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Why is convincing myself to exercise hard, when I feel so great afterwards?

Sunday, April 07, 2013

Ever ask yourself this question? Why is it so hard to motivate myself to just get up and move my butt, when I feel so great after I've worked out? I just got off the treadmill, and I feel great! My mood is light, I feel happy, I feel cleansed... So, why is staying motivated so darn hard sometimes? Just a question I'm asking myself today.....
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    After years of doing just that! Good question! I love walking (only) And have only been able to do other excersices once or twice & then quit!
    After upteen years of this I now wonder if it will ever be any different but now you have me on a quest to see if I can figure out some indoor excersises that I could actually do & like doing!!!
    1297 days ago
    It's physics. "An object at rest, tends to stay at rest..." I can totally relate. I got off a 30 minute bike ride, took a hot shower. I feel great! My motivation at the moment: in six weeks I have infertility appointment. I have a goal. When it was far off, and indistinct, I lacked the proper motivation. Now that it's only six weeks away, I'm feeling the pressure, and the motivation. I think the key is to find a goal that is measurable for short term. Something really definite.
    1298 days ago
    I have decided to trick myself based on that understanding. I am going to get myself to workout each morning for at least 10 minutes. I know I will get energized and want to stay longer - but it takes "tricking" myself to get started.

    If we know it happens - even if we don't know why - we can use it to our advantage.

    1298 days ago
    Having shirked exercise this morning (should I list all of the excuses I came up with), this is a REALLY good question! And the responses are helpful, too. Thanks for posting. I think I'll go figure out what exercise to do this afternoon :)
    1298 days ago
    For me it was a matter of forming the right habits and getting myself motivated. After a while (1 year maybe) of regular exercise (4-5x/week) I noticed my attitude changed....instead of looking for reasons NOT to work out, I looked for opportunities to exercise.

    I started reminding myself that I NEVER regretted working out, but I always regretted NOT working out!

    good luck...stay strong!
    1298 days ago
    I am always asking myself the same question. Exercise makes me feel amazing in so many ways. I cannot for the life of me figure out why I don't want to do it. Fortunately, I have a low tolerance for guilt, so I do it anyway!! emoticon
    1298 days ago
  • SUNSHINE99999
    I have asked myself that very question. It took an exercise challenge at work plus encouragement from my doctor and it is second nature to me. Almost! emoticon
    1298 days ago
    because laying on the couch is much easier lol. hardest part is starting!! I like to treat exercise like a job it no matter what!

    maybe try writing how you feel on a sticky note and post it somewhere you can see to motivate you!!
    1298 days ago
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