If it's challenging, I find that to be the key to keep my interest.
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2/4/14 2:14 A
The only way for me to stick to an exercise routine is to measure my progress. As long as I see progress, I will be happily doing it over and over again.
Sticking to an eating regime for me largely depends on the type of available food at home and exercise requirements. It is hard to stay on track with a ton of junk food freely available in the kitchen.
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844 2/4/14 12:05 A
I have been at a 60 minute workout, sometimes 70 minutes for 13 months now. Having type one diabetes makes it somewhat difficult to drop weight. I actually dropped 25 pounds on another site called my fitness pal before I discovered Spark Fitness. I am hoping to drop the last 10 pounds here at Spark though!
it is easy to get into a rut that is for sure. and I agree that this is not a diet it is a way of life but we can still get into a rut and one thing for sure you an change things up with food as well as fitness. there are so many food plans out there that is for sure, as far as for fitness break it up, do you know you get the same benefits of a 30 minute work out if you where to break it up in two 15 minute work outs day.. in stead of doing it all at once? so maybe that can help you as well, good luck. keep pushing
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2/3/14 5:31 P
I have been home for 2.5 months with a back condition that led to surgery. The pain and limited mobility allowed has really decreased my motivation. I literally was in bed or laying on couch for 1.5 months. This last month I have tried to gradually increase my exercise. I go back to work on Monday so I believe that it will be the push to get me up and moving.
I'm in a bit of a rut myself right now. The weather (and the fact that the gym is overcrowded this time of year) has kept me inside doing workout dvd's and while they can be effective, it is very easy to get bored, no matter how much you switch them up. I'm going to force myself out the door this week and get to the gym and those Zumba classes that I bought through Groupon. It's a new month and with it, I am reenergizing my attitude and commitment. We all need to shake up our routine every once in a while to bust through those ruts.
When I get in a rut, I look for other forms of exercise to try out, I try new forms like dvds in different genres, or try a new physical hobby. Right now I'm trying circuit style for variety. You have to keep it fresh and challenging. You could also make your fav workouts more challenging in some way. If you are truly changing your lifestyle, you'll need variety, and new ideas regularly in order to stay motivated.
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2/1/14 1:21 P
What motivated me is the progress I have made and the good changes. I don't want to mess that up. Whenever my motivation starts to fade, I remember how far I have come and then get busy doing the correct things.
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120 2/1/14 11:54 A
I joined a gym, and I do like to get there a few times a week and use their weight machines. But their classes (Zumba, Bokwa, etc.) are always SO crowded, and mostly with younger 20-somethings who can KEEP UP (which I can't!) and know the routines. It can get frustrating to always be 2 beats behind and going left when everyone has already begun going right. But I LOVE dance-y exercise, and really enjoy the Latin rhythms of Zumba. So, I found a Latin dance DVD that has 3 different 10-Minute dance workouts. Now I can do my 10 minutes (or 20 or 30, depending on how much time and energy I have) of cardio at home, any day. I also find watching DVD's about other people's weight loss journey (or TV shows like Biggest Loser) inspire me and help me be more creative in ways to stay fit. So...I'd try varying your exercises, go with something new you've never tried before, or search yourself for what you really LIKE doing and find a DVD for it. Good luck! Jane
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485 2/1/14 10:58 A
I like to run, and I'll sign up for a 5K. There is usually one somewhere nearby on Saturday or Sunday. Getting out and competing with a crowd really gets me re-energized, and it makes me want to train again.
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104 1/31/14 12:23 P
I try to go with a friend to an outside the home place to workout once a week, our favorite is a yoga class. It always feels like a mini spa treat and we feel great after.
1/30/14 3:58 P
This happened to me recently. I was trying to do yoga on my own and noticed I'd put 5 lbs back on. I realized I needed to watch some videos to motivate me. I really kicked it in two days - did 2 x 40 minute sessions plus abs/butt/arms apps for 10 minutes each. I feel great and motivated again! It doesn't take much to snap back if you've built a strong foundation. I feel now - because of consistent exercise over the past three years doing sustainable things that I like to do - if I do fall into a slump, it doesn't take me long to bounce back. usually two to three good workout sessions.
switch things up! keep it fresh find your niche. I take many classes offered at my gym spin, zumba, insanity class, yoga, but I also walk to work, take personal training. Sometimes I'll put on my favorite tunes and dance up a storm in my house. just move point blank it doesn't matter what you do.
