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Motivation to exercise

Are you one of those people who finds it hard to exercise even though you know the benefits of doing so?

Do you find yourself making excuses when it’s time to go to the gym? {“It’s too early“, “It’s too late“, “It’s too cold“, “I’m too tired“}

Well, I’ve been there and done that.

And in the process learnt some ways to motivate myself. I figured I could share it with you. But be warned: use these motivational strategies at your own peril.

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I call these The 5 Cs to exercising your way out of a defeatist attitude. (copyright Psych Babbler, 2012)

The Companion-comparison method

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This is one strategy that has been very effective for me in the past few weeks and I have exercised 5 days a week. This is where you use a friend who is exercising religiously as a prime example and think of the amount of calories they are burning that day. And what they will talk about. After all, if they tell you they attended a Body Pump class and an Aqua Aerobics class the day before and all you did this morning was sleep in, you know you are going to look bad. However, if you can tell them about your 60 minute cardio, well you are even. Sort of. The added benefit of this is that it motivates your friend further and the two of you keep using one another as an incentive to do your own.

The Cat-astrophe method

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I have three words for you: Get a cat. They will wake you up. Especially if you have to exercise in the morning {which is better given you get it out of the way}. A cat will wake up without fail at 4 or 5 in the morning and demand you to feed it. Or maybe like mine, they’ll just prefer to come and rub their face against yours. Somehow 5 minutes before the alarm is supposed to go off. It’s freaky. They do it without fail. Every. Single. Day. {You could get a dog too. It just didn’t fit with my C-strategy}

The Clothing-comparison method

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If there are days you feel completely and utterly unmotivated to go and work out, here’s a tip. Try on those clothes that have become a bit loose. Even if your goal is mainly to lead a healthy lifestyle, there is something motivating knowing you are toning those muscles and that older clothes will soon look like tents on you.

 

 

 

The Check-in Counter method

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I used this strategy when I re-started my gymming in August. After a cold and dreary winter, it became a lot harder to get up in the morning and go to the gym. So I used Foursquare. I kid you not. I began ‘checking in’ every time I went to the gym. And even after I got the ‘Gym rat’ badge, I kept going. Because by then, my body adjusted to the 4:30 a.m. wake up and get out of bed routine. What can I say? Technology is a genius! {And I may be a little bit crazy…}

 

 

The Check-out method

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No, this isn’t the opposite of using Foursquare. This is the strategy where you motivate yourself to go to the gym because you know that good looking guy {or girl} is there for you to check out. What more could you want to motivate yourself to push harder? In terms of cardio and weights, I mean. 🙂 I also think I figured out why my motivation levels were lower when I went to an all-female gym last year. No one to check out!!! On the other hand, since starting the current gym in August, I have been very motivated. 😀 A word of caution here though: when checking someone out, don’t be too obvious. You then run the risk of being labelled a perv.

 

So there you have it. My 5 Cs.

Do you reckon they will work for you? 🙂 🙂

Disclaimer: Psych Babbler takes no responsibility in the effectiveness of these strategies for every individual as personality differences and human behaviour are hard to predict. Please use these strategies at your own peril. Should something go wrong, you cannot sue me.

Until next time,

Cheers!!!

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    Bikramjit Singh Mann
    December 13, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    nothing works for meeeeeeeee 🙁

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    Bikramjit Singh Mann
    December 13, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    nothing works for meeeeeeeee 🙁

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      Psych Babbler
      December 15, 2012 at 2:48 pm

      I think for me on a serious note, just knowing the family history of heart problems started the motivation. After that, it was some of these that kept me going…

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    Little Fingers
    December 14, 2012 at 8:47 am

    I love this post, this is indeed for people like me 🙂 I am planning to start my schedule 2013. Let’s keep each other motivated 🙂

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    Little Fingers
    December 14, 2012 at 8:47 am

    I love this post, this is indeed for people like me 🙂 I am planning to start my schedule 2013. Let’s keep each other motivated 🙂

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      Psych Babbler
      December 15, 2012 at 4:04 pm

      Glad you enjoyed this post LF…and yes, let’s do it! Hope you go well with exercise in 2013!

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    Avada Kedavra
    December 15, 2012 at 6:25 am

    Good tips but still I am so lazy to go to gym 🙁 I keep thinking I will go but it never happens.. must restart it soon

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      Psych Babbler
      December 15, 2012 at 4:04 pm

      As I said to Bikram, my initial motivation was the health problems in the family and then these keep me motivated on an ongoing basis…

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    Avada Kedavra
    December 15, 2012 at 6:25 am

    Good tips but still I am so lazy to go to gym 🙁 I keep thinking I will go but it never happens.. must restart it soon

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