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2/11/14 10:15 P

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MEGAPEEJ expressed my thoughts exactly. I made every excuse in the book, until I realized that there is no excuse to NOT do what I know I need to do to to be healthy. Everything is a choice, do it or don't do it, that is your choice. Once it hits your core, you will be able to move yourself to a point that you JUST DO IT. Although, I have been a fan of couch olympics (otherwise sitting on my @ss) for many years, I can now say that I make the time to workout every day, and it is my choice to fit it in everywhere I can. I get up early even though I am NOT a morning person because my health and happiness depend upon it. You just have to be honest with yourself and ask yourself if you want to suffer the consequences of your actions later in life for your choices of inactivity now.

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2/11/14 9:29 P

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Look.

You're a grown up. This means you can do whatever you want. You can eat cookies for breakfast, you can be on the internet for hours, you can choose to never go to the gym. But acknowledge these things for what they are - CHOICES. It's not other peoples' fault that your bike doesn't work, or that you can't use the tv for what you want, or that the weather sucks. You can choose to make the most of it, or you can choose to curl up with a cup of hot cocoa. It only affects you, and that's your choice.

It can be either empowering or depressing when you realize that everything in your life is YOUR choice. Funny enough, which of those things it ends up being - also up to your choice. Will you embrace that you can make the decisions that lead to your health, wellbeing, happiness? Or will it bum you out that you can't blame where you're stuck on other people.

It's all up to you dude.

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


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I am just throwing in my 2 cents here, BUT in a post you stated that if you walk to the gym, what is the point of going inside. Well, I have to say that I walk to my gym (40 minutes, one way), go inside and do a weight machines, and the walk back home. It is a great workout, and one of my favorite ways to get exercise. Don't let a gym membership go to waste. Why pay for it, if you're not gonna use it?

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Maybe you could try snowshoeing around the neighbourhood instead of walking in just your boots.

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You don't need a whole lot of space to do certain exercises like weight lifting, or squats and other bodyweight exercises, even jumping jacks. You don't have to enjoy working out, but you'll enjoy the results.

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2/10/14 9:19 P

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@JOMAMART, for the past 4 years, since about mid-February of 2010 or something like that.... I have had to tell myself that I will do just the first 10 minutes ...

The first 10 minutes is about as long as I need to deal with (having to) exercise alone, in the 4 walls (no time or money for gym or frequent studio visits), in this winter of my discontent (I live in New York City ... no vacation on the near-horizon (can't get away from job at tiny company with boss who "hates his walls" and is constantly out of town/out of the country [not always on business] ... no money for it either) ...

The first 10 minutes are all I need. to get over the hump of sedentary job and lengthy commute (w/ no "recess" time)

It doesn't matter if I created the workout routine myself (usually lengthy and/or complex), or if I'm following a DVD, podcast, download or CD ...

Yours truly has NO streaming speed for the Youtube or subscription site du jour... I would rather spend the difference in money it would cost for an old fashioned traditional land-line phone; broadcast basic cable (for the half hour in the mornings I need it every day--even if Freedom Tower is now erected--NY1 helps keep me sane), and coffee pods that I manually brew using a workaround to not need Keurig or microwave (or other pet projects of the moment)] ...

I've been a diagnosed diabetic for the 1 year--but somehow, I'd been overchallenged by a lot of physical life--starting 4 years ago, and as an underinsured non-hypochondriac--never had suspected ANYTHING was brewing ... emoticon

Contrary to popular belief, one has to channel their inner Mr. Wizard--NOT their inner Olympian--in order to make this work ...[altius, citius, fortius has never and WILL never, exist in my world ...but a healthy eye towards following the "formula" really can--it's all science, in the end! ]

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2/10/14 10:35 A

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Lissa - there are TONS of new workout videos being uploaded to Youtube every minute. Fitness Blender has a channel and so does Jessica Smith. Good grief, you are the queen of making excuses. If you don't want to work out, then just sit on your butt - and stop trolling the SP boards.



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Would you exercise if you knew that it would keep you off severe, invasive medications?

That is my life every day as a Type 2 diabetic.
In addition, I manage it superbly with a low carbing diet that robs me of the will to exercise ... especially cardio (the most recommended kind) ... but I do it anyway ...


