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    I enjoy being outdoors and working out in summer but come winter, I lose all enthusiasm and motivation. I had the best of intentions to come home from work and work out this evening but I just lack the enthusiasm to do anything in this cold weather, other than getting under a warm throw and watching TV. What do you all do for motivation when you don't feel like working out?


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    I'm with you, maba :-(

    Hoping to get some ideas here...

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      How about this, summers coming and you want to look good ;-)

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        From what I understand Mark saying (still haven't gotten my book yet) if your heart isn't in it, then don't do it. Currently I don't work out all the time, but when I feel inspired, I will go on a walk or do some yoga. There are sometimes several days where I will do yoga every morning. I actually use some yoga that they have on Hulu. Here's the link if you're interested: http://www.hulu.com/watch/38644/yoga...en-in-your-den

        It's something that you can do in your living room and has great benefits. But I don't berate myself if I miss a day - I'm concentrating more on the food aspect as of right now. Particularly I'm trying to break my addiction to sugar. I figure that the exercise will come regularly all in good time.


        So don't get too discouraged. Winter is the time for regeneration anyways. Let your body rest, do some light stretching/yoga so you don't get rusty and enjoy relaxing.

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          Hey Maba! We live in the same area so I know exactly what you mean by the cold and no motivation in the evening! I work out at 5:30am everyday so it's done, out of the way, and there isn't anything that could possibly keep me from working out that early!

          Maybe you could give that a try and see if it helps!

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            I've been really suffering with seasonal blues, so I started going to a Zumba class twice a week. It feels like "play" not "work(ing out)," and the music really lifts my spirits. It's way too cold and icy here for walking and I don't ski, so a fun indoor class was the ticket for me.

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              I can't remember the last time I did a "real" workout. Right now it's about 12 degrees outside. Below zero with wind chill. My apartment is drafty and chilly, so I'm wrapped up in a blanket. The last thing I feel like doing this time of year is exercising.


              Part of me does miss the 6-mile runs on the treadmill though... *sigh*

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                Its sometimes hard (or as we say in Maine hahhhhd) to get going but when you do, boy do you feel good when its done. I say give cold weather the 1 finger salute and go for it, you will feel invigorated when finished. Looks like we are all stuck in the deep freeze. We are in the "tweener" weather here, trails not packed enough for mtn biking and the mountains don't have enough snow for decent skiing so we have been snowshoeing, lots of fun!

                You'll never see the light if you're in someone else's shadow, or said another way, life is like a dog sled team, if you're not the lead dog, the scenery never changes

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                  Mainer, hell yeah! I'm a "mainiac" myself, born and raised, but moved down to Florida for college to get away from the cold. Such unbearable winters up there, now I'm a spoiled Floridian and don't know how I made it through all those years.


                  Maba, why don't you try some hatha yoga? Slow, calming, and gets you all nice and warm.

                  On a mission to help others master movement, build unbreakable strength, & eat MORE food (can't beat that.) Weekly fitness, health & nutrition articles at indulgentfitness.com.

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                    Also, remember your body works hard to keep warm. Try just turning the heat way down. Tricky thing with that, is that you're gonna get hungrier too. Keep your food intake the same and let your body work hard to keep warm. It's been one of my winter tactics and is working well, now if I could only keep away from eating so much fruit.

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                      Jess, don't ever forget, once a Mainah always a Mainah, its wicked hard to get rid of the accent too. As I understand it Mark is a Mainah also.


                      So back to the thread. Get outside, embrace the cold, work your arse off in it, have fun in it. Appreciate it for all the fun sports and activities it provides. Then you can earn, and more importantly, appreciate, the warm blanket sitting by the fire when its through.

                      You'll never see the light if you're in someone else's shadow, or said another way, life is like a dog sled team, if you're not the lead dog, the scenery never changes

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                        Thank you all for your suggestions. I have exercise videos (P90X) that I can do at home, but I feel so lethargic and don't feel like doing anything, let alone exercise, once I go home after work. And I can't seem to wake up early either so working out before going to work does not seem feasible either (they're just excuses, I know ). I haven't taken my Vitamin D in more than a week, I suspect that could be a reason for my lethargy. Will try to do some yoga although my body is stiff as a stick.

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                          Maba, I purchased a light therapy box so when I'm fixing breakfast I turn it on in get the light my body needs. I'll get really depressed if I don't. I've also started going to bed at 9:30 so I'm fully getting all the rest I need. Then I have to schedule workouts. Do you have a club membership? You've mentioned in the past that once you get going doing the P90X you really get into it. Lift your spirits, get into some sunshine. Even a cloudy day gives you enough light to lift your spirits. But if you stay inside too much your motivation can drop off. Do you have a friend that is willing to workout with you (even walking)? Hope that helps... you can get through this.

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                            oh no, Mainiacs everywhere!! I went to college at UMO, and lived there for several years afterwards...yeah, on purpose. Weird. But I'm a New Englander anyway so I wasn't TOO shocked by winters up there.


                            So, if left to my own devices I'd always be found in the fall & winter curled up in a warm sunny spot with a big fluffy throw and a cup of tea that never went cold no matter how long my nap.


                            If you can find yourself a workout partner, or a local crossfit I highly recommend it. Then it's like you're going to hang out with friends instead of goin to work out. I desperately need people around in the winter or I feel SAD start to get a hold, so getting out and laughing REALLY helps my happy-levels. Hmm, so does my daily dose of Vitamin D3 (pill or sunlight)!


                            OR if you can't do that Netflix has a fun selection of workout videos. I've done (telling myself it was just for fun & research) the hula workouts, the bellydance ones, latin dance, burlesque, kickboxing, krav maga, tai chi etc etc etc.


                            OR if that doesn't work, set a goal for the spring. Last year I joined Team in Training, had to raise money and everything. I did a half-marathon (not terribly Grok-y) and I blended CrossFit style w/ TinTraining style. Lots of rest, lots of intervals, one long run a week. Worked pretty well and it keeps my mind on warm spring days!


                            Good luck!

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                              Many good suggestions, but there's one piece of advice still missing...the Tough Love. Nobody here can give you the motivation you need to workout whether it's summer, winter or any other time. Just Do It. Good luck!

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