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Get Addicted to Exercising

Once you start loving something, it's hard to go without it. You can become addicted to almost anything, so how about getting addicted to working out? Sounds odd, I know. Maybe 'addicted' is a bit too strong of a word to use, but you may be able to get to the point where you actually like exercising. These tips from give insight on how to make exercising part of your life (not something that takes away from what you already do):

  1. Timing is everything. Work out at a time that fits your schedule. If you plan to hit the gym after work, but often stay late at the office or have social engagements, it's going to be hard to make your workout a regular part of your week. For most people, mornings are the most realistic time. If you can get up an hour earlier for one week, you might find that exercise wakes you up and energizes you for the rest of the day.
  2. Seek convenience. Pick a gym that's close to the office, so swinging by in the morning or on the way home is super easy. Before you know it, your car will practically be steering itself there.

  3. Addicted yet? If not, there are five more tips so

  4. Make it a "given." If you do workout in the evenings, make sure your friends and family know that other engagements will have to wait until after your exercise time. The more you and everyone else in your life becomes accustomed to scheduling around your workout, the less likely you'll be to blow it off for other activities.
  5. Think ahead. Half the battle is being organized. It doesn't take much. While you're packing your lunch or laying out your clothes for work the next day, be sure to pick out clean exercise clothes, pack your gym bag and fill up your water bottle so you can get up and go in a jiffy.
  6. Talk it up. Decide that you're going to be that person in the office or around the neighborhood who is awe-inspiring for motivation. When co-workers start noticing your weight loss, tell them that you now exercise four to five times a week. Make it a character trait, a fact of life -- not just something you've been dabbling in lately. Hearing yourself describe your life in this way makes it real -- and will inspire you to keep it up.
  7. Become an addict. The truth is, the "feel-good chemicals" released during high-intensity workouts can leave you craving exercise. If you can reach the point where you yearn for that fitness "high" the way someone might desire coffee, motivation will no longer be an issue.


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Fitness Fitness 10 years
Thats great talida! Great idea to make it a competition!
talida talida 10 years
I live with 2 other single gals, and to motivate each other, we devised an "exercise contest" where we all record on a calendar dates we exercised. At the end of the month, anyone who didn't reach her goal (going 12 times a month), is subject to a health-related penalty (ex: not allowed to take elevator at home/work). So far it's worked so well for all of us! We've all met our goals because we set really hard penalties for each other, and we don't want to lose! I want to keep this up with them, even after we've moved out.
SweetPeasMom SweetPeasMom 10 years
I recently joined a local gym and was going five days a week in the morning, then SweetPea got sick, so I didn't want to take her to the daycare they offer and risk passing along her germs. I was amazed at how much my body misses it already, even though I had only been going two weeks before I had to take a break. I can't wait for her to get over this so I can go back!
shy_baby shy_baby 10 years
It took a while but I love excercising. Something about the sweat and the music and the knowledge that my body is gonna be banging if i keep up with it, keeps me going. I haven't worked out today cuz I've worked out 3 times already this week (I try to reserve a day to let my body recover) but its on my mind like I need a fix, haha.
amandasunly amandasunly 10 years
I haven't reached that level yet. I'm not addicted to anything at all. I don't need a daily dose of anything. I think I have commitment issues. But thanks for the post, Fit, I'll try this stuff out. I really want a more active lifestyle - exercise makes people smarter!
mandiesoh mandiesoh 10 years
definitely. i feel uncomfy when i dont exercise
muchacha muchacha 10 years
my gym is right next door to my office, it's so convenient.. i just pop in right at the end of the day, or at lunch if i'm crunched for time.. great post Fit!
Midnightkiss4u09 Midnightkiss4u09 10 years
I work out every morning-makes me feel great and in shape.
SU3 SU3 10 years
I work out mostly in the mornings - if I don't, I feel weird and lazy throughout the day.
EcannDallas EcannDallas 10 years
after working out five days a week for the last 7 months, i can honestly say i still dont like working out...but psychologically, if i dont i feel very weird, even guilty. haha whatever works i guess.
iffermay iffermay 10 years
I work out at the Y most mornings. What REALLY helps me is having a locker. My shampoo, towel, hair dryer, moisterizers, shoes, swimsuit, radio, and a variety of workout clothes are always there, so there is no slowing me down...or excuses. All, for $7/month.
CestLaVie CestLaVie 10 years
The "feel-good" chemicals really do work even when I have to drag myself there... before long I get in a "groove." However, times like this past weekend, after a week of commendable down-to-the-gym every day workouts, I slipped up and decided Saturday would be my day off... which lead to taking Sunday off as well and not forcing myself to go yesterday- time to hit the gym after work today!!!
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