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by on April 8, 2013

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That’s the real obstacle. Once you’re there, once you’re moving, you’re past the hard part. A body in motion tends to stay in motion. A body at rest tends to stay at rest.

This is the big question.

This is the big question.

How can you force yourself to “go” a little more? Park the car some distance away and walk further. Get someone to drop you off so you have to jog home. Put something important in the locker at the gym so that you have to go there at the end of the day or in the morning to retrieve it.

Take advantage of partnership and accountability. Plan so that someone else is expecting to see you at the gym. (Remember, misery loves company.)

Or make use of fitness activity trackers that will motivate you by showing your progress and your accomplishments. (I’ve already talked about Fitocracy, my Nike+ Fuelband, and pedometers as a few examples.)

Also, you can set a goal you think is a challenge… and then set out to defeat it. Some of you thrive on throwing yourselves against the barriers that others (or even you yourself) think are too difficult. Make use of that drive and ambition, and raise your personal bar. Imagine the fulfillment and joy when you beat that time, or number of reps, or max weight.

It’s not happening while you’re sitting down imagining success.

We know you can. Will you?

What’s something you find gets you going? How do you overcome the option of being lazy and the lure of “do it tomorrow” in your fitness efforts? Let me know in a comment; maybe someone else needs to hear it too.


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