im not overweight or anything but i used to be really fit and slim and ive had 2 knee reconstructions over the past 2 years and im finding it so hard to get the motivation to go the gym and get back to being healthy and happy again. all day i say im going to go to the gym and then i get home and nothing i just sit around the house doing nothing for myself! sorry about the rant but does anyone have any motivation advice?
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4 Responses Aug 19, 2014

Maybe music can help you
Music helps me... I cant workout with out it but everyones diff

I worked for many years as an over the road truck driver and had been slim most of my young life, but starting to drive over the road trucks in my early 20's i become less active and over weight, then I got out of driving and into factory work, it helped but it was not enough, still out of shape bad, I could not even do 10 push ups . it really began to take its toll on me, and by the time I was 45 and trained as a EMT(Paramedic) working and caring for people and seeing what my future was heading for I knew I had to make a change and a Lady I was dating helped to it was a team effort, we started doing a program by beachbody that her son had gotten and not used yet, P90x , it saved me and he from our selves it helped with diet and well the workouts were tough, I have since learned of some not so tough and work well for very overweight and out of shape.

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Low impact cardio is probably where you want to be- until you gain strength back in your knee. I would recommend pool running- if you are really having trouble - then hit a stair climber or olypitical or ski-machine.

You could always avoid the knee and train your upper body- until you are comfortable working it out a little.

As for motivation- If dudes can come home from war missing legs and run ironmans- then your rebuilt knee is a small inconvenience by comparison. Work out early, before working or studying. Plan your exercise the night before- pack your gym bag and leave it at the front door!

Just take it slow and steady, one day at a time. Especially when you're coming back from a serious injury. From personal experience, the last thing you want to do is push yourself too hard and re-injure yourself.