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I make it a point to walk up and down the set of stairs for 2 or 3 minutes at work every hour or so. At first I felt silly doing it but I figure I'm getting away from my desk for a bit and by the end of the day it's 15 minutes of exercise I normally hadn't done.
Buying a heart rate monitor was one of the best things I did to motivate myself to exercise. There is nothing more rewarding than reading the number of calories burned after each workout! As you get more experienced with it, it can also help you choose the correct intensity for your workout.
I'm not a morning person but I'm a stay at home mom. Sometimes I tell my 2 and a half year old that we're going walking the next morning. She always reminds me the next day. I may be able to break promises to myself but not to that sweet little face!
In the morning, while I'm eating breakfast, I track the exercises I scheduled for that day into SP. If I've already logged them, I'm obligated to do them! I would hate to waste the time, going back in and deleting exercises I didn't do that day.
When thinking of exercising how many of us contribute it as being a chore? What's helped me is not to think of the word as being laborious. Rather I think of it being a gift, something to reward myself, especially the benefits I reap of much needed weight loss.
How do you overcome a lack of motivation to workout? All you need is enough motivation to put your tennis shoes on. The obstacle is NOT the exercise itself, but its simply getting off the couch and dressing out for the exercise.
I have a hard time remembering to stretch after I exercise. To help, I printed the SparkPeople Stretching Guide, then placed it in a sheet protector and hung it on the wall where I keep my weights, bands & other gear.