We all have to motivate to exercise. For me the motivation is knowing I'm going to feel better afterwards and it's good for my long-term health. I love the endorphin rush. It makes me feel so awake and alive after a good workout. Somedays I'm tired and don't want to exercise, but I make myself at least do something. Here's a list of exercise "rules" I've read, heard, or experienced that seem to hold true:
Bottom line - As long as you're doing something you're on the right track.
It doesn't have to be the gym!
Don't get me wrong, I love the gym. Maybe I'm an endorphin junkie but I love the cardio and weight machine options, the pool, the aerobics classes, the racquetball courts, and the fact I can workout at the same temperature all year round. But just because it works for me, doesn't mean it'll work for you. If you hate the gym, or you're looking for new ideas, here are a few suggestions:
Meetup.com exercise groups
Fight Gone Mad ($)
Dance Classes (Many options, just look up "Dance Classes Charlotte") ($)
Pole Dancing Classes ($)
Yoga (Many options, just look up "Yoga Charlotte") ($) or Free Yoga