How do you stay motivated?? - Mothering Forums
Forum Jump: 
 
Thread Tools
#1 of 5 Old 11-07-2011, 12:46 PM - Thread Starter
 
joyfulheart's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: the beautiful Pacific Northwest
Posts: 1,129
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

I have such a hard time staying motivated to exercise.  Arggg....

 

What keeps you going??  How do you stay motivated?? 

 

Inspire me!!  (Please!)

joyfulheart is offline  
#2 of 5 Old 11-07-2011, 01:38 PM
 
CI Mama's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 796
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

The short answer is that I really only do exercise that I love and that I look forward to.

 

I have always loved dancing, and my time in the studio is a much-guarded and looked forward to time in my week. At this point, it's not enough to really keep me in shape (I'm going to a 2-hour jam once a week, but it usually only involves about 60-75 minutes of really active dancing). But I love every minute of it, and I keep looking for ways to build more into my life. Luckily my partner is really on board with supporting me in that.

 

I really enjoy dancing with my DD, too. We just put on music and dance in her room. I'm not sure it really keeps me in shape, but it can't hurt!

 

Commuting by bike has become a passion, and that's the thing that really keeps me in shape. It's great because I have to go where I have to go...so if I'm tired after 20 minutes, but it's a 30 minute ride, well, I just have to push through. I love getting fresh air everyday, seeing & feeling & smelling the seasonal changes, etc. And I've watched my body get stronger, I can go faster, hills are easier, etc. And I've lost lots of weight, though that has plateaued. (I am not very disciplined when it comes to food!).

 

As DD gets older & if/when my work life settles down (?!) I look forward to signing up for a yoga class, getting out into nature for more walks/hikes, and getting to the Y to swim more often. But for now, I'm just trying to enjoy what I can fit in, whether it's a few minutes or an hour.

 

Good luck!


Living in Wisconsin with my partner of 20+ years and our DDenergy.gif(Born 10/09/08 ribboncesarean.gif). Why CI Mama? Because I love contact improvisation!

CI Mama is offline  
#3 of 5 Old 11-09-2011, 12:03 PM
 
sewaneecook's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 1,511
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

I sign up for running races regularly.  If I do a couple half marathons per year, I don't have to worry about watching what I eat.  When I train I mix it up with running, swimming, lifting weights, and on occasion I'll throw in a couple of videos I have at home.  When I don't have a race scheduled, I have absolutely zero motivation to workout, despite loving it once I start and once I'm done.  It's been the only way I  stay motivated. 


Laura, Troy, Seth 6.24.06 , and Aaron 7.13.09
sewaneecook is offline  
#4 of 5 Old 11-10-2011, 05:47 PM
 
chicasmama's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: On the mountain top
Posts: 206
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)

If I don't work out by 8am, it aint happening! I have gotten myself into the habit of getting up at 5 am to workout (in my basement) so I can have that time to myself, listening to music I love undisturbed until my kids get up (about 7-7:30).  It gives me enough time to workout, shower and get breakfast going for the family by the time they are getting out of bed. It rejuvenates me and makes me feel I have so much more to offer my kids and the world. It's my prozac. kwim??

chicasmama is offline  
#5 of 5 Old 11-10-2011, 07:39 PM
 
lifeguard's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Coyote Rock Farm
Posts: 6,574
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)

I don't. I worked really hard to make it a habit. Now when I walk in the door of the gym I am immediately "in the mood" to workout & always get it done.

 

Anytime I am tempted to miss a workout I remember how hard it was to get into decent condition & know I don't want to repeat that experience.


Surviving sleep deprivation one day at a time with dd (Oct '11) & ds (Oct '08).

lifeguard is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Drag and Drop File Upload
Drag files here to attach!
Upload Progress: 0
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Mothering Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page


Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off