Exercise Motivation: 5 Tips to Get You Moving

Exercise motivation….

You don’t have it.

I know how you must be feeling.

The “I need to do this” aspect of a wellness routine that seems like a never-ending chore with no end in sight.

Working out isn’t something that one simply does once and then it’s over with for the next year (like spring cleaning).

Nope. We’re talking about a lifelong commitment that requires both physical and mental energy on a regular basis.

And as I sit and type these words, I must confess that even though I’m a fitness professional and enthusiast, I am not naturally motivated to work-out. In fact, I’ve struggled with a lack of exercise motivation on several occasions.

What helps me during such times are a few tricks I have up my sleeve that I am willing to share with you now. And yes, you can thank me by leaving a comment and sharing the post with your loved ones πŸ˜‰

Exercise Motivation: 5 Ways to Get You Moving

1 – Ditch the All Or Nothing Thinking

Exercise doesn’t have to be an all or nothing event. In fact, small bits throughout the day add up and can be just as effective as one longer workout session. If the desire to put in an hour’s time is what is preventing you from moving, consider 10-20 minutes – and give it your best effort.

I’ll expand on that in a bit.

Instead of seeing (and fearing) the need to tackle this huge accomplishment ahead of you, make balance your overall goal.

Keep your activities small and attainable. By allowing yourself to work in an organized and realistic manner, you’ll reach your “big” goal naturally.

It may take more time, but the results will last longer and they’ll become part of you are.

2 – Keep it Enjoyable

Let’s face it – if you dread doing something, anything – you aren’t likely to get it done. You’ll come up with a multitude of excuses to put it off.

However, if the task at hand is something you enjoy, the likelihood that you’ll take steps in the direction of your pleasure is much higher.

What do you love to do?

  • Do you enjoy dancing?
  • Are you someone who loves to swim?
  • Walking on the beach?
  • Have you ever had the desire to take a martial arts class?
  • Boxing?

Find something you have always wanted to learn to do and take a class. You may have to take several until you discover what you really like to do, but that’s ok.

You’re looking to make this a permanent fixture in your life, so take the time to investigate what sounds like fun and try it out.

3 – Follow the Ten Minute Rule

When you visualize spending an hour of your time enduring a grueling workout, the idea may seem rather unpleasant. In this situation, you may decide you have better things to do (like clipping your toenails).

However, if you tell yourself “all I have to do is commit to this for ten minutes”, you may feel more inspired to get moving.

What usually happens when you follow the ten-minute rule is:

  • You no longer have a mountain to climb, so you are willing to take that first step.
  • Your motivation kicks in after ten minutes and you find yourself voluntarily extending your workout.
  • You feel better because you’ve at least done something rather than nothing.

Make sure your ten minutes are worth your time, though.

Try to work up a sweat. Warm up for two minutes, get two to three sets of compound exercises in (exercises that involve more than one muscle group). You can alternate pushups with bent over dumbbell rows for seven to eight minutes and walk yourself back down to resting heart rate for two to three minutes as a cool down.

You can also try a walk at home workout.

LeslieΒ Sansone has some fantastic videos and – perfect for anyone looking to lose weight and build strength and stamina.

She has a kit that not only includes her DVDs, but it also comes equipped withΒ two soft hand weights, stretchy bands, resistance bands and four workouts. Considering that it can be expensive and time-consuming to look for fitness equipment, it’s nice to have everything you’ll need from the start.

Check it out here.

Now if you want something to follow along with immediately, check out this ten-minute walk at home video by Jessica Smith from jessicasmithtv.com

4 – Get Your Workout Clothes On

Being dressed and ready for a workout is a surefire way to mentally prepare for exercise.

You may not get started immediately, but if you’re walking around your house putting things away, you’ll have it in the back of your mind that you’re dressed in fitness attire and it will remind you of your intentions.

Taking the clothes off without having accomplished what you set out to do will cause you pain in the form of regret, so try this out and see what it does.

I’ve used this technique many times and if nothing else, it has at least gotten me motivated enough to follow the ten-minute rule.

