Very few people actually like to exercise. So, if you find yourself in the majority, getting in regular fitness routines may feel more like a chore than a blessing. Here are five ways you can change that with a little motivation and actually look forward to your daily exercise sessions:

Do Exercises You Like

Although this may seem like common sense, it is often overlooked. Pick activities that you enjoy doing and you’ll be more inclined to do them. Do you like to run? Find some trails. Is swimming your thing? Join a local fitness club that has a pool.

Enlist Your Friends

It’s always better to have a friend beside you when you’re doing something that you don’t like to do. So, grab a pal and make a pact to work out together. Time will pass more quickly and you can catch up on the latest gossip at the same time.

Get a Dog

Just as having a friend can motivate you to want to work out, so too can having a dog. After all, if you are the only one that is responsible for getting them the exercise they need and to take them out to do their duties, you’ve got no choice but to go for a walk or run too. It may be forced motivation, but sometimes that is what it takes to get us going.

Set Up a Television in Your Workout Area

If you are a couch potato who doesn’t like the idea of exercise cutting into your favorite programs, you can put a TV in your workout area and solve two issues at one time. Plus, then you won’t feel guilty about being addicted to your favorite reality show as that is when you will be getting healthy.

Use It as Stress Relief

Instead of looking at exercise as a punishment, change your perspective and look at it as a way to relieve your stress. You may find that this one little switch will help you want to do it more and more because of how great it makes you feel on the inside as well as the outside.

How do you keep yourself motivated to exercise more?