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How to Motivate Yourself to Stay in Shape

How You Stay in Shape, Even When the Temperatures Drop

We asked you on Facebook whether you stay bikini-ready all year long, and the answer was a resounding yes. Turns out our readers don't need a belly-baring excuse to stay healthy; you view staying in shape as an important part of your life, and not just because you want to flaunt your assets.

How do you motivate yourself to stay in shape no matter what season? Read on for tips that you shared with us.

  • Pick an exercise you love. Facebook friend Amber says Zumba is her go-to exercise for keeping her fit year-round. It makes sense; if you find an exercise that you love you'll be more apt to stick to your routine no matter what your motivation. If you feel like you can't find a workout groove, experiment with different exercises based on your personality until you find a routine that fits. Sometimes all you need is a change of pace to realize that you actually love to exercise.

Check out more tips from our readers after the break!

  • Think of it as a lifestyle. It's not all about looking good in a two-piece for three months, you told us. As Facebook friend Christy says, "It's a lifestyle, not a diet!" Chiari agrees, saying she stays bikini-ready by "eating only real, whole foods and doing morning yoga."
  • Prove it to yourself. "Staying bikini ready is not only more healthy but it shows you have discipline and willpower all year round," says Facebook friend Nicole. Showing yourself what you can accomplish can be a confidence booster, so prove to yourself that you can do it and it may help you realize you can accomplish other goals as well.
  • Move somewhere that's always hot. If all else fails, there's always Florida! "It's always bikini season here," Amelia says. "No slacking."
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