How do you exercise when you feel like crud?

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Registered: 09-23-2010
How do you exercise when you feel like crud?
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Tue, 04-29-2014 - 11:36am

Bleh. I've been feeling down and just can't get myself to the gym, but then I know I have to and that going would make me feel better, but then I don't. I'm stuck in a loop. How do you guys force yourself to go?

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Registered: 01-09-2009
Tue, 04-29-2014 - 2:26pm

I have created a word file titled "What will I gain when I lose?" .In that file I've written a few points like - pride, confidence, self esteem, joy, better health, glowing skin and some more. Whenever I feel demotivated (and trust me, that's quite frequent) I go through it over and over again. That gives me the little push I need to move my butt to the gym. 

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Registered: 04-07-2008
Tue, 04-29-2014 - 2:39pm

Exercise has become such a part of my lifestyle that I feel even worse if I don't go. Something that helped me in the beginning was to always go to the gym no matter what. I didn't always exercise when I was there (sometimes I sat and watched other people for a few minutes or I walked a lap or two on the walking track) but I made myself go to the gym since I had paid for a membership. I no longer have to force myself or talk myself into it. It is just simply a part of my routine. 

Karla
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WALKING
EXERCISE and HEALTHY LIVING

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Registered: 09-23-2010
Tue, 04-29-2014 - 5:04pm

Thanks, ladies, both awesome suggestions!!

I didn't get there today, but I'm determined to get there Thursday. :)

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Registered: 05-08-2006
Tue, 04-29-2014 - 6:16pm
Like Karla, I love going to the gym, but it wasn't always that way...I find it best to plan at the beginning of the week what I will do each day and then treat the gym like every other appointment. Classes are good because there is a set time. I lift with a trainer, and I know if. Don't show, he doesn't he paid for that hour (group training is a more affordable option with the same 'must go' benefit). I have also told myself 'you don't gave to do anything when you get there, you just have to go. I have never gone and done nothing but I have cut workouts short. I also ask myself whether my reason for not going that day is unique to that day...if I am sick or have a time complicit that is unusual, then it's ok to change plans. If it's 'I don't want to'. Then that could be true tomorrow too, so that is not an acceptable excuse. Plus, I always feel better afterwards...
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Registered: 09-23-2010
Wed, 04-30-2014 - 3:27pm

Thanks! That helps!!

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Registered: 05-18-2014
Mon, 05-26-2014 - 12:47pm
cut it short and get some rest. Diet is more important anyhow, so pay special attention to what you are ,you might want to go out for a run when you are fighting the 'crud'
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Registered: 01-15-2014
Mon, 05-26-2014 - 1:20pm

One of the best things to do when you're feeling down is to get out from your room and start walking. If you have  a treadmill, at your home, start walking on it. It has been proven that physical exercise releases endorphins in your brain, which is the chemical that makes us happy.