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I had lost a large amount of weight by walking four miles to and from work as well as at work where I worked with fabric. It took me three years to lose 168 lbs, but it was not easy. I also had an edge as I am unable to drive, and I was used to long distance walking anyway. The trouble was that the walking didn't solve the jiggles or lose skin. With no money for surgery, I just covered up and walked some more. The trouble is that I had some serious stress last year and put 50 pounds back on so now I am heavy and saggy!

I tried pilates today, tightening and toning for ten minutes with a resistance band. My stomach thought I was going to die! But I am determined to lose the fifty by July, my sixty-third birthday because I probably won't if I don't do it now. I want to learn to make exercising a habit even if not my favorite. I want to lose the weight, and I want to wear a sleeveless shirt once more in my life or bear my stomach without first checking for privacy. I want to have self respect for me.

Now that I've written a book, I should say hello.

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You're more likely to exercise if you like what you're doing. You mentioned you like to walk but it's winter and cold outside.

And you hate going to the gym and I don't blame you. It's intimidating and always seems like too much effort to make it there.

So....hit the mall! Just take some laps around your local mall...no one will even know you're exercising.

Good luck!




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SWEETJANE- WOW, can I relate!!!! I can remember, all the way back in grade school, spending 2 weeks scheming to come up with a way that I could get out of gym class for more than 1 day at a time. If only I had spent more of that energy concentrating on my classes (lol).

I read something yesterday on the SPARKCOACH page which inspired me. They were talking about "sneaking in" activity. I am sure you have heard many of them - park further than you normally would at the store, take the stairs instead of elevator when you can, etc.

Anyway, I decided to put this idea of "sneaking in" activity yesterday and was SHOCKED at the results. I didn't feel like I had done that much. But, at the end of the day, my daily step count was 1000 steps higher than normal! Considering that I only walk about 3000 - 3500 steps a day, that is 1/3rd MORE!!!!

You can check out my blog if you want to see a little more about where I found places to "sneak" in steps, but I still can't get over what a huge difference it made -- all without having to tackle the "dreaded demon" - lol.

I hope this helps. Keep up the great work and just remember that moving is moving..... period! And anytime you are moving, you are succeeding emoticon

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Sweet Jane I'm just like you, hate the gym but of course have a membership. I also love dance so I may consider dance classes, for now I climb the stairs 14 flights to my apt and dance with worship videos in my own home. Someday, maybe maybe I'll join you and get to those dance classes at the gym.

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SWEETJANE, Gyms were a no-go for me too. Literally. I no go. LOL

I don't walk if I can help it! LOL Actually, there's good reason:

...something about the repetitive nature of walking sets off muscle spasms in my ribs (talk about hard to breathe!) and my legs and back. Just a mess of pain, and with fibromyalgia that is NOT a good thing...I have found a number of ways to "tame the demon" though. I turn on some of my favorite tunes and dance around the house, getting my housework done. And I'm no spring chicken either, I'm sixty. The dancing around and housework does the trick without the repetitive movements.

I also have physical therapy exercises I do at home six days a week... those are hard, and a lot of times I don't get through the whole list, but I make sure I get to the ones I miss the next time around.

It is NOT easy, but it's becoming more and more a habit so I look forward to it--because it feels great to know when I'm done! LOL
...and because if I don't, it gets harder and harder--and I think if I don't do it, I won't be able to--or to do anything else!

I LOVE living, so I'm going to keep MOVING! LOL
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Ralph Waldo Emerson said 'Life belongs to the energetic.' But you don't have to be frenetic and hyper--some energy is quiet and steady, like a heartbeat... and that works too! LOL

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Wish I had a pool, my brothers each have one, but they're thousands of miles away. I liked water aerobics when I did them many years ago, but will reserve that for after retirement. I can't stand to get out of the pool at 6 p.m. or later half damp and go to my car when it's freezing cold outside. emoticon

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1/24/14 8:41 P

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I use to dread exercise...until I started seeing this as "my time" and made a game out of it. I'm not much of a gym person but started simple with yoga and pilates. Then I started adding some low impact videos that include light weights. I made it a mental game along with tracking minutes on sparkpeople. Now I don't think about the exercise as work but more about those silly minutes. I remind myself that once I'm done with the video I feel good--tired but good. I've added the elliptical and rower my husband purchased too. It was tough in the beginning which made it hard to get motivated but now I use sparkpeople to tell me how many real calories I've burned which again really motivates me. For me this is a small "high" which makes exercise fun. Maybe if you can try to look at the exercise as more of a game it won't seem like work. Good luck!



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emoticon No, I didn't actually jump rope, just faked it as part of 30 minute video exercise routine.

"If you wanna be somebody else, if you're tired of fightin' battles with yourself, if you wanna be somebody else, Change Your Mind." Sister Hazel, from "The Fortress" CD.

I am stronger than the food.

I am not that person any more.


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CHRISTINA; All very good, practical suggestions! These are the things I "know", but often seem to sabotage myself by not "doing". Joining the gym seems to be working for me, this time around. What is different is that I am not trying to do EVERYTHING perfectly every day. If I'm pressed for time, I do either my upper body OR my lower body exercises, and just 10 min. of cardio. And I don't beat myself up for it. I cheer myself for 1) having gone to the gym and 2) having done some exercise! You have a great "just get started" plan of 10 minutes a day. For sure, that'll help build the habit, so that exercise IS a habit like brushing your teeth. "The demon I battle" was not meant as "woe is me" but more as a tongue in cheek with a nudge and wink and here is the not-fun part for me. I like thinking of it as one of my own personal "demons", in that it's an area that I have let control me, rather than choosing to be in control. Making changes to THAT, right now! Less time thinking about it and loathing it, and more time JUST DOING IT!

"Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go."--Joshua 1:9


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I love line dancing and while I may not catch on at the beginning by the record's end, I am moving with group. I just do not go out enough to line dance as much as I like because it is truly an exercise.

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Swirly, I had to laugh at the reference to line dancing. I tried it at a bar one time, years ago, but still most of the people were in their 20's and I was in my 50's. It was so demoralizing! I expected to be able to catch right on. After all, I took a lot of dance classes in the past, I have good "muscle memory" for learning steps, etc. But that line dancing was SO FAST, I simply couldn't keep pace. I was still going one direction and everyone else had spun to another one...it was probably funny to watch! I need a "senior" version. emoticon
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Thanks SweetJane! I've always been rhythmically coordinated so before our dear old treadmill went to the home gym in the sky I had a playlist for jogging on it that had warm up songs, then increased the intensity and then a couple cool downs. Line dancing is always fun too, can't say I've mastered the thriller yet, haha!



