What can motivate a person to exercise regularly?

@Roseo8 (2947)
India
December 3, 2008 11:10pm CST
Very often we set up a new exercise regime with determination and with much fanfare,but after a few days we get slacker or lazier,and often give up.Has this happened to you.For most of us,it might seem a hassle to exercise and to eat right,even though we very well know the benefits of exercising,and that it will give us a few extra years of healthy life.
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@cupid74 (11394)
• Pakistan
4 Dec 08
Hmmm Nice Discussion and very very important Question i never ever able find anything such motivating which can let me Up in Morning and exercise or ever exercise in evening daily. And eating, sure who can resist that, though i am not THAT big eater but still i love to eat So, i will be keenly following ur this discussion and will see if Some one gives A TRUE MOTIVATION to exercise daily Take care
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@Roseo8 (2947)
• India
4 Dec 08
Hi Cupid,as Kalav said in the above discussion,most of us take our good health for granted,and it is only when we fall ill that we begin to worry about our health and of trying to maintaining it by proper exercise and diet...So its high time for you too,cupie,to give some serious thought to exercising,and motivate yourself to worry about your fitness.... Yes eating the right food is important,but burning away the extra calories and keeping your body fit and in shape not only makes you fit and trim,but also adds to your confidence and personality..... So start now my friend,by walking for atleast half an our everyday....Of course ,lack of time is not at all an excuse,you can get down a short distance from your gate,while going to work and walk the rest of the way....If there is a will,there are ways and means to exercise.
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@cupid74 (11394)
• Pakistan
4 Dec 08
Hmmmm Is It Lecture? Well u r right but still time nature of Job lifestyle make differnce In Morning its always hurry to reah office ontime And in evening u r late and exhausted, u know my office is about 60Km from My home so hope u imagine Now Anyway thanks for ur concern Take care
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@Roseo8 (2947)
• India
4 Dec 08
You appear diaappointed cupie,on seeing my lecture..... Well you wanted me to moticvate you to start exercising..And mind you I have only two handy weapons.If you do not like my lecture,then you have to opt for my stick.The choice is left to you....
@karubod (603)
• India
4 Dec 08
hi...well im very lazy to do any kind of exercise....once i decided to some yoga exercises after doing for a week ive given up...ha ha .
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@Roseo8 (2947)
• India
5 Dec 08
Hi ,I hope you will take exercising,and your health more seriously....Good luck....
@dpk262006 (56591)
• Delhi, India
4 Dec 08
I think self motivation is the best option. Though many of us see some TV channel for motivating themselves to do some exercise or Yoga. Some of us bring even pre-recorded CDs to learn exercise and Yoga. I think, if we make it a habit and could spare atleast 10-15 minutes in the morning, we can set into a rythem. Also, if there is some irregularity in doing exercise daily, it can be done after break of few days or say on alternate days. Even if we do it thrice a week, it will suffice and it is also said that "something is better than nothing." I try to exercise daily atleast 10-15 mintues in the morning to keep myself fit.
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@Roseo8 (2947)
• India
4 Dec 08
You are so right Dpk.....If there is a will there is a way.If exercising alone is not working out,taking part in group exercises is a sure way to get motivated.Most peolple state lack of time a s an excuse,but its true ,exercising at least 5 days a week is better than not exercicing at all....I go for walks in the evening,with my hubby,if not every day,then atleast every alternate day.....It really relaxes me,and I enjoy them trememdously. And Dpk I am glad you exercise regularly,though it will be good for you to increase your timing a bit !!Or atleast spent more time exercising on holidays.......Good luck.,and good health to you.........
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@williamjisir (22903)
• China
28 Dec 08
Hello Rose. I think that what is hard for us is the so-called persistence that we need to possess in whatever we do so far as motivating a person to exercise regularly is concerned. I find that it is hard for me as well even though I make up my mind to do something or to exercise. But my father and mother are very persistent in exercising every day in the morning. I appreciate their persistence and being aware of the necessity of doing exercise every day. Good for them. I think that I must learn from my parents.
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• China
31 Dec 08
Hello Rose. I think that youless will join us together in this healthy activity. I think that I must do something to do more exercise every day for the good of enjoying a more healthy life. Thank you so much for the encouragement, dear friend.
• China
31 Dec 08
Hello again, I searched from the lsat page to the first page to see if youless is here, but in vain. I hope that youless will read this discussion soon. Happy New Year, Rose.
• China
5 Jan 09
Thank you so much for the best response, dear Rose. Take care.
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@Calais (10900)
• Australia
4 Dec 08
I really dont know...I havnt even got that far, Ive been saying to myself for about 2 years now, that im going to start exercising, but I just cant, Im too lazy...lol..even brought some home equipment but havnt used it not once.
