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do what you enjoy



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You could always assume that they do. Certainly, nature or wildlife sometimes has a rotten day and communicates that to us, too.


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You could always assume that they do. Certainly, nature or wildlife sometimes has a rotten day and communicates that to us, too.


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Walking is my "serious" exercise, yes it is fun to see the deer, chipmunks, whatever else wild life that wants to say 'good morning'. emoticon

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If it isn't fun you probably won't keep it up for very long. Find exercise that you truly enjoy and you'll never have trouble getting out of bed in the morning to go do it!!

The best cure for stressing is to count your blessings...and a long walk won't hurt either!

Never give up what you want the MOST for what you want at the MOMENT!


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“There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results.”

When you get to a plateau, think of it as a landing on the stairway to your goal. And maintenance is a lifelong plateau, so a bit of "rehearsal" for maintenance isn't the worst thing in the world

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that was an unique website. Even though I'm not into Paleo and weight lifting, ...

I did really appreciate the story about his grandma and some of it.



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'SERIOUS" Exercise
Any movement may be called exercise
Mine is Walking
One day at a time



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"Serious" exercise could just be fun exercise that you really suck at:

www.nerdfitness.com/blog/2014/06/09/do-som
ething-you-suck-at/


"When was the last time you did something you absolutely suck at, purely for enjoyment?

Today, I’m issuing a challenge. I want to see how much you can suck at something that you enjoy."


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Definitely.........



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yes, up to your heart



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Absolutely!



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yes

"The greatest thrill in life is doing what people say you cannot do."


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I was trying to respond to GORIANA, but in any case it's here.

You should try a suspension trainer for strength training outdoors.

Running bores me and I can no longer ride a bike very long. I like doing mixed intervals, breaks up the monotony and gets a lot done in a short time.

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I love the stairmaster at the gym!!!

“Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened.”
by Dr Seuss.


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As long as you enjoy what you are doing yes it's fun. Plus I don't like the word "serious", if you aren't putting anything into it, not taking is seriously it's not exercise in my opinion



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Maybe not exactly strength training, but Parcourses* were made for somebody like you ...
if "Running outdoors: fun" and you need yourself a playground ...

*Not to be confused with the EXTREME sport of Parkour (no relation, parkour being an English bastardization of a French word for some usually non-teamed stunt-running (what that stuff is called in the US of A--the sport having been invented in France, duhhh) - ParCOURSE was a brand name for those cute little running trails with calisthenics stations (guiding woodcuts on guide-posts) along the way ...


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You know what the best type of exercise is?
The one you enjoy. That will make it much easier to stick with it.

Swimming: fun
Kayaking: fun
Hiking: fun
Running outdoors: fun
Ice skating: fun

I can go hard on all of the above.

Now, if I can find a playground outdoors to do my strength training, I'll have it all and the fun too!

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That's the only way I like it!



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Serious exercise can be very fun! Try working out with a group of friends or if you workout out alone creating a great playlist of your favorite songs before you workout.



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Yes it can !

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Only if you love root canals. emoticon Just kidding. To me it is fun.



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I have come to one conclusion.

Is that 'serious' exercise functioning as a Swiss Army Knife of fitness, and failing to adequately address what your most serious and pressing health issue is?

IF you even HAVE one ...

Your body has a wisdom all its own, and you know if you feel like dreck as a result of your 'serious' exercise, no matter how fun while it is being executed, nor how painful (good pain) the soreness aftereffects are.

I had found this out when I'd refused to take my diabetes medicine (for Type 2) just at the point I'd been diagnosed, against doctors orders; and had NOT been but about 10 pounds overweight for YEARS continuously prior to that point, so let's unbundle the weight issue right now from this discussion ...

Yeah, I'd done this experiment on myself. Never mind the nosebleed and the coughing up of blood and the rest.

My Findings: my Swiss Army knives--the core fusion, or the Bootcamp, or the vinyasa yoga --- have to be kept in extremely low rotation, or ditched altogether.

More boring, tougher, more intense to within an inch of its life--actual dedicated cardio exercise (serious enough for you? if it helps manage my condition?) comes in to save the day.

I'd told my pharmacist just the other day that there are those who were able to ditch their diabetes meds totally so I hadn't gone on the pills initially (the count was off due to that factor, as there had been a question of adequate quantity dispensed).

I had wanted to be one of them!

But unlike me, those lucky few probably with much more gynoid adipose stores and less of a partially hereditary factor in their diabetes--no I didn't tell him those last things.




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Always

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Yes

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


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I usually listen to music and that makes any kind of exercise uplifted to the beat. Even if I am hating the push ups that I am doing, I get in the zone and pump them out.