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You do not have to like exercise in order to do it. Seeing it as a demon probably will make it harder. Do not see as this or that at all: just do a small amount that you feel you can do easily, every day or 6x a week.

My suggestion:
- Get into a habit of doing 10 minutes per day. Do those no matter what, see it as brushing your teeth or taking a shower: you do not think about if you want to do it, you just do it as 'maintenance' of your body.
Once you get started it will become easier and more fun to do more and try new things.
Don't try to do too much at once.

If you can't go outside you can walk in the house or climb stairs or, probably more fun: dance to music you like.

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If I didn't know better, I could swear that I wrote this. I am constantly fighting this battle too. Like you I am not a "Gym" person. I would much rather go outside for a walk, than spend time in a gym. A few years back a had even gotten to the point where I was running about 5 miles a day, then menopause reared it's ugly head (I'm 55)!! Ever since then it has been an uphill battle. I've gotten myself back on the "wagon" again and am taking it one step at a time. Tracking again, and trying to motivate myself. I too hate the cold so am not out so much, but am taking actions like walking to the bank with a friend yesterday and taking the stairs (3 flights) instead of the elevator. I'm hoping by the time Spring is here I will be ready to get back outside and hit the pavement!!

Good luck with your gym membership.

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I just don't understand how anyone likes excercise....I am never motivated to go and do it....but, I must admit I always feel better after I do! How do you break this lack of mental motivation!



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I have the same demon, I just have not exorcised it as yet. LOL I never liked exercise, sure I could dance for hours, but actually having to think about exercise...no way!!

I am glad that you are taming your demon...good for you!!! emoticon



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SWIRLYDF: Love your username! Great idea, using Xbox for Xercise. We all have to find our own road to where we want to be.

"Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go."--Joshua 1:9


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What a cute idea: "Exercise the fat demon!" Lol.



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I find gyms intimidating and expensive so I invested in an xbox 360 with kinect and some exercise games; not sure if I should pick up a zumba one. I really like the dance games, they all have a workout mode. I've had it for a couple weeks and can do maybe 4 songs on the easiest difficulty setting before needing a break. Getting there!



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I completely understand & feel the same way about exercise but good for you
on not quitting. Really good too, that your tweaking & finding a gym for women
where you will feel more comfortable. Good luck!

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in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to
bloom' Anais Nin

'Don't stumble over something behind you'

'Life begins at the end of your comfort zone'



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BAPSANN; I have those battles, too. Today I'm winning the battle (well, yesterday...haven't actually exercised today, but am doing a lot of housework and laundry so far). That's the thing...to stick with it long enough that you're finding you JUST DO IT, for the long haul. Kind of like brushing your teeth. I don't even think about that, I just do it. And I can't leave the house or go to bed at night unless I DO do it, because it just BUGS me not to do it! That's where I want to get with exercise. I can see that setting a regular schedule helps reinforce it as a "habit" instead of a "choice". I am currently fighting the tempting excuse of: "But it's FREEZING outside, and I just can't face getting all bundled up and going out to the gym". However, that's a bogus excuse, because I DO have DVD's I can do here in the comfort of my living room, on days when I struggle to go to the gym. I have set 3x a week as a goal for the gym, and this is week 2...keeping the goal so far! Some days the demon wins, some days you win...just don't quit trying, that's the important thing!

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I went to my 2nd Zumba class last night. Still can't make it a full hour, and this instructor did a lot more jumpy-bouncy things (which I can't do at all due to my knees and current weight!). So...not as fun as last time. However, I did get my NEW bathing suit in the mail, tried it on, and it fits perfectly. How often does THAT happen?? Now just waiting until the temperatures outside are a LITTLE less frigid (we will be down in the minus-somethings again tonight) to venture to the other branch of my gym and dare...ta-da....the POOL. I think water exercise would be great for me, so much less wear and tear on the joints. I haven't been to that gym as of yet, as it's twice as far from my house. Hence, waiting for better weather to drive there. But it's something I'm looking forward to trying. I did do all my weights yesterday, and surprisingly am not terribly sore today, barely feel it, in fact. Feeling good, energy improving! And waiting for my Breville juicer to arrive. LOTS of good stuff going on!

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Getting ready and sticking with it are my endless battle.

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Nice work, CAROL!!! Woo-hoo!
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5700 steps is a LOT! That's usually around the amount I manage to get when I work at tracking it and have a day with lots of walking in it. Good for you!

Jane

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Did get to walk outside today; it was 32 degrees *above* zero, but windy. Have attained more than 5700 steps today, so far. Won't log the FitBit yet. Snow shoveling is my hubby's Winter exercise. Heaven forbid I should deny him that! emoticon

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Just an update: one of the dubious benefits of living here in the Polar Vortex is the built-in opportunity for another exercise. I didn't go to the gym today, nor did I pop in a DVD and scare the dog and cat by gyrating in my living room. Instead I bundled up and went out and shoveled snow off my driveway for 15 minutes. Well...sort of snowplowed it using a shovel, if you can picture that. There was only about 2 inches and it was the light fluffy snow (those of you reading this in warm climates, yes...there ARE actually different "types" of snow. Only we're not clever like the Inuit people, so we don't have names to describe all the types). It was enough to warm me up nicely, and didn't take so long that my face got frozen. So...there really IS always a silver lining, if you look hard enough, right? Right! And now every time I look out the window, I feel a smug sense of virtue. Ahhhhhh.

"Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go."--Joshua 1:9


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Hey, DOUBLE....always happy to amuse!
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Jane, that was totally funny! You really made me laugh tonight and cheered me up. Went to this post as I just started a bit of exercise today for the first time in ages. It has become a bit of demon, yet once you get started you usually feel so much better.



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Charlotte, thanks for the input on water aerobics. I haven't been yet. I just got my bathing suit in the mail, because the one I'd been storing in a drawer in my dresser for the past 15 or 20 years just wasn't gonna cut it. I am UBER happy with my new one! It's a two piece with a tank-style top and a short slit skirt over shorts on the bottom. Like you, though, I'll still feel better when 3/4 of me is hidden under water! ;) I was very relieved that ordering it online actually turned out fine...I had visions of all the ways that could've gone wrong!

