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walker1229

Question:How to get past the second day?

I keep trying and trying to start working out, I do it the first day, but the next day and more after that I just cant seem to get back to working out. Sometime I can get my self to do it for like 2 or 3 days but then I just get depressed (not really sure why) and give up. Part of it is I use to be really thin and healthy in Highschool and after having my first baby my asthma has gotten tons worse and I gained a lot of weight and find it really hard to do the work outs I used to do. Any advice?

Asked by walker1229 on 1/8/09 4 Answers»
mellyhoo

Answer:

Perhaps you are starting with a goal that is too large? Or maybe you might try giving yourself a personal challenge of "I will go to the gym/walk/run/etc 12 times this month". It might seem more achievable in small chunks like that.
That worked for me. I decided I would go to the Gentle Fit Aerobics class at the YMCA for 12 sessions, 3 days a week. It is ALREADY the beginning of the fourth week, and I feel so good, I will make a new challenge of 12 sessions at the end of this week... Also, I found counting down from 12 to 1 session left instead of up from 1 to 12 has really helped!!
Good Luck!

Answered by: mellyhoo on 3/14/09
Bikiniskigirl

Answer:

Do something fun. Whatever you define that to be. Walk your dog, walk on the beach, hula hoop, dance to your favorite music all by yourself, whatever. I hate "working out". But if I can classify it as "fun", I'm all over it. Skiing, rollerblading, and walking my dog are fun to me. Going to the gym = blech. Snowball fight = fun. Jogging = blech. I'm trying to go back to a time where running around & being goofy was entertainment, not a "workout". I guess I don't like the word "work"!

Answered by: Bikiniskigirl on 1/29/09
bailey5362

Answer:

You may also want to talk to your Dr, since you have asthma, maybe the workouts you are starting with are to ambitious. The Dr could recommend something easier for you and you can build up to more intense workouts as your body gets used to it. Then you won't have as many asthma problems.

Answered by: bailey5362 on 1/12/09
tblanton0025

Answer:

I read in a magazine this morning that for motivation a bulletin board is a good idea. Post photos of the healthier you, healthy foods you like, and pictures of your goal body. Maybe you could hang your bulletin board in your workout area to keep you going.

Answered by: tblanton0025 on 1/10/09
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