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Looking in the mirror is a pretty good way. I also got a great motivation boost, when I received much more attention from ladies after losing 10kg.


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It usually comes down to a personal preference, but this is what worked for me. Start doing a sport that involves continual learning of a skill. It can be a team sport, or a martial art, if you don't want/don't have the opportunity to do team sports. I get bored very easily by repetitive exercises like running or swimming, but getting into Muay Thai and ...


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You've got your work cut out for you. Here's What You are Competing With There's a concept called "gamification" which is really what social oriented sites use to keep people addicted. This site uses the concept: You have a reputation score That rep is improved or detracted by the voting process (up or down) You can get badges for extraordinary events (...


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Set some goals. It's hard to get back into the swing of things without something concrete to work for. Sit down and plan out some goals that you would like to achieve, that all build into each other. As Sean points out, it does come back quickly. At 5 weeks, you are not completely detrained yet. Common lore is that depending on your own personal ...


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Set yourself goals Because they give you something to focus on, you can measure if you're making progress towards it and it can be very gratifying to accomplish them! For example when running I'm using MiCoach from Adidas, though any performance monitoring gadget will do. It allows me to keep track of my progress and see how well I sticked to my workout. ...


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You might want to watch this video from Elliot at Strength Camp, entitled "Motivation is Bullshit". Honestly, you're not going to be motivated every day that you need to work out (or do anything else). What you really need is the discipline to stick with your program when you feel like crap, have skipped a week, feel fat, feel weak, etc. If I could ...


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My experience from leading projects in 150+ companies on how to promote physical excercise and active lifestyle in companies (ranging from 20 to 7000 employees) are, in summary: Peer pressure/everybody else is doing it/risk of standing out, is the most effective psychological component in bringing many people on board a fitness promotion. Competitions are ...


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Run for fun: Do not push yourself to reach a certain distance, speed, time or any other criteria for success. Just do what you like to do today, make a random choice each time you reach an intersection, jump over smaller fences, run backwards and so on. Change style: Try trail-running or something different from usual. Buy some fancy sportswear, which makes ...


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Soreness is irrelevant. Do you feel like you got a good workout? When you look in the mirror do you like what you see? Are you meeting and exceeding your reasonable goals? These are the questions you should ask yourself if you want to know if you had a good workout. Don't worry about what the scale (you can gain weight, but look better) or the calipers (...


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I'm not a big fan of LONG cardio workouts, I don't see (or heard of) any good/long term benefit to them. I would recommend trying something different like Tabata (http://gymboss.com/tabata.php) interval training. It's shorter (16 to 20 minutes), very effective (best personal improvements I've ever seen) and doesn't require any special equipment (so you can ...


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Since you seem to have more of a longterm motivation problem, I'll focus on building a base motivation. The examples I give are diet related, as that's what I'm working on right now. They do apply to training (and all other things) as well, though. Goal Setting: First of all, to make a lasting difference you need a goal to work towards. If you don't have a ...


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One tip I've heard about is to reward yourself, but not in an unhealthy way of course. Things like letting yourself hang out with friends only if you follow your excercise schedule, or going to see a movie in the weekend. Also, try telling your friends and relatives about your goal. The social pressure might persuade you to keep excercising.


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Why did you pick a Bicycle for Cardio in the first place? This implies you enjoy riding a Bike. Take one outside. Find some scenic routes and take your camera! Why not train for a race? Or, pick something else (not neccessarily exclusively, since variation serves to keep you interested). The stop/start nature of Soccer leads to great doses of High ...


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I'm not sure this question really counts as fitness-related, but hey, here you go. Fitocracy seems to have a pretty obvious programming flaw which allows you to see the names and descriptions of all quests even if you aren't supposed to see them. Log into Fitocracy, then open another browser tab and request this URL: http://www.fitocracy.com/get_quest/3/ ...