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2/9/14 8:53 P

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I have a hard time staying motivated too. I hate getting up earlier so I don't exercise then. When I get off work it is dark and I can't walk outside. I also hate being cold so I won't exercise in the winter. I have bought some cds but I am not good at being consistent. Let me know if you have any ideas. And I will share with you.

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Love it!

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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If you have three feet of bedroom space, you can work out. There are workouts that don't even require more than a yoga mat's worth of space. If you rearranged your bedroom so you have less space, rearrange it again so you have more. Work out on your bed. Get rid of some things.

IF you want to exercise, you'll find a way. Or, you can keep whining about it.

You don't want to, so you won't. There's nothing else WE can do for you here.

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If you're looking to do cardio but don't have any space, try looking up some beginner belly dance videos on youtube. Most of the basic moves can be done while simply standing in one spot.



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I'd say stick with what you enjoy. I also hate gyms but love walking outdoors, Nordic walking and hiking, bike riding, swimming and rearranging my furniture at home. Some people like the groups or waterfitness. Just keep trying new things till you find something that you enjoy, and if you tire of that try something else

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I hate to work out also. That being said I love to play badminton and ping-pong. I just need a partner:0) My advice is to keep trying new things until you find something you like! Maybe it isn't at the gym but at your local YMCA. I like to swim also,but I'm not sure the public is ready to see me in my swimsuit!



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2/8/14 12:25 P

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There is a whole world of nature just waiting for us to get up, get out and get to enjoying. A walk in the park, a jog around the neighborhood, a run along the stream, a skip along the river bank, a pedaling ride down the sidewalk, a plank or two beside the lake, a shovel in the snow, a skate on the frozen pond, a climb of the highest hill top, a romp up the high side of a mountain, a kick in the sand along the beach, a jump at the highest oak limb, a crunch in the cold icy snow covered grass or even making an angel in the snow. I guess it just takes getting up, getting out and getting into the joy of life. Why not? Life is so short not to enjoy it while you are here.

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2/8/14 8:09 A

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Look, it sounds like what you really want someone to say is "Yes, you're right, your life just clearly has no room in it for exercise, not even walking. That's okay. You don't have to do it anyway, you'll be fine."

Well, okay. I'll lie down on that wire. I'm not invested.

Lissa, you do not have to exercise. You're a voting adult and we're not your mothers, you don't have to do anything you don't want to. Of course, that means there will be consequences for NOT doing it, both to your overall health and to your ability to lose weight, but that's the tradeoff you make. And let's be realistic, the weight loss and overall health are not going to happen anyway until you're in a head space where you can take responsibility for them yourself instead of getting more and more frustrated because other people won't fix things for you.

My mother was a lot like you. I tried for twenty years to get that woman to so much as walk around the damn block, and it just did not happen, even though she knew full well that she felt better when she exercised. Unless and until you can make it a real priority, you're not going to exercise. You know it and we know it.

Unless you live at the North Pole, you've only got a few more weeks of snow and ice coming. Just wait until it warms up and then walk around the damn block and stop making a production out of it.

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2/7/14 9:46 P

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I just rearranged my bedroom furniture. I still don't have enough room in here for a workout, and I don't have a CD drive in my computer. I supppose Youtube would be an option... it's just a shame that nobody has uploaded any of the newer Leslie Sansone workouts. I dread those a little less.

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2/7/14 9:01 P

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Look, forget the gym. Really. You're clearly not going to prioritize it, and at this point it's a waste of time and money if you won't go. If you do go and you spend an hour a day half-heartedly pushing at the pedals on the exercise bike, that's not going to help you either, to be honest.

If you have a bedroom with a door that closes, you have a place to work out. (If you don't, working out is the least of your problems.) No room? Rearrange things and make room. If you have a computer made in the last six or seven years, you have a DVD player of your very own. Close the door and don't worry about how awkward and clumsy you feel. It's not like Jillian Michaels is going to judge you right through the monitor, though God knows if anyone could it would be her.

I give you this advice, but the bottom line is that exercise will not happen in your life until you recognize its importance and make it a priority. No one can make you like it. No one can make you prioritize it.

Given that, exactly what help do you want?

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2/7/14 8:37 P

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Nope it makes my fogged up brain start working again. That helps the stress levels tremendously.

