I've lost my motivation to exercise.

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    Jan 20, 2012 2:57 AM GMT
    Please help.
  • rndale

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    Jan 20, 2012 5:59 AM GMT
    Just look at a guy with a crazy hot body, it makes me want to do crunches.
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    Jan 20, 2012 6:49 AM GMT
    Maybe you've been overtraining? When was the last time you took a week or two away from the gym or at least away from lifting heavy?
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    Jan 20, 2012 6:50 AM GMT
    Exercise is tiring. Come eat cake with me.

    Caaaaakkeeeeeeee

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    Jan 20, 2012 7:10 AM GMT
    So you have to emotionally, rationally, and socially encourage yourself to keep at it.

    As to the emotional: Operant conditioning is your friend. A little bit of patience, good timing, and the use of a ~90% reward schedule (meaning, you reward yourself nearly always but sometimes not, randomly) can potentially help.

    As to the rational: Tracking your progress will help you realize that your effort is paying off (qualitative: pics; and, quantitative: measurements). Also, stop to think of the health benefits and appreciate that you're working toward this and getting a fit body to boot.

    As to the social: Show off occasionally and gloat as people communicate to you how good you look. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jan 20, 2012 7:16 AM GMT
    Just look at this picture every day and it'll make you want to work out:
    Naked-fat-guy.jpg
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    Jan 20, 2012 7:30 AM GMT
    Go exercise. Forget about waiting for motivation. Action first, motivation later.
  • josephmovie

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    Jan 20, 2012 7:58 AM GMT
    I've been through this. I find the best way is to exercise, but not do the exercise you've been doing for the last six months. So you if you were into intense weightlifting, do yoga, cardio, or just go for a walk an hour every other day.

    After a few week I'm ready to get back there.
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    Jan 20, 2012 8:01 AM GMT
    Think of it as a periodization cycle...build up, overload/peak, recover. Take a week or two to recharge your batteries physically and psychologically.

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    Jan 20, 2012 3:08 PM GMT
    take a week, or if it´s more serious, up to a month off.

    Book an appointment with a trainer or some kind of exercise that you´ve always wanted to do and never have (proper pilates, kettle bells, whatever) and pay in advance with no refund possible. Then go to it.

    you sound burnt out.
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    Jan 20, 2012 3:13 PM GMT


    Seriously ... it's great advice. icon_smile.gif
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    Jan 20, 2012 3:15 PM GMT
    Nothing wrong with that.
    Priorities can change, temporarily or permanently.
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    Jan 20, 2012 3:17 PM GMT
    Look at pictures at hot guys. That always motivates me. You could also visualize what you'd look like during sex with a really freakin' hot body.
  • patmos9990

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    Jan 20, 2012 3:19 PM GMT
    If you haven't tried Jack3d take some of that and within an hour you'll want to be working out, or chopping down trees, or leaping from rooftop to rooftop.
  • SoDakGuy

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    Jan 20, 2012 3:27 PM GMT
    Or wanting hot, sweaty aggressive sex. But that's just me. icon_twisted.gif

    patmos9990 saidIf you haven't tried Jack3d take some of that and within an hour you'll want to be working out, or chopping down trees, or leaping from rooftop to rooftop.
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    Jan 20, 2012 3:44 PM GMT
    I'm there with you and have been struggling for a while. My muscle mass has decreased, fat mass has increased and I'm just plain burned out. I force myself to go a couple times a week but even then it's hardly a good workout.

    Some good tips but realistically, it's like depression, you can say call me all you want but if you're depressed it's really tough to follow through. The 11 tips in the video were really a good compilation of ideas. I hope to try and change things up a little and see what happens.
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    Jan 20, 2012 4:10 PM GMT
    Do you think it might have something to do with it being winter doldrums, you know the cold, and the short days.
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    Jan 20, 2012 6:37 PM GMT
    Take a break. If after a given amount of time, say 30 days, you are not motivated, then you have to make yourself.

    I know that most may not agree with me, but I found by doing this, I did not like where my body was headed and so I started again.
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    Jan 20, 2012 8:58 PM GMT
    These three quotes keep me on track and have snapped me out of ruts.

    “No citizen has a right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training…what a disgrace it is for a man to grow old without ever seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.”
    -Socrates

    "“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”
    -Aristotle

    "Discipline is remembering what you want."
    -David Campbell
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    Jan 20, 2012 9:52 PM GMT
    Ariodante saidExercise is tiring. Come eat cake with me.

    Caaaaakkeeeeeeee

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    For the WIN!
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    Jan 20, 2012 10:25 PM GMT
    Jimib said
    Ariodante saidExercise is tiring. Come eat cake with me.

    Caaaaakkeeeeeeee

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    For the WIN!


    I was looking for motivation myself.. .. then i found this cake gif... I want cake..
  • jim_sf

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    Jan 20, 2012 10:35 PM GMT
    What had your motivation been? You may just need to update it. When I started working out, my primary motivation was to be hot so that I could get laid; then it was to be strong; then to be healthy; then to get laid again; then to be hot for my new man; then to be healthy again; etc. Right now I'm going with "to be better at rugby", but I know that that'll change again at some point.

    You may also just need to try something different. I picked up rugby in the first place because I was getting burned out on the weight room; other people start other individual or team sports, or they find another athletic activity like distance running or swimming to help them stay in shape.
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    Jan 20, 2012 10:40 PM GMT
    Did you stop going for a while and lost this motivation? If so, you just gotta start again. I took a hiatus from working out this summer and fall because of vacations, starting a new job, getting sick (excuse, excuses). I have finally started forcing myself into the gym and after a few visits I started getting hooked again. I am now very motivated again to exercise and eat healthy and it is great. All it took was for me to force myself back into the routine. I knew I would get addicted to it again.
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    Jan 20, 2012 10:43 PM GMT
    I've been in sort of a plateau. My trainer is trying to lose weight for a body building competition. We are working out a little contest. I am finding that this is re-motivating me to clean my diet up a bit and lose the last bit of weight I have to reach my goals.


    Maybe you can find someone to have a friendly competition with - who can keep you in check and help you stay motivated.

    Maybe, it can even be someone on RJ.

    Best of luck!

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    Jan 21, 2012 4:05 AM GMT
    There's a very simple technique I read once and use regularly when i feel unmotivated. It's very powerful and doesn't require any thought. You don't have to think about any benefits of working out or look at pictures of hot or fat guys, or read motivational stories etc. Thats all unnecessary.

    Simply get up off your chair or bed or sofa, and stand and do nothing. Again, just stand there and don't allow yourself to do anything. Don't look at your phone, or turn the t.v. on, or read anything, just stand there and do absolutely nothing. That's the key. After a few minutes your mind will naturally start to go crazy from lack of stimulation, and at this point you either start to exercise or continue standing and doing nothing. Those are your only options. After standing long enough, the sheer boredom will make you want to do something, anything, and the only choice you have besides standing is to workout.

    Seriously it works. TRY IT BEFORE YOU JUDGE!