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MEGUMINOSA SparkPoints: (0)
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1/22/11 7:31 P

Hire a trainer! I hired a trainer at the beginning of my subscription to the gym, and since it was expensive and had the man calling me to go there or I'd lose my appointment, it made me go... now, besides the obvious benefits of having a professional telling me what to do, I'm already into the habit of going to the gym without even having sessions with him.

KAY_WOOD Posts: 207
1/22/11 7:25 P

People say it all the time, but it's true that you have to schedule it, like anything else! You can map it out the night before or do a whole week's worth at one time, but write it down and make it happen! Good luck! :)

VKKESU Posts: 1,010
1/22/11 6:58 P

I work part-time so I go on my days off (twice a week, because it's 20min. one way). On my day off I get up and immediately put on my gym clothes before I wake up kids for school. That is the trick for me. I don't find myself thinking of not going when those clothes are on.

Find a class you LOVE. Zumba keeps me going back weekly. I've seen the same people off and on for over a year and it's nice to just chat a bit with them. It is also very important to find that instructor you love!! They make all the difference.

SILLY__RABBIT Posts: 2,365
1/22/11 6:39 P

I, like others here, go straight from work, it's now a habit, I onyl got out of it when work started overtime. This year, there's still OT being offered but I'm opting only for mornings, not evenings because I realize how important getting fit right now for me and the physical/mental benefits. I make it my appointment to myself just like a doctor's appointment.

HALEY528 SparkPoints: (0)
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1/22/11 6:33 P

I go at night after my boyfriend goes to work. The gym is right down the road, and I feel like I'm utilizing my time instead of sitting around.

CHAOSTHEORY635 SparkPoints: (10,279)
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1/22/11 6:24 P

For me it's all about overcoming the inertia. If I'm sitting on the couch being lazy, I tend to stay on the couch and continue be lazy. If I grab my gym bag and put on shoes, I'll go work out. The secret is to just make those actions automatic and not think about them!

JILLSKY Posts: 2
1/22/11 5:42 P

I always take a muscle building class on Sunday mornings. That class motivates me to plan my works for the rest of the week. I calendar 1 or 2 cardio classes and a yoga or stretch class. I let my friends know early on in the week when I plan on taking classes. Sometimes they join me and that keeps me on track to stay with my workout plan for the week.

JENNY_Y Posts: 205
1/22/11 5:40 P

I just say I'm going to do it. Since I always stick to my word, it gets done. No excuses!

IARESCIENTISTS SparkPoints: (10,466)
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1/22/11 4:57 P

At the start of this semester, I and a friend of mine both decided we're going to get into shape. Organising a time to meet up and work out together really helps me commit, because when you know someone else is depending on you and expecting you to go, it really motivates you! Plus, it makes working out more fun if you have someone to chat to.

MINDY_SUE Posts: 2,202
1/22/11 4:53 P

I work at the gym 5 days a week, so I have no choice but to be there. So, I get there at 6 a.m. and then off to work at 8:45.

RARANM Posts: 664
1/22/11 4:38 P

Gym time is me time and pretty much the only time I can just focus on me. My sister meets me and takes my 3 yr. old swimming while I workout. It's good for him and for me.

BLP1952 Posts: 5
1/22/11 4:22 P

Great Idea - I'm going to do that too! Thanks for the tip. You're right, hard to ignore that popup!!! emoticon

1/22/11 4:17 P

Scheduling an exercise class in my daily planner works for me. I keep it like I would a doctors appointment because it's that important to my health! Plus, exercise classes can be really fun and motivating!

1/22/11 3:52 P

I put it in my Outlook calendar. It's hard to ignore when the reminder keeps popping up every 5 minutes before the scheduled gym time.

CUEBALLZ SparkPoints: (0)
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1/22/11 3:41 P

I go to an exercise class once a week with a friend and my boyfriend normally keeps me motivated to go the gym a couple of times a week. Most of the time its just me motivating myself to keep going.

