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Push That Tush -- No Pain No Gain ???

Monday, February 11, 2013 you probably already know...I'm not into EXERCISE
{...not yet...maybe never...}
but, when something HURTS...I'm not likely to repeat the action.
{...I'm into pain avoidance...}
Maybe it's an age thing or maybe it's part of my problem,
but I need to find activities that I enjoy so I WILL do them over and over.
{...the closest I get are the SparkPeople Coach Nicole Videos...}

I think there is a huge difference between
1. challenging yourself and stretching yourself out of your comfort level
2. pushing yourself through an endurance trial.

Maybe some people call the first one, baby steps,
but I'm not trying to see how far I can go before I collapse.
I'm just trying to go a little further than I did yesterday so that
I can do it again tomorrow.

Pushing my enough of a pain for me

Have a fun week

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NEWLYFAERIED 2/15/2013 12:46AM


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TERRI289 2/12/2013 11:01PM

    Every journey starts with a single step....someone said that, I remembered it..

Good night!!

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KANOE10 2/12/2013 6:25PM

    Perfect for me to read as I drag myself to the gym. Exercise can be a pain to do..not so much physical as in mental pain of being lazy and not wanting to do it.

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ANNESYLVIA 2/12/2013 4:56PM

    Actually I have read articles, even here on spark that the "No pain, No gain" is not quite right. Be careful...discomfort maybe but way!

I do choose to work a little harder though, I a bit competitive especially with myself. so for me it is more like "Do it until I'm sore, and then I will soar!" So when some young or silly trainer tells you "NO pain, No gain" just smile and think to yourself "Well maybe a little sore so I too can soar!"

Fly with me lady!

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EXOTEC 2/12/2013 12:46PM

    You are absolutely right: pain is the body's early warning system, "keep doing that and you're going to PAY for it!"

I've seen lots of studies recently affirming that exercise is really not that effective a weight-loss tool. It IS very good for toning, for mood elevation, and a variety of good things (which I don't discount). However, the calories-in-calories-out via "energy expenditure" through exercise just does not work. If that were the case, we'd be a society of skinny-minnies and have no dietary issues, right? look at the "fitness craze" that's on all around us. Isn't that evidence enough?

On a personal note: I am disabled to the point that even the activity of normal living is sometimes a challenge. I have lost a truly remarkable amount of weight (more than a whole person's) with NO exercise, because I can't. It's all diet, and I don't mean starvation, either.

Most of the reliable blogsites and web resources I frequent recommend more *activity*, not "exercise." If you can, incorporate something like that into your days. Walk around the yard. Pull some weeds. Reorganize some storage. Park at the end of the lane instead of closest to the door at stores. If you can't do those things (like me!), consider a very low impact exercise. I bought a series of Tai Chi DVDs recently, some of which are meant to be done from a chair. I love the grace and physical meditation of Tai Chi anyway, and mental balance is just as important as food choices in this journey. I could use some of that!

Just don't fall to all the hype about exercise. We've had an awful lot of misdirected advice on diet and nutrition. It's about time we took the time and self-caring to learn what is right, and to follow that to the best of our abilities, responsibly, like adults. You will find your right path. Don't give up!

...and I love your pics! Too cute. hehehe

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DJSHIP46 2/12/2013 8:28AM

    Boy are we on the same page!!! Maybe baby steps are perfect for a lady headed into her second childhood (that would be!!! Have a GREAT day emoticon

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MICKEYH 2/12/2013 12:28AM

    Great blog !! Cute !! Loved it !! emoticon

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GOSPARK45 2/11/2013 11:59PM

    I won't do anything that hurts. Only if I'm tired will I push through. Pain is not good, and the older you get the more likely you will hurt something.
If it takes longer, so what. At least I won't injure anything.
Hope you find some exercise you like. I don't like cardio as much as I like ST. I have a Kathy Smith video (so it's old school) that I love to do.
All the tapes I use say to stop if it hurts. I agree.
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MALEXANDER4 2/11/2013 8:57PM

    I'm with you on the no pain part. Sorry not for me.

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MEADSBAY 2/11/2013 7:02PM

    I'm with you,
and my personal trainer agrees,
nothing should actually hurt-
even when we

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ARTJAC 2/11/2013 6:20PM


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LINDAKAY228 2/11/2013 5:31PM

    These are so cute! A little pain I can handle when pushing myself beyond my comfort zone, although I don't like it. But pushing too far or too much pain I'm not into either. For example, I love hiking. My legs might get tired and achy and that's okay but I'm not going to push it to the point I have to crawl to get back to my car LOL!