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First, congratulations on your transformation. No matter how it is done, it is always an accomplishment. First, the obvious things you did right: Got rid of sugary drinks Added exercise Used the momentum of one good change begetting another (cleaning the flat, etc.). I don't have enough information to determine if the food was right, so instead I'll ...


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Start small. Drop your weight to where you can finish your sets. Walk if you need to instead of running. Then start ramping it back up. The really good news is that it comes back quickly.


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Is this routine enough to get me back on shape or am I going to need to join the gym again? What is so special about the gym? Treadmills/steppers? Do the cardio outside. Freeweights isolation? Just use a pair of dumbbells with adjustable plates. Barbell strength routine? Buy a power rack for cheap off of craigslist. Whatever you can do in a gym, you can do ...


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The solution here is easier than you think, i do not want to sound poetic but let me explain some important things: re-check the way you wrote your question title and details : "non-sports people (computer nerds specifically)". You just stereotyped computer lovers to lazy non sporty people. The problem and danger of stereotyping is that extremely few ...


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The crux of the problem is that humans are notoriously bad when it comes to perspective, and as a result we can be quite impulsive. As a Princeton psychology study explains, Impulsive choices or preferences for short-term rewards result from the emotion-related parts of the brain winning out over the abstract-reasoning parts. "There are two different ...


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Motivating yourself is easy enough, it's motivating other people that is tricky. As the saying goes, "you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink." The horse may be too stubborn to drink even though it's thirsty, it may be too embarassed to drink in front of others, or it may already be full of water and not want any more! Regardless of the ...


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The internet is full of training partners for you. You may not be able to train with them but posting results to a public place and creating some form of competition will probably be of great help to you. This one of the things that has help crossfit become so popular, every workout is a competition and you can post your workouts to the main page comments. ...


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To stay motivated is very useful to set short-term targets. More time, more bpm, harder.. Talk to other people who exercise like you, visit social sites fitness, helps you stay motivated.


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New places, music or podcasts. I need to occupy my mind, and that means listening to something or looking at something new. Sometimes I'll drive to a city or state park for my workout, or run in a new part of the city I'm not familiar with. Even areas you think you know are very different on foot than seem from the driver's seat. You'll realize how much ...


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Every now and then I read this article by Henry Rollins. I actually printed part of it out and taped it in my living room. "The Iron Never Lies" Also, I think setting realistic goals and watching you progress towards them is huge.


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Is riding a bike outdoors an option for you? I found that once I shifted from jogging on a treadmill indoors to jogging outside through my town I had a much easier time of it - the time went by quicker, didn't feel like such a chore, and best of all, it felt more fun. I also discovered that jogging outdoors is much much harder than jogging on a treadmill at ...


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I rate my training days on a scale of 1-4. This helps me address what I need to do. First the scale: I'm trash. No energy, very diminished capability. The bad side of average. Shouldn't have too many of these. The good side of average. Most training days should be here. I'm superman. Nothing can stop me, better than normal capability. The 1 days ...


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Some things that have worked for me: Caffeine Caffeine just seems to make things easier, be it coffee or a pre workout drink. Motivational Videos Watching a motivational video while getting ready for a workout can fire you up. Example


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Along with Gyrfalcon's suggestions, I'd also recommend an app like "Zombies, Run!" which gives you a narrative while running. I've got a mixed opinion on the "zombie chase" bits, which I feel do not properly handle courses with hills or other obstacles that prevent you from raising your speed for a prolonged sprint, but the actual storyline is kind of fun to ...


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After "veteran runner right here", comes "Mile record here I come!" ( Run a mile in under 5 minutes) After trying 10k comes "heroic half marathon" and then theres "MAster of MArathons"


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The 5x5 set of workouts (Strong Lifts, Bill Star, Pendley, Madcow, etc.) have you start with a weight that is well below what you can physically lift. The general principle with all of the variations is that you are consistently adding on more weight each day you do the exercise. Your supporting muscles also need to get strong, so this seems like a good ...



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