Work outing out and staying in shape can be a difficult task. It's hard to find motivation sometimes because let's face it, working out isn't usually on the top of people list of fun things to do. But there are a lot of different methods on getting motivated and staying motivated to get in the kind of shape you set for yourself. Motivation is different for everyone and can range from hating your current lifestyle, weight, or body all the way to listening to a song that pumps you up.
The first problem a lot of people have is getting over the first two week hump. When people first begin working out they are usually motivated, they get a gym membership or maybe even a new pair of running shoes. The first two weeks are great and then they hit the wall and they are burnt out on it. They begin to slack off slowly and eventually completely stop working out. Part of the problem is them doing the same thing day in and day out or beginning too hard. If you don't normally exercise you may not want to start out working out 5-7 days a week. Start out with 1-2 days a week and grow from there. The other problem is they do the same thing every day. Even if you continue past the first two weeks you shouldn't be doing the same thing every day. You need to mix is up. For example, instead of going to the gym every day you should do a run one day, then a long swim another, maybe hit a spin class, and lift some weights. You should always mix it up so your muscles don't get used to doing the same thing all the time. It's called muscle confusion and it will keep your mind engaged as well.
Another thing people use for motivation is music. If you create the perfect playlist you can be pumped for hours. The right song on your ipod can be the difference between you putting in half an effort and a full effort, or even going to the gym at all. Listening to a high energy song in the car on the ride to the gym, park, or running trail can get you ready for a great workout.
If you have trouble motivating yourself you should try looking for a workout buddy. Having someone there to push you and to get you out the door always helps. It helps when you know someone else is counting on you to workout with them. Everyone has their own ways of becoming motivated but when you find yours use it to your advantage and get in some great workouts.