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Arm Yourself Against Exercise Excuses
Winning the Fight Against Yourself
1/30/2013 4:46:52 AM
Just started exercising after years of being a couch potato. My motto at the moment is "Anything is better than nothing" Even if you just do 10 situps and walk for 10 mins around the block every day, its better than vegging on the couch. The funny thing is that exercise is addictive - the more I do it, the more I WANT to do it. I think the #1 problem with making that leap from couch to crunch is the feeling of HAVING to do it, rather than WANTING to do it. By adopting a mindset that it's not overly essential, I've trained my brain to almost see exercise as a treat. The results are slowly starting to show too :) So maybe take this little bit of advice on board and do SOMETHING, anything, cause its better than NOTHING. Have fun :)
This is an absolutely amazing article. I fight every morning and recently I have a pretty bad losing streak. Though I get knocked out every morning, I do get a run in here and there later in the day. Thanks for the inspiration...wishing everyone here abundant determination. Go kick some ass!
I just had a fight with myself this afternoon...I procrastinated and didn't make it to my health club, so then I procrastinated some more and told myself now I'm stuck working out in the crappy gym in my building. I did just do it finally, but still cheated myself out of a longer workout. :-(
I am trying out a friend's bargain with herself. If she makes the decision the night before that she's not getting up to exercise for any reason, then okay. But if not made the night before, then in the morning she MUST get up and go.
great article. It hit the nail on the head and it rightly described the voices I hear too, and the thing is, it doesn't seem to get easier, but if we know the enemy its easier to win. Thank you for sharing your struggle and your strategies.
Although on the face of it this seems to be very impressive - the constant fight against the lack of motivation - yet surely it's important to enjoy your exercise. We see that all over this site. Find something you like. Find a time when you can do it. Change things when you get bored or it's no longer a challenge. That seems manageable and that's how I'm doing it. A 4.45am start in the dark seems like unnecessary self-punishment.
great article! well written. But, I kept wondering where the fuel and hydration come from; I usually take a bit more than 15 minutes to get ready because I'm drinking some water and having a piece of fruit or something to get going.
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