Working out....any motivational suggestions?

  1. Just joined a local gym a couple of weeks ago, it's less than 5 minutes from my house. Any suggestions on how to get and keep motivation to stick with working out?
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  3. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I have one. I just read an article that kinda woke me up ...let me explain. About 2 years ago, I sprained my left knee, badly. It took months in a brace and working out at the gym to bring it back..... I began to think I would never walk w/o a limp again that terrified me! Well, working out, it slowly got better, very slowly.

    Then I got lazy....yea real lazy. I just read that for every 20 extra pounds we carry, we put at LEAST 70-80 extra pounds of pressure on our knee joints! And to be sure, my knee is popping again. Yes, I know all about cardiovascular benefits, and dropping sizes, and "looking good", but the thought of being unable to walk normally in the future cause I weigh too much has hit home w/me and I am renewed in my desire to get back into some reasonable shape for my sake and that of my family. I don't want a lifetime of disability and health problems such as adult-onset diabetes....and the many more we get being in poor physical shape.

    Looks be damned, I want to be STRONG! Try to think of the benefits now and in the future of a HEALTHY BODY...then envision yourself in a bed, unhealthy........the motivation becomes real clear, alot more so than "before and after" pictures. I wish you the best, Mary. One day at a time as the VERY old cliche goes. If you want online support, PM me. We can work together....after all, it is a change FOR LIFE.:kiss
    Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on Aug 16, '02
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  5. by   DebsZoo
    all it takes for me to get excercising, after not doing it..........a mirror <sigh>
  6. by   nightingale
    Well, I have been a member of the Y for 3 months and only recently starting really going. My motivation? Well, I am also doing weight watchers and I found out I get to eat more if I exercise! Shallow reasoning but true.

    I am VERY sore today so I tried a different routine and it was still uncomfortable. So... this afternoon I am going swimming and to the hot-tub. There is also a park close to my home with a lovely lake. I am getting my CD player ready for some quality walking and quiet "me-me" time.

    I hope I can keep the pace up! I am turning 50 in a few weeks and I want to be on the up end of improving my physical appearance (shallow but true).


  7. by   eltrip
    We joined the Y a few months ago. I began getting up at 4:45am to be there when the doors open at 5. It is the only time when I don't have another obligation that might keep me from coming in to exercise.

    My greatest motivation is my health. My mother, 20 years my senior, is a diabetic, as were both of HER parents. I've watched my mother struggle with health issues. As one of my coworkers said last year, "I can either pay the money to work out now, or pay 2-3 times the cost in medication later."

    I'd rather pay for the Y & look & feel better in the process. My sleeping problems have mostly gone away. Let's face it, by 9pm, i'm practically worthless & need to rest!

    I've just started working with a trainer in the "fit start" program. We worked on weights yesterday. I am a bit sore today, but I felt well enough to ride the recumbent bike for 30 minutes this morning!

    Keep up the good work, Mary!

  8. by   RN-PA
    I joined a gym around my 40th birthday and I'm now 46. I don't go as often as I should, but I keep going because:

    1. I can eat more whenever I exercise. I don't have to starve myself to maintain or lose weight. In the Weight Watchers program, their point system even assigns points for exercise, so if I want a treat and it has 5 points, I can do 5 points worth of exercise.

    2. Muscle burns calories better than fat. It looks better, too. I look less lumpy, a little more streamlined when I work out regularly. I spend 30 minutes on the weight machines, use some dumbells, and work on both upper and lower body in that time. I then try to do 1 hour of cardio on the machines. Stretching to warm up before and cool down after is imperative.

    3. Most evenings I work Med/Surg, I consider it "aerobic nursing" with the pace, the almost constant activity, and demands. Being in relative shape helps me to keep up, and I would like to continue my nursing career for as long as I can. I do stomach crunches to protect my back, less than for "looks" at this stage of my life. If I leave nursing, I can envision it will be related more to emotional/psychological burn-out rather than physical reasons, but I'll just have to see how the ole bod holds up.

    4. All through the stress of nursing school, I used the phrase, "I will either cry it (stress) out or sweat it out" and I did both. But the exercise I did then and do now helps to keep me a bit more on an even keel and I almost always feel better afterwards.

    5. You can do it, Mary, and others! Take it slowly to avoid injury and drink LOTS of fluids before and after. Be kind and patient with yourself and the benefits will slowly outweigh the temporary aches and the hassle of going to the gym. Vary your workouts (if it's nice outside, I take 1 to 1 1/2 hour walks rather than go to the gym, and they're so good for me, spiritually and emotionally), and get advice from the trainers there.

