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I try to get in extra exercising through out the day. I may do counterr top push-ups, or seated knee lifts. I keep 5 pd weights by the computer and do bicep curls or shlder shrugs. I wear a pedometer and I march in place in check out lines or during commericlas. it all adds up at the end of the day.
When I'm tired and don't feel like working out I tell myself just get up and do it. I start off walking on my treadmill and after 10 mins. or so I feel so much better and continue on for 30-40 mins!
If I have a day when I do not feel like exercising, I tell myself that if I still feel that way 10 minutes into exercising, I can stop. By the time 10 minutes hits, the endorphins have kicked in and I'm feeling good. I can think of only ONE time that I actually stopped at 10 minutes.
So many people say they are just not motivated to exercise. Don't wait - just make an appointment like you would for the dentist or doctor or to do your taxes. Motivation comes as a reward along with increased energy , and a feeling of accomplishent and well-being.
As weird as this sounds it works for me. I PROMISED my treadmill and elliptical (and myself of course), that "if" I got on it I would stay on for my pre determined amount of time. Meaning, if I actually enter the room and get on the treadmill with my expectation of doing 30 minutes, I will.