My current gym, which used to be a part of a chain but has now downsized to a "women only" gym does not have Zumba Gold at present. At one of the other gyms (which I used to belong to) that were a part of the group, they DID have it and I tried it a few times before I dropped out and went back to the couch, a couple years ago. It would be preferable, but I'm kind of OK being in with the young whipper-snappers and just half-timing it or doing a gentle little cha-cha as they wave their fannies all over the place in double-time. If I wiggled my hips that violently, there'd be serious risk of a shifting of the northeastern land mass, I fear.

Thanks for your thoughts and encouragement!

Jane

"Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go."--Joshua 1:9


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Hey, I'm so sorry -- I didn't realize you were in the polar vortex thing. It's not surprising that you don't want to walk outside! This winter isn't too bad here, just grey and cold and constantly raining -- thoroughly depressing, in other words, but at least you can get outdoors. Last winter I was snowed in for six weeks, though, and the thick snow and packed ice is certainly extremely hazardous. I keep two horses and have to go out to feed them every day, but even doing this small amount was perilous and I was constantly afraid of slipping and hurting myself. But, if you dress appropriately, is it possible to make use of the snow if you want to exercise outdoors? You could try cross-country skiing, which I learned in Norway: it is very good fun and fantastic exercise, but not as demanding as downhill skiing for us oldies. Or perhaps snowshoeing...? But I'm really glad you are enjoying your Zumba class, and hope you like it enough to stick with it!



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I saw earlier where you are considering water aerobics. I do that 3-4 times a week. Depending on the depth of the pool, you don't need to know how to swim! Check out the depth bc some water aerobics programs are in the deep end - definitely not for me. The thing I love about the pool is that once in, no one can see my butt! It's a great workout, and easy on the joints.

Does your gym have Zumba Gold for older adults? Mine does. Same moves, slower pace. If not, just stay toward the back of the class and modify your steps until you learn them and have more strength and flexibility. I am so proud that you went to that class! When you become a regular, you'll make some friends. Trust me on this.

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"If you wanna be somebody else, if you're tired of fightin' battles with yourself, if you wanna be somebody else, Change Your Mind." Sister Hazel, from "The Fortress" CD.

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Alright, Carol! You're on, girl! We will find a way to dance the dance that's in our hearts back into these aging bones.
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Yay, SweetJane! Like you, dancing exercise has been the only exercise I've truly enjoyed. You go to Zumba, I'll do my videos, and lets see what we can get back (within reason, of course). One of the gyms here does offer Zumba, but I'm gonna have to work up to it. emoticon

I really wanted to walk outside today, but DH says he almost fell on the ice on the way down the driveway to get the newspaper this a.m. Stupid ice. Stupid Polar Vortex.

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Boreda, I do like to walk outdoors, also. Unfortunately, I live in an area in the Northeast which this winter has been visited repeatedly by the "polar vortex". Temps in the single digits with wind-chill in the minus 10 or lower range is just TOO COLD for this Northern woman! Not only the extreme cold, but walking is hazardous when the road surface is covered with ice or frozen packed snow. When it's as cold as it has been here, salt doesn't do a thing to melt the snow on the road. I walk outside when I can, without risking frostbite or a fall that could result in injury! Again in the spring, though, I have to forego outdoor walks during the worst of my allergy/asthma season. No fun walking when you're sneezing and can't breathe! So...for those reasons and others, I did decide to rejoin the gym. I just went to my first Zumba class last night. Wow, those women are FAST! I kept up as best I could, and managed to do 45 minutes of the hour long class. I left when my legs began to feel weak and I knew i just couldn't do any more. I did have fun! I laughed a lot (at myself) and enjoyed watching the young fit 20-something leading the class. She wasn't a skinny girl, either, she had a little extra here and there...but she sure was limber and strong and having a blast! Its inspiring just to be around that energy, for me. I was one of only two "older" women in the class. But everyone was just focused on having fun, and it made it easy to be one of the old clunkers in the packed room!

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If you like walking, walk -- no matter what the weather. I too hate gyms, so I never go, but I started walking two years ago: just ten minutes a day to begin with, and even that seemed like a big effort and got me puffed out. But I have stuck with it, and I now walk a minimum of three miles a day, and usually five miles: it doesn't take that long, I enjoy looking at the changing scenery in the different seasons of the year, it no longer seems like any effort at all, and the rewards are immense! I've gradually regained that "young" body (well, youngish -- I am not far off the same age as you), and can do things with it that I only dreamed of ten years ago, thinking I was "past all that". Like the SP experts say, find something you like doing and stick with it for the long haul: that is far more important than signing up for the gym (again!) if you don't like it much and are very likely to quit.



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GRIZ,
I appreciate your ideas. Others have also touted the benefits of working out at home. Here's the thing: I won't do it. In the past, I have had a rower and a recumbent bike in my home. They took up space and became clothing racks within 2 weeks.
What I need is to find something I LOVE doing. Dance is the only thing that's ever been in the same sentence with exercising and loving it, for me. Dancing alone in my living room to a DVD just isn't the same as being in a big space and moving along with others. Hence I rejoined a gym, to give myself that group/dance option with Zumba and now a new thing, Bokwa (kind of a hybrid of dance moves along with "drawing letters and numbers on the floor with your feet", as it's described!). Haven't tried Bokwa yet, but I do like Zumba. The cost was minimal, as I got credit for signing up and NOT using the facilities much, in the past.
Perhaps I will add in some exercises at home, too. But it's not so much the where of it as it is the DOING of it, period. Everybody has to find her own drumbeat for that. Sounds like you've got what works, for YOU.
You're right about it needing to be simply something that is a regular part of my life, instead of a "to-do" list item. Working toward that!
Thanks,
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Sweet Jane--you said it yourself--gym memberships aren't your thing! The key is to MOVE--and you don't need to pay, or go anywhere else to do it! You can hang at home in your rattiest sweatpants & t-shirts...just get a decent pair of tennis shoes & MOVE.

If you can't afford a treadmill (my personal winter go-to)...then speed walk around your house. Have stairs? Go up & down, up & down! Add some jumping jacks, some leg lifts, some ab crunches, and some hand weights...you're cookin' now!

And if you can scrape up an extra $100, you can find a TON of great exercise bikes to buy! All the major "-mart" chains have them! You can sit & pedal while watching your evening tv.

