I feel as though I have lost all my motivation to workout . . .

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    May 22, 2009 4:42 AM GMT
    Normally I would swim for 45 minutes during my lunch break, and right after work i rush to eat so i can have time to run for a couple hours before heading to the gym. I feel as though I am losing ambition and enthusiasm as I type this, and only have spent two hours working out in the past two days. Help me!
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    May 22, 2009 4:45 AM GMT
    whats your motivation to work out in general???
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    May 22, 2009 4:47 AM GMT
    Try taking an extreme fitness class. Perhaps you'll be motivated by other like minded people and it switches up the routine.

    Tends to work for me most times. I've been there too.
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    May 22, 2009 4:49 AM GMT
    you aren't alone mate, I've been struggling my self lately, I haven't been to the gym solidly for about 3 weeks, I still have my training sessions but thats it. after a bad cold, banged up shoulder thats taking for ever to heal and becoming bored too.

    its a bit of a catch 22 for me, the more often I go to the gym the more incentive I have to eat right, sleep, do all the right things.. which is even worse when I"m not going.

    I've decided to go a different path, work out for different goals, do it differently and have more fun.

    maybe you need a short break or change up your work out, do something different do things that are more fun..
  • EricLA

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    May 22, 2009 5:32 AM GMT
    Maybe you need a break for a week or two. Kick back, enjoy some other things. Maybe you're in a bit of a rut. Maybe you need to change up what you do for exercise.
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    May 22, 2009 5:46 AM GMT
    Sounds like burn out.

    You'll know when you're ready.
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    May 22, 2009 5:55 AM GMT
    DarkMatters saidNormally I would swim for 45 minutes during my lunch break, and right after work i rush to eat so i can have time to run for a couple hours before heading to the gym. I feel as though I am losing ambition and enthusiasm as I type this, and only have spent two hours working out in the past two days. Help me!


    How would you ever think you would be able to keep up with a workout schedule like that without getting burned out?

    Setting up unrealistic expectations is sometimes as bad as not working out enough.


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    May 22, 2009 5:59 AM GMT
    I can relate also as I recently fell out of my routine of 5-6 days a week at the gym. I didn't go to the gym for two weeks and I gained 10 lbs! Argh. For me it is depression/anxiety/mood related because I have been under some internal stress lately.

    But, the past week has been great. Spin classes, cardio, weights, eating right...

    Maybe it is a phase for you (original poster)... The key is to jump back in before you get out-of-shape!!!

    Good Luck.


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    May 22, 2009 6:06 AM GMT
    DarkMatters saidNormally I would swim for 45 minutes during my lunch break, and right after work i rush to eat so i can have time to run for a couple hours before heading to the gym. I feel as though I am losing ambition and enthusiasm as I type this, and only have spent two hours working out in the past two days. Help me!


    Go to Youtube and type in: *Nick Vujicic*...icon_eek.gif he will mosdef keep u from complaining ever again.icon_lol.gif
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    May 22, 2009 7:00 AM GMT
    EricLA saidMaybe you need a break for a week or two. Kick back, enjoy some other things. Maybe you're in a bit of a rut. Maybe you need to change up what you do for exercise.
    This man knows what he's talking about. Take a rest and you'll be back with it in no time.
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    May 22, 2009 7:40 AM GMT

    This sounds to me as if you are over training. Reduce the amount the training you do for two weeks say to just one of the activities on alternate days. Get lots of good sleep, eat healthily, meet mates and review your goals and thus your training schedule. And absolutely don't worry about it - the motivation will come back.
  • SFNavigator

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    May 22, 2009 1:11 PM GMT
    Been there done that, more than once! It called burn out! I learned you need to have a balance in your life. They all consuming gym and exercise is not enough to fulfill your life. Start doing things outside and away from the gym. The list of things to get involved in is endless. In other words----get a life!
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    May 22, 2009 1:17 PM GMT
    i feel the exact same way, but then i remember i need a beach body in 2 months sooo i push myself. theres some days when its easy and some days when its very very hard....
  • HndsmKansan

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    May 22, 2009 2:37 PM GMT
    I would change out and vary what you do... allow yourself more rest time. It sounds like a case of burn out to me. Enjoy who you are and what your body looks like... and do some less stressful things, like walking.

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    May 22, 2009 2:53 PM GMT
    So many of my friends say they go through little periods of "the lazies" and it goes something like this: You're about to head out to the gym - and you get this urge to just not go - - - to grab a package or Oreos or something just as bad and sit and scarf them down. It happens even to me sometimes. The thing to do is shove that notion out of your head and get up off your ass and go out that door to the gym (or pool - whatever). Think how great you'll feel after your workout - and how glad you'll be that you got up and went. Just light a fire under yourself and get going. Think how badly you'll feel if you sit home and eat that garbage instead of hitting the gym.
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    Aug 13, 2012 2:50 AM GMT
    This may annoy some people, since I'm replying to a thread from '09, and I'm sure the regulars here have read tons of stuff about this before...but I don't care.
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    I'm struggling with motivation to keep going lately. I've been working out for about 10 years, and working out to look hot seems to be futile to me right now. I just wonder, how long can we all keep it up? When will all this exercise over-stress our bodies? Why do people(I) change their(my) way of life to look like something they(I) don't naturally look like? At what point will our bodies naturally drift into looking average or worse than average? Should people(I)
    be okay with how they(I) look, and focus on truly important things?

    I think I'm having an existential crisis again anyways. It's hard to want to put effort into extraneous matters like changing the way I look.

  • Aug 13, 2012 3:36 AM GMT
    You and everyone on the same situation should read this book. After reading the first 6 pages I started to feel better and It improved 100% my motivation. This book is an amazing tool to take you out of depression or any transitory lost of motivation. There is goes:

    "The Power of The Subconscious Mind" by Joseph Murphy

    After reading this you will no longer be dominated by the negative subconscious.

    Hope it helps.
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    Aug 13, 2012 4:22 AM GMT
    Emesis..You have to shift you focus a little..ok i'm lying..Alot..

    firt of all ..you have to commend yourself for sticking to a workout routine for 10 years..you have done something that about 90% of Americans cannot do..
    ..So when you started out ..you excercised to improve your physical appearance..but i think you might have forgotten about the health and psychological benefits.

    ..Emesis..so maybe you need a break ..But do not forget you have been doing one of the best things a person can do for his or her body...
    "A detailed comprehensive workout program"

    ..Have you tried..insanity?..P90X or other dvd based programs..these tend to be extremely motivational.
    ...Do you have a Gym buddy???..someone to push when you lag..!

    ..So 10 years..doesn't that make you a pro??
    How about helping out at a boys and girls club...?Coaching a team..?
    or signing up to be an asst trainer/ intern..at a high school..etc
    Anything that will keep you moving..

    The reason i know working out and staying fit is so important to you..technically you could have just stopped!!!
    ..The fact that you are posting here speaks volumes...

    (take care Emesis)..icon_cool.gif