Motivation for excercise

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Posted: 18 Jun 2019, 09:48
I have lost 20lbs over the last six months by giving up drinking and watching what I eat. Problem now is, I cannot get myself motivated to exercise.

I work part time and when I get home, I am beat, and in the morning I am too tired to get up early and go to the gym or pool.

HELP! Any suggestions will be so appreciated.

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Posted: 18 Jun 2019, 13:04
A strategy that I have found useful when I have zero motivation/very little time, is to figure out the absolute minimum amount of time I could spend on exercise in a week, and commit to doing that much (or more, it you feel like it). Some weeks it will only be 15 minutes every other day, other weeks it will be 45 or more per day. I think the most important thing is starting small so you can get into a habit, even if it feels like you're starting *too* small at first. Then you can start slowly increasing the duration and intensity of your workouts as you get more comfortable.
Good luck!

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Posted: 21 Jun 2019, 09:09
I always hated exercising.
Now I find myself CRAVING IT to the point I exercise every day (yep)

Yesterday I was thinking if I should maybe go lighter but my body was pushing me to run. So I ran. Felt great.

What I'm trying to say is, once you build a routine that gets ingrained in your system, your body will push you to it even if you have other ideas in your mind.

You need to start and have a solid structure, once your body gets used to it, you won't want to stop.

Good luck!

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Posted: 22 Jun 2019, 11:53
Thanks for the tips, I will begin a strategy to get me moving!

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Posted: 22 Jun 2019, 12:50
Beachwalker- I faced the same issue and found getting an exercise bike and geting in 30 minutes first thing in the a.m. worked for me. No procrastination or excuses at the end of the workday. Also no travel time back and forth to the gym. If you have stairs at home or work a few planned trips up and down and up and down is also good exercise. Start slow and eventually you will enjoy it and look to do more.

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Posted: 27 Jun 2019, 07:38
Try getting a training partner, a friend or family member that would join you to work out. Training alone can get lonely and boring when not following a progressive or goal oriented program. Most times, a specific goal would be the motivator but you want to feed your motivation daily. YouTube has great daily motivational videos, check them out. Whatever you do, don’t give up or give in, keep going.
Ruth King

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Posted: 28 Jun 2019, 07:04
I changed my thinking of exercising to lose weight to exercising to be healthy. So when you aren't losing it is not connected to weight lose. Health is the goal and weight lose is a benefit.

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Posted: 28 Jun 2019, 12:29
Call it activity, not exercise. Find an activity you love. It might take awhile, but once you've found it, you'll just do it, and then you'll say, "hey, I'm exercising, what do you know?" For me it's walking. One evening, years ago, I was angry (at my husband, of course) and went out for a walk. I kept walking, farther and faster, until I felt better, oh, so much better. There was no escaping notice for me: more walking, better sense of well-being, healthier appetite. But it still wasn't a routine and my health and my weight still weren't under control, but once a co-worker encouraged me to join a health promotion initiative that focused on activity, I thought - hmm, I like to walk to be active. I committed to that and then walking really became part of my routine and it has helped me to lose and maintain for years now.

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Posted: 29 Jun 2019, 07:54
I joined my neighborhood YMCA in February 2019 and participate in AquaFit Aerobics for one hour a day. I also take a free Chair/Yoga class for Active Seniors one hour a week. I am feeling a lot better and have more energy than ever. I have met some great people at Aquafit. The oldest person in the class is 91 so what is my excuse? None. I do Aquafit 5 to 6 days a week and I am loving it.

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