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Any exercise is serious if you are giving your all. I believe that serious exercise can be fun. I look to myself to make it fun and I enjoy working all the muscles in my body and stay in the mindset of how I am going to feel once I reach my goal.

Just because I don't 'look' like a runner, doesn't mean that I am not one! Don't judge me...that is all:)


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Did not work with yoga, though. I'd thought my original yoga practice (which had been heavily fused with killer cardio) had been exceptionally fun ... Then, I'd gotten schooled in authentic vinyasa yoga; lost all the cardio component. So, it had become not-fun about 40 pounds ago (and then well and not a diabetic) ... but I white-knuckled a comprehensive home practice (you think I'd continue to PAY for such torture?!?). Since about 16 months ago, with otherwise managing my condition as well as I could, weight came off like gangbusters ...

For a while, lightness ensued. And the practice felt like a great fit. But then lack of physical strength followed; and the original homeostasis was restored.

There is no free lunch.

But it cost me nothing to practically, totally give up yoga ...


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I found out this year, while wintering in AZ, that mountain hiking is my "fun" exercise. I started out barely able to reach the lowest summits, but it was rewarding enough on a physical and psychological level to challenge myself to do more. I plan to return to AZ next winter for more hiking. In the meantime, I am in a flatter part of the US and I spend some of my exercise time on less fun activities (resistance-band training) so that I can hike better when I return to AZ next fall. I am supporting my "fun" exercise with a less fun one that will make hiking more rewarding. I also take kickboxing, which is both physically challenging and a fun stress buster!

One thing to note: 10-15 years ago (or 100 pounds ago), I would have scoffed at the idea that I would find hiking or kickboxing fun, and I would have seen absolutely no need for resistance-band training. As your journey changes, and your situations change, try new things. Try doing things you never thought were that fun - you might surprise yourself.



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I read somewhere a few years ago that exercise should be viewed just like brushing your teeth. You do not brush your teeth because it's your favorite thing to do. You do it because you do not want sewer breath or rot mouth. That does not mean you have to use toothpaste that tastes terrible to you. There are a ton of toothpastes available with different flavors to appeal to different pallets, but they all help you accomplish the same goal: sparkly teeth that will hopefully make your dentist visit quick and painless.

You should exercise, not because it's the most awesome part or your day. Rather, you should do it because your body needs it to run at its best. With that mindset established, you then explore the different options available to you to make the experience as enjoyable as possible. And if you open your mind and give those options half a shot, you might even find that exercise can sometimes be a pretty awesome part of your day.

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i agree you can



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Russ, I believe you're over-thinking this. Fun in my case is a bike (stationary as it's something I can do year 'round here so it's the basis of my varied efforts) and going from a few minutes at 60% to 50 miles at 85% MHR as I've become healthy. If it's not the weekend, I cut time and add sprints and live to add a few seconds at 120% MHR that the Doc has said OK because I've made the effort to build into it and I'm clear and clean. That's fun. Perhaps a solitary endeavor refutes your roundball analogy, I don't rely on others to measure myself, I'm my hardest taskmaster. Hey, it's Summer here now, the water's above 60°, so can I add a mile to my first choice, open water swimming, the next time in? My goal is beating 133 miles in the water this year. That's what I seriously love.



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What exercise does everyone here consider " fun "? That is where you need to start.

After that, how do you increase the intensity? If you love playing basketball for example, as you get healthier, you start playing 3-on-3, then 5-on-5, then maybe full court. As you lose weight you run faster, and play with more intensity. It is still the fun game of basketball that you loved when you and a friend were playing 1-on-1 at a leisurely pace.

People that run, may do a 5K, and then keep setting new PR's. Do they finally run a 20 minute 5 K ( 9.375 m.p.h ), and think.. " This is too serious/ no fun. "., or do they celebrate because they love running?

I think the problem is that the exercise that we do, isn't actually one we love to do. We spend 45 minutes on an treadmill, and I can up the incline, or run walk/run faster to increase intensity, but I am still on a treadmill. Most of us have an exercise we favor, but we don't really love it. It isn't fun, even at low intensity. Making it harder will just double how much you dislike it.

So what exercise do you truly love... how could you make it serious... and would it no longer be fun?

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I think the results are, but while doing it, it sucks!

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I AM GOING TO SAY NO

HELLO TO ALL I AM TRYING VERY HARD TO SUCCESS


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If the nature of the exercise is slow, lyrically-paced and not requiring much brute (physical) strength ..e.g., doing mat pilates, or learning dance choreography and repeating patterns ... I am all Type A up-in-your-face overachieving ... really, really "serious"; and I DO push my limits!! Focused, and disciplined as well. Upping my "mental game" each time (even if by default). Intention and intensity personified.

