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How to Work Out When You Totally Don't Want To

Ditch the excuses. New research suggests forcing yourself to hit the gym—even when you don’t feel like it—can earn you serious perks

Find the Motivation to Exercise

1. Schedule sessions with a trainer

2. Start a work-buddy system

3. Splurge on foxy workout gear

4. Establish a gym family

5. Leave important things in your gym locker

6. Get a vacation on the books ASAP

Find the Motivation to Exercise

As awesome as a great workout can feel, it's hard to magic up the motivation to make it happen some days. But new research suggests you should power through, even if you're not 100 percent feeling it.

 Even "forced" exercise can help protect against anxiety and stress, according to a study from the University of Colorado at Boulder. So essentially, dragging yourself to the gym is just as beneficial to your Zen levels as going voluntarily. "Sometimes, you just have to bite the bullet and push yourself to work out, even if you're feeling less than inspired," says Wendy Larkin, master trainer at Crunch San Francisco. "I have to force myself to go on a run every Sunday, but after I do, I feel better, my mood is better and I sleep better."

Need a little help getting off the couch? These tactics can keep you strong the next time you get the urge to bail.

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