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    29 Smart Ways to Motivate Yourself to Work Out

    Prove your haters wrong, hoard your medals, and stop washing your hair. (Plus 26 other awesome tips to get off the couch and go.)

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    We recently asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us how they stay motivated to exercise and how they make it through tough workouts. Check out the awesome tips they shared.

    1. Wash your hair only on days you work out.

    2. Put on your workout clothes.

    3. Write down how you feel after every workout.

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    I write down how I feel after a workout every single time. So, when I am low on motivation to wake up and go for a run or a workout, I pull out the doc and read how great I felt after completing a five-miler. This really works for me because I get out of the bed knowing that at the end of the workout, I feel the same amazing feeling again! —Aishwarya Subramanian, via Facebook

    4. Remember why you started.

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    I remember all those times I tried clothes on and they didn't look good because of the extra weight, or the times I wanted to wear shorts and weren't brave enough. That always gets my ass moving — it's not about keeping the motivation, it's about remembering why you started in the first place, and asking if you really want to start all over again because you couldn't be bothered. —Rosamund Llewelyn, via Facebook

    5. Ask yourself: "Will I regret skipping this workout?"

    6. Sign up for classes at boutique studios.

    7. Try group fitness.

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    Group fitness classes keep me motivated. I look forward to seeing the other participants and instructor. The energy of the group keeps me going in the moments that I want to quit. I feel like I'm accountable to keep at it for the full time. You never want to be the person who quits and leaves early. I do so much more than I would if I were working out on my own. —Kathleen Vandevoorde, via Facebook

    8. Get addicted to the post-exercise endorphin rush.

    9. Pretend there's a crowd and it's going wild.

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    Sometimes when a workout gets tough and I want to quit I imagine that I’m a professional athlete and that an audience is watching me expecting me to give it my all. It’s embarrassing but it does work to motivate me. —victoriac44c2348fc

    10. Surround yourself with motivation.

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    I hang up motivational pictures on my mirrors, like Kendall Jenner or just good sayings. I also have my goal weight written everywhere — car mirror, refrigerator, calendar, etc. — so it’s a constant reminder to work toward that number. —Gabrielle Capasso

    11. Give yourself micro-challenges.

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    I enjoy challenging myself but only with little challenges. So if I’m three minutes away from a five-minute mark I’ll push myself to the five minutes. By then I’m only a short distance from a 0.5 or 1K marker so I’ll push myself to that. Then back to the next five-minute marker and so on. —libbyc430e1d350

    12. And give yourself longer-term challenges too.

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    In February, I challenged myself to do 200 miles of cardio (ski machine, elliptical, rowing machine, bike). I kept a log (old-school pen and paper) and logged in how much I did on what machine that day. When all was said and done, I averaged six days a week and ended up with 220 miles. There were several days that I wanted to skip, but did not due to the challenge. My pants are already feeling looser. —tabbycat31

    13. Work out with people who will cheer you on.

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    Having people standing behind me, yelling and jumping up and down when I’m stuck at the bottom of a heavy squat is the best motivator. Because it hypes me up, but also because it means everybody else in the gym looks over to see what’s going on, and fear of failing with that big of an audience makes me at least 20% stronger.Christine Byrne

    14. Listen to audiobooks.

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    I like listening to audiobooks to keep me motivated while running. So I have to work out the next day to see how the story turns out.Amanda Cruz Myhrberg

    15. Enjoy the healthy balance of delicious food and enjoyable exercise.

    16. Do it for the pictures.

    17. Use the app Zombies, Run!

    18. Make whatever you do to exercise your favorite thing.

    19. Think about how you're sticking it to your doubters.

    20. Hang out with high-energy kids.

    21. Compete with any/everyone.

    22. Do it for the post-race medal.

    23. Vow to never be last to cross the finish line.

    24. Make it a friend meetup.

    25. Trick yourself into going longer distances.

    26. Tell yourself: "I just have to warm up, then I can go home."

    27. Track your successes.

    28. Think about how much stronger you're getting.

    29. Listen to the voice inside that says, "I can do this!"

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