To Motivate Yourself Into an Exercise Routine You’ll Actually Stick To”


  • Hey Dan, as usual the pictures are top quality. I’m not leaving this message to throw around accusations, however the idea of a ‘vegetarian’ meat tasting chef and a few other things involved in the shoot have given me a bit to think about. Again mate, no judgement, but definitely thought provoking.

  • Yeah Doddo, Totally know where you’re coming from. The thing that was interesting for me is that Hayden has to cook meat and has to at least taste test the stuff he cooks – he does have an extensive vegetarian menu, which is unusual for fine dining restaurants. I found the pig to be very confronting, I wasn’t sure how I felt about it given my stance on animals being slaughtered for food. What I was impressed with was the care Hayden took with the pig, he had an enormous amount of respect for it. It’s hard to put into words, but it was difficult for both of us.

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