Motivate me!

United States
February 8, 2008 2:06pm CST
I know I need to walk, and I believe walking is the easiest and best exercise, but I am just not motivated. I'm tired and just want to take a nap. It's a nice day out, too, so I have no good excuse not to walk. What motivates you when you don't want to walk? How do you encourage others to walk. Motivate me!
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@slickcut (8141)
• United States
9 Feb 08
I cannot motivate you because i am not motivated either,all i want to do is sit in my recliner all day or sleep..I think i am just a little on the lazy side these days..my lazy streak started when cold weather hit,and that might be your problem to..I think when it starts getting really nice outside we will get motivated and once we start then we will be fine....We are in a lull right now...
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@rosey3223 (1569)
• United States
9 Feb 08
Ya sure, WHATEVER!! You just keep telling yourself/lves that!!! LMFAO!! I'm sorry, I just couldn't help myself!
@slickcut (8141)
• United States
9 Feb 08
Ha Ha thats what im doing,i hope it helps me!!!!You got me laughing....I read all your reply's and i am still not motivated..Someone might have to put a stick of dynamite under me..Haha
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• United States
9 Feb 08
Thanks, slickcut, for the response. You're right, the cold weather does make me lazy. I'm looking forward to getting out of that lull!
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@rosey3223 (1569)
• United States
9 Feb 08
Sorry, but I can't motivate someone when I feel the same, LoL!! I'm just like you, I have no energy and no motivation and yet I know that I need to do it. Something my sister told me is that she knows that I am not happy with my weight and that should be good enough, but since it's not then I should look at the fact that I'm not the same person as when I was 18. With her saying that I STILL have not gone out and done it!! Back when I was 18 I had lost a lot of weight and my whole attitude changed for the better, but with bad relationships and having kids, I've lost that part of me. She seems to think that it's just so easy to run outside and start walking, but with having 3 kids (2 of which are babies), it's hard to find that motivation when your living on 3 hours of sleep. I know that it's still an excuse, but that's how I feel!! Ha, Ha...I just thought of a song I used to sing when going to work. It's from the Rolling Stones "I ain't got no satisfaction", but instead of satisfaction I say motivation!! Too funny. All I can think of is you know what's right, so get off your butt and DO IT!! You know that you'll feel better, you know that you'll look better, you know you'll have more energy. You know all this, so go on out and as Nike says "Just DO IT"!! Did that help?
• United States
9 Feb 08
Okay, you and I need to get ourselves together, you gather up your babies, put them in the stroller and we just need to go do it! Your answer was very motivating - and I hope you motivated yourself as well. Thanks!
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@rosey3223 (1569)
• United States
9 Feb 08
Well...considering that I just woke up, my motivation bar just dropped a notch, LoL!! But I'd love to go on a walk some day soon. One of the babies is a newborn and being that it's kinda cold still I don't want to risk him getting sick!! And the other posters are right, scenery does help out bunches when you walk. I am surrounded by farms and it's so neat to look at all of the cows!!
@maximax8 (28559)
• United Kingdom
8 Feb 08
See if you can borrow a friend, neighbors or family member's dog to take out for walks. Then you will see how much fun it is seeing a dog appreciate a lovely walk. Alternatively you could choose to walk in a beautiful location like a sweet smelling forest, a pebbly beach, a sandy bay with sand dunes to climb or picturesque countryside. I am always motivated to stunning scenery like the white cliffs of Dover, the the rolling hills of Kent or the Bristol Channel looking across to the Welsh coastline. Listening to music as I walk can also motivate me. I love to walk along a point that sticks out into the sea. I have seen wild flowers growing and goats grazing. There is a historic fort at the end of it and stunning coastal views. Good luck choosing some attractive walking routes and encourage others to go by showing them photos of the wonderful scenery.
• United States
8 Feb 08
I want to go walking with you! I love the way you described the scenery. But you really hit the nail on the head with the idea of the dog. We've been without a dog since last summer. This may be a very good reason to get another dog. Thanks for the excellent suggestions!
@maximax8 (28559)
• United Kingdom
8 Feb 08
You are welcome. It would be lovely to go for a walk with you. Yes, having a dog is offers wonderful opportunities for walking and having such a delightful time hey. My dogs are called Secret and Magic. They like a walk at Sand Bay most of all and they rush up and down the sand dunes and I like the view of the two islands, the old pier and the Welsh coastline just over the water.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
8 Feb 08
I set myself one goal. Go to the library, store or Post Office, all of which are about a mile away. I then start to walk, by the time I start thinking "wish I'd taken the car" I'm halfway there and realise that there is not much point in turning round. I find it easier to set small, achievable goals that take Herculean effort to achieve.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
8 Feb 08
Sorry, That "that" above should be "than".
