What Motivates YOU?

Canada
January 30, 2007 7:33pm CST
With the New Year haveing just went by and many people resolving to excercise or lose weight as a resolution, are there any of you that look at fitness as more of a lifetsyle change than a fad or a passing want-to-do? Personally fitness is a priority for me, and although I do like to look well and fit good in my clothing it is more important to me that I have a strong healthy body and have energy to enjoy life and keep up with the demands of working and home life. So my motivating factors are things that are for overall life satisfaction, not esthetics. After being through a cancer diagnosis and treatment it is even more important to me too be able to have my body in top physically shape and to eat well and be fit. So, what motivates you to keep physical? Do you just work out when you feel like it for something to do, or to lose a few pounds or do you take it seriously and have it permanentley in your life and schedule?
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@freak369 (4928)
• United States
4 Feb 07
Money. That's what motivates me LOL. How? I think of all the money I have invested in home exercise equipment, sport supplements, gym membership, food and clothing and that is what usually ends up keeping me from slipping off my diet. One of the most common pitfalls of dieting is doingit for the wrong reason - usually to try to save a relationship or attract a 'mate'. If you do it for yourself, be it to stay healthy or lose weight, you will stick with it longer and have greater success!
• Canada
4 Feb 07
lol Ive never thought of it that way! When I think of money and fitness I look at it as an investment in myself. Just like eating healthy, and spending a little more on better foods. Im hopingthat what it may cost now will pay off in the future with better health.
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• United States
6 Feb 07
I'm not big on fitbness, I just want to feel good. My big thing is I like to go on roller coasters and I was getting to the point where I was nervous about fitting into the seats. That motivated me to watch what I eat. I also walk when the weather is good. I use the stairs at work when I do the building walk-around rather than the elevator. But a regular exercise regiment? Never been able to keep it going unless you count when I was on track in high school!
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• Canada
18 Feb 07
You probobly get a lot of walking in at work eh? There would be a lotto walk around and check out there? Hey roller coasters would be great motivation! I dont think I would be very happy if I couldnt go on them anymore! Thanks for stopping by Patti!
@acosjo (1904)
• Canada
5 Feb 07
I have also advised people that exercise is a lifestyle not a temporary thing. I used to be in the fitness industry. Motivation comes from wanting to be healthy especially as we get older. I don't think I'm that old but I'm not going to wait until 10-15 years from now. I want to be fit so I can do stuff with my kids when they get older. Also, I work out in a way that I really see my progress and improvements only want me to get better and I stay motivated when I see improvements. I've always been into athletics so I guess it's easier for me to stay in shape.
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• Canada
18 Feb 07
Yes, if you are active all yourlife than it is just a part of your day, and motivation isnt needed as badly. I grew up in a fairly active household as well, and we were encouraged to try new activities as children. I guess that has helped keep me open minded to try new things as an adult too, like taking a new class at the gym and not feeling afraid to try it out. What did you used to do inthe fitness industry?
@lauriefnp (5112)
• United States
3 Feb 07
I am trying to lose some weight, and that is a major reason for my exercise regimen, but I am looking at this more as a lifestyle change than a "diet". I think that we so often fail when we go on a "diet" because that implies that you are either on it or off of it. I want to get to the point where I eat right every day and exercise consistently because that is the way I am choosing to live forever. It needs to be a permanent change. As I get older, I find that the motivating factors have changed. I still care about how I look and the clothes I wear, but it's even more important now to do what I can to remain healthy. Who wants to ruin their body by ignoring it when they are young only to pay the price when you retire and should be enjoying yourself? There are so many unforeseen things that can happen, as you well know; I want to at least control what I can and modify what I am capable of changing. I have exercised consistently 4-5 days/week since December, which is a record for me! I am actually enjoying it, and it has certainly helped me to stay on track with eating right.