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TERMITEMOM 2/11/2013 5:04PM

    Loved these pictures! I think you have the right idea about exercise - going a little further than yesterday. emoticon emoticon

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LINDAK25 2/11/2013 4:29PM

    Those babies are precious! I'm with you--I'm not into pain, I don't mind working hard, but if it hurts then I'm doing something wrong.

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FRAN0426 2/11/2013 4:11PM

    Such beautiful pictures and captions. As far as exercise, it sounds like you are doing what is comfortable for yoy. Doing some of coach Nicole's exrcises is perfectly acceptable--so your doing great and keep up the great workouts.

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PATTISTAMPS 2/11/2013 2:49PM

    I won't go so far as to say I LIKE working out, but I love the way I feel afterwards - virtuous!! And while I'm doing it, and occasional twinge when I push hard, OK. Pain??? NO WAY! If it hurts, you shouldn't be dong it.

I do plan to start using the treadmill on an incline to prepare for my summer vacation - one day in Seattle and then a 7 day cruise to Alaska. Plan to do lots of walking and hiking, and there are hills! Since I live in the flatlands, will have to get into shape for that. So although I hate the treadmill, it will be worth it to me for the result.

Right now you can probably cross country ski but that's not an obvious exercise choice.. Have you tried zumba or yoga? I loved yoga, but stopped when I sprained my knee (not while doing yoga)Jazzercise? All more fun than weights and treadmills!


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BUTEAFULL 2/11/2013 2:46PM

    really cute blog today love the babies expressions, you nailed it

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JILL313 2/11/2013 2:10PM

    Those babies and the captions are so adorable and so wise. I'm with you as I have found a few I like so what's wrong with me as I don't do them often enough. Love your truthfulness. Have your tried aqua exercising as so many people I know love that & it is easier on us older ones especially our aching joints. Enjoy the Simple but Best Pleasures in Life.



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NEW-CAZ 2/11/2013 1:12PM

    SPOT ON! emoticon


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IOWAGRAMMA 2/11/2013 1:08PM

    I couldn't agree more. I firmly believe that there is something weird about people who "love" to exercise! LOL! I do it because I have to and because I guess it is good for me. Well...if you ever find something you really like to do, let me know and I'll give it a try to. In the meantime, I guess I'll just keep doing something...which is better than nothing...I guess! Love the pics and captions...well done!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WALLAHALLA 2/11/2013 12:31PM

    No one can say it better than you!
spot on emoticon

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WOUBBIE 2/11/2013 11:37AM

    Totally agree. I wish I had a dime for every Sparkpeople blog and post that refers to a self-inflicted exercise-related injury. If you build up strength gradually you should almost never have any pain at all.

I'm not expecting to end up with a beach body at my age, and I'm not in any particular hurry, so my goal is to keep finding little improvements that I can stick with over the long haul. No crash and burn!

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DALID414 2/11/2013 11:36AM

    Do what will keep you coming back for more.

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COCK-ROBIN 2/11/2013 11:21AM

    You're on the right track. Find something you'll enjoy, and you'll stick with it.

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KARRENLYNN 2/11/2013 11:12AM

    I'm with you, stretch a little furtheer than you did before, but if it hurts I'm outa there!

I'm glad you're doing what works for you!
Have a great day!

Karen emoticon

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PATRICIAANN46 2/11/2013 10:48AM

  Hi Sheryl..........I totally agree. I have enough pain already due to osteoarthritis in EVERY part of my body. I realize that there is always a bit of pain in exercise, but at my age, I am not going to push so hard that I injure. It only makes sense.
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KMICHA 2/11/2013 10:47AM

    Thanks! Have a great week!

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ALISHAB3 2/11/2013 10:41AM

    I have found a couple of good workout videos through Netflix. I am especially fond of the 10 min. Solution series of DVDs because you can customize the workout by selecting the segments you want in the order that you want.

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EVER-HOPEFUL 2/11/2013 10:29AM

    as my knee is giving me jibe at th moment that i have had o put my brace back on it so like you if it pains maybe i should concider avoiding it at least for a while.lo. emoticon emoticon

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MIDCOASTMOXIE 2/11/2013 9:36AM

    LOL, great pics to make an excellent point!

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1CRAZYDOG 2/11/2013 9:35AM

    Definitely in the Club Pain Avoidance too! Great blog. HUGS

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EDWARDS1411 2/11/2013 9:29AM

    Have to agree with you! Great pics and captions!!!

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SLIMMERJESSE 2/11/2013 9:28AM

    Me too! Have a wonderful (warm) day.

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