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How do you keep yourself motivated to finish your workout?

I run at least 3 miles everyday 5 days a week. And there are times when I don't want to go, or times when I want to finish before I'm done. What keeps you motivated to finish your workout?

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TaliaJones

Dedicate each mile to someone you love.

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That is truly lovely. Star!
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Awh, I really love this one! Thank you!
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Me too!<3
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SuperGeek64

I just look at my stomach.That's all the motivation I need.....

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Lol, doesn't work for me. Tried it too.
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I am liking you more and more Mr. Super!
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Tell yourself negative things that will happen if you finish too early. It helps me

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I love the previous answers. If they don't work, I praise myself. Sometimes the positive works, and sometimes the "scary" works.

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Positive doesn't work for me. LOL. I'm super stubborn. I do love how I feel when I finish, especially on those days I didn't want to. Now if I could just bottle up that feel good feeling to use the next time I'm not motivated. lol
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If I could bottle all of my issues, I would have a genie in a bottle! Me and every other human... : ) Cj, you are sweet. I am fairly new here, but I have always seen sweet things under your icon. Thanks for putting the "happy" into Happy2BeHere.
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Awh thank you for the smile. I needed that! Glad you decided to join ask. You seem like a very positive influence, which is something this community needs!
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With all of these genuine thank you's, I know following is what I want to do. I will click your icon often.
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I also liked what I saw on your profile. You are very similar to my daughter whom I love very much.
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I customize my playlists for my workouts, and the music gives me the drive I need to complete a workout. That, and failing a PT test is grounds for discharge.

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Can you give me a sample playlist?
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I'm a big Bruce Lee fan, I watch some of his workout routine videos and that gets me motivated to run, and lift.

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Haha, if I watched a Bruce Lee film before working out, I think I would throw my back out, or at the very least, hurt myself.
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haha yeah i know what you mean. I tried a one hand two finger push up once.....ONCE. lol almost broke my fingers.
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Wow. That's pretty intense! lol
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reward your self if you complete your workout

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With?
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since you are doing it to loose weight you cant do sweets and stuff. maybe like an extra five minutes to sleep in the morning or when you reach your goal, a bonus of some sort
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Thank you :)
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Each time you finish completely, put a dollar in a jar. Once the jar is full you can skip that day for working out and restart the jar. Saw that on Pinterest I think. I like the following quotes to...
"No matter how slow you go, you're still overlapping the people on the couch."
"When you feel like quiting, think about why you started."
"Run because you can. One day you might not be able to."

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Thank you Lauren!
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Your welcome! Have a great night! Wish you the best while running!:)
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Same to you sweetie.
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Music inspiring music

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elicia_marie1

Finish? Gee, I can't even motivate myself to START! Whenever I need motivating I reward myself afterward. Little things get little rewards like a longer shower or coffee with friends and big things get big rewards, like a bag or video game I want. (:

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Trust me, I have days like that too. lol
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The first step is the hardest part because of inertia. You've heard the arthritis commercial that states, "A body in motion tends to stay in motion." Well, then, GET MOVING! Before initiating any exercise program, always get a check-up from you doctor and tell him/her of your plan to start exercising and whether your doctor approves of it. If so, start with something fun like dancing to music. Once you experience how fun it is to move, get a friend to exercise with you. If you can't afford a gym, then buy an exercise DVD and exercise together. Doing something new with someone who has the same goal as you keeps the motivation and momentum going. Be aware that you'll need to take it slowly at first and eventually work your way into longer work outs. Don't expect immediate results -- it takes time. Be patient with yourself, but consistent. Reward yourself with healthy things. Alter your eating habits to small healthy snacks throughout the day, not 3 big meals. Drink whey protein drinks (found in the health food store) on days you work out to aid weight loss. Get some advice from a personal trainer for a few sessions and follow the trainer's advice. Above all, focus on your goal and don't ever give up!
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Thank you Lisa, I know how to lose weight, I've lost 110 pounds over the course of 3 years. I'm just losing motivation. But thanks.
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Get friends to join and keep each other in check, or join an online support group, or find a social fitness group nearby to give each other support. Or one thing that really works for me is get pictures of people whose body you strive for and put them in a place you'll see often. Then when you think of quitting ask yourself how much you want the results. :)

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Running? Wouldn't you rather just have a cupcake?

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I would! That's my problem! lol
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Cupcake... Im gonna go get one
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Hi CeeJay!!! What you need is some variety in your exercising so that your daily activities stay fresh and interesting. Set up a rotation of squash, jogging, swimming, gymnasium workout, canoe or row boat, digging in the garden etc. Something different every day not only keeps you focussed - it keeps your enthusiasm alive. Another approach is to drive to different areas each day so that you have a different area to run through. Variety remains the spice of life....

