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Men who said “I’m gonna start working out”, took a first day pic to track progress, made a schedule, then ACTUALLY stuck to that schedule for longer than a couple weeks, how did you keep at it?

I outlined a calendar of what things I exercise on what days and wrote it on my big white board I have in my room. I thought to myself “THIS time! THIS time I WILL stick to it!” Three days later of little to no exercise I looked at my white board and went “…oh… right.”

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  1. Man…I’ve been working out for so long I have to force myself to skip the gym for recovery purposes. I feel terrible if I don’t lift weights or do conditioning.

  2. Discipline. I don’t have motivation to workout most of the time but i just get it done anyways, because if i don’t i feel terrible with myself, i mean i don’t have much to do throughout a day currently so if i can’t even spend 45 min working out i feel extremely unproductive. Also helps to have a schedule that is not too strict. My schedule allows me to postpone a workout 1 day a week (i usually have 3 days between i train the same muscles again) if i’m not feeling it.

  3. First and foremost: Discipline; Asking myself “how i really want my body to look like?”; And knowing the importance of a future, most-of-the-time, self-esteem boost(which is imo the most important thing to look at if you’re working out). I’ve been going to the gym 3-5 times a week for 2 years now

  4. Not expecting changes overnight and enjoying the process that it is. To me, it’s become a lifestyle and part of my (almost) daily routine.

    You’re bound to have some hiccups along the way but that’s also completely fine! Life happens.

    Just have to keep some self discipline and remind yourself to get back on the saddle when you can (also, don’t start out by saying I’m gonna go 5+ days a week. Start with maybe 2-3 and progress from there)

  5. I started going to the gym with the aim of getting more muscular around four to five years ago. And I simply discovered that I enjoy working out. So now, I feel bad whenever I miss a session. The sad thing is however that my results are rather meagre. So if I wouldn’t enjoy it fir itself, I would probably consider the time wasted.

  6. Set mielstones that aren’t just “progress pics.” Did you bench more weight and/or reps this week vs last week? Did your biceps grow an inch? Did the weight feel easier to move? These are great motivators, especially as a beginner where gains come really fast.

    If you work out after your day job, go from your job to the gym and don’t stop at home. This will prevent you from lying on the couch and staying stuck.

    Also, the moment you notice your white board, that should tell your brain you’re skipping your work out. When that feeling hits, stand up and break ti down into steps. “Ok I stood up, I might as well do 5 pushups.” you do 5 then go: “well I already did the pushups, might as well do another set.” Then it avalanches from there.

  7. Discipline. Yeah, setting up *smart* objectives and all that stuff helps (and, with something like working out, it’s very easy to do), but at the end of the day, what matters most is discipline.

  8. It sucked until I started to see progress. Once you start being able to put more weight on the bar, or once you start having to add new holes to your belt because its too big, then it gets easier.

  9. You get into a routine, you see results. In the end, you have to mentally stop yourself from going to the gym. Those that usually don’t have spare time is a tad difference

  10. A very strong desire to be able to look at myself in the mirror and not cringe in shame. And to feel more confident, and ultimately, maybe, hopefully get a girlfriend. Started working out (mostly lifting, trying to put on muscle and weight as a skinny guy) in January 2020. About an hour every other day, sometimes more.

    It did help, as I actually started getting noticed by women, and even got a girlfriend. But alas, it was…not a good experience. Then there was someone I really liked, but after months of talking here and there during work and me mustering up the courage to ask her out she suddenly mentioned that she had a boyfriend, so that was the end of it. At first I kept up the training and kept making progress, until 2 months ago when my depression reached critical levels again and I let it slip away. Gyms being closed for so long made it really hard to keep working out too. Bodyweight exercises are just so much harder to get motivated for. Now I literally see myself shrinking and losing weight, and that makes it even worse.

    The good thing is probably that if, at some point in the future, I manage to subdue the depression again, I know that it **IS** in fact possible for me to get into good shape and be proud of it. So then I can hopefully reach that point again.

  11. By not being a lazy douchebag who is all talk and no walk? Start taking accountability?

    It’s not that difficult. You don’t even need a fucking “schedule” to workout consistently. Just don’t be a lazy fuck who sits around all day. Get your ass into the gym or your workout room, and get at it. Get the fuck off Reddit whining about it.

  12. Join an exercise group and/or ask a friend to be your accountability buddy. It’s so much easier to talk yourself into it when there’s someone who’ll call you out on skipping.

  13. I got lucky that I have a gym at work. So instead of sitting at my desk eating my lunch and browsing Reddit, I would hit up the gym. After a couple months it become a habit and I started to look awesome so that was good motivation too.

    Then Covid happened and that gym closed. I started doing calisthenics at home but the discipline has been harder. I found a good trick is to just do SOMETHING on the days you don’t feel like working out. So instead of 5 sets I’ll just do 3. Or I’ll only do the major movements (pull-ups, dips, etc.) and cut out the accessory exercises. Usually once you start it’s easy to keep going and you limit the amount of missed days that tend to accumulate once you start skipping days entirely.

  14. I’ve been training most of my life but covid really screwed things up with the gyms closing, finally got back in December last year and had been doing 3-5days a week including personal training a few friends.

    Then last week I discovered what thrombosed hemorrhoids were and the days I’ve gone to the gym made it worse… been bed ridden all weekend and just want to get back, this is literally the most painful thing in the world and I’ve broken plenty of bones and such…

    I just want to lift again, but here I am on brisbane because I’m stuck in bed.

  15. it takes 21 days to create a habit. you may have to force yourself for three weeks but then you’ll crave it.
    I run and if I go more than two days without, even when needed for recovery, I am freaking miserable

  16. You just have to do it. Even if you don’t want to, too bad. Get in there, get it done.

    If there’s a very valid reason you can’t that’s ok. But if you know you can, then you do it

  17. Might be a minorty here but, i just genuinly enjoy lifting weights. Turn off my brain and fight an unwinnable battle against gravity to accomplish nothing in the end, the good looking bod is just a bonus. That and if you manage to keep doing it long enough you’ll start to need it, ai your day will be worse when you dont hit the gym.

  18. Research David Goggins. He has a book and he has done a lot of great interviews. He may provide the inspiration you need. His story is going from a 300lb piece of crap with a loser job to being Navy Seal and champion runner . If you like Joe Rogan, he has done a couple podcasts with him. I suggest starting there. This guy is the real fucking deal and not some bullshit self-help guro like Tony Robbins.

  19. I just told myself I had to go no matter what. After 2 solid months it became second nature and felt werid if I didnt go. That and being able to run for a mile or 2 without stopping or slowing down much really helped. It felt great to see my physical abilities change along side my appearance. Growing up I never really could do distance running and absolutely hated it. Now it’s something I can’t live without.

  20. When I was able to go to the gym, it was basically just a routine for me that I HAD to do. Just force yourself to go to the gym at a specific time (this is important). You need to make going to the gym a habit at the same time and after a while going will be the norm for you. It’s just about discipline and consistency.

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