LEFTOVERS4LUNCH SparkPoints: (0)
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1/22/11 3:40 P

I do really well if I am following a program. Like right now, I am doing New Rules of Lifting for Women. There are many stages and I give myself a deadline for each stage with a "prize" at the end of each stage (like a trip, pedicure, massage, new workout clothes, etc). That really motivates me to go. I have to have a schedule. I use Google Calendars to put all my workouts in and develop a plan of action. It's what works for me.

GETBAC2ME SparkPoints: (0)
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1/22/11 3:28 P

I have several workout friends, knowing that they are mostly a bunch of part timers I can usually get one of them to go with me to the gym. I do have a regular guy pal that I do weights with and a cardio buddy too, which I share my daily food log and weightloss with. We all work together so we each keep an eye on one another. this seems to work well, I'm seeing the results.

SUSANPRATHER57 SparkPoints: (2,191)
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1/22/11 1:55 P

You are lucky to have someone dependable to be accountable to! I have had a couple of girlfriends who I walked with regularly but life always seemed to come up when we were scheduled...I have joined my local gyms biggest loser contest and am hoping to find a new buddy there who might be more motivated and keep me motivated as well!

RUNANDRUN SparkPoints: (45,952)
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1/22/11 1:12 P

I have a friend I meet 2 days a week for weights then I go on my own for classes. We decided that we won't call each other to confirm, because it's easy to make a decision not to go. We just have a standing date: 4:00 Tuesdays and Thursdays

POWER1938 SparkPoints: (0)
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1/22/11 12:27 P

I go to the fitness center only for cardio at this point. I do my free weights & stretching at home while I watch TV. To commit to going to the gym, I have a master schedule which I prepare any time something major changes in my life. I put my exercise on the master schedule & transfer it into my day planner. I am a senior & I get a good rate ($25/month) which I can pay monthly. (I am also cheap...what I pay for I'm darn sure I'm going to use.)Money is always a big motivation for me!!!!! emoticon

MYGUYBRI Posts: 25
1/22/11 11:11 A

I joined 24 hour fitness for their group classes that they offer. You are supposed to sign up a week in advance for the classes, so that is what I do. I put them on my calendar as appointments so I plan around those days/times. It keeps me accountable knowing that my name is on my list and someone is expecting me to be there.

1/22/11 10:23 A

I joined Planet Fitness after belonging to a gym that I hated because every time a girl walked through the center of it the men would stop and stare, and judge. Planet Fitness is such a nice change, plus it's inexpensive.

I also have a friend that I go with, and we tell each other what we've eaten and are supporting each other with our goals. Her's is to tone up, mine is to drop significant weight. The more we talk about our goals the more friends are joining up with us.

I also asked my mother to use her nagging skills in a positive way to nag me about going to the gym.

N16351D Posts: 2,349
1/22/11 10:05 A

I have a girlfriend I meet there. Having an accountability partner is my strategy for every difficult discipline in my life including fitness, diet, finances, housekeeping, and academic studies. (At age 53, I am still in college working to complete a second degree.)

Also, I remember how good I feel AFTER I work out, no matter which exercises the workout consists.

1/22/11 10:03 A

Home gym (meaning dumbbells, Iron Gym pull-up bar, stability ball, DVDs). Saves tons of time and I can put something in the oven while I work out.

1/22/11 9:33 A

My boyfriend joined this year so we go together. Also I go because I know it makes me feel better.

CHARITYLOVE79 SparkPoints: (0)
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1/22/11 9:03 A

I actually love going to the gym and exersicing the problem i have is not feeling guilty for having me time since my hubby doesn't get much time for himself. so i have a gym bag prepared and left in the vehicle and i switch out the clothing and towels everyday.

KALIE1120 Posts: 275
1/22/11 8:54 A

The ONLY way I get to the gym is to prepare my bag, clothes for work, etc. the night before and put it by the door so that I can just roll out of bed, into my workout clothes and to the gym before I can talk myself out of it.

If I wait even 10 minutes or hit the snooze button I am doomed to miss the gym. Even after so many months of doing this schedule I still find it tough to get to the gym despite all the great effects.

1/22/11 8:25 A

I get to the gym at least 3 times a week and relate to working more conscientiously at the gym than when on my own. seeing others motivates me.