5 – Watch Workout Videos

When you watch others engage in exercise routines that seem interesting or appealing to you, chances are you’ll find yourself motivated to at least try to follow along with what you’re seeing.

I’ve searched for videos demonstrating different workout routines for me to write about in several of the fitness articles I’ve composed over the years and more often than not, I would get up and practice what I was watching – not only for the sake of the article’s credibility factor but to satisfy my own curiosity.

If you’ve been wondering how to strengthen and tone a part of your body that you’d like to see improvements with, do a search for some demonstrations of exercise techniques that can help you wth this.

Just remember – don’t attempt anything you aren’t ready to do!

Exercise like a beginner if you ARE a beginner.

If you haven’t worked out in a whileΒ or are new to exercise in general., you’ll need to follow “proper progression”. This means you’ll start at your current level of fitness and work your way toward a more advanced fitness level with appropriate form and conditioning methods.

I get into this in more depth in my book “A Simple Guide to Exercise Safety: What You Don’t Know CAN Hurt You”. You’ll learn how to avoid unnecessary injury (and worse) by reading it.

I strongly encourage you to grab a copy if you’re thinking of adding a fitness program into your life. For the cost of a fancy latte (and about 500+ calories less), you’ll learn how to engage in an exercise program the right way.

Exercise Motivation – Sticking With It

In times like this, you’ll want to have the end in mind.

What I mean by that is…you’ll want to imagine yourself as being the fit and healthy badass you’ve always wanted to be!

It doesn’t matter whether or not you can keep up with everyone else. It only matters that you start – and keep going.

I hope these tips will come in handy for you.

I know it isn’t easy to feel motivated to exercise. But if you follow the suggestions mentioned here, I think you’ll find yourself in a position to stick with it…and you’ll reap the rewards for years to come.

Is exercise motivation a problem for you? Do you think you’ll use the tips I shared with you here?

Let me know your thoughts.

Dana Gore

Author of the books "A Simple Guide to Exercise Safety (What You Don't Know CAN Hurt You)" and "Streetwise Philosophy (A Bullshit-Free Approach to Spiritual Maturity)", Dana Gore is a health and fitness professional, wellness coach, and freelance writer. Dana brings guidance to the public about how to achieve optimal health in a safe and structured manner while inspiring her readers to seek self-awareness and inner peace as a means to well-being in all areas of life.

32 thoughts on “Exercise Motivation: 5 Tips to Get You Moving

  • at 7:15 pm
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    Hi, Thanks for sharing a very motivating post. I really need these tips and I’m definite that it will have great results.

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    • at 7:44 pm
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      Hi Sherill,

      I’m glad you found the tips helpful.

      If you follow them, I have no doubt you’ll see some results you’ll be happy with.

      Good luck πŸ™‚

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  • at 2:09 am
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    Hey Dana,

    Great advice I must say. I loved the idea about putting our exercise clothes on to encourage us. That way I may feel guilty about taking them off without exercising. Dam right I would. I have also found wearing exercise outfits I love encourages me to get into them.

    I am glad someone else feels that there is importance in clipping toe nails. However prioritizing my nails over exercise is no longer allowed, nor is having a sparkling toilet. Exercise first then I can get to the other two.

    Thanks for putting in the videos and links I will get them. But I have never seen the sense in walking in the house. I love to get out and check out peoples gardens and if they have colour co-ordinated their roofs to match their doors. I tell you some people just don’t know how to match colours. Mind you in saying that over the winter months I guess walking inside would be advisable.

    Can I just say that I am glad you shared that you have had several bouts of lack in motivation. It kind of feels okay to feel that when you have an expert giving us tips on overcoming lack of motivation. Your tips will certainly help me this year. I want to start off slow. I have just organised my first two weeks of working on my abs and biceps. I feel a little excited actually. I know it will hurt but not for the first couple of days. I am not aiming for a six pack, but I do want to be constant right throughout the year. So that ten minute rule is a dynamite tip.

