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How do you motivate yourself to exercise even when you dont feel like it?

I want to hear everyone's opinion on this topic. Some days I bursting with energy cant wait to workout and some days if I hear the work "gym" I softly scream!!!! But I know that exercise gets the weight off so how do you motivate yourself to workout? And what cardio removes the weight the best?

Wed. Apr 9, 2:58am

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Do you need to mix it up a little? I am not a gym person so when I am dying with the thought of getting out I know I need a change so I vary my hiking route or go snowshoeing or walk by the river instead of through the woods. Maybe you need to hop on a bike and check out the nearest railtrail or walk around your neighborhood. Something entirely different.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008, 6:50 AM

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I know that after my workout I will feel better - regardless if I go to the gym or go for a run outside. I also pack my iPod with some great tunes - I find that listening to Prince really gets me going. The only way to move to Prince is sexy, and I feel sexy when I am in shape!

Wednesday, April 09, 2008, 7:34 AM

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I don't know how I do it past remembering how mad and depressed I was after the last time I skipped.
I just close my eyes and think about swimsuits (this also helps)

Wednesday, April 09, 2008, 8:20 AM

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For a shot of motivation, can you remind me of the main benefits of strength training?
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Wednesday, April 09, 2008, 8:20 AM

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i totally agree with you thats how i get motivated. if i really dont feel like doing anything. i get outside and change my routine and do something i havent done before or ina while or i change my walking route. also sometimes just pushing yourself to do it and getting outside for a walk will get you motivated enough to do other stuff too. exercise builds up ephedrine( i hope that the right word) which makes you feel good and this alone helps to keep you moving

Wednesday, April 09, 2008, 9:02 AM

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Motivation to workout really isnt a problem for me for the following 3 reasons:

1. I plan on working out everyday knowing that 1 or 2 days a week i will just be too busy, and 1 or 2 days a week i will be able to get in a little extra to make up for that. That way if I really just can't find the time/energy every once and a while it is OK.

2. Workout buddies. My roommate, boyfriend, and 2 other friends all belong to the same gym.

3. If I have the time and physically do not need a day off but am mentally lazy I tell myself to do something small - like take the dog for a 30 min walk. Once i am out there it will turn into an hour and then i will do weights and abs when i get home - so maybe it isnt an intense workout but it is something.
or I will just put on my workout clothes - since I am already wearing them i might as well use them!

Wednesday, April 09, 2008, 9:11 AM

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Motivation and fat blasting

Running is the best fat blaster as far as cardio, you burn the most calories.
As far as motivation for the gym, weight loss, and goals should motivate you. Love your gym, make friends, love the life style. I go to the gym after work every day, and stare at the clock all day here at work dying to get there. I email my girlfriends who I met through my gym during the day and chat, we chat about what we are eating, what body parts we're working out, we even report our calorie burn from the night before's cardio! It makes us get more competitive. Love your lifestyle.....

Wednesday, April 09, 2008, 9:13 AM

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I set it up so that going is always right there in my face. I leave my gym bag on my car seat so I don't have to go home and change. I go immediately after work because I know if I do something else first, there's no way I'm going. And on those days when that just doesn't work, I may do something a little lighter than my normal workout just to say I did something but "treating" myself to an easier task.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008, 9:22 AM

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Get off your butt and do it! :)

No really, I didn't want to get up at 6:15 and go for a run. But, I had my clothes all set out, threw them on and told myself that if I wanted to continue feeling great about my body and looking great in clothes, I had to do it. And I made it for an hour! And I sure don't regret it. My dog also gets up as soon as I get my contacts in and he's all "PLEEEEEEEAAAAASSSEEEE take me out!!"

Wednesday, April 09, 2008, 10:30 AM

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Do it Mon. thru Fri. EVERY morning - the force of habit will carry you when you've got nothin'

Wednesday, April 09, 2008, 7:39 PM

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I have regular days that I go, and make it a habit - like the above poster said. I also try not to sit down when I come home from work. I go straight up stairs and get into my gym clothes immediately. If I sit down and start doing something else, it's all over. I rarely want to go, but I'm always glad i went.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008, 10:49 PM

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The results, usually the day afer I have a great workout, my body looks even better than the day before, so that motivates me to work out again that night...also magazines..I know its shallow, but it works...look at Shape.

Thursday, April 10, 2008, 5:31 PM

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Desperate For Motivation

I am sitting here, posting on PT not even 3 feet away from my elliptical, knowing full well I should get up on it. How bad is that?

Thursday, April 10, 2008, 5:42 PM

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