Fitness Minutes: (36,692)
3,856 8/27/13 11:09 P
I've never been an "athelete" and I don't really enjoy exercising. I usually have trouble getting starting each time I do it ... but I do it 5-6 times per week because I have to in order to stay healthy. I like the way I feel when I am finished. And I like being healthy, strong, and fit.
I made it a habit. I found a time of day that works for me (right after work) and I found a form of exercise I can do in any whether for very little money (home DVD's). I started with the schedule of doing 15 minutes, 3 times per week. I forced myself to do that and after a few weeks, I had established it as a "habit" that felt ingrained. I felt guilty if I didn't do it. Gradually, over a period of a couple of months and years, increased both my time and my frequency to 5-6 times per week, 20-45 minutes each time. But I still don't look forward to it, and I still have to force myself to start.
Fitness Minutes: (8,419)
262 8/27/13 2:04 P
It looks like you're finding a way to do it. As someone noted earlier they do it..."because they have to." Not like HAVE to have to. Have to, because they want to get where they want to get and to do that you have to.
I was never an exerciser. Hated it. Sometimes I still do. But, now I simply do it, because it's what I do. It's habit. I like the results.
One thing for sure, is don't hesitate to change it up. Try a different cardio machine or different cardio workout. And when you change, recognize that if you've been doing the elliptical for 30 minutes or your Rockin Body for 30 minutes, you won't be able to do 30 minutes on the treadmill, or 30 minutes of Jazzercise/etc. You won't need to, as muscles not used to working will tax you and burn the calories.
Another thing I do, is I do 2 or even 3 or different things in a given workout often. Strength training with some step training in between. Or some combo of bike, run, walk, treadmill, elliptical, Arc Trainer. 3 things for 10 minutes each makes it seem to go faster than one thing for 30 minutes.
Day 2 of Shaun T's Rockin Body!!! So I think this is my new favorite message board and a favorite workout video. I did the mark, move, and groove again today (15 min) and tried to do the party express but only got through like 8 minutes of that one. I need to work on those moves a bit more. But over all proud of myself. Thanks for all the words of encouragement!!
I don't exercise every day. I do crossfit three days a week, it is fun each class is different. I do yoga twice a week, again, each class is different. The rest of my exercise is housework, walking/hiking. It helps that I enjoy the things that I do and have a gym buddy to commiserate with.
Okay, I do exercise almost every day. I prefer walking alone since I am a bit of a slow walker. I prefer all my exercise in a solitary fashion really. I would suggest doing exercise that you find fun and are able to stick with. If you like dance do that, bike riding or find a variety of activities that suit you. My mind set is I want to have energy, be healthy, active and able to do what I want in life. Sure some days I am a little slow but I am grateful to be able to walk and breathe, be active, live. Once in a while I have to tell myself just put on your shoes and do 10 minutes and I get in my 90 minutes of walking a day.
I agree....keep trying different things and try finding something you like doing. I do much better with a walking buddy. somebody to keep me accountable. somebody depending on me to be there. and as somebody else said, the time goes by so much faster when I'm catching up with a friend, not just walking.
Fitness Minutes: (76,885)
2,953 8/26/13 11:26 A
I do a lot of volunteering at my son's school -- all the landscaping etc. and it is all great exercise. Yep just change up the game.
Fitness Minutes: (16,588)
749 8/26/13 11:14 A
Find something that's fun (for you). It sucks to feel like you have to *make* yourself workout every...single...day. I've been doing Jazzercise for almost a year, and I love the instructors/members and the group exercise feel. I recently started a DVD program at home with a friend, but I don't want to give up my Jazzercise time, so I'm doing both! Honestly, I wouldn't have the dedication to stick to the DVDs at home if she didn't come banging on my door most mornings, but having someone to hold you accountable helps.
Fitness Minutes: (94,196)
13,307 8/26/13 10:57 A
I had a tough week last week but look to get moving and in the gym this week.
Fitness Minutes: (41,840)
4,512 8/26/13 10:48 A
find an activity you like, or one you'd like to try
my newest favorite is mowing the lawn with my reel mower. What a workout! But it gives me a chance to be outside, my dogs can be with me, and it's quiet enough that I can listen to my MP3
other favorites - spin class, outdoor cycling, HIIT or Tabata workouts, Pilates
I like dancing and when the music has a good beat the body just takes over. No excuses with the weather and no equipment needed. And for variety, there are so many video on Spark that there is no reason to find different alternatives when you want variety.
Fitness Minutes: (78,124)
21,685 8/26/13 4:35 A
I was stuck in a rut until I took on the 10 minute challenge. Now that did open my eyes.
For the first time in months I lost more that a couple of grams just by changing my exercises
Fitness Minutes: (29,093)
1,804 8/26/13 1:11 A
My mind set? Exercise is a necessary evil thing to do to me!
I've accepted the fact that I have to do it. So to make it as pleasant as possible I have set up my ski machine in front of a TV and I watch movies while working out. I also run my aerobic video on my computer and exercise while watching TV. The distraction really helps. I work out 6 - 7 days a week for 45 minutes to an hour.
For me, an exercise buddy has never worked. Either they walk too slowly or want to run, aren't available when I am etc and so forth so I prefer to work out alone on my schedule
Fitness Minutes: (7,415)
1,299 8/26/13 12:37 A
PURKEYD: I, personally, enjoy exercising by myself, including spinning and walking. However, there is a neighbor whom I infrequently walk with (he does around 3 miles each time I walk with him). We really enjoy talking, have a lot in common, and I am always surprised as to how fast the time passes. Thus, one suggestion I have, which I realize you already have thought of, is to really work hard to find at least one person in your town/city with whom to walk or with whom to exercise. In the town where I live, there are 3 ladies in their 40's-50's who walk about the town almost every morning (even in winter when possible) because they enjoy the conversations and do walk at a fast clip.
Or, if you have a gym in town and can afford the fees, find someone who will take, for example, a spinning class or a kick-boxing class with you. My oldest sister hated her home elliptical, but when she joined a gym, she found a fellow nurse who didn't like exercising either. They ended up going to the gym about the same time 3 times a week and really enjoyed spinning together.
I just really think having at least one exercise partner will really make things more enjoyable and easier to exercise. Years ago when I lifted weights more rigorously, I had two friends in town who loved lifting; so we had no trouble motivating each other to lift.
Good luck! Just get started and go for it. If nothing else, use the SparkPeople as sort of exercising companions and post on some of the Fitness threads.
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