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How would you motivate someone to exercise?

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Last Updated: 04/05/2021 at 5:55am
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Top Rated Answers
November 9th, 2016 3:44pm
Hi dear, to motivate someone to exercise its purely their personal interest.. unless they're willing to workout u cant force someone to follow a routine. So u can explain the pros and cons to them and let them take their own time to decide
November 8th, 2016 1:40pm
Set goals for yourself like "i want to do 10 situps everyone day for a week" then set biger goals: "next month I can lift 2 kilos" and so on.
August 6th, 2018 5:22am
I feel it's really important that the type of exercise should first be enjoyable enough and not feel like a chore or punishment. For example, running for some may be their preferred form of exercise that they genuinely love doing, while others would hate it therefore not be motivated to do it at all, but instead find out that cycling is really fun for them. Finding the right kind of exercise for you that makes you feel good first and foremost is the first step! Exploring the potential benefits of continuing this preferred form of exercise and how valuable those would be to you should allow for motivation to come naturally.
April 5th, 2021 5:55am
Positive reinforcements for working out and negative reinforcements for skipping diet will surely do the magic! Also, try to help them visualise their real and ideal selves. Try to make them understand that exercising will help them get closer to their ideal self. Try to be as kind and empathetic as possible initially because they shouldn’t feel that you’re trying to shame them for their poor lifestyle choices. Try to explore the possible reasons why they refuse to exercise, for instance it could be a recent breakup. Probably working on these secondary aspects will also ultimately motivate them to exercise.