8 Strongest Fitness Motivators

Nothing motivates people to get in shape like the thought of shorts, tanks, and bathing suits. Warm weather is almost as motivating as a New Year's resolution. Whatever season inspires you to get fit we know how hard it is to stay on track. That's why we've created a list of the eight best fitness motivators to keep you hitting the gym year-round:

  1. Make It Personal: Think about what it was that got your attention and made you decide to finally get fit. Maybe it was fitting into those trendy jeans, a health scare or an event that made you realize you just had to do it. Whatever it was, write it down and remind yourself occasionally why you're going to stick to your fitness plan.
  2. Picture Yourself: Place a current photo of yourself somewhere that you'll see it every day. For most people, this "before" shot won't represent your perfect image. It might be just what you need however to keep you focused on fitness. Update the picture every month and map your progress. Don't plan on taking an "after" shot. Fitness should be a lifelong habit. Just keep snapping photos and keep track of how great fitness makes you look.
  3. Great Music: Just when you think you can't run another step, your favorite song shuffles up on your play list and keeps you going. Keep your play list fresh and treat yourself to a new download occasionally and, pretty soon you might work out just to hear your favorite music.
  4. Special Occasions: Knowing you have a specific reason to look your best will motivate you to stick to your fitness plan. Tape a reminder about your upcoming reunion, a wedding, or other special occasion on your fridge door and gym bag.
  5. New Clothes: Treat yourself to some new workout gear as soon as you commit to getting in shape. Then, treat yourself occasionally to an inexpensive piece of new clothing as a reward for all your hard work.
  6. New Shoes: Invest in good running, cross training, or walking shoes and you'll be motivated to get your money's worth out of them.
  7. Fitness Buddies: Make a commitment to workout with your partner or a friend and hold each other accountable. You'll be less likely to cancel a workout date and you'll inspire each other to meet your goals.
  8. Set fitness goals: Sign up for a swim meet, track meet, or even a half marathon. Put your money where your mouth is and pay your registration fee. Tell your friends you're going to do it then—get training.

Take your own list of personal motivators and keep it where you can see it often. Then, hit the road, the pool, or the court and reap all the personal, health, and wellness benefits of an active, fit lifestyle.