    Such a timely post for me Dana, thank you.

    Rachel.

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    • at 7:42 pm
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      LOL Rachel,

      Yes, clipping toenails IS important. Can’t have those suckers curling under our flip flops now can we? πŸ˜‰

      I’m glad it’s comforting to have an expert confess to their own lack of motivation. Truth be told…not everyone can relate to those who are ready for boot camp any minute of the day. I’m certainly not knocking anyone who genuinely enjoys working out often, but those who don’t feel that way may not be able to identify with that.

      When I lived by the beach, I used to walk on the shore. It made the experience so lovely. But if I don’t feel like getting out (or if the weather isn’t desirable) – the walk at home programs are awesome.

      Working on biceps and abs are a great start, but you’ll get more bang for your buck if you focus on larger muscle groups. If you do back exercises, your biceps and back of the shoulders will get involved. If you work on chest, you’ll get your triceps and front of your shoulders. Those are the compound exercises I mentioned. It’s a good way to work additional muscle groups in less time.

      The ten-minute rule is great isn’t it? I’ve followed that one often – and wound up working out for well over an hour.

      Good luck with this Rachel. Holler at me if you need anything πŸ™‚

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  • at 2:30 am
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    Hi Dana,

    Wow! You really know how to motivate a girl! And that 10-minute rule is exactly what I need to get me started. I am not a very active person, but I decided last Fall that I needed to move more so I signed up with one of my friends to a Country dance class and it was really fun. Next week, we are starting a yoga class. This should be fun too!

    Jessica Smith video is also an awesome way of working out without having to do too many difficult moves. And I love the idea that doing little bits throughout the day is as effective as one big workout and it is not as intimidating as one long hour.

    I also went to check out your book on Amazon and I might buy it very soon. Since I have Fibromyalgia, it should be very helpful for me!

    Thanks for this impressive post! Have a great week ahead! πŸ™‚

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    • at 4:59 pm
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      Hi Nataly,

      I’m so glad you got something valuable out of the post. That’s what I was aiming for πŸ™‚

      I, too, love the shorter workouts. They are beneficial for so many reasons – and certainly mean the difference between exercising or not for many of us.

      With Fibromyalgia, you have to be careful. You’ll have your good days and not so good days. During the latter, exercise may not be recommended. ALWAYS listen to your body. I think light to moderate intensity would suit you best, so if the dance classes fit into that category, I think you should be good to go.

      The ten-minute walk at home video is great isn’t it? It wasn’t too much, but she amped up the pace and added in plenty of additional movements to help with coordination while working in different planes of motion.

      My book is an excellent tool for all fitness enthusiasts, so I know you’ll benefit from it.
      If you get a copy, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

      Thanks for stopping by Nataly πŸ™‚

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  • at 1:35 pm
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    Hi Dana,

    Like you, I’m not naturally motivated to work out, but I’ll do it on a regular basis, because I feel so much better when I do.

    One thing that I do every day is run and walk with my dog, here in France, which I’m about to post a video about on Facebook πŸ™‚

    I think that unless you like working out, an hour of work out is rather intimidating, and how do you motivate yourself for that? On the other hand, I like the one bit at a time. Works much better for me.

    Like everything in life, what pays off in the end is the doing it every single day a little bit, rather than a lot today and nothing for a week.

    Happy New Working out Year!

    ~Sylviane

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    • at 1:13 pm
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      Hi Sylviane,

      Your example of running around with your dog is perfect.
      It’s something you enjoy doing, and you’re certainly not forcing yourself to do anything you don’t want to. That’s a much easier way to stay consistent (and it’s awesome for the dog too) πŸ™‚

      I used to work out for at least an hour or so, sometimes more than once per day. I was on a mission, though, and once that was accomplished, I found my level of motivation had shifted because my goal did.

      That was I took a look within and discovered my “all or nothing” mentality. The “all” part of the phase was gone, so how was I to maintain things?

      Balance became the answer – because I had no intention of going back into “nothing” mode – fitness pro or not.