I usually try something new and different, or go back to something I used to do. I need alot of variety so lately I've bought different Dvd's such as dance and Richard Simmons for some fun. I try to switch things up a bit.
There's alot of free stuff out there and U-Tube has some good exercise videos of all different types. There's alot out there to try.
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1/29/14 11:24 A
I was in the same boat!! For me I tried something new. I joined a Boot Camp class once a week. I take classes at different places, and I just don't get bored. I think being around different people sometimes helps. I take Zumba classes at the same place, but every now and then pop in to a different class and its fun and works for me.
So far I haven't had one. I keep my routine varied to avoid boredom.
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2,974 1/28/14 8:19 A
There are many exercise videos on Sparkpeople and YouTube. Lately I've been looking at these resources when I get bored of the routines I have on DVD (I exercise at home..works for me). I also LOVE to walk..it's my favorite and I never get bored with it because I can go on a different route each time. it's my "ME" time. Take your time and focus on one small thing at a time. This is a slow process and it works!
I'm in a rut too. Your comments motivated me. Thanks!
1/27/14 10:17 A
I have a few go to workouts that I do when I'm not particularly motivated, other than that, I switch it up every few days.
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61 1/26/14 1:09 P
I drop all the routine - throw on my favorite tunes and dance like crazy! Sometimes you just need to have some fun - then try going back to what you're doing!
1/26/14 12:02 P
Find a meetup in your area and try something new. There is a meetup for almost everything. As many diets as there are (restrictive and non-restrictive), there are activities to shake up your fitness routine.
Right now, outside my window, my neighbors' children are playing hockey on a rink their parents made in their yard for weather just like this - gelid and snowy. As an adult, I'm as likely to suit up and put on skates and get out there and push a hockey puck around as I am to win the next Nobel Prize. But - right up the street, there's the Y and they have a heated pool. Doing laps may be a better choice for me.
I belong to a meetup that hikes. Unfortunately, so far, the hikes have been farther away than I want to travel. But when they are closer to where I live, I consider that an option. It's free and it's flexible - no one has to go to every meetup.
Also, you can start your own meetup and see who's interested!
Also, there's a 'map my run' website that allows you to be local and be active. I know how many miles it is to travel around my town on a certain route. I don't have to run, I can walk. There's a Y in the next town (belong to one Y and you can use another, with their permission) that allows me to walk on an indoor track. I have an old iPod Shuffle loaded with music that I can listen to while I walk. That's a very long hike on a rainy day for me - and if I could get a friend to do it with me, that would be awesome.
Get a friend to exercise with you!
Edited by: ALGEBRAGIRL at: 1/26/2014 (12:03)
1/25/14 8:12 P
There are so many ways to switch up your exercise! Trading high-impact for low-impact cardio, etc. Doing an all-yoga week. Have fun with it!
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6 1/25/14 3:40 P
One way to stick with it is to find a partner to workout with and keep you accountable. For me, if I didn't go to the gym for strength training with my hubby I wouldn't go. I also would miss a lot of walks if I didn't have my dog that also needs the exercise.
Another way is to figure out why you want to do this. If you don't have the correct motivation, you won't stick with it. Figure out why, and keep that in the forefront of your mind. Possibly put up reminders of why you want to stick around. This motivation has to come from within you.
I've been having a lot of trouble the last few years with being so bored with exercise that I don't do it often enough. I think this is probably because I have exercised for so many years (I'm 68, and for 25-30 years I was really diligent, six days a week) that it is all just a yawn.
I have been off-again--on-again for several years, just; because of boredom. I'm on again right now and trying to make it less boring by really changing up what I'm doing. Since I am 20 miles from a gym, I exercise at home.
I have a lot (LOT!) of DVD's and tapes, though I don't use the tapes much anymore and I keep buying more. Right now I am trying to do full-body workouts with weights every other day, sometimes adding some that have cardio segments, or the 10 minute HITT workouts. The other days I do cardio in the 30-40 minute range, sometimes two of the 10 minute workouts.
So far, this is helping. I am also trying not to be so rigid on having to work out every day. I used to make myself do the six days a week, no matter what. No time during the day; I exercised at 11 PM. Slightly sick; same thing. Now I let myself miss one to two days a week, depending on what I am doing or feeling.
For instance, two days ago I did a weight workout (Jillian Michails No Trouble Zones) that was really, really challenging for me. So yesterday I didn't work out. I was sore and tired. This is progress for me!
