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12/8/13 7:48 A

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A routine you're likely to stick with is one that gets you enthused...
You can force yourself to do something you know that works for a while, but if you don't enjoy it, if you dread it in some cases, it's never going to be sustainable.
And it is better to do anything, than end up doing nothing at all.
Do what gets you enthused!



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A little of both....I found Zumba last year at my local YMCA.....Couldn't believe how it recharges me! Wow....Try it...don't worry about not knowing the steps,etc....just stand in the back...You will gradually pick it up......Recently had a leg injury(infected bug bite) and couldn't go to Zumba for awhile....Boy, do I miss it! Can't WAIT to go back! I wish I would've known about it sooner! emoticon



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12/7/13 9:52 P

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I was creating my own lengthy yoga fusion playlist for days I don't dance at home or do Core Fusion dvd at home (or a download of somebody else's yoga practice, rather than one one I was meant to do) ... and I spontaneously discovered my newest rule of thumb:

I determined, beforehand and during ... and this had been no picnic, particularly after this long and difficult workweek at my job....that whatever I recorded by mp3 hereon out would be at precisely that intersection between yoga that I like to do and do not think is a waste of time (VERY important); and whatever is left [once I've omitted the medically contraindicated poses] that are the most challenging ways to execute the sequence ...(for me at this point in time) ...

I think it's a fine tightrope I'm walking ...

The highly centering practices do NOT help me "sleep like a baby"; they do NOT help out my cardiovascular concerns and diabetes one bit... YES, they are extremely physically and mentally challenging (in that intriguing way); yes they make me feel good; and they even seem to "burn more calories" [not a concern anymore at this time].

If yoga were more my thing, they would surpass dancing in likeability; or at least, trendiness ...

But they do not WORK...


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12/5/13 3:35 A

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I think they are one in the same - you will do what you love more consistently.



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12/5/13 1:13 A

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emoticon Just Done Sparks boxing Video 10 Minutes Really Enjoyed that! Never done it before! I am going to like to get up at 4am 1 hour before my husband`s alarm goes off for work & do This Excercise!

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Looks to me, BEKAWHYRM, that you wanted soooo badly to love the gym, but it did not work out for you ... that you didn't want to like (or felt too alone to think you could enjoy) home video workouts ... but you surprised yourself ...

At my age, despite seeing those kids -- so full of energy at the end of a workday - and the few people MY age, with prolific use of personal trainers to shield them/get them motivated .. so perhaps for different reasons (plus I'd been able to GET to it time/logistics-wise) -- I'd wanted to love the gym, too ....


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12/3/13 3:23 A

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What I love. Why be miserable with something that works but you can't enjoy it?

I make this looks good!


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12/2/13 7:12 P

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I am wholeheartedly a believer in what works. For years I tried to make myself go to the gym--different gyms, different schedules--and I could never make it stick. At best I went once a week, or a couple times over a two-week period.

In June, I started doing video workouts at home just to 'get me in the habit' of exercising so that I could make myself go to the gym. Instead, I realized that I almost never miss a day working out at home. And I am losing (slowly!) at last. So to heck with the gym. I'm getting my workout in.

Seriously: do what works!



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12/2/13 11:13 A

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What works



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12/1/13 11:19 P

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While the treadmill isn't what I "love," it's often my best option, since it's very convenient (I have a high-quality treadmill at home).

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12/1/13 11:17 P

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Do what works since I'm in the midst of medical illnesses

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11/29/13 9:55 P

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It depends If I am having a lazy or stressed day I keep with what I love ! If I feel ambitious I will do what works best !

"everyone is made out of the same cloth ,its up to you if your the table cloth or the dish rag" Patti LaBelle


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I do what I love because it works the best! emoticon

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11/29/13 8:26 P

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I do both! I do what I love to keep me motivated mixed in what works best for results.



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11/29/13 5:26 A

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What I love is what works best because if I don't like it I just won't do it



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11/28/13 8:23 A

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Both. Do what you love, and mix with with things that you know are good for your body. I am doing the Spinning classes. I hate it, but boy do I love Zumba. Spinning is changing my lower body. There are things we don't want to do that are beneficial to us, but we do them anyway...