      We all have our own methods of what works for us. There is no one way to do things.
      This is why self-awareness always comes in handy. If you read something, think something or feel something that keeps you from moving in the direction you want to go in, it’s best to re-evaluate your inner conversations and beliefs.

      But you know this already πŸ˜‰

      Thanks so much for stopping by and adding to the conversation. I always appreciate your insights.

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  • at 7:08 pm
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    Hey Dana,

    For many of us it can be hard to get motivated to exercise. But does it have to be this strenuous task that we tend to not look forward to so that we can look like the models we see in ads and TV?

    Not really, and you have pointed this out.

    The 10 minute workout reminded me when I got sick with bronchitis and laryngitis a few years ago. I missed going to the gym, so i found some videos by Mike Chan where he did videos on aerobic/strengthening exercises that took 15minutes or less. I started doing them about 3 days a week. By the time I got better, I was in just as good of shape as those who were consistent in going to the cardio classes I was taking before I got sick.

    Also it’s good to find something you enjoy too. One thing you probably already know is that I do salsa dancing on the weekends. That is a good cardio exercise, especially where the band or DJ play those really long songs. I still get a good workout and really don’t even notice it since I’m enjoying it so much!

    These were some great tips Dana! Thanks for sharing and Happy New Years to you!

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    • at 8:03 pm
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      Hey Sherman,

      I think it’s great that you were able to keep yourself from missing out on your fitness routine by doing shorter workouts when you needed to.

      And you’re right – it doesn’t have to be an all or nothing thing either. Healthy living is about balance.

      When we feel good about ourselves (and not compare our bodies to the images that we see on billboards and magazines), we naturally exude a sense of confidence and radiate light. That’s what it’s all about.

      I do know you go Salsa dancing. I think that’s awesome.

      I’ve never gotten into dancing, but I know it can provide a fabulous workout – and it’s fun. You can burn a LOT of calories and not even know it because the time is flying and you don’t feel like you’re exercising.

      I’m glad you liked the tips and as always, I appreciate you stopping by.
      Happy New Year Sherman πŸ™‚

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  • at 12:34 pm
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    Hi Dana, I believe in exercising daily. Most days I only exercise for about 10 minutes. I believe a little bit everyday over the course of a life time goes a long way to having a happy healthy life.

    I sorta am like you in the sense that I am a professional martial artist so exercising is just part of the game. However, I really am not motivated ever to really exercise or train.

    It’s just something I do. I don’t beat myself up though. I am not into it’s all or nothing attitude either. I believe everything should be done in moderation..

    Happy New Year!

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    • at 3:36 pm
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      Hi Larry,

      Welcome!

      Oh wow, professional martial artist. How cool πŸ™‚

      I agree about moderation. Not all of us (even those who have done this professionally) love exercise as much as others. I’ve often let people know that I’m more like them than the ones you see out there who seem to have enjoyed working out since leaving the womb…lol

      But yes, it needs to be done. It’s a part of healthy living and if we don’t use it, we lose it (and I’m talking about basic human function).

      I have done plenty of intense ten-minute workouts and they’ve kicked my ass. People would be surprised.

      I’m glad you found your way over here and I thank you for stopping by.
      Happy New year to you as well Larry.

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  • at 2:33 pm
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    Hi Dana,

    Love this post and it comes right on time for me because I can use some motivation right about now :).

    I love the tips you shared here and you’re right, I found that when I do things I enjoy, I look forward to the workout. I just got my Cize videos and I’m looking forward to trying it out.

    I love the 10 minute rule and the video is awesome. I watched a little of it and I’m bookmarking it to follow along when I workout tonight :).

    I love reading your post. They’re always so motivating! Hope you’re having a great day!

    Cori

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    • at 3:32 pm
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      Ho Cori,

      I figured this would be a timely post πŸ™‚

      I just watched the Cize video and it sounds like a lot of fun! I have no doubt you’ll enjoy that.

      I love the ten-minute rule. Sometimes we just have a tough time getting started – and committing to those first ten minutes has more often that not led to a much longer workout.

