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    Toadneedshelp posted:
    I really need someone to keep me motivated, I get going on a exercises routine ,after three months or so I start dwindling down to no exercise . I thought after while I would be so hooked on it I wouldn't want to quit . I've tried all different types of exercises thinking I would find the one I can't stop doing because I love it to much ..nope ..not happening.., ! I am hoping maybe someone can keep me accountable on a daily basis. I thought of a personal trainer .....(can't afford it ) . All I can say is ..HELP...
    Haylen_WebMD_Staff responded:
    Welcome toadneedshelp!

    You are not alone in your search for motivation. I know our expert Rich will have some great information for you. I found this article that has some good tips and tools:

    Exercise Motivation: How to Get It, How to Keep It

    I have two big motivators that keep me walking and on the yoga mat. 1) I want to set a good example for my two daughters so that they will embrace an active life and avoid future health issues. 2) I'm determined to age "gracefully". Many of my friend's parents are unable to stay in their own homes simply because of lack of exercise. They've lost mobility, flexibility and balance and have to move to an assisted living facility. Each time I want to skip a yoga class, I think about that!

    I'm here M - F and am happy to check in with you daily

    Soooooo....did you exercise today?

    Rich Weil, MEd, CDE responded:
    Hi Toadneedshelp,

    The article Haylen posted is excellent and worth reading. I suggest that you set your goals as realistically as possible. It's not so much how much you do, but that you do something. The hardest part is often getting started when you're not feeling like it. Set your goals at the beginning of each week, and re-evaluate at the end of the week. If there are problems, like you always say you'll do it after work, but you're too tired, then set the goals for other times.

    Another problem is all-or-nothing thinking which almost always ends in burnout. All-or-nothing people will plan on doing, or actually do, 7 days in a row, and then if they miss a day all is lost because they failed, even if they did 7 days in a row! They also "have to" do long workouts. But even if you do just 20 minutes of hard cardio, or 15 minutes of resistance exercise, just a few exercises, it's good enough to get your fix.

    As for what you report, you might want to change your workout at 3 months since that's when you know you burnout. It's good news if you can get in 3 months. Just know you're going to fatigue after that time, and plan ahead for it. Maybe hire a personal trainer once every 3 months for a tuneup or new workout. Maybe have some objective measures of your progress. Have your body fat measured, or circumferences, or a submaximal bicycle test to test your endurance. All these things can be done at the gym The standard circumference measurements are arms (flexed and relaxed), chest (after a normal exhale), shoulders (the widest part), waist (the narrowest part below the ribs and above the belly button), abdomen (across the belly button), buttocks (at the maximum extension of the buttocks), gluteal/thigh (high on the thigh at the groove where the buttocks end), mid-thigh (halfway between the crease in the groin and the top of the knee cap), and calf (at the maximum circumference, either with leg hanging freely off a table or with legs 8 inches apart and weight distributed evenly). Keep the tape horizontal during measurements and pull the tape lightly so it indents the skin only slightly.

    Finally, it may not be realistic to expect to love exercise all the time, or even at all. It's nice if you do (like if you dance, or play a sport for your workout, but it may not be realistic. Sometimes it's just hard to do it, like you just don't want to. You're not alone. Even the most seasoned exercisers don't always feel like it. But you put one foot in front of the other and make it happen. You know you'll keep going once you get started, and you know you'll feel better after.

    You could post here every day if you like. If you want,post your workout, and then when I answer questions, I'll give you some feedback. And you may get some help and support form others too. Why don't you give that a shot for now and see how it goes.

    Take care,
    HawaiiMac replied to Rich Weil, MEd, CDE's response:
    I have much the same issues, especially as I have both RA and Morton's Neuroma...

    It is simply painful to even attempt to workout...

    However, after I visit a hospital, nursing home, etc, I get quite motivated, as I know one day they may be me in that bed...

    So fear is my well as concerns about Obamacare and how it will only benefit the super fit/healthy
    ccarrol3 replied to Haylen_WebMD_Staff's response:

    Reading your answer and seeing the sentence - lost mobility and can't stay in their own homes - is enough to get me on my feet.


    A soon to be 54-year old that also wants to age gracefully.

    Now, if we can only work on that sweet tooth!

    TWORKOUT responded:
    try switching your routine a bit....find some information that can help you stick to your fitness goals. I for one do not belong to a health club, however my type of workout is walking and once a week 30 minute weight training.
    herboii responded:
    65 years of age really snuck up on me. I've always been pretty active with work, etc. However, to really get motivated for exercise I first had to do some serious evaluation.
    1. Am I a morning, afternoon or evening person when do I feel most energized and the least laziest. It does me no good to say I'll work out in the late afternoon or early evening, just too lazy.
    2. Do I like the crowd or do I like to walk, jog, swim or whatever by myself or with the least amount of people.
    3. What time of day do I really feel good and hyped and can I fit in a hour or so.
    4. I don't have to go hot and heavy everyday so I schedule myself a mandatory set of days M W F or Tu Thurs Sat and the other days are optional and I might try something different or try to learn some other exercise technique.
    And lastly I try to set a goal and how bad do I really want it.

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