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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...


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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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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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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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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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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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It is estimated that about 36% of deaths from CAD in men and 38% of deaths from CAD in women are due to lack of physical activity. To produce the maximum benefit the activity needs to be regular and aerobic. Aerobic activity involves using the large muscle groups in the arms, legs and back steadily and rhythmically so that breathing and heart rate are ...


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The closest one is a site called Noom. It's a diet/exercise site but it will send notifications to you to inform you of upcoming exercises and helps you keep your schedule. I use MapMyRun to plan my workouts, and I can upload my Garmin GPS data to the site to show what I've done. Other sites could include SuperBetter, Fitocracy, RunKeeper, FitBit, ...


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Sathyaish, It seems like everyone is already giving you some good tips. And I agree with Moses regarding his tips and plan for you. However, the truth about sustainable weight loss has a lot to do with dieting and less with exercising. I don’t know your diet, but whenever I consult my patients and clients, and hear them saying that they have gained the ...


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If you are already angry then use that. Aggression can be a brilliant tool in the weight room to induce adrenaline. You would be amazed at what you can do in the gym when you are pissed off. Don't stay angry forever though, use it as a stress release to calm yourself and set you up for the day. It really can work wonders.


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Look for a friend who will join you in your efforts. I've found that going to the gym together is more fun than going alone, and more motivating. Even if you can't workout together, you can hold each other accountable by checking in to see how you're doing with your goals. Most of all, this has helped me because a good friend understands and will support ...



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