The biggest thing to do is stop seeing exercise as "something you have to do" & start seeing it as a "daily habit"! I've been where you are--fat, tired & sore. Until I started exercising daily--just like I drink my morning coffee to stave off that headache. Just like I shower everyday & brush my teeth everyday. Exercising first thing every morning is just a normal daily habit--and has been for almost a decade now.

YOU CAN DO IT! I totally believe in you! There is no "end date" or "finish line" on exercising--if you want to stay healthy into old age (and honey, 62 is NOT old!)...then you gotta move that body! MAKE IT HAPPEN! You DESERVE nothing but the BEST!

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Oh, the memories! They didn't "invent" Zumba till way later, but I used to do the high impact, kicking, jumping sort of aerobics 4-6 times a week, leotards, leg warmers, head band and all that 80's stuff they make fun of in commercials these days. I had a job that was frustrating with a boss who was an idiot, so I worked off my temper in classes. The classes were rather competitive, too, so I really worked. That's where I got my Plantar fasciitis. Everybody in class was seeing the podiatrist for custom inserts for their shoes, and everybody talked shoes - which were best, which were recommended by which instructor, etc. emoticon

I used to be quite a dancer - I cannot BELIEVE what's happened to me (what I've done to myself). The video walking routines mix things up with some dance steps, and I feel like I'm falling over my own feet. Sheesh. I guess the only thing to do is practice, right?

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BEACHGIRL!
Thanks for sharing your experiences...wow, we have a lot in common. Or we did, when I was your age! I had plantar fasciaitis (however ya spell it), too. It DOES eventually go away, but it can take over a year to do so. (Aaarggh). In the meantime, what helped me was my doc's orders: anytime your feet touch the floor (unless you're in the shower), you wear something with a GOOD ARCH SUPPORT on them. If you get up to use the bathroom, slide your feed into those shoes with arch supports in them.
I worked a job that didn't quite have the hours your does, but it was extremely stressful...and by the time I got home (and I HAD to go home, as I have animals that need to go out, get fed, etc.), I never could bring myself to go back out to the gym. That's a rough one...you only have so many hours in a day, and so much energy. And unfortunately when we're carrying all this excess weight, we have even LESS energy. I would say don't beat yourself up over this. You can only DO what you CAN. So, if on work days you are just too exhausted to make yourself go to the gym or go swimming, give it a pass. You can get enough exercise doing it 3x a week, so the experts say. So, plan to make exercise the FIRST thing on your days off agenda. Put YOU first. I think the Zumba Gold is great...I didn't know there was a DVD, I'm going to look for it, for those days when I can't muster the energy to drive to the gym! And planks are GREAT core strengthening exercises. They don't take very long, either, because who can hold the darn things for more than a few reps of 30 seconds or whatever?!
If you DO get to a gym on your days off, try a recumbent bike; or better yet, if they have one, a recumbent elliptical trainer. No pressure on those sore feet, and easy on the knees, too.
I want you to get the most you can out of the next ten years, so when you're MY age, you'll be checking in to Spark just to share your success with all the "newbies". :)
Best wishes and stay strong!
Jane

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SweetJane it is funny because i am very much the same way and i am turning 50 this year but in the last 5 or so years i have no desire to move. I ended up putting on a lot of weight becasue of food and eating issues and i am so tired from my long days at work (i work 4, 10 hour days) i am up at 5:15 and out the door at 6:15 but i don't get home until 6:05 at night, before i worked these hours I would have my gym bag packed and sitting on the front seat of my car and i had to drive past the gym on my way home so i would feel guilty if i didn't go in. After the hours were switched at work i started driving a different way home from work : )
I live in south florida and although i have tried to swim as exercise it is hard to get to the pool since the pool at my complex closes at sunset which is when i get home from work and i live in one of the larger cities but there is not a gym with a pool except for one of those obnoxious gyms where workouts are secondary to socializing.
When i was younger and thinner i loved walking but now i have to deal with chronic plantar faciatias but i have committed myself to a better diet and regular exercise so i bought myself Zumba Gold which i am told is a more sedate version of the regular Zumba and i have also decided to start doing planks every morning when i wake up and before i go to bed as well as some exercises with weights and exercise bands. I finally figured out if i feel this horrible at 50 I don't want to deal with how i will feel at 55 or 60!



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Goriana, thanks for the encouragement! The gym I just joined has another "partner" gym location that has a pool. It's about 15 minutes farther away from my house, but they have water aerobics, which I've never tried. I am awaiting the delivery of a swimsuit....had to order one, as I haven't put one on in about 6 or more years and didn't own one that fit. And then I'm going to check it out! I may also actually sign up for adult swim lessons at the Y or someplace and finally really learn to swim...at 62! Your story is very inspiring!

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Good luck!

the best exercise is the one you like enought to keep doing for the fun. I've heard there are some indoor walking dvds. I'm not sure how it works, but if you like walking...

Also, I've heard that in some places there are adult ballet lessons. If you love dance, there might be a class for you.

btw, it took me 40 years to learn I love to swim. I didn't learn until I turned 40 and I would not have guessed how much I enjoy it.

Keep trying new forms of movement, until you find the one that gets you going.

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I started doing water aerobics a few years ago. I would have good streaks of attendance, then fall off again. When I went I not only enjoyed the exercise but also the company.

Recently I was asked to teach two classes a week and accepted (I am recently retired and frankly needed something to do, other than boring old housework!)

Teaching the class means I can no longer use any old excuse not to go to the pool. Instead of sitting on my butt and looking at the clock and saying ,"oh, dear, I missed my exercise class,', now I know that there is a group of older ladies depending on me to lead them through their program. An added bonus is that I get paid a few dollars per class, plus my gym membership is free!

It is exactly what I needed.






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I have a few years to go till I retire, and I know I'll hit the gym more often then, just for something to do and to be around people, plus the exercise, of course. I have "hit and miss" resolve, if that makes any sense, when it comes to exercise. I'm now trying videos on YouTube. Have done 2 in a row, 1 yesterday for strength training, one today for cardio. If I make 3 in a row, is that a streak?

