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So, we all need to exercise.<br><br>
It's healthy, it's fun, and once you get out there and start actually doing it...it feels really great.<br><br><br><br>
However, sometimes I am just not motivated. Example:my random month long break from the gym and the like...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/shocked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":eek:"><br><br><br><br>
What do you do to stay or get motivated?
 

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I imagine I am REALLY a little mouse and therefore it is natural to move around and enjoy it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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Maybe an upcoming event or a particular outfit you'd like to wear? My personal motivation is not wanting to look so "twiggy" and have some muscles to show off! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> Also, it's so good for your body! We all have made a conscious and wonderful decision to eat better to make us healthier, and exercise is just an addition to that decision!
 

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for me it's beating my friend's odometer *(cycling). at the moment i'm about 50/60 miles ahead of him, hehe! go me <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)">
 

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What about training for a charity marathon for a special cause?<br><br>
My other method of motivation sounds like something out of kindergarten but it works for me. I bought some cool stickers. Every day I have 6 goals to accomplish: 8 glasses of water, 30 minutes of exercise, iron, calcium and 7-10 fruits and veggies. Whenever I accomplish one of these goals, I get a sticker. Then I've set up different levels. There are rewards at 15, 25, 50, 75, 100 stickers. These rewards are not usually food based and do not cost much money. It may be a new exercise tape, a new nail polish, a new healthy vegie product. You get the idea. This really works for me.
 

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when my alarm goes off in the early early morning for my run.. and my bed is jusut soooo comfy and cozy.. i just say to myself.. "okay, just get up.. that's all"..then i get up.. then i say "ok, now just get ready and dressed.." so i do.. then i just say "well, get out there.. it's gonna be great once you get going!"<br><br>
and i haven't disappointed myself yet!<br><br>
the hardest part is getting started
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by ampersand</i><br><br><b>the hardest part is getting started</b></div>
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Amen!<br><br><br><br>
I have a hard time getting motivated for some aspects of my workout. I don't need much motivation to play basketball or ride my bike, but hitting the gym is hard hard hard. For me, what helps is loading my MP3 player up with a bunch of tunes - whatever I'm really in the mood for.<br><br><br><br>
I'm also a sucker for the reward-system. There's a direct relation between how much fun I can have on the weekend and how much work and academics I do during the week. I'm already starting off bad this week by skipping the gym AND class today, but it's to work on a midterm, so I can redeem myself by nailing it...
 

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My motivation is the cute guy at the gym <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/naughty.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":naughty:"> that and the fact that I did a fitness assesment last night - argh 30% body fat.
 

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What works for me is keeping an exercise journal. It helps me to see how much I've done, which helps to motivate me because I don't want to slack off and set back all the hard work I've done.
 

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A journal doesn't work for me. Neither does past success. That just makes it easier for me to justify being lazy. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("> I think "I've done so good for three days, I can be bad for just one day."<br><br><br><br>
Really the only thing that works for me, and it only works about half the time <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">, is to remember how great I feel afterward and how rewarding it is. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
I also <b>hate</b> the chick I ride bikes with so I have to ride as much or more than she does.
 

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What an excellent Thread!! Thank you to the person who started it.<br><br><br><br>
I have such a problem with motivation. I can talk myself out of just about everything. Especially when it's under my own control and I need to discipline myself, I can find a reason to get out of it. It's horrible!! I'm emmbarrased to say all these things, but this is the result of my lack of motivation: I rarely excercise. I need to clean my room more often. I need to take my medication more often. I sleep way too late, and go to bed way too late. I can't put down the cookies, ice cream or candy!! Ahhh!!<br><br><br><br>
I think that idea about granting stickers for yourself on a reward system is excellent. Keeps you talking to yourself. Just talking to yourself to just get started is simple and effective too.<br><br><br><br>
I look forward to hearing more ideas!<br><br><br><br>
keep the great posts coming!
 

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I go to the gym a lot because I eat so much peanut butter- they cancel each other out! (kind of... the pb has been winning recently though)<br><br><br><br>
Reading fitness magazines inspires me to work out and eat healthily. I read them on the elliptical machine, it helps pass the time.
 

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Set goals for yourself...reasonable ones and build them up as you begin to achieve them. I mean don't let yourself be satisfied if you achieve a goal for to long...instead, tell yourself...hell if I could do that well then I can do more. Its truely a psychological game you play with yourself...to keep pushing yourself to achieve more, work harder...or maybe just to continue when you really don' t feel like it.<br><br>
Ummm..Well, another thing you could do is check out the Hamster thread <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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Sometimes when dirty dishes are stacked in my kitchen...I just tell myself to go wash a couple of pots...I almost always end up washing everything after I wash the two.<br><br><br><br>
So, maybe I will try that with exercise..."just go get on the treadmill and take 3 steps" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by mushroom</i><br><br><b>Sometimes when dirty dishes are stacked in my kitchen...I just tell myself to go wash a couple of pots...I almost always end up washing everything after I wash the two.<br><br><br><br>
So, maybe I will try that with exercise..."just go get on the treadmill and take 3 steps" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"></b></div>
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Once you get on and you've set it for say 5 miles or whatever you lok at the milage counting up to what your goal is and you can't help but keep going. That's what I find anyway. I feel like I've wussed out if I get off earlier than I should.
 

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That's it exactly mushroom!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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One thing that might work for some is something I read about. If there's something that you really want to get but are hesitant about getting it for lack of funds, set up a motivation jar for it. For example, if you would really like to get a professional massage but normally would feel guilty about spending the money on it, put a certain amount of money in your motivation jar for every day that you exercise. Once you get enough moolah in your jar for the massage, you'll have earned it!
 

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i listen to music that makes me want to get up and dance...<br><br>
music that makes me so happy and hyer i just cant sit still and listen to it...<br><br>
and once you are up and dancing around...im motivated to exercise!!!
 

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^^^^^^^^<br><br>
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