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When I don't feel like exercising, I tell myself I'll just do 10 minutes of whatever. Then, after 10 minutes, I say 5 or 10 more. Then, before I know it 30 or 60 minutes have passed, and I am so glad I did it. I always feel so much better after exercise than before, plus I am proud of myself. emoticon

- Submitted by CNEWMARK 4/20/2010 in Exercise | 16 Comments
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WHERERMY62KEYS 8/7/2012 6:14:00 AM

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RACHAELK247 5/31/2010 8:10:00 PM

    I do this too. My goal is to do 30 minutes and now 3 miles every weekday. I'd tell myself that I just have to go to the gym and do 10 minutes because I can't skip a day and not show up. Once there I know I'll do my workout and feel much better about sticking to my goal and not missing a day :)
FOREVERFITCHICK 8/14/2012 1:59:00 PM

    Great TRICK!!!
DUTCH1811 8/10/2012 12:26:00 PM

    emoticon I do the same thing. Great Job!!!!
HYATTI1 8/10/2012 2:41:00 AM

    Good for you...excellent idea.
CHERYLSBUTT 8/9/2012 4:34:00 PM

    After a while, exercise will become like eating for your body....The body will crave movement. You will feel a little off when you dont exercise ....I may not love to get
started...but I love how I feel once I have exercised. My day just goes better when I have a good workout...Nice idea for building the desire:-) ThX
MIAJOEB 8/7/2012 3:16:00 PM

    I like this and I also find people that I trick into going with or doing it with me..
Which also helps.
HIGHNOON 8/7/2012 12:53:00 PM

    I do this all the time. emoticon
PYNETREE 8/7/2012 12:34:00 PM

    Yes, just getting started is the hardest part...once I tell myself I'll just do a wee bit, I can always do more!
TXSASSY76 8/7/2012 10:08:00 AM

    I do this too! And it really does help! Keep up the Good Work!!!!
INGMARIE 8/7/2012 9:44:00 AM

PIZO78 8/7/2012 9:32:00 AM

    This is something I do when I'm on the treadmill! I'm gonna do 10 mins then when I get to 10 mins I say ok, I can do another 5, or 10 and keep it going until you hit 30 or more!
CHRISTINECAN 8/7/2012 8:29:00 AM

    A variation on this is when I am not sure I feel like running, I tell myself that I can do the 30 minutes as a walk. When I am warmed up, I almost always feel like at least doing intervals and often a real run.
GARDENSFORLIFE 8/7/2012 7:05:00 AM

Good tip!
MRSTAZMAYO 8/7/2012 5:45:00 AM

    Great idea!
JENNY421 6/20/2011 10:14:00 PM

    i also do this.

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