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onewish01
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So, I keep telling myself that I'm going to get out once a day and go for a walk or bike ride for 30 minutes. BUT, I can't make myself do it. I'll keep telling myself I need to, but it never happens. I don't have any issues going once I'm out of the house, but it's getting out there that's the problem. It's not like I don't have the time or anything either.

I'm wondering how other people get themselves motivated? I've tried writing myself notes and putting it on the front door, or on the bathroom mirror... but it doesn't help, lol.

Any tips are appreciated!

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I deal with the same problem.

Though once I think of somewhere to go if I ever go outside, I'll do it, like ride my bike to the movie theatre or store, or even the library.

- I just need someplace to go to and for a purpose, although just to exercise can be a reason.

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When I go for walks, I find my iPod the best motivating tool ever. I have tons of songs that I like, and I make playlists that'll sync well with my stride, etc. Pretty much any excuse to listen to my music, I'll take.

Or for exercise that can be done in one place, stretching or even jogging in place, I do it in front of my favorite TV shows. That way, I don't feel guilty about watching TV, and endorphins and comedy shows just go together.

The best thing for me, though, is finding someone to do it with and browbeat me into it. My mother and I reminded each other every other day to walk until she got sick recently, and we were doing 4 miles or so at a pretty quick clip and having a great time! I looked forward to it instead of looking for excuses, which is a lot more characteristic of me. ;P

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Start using walking/biking as a primary means of transportation [Smile] Or use public transport, you'll still have to walk plenty to and from bus stops.

Or, join a class--aerobics, dance, martial arts, whatever stirs your kool-aid. Or a sports team.

If you can incorporate more exercise into your everyday routine and find something you really like doing, it will be easier.

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snail - I find that music really helps to get me moving as well, but it's not very good at getting me out the door, haha.

Thanks everyone for your tips [Smile] I've been thinking of taking up tennis lessons, but I don't think I can do that during the school year. I might start doing yoga again with my mom though. It really helps my back, and helps me relax after horseback riding, lol.

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If you go horseback riding regularly, that's pretty good exercise in and of itself. Spend a little time cleaning out stalls and moving bales of hay around, and you'll get PLENTY of exercise. [Wink]

Also, I've found that exercise is seriously habit-forming. Once you start, if you're not doing it regularly you'll probably feel all weird and just feel like you HAVE to get out and move your body around.

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Narwhal - I horseback ride once a week, plus I work in a barn too (one day a week). So I get 2 - 3 hours of exercise twice a week, lol. I don't think it's quite enough though. I'm hoping to co-board a horse soon, so that'll get more riding in.

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