What made you start working out?

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    Dec 30, 2011 7:24 PM GMT
    I wanted to start working out, but like most people who made their new year resolution only to fail in two months, it had not worked. I am turning to you guys for inspiration, especially to those of you who used to be couch potatoes who somehow got into, really into, working out.

    What got you started? And what made you keep going?
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    Dec 30, 2011 9:11 PM GMT
    It all started with my bf at the time leaving me to go back to his ex after being with me for 4 months. Somehow it made me feel like I wasn't good enough.

    With all the spare time, I started training for a triathlon and cooking my own food. Slowly I started getting more in shape. My body started to feel better and look better, so I never stopped.
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    Jan 02, 2012 6:10 PM GMT
    I'm also restarting and have my work cut out for me.

    Getting results at the gym helped keep me motivated. Working with a trainer can help as they usually pick more challenging exercises than I would do on my own.

    What tends to sabotage me: Unpredictable work schedules, falling off the wagon with a diet program, etc. I really need to learn to just get up, dust myself off, and resume doing what I should do, without too much guilt...
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    Jan 02, 2012 6:20 PM GMT
    I started working out (and taking a real interest in proper nutrition) because I wanted to set the stage for life-long health (I have more than a few relatives that have struggled with their weight and cardiovascular disease). Progress keeps me motivated, even if it is slow at times (most times lol). As far as the motivation to keep at it with respect to resolutions for 2012 - you just have to get off your butt and do it! Decisive outcomes are rarely obtained through introspection. I really found it useful to have a gym buddy in the beginning because when one of us lost motivation, or just didn't feel like going we encouraged the other to keep at it. For those times when you don't have anyone for motivation, again, just go to the gym, go for a walk/run/bike ride, or do *something* you enjoy that keeps you active because you KNOW you'll feel great after you do it.

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    Jan 02, 2012 6:21 PM GMT
    my twin used to make fun of me for being fat, the teasing stopped btw.. icon_lol.gif
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    Jan 02, 2012 6:22 PM GMT
    After my first year as a college professor, I had to go to graduation. I borrowed a cap and gown because I don't have my own. - It was supposed to be one size fits all. Well, it didn't.

    It was probably the most humiliating night of my life. I started the next week.
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    Jan 02, 2012 6:22 PM GMT
    I think having realistic expectations is what has helped me this whole time. I picked the things I want to improve: Overall body look, Strength, 5k time, and frequency of workouts. I then set a goal for each one by writing it down and posting it somewhere I can always see it. This served as a visual cue, and a constant reminder. Lastly, I picked an "Ideal" body type that is my goal and go from there...

    I am sure to realize while I may not achieve all the goals, I will still work towards them. After you accomplish one goal, be sure to set another. If you set a goal, accomplish it, and not plan a new goal...you may fall flat.

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    In case you wondered, my goals for last year were:
    body type:
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    sub 18:30 in a 5k
    workout at least 3/week

    All goals have to be realistic.
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    Jan 02, 2012 6:26 PM GMT
    I've been a "work in-progress" for the past 7 years. I used to weigh 230 lbs, had a 36 inch waist. At my 5'9" height, that was obviously very unhealthy. At the time, I watched my grandfather slowly deteriorate from heart disease and diabetes, all thanks to his poor diet and lifestyle choices throughout his life. The diabetes eventually turned into a vascular condition where his arteries started to harden and blood flow slowly decreased to his limbs and caused gangrene to develop. He lost both of his legs and the condition started to spread to his hands. He shortly died after. I looked at myself and thought, "I need to make a change. I don't want to end up like him in 50 years."

    That has been the greatest motivation for me. However, I've also used to the age old motivators of wanting to attract a guy that I'm attracted to, the vanity, the competition at the gym, or just really for the wellness and piece of mind. Once you start to see results, you can use that as a motivator to keep going to avoid losing any of the progress you've gained. I go to the gym around the same time and make it part of my schedule so that once a certain time rolls around, I'm automatically oriented to know that, "Oh, it's time to go to the gym."

    Good luck!
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    Jan 02, 2012 6:26 PM GMT
    When I saw the picture on the left (obviously). When I saw this picture I was beyond horrified. It's funny that it was that one picture...I had seen pictures of myself before is a bathing suit...but this one made me vow to make changes.

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    Jan 02, 2012 6:28 PM GMT
    uberick saidWhat got you started?
    The mirror.

    uberick saidAnd what made you keep going?
    The mirror.
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    Jan 02, 2012 6:37 PM GMT
    paulflexes said
    uberick saidWhat got you started?
    The mirror.

    uberick saidAnd what made you keep going?
    The mirror.