It will be easier once the weather gets better, as I love to walk outside, also garden and swim, but most days that just doesn't work right now.
So, for me, variety is key. I just can't do the same workout every day anymore.
I just ordered a recumbent bicycle last night. Woo hoo! I'm looking forward to a different activity.
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1,169 1/22/14 4:04 A
I take a zumba class with friends every week. I love the class, even though I am the least graceful person in the room, and doing it with friends holds me accountable. I have some knee issues, but I just modify what I cannot do, and make sure that I stretch out well beforehand.
I also have a Fitbit, and I love tracking the amount of steps I take in a day/week. I particularly like that several of my friends also have them, and there is some friendly competition to see who can get the most steps every week. If it is 8 pm and I am at 9000 steps, you better believe I turn on the music and dance my way to 10,000 just to see the number on my counter.
Today I am going swimming after work, and tomorrow there is a cardio class that some of my friends are doing. I already talked to the trainer, and she said she would help me modify anything that my knee didn't like.
Other days I just take a walk.
I am not really a gym person. I have no real interest in machines or running, even though they would probably get me to where I want to be faster. I am more concerned with doing things that I will continue to do on a regular basis for the rest of my life, and dancing, walking and swimming are things I love.
I am in a rut myself, if you think of doing the same thing, and being on the same path a rut. The thing is, I like my rut.
What you need to do, is find a diet that works for you, that you enjoy eating. I eat low carb, because I love meat and vegetables, as well as high fat food. It tastes excellent, and I see results, which is motivating, if I needed it. I enjoy 60-65 % fat, and it keeps me from having any cravings, or feeling deprived. Instead of thinking about what I cant have, I enjoy what I can have. I don't really feel as if it is a diet anymore, it is just how I eat.
Exercise is even easier. We have a word for fun exercise. It is called play. We did it as children, and never complained about it. We ran, jumped, swam, and played sports 6-8 hours a day, and had to be dragged indoors. Then we decided to do our exercise in the gym, and it became boooooo-ring! Plan your exercise, like you do your menu. Take a hike, walk, or bike ride, and plan your routes. Push yourself. Find out a longer route, or higher hill/mt. Swim laps, play frisbee, join a baseball/volleyball/basketball league, and play with friends. Do some gardening, or just throw around a football/baseball, shoot hoops etc. The list is endless, only limited by your imagination. You can even play soccer, if you are Un-American ( j/k ).
The problem isn't the rut, but that you don't like the one you are in. If it isn't pleasant to follow your rut, get into a new one. Life is short, enjoy every day.
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1,317 1/21/14 11:41 A
Nothing motivates me like success! I reached my weight goal last year and went below it and revised it down 2 kilos. Then went on a calorific holiday and put on weight, which is coming off slowly. I am below my original goal. Now I am aiming to reduce my spare tyre and increase my jogging speed and stamina. To do some strength training, which I want to learn to enjoy, and to do at least 30 mins cardio, burning at least 150 cals at least 5 days a week, which has the motivator that then I can eat more! I am motivated to listen to my body and stop before I overdo it, by the consequences I have suffered when I have pushed myself too far! I tend not to notice till too late. I started gently last year with January jumpstart, which got me started on the road to success. Getting out daily with the dogs for 20 minutes was a breakthrough for me. And I found I was actually enjoying exercise and feeling the need of it if I didn't get it. This year I have done it again, with more cardio. I needed to get back in the habit of strength workouts.
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548 1/21/14 12:57 A
rut RUT Oh I guess I look at it more of a HABIT than a rut...
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1/20/14 10:37 P
Thank you all for your advice. Right now I need to slow down on my exercise because every few weeks my knee starts acting up and I have to put it on hold.
I have heard so many different ways of losing weight through diet, but I give into my cravings. Now I won't stress about counting carbs or be so restrictive with calories. I will make small changes. I already gave up on soda about 6 months ago, with the occasional drink or two. Now it's cutting back on coffee and cream.
1/20/14 8:40 P
you wrote, "How do you keep motivated and willing to continue your fitness and eating routines?"
My question to myself in response to your question is "What do I want to accomplish and why?" I want to become a healthier person, meaning I want to actively participate in life rather than standing on the sidelines. How will that happen if I don't make changes (small & one at a time) in what /how I eat and move my body?
You may find some value in asking yourself the same and coming up with an answer.
The other posters had some great ideas, so hopefully, you can find one or more things that work for you.
