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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

How Can I Get Motivated To Start Exercising?

How Can I Get Motivated To Start Exercising? I take medication that made me gain a lot of weight and it’s soooo sad since I was a size 4!

This should be the question of the year! One I get asked a lot. I'm hoping to get a lot of comments with what works for you. This answer I'm sure will be different for everyone but this is what works for me.


Take a Class You'll Enjoy - For someone who has never joined a gym or worked out before, try a fun class like salsa dancing, yoga or Zumba (love!). Zumba is one of my favorite classes and if you find the right trainer, it will quickly become an obsession! I know they have classes all over, you can find a zumba class in your area here. I personally stay more committed taking classes as opposed to working out with a video but for some people, you may prefer to workout in the comfort of your own home.

Join a gym! The hardest part is always getting your butt out the door and into the gym, but once you are there, you will feel great knowing you are doing something good for your body. And after a few weeks of going, and seeing results, you will feel guilty if you don't go. You'll start getting into a routine and trying different classes and before you know it, you'll be hooked. Also keep in mind that working out releases endorphins that make us feel happy, so not only will you start looking good, you will also start feeling good too.

Work Out With Friends -  For some of us, having a friend or group of friends to work out with can give you that push to get out there. This has always worked for me. I take classes with several friends, and since I don't have too much free times these days, it's also a great way to catch up and see them. It also makes me look forward to going to classes, and we all push each other to go.

How do you get motivated to work out? Please share what works for you!

28 comments:

Kimberlynn said...

Okay Gina...this is too funny. I've never even heard of Zumba until yesterday, and since then I've heard about it two more times...all in 24 hours. Maybe this means something, you think? So, I clicked on your link and found a class in my area. It's being taught by a lady who was on season 2 of The Biggest Loser. After talking to her, I'm very excited to try it out. Thanks Gina!!!

Blessings,
Kimberlynn

http://mindingmyweigh.blogspot.com/

Katie said...

I hate exercising.... some people say they like the feeling afterwards, but I feel awful (tired and sweaty!)

I like to walk. I try to walk a few nights a week. This is a good way to get started, and is good exercise. It's free, and you can enjoy the out doors. Plus, you can do it almost anywhere!

Anonymous said...

I agree with Katie! I'm in Week 8 of the Couch to 5K running program, and was told I'd become addicted. Well, I guess I do feel the need to run every other day, but I still hate it and have to power through the first 5 minutes of every run and convince myself not to stop!

I guess what keeps me motivated is the state of my thighs. I'm hoping that if I keep it up, soon they won't rub together and chafe when I'm running.

Gina @ Skinnytaste said...

You're going to LOVE zumba!! Let me know how you like it. Hope you have a good teacher, that makes all the difference!

@Katie- I've never been a fan of running myself. I wish I was, I tried to love it. It hurts my knees but I love a good fast paced walk. Especially somewhere scenic!!! And even better if there are some small hills for a good workout.

Anonymous said...

For me I have to do a variety of things so I don't get bored. I am only a warm weather walker. I also do a spin class from Sept to June, and have a variety of exercise CD's. As well I have a tread mill; and do some snow shoeing in the winter... so I have no excuse!!!

shellysdeli said...

I joined a running club and am now training for my first marathon! I was nearly 100 pounds overweight 2 years ago and took it off with Weight Watchers. I started running to keep it off. Most days are hard to get started, but when I run further than I've ever run, I get a rush knowing I just did something most people can't do....something I didn't ever think I could do.

Gina @ Skinnytaste said...

@shelly- I love it! Your story makes me want to join a runners club! Or maybe a walkers club since I'm not much of a runner. Thanks for sharing!

I used to take spin classes, they are tough but what a great workout!

Lisa said...

Since I have 4 kids (2 under 2), I can't even get out of the house before it's too hot outside to go for a walk. Here is what I have found works for me: I pop in any exercise video that I got at a yardsale (I have many), I put the TV on "mute", then I blast up the radio. I put on a dance show for my babies and sometimes my 2-year-old will even join me. The video on TV gives me an exercise idea, but I try to spice it up by doing it to the beat of the song on the radio and moving my body a lot more. That way I can do cardio and toning together. It sounds funny, and it looks silly, but I love doing it. Oh, and finally, I do it in the morning, and I don't let myself have breakfast until after I've worked out for 30 minutes. It totally works for me!

Gina @ Skinnytaste said...

I love it Lisa!!

Anonymous said...

hi,
I have 100 pounds to lose and will start WW next week. I'm interested to know how those who have lost that much weight started with exercise. Right now it hurts to walk very much but I assume that any movement is helpful so getting motivated is a necessity for me.

Anonymous said...

Hello Anonymous :]

I have fought obesity my entire life. I have ups and downs, but, I have found a few things that work for me. At first, when I was too big to feel comfortable moving at fast paces, I tried, and liked water aerobic classes. You can find bathing suits today that compliment many body types and are not hideous. The water felt really good.
When I thought/think about costs, time, mileage, etc., I realized these were investments in myself. We do not do good things for ourselves and our bodies as we should. Remind yourself that you are taking care of your body, you need these moments to relax/get away, and in the long run you will reap the rewards!
I still enjoy the water, but I feel comfortable now in a class. I found a local Jazzercise, and I love it! I have to mention that i 100% agree, if you are not enjoying and looking forward to your 'wellness time' :] it will not work. Do not lose hope if your first attempt or class bums you out-that was not the method for you. I encourage you to keep searching!!! Go Go GO!!!

A Girl Who Loves Cupcakes said...

