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Why is Exercise so Difficult to Start?

Sunday, May 27, 2012

I know all about exercise. I've read tons of exercise books and I used to exercise daily. I know the benefits and the ways it can improve my life. If I "know' all these things, then why is starting an exercise program so difficult for me to do.

I even know that once I start I will probably find it difficult to stop.

Amazing how we "know" what we need and yet we don't find the motivation to do it.

Anyone else with this issue?

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DOGLADY13 8/22/2012 10:39PM

    Exercise is hard. It can be tedious. If we aren't exercising regularly, we have to make compromises in our schedules to do something that we probably don't like, don't think we are very good at and are embarassed if someone sees us doing it. At least that's how it is for me.

14 months ago I could barely run 100 feet without sucking wind. I very slowly improved. Now I can run 5 miles. It's hard. It's tedious. But my legs look great. My health has improved tremendously. So I get back out there and keep on doing it.

Keep on starting over again until you get to where it isn't so hard.

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DJ4HEALTH 5/27/2012 10:12PM

    I got all kinds of books on exercise and I still have trouble with doing it too. But once I start it feels good after the work out. Then I know that I will keep doing it but to start is another matter. It is even harder when you stop because of other things going on in your life and then you have to force yourself to go back to working out again.

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MPLANE37 5/27/2012 3:16PM

    My explanation to this is the fact that we live a life of habits 90% of the time; we only think about 10% of all activities in any given day, and those 10% we think about are what makes us tired, not the 90% that we do automatically without thinking.

What am I talking about? Well, when exercise becomes a habit, you will do it but it won't be hard to start nor will it ever require any thoughts. It will happen automatically. So what needs to be done is to create a habit of exercise. It IS possible. There is a good SP article about it.

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MT.ENARI 5/27/2012 2:55PM

  I hear you loud and clear. Yet I have issues with planning my time(keep postphoning things). You should probably find someone to do exercises with( a friend or a group).
And if you are bored to tears...and it's nice outside...go for a walk...soon enough(hopefully) you'll start walking more often..and then you'll get the momentum going...I find walking/running/cycling being the easiest to get the program going.

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DEANNAF2011 5/27/2012 2:54PM

  I usually get bored of it too quickly. The trick is to make it fun for you. That's why doing it with someone else increases your chances of continuing it.

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