JCWATL SparkPoints: (43,602)
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1/22/11 8:25 A

I pack my gym bag every morning and take it to work. I fill my water bottle at work and then go straight there.

I signed a 3-year contract! Luckily, you can recommit every day! If you have to take a few days off it doesn't mean you have to take the month off...just get back on track. You do not need to commit to going to the gym for a whole year...just today!

TIME2BLOOM4ME SparkPoints: (0)
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1/22/11 6:07 A

my home gym.

BIGGIRL2082010 Posts: 10,511
1/22/11 5:19 A

WHY should you commit to going to the gym? :) My point is, if you are not enjoying it, then you might need to find a different form of exercise. If it's merely a question of not having the time, then again, you might want to question your motivation - what is it that makes YOU want to (or NOT want to) go to the gym?

Way back, I used to go to the gym every day and absolutely loved it. It was one of those zen things - me time, and I was loving the whole strength training bit as it was new to me. Nowadays, though? I find I prefer the outdoors. I walk, jog and roller blade in summer, I walk, jog and go ice skating all winter. I go dancing every chance I get. I take yoga classes occasionally. I go for hikes in the summer, and if a vacation includes a spot with swimming facilities, I use that to the fullest.

Like others have said, find what makes YOU smile at the end of a workout, and you won't have ANY problems with time or motivation! :)


-SHOE- SparkPoints: (0)
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1/22/11 12:33 A

I am another one that makes a schedule. I have a calendar that is just for working out where I can track calories and what I did, etc. When I get my work schedule for the week I plan my workouts in the calendar.

It is definitely a commitment but you have to remember that you are worth it.

LINDAE12 Posts: 484
1/21/11 11:08 P

I'm too tight to waste money, so my husband and I signed a 1 year contract at our gym. The only time we've missed is when we've been out of town and over Christmas when family was visiting.

TAMAMI Posts: 459
1/21/11 11:04 P

I go to the gym on weekends and on my "work from home" days (2 days a week). Those days, I don't shower in the morning and just put on my workout clothes. I get some work done, then I head to the gym. If I wanted a shower and put on nice clothes, then I just HAVE to go to the gym and work out!

WMCHICK81 SparkPoints: (0)
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1/21/11 8:05 P

With my gym membership, I had to sign a three year contract at $50 a month. I figure if I don't go that is a whole lot of wasted money down the drain. I try to get my money's worth by attending classes as much as possible.

ASHLIQUA Posts: 206
1/21/11 6:57 P

Finding a class at the gym that you enjoy is great motivation to go regularly. Other than that, for me personally the amount of money I spend per month gets me to go often so I don't feel like I'm throwing it away!

1/21/11 5:51 P

I commit going to the gym by joining a bootcamp at the gym and despite how much I don't like it, I let a few fit friends know my bootcamp schedule so they can ask if I have went on those days and provide encouragement, although I think it is nagging and I don't like their inquiries at the time! emoticon

ROSEYEE4547 SparkPoints: (4,532)
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1/21/11 5:50 P

Making it a commitment is a great idea. I joined Curves about a year ago. Several friends go as well. I have one 'buddy' that goes with me almost every time. We go about 4 times a week. Having someone else depending on you helps. I recently started working for Curves, so I have to schedule my own workouts around my work time. Curves Circuit with Zumba is really a great workout, done in 30 minutes!

1/21/11 5:23 P

I'm participating in my gym's contest. It's so motivational for me. I never win anything, but with I know I will win! I will win my personal contest to loose weight! I could also win $$ or a prize too, and that's the icing on top!

HELLOFLO429 Posts: 15
1/21/11 5:07 P

I go right after work, change my clothes at work. I don’t even think about it as an option, it is just what I do after work every night. Don’t make it a choice, its part of your day like brushing your teeth, eating etc. the more you think about not going the harder it will be to get there, just go and don’t even think about it. It has worked for me for 9 months now and I go to the gym 6 days a week.

1/21/11 4:39 P

Like others, I make it my commitment. I go straight after work, because if I get home I'm probably not going to leave the apartment again, especially when it's cold outside. Write it down, put it on your calendar, so you won't have an excuse to skip out on it. And have someone back you up! My husband knows that I'm making fitness a priority and he's very encouraging.