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@Roseo8 (2947)
• India
5 Dec 08
Oh my ,you mean for the past 2 years you have not found enough motivation that prompted you to exercise???And you have not even used the home equipment(no doubt expensive),even once..... Ok let me see if I can motivate you.... Tell em do the dresses you bought two years ago still fit you perfectly? Do you have a flat tummy? Are you over weight? Are you careful with your diet? Do you know extra calories lead to obesity,blood pressure,high cholestrol,and heart problems.....? If I havent yet mitivated you then.....sigh...I
@Calais (10900)
• Australia
5 Dec 08
Well Im not overweight, I eat quite well etc....just I think Im plain lazy and thats it..I have 3 kiddos , and running around after them is enough exercise....lol But thanks...
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@Roseo8 (2947)
• India
6 Dec 08
Hi Calais.....Ah ,no wonder you do not get time for exercise....Three kiddos are a real handful.........Just playing around with them nad running after them will give you enough and more exercise......Good luck to you and your brood....
@balasri (26553)
• India
7 Dec 08
An appreciation from a lady at the body can be the ultimate motivation for a man as far as I know.
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@Roseo8 (2947)
• India
8 Dec 08
well so long as the lady doesnt ever suffer from long sight!!!
@balasri (26553)
• India
8 Dec 08
I am talking about the ladies with 20/20 vision plus night vision too.
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@Roseo8 (2947)
• India
8 Dec 08
@Sreekala (24266)
• India
5 Dec 08
Hi Rose, Getting motivated for doing exercise is a tough task. People who are regular in exercise should be self-motivated. I think determination is also plays an important role. People are different so naturally their thinking also different. Some people wish to stay healthy or live long so they are ready to do some commitments. Some are athletes and they have to do it for achieving their goals. Some are doing it for weight loss. I understand the term motivation is something we have to create. If we decided to do exercise then we have to follow that decision. In my case, I never do any exercise and I think it is not necessary for me as I am doing much physical work (I have to walk everyday much distance).
@Roseo8 (2947)
• India
5 Dec 08
Hi Sree....Let me assure you walking every day to work is a good form of exercise too....And in your case,you have to run your home and look after your young ones,and also attend to office work.It sure gives your body all thw work out it needs and often much more too...... But very often people start on a new exercise regime and diet control with much fanfare,and very often after a few days,they slacken their pace and even stop it completly....And they have lots of excuses also to justify their actions..........Good luck to you dear,and good health too..
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@Sreekala (24266)
• India
5 Dec 08
Hi dear You are understanding my problems very much. I don't want to tell you my burden all the time that is why didn't said anything about my work load. Thanks dear.
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@Roseo8 (2947)
• India
6 Dec 08
Hi Sree Yes I can imagine how hectic life is for you .In my case its only now that both my boys have grown up,that I am beginning to feel the need and infact finding the time to exercise......So I have started going for walks in the evening with my hubby at least 4 or 5 times a week.......
@krfanlim (232)
• Malaysia
4 Dec 08
You've got to scare the living daylights outta them, telling them they've got infected with some common disease. In fact, this happened to my mom. But just that the disease is for real. Diabetes. She's doing her workouts everyday now. It's not exactly working wonders right now, but she should get better real soon, i hope.
@Roseo8 (2947)
• India
6 Dec 08
Thnaks for the tip,krfanlim....
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@krfanlim (232)
• Malaysia
6 Dec 08
You're welcome!! Get them for a health-checkup anyway. That'll really see if they've have got any symptoms or early-signs of any disease.
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@Roseo8 (2947)
• India
8 Dec 08
@mayka123 (11068)
• India
4 Dec 08
There is no motivation for me at all. I know I should hit the gym soon but life has become very tiring. I spend 4 hours travelling to office and back. And then another 8 hours in the office. So that hardly leaves me any time for sleep and housework. When do I exercise? PS: This has been my standard excuse for not exercising. I walk for about 20 minutes in the morning to work and another 20 minutes in the evening. I feel that much of exercise is enough for me.
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@Roseo8 (2947)
• India
5 Dec 08
Hi Mayka.....I believe you are already having enough exercise every day since you walk for 40 minutes every day,besides doing all the work at home and office too.....It is said a normal person has to erercise for atleast 30 miutes every day ,and you are already doing much more than that. I go for brisk walks,at least 4 or 5 dyas a week and enjoy them.I dont much fancy going to the gym .It is mostly frequentd by people who want to keep their body in shape like the filmstars..........But for ordinary people like you and me,a little exercise to burn off extra calories,and to tone the muscles ,is all that is needed......
