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This is a discussion on Exercise - motivation, effects, advice within the ISTP Forum - The Mechanics forums, part of the SP's Temperament Forum- The Creators category; I'm trying to exercise more and be more fit but I find it really boring. I tried skipping this morning ...

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    Exercise - motivation, effects, advice

    I'm trying to exercise more and be more fit but I find it really boring.

    I tried skipping this morning for about 10 mins, following a video along, and it was okay, but it didn't get my adrenaline pumping or anything and I didn't feel all awesome after it. I don't like running because I find it awkward and boring. I have free access to a gym, but I'll only go work machines if there's a programme I like on the TV screen in the gym that can stimulate my mind while I'm doing repetitive exercises. I have access to a swimming pool also, but I don't go swimming often because I hate having to wash my hair afterwards, and also, people can see me swimming, which makes me self-conscious. I do theoretically like adventure sports but I haven't tried any, so I don't know if I actually like them.

    I'm the right weight for my height, leaning towards the skinny side, and don't have any physical limitations. I don't get sick very often (although I've been plagued by a cold for the past 1 month - very highly unusual).

    In one sense, not having an obviously unhealthy body makes it harder for me to look at that as the motivation to exercise. I think my motivation needs to have to do with mental health, but my apathy is overwhelming.

    I think exercise can help me be more happy and help me release any negative energy. I'm not sure I can release apathy through exercise.

    Is this just me or has anyone else felt like this?
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    ISTP - The Mechanics

    I completely relate. I'm not sure if exercise will release your apathy but it'll definitely help you feel better both mentally and physically. The hardest part is getting that motivation. It's easy to drive yourself but, at least for me, there needs to be something more than just "I just should because it's good for me." I'll eat broccoli because it's good for me but that don't mean I like it and with exercise, you have to like doing it or it'll never stick.

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    ISTP - The Mechanics

    Drop your whining and simply do everything you've mentioned for a month. After that month you're likely to not wanting to give up on half the activities anymore.

    Your problem is that you rationalize your decision to not do any of these things with utter, non substantial trivialities.

    Been there, done that. Only causes us to not live our lives ;)

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    ISTP - The Mechanics

    having a gym partner can make going to the gym more fun and keep you motivated more. Know anyone at work who either needs to get in shape or with whom you might want to bond better? Might help to kill two birds with one stone even. And if you dont like em after a bunch of times there, you can just stop and do something else instead.

    Have you tried biking or blading also btw?

    I used to be embarassed how i look like also and didn't go to the gym/swimming and the like but one day i realized. Do i care what RANDOM people think of me? Even if i saw a few friends or acquiantances i wouldnt care as much anymore since if they can't handle me for who i am then i don't care. Tho it might be different for women and if you are there with co-workers. Could go swimming in another gym instead where you don't know anyone?

    edit: @Erbse has a very good point. It's the start that's the hardest and after a month or two of vigorous activity in a field you might come to love it and keep doing it just because you enjoy it. You can not think your way out of this. You gotta let Se take over.
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    @Shemp
    Btw, how's that running coming along? Did you run before or was it a new exercise you took up? Do you like it or do you force yourself to do it?

    @Erbse
    hah. I suppose I am making excuses, but exercise is honestly so boring. Still, I'll plough through my boredom and give stuff a shot for a month, and see how that goes.

    @Kadjunga
    Don't really know anyone that I would want to spend time with exercising. There is a place I can go biking at a local park, and I've been thinking about giving it a shot. I guess I should stop thinking and start doing. Swimming is really the thing I most want to do but also the thing that requires the most effort to actually do (shaving and washing hair and all, blah). You're right that I can't think my way out of this.

    What kind of exercises/activities are most ISTP/Se-friendly? (read: Not boring) (OK, haha, I'm thinking again, but this is research! And I already did my exercising quota for today so I'm allowed to spend some time thinking about it xD)

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    ISTP - The Mechanics

    Most solo activities will be boring if you rationally take them apart. Biking is x minutes of pushing pedals up and down just to eventually wind up at the same place you started from; your home. Swimming is moving like a frog for x minutes that practically doesn't get you anywhere either.

    I guess I carried that point home already, though. Our Se is all about becoming physically exhausted, that process in itself is "fun" for us, or at least feels great - the way you use specifically to reach that goal, becomes more of a moot point in the end.

    You seem to have your answer though, go swim. If it's a public pool of sorts you even get to shower hot for free for as long as you'd like when done and washing ones hair can hardly hurt, especially not given the chlorine that's in it by the time you're done swimming. Taking care of oneself in the process only further boosts the "feel good" feeling at the end of the day. I grant you shaving one, though, at least if it's wet shavings. I've my electric hair trimmer that takes care of literally everything, so might as well spend the 2-3 minutes on occasion and get over with things.
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    ISTP - The Mechanics

    If you have an iPhone, try the app called "Body Fate", it's a workout program app with a combination of resistance, cardio and yoga.

    I hate exercising too (It's boring), but the app gives you a completely random workout every time. It keeps things interesting. I've been using it every day for 2 months. It lets you set a time limit and what equipment you have available. I only use a set of 40lb dumbbells, so I can knock out a quick 30 minute workout in my bedroom.
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    ISTP - The Mechanics

    I can't think of anything more boring than exercising. If I had to though, I'd follow a military-style program because at least that way I'd be assured of a result, with maximum efficiency and no wasted effort.

    This website offers a military fitness program, if I'm not mistaken: Fitness - British Army Website

    Myself personally, I manage my health by walking a lot (i.e. not having a car), doing physical work, and eating a very bland raw diet. I would describe my level of fitness as high, but not so high as to win any marathons. (Such as high level of fitness seems redundant to me anyway, unless you're naturally competitive and you enjoy that type of thing).
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    ISTP - The Mechanics

    When we get attacked by aliens or zombies or mutant sea life, you'll wish you were in better shape!!
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    @DustyDrill - I don't have an iPhone, but thanks anyway

    Quote Originally Posted by FluffyCloud View Post
    I can't think of anything more boring than exercising. If I had to though, I'd follow a military-style program because at least that way I'd be assured of a result, with maximum efficiency and no wasted effort.

    This website offers a military fitness program, if I'm not mistaken: Fitness - British Army Website
    Yep, I'd rather follow a military style programme too, for max effectiveness and efficiency and speaking of that... that website is brill! It has a nice section on preparing for the Army and gives a 4 week self prep programme and has planned everything out for me. I can't wait to start on that programme.

    Quote Originally Posted by yofi1 View Post
    When we get attacked by aliens or zombies or mutant sea life, you'll wish you were in better shape!!
    Lol.


     
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