100 lb. Club - Exercise Paradox
09-20-2011, 10:41 PM
two facts about me:
1) i absolutely love the awesome feeling i get after a great workout.
2) i absolutely hate self-motivating to go to the fitness center.
I DON'T GET IT.
i feel energized and accomplished after a work out (especially after i finish the 33 minute 'weight loss' program on the elliptical machine). i know i'll feel awesome after i go. i know there are tons of benefits. and once i'm there and going, i actually enjoy it and time flies.
i just have this awful, horrible time trying to make myself actually go to the point i talk myself out of going more than i actually go. every single day it's a battle of wills with myself whether i go or not. i usually only go on my husband's urging. i wish i understood myself better. is this just the old 'habit' of being lazy rearing it's ugly head?
does anyone else experience this?
09-20-2011, 11:23 PM
I always say the hardest part of going to the gym is the getting dressed and going part. Once you're there it's not bad at all. But getting there is the biggest challenge. It's not just you, it's me too!
09-20-2011, 11:58 PM
I suggest joining exercise classes. I did solo workouts for a long time but started losing focus and got bored. So I joined a Cardio/Sculpt class twice per week and had a blast meeting & working out with new friends. Joined more classes and had even more fun and pounds started melting. I now participate in 8 classes per week, including 2 zumba classes. Is much fun and weight stays off :). I still do solo workouts sometimes too but not as often.
09-21-2011, 12:14 AM
The single hardest part about working out is taking that first step.
I'm always happy after I've finished my walk, but actually getting up onto my treadmill... some days it feels like a real chore.
It's why I don't rely on how I feel. It's not an option. I get up there whether I like it or not. I cannot trust myself to do something when I feel like it. I must simply do.
09-21-2011, 12:14 AM
i would love to join a zumba class... however, the fitness center is one on a very small college campus and features 2 elliptical machines, 2 treadmills, 2 stationary bikes, a universal gym, some free weights, and a couple misc small things. no trainers, no classes, just a converted L shaped small room.
09-21-2011, 03:04 AM
I agree that the hardest part is the first step. Try not to think about going to the gym, just get dressed, step outside and sit in the car...THEN think about going to the gym. i bet nine times out of ten, that you'll go just because you already in the car.
If I woke up and thought about working out while I was still in bed, I would never get out of bed. the moment I wake up, I strech, then get up, and get dressed and put my shoes on...THEN i think about if I want to go to the gym or take a walk or dance in front of the tv. it's easier when your already ready and have less excuses in front of you.
09-21-2011, 04:58 AM
Oh yes, it is the mystery of life! Pretty much only way it works for me is schedules.
When I know I have to go, I go. Planning is my life when it comes to weight loss.
09-21-2011, 08:04 AM
I would suggest trying to go the same time each day. I do this and have since gotten so used to going at that time I just get up and go. I don't even think about it anymore. :)
09-21-2011, 08:53 AM
I'm the same! Love the actual workout and I feel awesome afterwards, but most of the time I have to force myself to go do it. Weird. Guess I have to look at it like I did the food part of it... not a diet, a lifestyle. So, exercise is something I'll always have to do and I'd better get used to it. Lol
09-21-2011, 01:08 PM
Why am I reading this right now? Because I'm avoiding working out! So glad I found this post! I NEVER regret exercising, but ALWAYS regret NOT exercising. Doesn't make sense that I too resist something that makes me feel so good!
Fine....off to walk!
09-21-2011, 01:31 PM
sakai - the fitness center doesn't require a car, which is nice. i walk maybe MAYBE 5 minutes, halfway across campus from the student apartments to the student union building.
and because it's so close, and i don't work (yet), i could literally go ANY TIME. i typically like to wait until my husband has a free hour because he likes to go too, so we can have some time together. with his class load and crazy amounts of homework i don't get to see him much. he's always in class, in the library, or in the computer room.
i hope it gets easier! (actually making myself go... the exercising is already easier)
09-21-2011, 07:33 PM
It's a law of physics, Mandy. A body at rest tend to stay at rest. A body in motion tends to stay in motion. Just try to make it part of your routine. you're still settling in to a new life in a new town. And constantly remind yourself how good it feels when you're there. You'll get back into the routine of things - then it will be "a body in motion . . . "
09-21-2011, 07:45 PM
Perhaps you could find a workout partner? I just read that you're unable to join a class. I know that when my best friend and I started working out together, having her hold me accountable to when I would go [she'd get SO MAD if I stood her up or made an excuse] got me going much more than just on my own.