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SUSAN727,
Thanks for your reply to my post. See, the thing is, I can apply my ennui to ANY form of exercise. I have historically done just what you do, with gyms. But I also have bought a multitude of DVD's and then ignored them. Really. I mean, half of them never even made it out of the shrink-wrap. And the others I watched but didn't do, or did them once or twice and ho-hum...back to watching HGTV and sitting on my butt. My laziness and lack of resolve knows no bounds!
However! I do know that at the gym, at least I get the bonus of some comradeship and hopefully a chance to meet a new friend or two. Being retired, there's not a lot of opportunity for social gatherings in my life, and being out around people is as good for me as exercising is. So...I am trying the gym route again, and putting a little steel in my backbone and just GOING, whether I "feel" like it, or not!
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JPUMA,
Glad to hear the posts had a positive affect! Drum and flute...beautiful and native to many indigenous cultures. Hope it soothes the soul as well as jazzes up the workout energy!
Thanks for posting,
Jane

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I got quite a bit of energy from reading those posts! Now to get up off my arse and move to the rhythm ....listening to some drum and flute music.....

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My experience with a gym is that at first I'm all gung-ho about going but lose interest and don't go but I'm still paying my membership. I fare better with exercise DVDs to be done at home. I'm 65 and there are large varieties of exercise DVDs to be found in the stores, at Collage Video and Amazon. I do feel much better after a workout.

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Hello Jane -- Sometimes it is not a matter of wanting or needing it is a matter of doing. I spent a year getting up, reading spark and treadmilling it. When I moved to a new country and there was no treadmill I started to regain. Recently, however, I have started walking everyday and joined a gym. Although it has only been a week, I can feel the change already and I am much more positive. So here is how I do it. I set a regular scheduled time to get up and go....it does not matter how much time is spent at the gym the fact is that I go. I also remember that I am not perfect (this one is just so darn hard) and do not beat myself up for the not perfect day.



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JANE, if I can do it, you can do it! I put 3-4 kilos back on, mostly during a very calorific month's holiday, when I chose to enjoy the local cuisine. I thought I'd be back to my lower goal weight by Christmas, and was, and am, 2 kilos above it. Still less than I'd ever been in my life before. I aim to have lost a kilo by the end of this month, and the other by end of Feb. This may be optimistic, but fitness and waistline are more my concerns than kilos at the moment, and I'm getting noticeably fitter. One more week of second round of January Jumpstart to go. Last year was great. I am confident that this year will be even better. It can be for you too. Incidentally I make resolutions for a month at a time, hoping they will have become habit by the end of the month and that I can then go on to the next challenge. I wish you a great year, a real turnaround.



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Thanks, Rachy! What an interesting exercise option...I don't know of anything like it around here. But then, there wouldn't be, unless it transitioned to a snow-shoeing or skiing or ice skating group, in winter! Too much of the weather here is unpredictable and just not conducive to a year-round plan outdoors, except for the very hearty and dedicated, perhaps. Nice reading about your experience. And I've ALWAYS wanted to visit Australia...perhaps I'll get there yet, one day. :)

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Good on you for joining a gym (again!). I do hope that you enjoy it. I myself am similar in that I join gyms go for a bit then lose motivation and stop going but the money keeps going to the gym!! This was when I didn't enjoy exercise as much as I do know.

That was up until about 4 years ago. Then I found an outdoor group personal training. (Maybe not ideal in Winter in the Northern Hemisphere) but I am in Australia so it it just gets cold and rains in Winter so I would suck it up and go. Besides Winter though I started doing two sessions a week and ended up finding enjoyment in exercise. Most of my good friends now are from that group.

I guess most people associate outdoor group training as BOOTCAMP. This was far from that. You worked at your own fitness level and I liked pushing myself to be better. When I started I could walk and that was it. After a short time I could run/jog around the park. The age range in the group was from 20ish through to people in the 50+ range.

Maybe this could be an option for you as after getting to know the people in the group you find out everyone is doing for different reasons. Mine was to get fit and lose weight but the older ladies found that doing the sessions improved their mobility and doing everyday tasks like getting something out of the bottom of the cupboard was easier.

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Have you thought of something low impact like yoga. It can be very good exercise too. Find the right kind.



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Nicky, that's a very inspiring story! How great that you've kept it up, too. I plan to be able to make a statement like yours, this time next year. :) I have "good genes" on my side. My dad is 96, still lives on his own in a two-story home with his "playroom" (workshop) in the basement. He routinely goes up and down the stairs to the one bathroom on the 2nd floor. He may not be fast, and he uses a cane outside due to his balance isn't the greatest. But he can still get around on his own 2 legs! He also plays video games, works a crossword and word jumble every day, and frequently emails me. I hope I live up to his example!
Thanks for your input,

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JANE, NONNIE. don't feel you're too old. I'm 70, and started making myself exercise a year ago! January Jumpstart did it for me. last January I hated exercise so much I did it first thing, and made myself get out with the dogs for cardio. By the end of the month, I was enjoying exercise! By since downsized, and I have 2 to shed to get back to where I want to be. I am repeating January Jumpstart this year, and being more ambitious, and succeeding!
When I can't get out, I walk with Leslie Sansone videos, free on YouTube. SP has lots of 10 minute videos, also free. I don't want to join a gym. I exercise at home. I don't enjoy strength videos, but Jumpstart has mostly 10 minute strength videos, which afre doable, though I sometimes need to rest half way through! This year I have a sore arm I need to rest, so am substituting other videos for the upper body/ arm ones. Jumpstart changed my life last year, set me off on the path that led to my goal. I'm enjoying doing na refresher course this year. Nearly finished, in fact.
And I am enjoying my new, slimmer body. My sister saw me walking round the kitchen while I was skyping her and doing other things at the same time. She commented that my legs had become skinny (that was a compliment!) as my trousers were baggy. 2 years ago I could just do them up, but never wore them, as they were uncomfortably tight! Now I enjoy the roomy sensation when I wear them!
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Thanks, Nonnie, for sharing about your exercise issues. I guess nothing worth having is ever easy to get, but we just have to keep on trying! I don't know if you've ever tried any DVD's for home exercise, but there's LOTS to choose from. Everything from Yoga, to dance/cardio, to walking to the DVD. One you might like that is mellow and low-impace is called "Moving to Mozart" with Ann Smith. She's an older woman who has a dancer's grace and the exercises focus a lot on stretching and staying limber. Like anything, you probably will have parts of it that you can't do right now...do what you can. The way I look at it, 5 minutes of doing SOMETHING that makes your body move is better than 5 minutes riding the couch or recliner. The cold weather (we have it here, too) and the winter gloom do make it harder to get motivated. What about riding your bike to your favorite TV shows, or to music that peps you up? Just TRY and keep trying. You'll be glad you did, eleven years from now, when you're my age and realizing it does NOT get any easier as you get older! Best wishes to you!
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I love working out, but I haven't always been that way. I think that you need to find something that is manageable, challenging, and scalable. What I mean by that is something that is fun and easy to get started, but still challenging, and then can grow with you when you get better at it.

