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I've found the best time to decide if I'm going to exercise is about 20 minutes into a routine! When I don't feel like getting started, I have a good, firm talk with myself, and head out (or start the DVD). Sure enough, in 15 or 20 minutes, I'm feeling great and wanting to continue!

Making a commitment to work out with a friend provides two people the needed inspiration:)
- Submitted by JUSFOLK 4/10/2011 in Exercise | 33 Comments
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DRB13_1 4/10/2011 5:35:00 AM

    Putting on your workout gear can be like changing into your superhero costume - it'll help you get started on those first 20 minutes! emoticon
COPPERFIRE952 4/10/2011 9:45:00 AM

    Great tip - I love this one!
I play little games like this with myself all the time. I'll say to myself..."just go to the gym and work out for 15 minutes...if you still don't want to workout then you can leave". Never have a left after 15 minutes!
MRFUZZ 5/6/2012 12:15:00 PM

    Only 1 time did I put on my exercise clothes and stop in 10 minutes. Proof that starting out as if I intend on doing the whole workout works for me.
DEVERYLEJ 5/6/2012 10:20:00 AM

    Instead of telling myself that I HAVE to go work out, I tell myself that I GET to go work out! I see working out as a privilege and a gift that I give my body AND my mind! It's great ME time and I inspire others along the way too!!!!!
SUCCESS68 4/10/2011 10:12:00 AM

    Great advice. I always back out at the last minute then wish I had gone later on. Then when I do go i am happy that i made the effort and Ism enjoying it.
MKFWILLIAMS 5/14/2014 10:14:00 PM

    I find that making myself put on my workout clothes as soon as I get out of bed gets my motivation started. After all, once I'm dressed there's no excuse. I can start up a DVD or, my preference, head out the door. I once heard Dr Phil tell a guest on his show who needed to exercise just walk out her front door and walk. Walk 5, 10, 30 minutes, whatever, in one direction, and then you have no choice but to walk back and before you know it, you've exercised. But I found procrastinating about getting dressed was such a little thing with big consequences! So that's at the top of my to do list from the moment my eyes open.
LEANMEAN2 5/14/2014 6:10:00 AM

    Good one.
HYATTI1 5/13/2014 10:26:00 AM

    Motivation is my number one missing item. The rest I have just give me some motivation.

BANNERMAN 5/12/2014 2:03:00 AM

    Thanks for sharing.
DJHUMPHREY 5/11/2014 9:36:00 PM

    My Spark Tracker is the best motivation tool I have ever had!

If you don't have one it is worth your money to loose your weight.
CHEBBA 5/11/2014 6:53:00 PM

    DITTO! Same happens to me! Afterwards, I go and self-righteously polish my halo!!!
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LOVINGKATE 5/11/2014 2:37:00 PM

    Great advise everyone. Thanks so much for sharing. JUST DO IT!! That is what I say.
MAMAMOOSE54 5/11/2014 11:51:00 AM

    So true-there are times when I get off work and think I am just too tired to work out. When I do work out, I feel better and have more energy.
DELLMEL 5/11/2014 8:06:00 AM

    Great idea
VAINVT 5/11/2014 7:19:00 AM

    Just do it works for me, too.
IFEOMA4 10/25/2012 4:40:00 PM

    nice idea
ROXYHON 5/13/2012 3:00:00 PM

    Excellent way to make sure you keep active! Once a person gets started, they feel so good there's no way that we will stop.
ARYSMOMMY1 5/9/2012 7:15:00 AM

    Thank you for this...I was actually trying to figure out if I wanted to workout this morning or curl up with the babes in bed again, but I will decide after 20 minutes and I am sure I will know my decision emoticon
FOX8518 5/7/2012 2:02:00 PM

    That's the way to do it!
LEANMEAN2 5/7/2012 7:01:00 AM

    Thanks for sharing
FRIENDOFBACH 5/6/2012 11:55:00 PM

    How very true!
TONYVAND1 5/6/2012 9:18:00 PM

    Thaks You are/ so right about that.
GINGERVISTA 5/6/2012 8:43:00 PM

    EXACTLY!!!! I mean......I've NEVER said after a workout, "DARN, I wish I hadn't done that!!! Getting started is the key! emoticon
AMALYDAVIU 5/6/2012 7:22:00 PM

    This is so true. i just get involved with other things around the house and avoid the DVD. emoticon I will let you know after i have a strong talk with my self.
CMFARRELL36 5/6/2012 4:03:00 PM

    I agree with Deverylej - make it a privilege!
My body and I have worked and suffered through loads of hours of good working, over the years, and also of neglect.
I prefer the idea of it being a privilege that my body can do this stuff, and actually do quite a lot of it, for an overweight late-50s!

Oh - and I do like a good laugh! The more often, the better. And that's at least one good thing I can get with DH!
DEARTOMYHEART 5/6/2012 3:22:00 PM

    I agree with. Putting on my work out shoes is my get up and go time..I will do this is my goal!!!!
TRULYVISIBLE 5/6/2012 12:16:00 PM

    I like the message. So true, the endorphins kick in and I keep going. It's just starting even if you feel like it or not. Afterwards it feels so good and you are so happy you took that first step.
WALLINMW 5/6/2012 10:52:00 AM

    Exercising to stand taller!
HYATTI1 5/6/2012 10:44:00 AM

    Yep I agree but it's getting to that first 20 minutes .... when push comes to shove.
JUNETTA2002 5/6/2012 9:24:00 AM

    I always start wanting to do at least 10 minutes and end up at least 30
ILOVEJIM851991 5/6/2012 9:01:00 AM

    sounds like a good time to me. I just get up and go myself after a very small breakfast. By the time I get to the gym I just think I might as well work out.
PUDLECRAZY 5/6/2012 8:38:00 AM

    I so agree! There are many times when I start without the heart for it, but once I get going, I love what I am doing. Some days you just need those endorphins to kick in before it is fun.
CMORISAK 5/6/2012 8:23:00 AM

    great idea..start and you will want to keep going

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