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2/7/14 5:01 P

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Hi Lissa! I just went back through and read some of your posts. I don't think anyone is asking you to devote and/or risk your life to working out. If the weather is bad enough that you can't get to the gym (or don't want to risk having an accident), then home workout videos are a good option. It's ok if you don't know what you're doing at first - I don't think anyone does. The important part is to give it a try. Even just doing some situps/pushups/lunges or something without a video or equipment is better than nothing. Hell, running in place for a few minutes even works.

The important part is that you don't need money, very much space, or any equipment to take charge of your life and be the person you want to be. Making excuse after excuse doesn't do you any good.



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Lissa, you have to find a way to move beyond the all-or-nothing, black-or-white, throw the baby out with the bathwater thinking. It is not serving you well in taking care of your body and it can't be serving you well in life.



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I also hate working out. For me, though, the muscle soreness the next day sort of makes me feel like a beast (in a good way) and that, in turn, pumps me up for another workout. I really don't have much else to focus on right now ... I finished school, not married, no kids, and my job isn't all that challenging ... so I figured, why not put all the unused energy into a killer bod? I'm NOT there yet, lol, but that's what my motivation is.



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"In fact, if I quit this babysitting job and skip this interview I can devote my life to working out. I can also see about selling my car. I'll just run everywhere from now on."

Dramatic much? Exactly how old are you? This sounds like my son having a temper tantrum when he was about 10 years old. I think before you can even begin to deal with food/nutrition issues, you need to get some help in dealing with how to approach life as an adult. It takes self-awareness, maturity and personal responsibility, which does not seem in evidence in any of your posts. Until you get a grip on dealing with your life as an adult, you will continue to flail when it comes to developing healthy habits.

Dealing specifically with this post, what do you hope to gain and what advice do you want? Do you want people to agree that cardio sucks and you have too many obstacles to exercise? Do you want solutions or advice on different approaches? If you were answering this post, what would you write?

Sometimes I can't help but wonder if you really don't want solutions, just attention.

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I don't really have any place to work out at home! There is no room!

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I believe it was, she didn't want her family to see and her sister stole the TV.


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Yes, clearly exercise is lethal! I work out 60-90 minutes a day and it is a wonder that I am still alive!

So, what is your excuse for not working out at home? You have access to Spark video workouts, to YouTube and to DVDs...why is it that you "can't" do those?

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Exercising is part of self care, just like brushing your teeth. You just have to find a way to make it tolerable. When I was heavier I felt awkward and weird working out too. As you lose weight, your body will feel completely different and it will be easier to do the things you feel so awkward doing now. You just have to show up for yourself and trust the process. Let go of all the circular thinking and just act. Think less... act more. Once you have your exercise plan for the day, there really is very little thinking involved, its more like concentration on the effort.

Dreading the mundane things we have to do everyday is wasting mental energy. Is it possible that your exercise routine is bearing the brunt of the punishment you want to deal out to some other aspect of your life you feel powerless to control? Cars crash, winter comes once every year, traffic happens, but that's not your body's fault so why are you punishing it by not using it to it's potential?

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Well, even if I had a working car (which I do NOT), I'm not sure going to the gym is worth risking my life. I went to a job interview during a state of emergency and nearly slid into a guardrail. Had I gone through it, I would have gone over a cliff. Then, when I got home, my car got stuck in my driveway, and in the process of getting unstuck, my front bumper got ripped off.

And what's the point in walking to the gym? It's a 9-10 mile round trip walk. Why bother actually going inside?


And I'm still going to dread every second of it, and I know that forcing myself to work out when I HATE it isn't going to work.

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I have recently restored the bike I had as a teenager, and am now a keen and enthusiastic cyclist.

From a starting point of absolutely no knowledge, I have slowly been educating myself on bike maintenance. A book borrowed from the library, and googling "how to fix a bike brake" etc soon had me on the right path.

It's your bike, so you need to take ownership of some of the responsibility of getting it back into running order. (Sorry for the blunt speaking - put it in the "tough love" rather than the "nasty and hurtful comment" category). But I totally understand that fixing it can seem pretty scary. Perhaps make an explicit bargain with your father that you will clean off the rust (which takes some hard work, but no specific skill or knowledge), if he will look over the mechanicals. If he sees that you are sufficiently committed to riding to do some of the hard work yourself first, he is more likely to fulfill his side of the deal.

Another first (and no skill) step would be to pump up the tires (the recommended pressure should be written somewhere on the tire walls), and then see if they go down. At least then you will know if you have a puncture, or whether the air has just leaked out over time.

