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Your motivation and exercise of choice?

By April 15, 2011 - 3:08pm

What is your motivation to get up and get to the gym, take that walk outside, or hit the yoga studio? What is your favorite type of physical activity?

I personally love the phrase - you can have results or excuses. NOT both. And... from none other than Jillian Michaels:

"If you let go of the old conceptions of yourself, you can maintain an open mind and be open to all possibilities. What we believe about ourselves dictates the way we interact with the world. It is imperative that you let go of the past in order to re-create yourself in the present."

By HERWriter Guide May 26, 2011 - 7:42am

Hi Swinrunner

I have nothing but admiration for marathon runners. I'm exhausted just watching them so many congratulations!

I have just taken up intermediate tennis lessons - just two evenings per week for an hour at a time. I don't just like tennis, I LOVE it so this is what makes it so easy!!

I played for two summers in a row as a teen and never picked up a racquet again. Now at 41, here I am again. It's not like riding a bike - I'm not physically fit (in my opinion because being a healthy weight does not mean one is fit) so I have body aches and technique, speed and accuracy needs to be learned all over again.

But what is good to know is that it IS all comping back - I'm getting stronger after every session, hitting harder and all that love of tennis has returned. I wonder - why didn't I do this sooner? Then I think, who cares? The point is that I'm doing it now! And loving it. I'll be playing all summer and then transfer to indoor courts. It's great to see passion return :)

Let us know when you are doing the marathon and we'll cheer you on from here!


May 26, 2011 - 7:42am
By May 24, 2011 - 6:21pm

Hi Christine,

I hear you! I am training for a marathon right now, and have been pretty diligent about running and yoga practice ... but as of late, I too have lost my motivation. It's hard to do the same thing day in and day out and not get burned out. I love to switch things up, that is my problem. If I have to run 5 days a week, that gets old, very fast.

Although, I have picked back up my motivation with a new goal to train for! :) Definitely good to have short term incremental goals to keep you motivated.

And, I hope you were able to put those gym shoes on and go for a walk to enjoy the sunshine! Nothing like a breather on a busy day to enjoy the weather!

May 24, 2011 - 6:21pm
By April 28, 2011 - 8:30am

I have had some real motivation problems lately (well, for the past 6 months). I used to work out a lot. I trained for mini-triathlons, so I would swim, bike and run for my primary fitness. I loved how I felt after a workout, and getting back into size 2 jeans was my goal. I made it to being really comfortable in size 4. After my last race in August of last year, I let the gym membership last, and lost all my partners for working out. I got busy with work, and just stopped finding time to work out. I'm hoping this is a great group for me to be inspired, and at least get back into walking and doing yoga regularly (basics for me).
We finally have a nice day today. I will put on my gym shoes and go for a walk! thanks, ladies!

April 28, 2011 - 8:30am
By April 26, 2011 - 5:28pm

Hi Susan,

Well, your motivations are just as valid! And, I agree! It's definitely nice to feel good in your clothes and not be embarrassed to walk out to the shower!! You should feel proud of the work you've done (as in hard work at the gym with the elliptical) !!

April 26, 2011 - 5:28pm
By HERWriter Guide April 26, 2011 - 4:33pm

Hi swimrunner08!

I like the elliptical (where I can really pack a punch with some good music on), walking, swimming and tennis.

I love the philosophy of the quotes that inspire you. I'm far less deep! My motivations are staying alive and well for my family (growing up a motherless child, we want to stay alive forever) and vanity. I like being pretty slim and in good shape. I like how it feels, I like how I feel in clothes and stepping out of the shower, naked. Not that I'm any kind of bikini model but looking and feeling good (for me first, before anyone else!) has always been important.

Presenting ourselves to the world, as best we can, is a good thing.

Lastly, physical exercise is an excellent treatment (in part) for depression or anxiety.

Hey, look - maybe I'm not so shallow!

April 26, 2011 - 4:33pm

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