By Tilley28 Latest Reply 2013-04-28 20:20:31 -0500
Started 2013-03-13 19:39:15 -0500

Hi everyone! I was wondering if anyone had suggestions on getting motivated to walk every day. I work an 8 hour day driving a fork lift and when I get home, I'm exhausted. I know I need to walk but I just don't seem to have the energy. Once I'm at home I don't want to do anything and I end up in front of the tv or the computer. Anyone have any suggestions?

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fscovilljr 2013-04-28 20:20:31 -0500 Report

This is one of those things in our lives that is contrary to human nature. But one of the greatest things about our nature is that it is pliable; it will conform itself to our interests, pleasures, likes & dislikes, desires etc.
there will come a point in all our lives that we are going to be faced with serious & imperative decisions; the greatest of these is decisions we make continuously- decisions on our health: life and death decisions. Exercise is one of those life & death choices.
Let me encourage you, like every effort of our lives, the initially excruciating effort of exercise becomes a habit that requires little motivation, it becomes a vital part of our daily routine, one that you won't want to miss! Exercise will trigger the release of the 'feel good' chemical in your brain. Then there are the physical, mental & emotional benefits you will enjoy; not the least of which is boundless energy!
It does take a serious effort to start exercising and achieving these benefits, but this effort must be consciously weighed against the consequence of apathy.
For me, I find early mornings ( the first thing in my day) is the most beneficial.

Tilley28 2013-03-15 20:55:40 -0500 Report

I love all your suggestions. I'm going to start with parking farther away from the door at work. I'll also use that trick when I go shopping. Thank you all for the wonderful suggestions.

Nick1962 2013-03-14 10:53:12 -0500 Report

I’m a music freak so I have a little concert in my head each evening while walking on the treadmill. It burns off the stress of the day, and like the others have said, once you get started and into it, you feel a lot better. If I don’t do it I miss it.

Tilley28 2013-03-15 20:56:52 -0500 Report

I'm also a music freak! I don't have any concerts in my head but I have plenty of CD's! Thank you!

Nick1962 2013-03-16 18:40:00 -0500 Report

My cheap little MP3 player has turned out to be my best exercise motivator (plus it cut my CD collection down under 200). Each evening my exercise playlist has a theme depending on my day. Some days classical, other days edgy, serious and dark music, while others are just upbeat and fun stuff. Saturdays are my favorite – it’s “ladies night” in which I combine 4 of my favorite female artists for a live concert I’ve got going in my head.

Tony5657 2013-03-14 09:25:35 -0500 Report

I've learned that I have to expend energy to receive energy. Whatever exercise you have in mind, at first it may be a challenge, a dreaded chore worse than a root canal, BUT if you keep on, keeping on with the exercise the rewards are fantastic! I found a beautiful place to walk in the mornings & watch the sun come up as I'm returning home. At first I walked slow, now I walk as fast as I can to get even more exercise. I also ride my stationary bike & lift dumbells as I pedal (trying not to fall off LOL). I've noticed I feel much, much better, have lots more energy and think more clearly, not sluggish. AND I lost 40 lbs. :o)

In a nutshell, it may take mental discipline at first, forcing yourself, but very soon the rewards start coming your way fast and furious & you'll look forward to each exercising session. You can doooooo it, my friend.

Tony5657 in New Braunfels, TX

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2013-03-14 02:41:20 -0500 Report

Can you park farther from the door at work? It would get you to walk a little more, both to and from. As they say Baby Steps.
I have been trying to motivate myself to not use the elevator as much at work. Some nights I do a few of my hourly stairwell checks by climbing up the stairs. But I still cannot tolerate doing it everytime without having too much pain to get the rest of my shift and the level ground walking done that is needed. But I am doing better each month.

Gwen214 2013-03-14 16:54:31 -0500 Report

Grayling Bee great suggestion. We're on the same wavelength. I use to do my walking at work, and park way out of my way. Yes, don't start too fast too soon. It's okay to start with 5 minutes a day, or as much as you can handle.

SandySilvers 2013-03-13 20:42:53 -0500 Report

Hi Tilley! Do you have any time in the morning to walk? I would sometimes have the same sort of problem. I would just be so tired when I got home that I didn't want to think about getting my butt out of that chair. LOL But then I started doing some of my walking in the morning before work, when I had more energy, and that helps ALOT. I usually walk a 1/2 to 3/4 of a mile in the morning when I'm feeling good. And then I'll walk 1/2 mile at night. I'm getting at least a mile in everyday, but it's not killing me. And on the weekends, when I'm not as tired I will try to walk a bit more. Best of luck!

Tilley28 2013-03-15 20:59:09 -0500 Report

As it is now, I get up at 4:00 am. I don't think I have it in me to get up any earlier. Thank you for the suggestion though.

SandySilvers 2013-03-16 05:33:16 -0500 Report

Yikes! LOL I don't blame you. Ok then maybe just one more idea. You could try during your lunchtime maybe. I know alot of people who walk around the parking lot during their lunch.