      It’s about getting the momentum going. Once we get in that zone, it takes over and we want to work to capacity.

      Let me know how it goes when you start your program. I’d love to get some feedback from someone I know.

      Have a great rest of the week Cori. Thanks for stopping by πŸ™‚

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  • at 1:01 pm
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    Hi, Dana

    Happy New Year and successful year of 2016 ahead.

    I like your idea that we need to use our creativity to find ways for the motivation. Your idea to break down the step into small and enjoyable steps will make readers to look forward to exercise instead of avoiding it.

    I love your point#1 which pointed out the important of mindset. Our willingness to commit places an important part for our success in any program.

    Thanks for sharing!

    -Stella Chiu

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    • at 3:17 pm
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      Hi Stella,

      I’m happy you enjoyed the post πŸ™‚

      Yes, the mindset is everything. I realized that a while ago when I had faced the fact that I was very inconsistent with my own programs and yo-yo’d back and forth between the all or nothing extreme quite often. It doesn’t have to be this way.

      Finding enjoyment in the process is so important. People don’t usually stick with anything they detest.
      Whether it’s the type of exercise in and of itself, or simply how it makes you feel…finding something rewarding about the process is the key.

      I appreciate you stopping by Stella. Have a great rest of the week.

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  • at 12:28 pm
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    Hi Dana,

    I wish I had this available three months ago. I so relate to this article!!!!

    In January 2015 my wife and I joined Planet Fitness. From that point through August we were there 5 times per week. Then we moved and rhythms were disrupted. It wasn’t long before we realized we hadn’t been in 3 1/2 months.

    We are back now and loving it! I’m really, really sore (especially my legs) but this too shall pass.

    I really enjoy going through bodybuilder.com and looking at different videos and techniques of how to exercise the right way. We lift weights (not for bulk) every other day and then cardio on the off weight days.

    Another one I enjoy is Dr. Mercola’s site. Are you familiar with him? He has some fantastic posts.

    Next month, we may start doing HIT training again as well. But I have to tell you, that’s not for the faint of heart, lol…

    Thanks again Dana for the inspiration. It’s exactly what I needed!!!

    Happy New Year!

    ~ Don Purdum

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    • at 3:07 pm
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      Hi Don,

      I can so relate. I know what it’s like to take a hiatus from a regular routine – even if it’s due to life’s circumstances. Sometimes thing just seem to get in the way and before you know it, it’s been a while.

      But since you said you and your wife loved it, I think the reintegration will be pleasant for you. It’s always best to take it a bit easy when first starting back and give yourself time to progress back to where you left off safely.

      I’m familiar with Dr. Mercola’s site. I’ve visited it often. I like what he writes about – and he covers a wide variety of topics too.

      Please don’t hesitate to holler at me if you need anything in regard to your health and fitness program. I’m happy to help in any way I can.

      Best of luck in your new routine. Thanks so much for stopping by πŸ™‚

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  • at 12:31 am
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    Hi Dana

    So great to visit your blog after a little gap and much amazed to see so many awesome contents related to personal development and successful life.

    I do forty minutes walk daily and how I feel just before starting it may be quite routine for many but for me it’s quite stressing and sometime I just explore any genuine excuse to skip it on a given day.

    The tips you shared here are quite helpful and I am sure now I won’t feel that much stress awhile ago starting my walk

    Many thanks for sharing and have a Happy New Year to you

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    • at 3:03 pm
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      Hi Mi Muba,

      Welcome!

      I know you’re not alone with feeling less than enthusiastic before exercise – regardless of the form.
      Walking is fantastic and effective. If there is anything I shared here that makes it more enjoyable for you (at least when you’re getting ready to start moving), then I’m thrilled.

      The best way to go about this is to find a sense of joy in the process.
      What do you love about walking? Is the environment scenic?
      Do you listen to music you love or inspirational audios? All of these things help.

      I’m glad you like the content shared on this blog. I put my heart and soul into all of it – so if it’s making a positive impact, then I’m grateful.

