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What motivates you at the gym?


What motivates you at the gym?
Well I realized that I needed a little extra help to really kick it up with my cardio. I like the treadmill, but I wasn't giving it much effort. I love music at the gym and my ipod is my 2nd best friend at the gym- only 2nd to my trainer! So I learned that instead of just listening to the songs it helped to watch the music video! The best videos are the ones that have hard bodies I admire. Right now 2 of my favorites are Fergie in My Humps and Beyonce in Crazy in Love. Helps to look at where I'd like to end up looking.
jAmbre jAmbre 3 years 35 weeks
A great playlist is key for me. If I don't have good, high-energy music, I get bored. Also, trying new things helps too: I plan on FINALLY taking a belly-dancing and an MMA/cardio class.
Michele-Foley Michele-Foley 3 years 36 weeks
@TheLittleMonster: I'm the same way about working out to music. I like hearing everything that is going on around me, especially my breath and feet hitting the ground.
Michele-Foley Michele-Foley 3 years 36 weeks
@TheLittleMonster: I'm the say way about working out to music. I like hearing everything that is going on around me, especially my breath and feet hitting the ground.
TiVo TiVo 3 years 36 weeks
I am pretty good about not needing motivation in the gym. I usually push myself pretty hard because I like the challenge. However, the key word is *usually.* Whenever I am on the treadmill (which is rarely because I hate it), I prefer tv. I can't watch tv and do other things that require more concentration, like stationary bike or elliptical, but I don't have to watch RPMs and things with the treadmill. The tv helps me zonk out.
kclulu kclulu 3 years 36 weeks
I love listening to music when I exercise because it is pretty much the only time I have to listen to music throughout my day. It not only motivates me but it helps me to block out the rest of the worl and focus on the activity I am doing. I also love my Nike Sport Band. It keeps track of mileage, calories, and time, when I run so I can easily keep track of all of that. The cummulative stats are my favorite. Seeing how many calories you have burned over the period of a week, month or year is quite motiovating. I also like to set goals for myself that I can track online.
le-romantique le-romantique 3 years 36 weeks
For me, I just love it and it feels good, but we all have "Those days" where we aren't 100% into working out... for that, I definitely a good playlist, preferably with songs from my past (like all those great early 90's one hit wonders), and I also use RunKeeper for all my workouts and posting it to Facebook motivates me more since "everyone" can see what I did.
Rachel-C Rachel-C 3 years 36 weeks
My newest motivation is my heart rate monitor that also tracks calories. I know I have to burn 500 before I'll let myself get off the machine! It's so motivating and keeps you energized until the end of your routine on any machine. http://atfirstblush.onsugar.com
Stina633 Stina633 3 years 36 weeks
A great playlist and a weekly goal motivate me when its time to sweat it out.
TheLittleMonster TheLittleMonster 3 years 36 weeks
It's weird, but I can't do music on the treadmill. I need to hear myself breathing, hear my feet hitting the treadmill. The thing that keeps me going is chasing that high that I get after a good run. I just shut my mind down and run. The arc trainer/elliptical are different stories though. I need upbeat music for that.
Eair Eair 3 years 36 weeks
Thanks, dpauline!
dpauline dpauline 3 years 36 weeks
Thanks for that Erin- you may need to do a post on just that advice! :)
Eair Eair 3 years 36 weeks
I'm not an expert but I know what works for me. I'd like to share my tried and true No Excuses technique. Here's how everyone can use the no excuses technique. It's especially great if you're just a newbie getting into to all of this on your own. Step 1: Set your exercise goal and then get started immediately after setting the goal (Ex. Circuit routine 3 times, or walk a 5K). Take note of what time you set your goal. Your job is to complete the goal within 24 hours of starting your exercise. Be realistic with the work out but challenge yourself. They key is to stay interested. Commitment is key! Step 2: Next, decide to complete all of the exercise activity now! Hooray! You'll be done soon! You should be proud! OR Decide to complete some of your goal now and the rest later - within 24 hours of setting your original goal. OK say you only get through the first time of your circuit routine and have 2 more times to go. Then decide will I commit to completing the circuit routine now? OR will I commit to completing what's left within 24 hours of setting my original goal? Say you walk half of the 5K and have the other half to walk. Then decide will I commit to completing the circuit routine now? OR will I commit to completing what's left within 24 hours of setting your original goal? Step 3: Reschedule how/when you will complete your original goal - within the next 24 hours. If you find you are not flexible, then you may have to make adjustments. Step 4: Complete your original goal - within 24 hours. :-D Get the idea? It's a way to practice carving out time for exercise. If you can't find time within 24 hours then you need to figure out what needs to change in your schedule so you can make the time to meet your goals. Sometimes our goals can seem daunting no matter what they are but that just isn't true. It's possible to achieve our goals and get the results we want. But that may involve taking a serious look at what has to be done to put ourselves first on occasion. Eliminate nonpriority items and delegate other items that distract you from taking an hour out of your day to exercise. It's in your hands!
lauren lauren 3 years 36 weeks
What a great idea! I wonder if there is a way to organize a bunch of music videos like a song playlist!