I've also just joined a gym, so I think the fact that I'm paying for it (as opposed to doing my Wii Fit or working out at the apartment) makes me more encouraged so that I'm not wasting our money.

HSPARTA Posts: 814
1/21/11 4:26 P

You have to find something that you really love. For me, it's my dance class.

KJEANNE SparkPoints: (0)
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1/21/11 4:22 P

This is how I do it:
Every week I schedule my gym "appointments" for the upcoming week. The appointment time includes the time it take to drive, get dressed, do the actual workout, shower (if appropriate). So a 45 minute workout might take 1 hour and 15 minutes in your schedule.

I set all types of reminders: Sparkpeople, Google calendar, my phone. They all remind me to go to the gym.

SWEBB1103 SparkPoints: (0)
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1/21/11 4:11 P

Is there anyone who can go with you? My husband won't go on his own but if he makes a workout date with someone else, he goes - he doesn't like to break commitments!

For me, I go because I can slip on my headphones, turn up the music and not worry about kids, housework, husbands, or anything else in my life!

KARNSMOM Posts: 31
1/21/11 3:55 P

We joined the local YMCA a few years ago and we pay monthly for our membership. I like the monthly fee is on a sliding yearly income scale and you can quit at anytime just give 30 days notice. I manage to commit to the gym now about 4 times a week since they added Zumba classes and that is the main reason I now attend the gym plus added three days of body sculpting classes. I felt in order to remain committed I had to find something I enjoyed and lucky for me that is Zumba.

ELISSITA1203 Posts: 33
1/21/11 3:15 P

What works for me to keep my motivation up for actually going to the gym is to find a group exercise class and instructor that I like. Right now I'm doing a cardio/dance/kickboxing class 1-2 nights and a boot camp class on a 3rd night. After a few weeks I start to learn the routine thus feeling more confident in the class. I also start getting friendly with the other people in the class and building that 'community' helps to keep me accountable. I start to feel guilty if i skip a class.

KARA623 Posts: 727
1/21/11 3:07 P

If this is what you want to do, then forget the past and move forward. I had gym memberships before that went to waste, and then I joined one, found some classes that I enjoyed, and it stuck. I schedule my exercise days in advance. It's on teh schedule, so I do it. Since you love it, come up with a plan for what days look liek they'll be easiest to do, then plan it. For me, going on Saturdays and Sundays is a must b/c I don't work those days. Then I choose what nights during the week I'll go. Every now and then I bail, but I generally just stick to my schedule.

If you find some classes that you like, that helps.

IRONSLUGGO SparkPoints: (0)
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1/21/11 3:02 P

I have a very hard time going to the gym just for the sake of fitness and/or weight loss. I also spent lots of money joining gyms and then only going for a few weeks.

What has worked for me the past 4 years is registering for races. First is was a 5k, then a sprint distance triathlon, and then on from there. I'll never be fast or able to "compete" but I enjoy myself and like to have the challange. Once I register for a race I find that I'm very motivated to train to make sure I meet my own personal standards for that race.

JONESINATOR Posts: 1,837
1/21/11 2:53 P

Is a yearly contract the only way to go? My gym has various options but it is a stand alone so that might be why.

But if you've spent all that money... why waste it? Most gym fees per workout are $5 where I live. If I spend $45 a month, I need to go 9 times that month. I actually go more like 18, so I'm REALLY getting a good price for the amount I work out. Think of it like that; and if you know in advance you won't go, put that gym money aside for good shoes, some resistance tubes, some DVDs, or even on the way to purchasing your own elliptical/treadmill.

1/21/11 2:51 P

I'm on the verge of joining my neighborhood World Gym (doing a free trial there now). I LOVE it, love the facility, the layout, the equipment, the classes. I do exercise at home now, but I love the feeling of getting out of the house, alone, to go do this for myself and I find myself working harder at the gym than at home.

To join, I need to sign a year-long contract with a buy-out fee. I've joined gyms before and NEVER lasted a year. Life gets in the way (kids, work, school). I need some tips on how to make sure this is the time I CAN commit before I shell out the money!

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