For me, it's definitely about doing something that I enjoy, if I don't like it, I won't do it. However, I have a great workout partner (my hubby) who forces me to do the things I hate, but I need to do and he does them with me and tries to help make it fun. I LOVE dance cardio, dancing lessons, walking and swimming.

Gina @ Skinnytaste said...

@Cupcake Lover- You are very lucky to have a husband to workout with!

Angie said...

God, as I sit here, I haven't worked out since before I went to my 20 year class reunion in July and I feel terrible. FT working mom of a 5 yo and 2 yo. I pay for a membership to 24 hour fitness and I love it so much I won't stop paying for it and I hate going so much that I don't go. Once I am there, I am fine but I am a creature of habit. Every time I stop, I have to start back up again!

The Waspy Redhead said...

Having a buddy is key - and I keep a picture of me when I was 20 in my wallet as a constant reminder of how good I could look. :)

Gina @ Skinnytaste said...

A buddy works best for me. Also having a gym very close to home.

Katie said...

Another thing I have recently started was using my Wii! I bought the Wii Fit board and it has been great. It was pricy (100 bucks, though I had a coupon to bestbuy for 15% off) but I have not regretted it once in the 2 weeks I've had it. Its a great way to get up off your butt and do something, and all the games/workouts are short (less than 10 minutes mostly) so I don't lose interest. I wouldn't recommend going out and buying a Wii system just so you can buy this "game" but if you or your kids already have it, it's a great way to get moving and have a little fun!

Dee said...

I love Zumba!! I try to go 6 days a week. I noticed an amazing change in my body within the first two weeks. You don't have to wear the Zumba gear or go to the front of the class. Start in the back if you like, wear some "regular" gym clothes and consider it a party for your body!! (And shake what your momma gave ya!)

Dee said...

Oh! Another option if you have cable is "Excercise on Demand". They have some great videos to try. My favorite is the Billy Blanks Jr. Dance Workout. It reminds me a lot of Zumba. It's an hour, but you can do it at your own pace, in your own home, it's a great way to get started.

Anonymous said...

I bought a Wii and my daughter and I dance to the game Just Dance. It's so much fun that it doesn't feel like exercise. Having another person work out with is the key because they help you stay motivated when you want to give up.

Gina @ Skinnytaste said...

Dee- wow 6 days a week!! Awesome. I love it too :)

My daughter has a Wii, I've yet to try it.

Kippy said...

I am definitely motivated by classes. I LOVE step but it KILLS my knee. A sure sign I'm aging (boo). I have become addicted to cycle classes and go all the time! I am terrible about working out unless I'm going to the gym. I was never able to get motivated to run for more than a couple of weeks at at time (my knee was an issue as well) and having two young kids made getting exercise in nearly impossible. Thankfully I can load everyone up and head to the Y. I get a break from the kids (and they get a break from me) and I get my workout in. Win-win!

Lauren said...

I really do not like to exercise that much. Running hurts, and although being sweaty doesn't bother me, exactly, when I take classes where I can't "keep up," it always brings me down.

I am, and always have been, a water baby, however. I started WW (with the new P+ system) about two weeks ago, and simultaneously started working out at my local pool. I swim laps, mainly, but I also like to talk to some of the other women who do calisthenics in the pool as a warm up. I find that I feel so much more successful in the pool because you "weigh" less in the pool. My weight hasn't been as much of a factor (and my joints don't hurt nearly as much!)

That success I have felt is my main motivator. I find myself looking for that feeling throughout my day at work--and it really gives me something to look forward to!

As an unrelated portion...thanks for your blog and all of your wonderful recipes, Gina! Love them all!

Anonymous said...

I wish motivation came as naturally to me as breathing or chocolate, but it doesn't. If I waited to get motivated I wouldn't work out at all. I get moving knowing that I don't have to WANT to do it to be ABLE to do it. Once the sweat hits it's a little easier. Once the jeans fit better, it's a lot easier. On really hard days I remind myself that it is about an investment in me and my health. That usually gets me going!

Jenny said...

I like the treadmill in my own home. I say to myself, I'm only going to do 10 minutes, that's all I have to do. Then I put my Ipod music on, or Ellen in the afteroon, etc... and before I know it, I've done 25-30 minutes and feel like I've had a great workout. The other thing is recently I started WW again (old one, love it) and I find I weigh less after a decent workout. Since I track my weight, I need to have the workout done to track consistantly. So the mornings I don't feel like it, I think "oh, I'll weigh more than I really do if I don't work out" and I get myself on the tread. I also use visualizition of how firm my legs and butt will be come summer when I've lost the 20 with WW. Love this website!

Gina @ Skinnytaste said...

Here's my new trick that works for me. When you get up, put on your sneakers, ponytail and sweats. This will almost guarantee you to go out and join a gym, go for a jog, or work out at home. (or work out at home) It gets you in the workout state of mind and then there is no excuses!

Anonymous said...

The only thing that has worked for me since friends were flaky and I have a toddler.... I bought an elliptical from walmart $400 a yoga ball and a set of weights. What motivates me is I dont need to worry about what Im wearing or who is watching me because I'm in the comfort of my own home. I do it early in the morning before my daughters awake so it doesnt take time away from her. 1 year membership at the gym is about as much as my elliptical cost.

lalabear18 said...

I started doing a workout series called "Insanity," and it really is an insane workout. In my experience, the hardest part was getting started. It's hard to get into that zone where you have to motivate yourself and keep going. It can also be challenging to maintain a consistent routine, but after it is established, it gets easier... :)