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The challenges posted give your workout variety AND motivate you, either through competition or just because you know you need to report in. For me, just writing the challenge down and knowing I don't want to leave the rest of the page blank motivates me--so I write down challenges every day!
To help me get up and go to the gym in the morning, I set my alarm and place it all the way across the room. I also leave my exercise clothes beside my bed. When my alarm goes off I have to get up to shut it off so since I am already up I just get ready and go right to the gym :)
If I find myself in a lack luster mood. Not really wanting to work out. I tell myself, let's just run down to the corner. This is only about 300 yards for me. I get to that corner and then repeat the statement. Just to that next light pole! Over and over until I find myself on mile 10!!