  9. by   RN-PA
    Originally posted by nightngale1998
    Well, I have been a member of the Y for 3 months and only recently starting really going. My motivation? Well, I am also doing weight watchers and I found out I get to eat more if I exercise! Shallow reasoning but true.
    I was typing my reply while you posted my exact sentiments about WW and the ability to eat more! Ain't it the truth, nightngale?
  10. by   sbic56
    Mary Dover

    For me, the most important part is incorporating exercise into my lifestyle. I make it as important as going to work, sleeping and eating. No excuses about no time, as it rarely is truly the case. I know I can easily waste an hour watching TV or being on this thing when I could be being better to my body. I try to find something I really like to do. In the good weather it is biking. I have a treadmill and can go swimming at a pool nearby on those not so nice days and in the dreaded Maine winter. My employee benfits includes free membership to several local gyms as well. Pretty decent, huh? The close proximity of your gym to you is convenient and should make it easier to go to routinely. Find an exercise partner, but don't expect her/him to keep you motivated; I find it has to come from a personal desire. I find that if I really work out hard and get the endorphins flowing I am get more out of the work out and look forward to the next session more. As long as you are healthy, try to push your self just little bit harder each time. Also, vary your workout some. The same routine day in day out doesn't challenge the body enough. Be creative and make it fun, not work. Remember to take in extra protein if you hare working out hard. Don't diet too vigorously. Exercise and a balanced diet is the key. The body will think it is starving and won't work as efficiently if not taking in enough energy. A half pound to a pound a week is a good goal for long term weight loss. Remember scales are not the best indicator of weight loss and fitness. Go by how you feel and look. Take before pics so you can see the progress. Retake pics at regular intervals, say once a month. Have fun and don't kick yourself too hard if you start to lose motivation...just so long as you get back on it, you're a winner! Hope this helps. Good luck!
  11. by   nightingale
    RN-PA, Mary, and others.. whatever works! tehehehehe Ain't it the truth is right!

    It is getting a bit more motivating just reading these posts. I look forward to the time when I am not as sore and can really "see" results! For now, I have thought of posting a now phot of my gosest pic of me in all my hanging out glory! That should keep that refrigerator door closed and me heading out the door!

    Last edit by nightingale on Aug 16, '02
  12. by   JailRN
    Benefit package includes gym membership, it's hard to be around police and fire who all look so good and I look like their mother.

    I have a plak in the kitchen that says"Nothing tastes as good as being thin feels. "

    Working out with a trainer 3x week the other 3 days by myself. That and bypass surgery after christmas lost 115 lbs. Now the motivation for workout is to spend less $$$ on plastic surgery to have the fat cut off of my underarms, my boobs put back up on my chest, instead of being at my navel, and some of my stomach back where it belongs, instead of down on my thighs.

    Good luck, it's such a personal thing.
  13. by   Love-A-Nurse
    we (the facility i work at) have a gym at work that we can use free of charge and the entire family is welcome as well and i am going to use it on some rainy days instead of walking in the mall.

    i like excersing because it makes me feel good and when i excerise other than to drop pounds, i tend to stick with it longer because i enjoy doing it. i love to walk and this is the best way for me to stay fit.
  14. by   Stargazer
    Mary, here's a few of my motivators:

    1. If I've lapsed for a while, vanity is what makes me finally start exercising again--but the way exercising makes me feel is what keeps me going. After I've re-established my routine, I start feeling kind of gross and icky if I have to skip even one day.

    2. I don't exercise so I can eat more, but I do find that I tend to eat healthier when I'm working out regularly. Something about getting all the blood pumping and feeling better about my body just makes me crave fruit and yogurt and big salads.

    3. Having an occasion to work towards helps me--a wedding, a reunion, a vacation.

    4. Setting small goals is easier than looking towards big ones. Instead of thinking, "I want to be a size 6!" I think, "I am going to get back into that last pair of jeans I outgrew."

    5. I have that particular brand of procrastination known as I Don't Have Time to Do It Unless I Have Time to Do It Perfectly. So I have to fight that. Maybe I don't have time to do a full hour-long cardio-plus-weights workout today. 15 minutes on the treadmill is better than nothing!

    6. I try not to make working out a chore or a punishment--if I am too sore or tired to do my regular workout, I go walking or pop in an easy tape and do that. Anything to keep me moving at least a little.

    7. It's the little things: going up several flights of stairs without getting short of breath.

    Hope that helps! I'm enjoying reading other's posts here too.