How Do I Get "Hooked" on Working Out?

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    May 22, 2010 2:41 AM GMT
    This may sound dumb, but I realize that in order to lose the next 50 pounds and to firm up my body, I must get engaged in working out several times per week. With frequent 12+ hour days, I'm exhausted when I get home and can't get myself to the gym, which between 4-8 pm, is crowded. This is not a whine but a request for advice on how to get "hooked" on fitness.

    What has worked for you?
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    May 22, 2010 2:55 AM GMT
    BigDude6ft6 saidThis may sound dumb, but I realize that in order to lose the next 50 pounds and to firm up my body, I must get engaged in working out several times per week. With frequent 12+ hour days, I'm exhausted when I get home and can't get myself to the gym, ...


    Think of it as winding down. There is nothing as relaxing as working out.

    Force yourself to go. For the first few weeks, it may be difficult. After a while, though, you will be hooked, guaranteed. BUT only if you force yourself to go in the beginning. There is no magic bullet for avoiding the initial pain of going, but it gets easier quickly.
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    May 22, 2010 3:02 AM GMT
    viveutvivas said
    Think of it as winding down. There is nothing as relaxing as working out.
    ^^^that^^^

    I like to workout a couple hours before bedtime.
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    May 22, 2010 12:22 PM GMT
    For your first month you have two goals: (1) Not to get injured and (2) to establish a routine (and be *fanatical* about this). 3 one hour workouts a week can make huge changes to your body if (a) you use that hour optimally and (b) you are regular and consistent in your training. Get a routine and DO NOT BREAK IT. Eventually you´ll have the discipline and instinct to know when you can. For now (first 3 months) be legalistic.

    To start with aim for 40-45 mins a session. Gradually increase to an hour, but don´t do more than an hour. Work hard and with integrity, but don´t strain and compete. You don´t know your limits well enough for that until you have been training longer. Aim to do it RIGHT and not to try and look good or keep up with that guy next to you. He doesn´t care how many lb you lift. Really. He doesn´t give a fuck.

    Hints:
    -Find a time that works for you (morning or evening, weekends etc).
    -getting there and changed is half the battle.
    -you can create an addiction to the endorphins if you try icon_smile.gif
    -don´t make excuses. Do it.
    -be realistic about what you can budget in time, but once you make the decision stick to it for a month. If after 4 weeks you decide you got it wrong you can change it, but you can´t change your commitment until then.
    -don´t push yourself too hard in the first few weeks... just get there and get comfortable is enough. learn as much as you can. knowledge is most of the the battle.


    We have all been through this. You are no different. just do it. report back.
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    May 24, 2010 1:42 AM GMT
    Thanks for the advice guys. Now it's up to me.
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    May 24, 2010 1:44 AM GMT
    This might sound stupid or what not... always look at pics of hot guys that are in shape and it will keep you going to the gym...Shallow i know ...icon_biggrin.gif
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    May 24, 2010 2:02 AM GMT
    It has to become like breathing and that does not happen until you continue to make yourself go despite your 12Hr days! As stated before, make it the time you unwind and clear your head from your 12Hr day(s), hell I go 2x a day!
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    May 24, 2010 6:12 AM GMT
    not much to add here, but i'd say when you're especially tired, don't think " god, i've got to go train" but more something lime " well, i'm just going to change first " ... by the time you've taken that step, you'll be up for it.
    That's what i do when i finish teaching , it's night, dark in the midst of winter, i haven't had dinner, i'm hungry but i need to go running . I just get changed ... and the magic operates.

    it works for me, just a little way to trick your will power. icon_smile.gif
  • Hunter9

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    May 24, 2010 6:18 AM GMT
    oh man, after a 12+ hr day, that is not gonna be easy. that said, if those are the cards you're dealt, you just gotta do it. you CANNOT make any excuses. then once you start getting used to it, you'll do it without thinking about it.
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    May 24, 2010 10:05 PM GMT
    I am probably not the best person to respond to this, but am struggling with the same type of thing. My bf is very active and i used to be a 5am-5 days a week at the gym type of guy too.