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I go to the gym. So it's the same scene everday. LOL. Too cold here to run outside.
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Music

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It's because your body needs to rest and tells you by that way.Listen to your body and days haven't finished.Sometimes your body needs sugar to control your blood sugar.Your body is serious.

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I just quit it after 6 times! xD

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Elliot: You need to get back into the game!! You're back to square 1. Get moving and feel how good it is just to MOVE!! Do movement that is fun: dancing to music, swimming, whatever lights your fire, man!! Just do it!!!
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Another thing, Elliot, Don't you miss that natural high you had after you had good work outs? Now THAT'S HEALTHY ADDICTION!!!
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If it's because your muscles are burning, then I tell myself that I like the pain, so I keep going until I crash. I'm good at fooling myself like that.

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I don't run, but I do workout 5 to 6 days a week, and I cope by giving myself a two week break every 6 to 8 months or so, to slack off - once you quit working out, it makes you WANT to start back up again, since exercise really does make you feel so much better, physically AND emotionally

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Put a TV in front of your treadmill or oliptical time flys

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think of how attractive you will look when its all over

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Look at your stomach. That should motivate you enough.

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listen to music that keeps you pumped and set a goal

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I think about all the stuff that soldiers go through during the war, and think that this is nothing compared to that.

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Plaidhofer

think of the benefits when u finish! :D

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I always put myself on a type of auto drive. Instead of thinking, "Oh no, 1 more mile to go." I think, "I've completed 2 miles already. I can do this!"

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ummm co lol wasnt this sooo helpful

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think of positive stuff like how would you look when you finish working out

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play eye of the tiger or some other really pumped song

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ok your beautiful baby I love you very

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Lol. Thank you. I think?
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Do things that get you hyped up-have a bunch of sugar, take a five hour energy, take a bath (idk it helps me) or something else like that. Also listen to music that you like. The better the mood your in the more motivated you'll be!

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Have a bunch of sugar, defeats the purpose of working out.
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Think of the Victoria Secret Angel Swim Suit models...DUH!

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keep my thought and mind on the job on hand and
see it is attended best.
It is easy for me as I have been doing like this every
time which has become my habit.

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see those nice and healthy beauties.

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Get someone to work out with you. That would motivate both of you.

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I have no one. I'm a loner. All my friends are lazy.
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mm well then when you are running just think about your lazy friends and say im not like them haha
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I don't know what shape you're in or if you are overweight and need to lose weight. If that's the case, then, keep telling yourself you can look better and feel better if you keep your eyes on the prize. One thing I do when I work out is to hate my weight and muscle weakness MORE THAN the work it takes to lose it. I keep telling myself that I'll look better than I have ever looked because I will stick with the work outs on a regular basis. I also refuse to accept my body the way it is. Flabbiness and extra pounds are NOT AN OPTION! I expect more of myself and I deserve to prove to myself that I can be in better shape. And SO CAN YOU!!!

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Remind yourself the advantages of dong so! Or you may promise yourself a small gift after running

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Oh I don't know. I ave the same problem with a lack of motivation and nothing can help me with it

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music!!<3

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use some upbeat music! it works

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I look in the mirror...

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tell yourself negative things and tell yourself that if you workout longer you will look like a model :)

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u have a cup of co-cola on the side of u

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watch extreme makeover: weight loss edition, with chris powell, it motivates me in anything i need to do

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Make it a habbit - do it every day at a certain time (e.g. when you get home from work. Also it is important that you don't postpone it, and that you make it your first priority), and you will start thinking "i really need a run right now" instad of "oh shoot, i better remember my run today". You can compare this to when you wake up in the morning and want breakfast, even if you aren't starving. In the same way you are gonna want to take a run everyday. And dont worry about sore muscles - they are gonna get used to it after a week or two :)
Best of Luck - Andreas

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One of your goals in training for your half or full marathon may be to improve the way you look and feel. So make sure you periodically remind yourself of the health improvements you're making. Get your blood pressure tested, or step on the scale and check your weight. Think about how much more energy you have, and how you now have a healthy way to relieve stress.

That's really what it's all about. Don't make running another stress in your life. Instead of "no pain, no gain" think "no fun, no run." Hope that helped!

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pretend ur a werewolf who is super strong

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Well, don't push yourself. 3 miles is a lot...for 5 days a week. If you really don't want to finish, and you've done a significant amount, just stop. Working out doesn't need to be running, so if you do this on a treadmill in the gym, do something else (like leg lifts). But if you run a track, walking for a little while helps.

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