For example - spin class. If you can get on the bike and make it through the class - even just SOME of the class - and you like it, then it is a manageable, challenging workout. Then as you get stronger, you can turn up the intensity and make it harder.

If getting to the gym presents a challenge, then try some circuit training. Here is a great workout that doesn't require ANYTHING except for your own body. I call it "The Back Deck Workout." If you like it, then you can make it harder by increasing the reps and the number of times you do it:
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The trick is to find something that works for YOU! Manageable. Challenging. Scalable.

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I used to hate the E word until I started doing yoga. It is non-competitive and I find a lot of support in my classes. We are all at different levels and encourage each other. I also love to hike on the weekends and walk around the college campus where I work. I can relate to feeling old and slow as I will be 60 next month but I can tell you without fail that I always feel better after I move. Good luck at the gym, maybe you can find buddy, lots of good suggestions here.

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really great information I still struggle it is so hard to get motivated but once I get going I do great I also find it easy to exercise with a group or a class I do an aerobics class on week day mornings weight training on weekends



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I was reading all the Zumba responses. I too, do Zumba 3 times a week and when I come out of those classes I am soaking wet. It is a good workout. I am 69 years old and do the dance almost as good as the young ladies. I modify when I have to but mostly do it all. No, I don't do Zumba with the senior women as it's not enough for me. My hip bothers me sometimes but just modify the step. Exercise becomes a habit and you will enjoy it if you find what you like to do.

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Congratulations to you for reaching out to the SP community! I love exercise, so I can't relate on the same level (I have other demons), but I would throw in the conversation that a good physical therapist is priceless. I'm 35, but I'm struggling with some deep core (physical core, that is!) issues that are preventing me from having the success with long-distance running that I want. We've worked on balance, stability, and form, which a personal trainer wouldn't address on the same anatomical level.
There's something about him writing me a "menu" of stretches, exercises, and daily mind-muscle focuses that is different than a trainer at a gym. Since I'm paying him and have a medical appointment, I tend to do those daily exercises more frequently. Since you're thinking about your body's current state, I would suggest thinking about heading more of a medical route than a personal trainer route. A good PT that regularly deals with athletes can personalize a get-back-to progression just for you so you can do those more athletic things later. Good luck-we're all on your team!!

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Hi Jane, if you did ballet you might like a Barre class. My sister takes one and really likes it. Low impact, different than all the other types of exercise she does during the week, but she still gets plenty sweaty.
I'm not sure how your gym works, but I like to watch TV when I'm on the treadmill. It helps pass the time. Perhaps you can schedule yourself to be at the gym on the treadmill or elliptical during your favorite TV show. That way you "have" to get to the gym on time or else you will miss the show! emoticon It makes it more like an appointment rather than something you hate doing but have to do anyway.
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Thanks to everyone for their posts. I too can't stand the dreaded exercise. We live an hour away the nearest gym or mall. So I'm always using the excuse if we had a gym, if we had a mall I could walk there, if, if, if. you see I'm very good at excuses. And my body hurts always. I'm only 51 and they tell me I need a hip replacement, I do my hip exercises daily to keep it lubed up and moving and somewhat free of pain. If I don't I truly regret it. Also going through some blood pressure and heart issues, having a stress test the 16th and I'm afraid to exercise thinking it might kill me. And not exercising has probably put me in this predicament. 5 years ago I was in a horrific accident and can't seem to get back to the way I was. No I have no physical after affects but having a closed head injury has messed with my memory and thinking skills. During the spring and summer I garden and landscape but have noticed this past year don't feel like doing it as much. Seems like everything is a chore. We've been having some really cold weather here and there's still quite a bit of snow on the ground so walkings out. I have gotten up and rode my stationary bike 4 or 5 times in the past 10 days but not enough. I'm so glad I'm not the only one with this self induced problem. Thanks kjeanne for the link to that article on aging. Everything I've read points to exercise, I know this and still don't move. Thank you to everyone for their posts on this subject, I can do this for myself and my life. Good luck 2013SWEETJANE

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Again, thank you to ALL of you who responded with suggestions, encouragement and the occasional sanity check (I DO "Jump in with 12 feet"...tell your mom she's not alone, Melina!). Exercise at home just doesn't happen for me. Maybe when I'm a little farther along the road. I own about 10 exercise and dance/exercise DVD's...never did more than a few minutes of ONE of them. If I'm home, I'll find a million reasons why "I can't"...hence the rejoining a gym. The trainer promised to be relentless about not letting me lapse...she has a "sign in" check board, and if she doesn't see you signing in on the board, you get phone calls. So, that'll help keep me honest. (Also, I liked her right away, and she is someone I know I can relate to and work with...she's got a lot of the same barriers I have, only she conquered hers!). It is a wonderful thing here on Spark! to "feel the love"...you guys are all my "community" and it's a great feeling to know someone is out there pulling for me. emoticon

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Don't think of your past exercise experiences as failures. Each time was a little in the right direction, and you're learning what you like, or at least what you don't! Keep trying until you find what's right for you - fun, or at least do-able. I have started Couch to 5k several times, and even got up to where I could run 3 miles at a time, but then I got out of the habit and now I'm out of shape yet again. I have started and stopped a lot too, but I count each as a step toward my ultimate goal of being more fit. I wish you good progress toward your fitness goals.



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there are loads of videos on SparkPeople and on the web
You can do your own Zumba with music that has a beat.
Get yourself a pair of dumbbells and an exercise mat.
Maybe get yourself resistance tubes or resistance bands.
and You've got an indoor gym you can use whenever you wish.
If there is a will there is a way ... and these are low cost items.

I love to dance...if you can't do 30 minutes at once...
do a few 10 minutes workouts giving it attitude.

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I would recommend getting in a little bit better shape in general first with things like walking and swimming, but making a return to some kind of dance part of your goals could be very motivating.

I LOVE to dance but had to stop when I became ill and gained a lot of weight. I tried Zumba at about 250 pounds (not quite as awful as it sounds because I am very tall) and loved it. Doing better at Zumba motivated me to work on my fitness in general. For the last couple of years I have been able to return to authentic Latin dancing. I don't compete or anything, but I am able to go to workshops and conferences and keep up with world-class dancers.

