What helps get you motivated to work out or exercise?

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  1. CollegiateFitness profile image60
    CollegiateFitnessposted 11 years ago

    What helps get you motivated to work out or exercise?

    Sometimes after a long day of class or work I have no energy to workout. I have my own motivators, but I'm curious as to what gets everyone else ready for a workout when you'd be almost as happy to crash on the sofa and unwind for a few hours.

  2. MickS profile image59
    MickSposted 11 years ago

    I'm retired after many years in a physicaly demanding job.  Last year I suffered a stroke, I can't do much excersise, but I do some every day, my motivation is staying as fit as possible whilst I am alive.  So far I have survived a year out of hospital.

  3. liveandlaugh profile image61
    liveandlaughposted 11 years ago

    For me, my main motivation is that I have been in shape before and my goal is to be healthy and in shape like that again. Also music motivates me to work out harder when I am actually working out.

  4. Virtual Treasures profile image60
    Virtual Treasuresposted 11 years ago

    If you've ever been out of shape, keep a picture handy from during that time period.  OR, if you have an ideal, cut out a newspaper or magazine clipping and look at it. The pictures I have of myself shortly after my kids were born are EXTREMELY motivating!

  5. lburmaster profile image73
    lburmasterposted 11 years ago

    The main motivation. Everyone has a different reason to work out. Focus on the reason. If it is to remain fit, then post pictures of what you would like to be on the wall. If the goal is to be able to do a task, have pictures of that task on the wall.

  6. chwwalker profile image71
    chwwalkerposted 11 years ago

    My main motivation is that my husband and I are planning to start trying to have a family soon, and since I already have other risk factors I can't control, I definitely want to get my body in shape to reduce or eliminate other risk factors.

    Other than that, I try to get in a habit of working out because when I do it every day--whether I just walk during my breaks at work or go running at the gym--I can feel the difference. I also keep a playlist on my ipod that I only listen to when I'm exercising. And I get on the scale regularly to see progress. Results are a big motivator.

  7. Gregoryy profile image61
    Gregoryyposted 11 years ago

    Almost everyone has different motivations to work out.

    Being in good shape makes your life more fun, and easier. Most people 2/3 are either overweight or obese by working out, and attempting to take care of your body you can avid that stat. Working out increases your fertility, hormonal profile, energy levels. It makes you safer as if something falls on you, or you accidently run into a grocery cart. If someones kid runs across the street, you will be better able to chase them. By being stronger you can better help carry grocery's, move furniture or pickup tables. You may perform at a higher level while playing pick up sports. By exercising you increase your metabolism so you will not have to worry as much on calories. If your car breaks down you will have the ability to walk to where you need to go, or even run to were you need to go. You will not get as winded walking up the steps. You will cut your risk for heart disease and cancers. Many other benefits to working out.

  8. soconfident profile image73
    soconfidentposted 11 years ago

    Working out with a buddy can motivate you to push yourself. Also you could listen to music.

  9. FreeFly07 profile image60
    FreeFly07posted 11 years ago

    I use motivational pictures, Fitness magazines and videos from Youtube smile


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