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Fitness... how do you keep going?
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29 / M / Michigan, USA
Posted 3/29/15

bobangie wrote:

Hey guys!

For the past year and a half, I've been struggling with trying to live a more healthy life. I'm not overweight or obese or anything like that but I just wanted to be healthier and get some abs, lol.
So I'll have these spurts of, "Yeah! So motivated to workout and eat better and blah blah blah!" I can only last like two weeks max and then I get bored or crave something bad and I revert back to my old ways.

If any of you are into the healthy lifestyle/fitness, how do you keep yourself going? How do you continue to motivate yourself? I just need some inspiration, I guess! ;x

Sorry for butting in, but me being a gym rat I have to give my two cents. Ever since I left the Military I've been having a hard time keeping myself motivated as well, also I used to live in my house in California by myself, so I had no time to cook, with that being said I was eating junk food everyday, literally, and that took a major toll on my body, to the point that on the weekends when I didn't have to report in the my chain of command I was sleeping 15 hours a day. Anyways, I've been in the fitness lifestyle for almost 20 years, and competitively 12 years, and these are the things that helped me out the most, especially now, that I'm aging, and my energy level is starting to get low:

To have good Work-out Sessions

Start Slow: Don't go all out, or you'll give up before you even make a commitment

Rest: In your early workout days, try to take some days off until you're not too sore, whenever you are sore, your body will try to use other muscles in your body that are not meant to be used for certain work outs.

Sore muscle is good: If you feel like your muscle is so sore that you can barely walk straight, think of this as a good thing, if you're sore means you're making improvements

Consume Protein after: Do you best to eat/drink a few grams of protein within 15 minutes after your work-out session. That way the protein can fill in the tiny holes that were made in your muscle, this will also help with the soreness.

Take Glutamine and Curcumin: before you go to bed try taking these to help with the morning soreness

To motivate yourself and making a habit going to the GYM

Listen to Music: a few minutes before you go to the GYM listen to a few songs. EDM is my favorite, especially when it drops the beats, it gets my heart pumping. You being from Vegas, I'm pretty sure you heard of Electric Daisy Carnival, if you're an EDM lover and going to Electric Daisy Carnival this year, think about all the fun you'll be having, and to put on a bikini for the pool parties.

Find a reason: Try to find a reason for you to go to the gym. For me, I just tell myself that I'm a Marine so I can't let myself get fat and out of shape, pretty much pride, also I love when a girl flirts me. lol. So that's enough motivation for me. Maybe you have that dress in your closet that you want to wear on a night out, picture yourself wearing that.

30 days habit: force yourself to go to the gym for 30 days, best way is going to the GYM every other day. Once you've been in the GYM for 30 days it will be automatic, you'll go to the gym like it's part of your life, just don't slack off or you'll have a hard time making a habit of going to the gym again.

Buddy System: I don't like going to the GYM with my buddies because I feel like it slows me down and we talk too much, but for most people having a friend with you in the GYM helps a lot, if none of your friends wants to tag along, I'm pretty sure you'll make friends in the GYM, someone will come and talk to you, or you can ask for help from someone friendly, and just have a small talk with them.

Change your Playlist: Don't listen to the same song over and over again, after a while these song won't have much affect on your motivation, since you're pretty much tired of listening to the same song.

Compare your results: take notes on your work-out such us, how much weight, reps, sets, distance, time, and etc. then compare it with your results 2 weeks later. Seeing and Feeling Results will motivate you for sure!


Moderation: if you were like me, who ate junk food everyday. Stop! You will feel the effects in later years. But don't suddenly stop, or you'll just go back to your eating habits. So slowly cut down on the junk food, until you're only eating once or twice a month.

5 meals a day: make sure you eat 5 times a day, breakfast within 1 hour after you wake up, or you'll feel slouchy . by dividing your meals in 5 portions you wont feel bloated and you won't feel sleepy after that big meal.

Wait 2 hours: Don't go to the gym full or on an empty stomach, both of them will slow you down.

