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What Motivates You To Stay in Shape?

April 8th, 2009

Men and women pick up fitness habits for a variety of reasons. Some, the lucky ones, do it because they love it and feel a natural high after completing a gruelling workout. They don’t procrastinate and put off workouts until another day or make excuses about why they don’t have time. Working out comes first, which is why a lot of them get up before dawn and are finished their body maintenance before the rest of us have even hit snooze on the alarm clock.

Others have trouble with the pre-workout enthusiasm but become inspired once they enter the gym or get through the first 10 minutes. I know this category well. For me it involves wearing my workout gear around the house for a good hour before I finally drag my butt out the door. Suddenly all the housework I usually avoid demands my urgent attention. On the bright side I get a lot more cleaning and laundry done on those days. And thankfully once I get moving I can spend upwards of an hour at the gym.

There are also those who aren’t motivated to work out, don’t get into it once they start and don’t feel satisfied or healthier when they’re done. For these people it’s only the thought of the end result that can get them moving. They’ll run because they know it’s good for their heart and waistline, but they won’t be getting any enjoyment out of it.

Obviously a one size solution for motivation won’t fit all. Tell us why you work out and what motivates you to do so.

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