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you here again soon πŸ™‚

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  • at 11:51 pm
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    Hey Hi Dana,

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful tips. I badly needed them to keep myself motivated. I always find excuses of not stepping into Gym. My husband gave me Marshal gift card and I bought new outfits for gym to keep myself motivated. I am also planning to go for Zumba and Aerobics apart from regular work out. Please keep on sharing similar post to keep me motivated.

    Cheers
    Ana

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    • at 10:48 am
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      Hi Ana,

      I’m so happy this inspired you πŸ™‚

      Getting new workout clothes can certainly motivate you. It’s always nice to feel excited about anything that makes fitness a little more colorful.

      I know plenty of people enjoy Zumba, so if this is what seems enjoyable to you, then I think it’s a great idea that you check it out.

      Thanks for stopping by Ana!

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  • at 7:39 pm
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    As you know, I absolutely hate exercise and the concept of it! lol However, I love walking, and along with Fitbit I’ve made it kind of a game to get in as many steps as possible every single day. I’ve only been under 10K steps twice in the last year and a half, and that’s because I was flying on those days.

    Thus, #2 is the most important one for me, because I found my enjoyable pastime, that being walking, and I can do it in the house when the weather decides not to cooperate, as has happened the last two days with first the snow, then the cold. I’m killing it! πŸ™‚

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    • at 8:41 pm
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      Hi Mitch,

      You aren’t alone in your distaste for exercise. There are many others out there who feel the same way.

      However, it’s great that you’re at least walking. Pedometers are an excellent tool for tracking steps, and I recommend them.

      I think the walk at home programs are very effective and can lead to weight loss and overall well-being. The fact that you walk indoors when the weather isn’t co-operating is a good thing, and it definitely helps that you enjoy it.

      Keep it up πŸ™‚

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  • at 6:44 pm
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    Hey Dana,

    You probably already know what I’m going to say. LOL!!! I have NOT kept up with exercising this past year. I was doing SO good there for a while but then my allergies kicked in and they were like on for a few days and then off and then back on. They would hit me at the worst times and I’m just miserable when that happens. I ca’t breath, I can’t see, I can’t function, you name it. So my exercising would stop during that time.

    They were hitting me pretty hard on and off for about a month and so I never got back into my routine.

    I don’t really feel that 10 minutes does you any good do you? I mean if I only had to exercise for 10 minutes a day and I would get the same type of results as if I went for 30 minutes to an hour then I would probably be much more motivated. I just really hate to exercise even though you know how badly I want this flab to go away. Obviously not bad enough though since I can’t seem to stick with any type of routine darn it.

    At least I watch what I eat and I walk every day so I’m not lazy. I know, I need to get it in gear though. I’ll see what I can’t do about that so thanks for this post. We all need it and you know it!

    Happy New Year my dear and I hope you had a wonderful holiday celebration. I’m eager to get this year going now.

    ~Adrienne

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    • at 7:18 pm
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      Hi Adrienne,

      LOL, yes I know how you feel about exercise. It’s great that you’re consistent with your walks and eating habits, though.

      I know what allergies can do, so I get it. It’s no fun to work out when your breathing is compromised for any reason.

      Believe it or not, a 10-minute workout can be very effective depending on how intense you make it. I’ve done some of Tony Horton’s “10 Minute Trainer” workouts and I’ll tell you – they’ll kick your ass. An intense walk can do wonders as well – and it’s better than nothing at all.

      The idea I shared about compound exercises work well for limited time frames. So do multi-muscle group exercises (squat/curl/press, etc). These can be enough to give you a great pump and provide you with some additional energy for the day ahead.

      And the 10-minute rule I’ve mentioned in this post is a motivation strategy. More often than not, those 10 minutes have turned into full workouts because they were enough to motivate me and get me in the zone. At other times, I’ve stuck with the ten minutes – but it was better than nothing at all.

      Let me know if I can help you in any way. You know I’m just a phone call or Skype chat away πŸ™‚

      I did enjoy my holidays and I’m glad you did. I thank you for stopping by and wish you a wonderful week.

