View Full Version : i want to work out... but cant stay motivated
06-23-2007, 12:43 AM
does anyone have any tips on motivational ideas...
also on good ways to work out ur stomache. my body is in good condition, i just wish my stomache to be a little flatter.....
06-23-2007, 03:51 PM
My number one way to keep myself motivated is to get my butt to the gym! I find that once I'm there, I'm always ready to work out!
Also, try making yourself some awesome play lists for your ipod/walkman. I always feel great when I'm listening to uptempo music.
My favorite "silly" way to keep myself motivated is to listen to the sounds around you. Nothing gets me in the mood to push myself further than listening to the grunts coming from the men lifting some serious weights! It always makes me remember that if they can do it, so can I!
06-23-2007, 07:16 PM
Yeah just make a routine and stick with it and go to the gym because once your there, your there and just work out.
Also think about how bad you want a flatter stomach and how much better you will look in the beach or where ever.
06-24-2007, 04:48 PM
don't think about how much you don't want to do it. just do it and focus on how great you feel when its over. there is no secret to getting it done. we all have busy lives and there are plenty of days we would rather just sit on our butts instead but you just do it b/c thats what you do.
06-25-2007, 10:18 AM
Music definatly helps! Also, once you start feeling results you can't help but be inspired to keep going. I also like looking through issues of Fitness rx for women b/c they use very fit models who have the body type I'm after. Good luck!
06-25-2007, 11:05 AM
clean eating is the best way to get your tummy flatter
06-25-2007, 11:30 AM
I have to agree with the ladies above me...music and the other suggestions motivate me as well. It would be difficult without my ipod. :) Ultimately though, it really does boil down to mindset. There are some days when nothing outside of ourselves will light fire under our butts, and it's just a matter of choosing to do what has to be done.
Slowly I'm adopting the mindset, that working out, goes in the same category as taking a shower, using the bathroom, or brushing my teeth. There are days I look forward to working out, and other days I do it simply because I've made the commitment to do so.
Also, for me, and this is most important, I must have a purpose beyond the superficial such as looking better, dressing sexier, etc. My intent and goal is to encourage others to transform their lives, by observing my accomplishments, and also to gain more energy, so that I'm able to motivate people without burnout and fatigue. These are my greatest motivators.
06-25-2007, 12:04 PM
I'm going to suggest something relatively simple (damn therapy burns this kind of thing into my head)... change your thinking. If you hear yourself thinking that you "want to work out, but can't stay motivated," rephrase it as "I want to work out, AND I'm having a bit of trouble staying motivated." Taking away the negative connotations might just be enough. As for me, I always find it difficult to wake up in the morning and work out super early (4:45 am, blaaah.), and I know I won't feel nearly as good all day if I don't. I also know that if I happen to decide that I absolutely NEED the extra sleep (such as today), I can easily do it later in the day. (This helps if you have far too much free time.. cough cough me.) That way, there's rarely an excuse to entirely skip a day. I'm also trying to get a personal trainer so I know what to do for cardio and such- I tend to lose motivation on that a LoT purely because I don't plan it out.