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You know, I have a buddy who lives in New Jersey. He goes to the gym every day. Regardless of the weather.

If you want to go, you'll go. If you don't, you don't. Don't ask for advice if you're not going to take it or even consider it. You're wasting your time, and ours, if all you're going to do is make excuses to explain why every single thing we suggest. You have time to post on Sparkpeople, Weight Watchers, AND MyFitnessPal. Maybe instead of posting about how to go to the gym here, you go to the gym instead? Clearly you have time for that.

Tell your sister (don't ask) that you're going to use the TV for an hour. She can join you, or go elsewhere. Failing that, you have a computer, and if it was made anytime in the last 10 years, it has a CD player. Stick your videos in that. Do some Sparkvideos here, if you don't. Look up workout videos on Youtube.

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Snow in New Jersey in the winter? SHOCKING! Who could have anticipated that?

You know what, it is snowing where I live today too--something that only happens once or twice a year here. I'm still going to go to the gym tonight. If I can't drive, well, then I will walk.

You are completely capable of making this happen, Lissa, if you DECIDE to make it happen. You are not an idiot and you know that you need to move to lose. So go get it done already. What you are doing now is just giving up--so either get yourself in gear or take ownership of the fact that you are giving up and call it that.

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My thought is that you don't want help or advice of any kind. No matter what other posters come up with, you are going to come up with some kind of excuse as to why it won't work. I think you really need to figure out your priorities and your goals in life. If those goals are important enough to you, NOTHING will stand in your way.

Exercise is certainly not my favorite thing which is the reason I do 12 minute workouts daily. I can do them in the sanctity of my own home if I want. I can do them on the patio if I so choose, i can even do them at work and of course I can do them in the gym.

I think you need to really determine whatever it you want and don't let anything STOP you. It is not your dad, sister or anyone else in your house stopping you from getting your goals accomplished. That is all on you my dear.

So if you want to come in the chatrooms to complain then make it clear that you don't want advice. You just want to vent.

I believe you had another thread very similar to this one. If I remember correctly, lots of posters gave you advice there too. But like this thread-- there is no talking to a brick wall.

My goals are extremely important to me. Maybe it's time to determine yours and do something about it instead of complaining and making excuses.

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We're just trying to let you know that there are ways to get the cardio done. It's something that you have to want to do, no matter how much you dislike it. If there is that much snow and access to the DVD player is limited, then use some of the videos on this site. You can also find free videos on YouTube.

If yo truly dislike cardio, why don't you focus on strength training? Use the workout generator to come up with a workout plan. You can dot the strength training at home using only bod weight. You can invest in some resistance bands and a medicine ball. You don't have to get dumbbells or use the equipment at the gym.

Finally, it seems like you want us to give you a pass and say, "It's ok. If you hate cardio that much then don't do it." Cardio is important, but what you eat is more important. So is strength training. If you hate it so much that you are finding ways to explain why you can't do it, then perhaps you need to reevaluate your goals. So, maybe do cardio 2 to 3 days per week for at least 30 to 45 minutes each time. Then focus on strength training for the other 2 to 3 days. We are all trying to give you alternatives but I think people are getting frustrated that it seems like you really don't want our help/ideas.

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If there is a will, there is a way.

I work 8 hours at a factory job running stock and lifting all day, I am a working mom with no vehicle and no gym membership. I come home from work each day, down a cup of coffee and run in spot in my living room for 30-60 mins or lift weights. If the living room is being used by my kids or husband... I go and run in spot and lift weights in my son's room.

Some days I flippin' hate every second of it. I'm tired and would much rather just go and lay on the couch and take a nap after work. But I do it, I hit that runner's high and before I know it, a planned 25 min run turns into a 60 minute run. When I was obese I hated exercise even more but the more weight I loss, the fitter I became, the more I learned to love it... the endorphins and the sweat. Now if I don't exercise I have far too much pent up energy and get anxious, irritable and fidgety.


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What bus?

You are absolutely right. Instead of going to bed, I will go for a 20 mile run in about an hour. Who needs sleep? And I am looking forward to my run to make it to the gym before it opens this weekend. We're only looking at 30 inches of snow, and it isn't like I will be running in rainboots. In fact, if I run fast enough, I can make it to the gym tomorrow by the time it opens at 6, get a workout in, get home by 6:30, take my sister to school, shower, make it to my interview, pick my sister up, and get to work. Maybe I can even squeeze in another workout between appointments and do another run to and from the gym after babysitting.

