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How do YOU motivate yourself to exercise?

We all have our ups and downs but what technique do you use to make sure that you exercise?

I walk every day and try to do some yoga stretches most days. Doesn't always work. I was diagnosed diabetic a year ago and that scared me enough to make me work out religiously. I put up a few pictures of men with six-pack abs inside kitchen cabinets and on the bathroom mirror alongside pictures of fat slobs. I also have a few signs to scare me: "Amputation! Amputation!" posted in my closet. Both the scary and the positive (the nice pictures) usually give me the necessary motivation to work out. What works with you?

Sat. May 27, 9:50pm

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1. I wrote out a list of the reasons why I want to be fit and healthy and hung them on my dresser mirror. It helps to remind myself why I'm doing this.
2. I have my "goal" bikini hanging in my room so that I can't help but see it every day.
3. Sometimes I'll log that I'm going to a certain workout then I feel like I have to do it because if I don't then I'll have to fess up for not doing it.
4. I hung my gym's class schedule next to my computer at work so that I'm reminded of all the oportunities to exercise.

Saturday, May 27, 2006, 10:22 PM

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I remind myself the dog needs to get out, too. I lay out my clothes and force myself to change into them after work or in the morning, so there is no excuse, I'm just ready to go. Sometimes I feel guilty if I don't exercise, that can be a motivator. Watching the calories burned motivates me to push harder. Getting out in the fresh air makes me feel great.

As I am running, I people watch and notice many larger, unfit people...maybe it's rude or mean, but I keep running so I don't become one of those people.

Sunday, May 28, 2006, 12:39 AM

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If I REALLY don't feel like exercising, I promise myself to do just 10 minutes...and then decide after that whether to carry on. Most times, after 10 minutes, I am already feeling better, and enjoying it, and I carry on.

Either way, its a win-win situation......if you have just done the 10 minutes, and stopped, you should pat yourself on the back for being disciplined and doing it...if you have done more, give yourself an even bigger pat on the back, and remember the feeling, ready for the next time you don't feel like it!

Sunday, May 28, 2006, 4:32 AM

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The 4:32 poster I totally agree with. I do the same thing, just tell yourself, "I'll just go out for a few minutes or a short walk, etc" and then before ya know it I've ran or walked 4-6 miles and got a great work out in.

Sunday, May 28, 2006, 9:51 AM

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I put some serious thought into putting together mixes of songs that I love and that dictate the pace of my workouts. Once I turn on the mp3 player I'm 'in'. I couldn't 'not' move my body if you tied me down. The music and the moving of the body is such a release that I haven't had much difficulty motivating myself in awhile.

It also helps immensely that I have my own exercise equipment, so even if I don't feel like heading outside, or if the weather's icky, I can go grab a good workout quickly and I don't have to get dressed, pack my luggage and go to the gym.

Sunday, May 28, 2006, 12:02 PM

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ok this maybe isn't the best motivator, but alot of times my competitive nature and jealousy drive me to push myself. when my boyfriend tells me how fast he can run a mile or how long he can run for i get jealous and make sure that i work really hard the next day.
also when i watch shows on vh1 about how hard some celebrities work out to acheive and maintain their buff bodies i get pumped up and think "if they work that hard to look great and be healthy, i can too!" then i go work out.
sometimes i wish i could just motivate myself, but hey at least it gets moving!

Sunday, May 28, 2006, 6:27 PM

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i resisted going out for a walk today. i talked myself into wearing my sneakers and sitting on the porch for one hour. after a few minutes, i walked down the driveway to the road (100 yards) and, before you know it, i was on my way!

Tuesday, May 30, 2006, 8:00 AM

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workout schedule!

i plan out my workouts for the week and post them in my Peertrainer goal section, which i update each week. then I write a big happy CHECK next to each completed workout after i do it!!! no thinking, no planning, i wake up each morning, check my workout schedule, and i'm on autopilot, i just go!

having 5-6 "CHECK"s at the end of the week feels really great. :)

Tuesday, May 30, 2006, 8:19 AM

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i made a commitment to work out EVERYDAY till my moms cancer is gone...

Tuesday, May 30, 2006, 9:44 AM

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i read the entries on the team "motivation station".

Friday, June 02, 2006, 1:07 AM

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