I went to an exercise class tonight. Why?

Monday, January 17, 2011

Why in terms of - what motivated me to actually go to the gym and take the class. I haven't exercised in months. How can I bottle that so it is available when I don't feel like going?

Here are the things I did that I know helped:
1. I put all the exercise classes that I was remotely interested in on my Google calender so they are in my face.
2. I gave myself a couple of pep talks.
3. Even though the class was an hour, I committed to only 30 minutes. [I actually did last the whole hour.]

Is that it? Is that all it will take? Could it be that easy?

In some ways, I think it is. But the reality is that I've managed before to get started exercising. Sometimes I've kept it up for months. To date my longest run has been about 6 months. Then I had an injury that legitimately took me out for about 6 weeks. I could have still done upper body work (it was a hip and leg injury). But I didn't. AND I didn't go back to exercising when I could.

It is likely at some point, I'll injure myself or get sick and need to take a break from exercising. How can I prepare myself to optimize my chances to make exercise an ongoing part of my life?
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    I have constantly gotten back up on the horse after falling off. Get hooked on the benefits. Get hooked on the goal. It's a slow process and it requires work, but I am seriously looking forward to how I will feel and how clothes shopping won't be a traumatic experience!
    3475 days ago
    I think I have maintained my longest streak of consistent exercise ever since I started SP in June of 2010. There has not been a week since then that I didn't get some exercise at least 2 or 3 days a week.

    Some of the things that have kept me motivated of late are setting exercise and calorie burning goals on SP and tracking those goals. Then it almost becomes a point of pride to reach those goals. That is especially so on one of my teams (Work Out After Work Challenge). Each month we can set a goal for X minutes of exercise, X number of days each week, then we update our minutes on that month's challenge forum. For example, my current goal on that team is to exercise 75 minutes per day, 5 days a week, which works out to a total of 1500 minutes. It is a real satisfaction to see those minutes adding up and to make or exceed my goal for the month!

    emoticon to you for going to the class and hanging in there for the whole hour - you ROCK!!
    3493 days ago
    PHEBESS - I love the idea of the calendar with gold stars.
    3494 days ago
    Sometimes, when I really don't want to exercise, I'll just park at the far end of a parking lot and make myself walk across it to the store - walk around a bit before doing whatever shopping I have - then walk back to the car. Usually that's enough to get me motivated to take a longer walk.

    When I was training for the half marathon, I made myself a calendar and gave myself a gold star every day I did my workout. (I alternated days of distance and days of hills.) Just putting in the gold star was kind of like the Spark points!
    3494 days ago
    I have had similar experiences to exercising - where I'm fine for a while and then I get injured. I have always found it hard to start again. I have found that when I am exercising I feel better in general - physically, emotionally... and that helps to keep me going. I wish you well on your quest to make exercise a regular part of your life.
    3495 days ago
    don't look at it as a chore... put a bike in front of the tv like i do... u don't even realize your exercising once your into the show
    good luck emoticon
    3495 days ago
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