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11/27/13 10:07 A

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I try balance. most modify what my love. I think that will be stick longer.

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Um, pilates is not my first love ... but it is enough of a contender that I don't care if I get embarrassed ...

Well, my pilates teacher used to be my yoga teacher, if that's a differentiating factor ... she also teaches vinyasa yoga and I practice a slower milder version of it ... ;-)

And believe me - when it comes to yoga teachers, some of them want to intimidate me and compete with me and I'm having NONE of it ...


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unfortunately we cannot always do what we love. either through injury, disease or just aging i have found there are so many things i used to do - still TRY hard to do - but it just won't work for me.
so i do what ever i can - for however long and what ever intensity.
yesterday i did quite a long mall walk - but i am paying for it today - RA acting up.
i do try to stretch, but i cannot do the sun salutation any more , and many of yoga poses.
i no longer go for pilates - as i cannot keep up and it is embarrassing.
no more kick boxing -
line dancing in the warmer weather is ok
anyway - i just try to keep my parts moving - otherwise i am the tin man




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11/25/13 11:25 A

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I added "sex" to my favorite fitness activity. Is 45 minutes too long? How many calories?

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11/25/13 12:50 A

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I think you should keep walking but perhaps once or twice a week, get in your car and find someplace more challenging. Hike some hills, pickup the pace, try race walking. If you dread the cycling class then you need to change things up - try dancing or get a hula hoop or go skating or take up boxing. You must find something you enjoy & what about a workout buddy? That can make a lot of time fly by.

I too love walking and even used to jog or run but nowadays I have a bad knee so must cycle and get by with a little elliptical training plus of course strength training with weight. Not nearly as enjoyable and I miss being outside plus I don't do it as much. Trying to find a swimming pool with a schedule that matches my working hours then encourage myself to go often.

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11/24/13 8:22 P

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I love Zumba and running and walking. I am open minded to new things, but I feel like doing something you love that just so happens to work is a win-win!



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11/24/13 6:19 A

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I can't imagine running instead of swimming!I love the freedom I feel when I swim---

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11/23/13 7:02 P

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doing what we love got us where we're at. we had to make changes so far to make us better healthier so I guess we have to get out of our comfort zone and do less of what we love and more of what works. emoticon

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I think that if we are doing what we love, it becomes the best working method. I love doing fitness classes, so I'm doing a lot of them and I'm giving 100% so it is very effective. I have a lot of fun at the same time and I have contact with lots of people. We share fun with each other making fitness class even better. When we have positive thinking during activity, it is more beneficial and we get better results;]

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11/23/13 12:27 P

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Good question. I do both. I absolutely HATE my daily 45 minutes on the elliptical. But it is the only thing I do that produces a very large sweat and keeps my heart rate at 85%. So, I do it.

But I also bike outside at least an hour a day on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays (rain or shine!) which I love. I do strength training 2-3 times a week and I actually enjoy that too. My absolute favorite is the hour of water aerobics I do 6 times a week. It is fun, my heart rate is way up there but I don't feel sweaty because the water keeps me cool. I love it!!

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11/23/13 12:15 P

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I have to mix it up, or I just don't get enough cardio OR enough strength. But in the long run, I have to enjoy (if not love) what I am doing, or it won't get done at all!

I do love hatha yoga, and I have added pilates/yoga fusion and strength exercises into my weekly mix because they help me to enjoy my yoga more.

I used to be an avid hiker, but I broke my ankle several years ago, and just don't have the confidence and ability of a mountain goat any more. A year or so ago I stumbled on the fact that I love ballroom dancing, and practicing does not feel like exercise at all. guess what? It is!

So I join with those who have said, push through a little bit of the activities you don't like so you can get more pleasure out of the ones you do like.



