How do you motivate yourself to work out?

posted 3 years ago in Fitness
Post # 2
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

Just do it! Especially if you own a treadmill! (I wish I did. I’d never have an excuse to not run even if its only 20 minutes a day). I suggest you set an alarm for certain days. If you schedule it in, you will have a harder time breaking it because its something that you planned for… Force it into a habit and it won’t be an issue. Pretty soon you’ll feel bad when you skip your scheduled workout day. 

I am also always looking for new workouts to keep my gym time intersting. Pinterest has been my bestfriend as far as this is concerned. I find it also helps to have a buddy to work out with so that you help hold each other accountable. Does your husband work out at all? Is this something you could do together?

Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

I find motivation when I have someone who will do it with me. 

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I just have it in my routine, so it’s not a decision. I run 4 days a week, do Body Pump 2 days a week with some stairmaster/elliptical after, and I swim once a week. I almost always do it in the morning, which makes it harder to skip! I sometimes do at-home workouts too, which the Nike Training ap is great for.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

But, no, really, I love donuts and haven’t figured out the motivation to exercise yet either. Best wishes to you!

Post # 7
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Helper bee

I joined a running group (and actually coach a 5k group on the off days). I’ve found running outside with others with a common goal run is super enjoyable. Even if it’s raining/freezing/hot it is so much more enjoyable hen the treadmill. Before I found this passion I would switch up my routine constantly so I never got burned out or bored.

Post # 8
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

I book classes at a studio that charges me if I don’t show. 20$ ! That works.lol

also this is dorky but I have a wall calendar in my room and I put a sticker on days I work out. it actually feels good to see a month full of stickers! And it satisfies me to put one up there. You could even work out a reward (pedicure, shopping, dinner out, whatever) for when you have a perfect Month.

Post # 10
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Busy bee

MRS-K:  I’m kinda in the same boat but what does motivate me is having my iPod stocked up with fresh upbeat current songs. 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

MRS-K:  I second just having it built into my schedule. That said, sometimes it’s hard to get up and go. Looking at pictures of great bodies always helps me. haha.

Post # 12
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Helper bee

It motivates me knowing that I will feel so much better after going to the gym. Even on days that I dread going and literally have to drag myself out of bed, there has never been a time that I thought “man, I really wish I would have skipped that workout”. So, I have to remind myself of that. It’s like taking a shower or brushing my teeth… Just one of those things that you have to do. 

Some days I will even pull up fitness inspiration and Pinterest and thumb through that for a while. That tends to give me at least enough motivation to get up and move.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Wynn Las Vegas

howtobeawife:  HAHAH!!

Would your husband be willing to work out with you? DH has been on a healthy lifestyle kick this last 6 months, and his weight loss and motivation really help me. Otherwise I would totally slack off. Also, I pay a monthly gym membership, and if I don’t go I feel totally guilty wasting that money. 

Post # 14
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Helper bee

howtobeawife:  Donuts. Donuts and cupcakes. If those could be used as legit motivation, I’d be a frikkin’ fitness model by now.

Sigh… A girl can dream. :*(

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

MRS-K:  I struggle with being motivated to work out on day 6 of my workouts. Yep, I work out 6 out of 7 days of the week. The way I got around this was to have a particular show on Netflix that I can only watch when I work out. This keeps me motivated to see the next episode and work out for 45 each day. It has worked wonderfully! I get to watch a good show as a reward, and it keeps me going back to the treadmill to see what happens on the show next.

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