What is the best motivation to use to exercise when a workout buddy is unavailable? – Jodi* Schedule a regular time for your workout. Treat your exercise time like an appointment you can't miss. Write it down or put it in your phone and set a reminder so you don't forget. But the best motivator to sticking with an exercise program is having fun. Exercising doesn't have to be a drag. Instead of being a hamster on a treadmill, get out and get your heart pumping doing something you like. Play frisbee with your dog. Turn up that playlist and dance! Play your favorite music while your run. Ride your bike in a scenic park. Choose from a variety of physical activities you enjoy. If you can't figure out a way to keep motivated, sign up for a class or school sport — then you will feel committed and motivated. Plus, you may meet some new workout buddies. *Names have been changed to protect user privacy. Back to Articles Related Articles Easy Exercises for Teens Finding it hard to fit in fitness? Try these simple exercises for teens. Read More Sports and Exercise Safety Playing hard doesn't have to mean getting hurt. The best way to ensure a long and injury-free athletic career is to play it safe from the start. Find out how. Read More Motivation and the Power of Not Giving Up Everyone struggles with staying motivated and reaching their goals. Just look at how many people diet, lose weight, and then gain it back again. But it's still possible to stay motivated if you take the right approach. Read More Strength Training Is working out with weights safe for teens? The best way to build muscle tone and definition is to combine aerobic and flexibility exercises with the right kind of strength training. Read More Why Exercise Is Wise Getting the right amount of exercise can rev up your energy levels and even help you to feel better emotionally. Find out why. Read More Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor. © 1995-2021 KidsHealth®. All rights reserved. Images provided by The Nemours Foundation, iStock, Getty Images, Veer, Shutterstock, and Clipart.com.