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Ha! At first I wasn't so sure about your answer (forgive me!), but by the time I finished reading I really liked it. Good thoughts about tweaking what you love into making it work great. I admit I'm new to this, but I would still argue that you can virtually always have the best of both worlds. But like you're saying, it will probably take a little more work and creativity. Worth it, right?



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I love hula hooping, which also burns the calories, and walking up the mountain, and enjoy walking the dogs. Chopping wood is satisfying, calorie burning, and I enjoy it. Gardening I dont love, though it can be satisfying. I do cardio videos in small doses, tho I am quite glad when i get to the end. I am enjoying Leslie sansones walking videos on days I dont get out. Tho i have just invested in Waterproof jacket and shoes, so may get out more. I dont enjoy strength traing, pilates etc so much, so dont do it as often as might be good for me. I aim to do 30 mins exercise and burn 150 cals most days, tho I am not legalistic about it. When i have achieved it, it feels good...



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11/20/13 11:55 A

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Tone successful in the long term focus on what you love. Incorporating other things for variety is not a bad thing...but if you don't like it/love it then you probably won't stick with it for very long.

If it is to be, it is up to me.
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Did the South Beach when I retired about 2 1/2 years ago and lost 50 pounds. Went from that 230 to 178. Took me almost exactly one year. Working on the second 50 now. Give it a try.



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11/19/13 8:00 A

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It's always better to do what works best. But why not make what you love into something that works great? Figure out why it doesn't work great, tweak it a little, and make it great.

If what works best is no dessert, and what you love is dessert, then find a healthier version of the dessert and eat just a few bites.

If what you love is a workout that doesn't burn that many calories, but what works best is high calorie burn, then find a way to make that loved workout into a higher calorie burning event (try adding intervals).

If what you love is being a couch potato (like me!), then find a way to make that better. Sit on an exercise ball instead! Take the food you're preparing to the tv room and chop or grate there.

There's usually a way to combine the two. Not always, but frequently.



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11/17/13 9:27 P

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Do what you love, if what you love is good for you. Do what works best if what you love will hurt you.



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I love dancing to Balkan Beat music which has a strong rhythm and really lifts my mood! I also enjoy walking along the river bank near my home - the changes in the cloud formations, the smell of flowing water and all the birds in and out of the water make me feel good!



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Healthy living and eating should not ve a punishment. when you do what you truly love, it will work best. i realized that i do not love fast food, it was just easy in the short term.. like 15-20 minutes only. but within a couple hours i would feel miserable. so i did have to rething what i actially love. i do not love overating or mindless eating. i like being active motivated and feeling accomplished. i do not enjoy watching stupid tv shows/

Know what your really love, focus on doing it and you will be doing wat works best.

Don't forget to be awesome.


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I would do what you love. You could work in some short intervals or tabatas. To increase the effects. Or you could do a couple workouts that are different or harder during your week ie crosstraining, so that you could do what you love only better, faster, stronger. You could challenge yourself and sign up for a 1/2 marathon...they have walkers too.



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Stick with something you love every time. Keep searching for something else that you will love too, it doesn't have to be cycling....

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Do what you can sustain. If 2 hours @ the gym does not fit into your lifestyle and other things are piling up & your family is angry because they never see you.... You are more stressed out, there is not enough time to cook, clean, have a job, spend time with your kids & significant other, you are snapping at friends and the pets are starving most days, your budget is taking a huge hit from gym trainers, not that it matters cause you are never around to make sure the bills are paid....

Well then your lifestyle cannot sustain your lifestyle change.

Sometimes I think people make these huge drastic changes (when they don't need to) just to set themselves up for failure. Cause they feel like they put all this effort into a diet and worked out so hard that if they did not ultimately succeed (doing it that way) then it was not meant to be. That way they don't actually have to change.

The following are things that I like to keep in mind when working out:

1. Do what you like and what you can sustain...
2. A little bit everyday adds up to a lot after a while.
3. If you push your body too hard you can injure yourself. Then you cannot do anything (no matter how you feel about it).