There are lots of new dance-related workout options around. You might want to check out Nia and Barre workout classes at some point.

Dances: salsa (standard/LA), casino, rueda de casino, cumbia Colombiana, bachata, mambo, cha-cha-chá, merengue, reggaetón.

Currently learning: Mexican cumbia, danzón, Cuban rumba

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I don't want to "lose my ability to move" ..... so I "use it".... emoticon

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When I don't want to I tell myself I have to do SOMETHING for 5 minutes. A video, a walk, whatever. If I still can't handle it or I'm still in a miserable I can't do this mood after 5 minutes I stop. But MOST of the time I find myself being ok with continuing on.

Also, why not take a dance class? I take dance at 235lbs and there are a TON of older ladies and younger together. There are a lot of non performance based classes and it absolutely counts as exercise. I've taken tap and jazz so far and plan to continue on.

You don't HAVE to like the gym. But you HAVE to do move somehow.

Also don't expect too much from yourself all at once. My mother has a habit of jumping in with 12 feet. 2 hours a day or an hour a day 6 days a week kind of expectations. That's too much to expect from a sedentary body and a negative mind. Build momentum by going for 5 or 10 or 15 minutes a couple of days a week. Then add 5 minutes every 2 weeks until you're at a place you're happy with.

You CAN do it!!!

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I also love lots of sedentary activities--reading, watching TV, messing around on the computer, crocheting, etc. And I hate exercise...at least exercise for the sake of exercise. I think the key is finding something you enjoy, and then it becomes just another hobby you love, rather than the Dreaded Exercise. I'm not a gym-going kinda girl, but I love running. And I love strength training now, because it enhances my running (and I like being *strong*).

Maybe there are DVDs you could do at home that you'd enjoy more than going to the gym? Or perhaps something like yoga or pilates would be a good starting point? Or there might be a class or two at the gym that would appeal to you. (I used to hate the idea of the "socialness" of a class--I'm not really a people person--but now I've met some nifty people through taking classes and I actually enjoy them.)



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You can still watch TV, talk on the phone, and read while exercising! Sometimes from your couch! You can do all those from a treadmill or stationary bike. You can watch TV and jump up do stretches or jumping jacks or march in place during the commercials. There are seated exercise videos you can do from your couch. Set up the iPad with the SP videos while you watch TV on the main screen. It can be done. I've never belonged to a gym. I do much of my exercise at home.





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You havr already started you called the demon out

Find things that you like to do that causes you to move and do it

You liked ballet why not try again

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Congrats on joining a gym. My first gym experience was at an all female facility, and it was great. Once you get a routine, exercise starts to become easy part of healthy living. Your body begins to want it, and even on rest days, I usually end up either being on the go from place to place all day long or end up doing yoga or light dancing or a walk because I need to move.

Consider a personal training session or two if you can swing it. Knowing how to use the equipment and what is there generally has relieved a lot of my awkwardness. And you will know what you can do with the body that you have to make it more the body that you want.

Exercise has made it so that I'm stronger and have more stamina to help my aging parents, and I can outlast most of my friends, even those that are a few years younger than me. When we are on a trip or doing an activity, I can always keep going much longer than they can.



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Ooh I feel you. On top of all the negative things I think and feel about myself when I'm exercising I also hate the hassle of it all... so many showers, extra stuff to carry around, planning, ugh!

Things got a little easier for me when I started going to a women's gym (it was better!) and when I was swimming, as AZULVIOLETA6 suggested. Although I found it a bit uncomfortable to be in my suit between the changeroom and the pool, once you're underwater all your awkwardness and jiggling (and sweating!) is hidden! It's also easier on the joints, which is a bonus.

Good luck out there and thanks for setting a good example by trying again :)



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"I can't enjoy how I look while I'm exercising. I don't feel a "glow" of health. I feel out of breath, and off-balance, and FAT. I hurt. "

I totally understand that! Until two years ago, my favorite hobbies were reading, cooking, and napping. Now they're just reading and cooking. Just remember, that feeling of being awkward and uncomfortable and weak GOES AWAY as you get stronger. You also start to sort of notice that hey, my legs look pretty good, and the more I exercise the better I feel. It does take self-discipline on the front end, but remember that miserable feeling passes pretty quickly.

I say this as someone who thought of herself as "naturally", constitutionally sedentary for the first 50 years of her life, like it couldn't change. In fact, it changes pretty easily.

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The less you exercise, the older you will look and feel. I am nearly 40, but I can easily keep up with people half my age...because I MOVE just about every day.

I think that you just have to force yourself to go until it becomes a habit. It generally takes about 3 weeks to form a new habit.

If your joints hurt, swimming is a good place to start. It's also a good indoor/winter activity.

Good luck! You CAN do this.

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I found that when I belonged to a women's only gym there was a little less of the "I'm here to tone my thighs and get a man" and more of the "I'm here so I can move in the morning" crowd. I am not as old as you but I do find that exercise helps me to move better in my daily life. There were also more mature women there than at any of the coed gyms I have belonged to.

When I have strength trained in earnest in the past, it has been for a specific functional goal such as being able to carry a back pack loaded with 45 pounds of gear and food in and out of the Grand Canyon. I have no interest in strength training to find the gap between my thighs (which has never been there anyway).

Good luck with your new membership!



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KJeanne...you sound like exactly the sort of person who has her priorities in order. I wish there was a group like yours at MY church! (Maybe I'll have to start one). I did just go and join a DIFFERENT gym from the one I kept joining (and quitting) because it was the one closest to my house. The new gym has a vibe I liked right away...and it's a women-only gym, so I can relax and not worry about what some random guy thinks about how I look. I am feeling so much more optimistic...a million thanks!

Jane

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SweetJane:
You're welcome! I just pretended like i was talking to myself. Sometime getting old is no fun!

I joined a mature women's group at my church. When we meet, we share our "up" and "down". I remember the first meeting I attended because every women mentioned something about aches, pains or illness when they were sharing their "down". No one was complaining - just sharing. It's a reality of aging. I wake up with chronic pain every day. Some days it gets to me some days I do okay.

Getting out and riding my bike is the only way I know to keep that pain at bay.

So join me. Get up! Get out! You will feel better!!!!!!!!!! But it might take some time.

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I'm not 62 (someday, I hope!), but what changed for me in my commitment to the gym (I also was a serial quitter) was changing my mindset as to WHY I was exercising. I'm not as graceful as many there, not as stylish, whatever, but I'm there because I want to be healthy. It's something I have to do for life to keep me as healthy as I think I should be.