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  • at 12:03 am
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    Hi Dana,

    Wishing you a very Happy & Prosperous New Year πŸ™‚

    Coming to the post, it’s full of motivation to start this year right, especially for those who slacken on their exercising routine! I am regular with my morning walks, but past few weeks, due to the winters setting in and the general holiday mood, just haven’t been out, so this was a great reminder indeed.

    Loved the tips you shared, and the ten minutes video is so apt, something that my Dad always follows. He is SO regular with his short walks within the house that it amazes me, and he does it just about anytime of the day. So, if you count up those minutes, it makes it nearly an hour a day of walking. I guess we need to remove certain misconceptions we have about getting moving!

    Thanks for sharing. Have a nice week ahead πŸ™‚

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    • at 7:03 pm
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      Hi Harleena,

      And wishing you a very happy, healthy and prosperous year ahead as well πŸ™‚

      I’m sure hoping this post will inspire people to keep (or start) moving. I know it isn’t easy to feel excited about exercise, so these are some of the tricks I’ve personally used. They’ve worked for me and I think it will work for others if they give them a try.

      It sounds like your Dad has a great routine going on. As far as I’m concerned, whatever keeps someone active counts. Everything does add up – and if you think about what keeps people healthy in the long run, it’s regular movement. They don’t necessarily have to be intense either – depending on your goals.

      I wish you a great week ahead and I appreciate your visit Harleena.
      πŸ™‚

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  • at 9:41 pm
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    Hi Dana,

    I love these 3 ideas that you mentioned: small, attainable, enjoyable… that’s what keeps me motivated when I try to get back to my exercise routine that I’ve abandoned for a while (sorry, but I’m guilty of this all the time).

    I also love the 10 minute workout. I tell people the same kind of thing when they complain about “creativity blocks” in their business… like what to write for their next blog post. It’s called momentum. It’always easier to keep something rolling than to try to get it started from a dead standstill (basic physics, really).

    But the best is the outfits. I love shopping and wearing special outfits for different things. I think the only thing that gets me to the gym sometimes is that I just bought a new outfit and I’m dying to use it…

    I guess my exercise program gets a bit silly at times. But I’ll put that under the “enjoyable” list… lol

    -Donna

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    • at 6:56 pm
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      Hi Donna,

      Yep, I think those particular ideas are the keys to sticking with things. No one continues to do what they hate. Simple and manageable tasks can mean the difference between getting things done, or not.

      I do think a 10-minute workout can be effective. It has to be intense though. There are many ways to get one in and have it work for you. But it’s one of those things you’d have to put everything you have into it. As far as using the 10-minute rule…that’s a method to either keep you motivated once you’ve gotten started – or to get something rather than nothing.

      I can understand that cute exercise outfits can be a motivating factor. My only issue is that I don;t want to work out in them…lol.
      I’ve worn my better exercise clothes to events or presentations and I’ll work out in the clothing I don’t care about getting soaked with perspiration.

      Whatever your routine is, silly or not, it’s good. If it keeps you motivated, then that’s great πŸ™‚

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    Hey Dana!

    Wow! You just kicked me in my bum with inspiration! I love that 10-minute walk-out although, I will admit I didn’t get up and join her. πŸ™‚ I can get motivated to do something but then fall through. I did actually add a yoga app to my Fire stick. It’s a 10-minute workout as well. Now I just need to get my mind set and actually do it.

    Thanks for sharing this! I’ve added it to my saved posts for future reference!

    B

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      Hey Bren,

      I’m so glad you like the post. I hope the tips help πŸ™‚

      I haven’t used apps yet, but I know a LOT of people find them helpful. Let me know how that works for you. Maybe I’ll add something like that to another post of ideas.

      I like Yoga. I haven’t immersed myself in a regular practice, but I know it offers some significant benefits.

      As you know, you can holler at me anytime if you need some inspiration or direction.

      Thanks for stopping by Girly πŸ™‚

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