In this Altius, Citius, Fortius world of SparkPeople (emphasis on marathons and bootcamps, right?) there is something wrong with THAT picture.

But not in MY world.

Otherwise, I'm just as laid back as the average person ... my cardio must be at an intensity that is uncomfortable for me, but I do it. It feels like overexertion for a time. That is not done willingly; but anything less doesn't "work" for my needs.

Welcome to my world.

Still, it's MY world that counts ... for ME!!

Everybody each has their own world.

Everybody GET THAT?!??


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If you get endorphans while doing 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 it's in the warm water of an indoor pool.

; )

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"RUSSELL_40 - I agree with you. Fun and enjoyable, whatever type of movement is the way to go. It all burns calories, even just plain walking or playing.

"I did try "serious" exercise for a few months, but I actually lost more weight once I stopped trying to do it the serious way and enjoyed it so much more. "

Serious exercise "the overchallenge way" cause cortisol response and insulin resistance to go hand in hand and have a party in your body. A destructive party. This is something I found out the hard way. I was already under a lot of stress due to my living situation. Added to that, overchallenge exercise. Only lettuce binges (and I couldn't keep THOSE up) led to any weight loss during those times. Little had I known that I had serious, underlying insulin resistance issues at the time.


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RUSSELL_40 - I agree with you. Fun and enjoyable, whatever type of movement is the way to go. It all burns calories, even just plain walking or playing.

I did try "serious" exercise for a few months, but I actually lost more weight once I stopped trying to do it the serious way and enjoyed it so much more.

Sparkpeople says: Pick something you love and do that and I really think that is the way to go - keep doing it and over time you will get healthier and lose weight - and maybe after a few months or a year you will come to enjoy something more challenging and then, go ahead and enjoy that.



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Heck yes. For me, nothing beats the Big Sweat.



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I had so much fear about setting foot in a gym and when I did, I did it with someone who enjoyed socializing. I started to take it seriously and I loved it and discovered I am one of those people who has more fun working out alone than with someone else. I miss it a lot. I found waking up at 3:30 in the morning to ride my bike to gym fulfilling for many reasons: one being that it was quiet, the stars were out, I was burning fat and it was a great warm up to the gym - the ride home was even better - the sun had just risen and people were starting to go about their daily activities, knowing I had just finished a two and a half hour work out made me feel very accomplished in my day already. I enjoyed doing cardio in the elliptical once I got to the gym and seeing that each month I could do more than previously, and then I enjoyed working the circuit two to three times, finishing exercises, and then burning down on the elliptical again. I lost 119 pounds and never felt better. For me personally, the results made it fun. The fact my depression lifted and I had less stress made it fun. I looked forward to it. Every body is so different, I think people have to find what works best for them personally. For me going to the gym was serious business, which made it seriously fun ~

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I also do Jazzercise. I started in the back of the room until I felt more confident and I'm now front and center. I'm 64. It's great exercise and fun. One of the ladies is 81, and she still moves! You can do it to your own level. I also bought a used WII and used Just Dance games. Also a blast for days I have to miss my Jazzercise (but I get motivation in a group). Then I signed up for tap dancing lessons 1 X a week. I have a treadmill in my basement with a TV nearby for variety. I sometimes Geocache also - looking for hidden treasures instead of just boring walks outside (just Google it for instructions). I swim when I can. Gardening can be hard, but rewarding, work when you heft mulch bags, etc. I mix it up so I don't get bored and like to say that we are like sharks - they stop moving and they die. Gotta keep moving in whatever ways our various bodies allow.



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Well, now...

...I have fibromyalgia, and those of us who deal with this stuff live on the slender line between the land of Overdo and the land of Not-Enough-to-Make-a-Difference... and every day, the line MOVES! LOL

You're right, TINIERTINA, that too much of a good thing adds to your pain, sets you back to square one where you have to start over. With fibro, and to an extent, with everyone else, not doing enough ALSO adds to your pain and you need to move it or lose it. Not doing enough can take you into the land of Can't.

I HATE that place! LOL

That doesn't mean you can't have plenty of fun along the way. I won't let the fun just pass me by. It's as simple--and as hard-- as learning to listen to, and understand, what my body is telling me... I adapt the activity, whatever it is, to my current level of ability, and I do something called pacing, a technique that involves setting a timer and STOPPING when I get to the end of the minutes.

Because you are right, if I don't want to let it pass me by, I need to draw a line somewhere and just not cross it, but enjoy what I can!

