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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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IMJUSTFLUFFY 4/8/2013 12:32PM

    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!!!

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DOROELLIS 4/7/2013 5:15PM

    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.

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SUMTHINGSPECIAL 4/7/2013 1:10PM

    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.

Sumay

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FLDEEZ 4/7/2013 12:50PM

    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 :)

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GETSTRONGRRR 4/7/2013 12:26PM

    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!

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CAYCESMOM 4/7/2013 12:05PM

    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

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SUNSHINE99999 4/7/2013 11:57AM

  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

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F1TFOREVER 4/7/2013 11:51AM

    because laying on the couch is much easier lol. hardest part is starting!! I like to treat exercise like a job ...do it no matter what!

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

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