    Yeah. Agreed. It can provide some serious motivation. AND... People who visualize what they want tend to be people that achieve their goals.
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    Jan 02, 2012 6:42 PM GMT
    What got me started? I broke up with my partner a few years ago and thought I was gonna get lots of sex if I worked out. However, got nae sex but started to realise I was shaping up good, having a better night's sleep, less stressed at work, and enjoying the endorphin rush. I also began reading up on it and learned that (and please correct me if I'm wrong) weightlifting helped combat cancer, made you less likely to be diabetic, suffer from Alzheimers and made sure that in old age you would have some muscle and that in old age, you could get to the toilet in time. And now I can't stop! (the gym that is, not going to the toilet!).


  • Jan 02, 2012 6:43 PM GMT
    uberick saidI wanted to start working out, but like most people who made their new year resolution only to fail in two months, it had not worked. I am turning to you guys for inspiration, especially to those of you who used to be couch potatoes who somehow got into, really into, working out.

    What got you started? And what made you keep going?


    I used to be skinny... I realized that "working out" is the only thing in your life that you can control... you cannot control relationships, job, family etc ... However, you can control how you treat your body..

    I got good at it... developed rather quickly ... got my fitness trainer certification

    Don't do it for a boy friend.... Do it for yourself
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    Jan 02, 2012 6:44 PM GMT
    What got me started? Me being the fat kid in school and then loving the pump from the get go. I was either 12 or 13 and actually a little nervous to start, but after a day I got over it and the rest was history. What keeps me going is the physical changes- increases in strength, speed, and attention from men and women. Sorry to be a little douchey, but I kinda like it.
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    Jan 02, 2012 6:48 PM GMT
    Bullwinklemoos saidWhat got me started? Me being the fat kid in school and then loving the pump from the get go. I was either 12 or 13 and actually a little nervous to start, but after a day I got over it and the rest was history. What keeps me going is the physical changes- increases in strength, speed, and attention from men and women. Sorry to be a little douchey, but I kinda like it.


    It's not douchey! Attention is great motivation icon_biggrin.gif
  • fitone

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    Jan 02, 2012 6:52 PM GMT
    A photo taken of me at the beach on vacation when I was 25. My body looked like a pear with a speedo on to me; I couldn't believe it!
  • Rush_

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    Jan 02, 2012 6:53 PM GMT
    Started when my (then) bf of three years dumped me. I dumped myself hardcore into my martial arts and picked up a gym membership to supplement that because I needed to re-establish my identity. Plus over those three years, I got pretty pudgy.

    Well, these years later, I've done a few half marathons, a marathon and I now teach group cardio.

    Having goals (weekly, monthly, quarterly, yearly, etc) are what keeps me going. After a while, you just get hooked and it becomes habit. I know I get really moody if I miss more than a couple days worth of workouts!!

    In the end, you have to do it all for you. You'll feel the benefits of eating better and exercising, then you won't ever want to go back.
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    Jan 03, 2012 4:05 AM GMT
    I used to be a couch potato until the age of 22. At that time, the provincial government was cutting health care spending and laying off more employees than I could swat mosquitos.

    I began to realize, that my generation will likely not be privileged to social and health programs. I decided that I better start taking care of myself the best I way I could and hopefully lessen my chances of poor health as a senior.
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    Jan 03, 2012 4:11 AM GMT
    A few factors:

    (1) My doctor telling me my cholesterol was through the roof, I was borderline morbidly obese, and that I needed to loose at least 40 lbs.

    (2) Grew tired of being overweight (have been since I was 15)

    (3) My last girlfriend told me that I would never amount to anything (so I wanted to prove the bitch wrong!).

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    Jan 03, 2012 4:13 AM GMT
    Like some of the other guys, I was overweight and tired of being teased at school. Dieted and exercised, and in a few months, the change was pretty drastic. It's weird how people treat you differently when you lose like 50 pounds.
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    Jan 03, 2012 4:15 AM GMT
    Woke up at 7 this morning cuz idk lol
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    Jan 03, 2012 4:18 AM GMT
    Hated be a skinny stick man basically and decided to change myself. I figured if all the guys in magazines could do it so could I.

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    Jan 03, 2012 4:18 AM GMT
    I wanted to stark working out to improve for XC in highschoo.
    Now I work out for me and for superficial reasons.
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    Jan 03, 2012 4:36 AM GMT
    I was tired of being fat and hating myself. Some things happened that finally put in perspective what I was holding myself back from. If I hadn't made the change I firmly believe I'd be in a very dark and lonely place right now. It's amazing the difference a year and a half can make.
  • Pr0digy

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    Jan 03, 2012 4:39 AM GMT
    Meh... had to for sports :'( I hated it. But I ended up excelling in most sports. *Semi pro level*