(Closed) Ooof, reality check. Motivate me, pretty please, you fitness bees!

posted 7 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Does it have to be the gym? What about some at home workouts? DVDs, barbells, You Tube workout videos…

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

personal trainer – i swear by them!

i know alot of people have bought the 30 day shred and said it was awesome but ive not seen it

 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

where do you live that it’s that cold out! Sorry:( Try the 30 day shred, it’s great…very tough in the beginning but if you stick with it it’s worth it. I know it can be tough to go to the gym. It’s harder for me at night, so I try to go as early in the day as possible. Also, if you go directly from work and don’t go home it’s easier too!

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I just posted about the Nike Training Club if you have an iPhone or iPod touch. It’s a great workout! If not a lot of cable channels have an “Exercise” category on onDemand and you can pick free exercise videos from there. (Mine has the 30 Day Shred on it so it’s pretty up to date!) If not I think you can pick up exercise DVDs from amazon–I know people really like p90X and zumba workouts. 

As for tricks–I just make myself do it. Plan your workout/day the day before so there’s no wiggle room. Like: “I’ll get home, eat dinner, digest, and then do X DVD” If you have a plan I think you’re more likely to follow through.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Have you tried signing up for a specific class at the gym (i.e. yoga, spinning, pilates)?  I find if it is an appointment that I’m more likely to stick to it.  One thing that helped me get over the cold motivator when I lived in Fargo was to have a friend that I would work out with.  We could usually co-motivate ourselves to the gym each day even if it was just a phone call that we had to make to confirm that we had made it at different times.  

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I have to go in the mornings – if I plan to go after work/at night, I can always think of a hundred excuses not to.  By going in the morning, my alarm goes off, I drink a cup of coffee and hydrate, and I go.  Otherwise I am just up with nothing to do…  It also helps that my husband gets up at the same time and goes with me, so we keep each other accountable (except for this morning, when he decided to sleep in – grrrr).  You might want to try going to the gym at a time you are always available (like mornings).

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

The four things that have seemed to work for myself and for pretty much everyone else I know are: 

*1. Workout in the morning. This seems to be the single most important factor in determining consistency. It’s too easy for you to be tired and/or unexpectedly busy to blow off afternoon/evening workouts. If you are serious about making it a priority, then frankly, that means morning person or not, you’re willing to go to bed early and get up early to do it. 5am if you have to. 

2. Classes help because it’s a lot easier to say to yourself, “All I have to do is motivate myself enough to get there. Once I’m there, someone else will take over.” I find it easier to trudge to my am yoga class than I do to get myself to do a home DVD, personally. 

3. Get a workout buddy. If someone else is waiting for you, then you’re more inclined to be responsible. 

And finally, 4. Find a workout that you like. Or at least that you can live with. There’s a lot of information out there about which exercise is optimal–but the truth is, the type of workout that is optimal for you is the one that you will actually get up to do. So, the rowing machine provides an excellent full-body workout, but if you can’t stand it, don’t bother. If you really love walking then walk and don’t listen to people who tell you that running would be better. 

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I love the 30 day shread! I have only done it about 5 times and I already feel results. You said that you used to cheer, you should try some dance videos. I love Zumba, it seriously does not feel like you are working out. Best of luck!

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I second everything @JennyW1 says! and wanted to add one more –

Switch it up if you are having a hard time getting to the gym.  During the week, I run intervals on the treadmill three mornings a week and go to a yoga class two mornings.  Knowing that I get to do something different this morning that I did yesterday morning really helps me stay motivated.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Go for Zumba! Especially if you have a Wii and can just buy the game for that. 😀 I love it!

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I’m one of those bad exercisers that hates the gym and hates to get up early.  Fiance and I got each other an elliptical for Xmas so I’ve been doing 15-30 mins on the elliptical every day after work (as well as whenever I wake up on the weekends), along with either 30 Day Shred or No More Trouble Zones.  Jillian is tough, but she gets results, and NMTZ is really awesome since it targets those spots where women tend to get chunky, like your abs, arms, and thighs.

Post # 15
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Newbee

I can totally relate. It’s hard to go to the gym when you have to put on 50 million layers so you don’t freeze on the way there. Maybe sign up for some classes at the gym if they have them? This usually motivates me to go since I’ve already paid for the class. I really like spinning and pilates. I think the classes are better than working out at home because you’re less likely to cheat (cut the workout short or half ass it) if you’re in the class with other people, or at least that’s true for me. 

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