In fact, if I quit this babysitting job and skip this interview I can devote my life to working out. I can also see about selling my car. I'll just run everywhere from now on.

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you're not the only person in the world who has to deal with weather..some people suck it up and walk or take the bus to the gym, they get up at 3 am to work out before the rest of their family wakes up, they go and run 14 miles in ice storms.

Some people just don't make excuses like you, and that's how they get exercise in.

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I don't even know if my bike CAN be fixed. My dad would know, and for a WHOLE lot less money than it would cost to have a professional look at it.

I've been to the gym a few times, but lately, it just has not been possible. I had car trouble for a couple of weeks (bad battery), and this week, it has been snowing every other day. I nearly slid into a guardrail that was overlooking a nice cliff on Monday trying to get to a job interview, and there was another state of emergency today. I have a fairly full schedule tomorrow between another interview, taking my younger sister to and from campus, and babysitting (using my mom's car because my car got stuck in some snow, and the bumper got ripped off in the process of getting it out. I can't get it fixed until at least this weekend).I suppose I can squeeze it in on Friday between more transportation and grocery shopping (since we're expecting MORE snow over the weekend).

I'm not exactly sure what I'm supposed to do about working out. Going to the gym isn't reliable right now between car trouble and the weather, and since my sister is always using the TV, I can't do any workout DVDs at home. So, what options do I even have?

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I don't know if your bike is fixable or not, but many bicycle repairs are VERY simple. Of the things that you mentioned, the gear shifter is the only one that might be complicated. If your dad has the tools and some WD-40, you are already on your way and you may not even need to go out and buy anything except a patch kit--those cost about $5.

There is this brilliant place called YouTube where you can get instructions on how to do just about everything--I would start there if I were trying to teach myself from scratch. If you are going to be riding 10-mile stretches, you will need to know how to change a tire on your own anyhow.

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My lord, the excuses! Just stop avoiding what you know you need to do and GO.

Maybe your dad is putting off fixing your bike because you are ostensibly a GROWN UP who should be able to figure such things out on her own. You have already purchased a gym membership--figure out a way to get yourself to the gym.

You are not a victim here. You are in charge of your own life and you need to step up and take some ownership over things.

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I don't like working out, but I do try and know I need to do more. I have a lot of problems with the lower back and knee due to arthritis and so it is very painful for me to do any kind of strenuous exercise. I love to walk, but again after a block, I am hurting to the point that I can hardly move. People have told me that I should continue and make it through, but the pain is just so bad. I have lost some weight and would really like to get back into exercising. Am currently waiting till I get moved so I can make it a steady place to go.



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I also hate exercise. With a passion. My only activity is cleaning and toddler chasing. I have always been able to maintain my weight with diet alone. I think I'm getting old though and may have to add some yoga or pilates. Nothing that requires bouncing or jiggling. I'm still thinking about it. I'll decide something when I stop losing for a couple weeks.





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Azul- I don't know how to fix a bike, and I can't afford to take it to a shop. My dad said he would look at it, but he keeps avoiding it. I guess I should just look for a new bike and throw the old one out, because it's going to be completely ruined if I try to fix it myself, and I'm thinking that by the time I shell out the money for a professional to look at it, I'd be better off just buying a new one. My bike is in REALLY bad condition. It's rusted, the tires are flat, the gear-shifter is broken.

Leslielenore- Unfortunately, I don't think ANY physical activity is fun. I never have. It's a wonder I wasn't 400 pounds in kindergarten. I just HATE exercising.

Fieldworking- Planet Fitness has a personal trainer that gives you a list of exercise machines that work different parts of your body. That's it. And I don't really have anybody to work out with. My only option is to work out alone.

And to top it off, I don't have any place to workout right now. My sister had a day off from school, so she's been hogging the TV, so doing a workout DVD isn't an option. I can't exactly make it to the gym. My mom is parked behind me, and right now, my car is in need of repairs before I drive it- assuming I can get it out of the driveway. I mean, my coat is wet, but I SUPPOSE I could walk the 4.5 miles to the gym to work out. So what if it's dark, cold, and icy out?

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What about having a workout buddy? Does Planet Fitness have a personal trainer? It might help to get a personal trainer.



