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When you first start a new fitness routine, you are energized and your motivation levels are at an all-time high. But over time, that motivation begins to wane and what used to seem easy to do (popping in that workout DVD, heading out for a walk or getting to the gym) is now like pulling teeth. Can you relate?

While eating right and cutting excess calories can help you lose weight, working out is an integral part to making sure that you maintain lean muscle mass, flood your body with those important feel-good endorphins, and improve your overall cardiovascular health. Regular exercise can also help you lose weight since it burns calories and fat.

So, if you're thinking of skipping a few workouts—don't! Just follow these motivational tips to keep your body moving today, tomorrow, next month—and beyond!

Motivation Tips to Work Out Today

Read more: How to Maintain Your Workout Motivation All Year Long

Do you start off the year with hopeful thoughts about what you want in months ahead? January brings feelings of a clean slate, knowing we get to start again. We are determined to make the upcoming year the best one yet.

According to several research surveys, approximately 50% of Americans make resolutions every year. Losing weight, getting organized, sticking to a budget, exercising more and quitting smoking are some of the most common resolutions reported. Sadly, these same surveys estimate that by the end of January, most people are inconsistent at sticking to their resolutions, and by mid-February as many as 85% will fail or give up completely.

Why is it that our best thoughts, ideas and intentions are so quickly abandoned? More important, is there anything we can do differently to change the outcome?

Read more: Top 10 Signs You'll Fail to Reach Your Resolutions

Michael Nichols sees himself as tall, thin and not particularly strong.

Weightlifting doesn't come particularly easy to the 69-year-old Williamsburg resident, yet somehow his accolades include a national title in his age group and several Virginia state championships.

Nichols didn't start lifting competitively until he was 52. When he started bench pressing, he waited until everyone else left the room, unable to lift 135 pounds.

Read more: Late bloomer from Williamsburg lifts weight with resolve

If I told you that there was a way to burn more calories, lose more fat, and improve your cardiovascular fitness level while spending less time doing cardio, you'd probably reach for your phone to report me to the consumer fraud hotline, right?

Well, this is one of those rare times when your natural it's-too-good-to-be-true reaction could be mistaken. If you want to take your fitness and fat loss to the next level—without spending more time in the gym—then high intensity interval training (also known as HIIT) could be exactly what you're looking for.

Read more: High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)

If you're hoping that exercise might keep you from gaining weight this holiday season, you may want to dial up the thermostat and do your workout indoors. According to a surprising new study, exercising in chilly temperatures could undermine dieting willpower.

By now, most of us have heard or discovered for ourselves that exercise is an unreliable means of controlling weight. After starting an exercise program, some people lose a pound or two, but others don't lose weight, and many add body fat.

Read more: Exercise to Lose Weight? Stay Warm

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