Motivation

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    May 09, 2016 4:35 PM GMT
    So, as someone who has been an office sitting couch potato for all his life, motivation is the hardest thing for me.

    Starting a new routine, keeping up at it, what all do people do to keep themselves doing it day after day?
  • Destinharbor

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    May 09, 2016 5:08 PM GMT
    First of all, congrats on finding your new life. Sounds like a blast. You're at an age when if you DON'T find that health routine, you're going to have a hard time maintaining an active life. What to do? Kind of depends on what you like but I'd start with the gym.

    I see your interests are more outside but the gym is something you can depend on and control and still focus on cardio, bodyweight work. Allocate the time. I started by working out in the mornings before the office because I knew I could do that without competing interests. And I did it five days/week, about an hour/day plus shower. Now I do it from 6-8 every evening and in the mornings on weekends. Just establish a routine and show up. Worry about refining your routine later-- just get there and work. It will take about six months to start truly showing results and after that it will still be slow but by then, your energy will demand you show up. And you'll want it. Work on form and educate yourself but start now.

    The mirror will be your motivator. Make the effort just part of your day that you never skip. And educate yourself on diet. Both you and your guy will benefit though you might have that down already. Take your son, too. He's at the perfect age to start. He'll thank you forever and he'll be more popular!
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    May 09, 2016 5:09 PM GMT
    find a gay or straight gym partner.
  • HndsmKansan

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    May 09, 2016 6:52 PM GMT
    For me, its all about how it makes me feel, about myself, my appearance and the effects of taking control of my health and fitness. It is a huge win for me.

    We had one of our recurring personal trainer guests on my weekly fitness show that (as a shocker surprise) talked about treating her depression with fitness. It really is about taking charge of your life..... and I'd rather be in charge than sit around whining (not that you are, just a statement about myself).

    Good luck and wishing you success!
  • stolenname82

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    May 09, 2016 8:56 PM GMT
    Ugh, I know what you mean bud. My job breeds laziness and now that my schedule is starting to become more manageable I am looking at getting back into shape. The job switch caused me to pack on 20lbs. Now I'm getting on the wagon again which means I give up smoking, drinking, eating out and start working out. Not only are my friends bad influences but in one decision I have to give up all of my vices. I need to find healthier vices.
  • leanandclean

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    May 09, 2016 9:42 PM GMT
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    May 09, 2016 10:39 PM GMT
    kzen64 saidSo, as someone who has been an office sitting couch potato for all his life, motivation is the hardest thing for me.

    Starting a new routine, keeping up at it, what all do people do to keep themselves doing it day after day?


    The knowledge that only doing it day after day will yield results.
  • 24hourguy

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    May 09, 2016 11:42 PM GMT
    I say find something you think you would like doing because it will be more likely for you to keep at it (your profile indicates that you like baseball, hiking, and trail-running). Also, I think it's important to keep it convenient...so if you're going to join a gym or a team or running/hiking group keep it close to work or home and at a time that meets your schedule. I work-out at home that way I can just hit it once the coffee kicks in and get it out of the way before heading off to work. Beachbody on demand, or dailyburn.com offers great variety and convenience (I'm sure there are other similar options). -When all else fails I get on Real Jock to check out the hot guys and that's usually all the motivation I need!
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    May 10, 2016 1:16 AM GMT
    For me...buying a good "home gym" was the best motivation;
    #1 It's always staring at me...
    #2 I can wear, or not wear whatever I want...
    #3 NO worries over what I look or smell like...
    #4 No one distracting me by trying to hit on me...
    #5 I don't have to drive anywhere...
    #6 I can shower right after...
    #7 Onetime expense, no fees/dues/etc...
    #7 Machine is always available and "set" to me...
  • CurvDkBlkTop

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    May 10, 2016 1:43 PM GMT
    Motivation Tips:

    Find 2 or 3 activities that you enjoy

    Make sure you have easy access to participate in
    those activities (ie, don't join a gym more than 10 miles from where you live or work)

    Be honest as to whether or not you prefer exercising alone, with a partner, or with a group. A dedicated training partner, or training group (running, swimming, biking, hiking, weight-training, crossfit, etc), can increase your desire and dedication to your activity by up to 75%, if you are a "social person."

    Make sure you have adjusted your dietary regiment. Quite simply, eating good food will give you more energy to be consistent in your physical activity.

    MOST IMPORTANTLY: Determine YOUR primary POSITIVE reasons for becoming physically active. "I need to lose weight," "I don't look good naked," "I don't feel the way I used to."
    Those are all NEGATIVE affirmations. Change them:
    "I'm going to lose 12lbs in the next 3months," I'm going to look great in clothes and Out of Clothes for my beach trip next year," "I'm going to work towards feeling how I felt 5/10/15yrs ago."

    People often underestimate how dependent your mental health and attitude will affect your results for physical fitness.

    Hope this helps you.
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    May 10, 2016 2:14 PM GMT
    quickly I want to say thanks to everyone who replied. Lot of stuff to mull over.
  • Fireworkz

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    May 10, 2016 7:10 PM GMT
    My approach was to get a personal trainer.
    I know if i leave it up to me I will be too busy to go to the gym so an appointment with the trainer takes out all procrastination. I just have to show up and do as instructed.
    Once you get used to the exercise habit you will then be motivated to continue by yourself.