    Somewhere along the way i lost my way because of 12 hour work days and going back to school and haven't found my motivation to get back to the gym regularly either.

    I have discovered that making that commitment is easier if you have someone to depend on, ie a work out partner. It helps you be accountable. Also, something i have had to do to as i try to get back to it is realize that the "gym" doesn't have to be a building where you have to go to work out. If you can't make it or its packed, you have other options available to help you keep on training and maintain your routine.

    Good luck!!
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    May 24, 2010 10:16 PM GMT
    Make a bet with someone AND find a workout buddy. If the bet is financially onerous enough (e.g. $20 bucks+ for each time missed with a target for going 4x a week minimum 20 minutes each time), then you'll make a conscious choice each time whether or not being tired and not going to the gym is worth more than going.

    If you get a workout buddy, they can keep you motivated and you'll feel bad about cancelling. Depends how you're motivated. I am doing both right now - the bet gets me there (there are 5 of us in it with the idea the money will go towards a dinner and the remainder to charity of some type - we use docs.google.com to log our workouts which we have to do within 30 hours), and the workout buddy helps ensure the workouts stay intense.

    Then again, I feel I should also note that the betting pool is worth over $700 amongst the 5 of us right now...
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    May 24, 2010 10:24 PM GMT
    After a few weeks of forcing yourself to the gym, and feeling hungry while dieting... the first time you actually see something happen like your body fat dropping or more muscle tone... you will be "bit".

    ...And by "bit" I mean that you will all of a sudden find some tidal surge of enthusiasm for going and working out. You just have to push yourself to build some momentum and, as has been stated already, it helps to have a workout buddy to keep you accountable until the freight train is cruising along.
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    May 24, 2010 10:32 PM GMT
    i use my workout time to "decompress." it is my time, i don't have to listen to client's/coworkers whining and complaints. I take my frustrations out on the weights and machines. And when I leave the gym, i feel relaxed and complacent.

    As you start to notice improvement in your body, you will feel more attractive and people will take notice. The #1 reason why I work out 6-7 days a week even when i'm exhausted--- SEX is so much better and more fun when you are in great shape and feel good about yourself.
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    May 24, 2010 11:00 PM GMT
    Lostboy saidFor your first month you have two goals: (1) Not to get injured and (2) to establish a routine (and be *fanatical* about this). 3 one hour workouts a week can make huge changes to your body if (a) you use that hour optimally and (b) you are regular and consistent in your training. Get a routine and DO NOT BREAK IT. Eventually you´ll have the discipline and instinct to know when you can. For now (first 3 months) be legalistic.

    To start with aim for 40-45 mins a session. Gradually increase to an hour, but don´t do more than an hour. Work hard and with integrity, but don´t strain and compete. You don´t know your limits well enough for that until you have been training longer. Aim to do it RIGHT and not to try and look good or keep up with that guy next to you. He doesn´t care how many lb you lift. Really. He doesn´t give a fuck.

    Hints:
    -Find a time that works for you (morning or evening, weekends etc).
    -getting there and changed is half the battle.
    -you can create an addiction to the endorphins if you try icon_smile.gif
    -don´t make excuses. Do it.
    -be realistic about what you can budget in time, but once you make the decision stick to it for a month. If after 4 weeks you decide you got it wrong you can change it, but you can´t change your commitment until then.
    -don´t push yourself too hard in the first few weeks... just get there and get comfortable is enough. learn as much as you can. knowledge is most of the the battle.


    We have all been through this. You are no different. just do it. report back.


    Wow....this is the most honest, curt, and candid response I ever read. Since, I, too have had similar problems and have not returned in four weeks now, I plan to return tomorrow and will report back to the forum. I joined to focus and I think a candid response helps.

