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Speak Up: How Do You Motivate Yourself to Exercise?

Regular exercise is part of my lifestyle, and normally I look forward to working out and the feeling of accomplishment that comes with it. Sometimes, though, the last thing I want to do is lace up my sneakers and do something active — the lack of motivation usually comes when I'm shooting for an early morning workout or after I've had a long day of blogging.

Lately, I've been thinking about the ever-fit Obamas when I'm having trouble motivating myself to get moving. I tell myself, if they can make exercise a priority in their lives, then I can, too. Tell me, how do you motivate yourself to exercise?


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miss-malone miss-malone 8 years
Well, it makes me feel great so I just do it :)
almostloli almostloli 8 years
remember those broken hearts.. haha
MADONNA !!! I just look at a picture of her or watch one of her videos ("Sorry" works). If that doesn't get me to the gym, nothing will.
laluna27 laluna27 8 years
I do a few things, some a tad weird: 1) get new gym clothes that make me feel good about my body 2) look at some celebrities for motivation 3) if I'm really not into it after 15 minutes I let myself stop. usually by the time I've finished 15 minutes, another 15 doesn't seem so bad. 4) I think about how good I'll feel after. 5) I schedule it in ahead of time.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Stand in front of the mirror naked.. :lol:
cmd0610 cmd0610 8 years
I've been doing regular exercise and long distance running for like 14yrs (since I was 12!) so I don't really need motivation anymore because it's just a natural part of me like breathing! I do run a lot of races because that motivates me to train harder and run faster :D
ella1978 ella1978 8 years
I wake up at 530 am to work out. I don't even know if I know what I'm doing that early. I set out my clothes, I put them on, grab my water bottle and head out the door. By the time I'm on the machines, I'm awake :) hehe.
duckiesandie duckiesandie 8 years
My boyfriend and I have a long distance relationship, the kind where we can only see each other for weeks every few months. I'm going to visit him for Spring Break in March and I want to look my best when I see him. So when I just need that extra push, I think of him and how good I'll feel when I can show him how fit I've become.
kristints kristints 8 years
I have to be sure to eat really well in order to feel good for exercise. As long as I eat right, the only motivation I need is thinking about the feeling I'll have after I'm done.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 8 years
I keep buying exercise equipment and exercise clothes and going to Sports Basement and watch active people who use their equipment. Then I come home and stand naked in front of my full length mirror and suddenly...SUDDENLY I have the absolute need to exercise like a hyperactive child.
lilxmissxmolly lilxmissxmolly 8 years
*not going for a run
lilxmissxmolly lilxmissxmolly 8 years
i just love the way it makes me feel. i heard once somewhere "i've never regretted going for a run, but i always regret not going for a fun."
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I used to be really overweight, so when I work out, I remind myself that I don't ever want to be that big again. Truthfully, I don't need a whole lot of motivation usually...I love the way working out makes me feel for the rest of the day and I also love the way it makes my body look. I know it's kind of shallow, but I LIKE fitting into skinny pants and cute outfits.
jenniferjane jenniferjane 8 years
1) I don't allow it to be choice. It's not something I think about doing, I just do it. Like brushing my teeth, eating, going to sleep, etc. It is just part of my routine. 2) I signed up for a half marathon that takes place on March 8th! I have been training for about 6 months, and I CAN'T not run, or I'll blow it on race day!! Sign yourself up for something! 3) My boyfriend is really hot and treats me great, so I think about how he deserves to have me in my best shape. 4) I look at old pictures of me as a fat person. 5) I look at pictures of skinny people. Whatever, it's the truth.
honeycreepshow honeycreepshow 8 years
mental imagery lol. i have a picture of myself, strong and powerful and fit, that i cling to desperately when my workouts start to suck. also, i have a plan where for every hour i play World of Warcraft, I have to work out for half an hour. I play WoW a lot lol. Also, I buy nice, expensive, flattering, cute workout clothes. It makes working out more fun, and then I feel bad if I don't work out, cause I just spent a bunch of money on workout clothes I'll never use!
tatsauce tatsauce 8 years
Trying something new. I went to Yoga at 24 hour last night. I haven't taken a class since 2002, so I was VERY rusty! It was so challenging. I was hating it within the first 10 minutes but I love the instructor and it helped that the other people in the class were also struggling. It was so challenging and motivating at the same time. I can't wait to go back next week!
psterling psterling 8 years
Ok, I wouldn't suggest other people do this but my husband and I got a very active puppy knowing that we would HAVE to walk her twice a day. We've had her for a little over a month and so far haven't missed a day. I can't stand the idea of depriving her of something so essential to her well-being!
dunnonuttin dunnonuttin 8 years
I tend to have a lot of excess energy and have a hard time doing nothing. Therefore I crave my workouts.... if something happens and I can't workout I start to feel stagnant (for lack of a better word) and I'm talking only one day.
sourcherry sourcherry 8 years
I think about how it does wonders for my mood and energy when I work out first thing in the morning. Also, like mem952, new gear and new music always makes me want to go to the gym!
Carrie14884290 Carrie14884290 8 years
I don't bother with "motivation." Exercise is just something I do, and I schedule it into my day. At 5pm, I'm going to squat. If I don't feel like doing it, I still get changed and start my warmup, and usually by the time I'm warmed up, I figure I might as well finish. And before I know it, I'm done.
mem952 mem952 8 years
i try to take the decision part out of it - i set my day up so that it's easy for me to go to gym. so, i make sure my gear is packed in advance and i have a rough plan of what i should be doing each time i go to the gym. having a goal helps a lot - knowing that you'll be reaching your goal quicker by going to the gym. new gear - like a new sweat-wicking top or running tights - always helps motivate me too! as does a new track on my iPod!
divinedebris divinedebris 8 years
The way I feel and the difference I see in my body. It's usually really difficult for me to get my lazyness to the gym but I have to.. I want to keep looking the way I do. My vanity has a lot to do with my exercising, I'll be honest. :) It's not completely about vanity, I like being healthy and being able to do a 9 something minute mile. Oh and exercise does wonders for depression.
Brooke_72 Brooke_72 8 years
I remember how no matter how many times I've dragged myself to workout I am always happy I did it afterward. I also remind myself that all of the positive things that come with exercise are dose dependent. So I get out there and move.
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 8 years
Sometimes I just feel like it. Sometimes it's that it seems to be toning my arms and other areas so I want to keep going (meaning being consisten with it). I also like that doing some exercise can actually make it easier to fall asleep at night. It's also the best way for me to get rid of stress.
anna_muffin anna_muffin 8 years
Podcasts. I know that at the gym, I'll have time to listen to something interesting and do something for my body at the same time.
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