Health and Fitness By Ayleen Jacobs / May 7, 2016 One of the most common hurdles that people face when it comes to losing weight through exercise is actually following a routine from start to finish. Oftentimes, they fall off the wagon and stop exercising halfway through due to lack of motivation to continue exercising. This can be triggered by many factors such as expecting too much after a few days of exercising or sudden disinterest in the program. Hence, they stop following the routine even if they have not yet shed off the extra pounds. This is why it is important to stay motivated to continue exercising. Here are some ways on how to keep you motivated. Regularly measure your body and check your weight Contrary to popular belief, constantly measuring your body and checking your weight when following an exercise routine can be healthy and can serve as motivation instead of lowering your self-image or self-worth. This is because these habits can provide you with objective cues that can either prove or disprove that your diet plan and exercise routine is indeed working. Instead of relying on subjective and visual cues that can make it seem like you are not really losing any weight when you really are, your actual weight and measurements can provide you with solid evidence that can motivate you to keep going in order to lessen the numbers even further. Find smaller-sized clothes and put them on display Another great way to keep yourself motivated is to pull out the outfit that you are planning to wear once you have lost the extra weight and put it on display. If you do not have one in your closet, buy one or two pieces that you know will look good on you once you have shed off the extra pounds. Place them where you will always see them whenever you are about to head out or once you wake up. This will help you stay motivated by making it easier for you to visualize what you will look like after following through with your exercise routine. Read blogs and visit forums If you do not have friends who are also trying to lose weight or are also following the same exercise program as you, use the internet to find blogs and forums that tackle the fitness journeys of different people. Chances are you will find someone who has the same struggles as you and you will find motivation in their success stories to get over these struggles and follow through with your exercise program. Start exercising for yourself Exercising in order to make other people happy can make it seem like exercising is nothing but an arduous chore that you will find no joy in doing. This will make it easier for you to just drop everything regardless of your progress or the number of hurdles that you had to overcome to get this far. This is why your number one reason for exercising should always be to make you feel happy about yourself and to increase your self-worth. This will help you keep going even if the exercise routines get harder and harder.