• United States
8 Feb 08
Setting small goals is excellent advice. I live in the country so I'm not near a store or anything, but certainly walking up the hill a half mile to the corner should be an achievable goal, right? Thanks!
@EvrWonder (3577)
• Canada
9 Feb 08
Keyword: Motivation. I have been in that mood too, where it is really nice out and I am on the couch 1/2 awake, settling in for what I hope will be a nice couple hour nap. On the other hand, I feel blessed to have gotten into excercise early in my life, I was born and raised in the country so I appreciate blades of grass if I can't have the forest. Focus is important, even when your not feeling motivated to walk. Have you ever made yourself go when you don't exactly feel like it? You could run into some interesting people, simply feel much better and have time, if possible to connect with nature when you're out there. Afterwards, you're not only glad you went but look forward to the next time. In order to overcome the thoughts and feelings that keep you from going for a walk when you think you may like to, I believe that you truly have to be gaining something worthwhile from the excercise. Be it the regained tone, burnt calories, fresh air etc. Know why you want to excercise and keep that in focus as well. Get into it. Find ways that bring you in and keep you focused on the goals for wanting to walk in the first place. Try finding the best time of day for you. Mornings are good. I have done outdoor work outs in the twightlight of the early evening, the dark of the early mornings, rain, snow, sun and wind. I prefer mornings. Plan the outting. Find likeminded friends, perhaps a walking club. Ask around. Just keep going because it is fun and good for you. If you have a small child, put them in the stroller and get going. Go to the park and introduce your child to some pretty flowers, or simply take time to enjoy them yourself.
• United States
9 Feb 08
Thanks for the very thoughtful response! I do need to remember to focus on what walking will do for me and then just enjoy myself!
@roniroxas (10576)
• Philippines
8 Feb 08
have someone to walk with you, walking alone is really boring. if you have someone to talk with while walking you wont see how far you walked already, and walking back to is still fun. well music is one more, if you have something to listen to, bouncy music that will make you bounce with the tune while walking. or you can carry a squeeze ball or stress ball that you can squeeze while walking. or a small ball that you can kick while walking. i hope this helps you get motivated.
• United States
8 Feb 08
I don't know of anyone convenient who could walk with me, but I need to look into that for sure. I like the ideas about the balls - sounds like fun. Thanks!
@palonghorn (5486)
• United States
8 Feb 08
Two things motivate me, one I'm preparing for a pack test (45 lb backpack, 3 miles in 45 minutes) for work, I'm a wildland firefighter. The other thing is my s/o, he checks with me everyday to see if I did my hiking. When the weather is not cooperating I found a video I walk with on-demand cable channel. It's a one mile walk with aerobics added to it, and then there is a one mile walk video with weights. And the last thing is my dog, all I have to do is ask her if she wants to go for a walk, she will not leave me alone until we go lol.
• United States
8 Feb 08
Sounds like a smart dog! Wow, 45 pounds of backpack is a lot, especially for three miles. That's quite a goal to be working toward. You have quite a job, too. I'm sure any firefighting job is hard, but wildland firefighter sounds really tough. Yes, a video is a good idea, too. So glad for all of the great suggestions. Thanks!
@owlwings (39598)
• Cambridge, England
8 Feb 08
Walking is excellent exercise. I have COPD and have been keeping track of my peak flow for the last week or so. Even after I have taken just a 10 minute walk, I have found a dramatic improvement. One motivatory technique I have is to see how much I can improve on my 'before' reading. Another 'inducement' I use is that there is a pub just at the turnaround of my 10 minute route. If I make it in less than 5 minutes, I earn myself a pint! If one takes a regular route, too, one notices changes and it's always fun to catch up on the changes in people's front gardens or to see where birds are nesting this year.
• United States
8 Feb 08
So glad that walking is helping with your help - and that you have the evidence to prove it! No pub here, but that sounds really motivational! I like the idea of watching for seasonal changes, too. We have beautiful scenery on our hill and I rarely take time to look out at a distance, as I should. Thanks for the great suggestion!
• United States
8 Feb 08
I think taking a walk in the veld or going hiking is much better then walking around the block or in the park every day. That is what motivates me in some way, because I love hiking especially in bushy and natural areas.
• United States
8 Feb 08
You know, you just reminded me that there is a walking trail in town and a place where I could park and then walk. I keep forgetting about that. Thanks for the reminder and the great suggestion!
@as2006 (5041)
• Israel
9 Feb 08
I know that filling you must be strong and know that it's good for your health.