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N16351D Posts: 2,349
1/24/13 7:52 P

I have a list of my exercise motivators by my bed. When the alarm clock goes off, I see the list and remember why I am doing this. I have been doing this for 40 years (now age 55).

My reasons for exercising:
1) It makes me feel good physically
2) It makes me feel good about myself
3) I have more strength, flexibility and energy
4) It fights heart disease (stroke, heart attack)
5) It fights diabetes and prevents it
6) It fights bone disease (osteoporosis) - presently I have osteopine
6) Toned muscles look good on me and others
7) It helps me lose weight and keep it off
8) It helps my posture and helps me look great!
9) it makes it so that I can do sports I enjoy when I get the time and money ( I love water and snow skiing but rarely get a chance to go do it!)
10) It helps me keep up with my grandkids ( ages 9,11,13).
11) I learn new skills and make new friends in exercise classes...FUN!

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TEXASGAL65 SparkPoints: (7,567)
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1/24/13 6:05 P

I am starting out slow with walking about 15 min a day, doing some weights and pushups! I just can't seem to get into a groove to do it everyday...then I get mad at myslef because I want to lose x amount of lbs. by x amount of days. When I was young I worked out all the time, but at 65 I find it hard to get moving. Help me! I don't feel 65 at all, but I know I'm not 20 either.

1/24/13 6:02 P

I find that my problem is getting started...I don't know where to begin. I tried to go for a walk/jog the other day, but it was freazing out so I ended up coming back inside. I'm without a car right now and the nearest gym is in another town over, so too far to walk in this weather. I haven't braved outside again. And at home, with the kids, it's so difficult. I worked out a little today, but my toddler kept interrupting....not sure how to start out and keep myself motivated. Any advise?

TEXASGAL65 SparkPoints: (7,567)
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1/24/13 5:58 P

Wow, you are ALMOST there! Way to go, I am so proud of you.

GEVANS7 SparkPoints: (290,240)
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1/24/13 5:38 P

I have to make appts for my fitness and keep them! A fitness plan posted on the fridge that I can check off. It includes gym appts,. walking and video appts. "Me" time I pencil in the calendar.

YOU_CALIBAN SparkPoints: (0)
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1/24/13 4:16 P

it's important to get to a state where you ENJOY exercise.

sacrifice optimal exercise for enjoyable exercise--optimal exercise is irrelevant if unperformed, whereas you are much more likely to engage in exercise that you enjoy.

i am fortunate in that i enjoy challenging exercise, both cardio-wise and for strength-training purposes.

remember to experiment with new activities to find things you enjoy and to potentially swap out less enjoyable exercises for more enjoyable exercises.

SPRINGBABY80 SparkPoints: (4,218)
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1/24/13 8:15 A

I look at my past week progress and I then say what is it that I can do better. The motivation always come from with me for me. I have been saying I want a change; however, I realized a change is not going to occur unless, I make changes. I continue to keep motivated and focused and this is what keeps me going to the the gym consistently; which allows me to push for what I need to help me lose this weight.

SWEDIEPIE Posts: 338
1/24/13 7:35 A

I map out my fitness plan each Sunday for the week, depending on our family schedule, and I stick to it. If something comes up that I have to work around for my gym/workout time, then I force myself to make up for it somewhere else. I think "lack of motivation" is often a mind full of excuses- rid yourself of excuses. Either you are going to do this now, or you are not, and you'll be looking back wishing you did.

My biggest motivation right now is spring and summer, and being able to fit into comfortable clothes. January through March is the ideal time for me to make huge progress.

ZORBS13 SparkPoints: (194,454)
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1/24/13 5:32 A

By clear goals, I mean ones that are very meaningful to you, and acheiving them depends on consistent exercise, then why wouldn't you be motivated all the time?

Think long and hard about WHY you really want to lose weight and be healthy. Think about this every day, multiple times a day when you want to take the lazy route and skip exercise.

I did this for about a year, every morning...I'd have this internal battle.."no I want to sleep in" "GET UP!" I always did get up and get it done, and after a year, I got sick of the dialogue and just got up, no internal argument necessary.

CHARMIAN2 Posts: 997
1/24/13 5:08 A

Still working on it

AZALEE Posts: 22
1/24/13 3:14 A

I stay motivated (well am beginning to become motivated) by:
1. Mixing things up. If one day you go on a walk, one day you do Zumba, one day you do yoga than its not like this dreaded work out you have to do.
2. Pick a "work out" that you love. I used to dance because I loved it and that's how I worked out. I can't really afford dance classes now so I'm looking for something less expensive. I might try hiking! But if you find a work out you love you'll want to do it.
3. I constantly remind myself of why I'm doing what I am. For example-if I had started working out just 3 times a week (or whatever) and eating healthy last year than I'd already be at my goal. And honestly how I'm starting isn't even that hard! So next year there's no reason for me to not be at my goal!

And one side note - don't expect yourself to become a star athlete over night. Not sure if you're like that haha but I am. In the past I'd start a super hard routine and do it for 2 weeks and quit. Not anymore!

ALORTA SparkPoints: (7,363)
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1/24/13 1:45 A

I can tell you what kept me motivated me when I started, but it's not exactly a positive way to go about it so...

TACDGB Posts: 6,136
1/24/13 12:20 A

it takes around 30 days for it to become more of a habit. Also finding a workout you like helps too. it keeps you wanting to do it....

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1/23/13 11:31 P

thats definitely true but, everytime i start i never complete.

ZORBS13 SparkPoints: (194,454)
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1/23/13 11:23 P

having clear, meaningful goals is essential.

Then after awhile it's just habit.

TAMSUDER SparkPoints: (6)
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1/23/13 11:14 P

I am overweight and believe you me when i say that starting an exercise routine is easy but, stay motivated is my problem. What to do?

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