Motivation to go to the gym?

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    May 21, 2012 8:43 PM GMT
    I've be trying to go the gym more regularly... but lately I've just had no motivation to go... What do y'all use as motivation to get your ass up and go to the gym?
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    May 21, 2012 9:13 PM GMT
    You can't rely on motivation for the long term. You have to make it a habit. A habit has a cue, a routine, and a reward.

    For me the cue is leaving work. Routine is driving to gym and working out. Reward is the satisfaction of achieving of the workout.

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    May 21, 2012 9:17 PM GMT
    Agreed^
    After a while, it just becomes part of your daily routine.
    Though I don't have many tips on staying motivated. I just told myself I had to go, and that was my motivation lol.

    But setting goals helps keep you motivated.
    Best of luck bud.
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    May 21, 2012 10:15 PM GMT
    Unfortunately I'm in the routine of not going so need to change that! I do agree with the others above that once your in the habit it's much easier to get up and go.
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    May 21, 2012 10:26 PM GMT
    oneofakind326 saidWhat do y'all use as motivation to get your ass up and go to the gym?
    Gym sex.
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    May 21, 2012 10:30 PM GMT
    i started off just to lose weight. i learned more and more as i continued to go. i dont see myself NOT going to the gym anymore. also, i made it routine.
    and theres this guy that goes everyday at the same time that i started talking to icon_smile.gif
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    May 21, 2012 10:32 PM GMT
    Just seeing progress is what gives me motivation. I got out of the swing of things about a year ago and didn't start going again until this past January. Once I started lifting again and saw progress, I became addicted again.

    Just gotta push yourself through that hesitation and laziness. Eventually you see yourself getting in better shape and you realize you are getting more attention. Then you start to get compliments that you are looking like you are getting in good shape. Believe me, it is motivation enough! icon_razz.gif
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    May 21, 2012 10:33 PM GMT
    Cas is right...you don't use motivational gimmicks for teeth-brushing, showering, flushing, e-mail checking, etc. They're a part of your day.

    What time is best to go? Go then, no questions.
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    May 21, 2012 10:34 PM GMT
    [quote][cite]paulflexes said

    Gym sex.[/quote]

    hahahhahaha!
    Great response!!
    Won't Firebrand tell you that you cruise, you lose

    Actually, if you want more motivation, go on cam nude! icon_smile.gif just saying...
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    May 21, 2012 10:43 PM GMT
    Thanks guys!

    The biggest problem is my work schedule is different every week. One job is 10pm-7am mon-wed and my other job is different every week. So adding it to my routine is difficult. haha
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    May 21, 2012 10:50 PM GMT
    mickeytopogigio saidCas is right...you don't use motivational gimmicks for teeth-brushing, showering, flushing, e-mail checking, etc. They're a part of your day.

    What time is best to go? Go then, no questions.


    Huh, wow, I've actually never thought of it like that... That might work.
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    May 21, 2012 11:06 PM GMT
    what do I use? a mirror.
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    May 21, 2012 11:12 PM GMT
    ECnAZ saidwhat do I use? a mirror.


    I was about to type the same thing. Our days are busy and motivation is difficult but a mirror helps you see the flaws and inspires you to make the corrections. So buy a few full length mirrors and pull a Stuart Smalley on yourself frequently.



    http://youtu.be/fny40Ut_RZA

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    May 21, 2012 11:15 PM GMT
    For me, it's a combination of three things...

    1) Desperation - Realizing how bad my life/health had become and finding that sense of desperation to pull myself out of it. When I start losing heart - I remind myself of how I used to feel.

    2) Accountability - I hired a trainer - but maybe you can find a workout buddy - someone to help hold your feet to the fire. Otherwise, I would have talked myself out of working out completely a long time ago. - Also a little healthy competition can keep you motivated.

    3) Goal Setting - I'm sure you've heard this, but small but achievable goals will help you see progress which is a great motivator.
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    May 22, 2012 7:21 AM GMT
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    mickeytopogigio saidCas is right...you don't use motivational gimmicks for teeth-brushing, showering, flushing, e-mail checking, etc. They're a part of your day.

    What time is best to go? Go then, no questions.


    Huh, wow, I've actually never thought of it like that... That might work.


    Me too - makes perfect sense
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    May 22, 2012 7:29 AM GMT
    Here's my dirty dozen reasons to go work out

    Motivation 1 the way I feel after a workout
    Motivation 2 the hot men
    Motivation 3 long term health
    Motivation 4 the hot men
    Motivation 5 the mirror
    Motivation 6 the hot men
    Motivation 7 getting to wear new workout gear and speedos when swimming
    Motivation 8 the hot men
    Motivation 9 not wsting my gym membership dollars
    Motivation 10 the hot men
    Motivation 11 Changing int he locekr room, public showers, sauna, hot tub
    Motivation 12 the hot men
    Did I mention I love to cruise the hot men?!
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    May 22, 2012 7:37 AM GMT
    ECnAZ saidwhat do I use? a mirror.
    Be careful, because if you break it, you'll be out of the gym for 7 years.
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    May 22, 2012 7:56 AM GMT
    Pay for a one year membership to any gym of your liking...see how much you spent. That works for me.
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    May 22, 2012 8:24 AM GMT
    I currently can't afford a gym, as I am trying to save up to move to another country.

    I don't go to the gym, but my house, my driveway, my street, the park up the hill, the beach, the dog-park, the kids' playground - those are my gyms.

    (I make my own work-outs - if anyone is interested in mostly body-weight HIIT work-outs, hit me up and let's find a way of me sharing my many templates with you icon_wink.gif )

    My motivation:
    Everyday reminder that I am not "there" yet and that it's every little repetition I make in AND out of my formal work-outs that will help me get in a consistently better shape - which always makes me strive for healthier lifestyle habits and more personal insight.

    I hope this helped


    all the best!

    Ricardo
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    May 22, 2012 8:27 AM GMT
    As dumb as it sounds I made a promise to myself and it keeps me going.
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    May 22, 2012 8:28 AM GMT
    Having a gym buddy to call you out if you were to slack off is awesome! Even better is you're romantically involved... because feeling your guy after getting your muscles pumped (and vice versa) let's you know you're getting somewhere. icon_wink.gif
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    May 22, 2012 8:29 AM GMT
    I run on rage. No, that's not the right word.

    Wait -- yes it is.

    Rage.
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    May 22, 2012 8:42 AM GMT
    No special motivation... part of my day!
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    May 22, 2012 9:02 AM GMT
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    hot_french_man saidNo special motivation... part of my day!

    I would imagine, M. Grenouille


    Yep... Almost jumping to the Gym almost every day! icon_biggrin.gif
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    May 22, 2012 9:07 AM GMT
    Buy new workout clothes. Generally you feel obligated to go and you feel good about looking good. Nobody has ever said "Man, I wish I hadnt gone to the gym today!". Take progress pictures every week. Progress makes for a great motivator.