09-21-2011, 10:58 PM
I used to have this problem, but with time I became retrained and no longer have this issue very often. When I did have it I would reward myself for going. I would find a really great book, but only let myself read it after I'd done my gym thing for the day. I'd tell myself that I couldn't surf the net or watch any television until after the gym. If I went all the days that I planned to go for a month then I got to buy myself a treat - a new t-shirt or some other small, not food thing.
09-21-2011, 11:19 PM
Very Very common, most people I know more than half the battle is getting there, once you are there and geared up working out is "easy".
Lots of good suggestions. :)
09-22-2011, 12:14 AM
Mandy -- TOTALLY.
Tonight I almost texted my fitness partner to tell her that the baby had not napped so I couldn't go but I realized the baby was going to cry whether she was in the stroller or on my hip so might as well burn some calories. Thank goodness too because it made me feel SO GOOD.
Have you thought about joining an exercise class at the college? Frequently small colleges have classes that are held at the track or in the gym. I know you've been looking for a way to meet people. That would be great!
If they don't, maybe if the gym has a bulletin board you can post for a workout buddy. I am ALL about making it so that if I don't show up to exercise, I am letting someone down.
Also, I know you're dying for a schedule in your life right now. Make exercise a non-negotiable part of it. Like brushing your teeth. You don't talk yourself into picking up that toothbrush every morning so make a morning walk the same deal. Get to know the surrounding area in these months before the bad weather sets in.
09-22-2011, 01:34 AM
i tend to go at least 3 times a week with the hubby, when his schedule allows it. i have a hard time going every day because of a lingering ankle injury that lets me know if i've pushed it too far.
i really wish they offered exercise classes here. there's no track, no athletics at all (unless you count the student organized flag football team). the number of people here (students, staff, spouses) is *maybe* 200. and the gym, like i said, is a modified L-shaped room, that i believe used to be a book store. it's definitely more function than fashion. a handful of cardio machines, even fewer strength training machines. a tv/dvd, a radio, and a water cooler. that's the extent of it. bare walls with bolt holes where the shelving used to be. heh.
i love the machines they have in there. i think a major part of my hang up is not being alone when i get there (if i'm alone, it's GREAT), and being judged by my husband's friends. so not *supposed* to happen as this is a private christian school... but STILL.
we didn't go today, because he was busy with school work and i decided to tackle the mess of a spare bedroom which was still littered with boxes we hadn't unpacked yet. it's much much better now. and i feel a lot better with it cleaned up. we're definitely going tomorrow, we've already discussed it. he doesn't have any late classes, and he'll be done for the day around 3:30 so we're going before dinner.
09-22-2011, 02:43 PM
Pretend it's a job, you have to show up. I go every other day, can't say I look forward to anything but the Zumba classes, which are fantastic.
09-22-2011, 02:59 PM
I can relate to this so much. I use to tell myself every night that I would work out and then something would come up or I would be too tired and the guilt would set in. It became a viscous cycle of guilt so I made the decision to get up an hour early to exercise. Has it been easy no! but every morning I get up and exercise I feel so proud of myself. I give myself no excuses, 5 days a week I am up and exercising. I do give myself the weekend off though.
I work out by myself and I am so uncoordinated that taking group classes intimidate me.
09-22-2011, 07:30 PM
the 2 things that always help me: 'it is like brushing my teeth'. Have to do it even though i don't always feel like brushing my teeth, i still do it :)
- I tell myself that i only need to go there and work out for 5 minutes (or i only need to go for a run for 5 minutes). If i don't want to continue after that i am free to go home. Almost every time i finish my run or my workout!
09-22-2011, 07:57 PM
I think I'm worst than you on the getting going part. I have an exercise bike,weight bench,and treadmill in my home,but I have the same issue as you.When I get on it I feel so much better.Why do I fight it? Let me know if you find out what the answer is.