Patient discussion about motive

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Q. How do you motivate yourself to exercise?

I have a problem- I can easily get myself to go to work and other strenuous things, but when I need to get myself out for some exercise, which is only for me, I don’t find the energy for that. Does anyone have any tips how to encourage myself?
A1Try to change to an exercise you enjoy. You can also exercise with a friend, and the commitment to him may give you another push. Another option is to join a regular exercise program in a gym. Good luck!
A2What helped me was to set time for it in my schedule just as I would do for a meeting etc. When I know it’s part of my daily routine, It’s easier for me – you can try it too.
A3I understand you. It's always hard to find the 'energy' to go. I suggest you choose an exercise that is fun for you, it could be dancing, swimming, kick- boxing, biking or anything else you find enjoyable and then you won't feel as if you are exercising but think you are having fun instead.

Q. How to get my motivation back?

Hi, I’m 22 years old girl, and since high school I’m 132 pounds stretched over 5’2’’. About two years ago, when I started college I gained another 20 pounds, that made me understand I’m overweight, and then I started a diet – mainly thinking before I eat something. I already lost those extra pounds, an I wish to lose another 10 pounds, but I feel I lost my motivation to restrict myself. Suddenly I find myself eating way too much, which makes me down, which makes me eat again… Any advice?
A1If you feel a craving for food, you can try to go to sleep – it helps me.
Good luck!
A2You can keep an eating diary – it’ll motivate you (many times we judge ourselves too severely) and will help you recognize problematic times (e.g. when you’re tired from work, before your period etc.). There is an example here:
A3First of all, well done for the first 20 pounds – you’re on the right track. Maintaining regular meals schedule may help you to control what you eat. If you feel hungry for something sweet, try first tea or a fruit before you turn to the chocolate snacks. There are many other tips here:

Q. What benefits have you recieved from nutrition and fitness What step did you take to begin and stay motivated

perticularly if you were depressed and/or addicted
AToday, after working in the gym for more than a year, I feel much better, I have a anew interest that challenges me and sets goals for me every time, and also let me find new people with this common interest. Of course, I look much better now, and it really improves my feeling and general well being.

If you suffer from depression or addiction, exercise may help you, although consulting a professional, as before starting any exercise program may be necessary.

Take care,
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