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I need some help with exercise consistency. Any tips mamas<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> ?<br><br>
I always start off strong, but then something happens that throws me off track. I really need to do this, my body really needs the exercise. Any advice, tips appreciated.
 

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check out my ddddc! I say it a lot. I tend to overthink getting out there, and there's ALWAYS going to be some reason not to exercise.<br><br>
good luck. would write more but am not great 1-handed <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I started exercising in front of my kids (ages 2, 2 & 4), as opposed to while they are sleeping. I find they are great motivators. All I have to do is say exercise and one will run and get my exercise mat and they stand around waiting for the action. There's no turning around at that point! I do a 20 minute routine with lots of ab exercises mixed in with sit ups and a little spattering of yoga 2-3 times per week.<br><br>
And, every time I do this routine, or get other exercise, I have much more energy, feel more positive, eat less and better foods, and sleep better. It's really amazing what a difference it makes.<br><br>
Another thing I try to do is not overdo one thing. Lately I've just been shoveling tons of snow, making caves and tunnels, etc. And going for walks (I fit all 3 on a stroller, totalling almost 100 pounds) and push that up the half mile hill of our driveway. Sledding is another great aerobic workout, pushing and pulling up and down hills.<br><br>
In short, I make short spurts out of exercise but try to make it really worth it while concentrating on the positive benefits. Maybe you get bored doing the same thing - try changing it up or having 2-3 options.<br><br>
Good luck!
 

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I'm lucky that dh and I workout together, and I have one good friend that works out with me as well. As for personal motivation, I see such a difference that it keeps me going!
 

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Find something you love to do! I love yoga so much, that the sonly motivation I need is dh home to watch the kiddos. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Or if you can't find that right away, set a goal. Maybe lose weight within a certain time frame or train for a specific race. I am going to do a triathlon in July, so that can motivate me to run, bike and swim since I would just spend every free moment doing yoga otherwise. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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I remind myself how much better I feel after doing it, especially if it's a time where I really really don't want to but force myself.
 

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actually once you do it really regularly it's hard to stop! just force yourself for the first few months and then it's hard to give it up. maybe if you set a few personal fitness goals?
 

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This is true for me. I started exercising regularly after I got married (10 years ago this coming May!) I started out doing 30 minutes a day on an exercise bike. I did that forever, until one day, I saw a workout show on TV. I started doing that and the bike. Then, it was like a snowball effect. I have a ton of videos, and I used that bike 'til it was worthless. It's gone now, but my exercise time is so ingrained in me that it's like my morning coffee. My day without it just isn't the same. Just find something you can do for 30 min each day. Keep doing it. Before long, you will realize it's not enough anymore and you will need to change things up a bit. By then, it will be a habit for you.
 

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Hi Nikki98,<br><br>
I'm very much like you. So I'm glad you posted this question.<br><br>
I find it very difficult to keep up with my ds's active needs unless I exercise. If I don't, I'm dragging all day. In fact, the ice made it difficult for me to go to the gym this week. I did Yoga instead, which saved me from that dark whole of perpetual inactivity so hard to get out of. Guess fearing that state is my other motivation right now.<br><br>
Side note: Yoga is really addicting. So calming.<br><br>
It's great that you're doing it.
 

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Thanks for the replies<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> .
 

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How about hiring a personal trainer for a period of time until you're used to the routine?<br>
Or you can always workout with a partner like firefaery. That's gotta be motivating.
 

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For me? I really do enjoy it - not so much the exercise - but the being alone part! It is THE ONLY time that I am ever alone, ever! AND it is the ONLY thinkg that I am doing for me and only me. That right there was my motivator. I would pop in my Ipod, CRANK the music (which is something I can't do with the kids around) and just jam on the eliptical for 30-60 minutes. Then I started with some weights and now i take classes too - AND i get to talk to real life grown up women! For me - it is so much more than just getting fit -
 
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