    Mike
  • Crucializer

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    May 24, 2010 11:17 PM GMT
    I am 2 weeks into a regular workout schedule and have lost 14 lbs ... good thread - thank you!!
  • safety43_mma1...

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    May 24, 2010 11:17 PM GMT
    start working out and as u see the improvements u will get hooked. then it will get to the point u feel like crap when u dont go and workout. and keep things varied change up your exercises or your muscles will get us to it and not grow and get bigger.
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    May 25, 2010 1:55 AM GMT
    I think to get hooked you have to see real results. For me that meant making some very big changes. I posted about it in another thread:

    nicelyproportioned said
    nicelyproportioned saidA few years ago I was 40 pounds heavier than I am now; at my biggest, about 50-60 pounds.

    For me, a half-gallon carton of Breyer's used to be single-serving size. No bowl needed.

    At the same time I'd tell myself that I just wasn't built like those guys in the fitness magazines.

    The truth is I wasn't really trying. I'd make a small change, get a small result, then say it wasn't working.

    Then one day I decided to put it to the test. I decided to really go for it.

    No more added fats. No more processed sugar. Only lean protein, whole grains, fresh vegetables and fruit.

    When I worked out at the gym, I worked out. Hard. For every set the other guy did, I did three.

    Instead of running two miles at a stretch, I started to run five. Then six. Then seven. Once I ran 21 miles in a day.

    I got used to being a little hungry. To burn off the fat, I had to use more fuel than I was consuming. How could I do that without being at least a little hungry?

    Lo and behold, my body started to change. I started to see abs. And biceps. And pecs. The pics in my profile tell the story better.

    Now it's a way of life. I can't imagine going back to the way I was.


    Hope this helps. Good luck!
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    May 25, 2010 1:56 AM GMT
    just do it.
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    May 25, 2010 2:08 AM GMT
    yup. don't think, just do. the longer you spend trying to justify if you should or shouldn't go, the weaker you become. having a shitty workout is better than nothing at all.
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    May 25, 2010 2:12 AM GMT
    for me it was an uphill battle to get me to love working out, but once you start seeing results.. you want more, and more, and you want this bigger, and this leaner, and you start loving it icon_smile.gif
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    May 25, 2010 6:48 PM GMT
    safety43 saidstart working out and as u see the improvements u will get hooked. then it will get to the point u feel like crap when u dont go and workout. and keep things varied change up your exercises or your muscles will get us to it and not grow and get bigger.


    I didnt workout much before because I had a pretty active lifestyle, But since December of 2009 I have been a lazy couch potato. It wasnt till I measured my waist got bigger than my hips and I heard something that I got off my ass. Safety43 gave me a couple excercise tips and I tried them and saw a difference in just 4 days. Theres no way I am going to stop now after seeing the results. Now to just lose these pesky damn love handlesicon_smile.gif
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    May 25, 2010 6:50 PM GMT
    Go hard everyday for a week, and every time after coming back home check yerself out in the mirror. Changes on your body should motivate you (not saying you'll see significant changes, but you should feel pumped).
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    May 25, 2010 6:54 PM GMT
    There is a quote that appears in a lot of books and articles saying "It takes 21 days to make a habit." If you set a schedule for yourself and push through for about a month, you should get into the routine that you want. There comes a point in your gym regimen that you actually get mad at yourself for missing a day.
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    May 25, 2010 7:08 PM GMT
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    viveutvivas said
    Think of it as winding down. There is nothing as relaxing as working out.
    ^^^that^^^

    I like to workout a couple hours before bedtime.


    Even better, the most rewarding workouts are the ones that occur on days where every fiber of your being wants to be ANYWHERE but the gym. At least that's been my experience. I think it has to do with you having no expecations of your workout.
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    May 25, 2010 7:33 PM GMT
    fivetenn said
    Wow....this is the most honest, curt, and candid response I ever read.
    Mike


    Keep reading. I don´t waste my time or other people´s icon_wink.gif