Where do you get motivation to exercise?

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I’m not unhealthy or obese or anything, it’s just that I hate exercising. Going to the gym is so boring, plus it’s expensive. I live in the middle of a city, so I don’t have a chance to get outdoors (as in, the REAL outdoors) as much as I’d like. I am from a coastal area and spent the first 25 years of my life getting my exercise from surfing and hiking. I don’t live near any surf areas and there are no hiking areas nearby that I’ve been able to find. It’s pretty flat. I try to do yoga in the morning, but beyond that I cannot motivate myself to do anything like running or biking or using any gym cardio equipment. I’ve purchased a few at-home DVDs and done them a few times, but then I just give up. It’s like I have absolutely no interest. I can feel my body changing and I feel that it’s getting softer and softer as I don’t maintain my muscle. I just can’t seem to find anything that I want to do! Where do you find motivation to exercise? Is it all about body image or is it about health or strength or what?

asked December 11, 2013

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I exercise because it is essential for daily life. I don't see it as a hobby or as something that can be overlooked. I see it as something as essential as drinking or eating. The human body is meant to be active. Its so important for overall health and for quality of life. You don't have to go to the gym for 2 hours a day on some crazy workout regimen, you just have to do something. Do something that challenges your body in some way every day.
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I'm actually in a similar situation.I used to do a lot of hiking, canoeing, and rock climbing, but sadly, I'm in a city in a location where there's none of that nearby at all.I started to walk to most areas. I don't really use a car so much. That helps a bit, but I think outside of that, you just have to force yourself to do it. Make yourself do some stuff you can do at home, and constantly remind yourself. It takes some time, and it may be boring, but for a lot of people, it's the only way, really. Or, so it seems. This is just based off of personal experience.
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well you make a list . you will look better , feel better, think more clearly,relieve stress,maybe make a new friend,. just walk . sometimes its enough to start you in that direction
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try doing group classes. they have music and can vary from cardio to strength training. also having a group of people with you while working out helps motivate you till the very end as does the instructor.
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I love exercising so hope I can help! Really you need to find a type of exercise that suites you. like volleyball basketball cycling hiking. Don't limit your options. Making it fun is truly the only way to stay motivated IMO :) -HB
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While browsing online I saw once a photo of a swimmer athlete who had a very nicely defined/toned body. Not very bulky, not very slim, exactly the way I would have liked mine to look like! And that was my goal man. I saved the photo, cropped it to show just the torso and whenever I looked at it I visualised my face on that torsos' neck. Took me a while, but with the right research on eating and exercising I actually got there.Always have a goal. Small and achievable ones if you want to get really bulky. Set a small goal, when you get there, set a bigger one, and so on and so forth.
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I get a total kick when I can see my body reacting to the exercise and I guess that's what motivates me! I'm lucky enough to live out of the city so can get out on my bike quite often. I hate the gym too! But as others have said above, try out some group classes! Some of them are good fun and you can meet new people, and that can usually inspire you to keep going...
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I usually exercise just because I'm a reaaaally hyper person. Also, I do it because I know I want to be fit AND healthy. Most of the time, I'll be jogging with someone or cycling around the block, which is actually fun. But my guilty right now pleasure is dancing. I just like blasting on the music, so i started doing zumba with my friend. It's seriously so fun and gets your whole body moving. My motivation is music. Basically :).