describe the imageNo matter how good it makes you look and feel, fitting exercise into a busy schedule and hectic life takes motivation and enthusiasm. But, even die-hard fitness buffs find themselves in a rut now and then. If you are slacking more than sweating, dig your way out of a fitness slump with these simple tips.

 Shake Up Your Workout: Putting in miles on the treadmill or reps at the weight bench might be your go-to fitness activity, but if your enthusiasm is low, it might be time to try something new. Take a break form your routine by taking a fitness class trying out a new machine. If you still feel like you are in a fitness slump, get away from the gym and take your workout to the real world by taking a strenuous hike or playing a game of tennis.

 Set A Tiny Goal: Whether it is weight loss, building muscle mass, or training for a marathon, the goals that drive people to workout tend to be lofty. While oversized, long-term goals are important, when motivation is falling, it might be time to think smaller. Set a goal small enough to meet in just a week, such as loose one pound or run five more minutes. Week you meet it, celebrate and then set another one. Work toward these little goals until you have enough enthusiasm to refocus on the larger ones.

 Get A Workout Buddy: Working out with a friend not only makes the task more fun it also adds instant accountability. Arrange to talk a walk with a coworker at lunch or meet a pal at the gym after work. You’ll be less likely to skip out and there will be someone ready to give you a pep talk when you need it.

 Dress Up To Sweat: Looking good and feeling good go hand in hand. If you are heading to your workout in ratty running shoes and baggy t-shirts, it might be time to amp up your fitness fashion. Invest in a few pieces of new, flattering workout wear. You won’t be able to wait to show them off while hitting the gym.