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What motivates you to work out?

Why do you work out? To lose weight? Improve your triathlon time? To look great on the beach? The author of 10 Things I Want My Daughter to Know About Working Out hopes her daughter will see exercise as a joy, not as a price she must pay to look great in “that dress.”  I stand firm in the belief that any motivation is a good one if it gets us off the couch, but the real key to this great article is that for those who actually view exercise differently, it becomes part of who they are and the results can be astounding and unexpected.

But maybe the author’s main point is the influence we provide our kids. What are they learning from us about the part exercise plays in our life? Is it a necessary misery they must endure like getting a flu shot?  Is it about sweating in a gym and tolerating it or is it playing soccer and winning?

I’m curious … what did you learn from your parents & teachers about exercise and how did that help form your current views on it? Also, which of the 10 things in the article resonate the most for you?


First in Training, NC

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Exercise? I would, but I…..


I am too tired! – Exercise increases your body’s feel-good hormones (endorphins) and actually will give you more energy.  Some prefer to work out in the morning before your day gets away from you and helps you get through what you have to do.  If you are not a morning person, just do it whenever you feel at your best!

I don’t have the time! – Exercise when you are watching your favorite TV shows.  If they are not recorded, do your exercise during commercials.  If you cant find one consecutive hour, do a few shorter sessions.  Getting something in is always better then nothing!

I cant get time away from the kids! –  Take them with you!  Go for a bike ride, play a game of soccer, go for a walk, do races in the park.  Weather not cooperating?  Have a dance contest, try WIIfit.  When mom and dad are fit and have more energy, the whole family benefits!

I just don’t like to exercise –  First, figure out why.  Then tackle that problem.  Is it that you don’t like getting sweaty? You can work out indoors where it’s air conditioned. You can swim so you won’t notice any perspiration. Or try a low-sweat activity.

Is it hard on your joints? Head for the pool. Exercising in water is easier on your joints. The stronger your muscles get, the more they can support your joints and the less you’ll hurt. If your physical limitations are more serious, check with your doctor or exercise professional, to help you figure out exercises that are still safe and easy to do.

If you’re self-conscious about your weight, you could start by walking with friends, working out in the privacy of your home, or exercising with a trainer who’s supportive. Wear clothes that feel comfortable.  

I have tried before, it just does not work for me – Start with setting goals that are small and realistic. Then you’re more likely to feel like a success. It also helps to keep a log and post it somewhere public — even on Facebook. This can create a support system and help you through the tuff days.  A log also helps you see if you’re starting to fall off the wagon (or the treadmill).  Try getting an exercise buddy, this will also help to keep you accountable.



First in Training, NC