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YOU EVENTUALLY LEARN TO LOVE IT ALL IF YOU JUST PUSH TO DO SOME OF IT. DO YOU REMEBER TRYING TO EAT VEGETABLES, DRINK BEER OR HARD LIQUIOR? WELL THEY SAME THING CAN HAPPEN YOU LEARN TO LIKE THE FEEL OF IT JUST AS YOU LEARNED TO LIKE YOUR VEGES AND BOOZE. I ENJOY IT ALL! I used to hate abdminal exercises and now I love them. I had the same issues with Scuba diving, I would get all stressed out before the dives and now I love every minute. It all gets easier.

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.


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I vote for consistency + challenge/variety. Make the think you love your "regular" workout, and do the challenging, new, or experimental workout sometimes, when you feel like it, or if you want/need to make a short-term boost to your progress.

Healthy living is a marathon, not a sprint. Consistency is what will pay off in the long run, and if you force yourself to do things you hate, you will wind up worse off than you started.

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Do what you love, as long as you're still moving forward. Full speed ahead is not for everyone - the most important thing is the direction you're travelling.

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You took the words right out of my...keyboard!

Courage comes from the Old French for "heart". To be courageous literally means to do something heart-felt.


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Learn to love what works best. Attitude and perspective make such a huge difference.



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When I am highly motivated, I do what works best. When I am less motivated, I do what I like as long as I keep moving! emoticon

The only "diet" that works is consistency!

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I do both as well. I love hiking, the treadmill, spin bike, Leslie Sansone DVDs and the rowing machine, but I'm not a fan of weights, though I do them because it helps with toning and strength.

"Turn off your television. Go do something."


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I do both. Mostly, I do what I love, Leslie Sansone's DVDs, Kelly Coffey's DVDs, stair master, elliptical, etc. but I also do what I don't like to keep variety in my routines, because even though I hate lunges, I know they're good for me, etc. I just do more of the things I love for longer periods and the things I hate for shorter periods (or as instructor dictates).

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11/11/13 5:30 P

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I HAVE TO DO A LITTLE BIT OF BOTH. IT'S NOT BECAUSE I WANT TO BUT BECAUSE I HAVE TO. WITH A CRIPPLING DISEASE, YOU DO WHAT YOU HAVE TO JUST TO KEEP MOBILE.

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11/11/13 4:11 P

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do what I love or I won't stick with it.

Yes, you can!


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11/11/13 4:07 P

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emoticon Give it a go!

Edited by: SUESPA1 at: 11/11/2013 (16:10)

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emoticon Some Good Post here!



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11/11/13 5:36 A

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walking I love it


How can you know that you can't unless you have tried and failed.

Join the 10 minute challenge and get exercising.

See what you are made of by joining the 100 day challenge.

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Don't forget to make your workout fun so as not to get bored with it.

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11/10/13 10:06 P

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So, you know, I am learning to at least like other things. Pilates, cardio dance ... I'm looking at YOU two.

I don't quite love yoga. [My yoga practice is mild, by the way ...]

Belly dance is the nearly beloved that I cheat on walking with, all the time. But something is totally wrong with the exercise I do love. Because it does next to nothing.



Lesser artists borrow, great artists steal.

- Igor Stravinsky

Find a way.

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(Said after swimming from Cuba to Key West without fins or shark cages)

My blog is at tiniertina.wordpress.com/ (topics vary; words are the most important things)

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11/10/13 4:21 P

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Do what you LOVE!!! ALWAYS!!!



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11/10/13 3:56 P

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No question, do what you love. It will be so much easier to stick with.

You are what you repeatedly do.

Someone who is busier than you is working out right now.
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I would do a mix of both. I don't love the cycle class at my gym either, so I usually don't go to it. But if I know I've done only light cardio that week, I might force myself to go. I think about it as my heart getting a good, strong workout. I liked someone else's idea of doing more challenging things while on your walk. Good luck!



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I do the treadmill hill option and burn about 550_600 calories per hour. For a more intense burn, i use ten pound dumbbells for added strength that adds an additional burn the longer i handle the dumbbells......

Final weight goal of 140 pounds & maintain my fitness with excellent blood sugar management.


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