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How do you motivate yourself to exercise when you don’t feel like doing it?

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asked Aug 27, 2015 in Health and Fitness by anonymous
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Create consequences for not doing it. Sign a committment contract with a workout buddy where you have to pay each other for any missed or skipped scheduled sessions. The Pact app can also create a situation where supporters reward you financially for sticking to a workout schedule, but you get charged money for missing. It's kind of like Kickstarter for your own health and fitness[1].

Other good motivators include listening to a new playlist, using a gym that has equipment where you can watch tv, and employing the 10-minute trick. The 10-minute trick is basically just telling yourself you'll exercise at least 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, if you feel better, you keep going. If not, it's not your day[2].

answered Aug 27, 2015 by Topher (27,830 points)
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We've all gone through ruts when we don't feel like exercising. But there are effective techniques in improving your motivation. Here are some suggestions:

- Sometimes thinking about how much you have to exercise makes you feel mentally tired. So, try dividing your routine into shorter segments. Instead of spending 30 minutes jogging, just jog for 10 minutes, or even five.  This is the basic approach when tackling any big task. When you break it down into smaller parts, the goal is easier to achieve and that will motivate you to finish. Reward yourself after you reach that goal. Get into a routine of doing short exercises, then lengthen it as you go along. [1]

- The right workout music will help. Music will distract you focuing on your tired muscles. It improves your mood and helps your endurance. Pick songs with positive lyrics and a good beat that your body can move to. [2]

- Just put on your exercise clothes and running shoes. Don't even ask yourself why and just do it. When your are in the right gear, sometimes that can jumpstart your motivation. [3]


Here is a video that you might want to try:


[1]  http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/weight-loss/tips/motivation/recharge-your-exercise-motivation/

[2]  http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/psychology-workout-music/


[3]  http://www.prevention.com/fitness/fitness-tips/instant-workout-motivation

answered Aug 27, 2015 by turker88 (23,620 points)
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Oh, boy. I struggle with this. I used to be in such good shape... but then I had two children. I thought that regaining my old figure would be motivation enough, but it just hasn't been. I needed to find other ways to keep myself focused, and I did that through a few apps and rewards programs.


First, Pact, which is an application for both Android and the iPhone, has been instrumental to my success. Essentially, this app keeps you motivated by charging you money if you do not reach your weekly goals. You earn a little money if you meet them all, but for me, I get up and get moving primarily because I don't want to pay anything. There are three kinds of goals you can set. The first is your "gym pact." You determine how many days in the week you want to go to the gym. You can also link your activity tracker - 10,000 steps in a day is considered one gym workout. You then set how much you want to pay for any missed days. They lowest "pact" is $5 per missed day, which is what I am set at.


The second type of pact is a fruit/veggie pact. Determine how many fruits and vegetables you think you can eat in the week (you can upload a maximum of five pictures per day). Like the gym pact, you will be charged money for each missed fruit/vegetable, with the minimum being $5. Users vote on the pictures and determine whether something is actually a fruit or a vegetable.


Finally, the third type of pact is the only one that I have not yet participated in. It is the Food Logging Pact, done in conjunction with MyFitnessPal. It works similarly to the two pacts mentioned above.


I typically earn about .07 per completed fruit/veggie and .20 per completed workout. Not a lot, but it is fun to see the balance rise. Like I said though, I am primarily motivated not to lose any money.


I also like FitStudio, which is a rewards program run by Sears. They give you 5,000 points (the equivalent of $5) per week for either walking 15 miles or burning 1500 calories. You can also earn and additional .40 per day for completing a few activities. Now, the points expire quickly - in 7 days. However, by using the points I get from FitStudio in conjunction with surprise points offered through the Shop Your Way program, I have been able to purchase birthday and Christmas gifts for my kids for little to no money at all. That has been very motivating!








Infographic credit: http://infographicaday.com/susans-top-5-ways-to-stay-motivated/

answered Aug 27, 2015 by Unckelli (50,310 points)
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