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ignore the lazy person inside you that says to stay in your cave and remain a bear. do you want to remain in the shape of a bear? i thought not. so just robotically get up and do your cardio and think of it as brushing your teeth (something you need to do for your health and wellness, too).
I work out every morning on my recumbent bike. I have found on my satellite receiver a game called bugs. I play this game while I work out and for get about the time. Have even been late for work a few times. Don't know what I will do if that old receiver ever dies!
The most effective way to get active is to just get up. Get off the couch or out of bed, out of your desk chair. Stand up. Commit that you are going to work out. And then do it. It doesn't have to be a certain time of day, just Get Up!
Pushing your heart rate on the treadmill doesn't have to mean changing speeds or inclines. A simple way to push your heart rate is to change the length of your stride. Taking very long, powerful strides that engage your glutes, while pumping your arms, can really get that heart pumping!!
I am gullible and sometimes immature when it comes to telling myself I have to do things. So I made a rule: when it is time to exercise I have to put on my workout shoes. When I say "I don't want to" I start the self talk. "You know the rule!" "But I'm not going to exercise" I grumble....
Nothing motivates me more than to listen to a great audio book. It makes you want to keep going if you are at a climactic part or keeps you coming back day after day to see what is going to happen next. I set my treadmill or recumbent at the intensity I'm aiming for that day and go for it!