Fitness Minutes: (545)
9/20/12 12:53 P
I think everyone feels this way at some point. It was very easy for me to make excuses, but very hard to actually start exercising. I agree with many other comments on here. I started small (5-10 minutes at a time) and after a month and a half I do 5-6 days a week for about 20-30 minutes a day. I am also starting to look form ore/different exercises as I am maily using an elliptical and it is getting a little boring. I get motivated by listening to music or watching a favorite tv show. Also, try to keep track of your workout and when you reach a goal don't forget to reward yourself with something small like a new piece of clothing, a book (my favorite!) or a CD or DVD! Don't forget, you are never alone in this!
I can talk myself out of almost anything, especially exercise. I hate the way people look at me at the gym, I hate how clumsy I feel when I exercise, and I hate how slowly the results happen. I totally understand how you feel.
Are you the type of person who needs to get out of the house to exercise or would you work better with dvds? I find that I need both options open to me. That way if I can't be bothered to go to the gym, at least I can do 20 minutes of yoga on a towel in the living room. If I don't want to deal with yoga, I can take a walk around the block.
What motivates you?
Fitness Minutes: (35,554)
9/20/12 10:54 A
Getting over the hurdles of the first few weeks is definitely the hardest part! Once you get a routine (making a schedule suggested by a PP is a great idea!) and stick with it, you will hate missing a workout. You also have a lot of uninterrupted "me" time- use it to your advantage! Dance around the house with the music turned up while you clean, try out a new video.
I do that to myself too. I'm a grad student and I'm home 5 days out of the week. I try to make exercise less like a chore. I work out for ten minutes 4 or 5 times a day. I have an exercise bike and some free weights. I set a timer for 10 minute increments and just do it. I also just started doing crunches for 5 minutes non-stop. It feels better for me to just do a little at a time.
I'd find something that you'd enjoy. Most On Demand services (definitely Comcast and Verizon) have fitness television. You can check out different workouts before you commit to purchasing a workout video. Or I'd start small. For example: do ten minutes of physical activity every day this week, next week do 20, etc until you have a good workout.
I never regret working out but I regret not working out.
9/19/12 12:48 P
would writing out a schedule for yourself to follow, the same as a menu, help?
It couldn't hurt to try.
9/19/12 12:41 P
I too am in the same postion. I know what I should be doing but getting the modivation is hard to come by lol. Maybe we can modivate each other. Melissa
Fitness Minutes: (1,367)
9/19/12 12:37 P
I know I should exercise but I don't and I talk myself out of it when I think about doing it. I have a wonderful opportunity as I am now a stay at home mom to middle school kiddos. So during the day I have plenty of time to workout. But I don't. Oh I'm so frustrated. I need to change my way of thinking. Any one else have this same issue?
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