Good luck. I was moved by your post. Thank you so much for sharing.



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Good for you in making a commitment to get to the gym! There are other ways to get exercise though at home. If you are a serial gym quitter maybe it just isn't for you.

I like to exercise in the morning before work. I start work so early there is no gym I can use and still get to work by 7:00. I get up at 4:00 and work out at home with dumbbells. I also run outside (where I live it rarely snows and doesn't get that cold, so I can exercise outside most of the year). I'm not suggesting you need to get up at 4:00, but you can still work out indoors at home.

In the past I had success when I used a stationary bike while watching TV. I can't afford one right now, but I would love to get an elliptical or a bike to use at home. The TV really takes your mind off how hard you are working.

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KJeanne...thanks for the reality check. You gave me some truths to ponder as well as some encouragement! I will not expect to become 25 again, and I will not be impatient with myself because everything takes longer than I think it should! You've been a big help, I appreciate you taking the time.

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Charlotte...Thanks so much for your response to my "exercise demon" post. You gave me some good ideas and some much needed encouragement. I will be thinking of you, and imagining you grabbing my hand and saying, "Come on, let's go!" whenever I don't feel like it! emoticon

Edited by: 2013SWEETJANE at: 1/8/2014 (18:14)
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Thanks, to all who posted replies! I appreciate your encouragement/kicks in the butt. I had an ah-ha moment there...I can't think about going BACK to what I had in my youth. But I CAN use that memory as a springboard to finding a way to enjoy moving/exercise again, how it looks for me NOW, with THIS body, at THIS age. Thanks for pointing that out! I also like the plan to take a "before" picture now, and then take another in a month or so...so I can have visible proof of the changes. It can be so hard to see that there ARE changes, when I seem to take forever to get anywhere. And yes, don't overdo it, don't push it, all good reminders. Each of you gave me something that I needed to hear. Thanks for your support, Sparkers! emoticon


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I wish I could take you by the hand and lead you to the gym with me. Whether or not I log onto SP, I go 5-6 days a week. All of my schedules and appointments revolve around the gym. When I miss a day, I'm ticked. If I can't go in the morning, I go in the evening.

Do it the same time every day. I get out in the morning right after breakfast before life can interfere.

Call on the services of the gym trainer. Find out how to do the exercises properly. Personally, I hate the machines, so everything I do at the gym is with free weights or in classes. I had to get instructions so I wouldn't hurt myself.

If there are classes, try some. Take the classes customized for older adults (I'm old too), so Low Impact Aerobics, Zumba Gold, Senior Yoga or Senior Water. Steer clear of Body Attack. Walking is still good. Does your gym have a track? The advantage of classes is that they target all your large muscle groups, not just your legs.

Don't overdo it. If you hurt too much the next day, you won't go. Start slowly.

Buy some cute outfits. Put on your make-up.

As you build your routine, you'll discover you love meeting up with your new friends. Treat it as your social hour.

Take a before and after picture. In one month your complexion will be rosier and people will start commenting on how much better you look. Your picture will be your proof.

Good luck! I hope this becomes as satisfying for you as reading!

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First - thanks for sharing
Second - I want to help you set some realistic expectations. I'm 60 and have stayed active most of my life. You are not going to ever at 62 be able to move like you did in your youth. You can however improve from where you are now. It's going to take longer to get into shape. It's going to take longer to warm up. It's going to take longer to see changes in your body 'cause we're old and there's nothing wrong with that!
Third - look for motivation to exercise like this article:

sportsmedicine.about.com/od/olderathletes/
a/seniorfit.htm


Forth - Forget the past. It's gone. It's done. What are you going to do today??? How about getting in your car and driving to the mall and walking???

Let me share with you what I am doing to stay active:
http://www.pedallove.org/we-all-ride-bikes/

hope this gets you up and out.

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Congratulations on picking yourself up and joining the gym again, and I hope you find some encouragement in your new "sisterhood"! I think many of us know how strong the urge is to quit (I enjoy reading and knitting and tv quite a bit!), and it's important to remember that the exercise allows us to do other things we want to do and keeps us moving.

Pop in here anytime you need support or encouragement to get out there and exercise - we want you to succeed!

Do something everyday that your future self will thank you for.


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Hugs and encouraging kick to get into the gym. I find that having a class to go to at the gym is one of the best things to do in winter. I make friends so I want to see them, plus I don't have to think about it, just go and follow instructions.



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Exercise. My bug-a-boo. The thing that makes me cringe with shame for all the times I've failed. My least favorite thing to think about, never mind to actually engage in it. I was sitting here realizing (for the hundredth time) that: It's winter. There is no place to walk, outside. I don't do anything else for exercise. I should do something else, even kind of want to, but I feel like a fool. Why? Because I am a serial gym-quitter. I join, I pay, I stop going. I'm not even sure why. I could offer you a lot of excuses. I don't like exercise! That's at the crux of it. I like sitting and reading books. I like talking on the phone. I like watching TV from the comfort of my recliner. Get up, go out and work these aging muscles? Feel the stiffness and awkwardness and lack of flexibililty? Where's the fun in THAT? I can't enjoy how I look while I'm exercising. I don't feel a "glow" of health. I feel out of breath, and off-balance, and FAT. I hurt. I fail. The litany of woes goes on and on and on. But you know what? I do know that once I get PAST all that...once I get this sedentary and old (I'm 62) body moving...every now and then, I feel a lightening of the spirit. I recall being younger (much!) and having a body that was slender and lithe and did whatever I asked of it, gracefully. I remember ballet class! In my body's memory somewhere is the feeling of strong muscles, limber tendons, a body that I could enjoy. That's the body I want back. I WANT it! So. Despite the fact I've failed (oh boy, have I failed) over and over again to stick with it; despite the fact that it isn't any easier with each passing year; despite the fact I will likely have days where I "fall off the wagon" and don't stick with my program, I signed up to join a gym. Again. This time, I chose one that serves only women. Less need to feel self-conscious, without men there to see me. And that "sisterhood" feeling that I remember from my (largely female) ballet classes. Wish me luck! Because failure is not an option. I want to LIVE! I want to be able to MOVE and BREATHE and RUN and LAUGH with my grandchildren. And I am going to learn to tame the Demon....Exercise!

"Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go."--Joshua 1:9


 
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