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Old 04-19-2010, 07:42 PM
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I am normal weight and always try to exercise every week, 2 hrs. There are different things that motivate me, even simple things, like just by looking at a person that's obese can motivate me because I do not want to be like them. I know what happens when people become lazy and gain weight, they are unable to lose that weight because they gain too much. If I do not feel like exercising on a particular day all I do is go to yahoo or google images and look at pictures of people that are obese and I am automatically motivated.
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Old 04-19-2010, 08:31 PM
Location: San Francisco
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I have never liked to exercise, so motivation is a big issue for me. There are three things that help get me going: 1. having an exercise buddy. 2. Knowing how much better I will feel better after exercise; and 3. the photo of me in a swimsuit that I posted on the refrigerator door. (Tee hee!)
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Old 04-19-2010, 09:14 PM
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I just want to be healthy! I enjoy being active and I love being outdoors. I have really been enjoying working out lately. I didn't always feel that way about exercising, but for some reason it has all changed. It's like a high for me to finish a workout and know that I ate clean all day.

I'm slowly reaching my goals and it makes me happy to know that I am sticking to a healthy path.
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Old 04-20-2010, 04:59 AM
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lots of things.

- i thoroughly enjoy lifting weights.
- i play soccer/basketball and if i want to play D3 next year @ my college i am going to have to be strong and fast.
- aesthetic gains.
- strength gains.
- the look i get from others during deadlifts and power cleans
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Old 04-20-2010, 07:35 AM
Location: SoCal - Sherman Oaks & Woodland Hills
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Originally Posted by Hypnosis View Post
What motivates you to exercise?
Its fun and I LOVE the way I feel after a good workout.
My health and fitness is VERY VERY important to me and my family
My 2yr old daughter - I want to make sure I am around for as long as possible to help her grow up.
My work - I teach martial arts and do bodyguarding.
It flat out makes for better sex.
I (and the wife) like the way I look when naked.
I know I'll have higher energy and greater focus after I exercise.
When I see others in great shape (primarily women) its a huge motivating factor. Just last night when I saw this vid with the woman working out, it motivated me so much I went in the garage and did a quick workout.
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Old 04-20-2010, 09:28 AM
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Most recently, it's been the research indicating that women need an hour of exercise per day to stave off middle-age weight gain. It's difficult, particularly because all my hard work isn't paying off in weight loss, and while I'm hardly obese, I outweigh most of my peers of the same height by a good 10-15 lbs. That's discouraging, but I keep plugging away, knowing that even if I can't see it on the scale, my overall health still benefits.

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Old 04-20-2010, 09:36 AM
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being chased by this mean poodle. It chases me about 1/2 of a mile every day and tries to bit my leg. These other people have 2 black cats that hate me they hide behind this tree and run after me and try to grab me legs with their paws.
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Old 04-20-2010, 09:49 AM
Location: San Diego
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I was fat as a kid for a few years. Lost my fat along with most of my muscle so I was skinny fat. Joined X-country since I was so skinny. One day, I tried to bench press...couldn't bench the bar. Yes, no weights just the bar and I was 16. That day, I decided to quit X-Country and start lifting weights. Now, I'm not a big guy but I am above average and once a lose a few more pounds around my gut, I'll be satisifed with how I look. I'm planning to be Rocky for Halloween so I need to look good!
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Old 04-20-2010, 03:16 PM
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Mostly I'm motivated because I do things I love (running and cycling). Most of my friends participate in those activities as well, so if I stop I'd be pretty lonely.

I'm also motivated by ~not~ exercising. Or rather not being able to. I've been sick for the last 4 days and man I was itching to get out and run at lunch! I wasn't able to run fast or long, but it sure felt good to use my muscles and be out in the sun.

Finally, new gear motivates me. A new pair of running shoes or a new wheelset for my mountainbike will usually get me out the door in a hurry.
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Old 04-20-2010, 04:48 PM
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A desire to remain a non-smoker (quit 9 years ago)
A desire to start my days off right
Love the adrenaline rush post-exercise
Love the sense of accomplishment
A desire to be smokin' hot!
Trying to fight the hands of time!
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