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• Canada
4 Feb 07
Congrats on your excercise program and maintaining it! I find too that when I work out I eat better because I think that I dont want to undo all the hard work I have done with bad food! Other times though I will eat a little cheat snack as a reward for working out. I guess it depends on my mood :P
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@aquarian9 (548)
• Canada
2 Feb 07
I try to walk and rebound a few times a week. I wish winter was over with so I can get back out walking more. Rebounding helps thugh. For those that don't know rebounding is using a 48" trampoline.
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• Canada
2 Feb 07
I have never heard of it being called rebounding! Cool name for it. We ahve a large trampoline that we spend a lot of time on in the summer, but with the snow it is put away for the winter!
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@Cephoozee (374)
• United States
2 Feb 07
I think what motivates me, at least recently when it comes to working is wanting to be an inspiration to my future students. I want to perfect my martial arts skills and become an instructor, and I want my students to see first of all the metaphysical layer of me and want to reflect that in themselves..I mean, it's more motivation to better yourself when the person who is telling you to better yourself is doing the same. and on another note...I am so sick of these obese, oily bodies teaching High School Health classes. What kid is going to listen to some greaseball about how to be healthier? PS-good luck with your recovery and fight with cancer..I can only imagine how tough that must be for ya'. Don't be a victim, rise above it, right? ^.^
• Canada
2 Feb 07
That is very good motivation, being a good role model for your students. How old are the students you teach? Have you been doing martial arts very long? I agree with you about teachers, I had one of those in high school. She was always blowing the whistle and screaming at us to get going. I was always thinking she was such a boss and how it would do her some good to get moving! Thank you for your kind comments :)
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@kelly60 (4548)
• United States
2 Feb 07
I try to get some excercise in regularly, mostly for weight loss and to strenghen my back after my back injury. I am not able to do a lot because of the injusry, but I do what I can, when I can. It would be great to have that well toned, shapely body that every girl wants, and to be able to fit nicely into clothes a couple of sizes smaller, but I don't expect it to happen. I will be happy to feel healthy. That is the most important thing for me.
• Canada
2 Feb 07
Hey Kelly - thats the way to feel about it too! health always wins out! I am glad you do try to do some excercise as it will help your injury improve. It does take so much time to recover from injury and illness though, it makes excercise seem even more of a task! See you around!
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@hellboi (664)
• Philippines
21 Feb 07
Yes fitness should be a lifestyle, a healthy lifestyle! Many people have this misconception that you can get fit and achieve those great-looking bodies by just staying hours on the gym yet doing the same unhealthy lifestyle at home. They totally miss the point that in order to be fit and healthy you have to change your lifestyle. What good could hours in the gym do you if you eat all the greasy and fatty food at home. You are right about the fad thing as a motivation, a lot of people really fail to meet their goals because of this. For them getting fit is just like the "in" thing right now so they jump into the bandwagon. They fail to see that it entails a lot of commitment both in time and discipline. When they have a taste of these they just lose interest and back off. It happens because in the first place they don't have the right motivation.
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• Canada
21 Feb 07
And a lot of times when people lose weight through a fad thy end up gaining it back plus more - then as they get older their metabolism is screwed up from yo yoing so much! Thanks for dropping by hellboi, nice to meet you!
@vivasuzi (4125)
• United States
19 Feb 07
Well I have put it on my schedule, but I don't always follow through! My overall motivation is wanting to stay as thin as I can for my whole life. I don't mean I want to be a size 2, but staying the size I am would be great. It bothers me when people say that I will definitely gain weight as I get older, b/c they gained weight so I must also. I think that is crap. My motivation comes from seeing others that are older and still in great shape - It shows me that I can stay thin too! Good luck on your goals :)
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• Canada
19 Feb 07
Yes I wonder peoples motives at times. I too had relatives that were negative about me going to the gym. When I got pregnant the first thing they said was "Well you wont get to go to the gym anymore so I hope you enjoyed being small" It is so negative! I go oto the gym still, It is a liitle harder to organize things to go but I still manage. Sometimes people spend more time making excuses why they cant go then working on making it happen. Thanks for stopping in Suzi! ~Sarah