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i can't get my butt to the gym

I know I need to do it... I even bought a new ipod to try to make it more 'fun'
Nothing works - after work I just want to veg. on the couch. The changing seasons aren't helping. I live in Seattle and can feel the impending gloom.
Ugh. Help me.


Thu. Oct 12, 4:03pm

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walk around your neighborhood for a little while at a fast pace. it will get your blood pumping and your heart rate up. try this a couple times and the benfits might motivate you to go to the gym...

Thursday, October 12, 2006, 4:14 PM

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I can so relate. Don't give up, tho. You may not be a gym kind of person.

I got burned out on the gym and really had no extra time for it (driving, changing, etc.). So, I started exercising at home. Also, I was too tired after work and wanted to veg out. So, I just started going to bed earlier and getting up and exercising before work. I tape any shows I miss from going to bed early and watch them on the weekend.

Over the years I have found that I really like exercise videos - particularly Denise Austin. I started with dumbbells, but now have a weight set and bench. I also acquired a mini-trampoline, which is my favorite. If I don't like the moves on the video, I jump on the trampoline until they do something I do like.

The main this is don't give up. Find something you like. Find a time that works for you. And, if you are the type who gets bored, mix it up.

Just don't give up. :-)

Thursday, October 12, 2006, 4:18 PM

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oh, yeah!! i love denise austin!!! she is awesome!!!!

Thursday, October 12, 2006, 4:21 PM

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As with anything you must stick with it until it becomes habit!
I agree with the above poster too, I work out at home too. I bought a used treadmill and a set of weights and after months of working out at least 4 times a week I am still at it! And I can say that if I don't get in at least 4 runs per week it affects my mood negatively. I am addicted and it's a good thing!
I would try working out at home, for me getting to the gym is WAY too much work! I get a better workout at home

Thursday, October 12, 2006, 4:24 PM

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Absolutely. No drive, no gym bag to pack, no items to forget to put in the bag, no waiting on equipment, no worries about what you look like or what you wear or if you brought it. Home work-outs are stress-free, to me.

Thursday, October 12, 2006, 4:34 PM

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If you decide to stick with going to the gym instead of working out at home....make sure you go straight to the gym after work and don't go home first. If possible join a gym right near your place of work. I have the same problem about getting motivated to work out and once I get home, I have trouble getting myself to head back out to work out. But now I've made it part of my routine to do it right after work before I go home and is has helped immensely.

Thursday, October 12, 2006, 4:50 PM

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Yep - I use the same strategy and it has been really working for me. My gym is on the way home and I just head straight there. At first it was hard to get used to a different routine after work, but now I feel grouchy and frumpy if I don't get in my gym time. Plus it's a great way to decompress so I don't unload on my hudband. I have an employer who is just fine with me working 7-4 so I can get a jump on the after work crowd and get home in time to make dinner by 6.

Do you have a buddy or co-worker you could meet there or go with?

Thursday, October 12, 2006, 5:08 PM

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I think it's crucial to find an activity that you actually enjoy doing. Then it will be a pleasure to do it and it'll be something to look forward to.

Totally agree with the above posters too--working out at home is great!! :)

Thursday, October 12, 2006, 7:01 PM

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I also agree that you have to do somethings that you like to do. I like Yoga, even though I don't feel like I am getting a lot of fat burned, but I use that as one of the ghings that I llike to do at the gym. I like to see other people working out and that keeps me going...However, some days, it's hard to get in there..Remember the memeberhsip fee that you are paying .

Thursday, October 12, 2006, 10:37 PM

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I also agree that you have to do somethings that you like to do. I like Yoga, even though I don't feel like I am getting a lot of fat burned, but I use that as one of the ghings that I llike to do at the gym. I like to see other people working out and that keeps me going...However, some days, it's hard to get in there..Remember the memeberhsip fee that you are paying .

Thursday, October 12, 2006, 10:37 PM

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