@mayka123 (11068)
• India
5 Dec 08
If film stars were the only ones going to the gym we would not have so many new gyms opening in Mumbai. It has become a fashion I think for the working class to be going to the gym. Inspite of the hectic lifestyle people are still putting on a lot of weight and need to exercise more. This is more because the high calorie food that they eat regularly. And the parties that they have in their offices. I too have started putting on a bit of weight recently and need to exercise more.
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@Roseo8 (2947)
• India
5 Dec 08
Hi Mayka....Oh any way here in Our little Kerala,there are not too many gyms,though youngsters are becoming more consciuos of thier health.But its true most people these days do not bother to cook at home,and eat out,which results in more calorie and fat in take,hence they easily put on weight.... Any way some form of exercise regularly is required,and if you feel you are putting on weight,you have only two options,exercise more,or watch what you eat..........Here is wishing you good health,
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• India
4 Dec 08
Oh boy! I have now lost the count of times when I have started exercising only to give it up after a few months. My greatest excuse is that I don’t have time and am so overworked that whatever free time I get, I take rest Don’t know about any motivation really but only know that it does work. As I said, I tried it out several times for a couple of months at a stretch and was feeling leaner and fitter. But then I guess laziness won the day!
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@Roseo8 (2947)
• India
5 Dec 08
Hi sudipta,Yes this is what is the case with most of us.....We start our exercise regime with much fanfare and determination,and often pay special attention to our diet also.Surely,we do feel the changes in the body,and feel on top of the world.But soon this spirit of ours,begins to slacken,and there will be thousands of reasons for us to say why we are not exercising.......and hence this discussion.... Now what can motivate you to start exercising regularly?...Do tell me ,will the slim and shapely bodies of Ash,Priyanka Chopra,Preety Zindia,etc prompt and motivate you?
• India
8 Dec 08
No no never, rather I look at so many behenjis around me, typical rotund Indian mothers, so happy in their soft and cusy flab and then I look at myself and think 'well not so bad, there are thousands others who are fatter than me...'
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@Roseo8 (2947)
• India
8 Dec 08
you know the reason why you are not able to exercise regulary,Sudipta?...You are looking at the wrong people as role models......
@youless (94715)
• Guangzhou, China
12 Jan 09
My motivation is to have a good health, so I will do exercise regularly. There is a stadium nearby my home. I went there to have a jog every morning. But I was unable to keep on it after a few weeks:) I love China
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@Roseo8 (2947)
• India
12 Jan 09
ah...This is the case with most of us Youless...We always make a determined effort to statr exercising regularly ,but after a few days we become lazy and start complaining that we have no time...Tut..tut..this will never do Youless....You have to do some form of exercise to remain slim and trim.....
@nadec23 (63)
• Philippines
5 Dec 08
Just think of it as your daily routine and without it your daily activities is not complete. I mean, it just not bring you good health but also enjoyment in life too.
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@Roseo8 (2947)
• India
7 Dec 08
Thanks for your suggestion Nad.......
@kaka135 (14130)
• Malaysia
5 Dec 08
Willing to be healthy and fit in body can motivate a person to exercise regularly. I understand that after awhile, we'll tend to be lazy and give up exercising. I'd prefer to work out with a bunch of friends, even if I feel lazy to exercise, because of friends, I still need to go and exercise with them.
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@Roseo8 (2947)
• India
7 Dec 08
Good going Kaka,keep it up....
@James72 (26829)
• Australia
5 Dec 08
I think that having a friend to work alongside you can be a tremendous motivation. You can push each other, encourage each other; and turn the whole exercise plan into a social occasion as well. It is really easy to get slack when you are trying to go it on your own, but I have always found in the past that having an exercise buddy can help a lot.
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@Roseo8 (2947)
• India
6 Dec 08
Yes James,this is so very true.For most people pooling in their family or friends,makes exercising more enjoyable,and it ceases to be less appealing to them.Other wise it tends to get monotonous after a few days and people tend to look for excuses for avoiding exercising............Thanks for your response,and here is to your good health....
