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It helps me to get started walking if I just put on some tennis shoes, wear whatever I have on, open the door and start walking down the street. Walk just 10 minutes from my house and by the time I get back, I've walked 20 minutes.
Wear your 'best' exercise clothes, regardless of where you exercise. If you have only one good outfit wash it more often if needed. Get rid of the old ripped faded baggy clothes and wear something that feels and look goods and makes you feel like an athlete.
Every day does not have to be a full workout. Nor does it have to be a "keep track" of calories, steps, miles, etc. Just go out and play. Feel the air in your lungs. Marvel that you're breathing better. Bend and stretch. Reach for that frisbee or foot-, basket-, or soccer ball!). Be grateful that it didn't hurt!
I just asked my husband to put my treadmill in the middle of the living room. Silly? Yes, well every time I plop on the couch, it stares at me until I get my butt up and on it. Then I feel good about watching my favorite shows and have so much more energy when I'm done.
I was absolutely intimidated to go to the gym, fearing that it was full of jocks who would just laugh at an old woman. I waited until I lost the weight and did four months of SparkPeople strength training before I got the nerve to join. I should have joined earlier! I found that people are focused on their own efforts, that there are other people like me, and the only people who don't fit in are those who are rude!
Well, I hope I have your attention now! My favorite activity is walking in the water as if I was trying to run or ride a bicycle. I have bought a couple of water noodles and I sit on one just like on a bike and peddle around in circles or back and forth. It really works your legs and arms as you stear yourself around the pool. The water provides quite the resistance and even though you might not feel too tired in the water, when you get out of the water, you can tell the difference!
When I'm very busy or "frazzled" and doing cardio exercises on machines like the elliptical, stationary bike, or treadmill, I find that my mind starts to wander to all the other things I have to do - meaning I'm not giving my all to my workout or performing at my best, To help me get back & stay on track, I pick a body part and focus on only that one part while I'm working out - like the way my foot hits the treadmill each time or the way my calf muscle tightens when I pedal. Works every time!
Remember that it doesn't have to be "all out" every time. Stop and smell the roses, watch the flitting butterflies, listen to the music of moving water. Enjoy. Next thing you know, you've walked way past your planned mileage.
It's hard to make yourself do things you don't want to do- so don't! There has to be something you're excited about- do that. It still counts if you're having fun. If you're not sure, that means you get to try everything. Try a crazy belly dancing dvd, or play Dance Dance Revolution with your kids. Just have fun!