I joined a gym. For me, knowing that I am paying $30/month whether I use it or not is motivation to at least get there on a regular basis. I'm a person that gets bored working out at home and find it difficult to stick with. With the gym, if I can get out of the door, I'm there. At the gym I can take advantage of using different cardio machines, using the pool, or trying different classes.
Eating, as for many people, is difficult for me, but basically, I try to stick to what I deem as healthy eating 80-90% of the time. It's not about buying diet book after diet book or following a specific plan, but making healthy choices. In this journey, I've also become a more adventurous cook. When I lost a good deal of weight previously, I did low carb and ate a lot of chicken breast and green beans and broccoli. The pounds came off, but eventually, I just had to eat other stuff. Some pounds crept back on of course. So now I find that being creative in the kitchen helps me stick to choices I want to make instead of being overcome by cravings or just the need for something different.
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918 1/20/14 7:15 P
With exercise I continually challenge myself. I was given a treadmill so I have one in my home and although I much prefer the elliptical, you can't beat free! So, I race myself. I am down to a 17 minute mile from a 20 minute and I have added an average of a 5 for an incline. I also read a book while on the treadmill and have designated that book as my treadmill book meaning I can only read it while on the treadmill...if you get a good book that is the best motivation around. Sometimes I have actually restarted the timer and gone additional minutes to finish a chapter.
With food I am constantly trying new items. Just today I bought Benito's, chips made of pinto beans and I LOVE them.
I do try to keep variety in my Spark routine, otherwise I do get bored. So I don't just do the same activity every day. I like to try new recipes and new foods. For exercise, if possible I go on hikes with friends, to fitness classes, do strength training, yoga pilates, skiing, etc. Just mix it up with whatever you like!
A major reward can also help. For example, I will be going on a lodge to lodge hike along the Rogue River in May. So I need to work up to being able to hike up to 15 miles a day. That's a huge incentive to get more fit and lose weight, and to gradually increase my hiking miles. If I can hike 5 miles now, I need to try for 7 in Feb., 9 in March, 11-13 in April ... Then I will feel confident and able to enjoy my trip! (the lodges aren't going to move any closer together!)
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1/20/14 11:40 A
For exercise, I'm motivated by goals. So that means I'm constantly pushing myself to lift more or run faster/farther. Find something to work towards and then gear your exercise plans towards meeting that goal. Goal setting is addictive so once you accomplish one, you'll want to set and work towards another :).
I'm with the others on food choices, though. Take it as one choice at a time, small changes each time. They definitely add up!
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1/20/14 11:23 A
I agree with Kris. . find some exercise you like to do and it will not get boring. Somedays I run on the treadmill. . some days I just take the dog for a long walk. I try new classes to see if I like it and keep moving.
As far at the "diet" is concerned. . .just make healthy choices. it is all about one choice at a time. . and apple over a candy bar is always the better choice. And small changes are best for sure. Add one glass of water a week, add one veggie to your meals. . .
Best of luck.
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27,287 1/20/14 2:46 A
Where it comes to 'diet' that is easy - this isn't a diet! It isn't about restriction and deprivation, but rather good food choices, and healthy portions. It is about moderation, and treats are just that - a treat on a very occasional basis, not on a nearly daily basis.
As far as exercise is concerned, it needs to be something that you actually enjoy. It doesn't have to be formal exercise. You can get it by kicking a ball around a back yard or park. You can get it by dancing away as you vacuum/dust. You can get it by putting your groceries and laundry away one at a time (I do this one all the time and enjoy it). If you want, put a favourite CD on - something with a bit of a good beat and keep in time as you walk. it might be that you enjoy going for a swim, or going to a Zumba class. I gather people look on this as entertainment rather than the good workout that it is.
As far as it is ALL concerned, I kinda suspect that you may be one of those who jumps in boots and all, right at the beginning, rather than using baby steps. This is where you change only one or two things, and allow your body to get used to the changes before adding something else to the mix. It might be something as simple as reducing soda/juice and replacing it with water. Or it might be eating an extra couple pieces of fruit/veges in your day. It might be going for a 10 or 15 minute walk. It is about gradually UNlearning the old bad habits which got you here, as you equally gradually replace them with the healthy ones.
This is a journey of a life-time - hopefully you find the road that keep you on this journey!
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1/20/14 1:35 A
I have started many, many exercise and diet plans many times only to get bored and quit for a few weeks and start another. How do you keep motivated and willing to continue your fitness and eating routines?