I want to thank everyone who replied to my post, just seeing the messages has helped me put things back in perspective. I am already looking at putting some of the suggestions to good use. Going for a Zumba class at my gym tom, it sounds like fun and it is something I have been meaning to try! :) So thanks again all you lovely sparkpeople for your words of encouragement and support!
Thank you for your reply! I think the reason is mainly that I am not seeing the results that I want to..and hence feeling demotivated. Just need to realize that for some of us it takes a little longer to see a change, so keeping that in mind I am going to take a break today but will be back tom for sure. and thank you about the suggestion for keeping a journal, I feel that might definitely help me in figuring out why I feel low or lazy or whatever it is that keeps me going for my workouts.
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17 3/9/12 11:39 P
This is a problem that I too have been struggling with. I found that I didn't go to the gym because 1) I found it unpleasant, 2) I feel embarrassed an uncomfortable working out in public, and 3) the whole hassle of getting dressed, going to the gym, coming home, and showering outweighed my very weak desire to work out.
So... I got a workout DVD--a good one. Some of them make you feel silly, but there are some good ones out there. I do it in the morning and the evening and it's great! You spend 60 minutes instead of two hours on exercise (one working out, one prep and transportation). I don't feel embarrassed and it's provides a workout at a level that's comfortable for me (rather than something that pushes me too hard and so I don't want to do it again the next day).
Anyway, the key is to find a workout that works for you--one you can, if not enjoy, then comfortably acquiesce to. :)
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I find the best way to get myself to the gym is to have a goal of something I either really like or want to do. Today is a C25k day and trust me after the day I had the last thing I felt like doing was workout. However I really want to go to a friend's birthday party & have the girls night out. So I told myself to do that I had to have my run day in order to enjoy my meal tonight.
I love different classes at the gym and I have a different gym routine every day to stop the bordem. Find a class or something you like to do and change it up some you have something you look forward to & is fun a few times a week.
The biggest difference for my was my gym. My old gym had only some classes and only during the week so Friday-Sunday was BORING!!!
Keep tracking, eating healthy, & find something fun! I hope this helps!
I wonder about burnout too. Could you have been overdoing it and your subconscious mind is rebelling? How about setting a goal to get there 4 times week? Sometimes we just need a break but don't make it a long one! I like the idea of the gym bag by the bed. Last thing at night for me is to pack my gym bag and put it into the car so I don't "forget" it at home. You might also try something different at the gym- mix it up and maybe you will get your groove back!
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20,739 3/9/12 9:37 A
How about putting your gym stuff out next to your bed so that you see it when you wake up ? Perhaps the problem is that your routine is boring and that's why you're not motivated to do it. How about trying one of the morning classes ? I know most gyms do have early morning classes. So, why not give one a try ? Surely there must be one or two classes you've never tried that look like they might be fun.
Here's the thing, we don't stop exercising once we've lost the weight we want. If we want to take the weight off and keep it off, we need to be active in some way for our entire life. So, if you find the gym boring, you need to find ways that will make it more interesting. That's why it's important to try different things. Periodically change your routine so that you aren't getting bored.
Find an activity you really enjoy because when a person enjoys doing something, they look forward to doing that something each and every day. And if you do keep procrastinating, you'll never achieve your goals. If you want to make a difference, you have to be ready to do things you might not really want to do i.e. like getting up early in the morning to go to the gym.
I suspect that once you start going to the gym on a regular basis, you'll start feeling better about the gym.
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46,222 3/9/12 9:08 A
Unfortunately none of us are in the position to motivate you to get to the gym. Motivation comes from within and the desire you have to reach your goals.
That being said, do you know why you are struggling to get to the gym? Is it the drive over? Could it be burnout? Are your trying too hard to make too many changes at once, so that you feel overwhelmed? Have you tried keeping a journal so that you can determine why you are not motivated in going to the gym.
Feeling angry and frustrated at my self. I have no idea why I have started procrastinating my workouts at the gym. I keep telling myself will go first thing in the morning, that becomes afternoon and then eve. :( I was fairly regular at the gym till couple of weeks ago. 5-6 days a week.. now its become 2 -3 .. I really need some help to push myself back to exercise.
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