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10 Tricks To Motivate You To Hit The Gym

Working out is hard to do, but we believe in you! These little tips might help you get to a better state. Brought to you by State Farm®.

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1. Plan on working out in the morning? Go to sleep in your gym clothes!

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You won't have a chance to decide not to go when you wake up!

2. Set up a work out group or regular gym buddy.

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Having a friend keep you company and keep you accountable for showing up to the gym can really take your work out to the next level.

3. Schedule your work out around your favorite TV show.

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This will give your daily visit to the gym a common thread, and keep you from staring at the clock (or the people around you) during your session on the treadmill.

4. Come up with a personal mantra and repeat it every day.

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The more you say it, the more you believe it, the less you'll be likely to make an excuse to skip the gym today.

5. If you can't make it to the gym, don't miss your work out day - you can always exercise lightly at your desk.

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There's always a little time to bust out some leg lifts at your desk!

6. Set a reasonable goal for yourself.

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You won't be able to do dozens of sit ups on your first try. Use an app like Two Hundred Sit Ups to help you work your way up to sit up champion status, one step at a time.

7. Find the work out you really love.

Hitting the gym doesn't have to mean zoning out on the elliptical. Salsa dancing or kickboxing are great ways to burn calories. Not to mention tons of fun, too.

8. Set up little rewards along the way.

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Pushed through to an extra 5 miles on the treadmill? Time for a fancy juice drink. Didn't miss a workout sesh all month? Treat yourself to a fancy manicure! Make sure you set up and write down these rewards ahead of time to keep yourself from going overboard.

9. Crowdsource a new awesome workout mix for you to rock out to every month.

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Invite your friends to drop in their favorite upbeat jams in a Spotify playlist whenever you grow tired of your old playlist. The excitement of discovering what they've suggested for you will be enough to get you moving.

10. Turn your work out into a friendly competition.

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Apps like Fitocracy allow you to track your workout and accrue points depending on what you did. You can share it with your friends and go head to head to see who is the fitness champion in your group of friends.