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Count your workout reps backwards. When you are at the end of a set, you will think about how many you have left to do instead of how many you've finished.

Studies have shown that those who exercise first thing in the morning are far more likely to have stayed with their fitness program a year later, than those who exercise in the evening.

People who focus on being healthy often have greater long term success with weight loss than those who focus on losing weight.

Keep a training or workout journal. Write down what types of exercises you're doing, how many reps at what weight, what time of day you workout, how you felt about the workout, and anything else you can think of. This will allow you to see what types of exercises work for you, as well as your progress.

If you're not in the routine of exercising regularly but want to start, one of the hardest parts is simply making working out into a habit. Start with 5 minutes a day (lunges, push-ups, crunches). Once this becomes a habit it won't be hard to add time to these workouts.

Studies have proven that bright colors can give a boost of energy. Keep this in mind when painting the room you use to workout in.

You don't have to WANT to exercise - you just have to DO it. The hardest part is starting, but within a few minutes of beginning your workout you'll feel better, and once you've finished, you'll feel a great sense of accomplishment.

Trying to motivate yourself to exercise? Write down a list of the reasons why you want to and look at it often.

Whether your goal is to lose weight, or to tone up, taking pictures on your journey towards your goal can be an excellent motivator. Take a current picture and hang it some place that you'll see it often. Once a month take an update picture and hang it next to it so that you can see the positive changes.

One of the best ways to find motivation to exercise is to do something you enjoy! Not everyone likes the gym... so if hiking, playing racquetball, swimming, or dancing is more your thing, then do that instead.

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