I am not a fan either and it is like playing tug of war with myself every d$&n day so I feel you! I reward myself with non food stuff like "me time" at the library (geek alert I know) and I have motivational quotes everywhere. I have just taken before pics so I have something to remind me of what I need to be doing. Good luck and don't be too hard on yourself, just keep trying and moving forward!
Fitness Minutes: (41,473)
6,663 1/14/14 11:25 A
Exercise is not just for weight loss. It is also for building strong muscles, bones, and ligaments. It is ESSENTIAL to a healthy lifestyle.
You need to find something you enjoy. For me, that's Body Pump and Zumba. Do I always want to go? No. But I have never left the gym after a fitness class thinking, "Damn, I wish I hadn't done that."
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189 1/13/14 10:35 P
I actually like exercise, however some days I too just don't want to. On these days I crank up my music and dance, I feel great doing it and still usually break a bit of a sweat so I don't have to feel too bad about not working out hard.
I would rather do anything else than exercise, but i can't deny how i feel after I have completed my 12 minutes. Challenge yourself. Start walking for 10 or 15 minutes a day. Then challenge yourself to either go longer or start walking up or down hills.
choose an exercise like jump rope (which I stink at. I want to be able to double unders by 2015). Either choose a number of jumps or time it. Increase. Maybe change to a weighted jump rope.
I would also like to be able to jump up on a 24 in box. I can barely make it on a 4 inch box, but it cometh.
Exercise also makes me sleep better.
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22,350 1/12/14 10:42 P
I get the bulk of my exercise by putting my groceries and laundry away one at a time. I can sometimes get some quite good walks in. The beauty of this is that it doesn't seem like work, and it ALSO doesn't seem like exercise. To me that is a win/win situation :-)
I'm another one who doesn't "like" or "want" to exercise....I find myself getting tired very easily and I think it just that I'm in a "funk"!! SO, I will do something about it starting tomorrow after my Doctor's visit!! No more of this sitting around just playing on the computer and watching TV....it's too easy to entertain me that way to the cost of doing anything more! I'll let you know what I do next!!
I echo, find something you enjoy doing. You have to try a lot of different things, and you can't just try it once either. You have to be fair to yourself, give yourself time to learn the moves or skills required to really enjoy the activity. I started with the promise of just 10 minutes. Do it for ten minutes. I would set the kitchen timer and start walking up and down the stairs. The dog would join me for about two minutes and get bored, but I would keep going until I heard the kitchen timer ring. Sometimes I wouldn't hear the timer go off and I would go for 12 or 15 minutes. When that became easier, I would go 20 minutes. Now I have workout DVDs, a hula hoop, weighted bars, dumbbells, a yoga mat and a treadmill to keep me moving. You have to find what you like.
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767 1/12/14 7:39 P
I completely get that! My advice is to do something, anything that you like to do.
What works for me when I think about doing exercise, I have to drop whatever it is I'm doing and go exercise. Otherwise, I'll forget. That oh, I should get up & exercise thought, oh I will when I finish this whatever. Well, by the time I finish whatever I've forgotten the urge to exercise.
If you want to lose weight, then the PP is correct. If you are looking for more general good health, exercise is important. Our bodies weren't designed for immobility.
Best way to motivate that I've found is to do something you enjoy--almost any activity that gets you up & moving to where your heart rate and breathing are elevated into cardio range is a form of cardio; weight training doesn't have to be formal, either.
[Sidebar: if you don't find something you enjoy and do it fairly regularly now, when you get older you may have an entirely new motivation for exercise--it may (as it is for me) be the only way to control chronic pain. Try to avoid that motivation, 'k?]
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20,812 1/11/14 11:53 P
Since 80% of weight loss is about nutrition, keep up the healthy eating.
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