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Do what is fun is my motto... so you have to keep trying different things until you find what works for you. Just keep experimenting!

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Why are you waiting for someone else to fix your bike? Get it done yourself.

We all know that you don't like exercise. Just freakin' do it anyhow!

I cannot lose weight unless I exercise--hard, and a lot. So I do. It's really not much more complicated than that. I want to be healthy and happy, so I take care of myself.

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I would love to commute to/from work by bike most days, but I've been asking for help getting my bike fixed up for years, and it's still not happening. Maybe this spring.

As far as walking, I love long-distance walking, but I can't exactly go on 10 mile walks a few times a day. I can't even do it every weekend. It's just too time consuming, but I don't get much enjoyment out of going for a 30 minute walk around the block. I would love to walk a marathon one day- or even a half marathon-but the idea of the training program makes me reconsider the idea. I've tried C25K programs, and I get bored halfway though.

I've tried audiobooks, music, books, podcasts, and TV to distract myself, but even that's enough. If my gym (Planet Fitness) had Wifi access, I'd bring my iPad and use that while working out.

I do like the day-after-feeling of a good workout, but not nearly enough to make me want to go to the gym or actually turn on my DVD player.

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It sounds like you haven't found anything you are really interested in doing. You like to walk, that's great. Why not give the elliptical at the gym a go? What about treading water in a pool or water jogging? What about riding a bike (stationary, spinning, outdoors)? Does your gym have a rowing machine? If so, give that a go. You could go to the gym for 45 minutes to an hour. If you get board easily, try getting on the elliptical for 15 to 20 minutes, then the stationary bike for 15 to 20 minutes, and then the rowing machine for 15 to 20 minutes. If the rowing machine is a bit tougher than you expected, try starting on the rowing machine for 10 minutes, then go to the other two machines, and finishing with the rowing machine again.

Or, do your walking a couple of days a week. Get a bike and ride outside a couple of days a week. Then go to the gym one day and spend time on the machines there (on one machine alone or split the time up over several machines).

Another thought is to do your walks 3 days/week. Then go to the gym and spend 30 minutes on one of the cardio machines and then do a full body strength training/resistance workout. If your gym has a rowing machine, you could get on it for 10 to 15 minutes, then go do your strength training and come back and do another 10 to 15 minutes on the rowing machine. It's a full body workout and would be a great cardio workout to complement a strength training workout.



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I guess we all have periods that are challenging to us. The current weather in my area makes it difficult. But, anything you do is better than having done nothing!!

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when you can get back to your outdoor walking, pick up the pace. Listen to some fast paced music, or try something like the Zombies, RUN! app (it tells a story as you exercise; when the Zombies are chasing you, you have to pick up the pace).

what activity do you like? Dancing, jumping on the trampoline, jumping rope, climbing stairs or bleachers, volley ball, tennis, riding a bike? If you can find an activity that you like or that you enjoy the challenge of, that will help.

I haven't jumped rope since I was a kid, but now it's fun to see if I can set a new PR (currently my best is 100 without missing or having to stop and catch my breath).

When I'm stressed, I like to hit a punching bag or knock the racquet ball around the court. I don't know anything about the rules of the game, but the court is enclosed and small so it's something you can do on your own.

We all have things we must do that we don't really enjoy. Sometimes that's just part of life.

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The only thing that makes me tolerate working out is getting results. If i am losing weight and improving stamina I have no problem putting in 90 minutes at the gym. Try listening to music or podcasts to distract yourself. Get the stitcher iPhone app.



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I really hate going to work, but yet I have 3 jobs and do it anyways.

Of course it is preferable if you can find something that you can at least tolerate, but if you want to be fit and healthy, then exercise is not an option.

Suck it up buttercup and get it done.

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I'm not sure what's going on with me, but I just cannot stand working out.

I love distance walking, but that's at a fairly moderate pace. I don't get out of breath, or really feel like I'm getting a huge workout (even after walking 8 miles). Plus, with the weather, outdoor workouts have been cut out entirely.

I do like feeling sore after a good strength training session (like with Jillian Michaels), but I feel so awkward and clumsy doing the actual workout that I actually worry that I'm doing everything entirely wrong.

I've never craved exercise- even when I was more consistent doing it. I dread it every single time, but I know that I need to do more. I've tried different workout DVDs, I have a gym membership, I've taken workout classes in the past. I still dread working out.

Any advice?

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