Need to start working out again

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    Jan 24, 2012 3:24 AM GMT
    So during last semester, I kinda slowed down with my workouts during finals week because I was too busy. At first, I didn't let it bother me since school was my first priority. I told myself I was still gonna exercise at home during winter break, even though I was away from campus, which meant I didn't get free access to my university gym. And I did do some workouts at the beginning of the break, but felt myself getting lazier as time passed on. Fast forward a month and now I'm back in college and over the past couple of weeks, I haven't done ANY exercising.

    I'm kinda disappointed in myself for allowing myself to get lazy over the break. I went to the gym today in attempt to get my ass off the couch and had a good workout. But I'm scared that I might slack off again in the future and stop completely. What are some things I can do to prevent this?

    Keep in mind that I'm still relatively new to weight training. I've only been lifting for six months.
  • tautomer

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    Jan 24, 2012 7:17 AM GMT
    Stop making excuses and GO. That's all there is to it. Make a point to go every day no matter what. You are the ONLY one who is in control of yourself. You have to do it.
  • iceman82

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    Jan 24, 2012 7:28 AM GMT
    1. Set some realistic goals, rather than just a general "I want to work out" mentality. Why do you want to work out?
    2. Write everything down. Keep records of your workouts (there are plenty of good websites for doing it, or smartphone apps, or even just a checklist on your fridge. It will help you to keep track of how much you've done and motivate you to keep up the same effort.
    3. Make yourself accountable to someone, or something. You'll get a far better response from the folks here if you talk about where you want to get to, and how you're going to get there, rather than listing all the reasons that you couldn't do it.
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    Jan 24, 2012 4:03 PM GMT
    For me, it's all about routine. Make going to the gym part of your day just like lunch or studying. It's just something that you do. Also, I agree on setting manageable goals. Write them down and make new ones as you go. Don't put anything too vague like "get in shape" but rather go for "135lbs bench press" or "run a mile in 8 minutes." You can work toward those concrete tasks and see daily progress.
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    Jan 24, 2012 4:12 PM GMT
    As others have said, specific goals are very important. "Get swole" or variations on that aren't helpful because while you may have an idea in mind of what that looks like, there's no way to track your progress towards it... It's too vague.

    Set 5 goals for yourself and make sure those goals have numbers attached. Lbs you want to lose.... inches on your chest you want to gain... weight you want to press... distance you want to run... that kind of thing.
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    Jan 24, 2012 4:13 PM GMT
    Exactly what Iceman82 said (good job). You have to set goals and don't make them easy. Know that you'll have set backs and goof ups, everyone has them. Don't dwell on them, if you find that you are, actually set time on your schedule to be negative about yourself for 15 minutes a day, every other day and that's it. It's important to also surround yourself with people in your life that are motivated and excited about what you're doing. If they aren't, get rid of them for a while or permanently. When you start to see results, half the battle is over. Good luck.
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    Jan 24, 2012 8:02 PM GMT
    Listen to Iceman82. That's solid advice right there.

    Since you seem to be the more cerebral type like me, I find using a quote as the foundation of your workout philosophy helps. This quote by Aristotle is one that I apply to both my professional and personal (ie - fitness) life; it also happens to fit your situation...

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