@oldboy46 (2132)
• Australia
5 Dec 08
Unless someone has a specific reason to exercise and be healthy, they often do not bother with it. The key to get motivated to exercise is finding the reason why we want to be healthy and that is often why people give up. Also there used to be the notion that it did not take a lot of effort to be healthy and fit so when people do not see immediate reaults they give up. When a person first takes up some form of exercise, often after a period of inactivity, they can overdo it in the first few days. Then the aches and pains set it which gives the person who is not really motivated a reason to stop. Once that happens it can be very hard for themn to get back into exercising on a regular basis again. Like many people I did a lot of exercise and played sport al the time when I was younger. But as the children came along my priorities changed and exercise was one of the things that went by the wayside. Plus with my job I was sitting in the truck all the time and when I was not driving, I was home. I told myself it was more important to spend that time with my family. When my marriage fell apart I desperately needed something to take my mind off the situation. It was worse when I was a long way from my children and the truck was parked for the night. So then I started to walk around the truck and gradually extended the distances I used to do. In other words I started to get fit once again and simply from walking every day for as long and as often as I could. The fitter I became, the better time I had with my daughters and so I kept up wioth the walking. Initially the motivation was only for my own peace of mind. Then it broadened to where I could enjoy the time I had with my daughters plus my partner once we met and realised we wanted to be together. Now it is to be fit and healthy for my partner and also have the energy for when the grandchuidren come to visit us. I want to be around for long enough to see my grandchildren grow up, marry and have children of their own. So the motivation can change and/or grow over time.
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@Roseo8 (2947)
• India
7 Dec 08
Hi oldboy..You have given a detailed and wonderful way to get motivated and how this has paved the way for your own health and happiness,once again..I hope this narration will help and inspire many more mylotters.....Thanks and good luck to you.........
• United States
4 Dec 08
Looking in the mirror and knowing what ppl think of them is one way. I mean it might upset someones self esteem and everything. I used to be 212 lbs. I mean im half cuban witch would account for my big butt. But the rest of me was big too. But i had no problem gettin men. everyone seemed to love big gurls around my spot. But i just wasnt happy with my life. I walked more than u should but i lost 65 pounds that way. And i feel great. But it really is just up too the person. They just need the motivation to see what their life will be in the long run if they exercise regularly.
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@Roseo8 (2947)
• India
7 Dec 08
Thynaks for sharing your views.Lil.......
@silverjam (969)
• United States
4 Dec 08
Exactly...it happened to me a lot of times I guess. While still in the Philippines I bought a big treadmill exercise machine that has a lot of functional excercising stuff in it ( for the abdomen, chest, buttocks, legs etc ) in my christmas bonus. I was at first so excited about having it and it seems that I cannot keep myself away from it specially when am at home. But it was only I guess for a couple of months or so....I then became lazy and eventually didn't use it at all until it got rusts. The same thing happened when am here in the USA. I once saw a very attractive stuff in the tv and let my husband ordered it for me. I was using it for few weeks to eliminate abdominal fats but again I get tired then dumped it in the corner later. I rarely do a lot of work since am just at home by now but I cannot understand why its getting me lazy to make efforts to do exercise.....just seem nothing's been chnaged anyway......hence feeling bored of using it.
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@Roseo8 (2947)
• India
7 Dec 08
hello silverjam,,,yes this happens to all of us most of the time.But we need to overcome our laziness,and our list of excuses,and start a daily regime,if our body has to remain pretty and healthy.....
@ladynetz (968)
• Canada
4 Dec 08
I think that's all part of getting used to it. Like in the morning, you brush your teeth, wash your face. It's something that you know i's a daily routine.If you get into it, than not doing it, causes you to feel strange, as something is missing.Your body feels weird. Beside extra years, it tones your body and when you're older, you can do things that otherwise will cause you to scream of pain - like back problems. Eating right gives you energy and a good immune system, so you'll be resistent to colds, flu, and other sickness. Both together gives you joy for life,a brighter day, each day.
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@Roseo8 (2947)
• India
7 Dec 08
Thanks for your comments,ladynet.....
@di1159 (1580)
• United States
4 Dec 08
You are right, so many people decide to exercise only to give it up after a short period of time. I think that most people start off doing too much and after they do it for a while, they get tired and put it off. The trick is to start slowly and incorporate exercise into your routine. It's something that must be done on a regular basis. Once people adopt that mindset, and realize that you don't have to run 5 miles every day, its a bit easier. Also, it's good to mix it up and do all kinds of activities to prevent bordom. Maybe jogging in the spring and fall, swimming in the summer, indoor gym activity in the winter, etc. Anything to burn calories and get the heartrate going is a great benefit.
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@Roseo8 (2947)
• India
7 Dec 08
thanks Di for sharing your views.......Good luck and good health to you......
• United States
4 Dec 08
I have found the best motivator is doing it for the sake of someone else. When my mother found out she had diabetes me and my sister-in-law both dieted and exercised with her. We kept each other from quitting. So on top of having encouragement from each other we knew there was the bigger issue of mom's health. The downside is now my mom has a very healthy life style and my sister and I fell off the wagon. We will probably pick it back up in January--again.....
@Roseo8 (2947)
• India
6 Dec 08
thanks for sharing luv,and here is to the good health of all 3 of you.....