It still comes down to attitude.

I still enjoy doing my wall slides... 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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EXACTLY! It's all how you approach things.

I like sunshine, and silver linings! LOL
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"The real secret of success is enthusiasm..." Walter P. Chrysler said it, I believe it. That's what I want in my life--to give my imagination a chance, to live with energy and enthusiasm!

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

Life comes in specific increments, which we receive as a gift of one moment at a time. That's why it's called t


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No, it isn't.

If the activity is overchallenging ... you will wind up either hurting yourself, having an accident, not bringing 100% effort, or giving up.

That's Tiniertina's Law of you gotta meet yourself where you are.

Sure, it's great to have fun. Not so much fun to land in the ER.

The best things I can say about overchallenge is at least you did not back down from it and that you're a risk-taker ... Too bad that in my late middle age I couldn't just wave to it and let it pass me by ...


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yes it is in your mind



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FUN is about attitude. instead of looking at things like painful or a chore, make it a game. i have a HIIT routine that is fun to me. i also have some other videos that have fun songs that keep you in the workout that are enjoyable



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That's because they're too busy having (active) fun to be pondering the philosophies and the wherefores and why-fors of serious exercise. They don't stick on a heart rate monitor, pedometer or fitbit. Their main fitness technology consists of anything that plays mp3s or games, or variations thereof ...

Sometimes, it has helped to have progeny, pals or a pet around that active fun ...

Lacking those in my case, I have my agendas going for me ...


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I wonder why no one ever asks if fun can be serious exercise?...

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"The real secret of success is enthusiasm..." Walter P. Chrysler said it, I believe it. That's what I want in my life--to give my imagination a chance, to live with energy and enthusiasm!

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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sometimes I have conversation hen we are exercise. it will make exercise more sunny and easy to stick.



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If an exercise modality seems too "serious" for anybody, it could point to a need for more and better cross training. To be able to have a modicum of enjoyment while doing them. Or else you will do that "serious" exercise in excruciatingly low rotation, and upon revisiting it, awaken to a symphony of delayed muscle pain. Which maybe some people like. I DON'T. I'm not waited on hand and foot in my life.

Modern dance and yoga could benefit by an actual aerobics class, even if it has to be done, Gangnam style ... Believe me some things are a lot more fun than others.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pzm1iLRNmV8

Maybe it didn't give Psy that TV-Dream body .. but he's super rich from birth, a pop-sensation - plus that look is Madison Avenue hype, anyway ...

It occurs in reality in high concentrations on the streets of midtown Manhattan at mid-day ... but I can still walk with blinders on to get to where I'm going ... lol

Does the sight of them inspire my fitness routine?

Fitting into what's on the racks at Macy's, having energy and having health inspire it.




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I think fun has to be in the forefront, and you increasing it to the point of being " serious ", is a matter of time, and improved health.

People should just MOVE. That means almost any form of exercise. I think some of the people here forget that a large portion of people do NOTHING. So telling them to do "serious " exercise will just keep them from starting, or make them end up quitting.

Start with something fun, that is easy, and just do it every day for 30 minutes. As children, we played every day, and stayed in shape, without even knowing we were doing " serious " exercise. Now we have gotten out of shape, and we have to fix everything immediately. Go jump on an elliptical, and do 45 minutes. That sucks ( apologies to people who like the elliptical ). I hate the elliptical. We all love doing different things. As a child, I liked basketball, but hated baseball, which kids loved, so if they chose baseball for the day, I rode my bike around the neighborhood for hours.

ANY exercise can be beneficial, with enough time, or intensity. Also, any exercise can be made serious. So start with fun, and as health increases, increase the intensity. If the exercise is fun, when it gets " serious ", it will still be fun. Do you think Usain Bolt hates running really fast, or Michael Phelps no longer likes swimming because it is " serious "? Of course not. They loved what they do, and now have just increased the intensity to a world class level.

They have competitive Frisbee. Nuff said. If they can make Frisbee serious, then ANY exercise can be turned into a " serious " exercise.

All you need to turn that FUN exercise into a SERIOUS one, is do it faster, or lift more of it. Don't pick a " serious " exercise, and try to make it fun.. do the opposite.

"We can't solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them "

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See, this is why mind-body strength training (such as pilates done slowly) is better for you than Prancercise. I am on the fence about yoga. The way yoga is taught commercially today, can produce the same cortisol response as long-distance running (even if for different reasons--stretch-strength vs. cardio). As an extremely insulin-resistant person (for whom low-carbing is most, but not all of the story), originally with a fully apple-shaped torso; I must avoid that cortisol response at all costs.


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