So, seems like I went on more than I wanted to, if you have any questions about fitness, nutrition, and work-outs let me know, I'd be more than happy to help you out.
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Posted 3/29/15

This was very informative! Lots of good advice! I'll definitely be coming to you if I have any questions or concerns. Thank you for taking the time to answer!!
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Posted 3/30/15
Bleh, don't mind me but I was reading your post. I don't have much room to talk about either.
Posted 3/31/15
Twice a week for me, thinking about going three times.
I like to have a routine, and I go on specific days (Tuesdays and Fridays) so I feel obligated to go like it's work.
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Posted 3/31/15
I go to the gym at least 3 times a week. I also do some kick boxing here and there and play soccer with friends.
All my cousins are muscular, so that's my motivation I guess.
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28 / M / Houma
Posted 3/31/15
A bit of a tip that's not directly going to improve motivation is that you should start developing your core strength first and then move onto leg power. If you get those two areas up to par all workouts become easier and you can focus more on expending massive amounts of energy.

Short-sprint interval training is a good way to quickly burn kilocalories. I get bored easily so that is my preferred method to burn some energy as it doesn't take up much of your time and is highly effective. Just make sure your body can handle such intensity first.
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26 / F
Posted 3/31/15
I took dance classes for a good chunk of my life so even though I never cared much about fitness (always body conscious, never bothered to do anything about it) I was in decent enough shape until I moved away for college. I had a place within walking distance so I always walked to class, but other than that I went from dancing all the time to literally doing NOTHING. I ended up hurting my knees after about two years from being so out of shape and they've never been the same since. My mom tells me I'm 22 going on 90

Anyways, I've never been overweight, but I definitely let myself go a bit and the slightest bit of weight gain I see can be shed no problem if I really put my mind to it, but that's the problem! I know a couple people who had success on those overly expensive Beachbody programs so I figured why not? I went with their PiYo program because it's yoga/pilates based and I figured the dance background would give me an advantage. It's actually really fun and I wish I felt like I had enough time in the day to keep up with it.

Personally I don't believe in "diets" and I think that if you're smart about what you eat (eating healthy doesn't mean eating bland) you can eat well AND enjoy a night out and donuts. It's all about knowing your limits and knowing when your body needs something. I can feel it if I've had a weekend of awful eating and it's not fun.

I'm not sure what kind of phone you have, but there's an Apple app called "7" that is basically a 7 minute workout. You can pay for more customizable variation and do longer workouts, but for someone just starting out the 7 minute one is pretty decent. It has you doing a variety of things like jumping jacks, push ups, squats, etc. for 30 seconds each.
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Posted 1/19/17
Hey bobangie, its good that you want to stay fit and healthy. When proper nutrition is combined with physical activity, it can help to control weight and prevent obesity and reduce the major risks of diseases. By staying one can improve heart health, stamina and also prevents skin issues like cellulite and stretch marks therefore on my friend's recommendation, I have started following a programme fitness guide - which help me to stay fit and healthy. You can also refer such kind of guide to stay motivated to fitness.
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M / Canada
Posted 1/19/17
Finding someone to do workouts/sports with, you will both motivate each other to do it.

Making it in a rigid routine could also help, at some point it will have become so normal to train that it will feel weird to not do it, so the lack of motivation will have less influence on you.

And the last thing that most people don't seem to get: it is not imperative that you train at the gym, find some physical activity that you love doing, not something you force yourself to do because it's the normal thing to do. If you don't like gym training that much, try doing some hiking, jogging or joining a sports team instead, you'll probably find an activity that you like enough for being naturally motivated in practicing it, while also keeping you in good shape.

As for the nutrition part, I think that just the fact of having a fitness routine is enough to get the motivation to eat well. At least it is for me so I can't really give advices on it. The only thing I can say is to not go on a diet that is too strict or else you may just go crazy when eating a cheat meal and just destroy the progress you've made. I'd say eat well but don't go overboard with it, it is more sane to keep eating things you like in small quantities so you can stand the rest.
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