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February 3rd, 2011
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An exercise/movement premise
I realized very recently that what gets me to exercise is whether it makes moving more of a pleasure, and, of course, if it's a pleasure in itself.

Any hint of "prove you're a worthwhile person by how much you can make yourself endure" or "not being fat is the most important thing in the world"[1] is apt to be demotivating.

It might be a good thing if being able to react well in emergencies[2] were a strong motivation for me, but the truth is, I've had a pretty easy life, and the only thing that motivates me in that range is wanting to be able to walk safely on ice.

So, what tends to increase your pleasure in movement? Do you know of any systems organized around enjoyment?

[1] I know they never say that, but if an exercise system has fat loss as the only or first reason listed for engaging in it, that's how I interpret it.

[2] This interview with Scott Sonnon is absolutely the most rational thing I've seen on the subject. He's focused very hard on doing things that work rather than things that seem as though they might indicate that something will work. And his emphasis that the best exercise program is one that you will keep doing, both because you're willing to stay with it and because it doesn't hurt you is what inspired this post.

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Date:February 3rd, 2011 12:51 pm (UTC)
music while exercising and dance type exercise are the ONLY things that work for that for me. other than bicycling
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Date:February 3rd, 2011 01:28 pm (UTC)
I have recently found that "Get this snow out of my driveway!" is a good motivation for exercise.

However, it doesn't work every day.
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Date:February 3rd, 2011 01:32 pm (UTC)
Dance does. (And I agree.)
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Date:February 3rd, 2011 03:21 pm (UTC)
I like trail running. Being surrounded by mostly forest is a motivator for me. Living in a dense, walkable environment is up there, too. Trees are important to me to make exercising pleasurable. Kinesthetically, i like playing musical instruments a hell of a lot.
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Date:February 3rd, 2011 03:47 pm (UTC)
folk dancing. I can dance much harder than I can do anything else. When I run outside that context, my lungs burn. When the dance requires running, even when it's live music and the gaida player never stops for half an hour, I'm fine.
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Date:February 3rd, 2011 04:24 pm (UTC)
I'm really competitive by nature, even if it's just being competitive with myself. So, when they graduated me from PT, I signed up for Eowyn's Challenge http://www.eowynchallenge.net, and I'm trying to ride my exercise my to Rivendell.
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Date:February 3rd, 2011 08:15 pm (UTC)
I like T'ai Chi--it's very easy to get into a flow state. It's good for balance and ease of movement in joints, although it's definitely not aerobic exercise.
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Date:February 4th, 2011 03:01 am (UTC)
I've heard thats why people like Nia and Zumba. That's why I like water aerobics... they FEEL good.
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