questionshow do you motivate yourself to exercise…


It's hard to nail down general motivation. Right now, we want kids and I need to have a strong, healthy body for them to have the best shot. So, that's working.


In my opinion, the harder you work the easier it gets! As you see progress and realize you feel better about yourself when you work out and eat right, the harder you want to work out, and the more you will watch your diet. It's all about going for it, jump in with both feet and reward yourself when you see results!


I forced myself into a diet and working out for a month and by the end I realized how much better I felt and looked. I've ended up really motivated by keeping up that feeling. It's like I'm finally becoming an adult or something! I even take vitamins too!

It's helped me this time to have a much more manageable plan. In the past I cut calories so hard I was just starving the whole time. I have a Fitbit for working out stuff and I didn't think it would motivate me as much as it has- but for me at least seeing a clear calories in vs out really has helped me better visualize the cost of diet breaking. When I dream of eating an entire pizza, I mean I always KNEW that wasn't good, but feel like I have a better idea of how much I would have to run/whatever to undo that damage.


Ive joined gyms and bought lots of equipment and got tired of it all. I finally just started walking, and love it. I am one of those annoying mall walkers, but it is temp controlled and has bathrooms. The body started toning up and didnt have to change eating habits too much. Good Luck!


It's probably dumb but metrics seem to motivate me best. I keep track of how I exercise (ex. how many push-ups I do) then I try to steadily increase the number while keeping within my comfort zone (I don't push myself too hard).

As for eating healthy, I find its easier to eat healthier when you try new and tasty things. Just because you're eating healthy doesn't mean it can't be tasty. I prefer grilled chicken kabobs with orange, red, and yellow peppers. We use a simple olive oil marinade with basil and garlic in it.

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I agree with the above. The more you do it, the easier it get and the better you feel. That feelings of being healthy, lively and energetic are highly enabling and it's motivating by itself. I forced myself to go to hot yoga once a week in the beginning. Three weeks in, I lost 2-inches in the right places, gained 2-inches in the right places (arms and legs, get your minds out of the gutter!) and I started to sleep better, work better and become more energetic. Adding on top that I have always eaten well (freshly cooked food by myself everyday)...

It's like a perfect positive feedback system. You treat your body well, it treats you better and better.


If you fake enthusiasm for something long enough you eventually forget that you were faking.


Motivation is different for everyone. But I've found the best "trick" I use is to nail down a schedule. Have a specific time dedicated for exercise. Don't just leave it up in the air figuring you'll squeeze it in on various days at various times. For me, it's first thing in the morning. Up, scarf down food to break the fast, shower, gym, protein, shower, work. Then it's done and out of the way. The late afternoon and evening is mine and I know it. No debating with myself and beating myself up over working out.


I don't worry about the eating right part. I do try to exercise regularly. Mostly successful, but recent a new job has gotten in the way a bit. Just got to get my timing back.


Get a work-out buddy. It makes it much harder to skip a work-out if you are accountable to someone else.


All of the above are good answers. For me, I made a routine out of it so it's just like brushing my teeth. A schedule helps a lot as does a work-out buddy. Personally, I don't mind working out. I enjoy the soreness afterwards and the feeling that I've been productive. I know it's good for me and I wanna live a long time. Doesn't hurt with the ladies either ;)


At some point in an exercise regimen everyone hits a "wall", which is the time when a person fells like he/she is ar a standstill. That's when most people give up. But, if aperson keeps at it things become easier and progress continues.
I've been consistently working out 3 to 4 days a week (doctor's suggestion) for the past 12 years since my illness reared its ugy head, but in the past 2 years I've added about 5% more to my workouts on a monthly basis. I now do 15 mins. of weights, 15 mins. of cardio, 20 to 25 mins. of resistance on a cross trainer, and breathing exercises for another 10 mins., and a few minutes rest between each part, all depending on how I feel that day. About an hour each session is what works best for me. Good quick tempo music also helps to keep me focused, and so far I've kept hospital visits to a minimum due to exercise and a good low fat diet. That may change due the discovery of 3 anerysms, but I will continue to exercise as long as I can.


I'm with @retrorak in that I nerdify everything. I make charts, graphs, spreadsheets, calendars, formulas, etc. I like seeing numbers change. I was using a pedometer for a while and had read that 10,000 steps a day is considered a healthy, active lifestyle. There were days in the beginning where I would be at around 6,000, so I would spend the rest of my evening walking around the apartment or taking the dog for extra walks or finding excuses to just move more. It was very satisfying to reach that 10,000 every day.


I get naked and stand in front of the mirror. Then I say "Is this what your wife finds attractive?"

Afterwards, I go sulk and fall asleep eating a pint of ice cream and watching Just Friends. Then I feel better and decide it's not so bad.

I do this about twice a week.


I work out as a way of decompressing after work. I'm juggling half-time masters degree, full time employment, and starting a relationship. I need to do something or else I'll just go batty.

So I take ~1hour every day to work out. I feel a lot better about myself, energized to take on my more mentally challenging tasks, and not antsy (so I can sit down and concentrate on my studies).

Find what works for you! It'll take time. But there is something!


I have a few things:

1. My daughter. I think being healthy to do what you can with your kid(s), and hopefully living long to see them grow up is a great motivator.

2. Being able to enjoy things. Kayaking, swimming, hiking, etc... It's nice to be somewhat in shape to be able to enjoy some outdoor activities with friends and family.

3. I'm a volunteer firefighter. I already need to have 60 pounds of gear on (without carrying tools), that carrying less extra weight of my own is nice. Also, I know that not getting "winded" as quickly, or having a little extra strength from conditioning can literally save my life one day.

4. I'm motivated every time my pants don't fit, I need to put an extra hole in my belt, or shirts that were tight, no longer are.

Over the past year, or so, I've made a concerted effort to lose weight, and have lost about 40 pounds. I try to watch my calorie intake (MyFitnessPal is what I use), and I exercise regularly.


@gigi889: Nothing wrong with being a mall walker, it's being a "too heavy to walk through the mall and must use a motorized cart," that's a problem. My gym is in the mall, and the mall walkers and gym-goers wave at each other occasionally. It's kind of cute.


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I absolutely have to have a goal. Once the goal is set collect as much metrics as possible throughout the journey.
For example, I started running last year. I wear a stopwatch and check my pace at given landmarks (tree/rock, etc) so I have instant feedback of my progress.
The weight loss isn't the goal, but the time. However, in order to get to a certain time I HAVE to lose some weight or else I just hit a wall.
The goal for me is the best 5K time I could run.
Also the more public a goal the more likely you'll shoot for it, and the more excited you'll be when you reach it.


I exercise because I like food, and I'm not about to give up one of life's great pleasures to stay in shape.

I used to be an EMT. We requested/provided lift-assists on a regular basis. This is when one crew can't safely lift the patient, and needs a second (or third) crew to help move them. Of note; our company required the patient to weigh above 400 lbs for a second crew, and 600 lbs for a third. Being that big is disgusting and inexcusable.

I'm currently a nurse. Part of educating patients is telling them to control their weight. I couldn't do that without being a major hypocrite if I was a huge blob myself.


@capguncowboy: I like Blue Bell Krazy Kookie Dough in my similar regimen. :)