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#1 smallascanbe


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Posted 04 May 2021 - 07:00 AM

Any tips on getting the motivation to exercise? I’m starting to get skinny fat as I go through phases of exercising everyday or not exercising at all.. I just want to be consistent. I already high restrict so I should have the energy, but I’m lazy and always making excuses, literally no self control I hate it.

So any tips appreciated! (I get scared of working out at the gym or going for a run bc I always feel like people are staring at my body or thinking I look gross, even though I know realistically they aren’t)

I also posted this here instead of exercise bc it gets more traffic. Thank-you ! <3

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Posted 04 May 2021 - 07:11 AM

Motivation is BS -- it comes and goes. 


You have to make it a daily checkbox item -- like brushing your teeth or getting dressed. Make it into a habit, that way when motivation isn't there, you still do it. 


The way I turned it into a habit was by making it my primary stress management tool. I legit exercise so I don't murder people. 

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Posted 04 May 2021 - 07:13 AM

I second the above advice. Also, try and make the exercise fun, so it's not such a chore. Some people enjoy running, others hate it. I like how yoga makes me feel. Some people really like weight training. Dancing for exercise is an option.

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Posted 04 May 2021 - 07:20 AM

I hate working out at the gym but I’ve been making myself go 6 days a week since they reopened in the UK. Aside of just making myself do it to lose weight, I noticed that if I watched a series whilst walking on the treadmill or being on the cross trainer (elliptical) or bike I got less bored. I then found that if I only let myself watch that series when I was at the gym I was actually wanting to go to the gym so I could watch the next episode 🤣
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Posted 09 May 2021 - 12:07 AM

Get a buddy to exercise with. You will motivate each other and if you're friendly competitive that can be encouraging.

Listen to music that pumps you up and makes you wanna dance.

Do exercise that is fun for you. Even dancing around randomly for 30mins is good. If running sounds boring as fuck then ride a bike or something.

If you can exercise in front of the TV that's a good time to combine being lazy with burning calories. Like lifting weights, or hoola hoop, or stationary bike, or walking in place.

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Posted 09 May 2021 - 01:16 AM

Firstly, high restrict so you can have the energy/motivation more often. This may mean upping your cals lately, but it's worth it for the endorphins exercise gives you and if you can burn more. 


Find something you enjoy, like people have said. Try and create goals/things to achieve in the things you do so you can motivate yourself.

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Posted 09 May 2021 - 07:51 AM

Is there anywhere near you where you could enjoy going out for a good walk?

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Posted 10 May 2021 - 02:42 AM

Is there anywhere near you where you could enjoy going out for a good walk?

I’m really lucky and live near lots of beaches and bushwalks, good idea, I actually went today with a friend I hadn’t seen in a while 🙂 Thankyou!
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Posted 10 May 2021 - 04:41 AM

I always remind myself that there are literally children, elderly people, disabled, and people with full time jobs/families that train everyday, doing my exercise is the least i can do since the rest of my life is a failure
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Posted 12 May 2021 - 12:18 PM

My motivation is burning calories.. if I exercise I can higher restrict and not feel guilty.. 

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Posted 12 May 2021 - 12:41 PM

When I can’t get myself to go on a run, I just walk cause I can watch Netflix or listen to a podcast or something while I’m in walking around my neighborhood. It’s actually really enjoyable and then I’m pumped to run the next day




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