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5/3/14 10:16 A

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I find it interesting that people find exercise such an onerous task but do not consider many of the other difficult and often physically and mentally demanding equally onerous. For example the hours one has to spend practicing to become a quality musician or for that matter the time and money spent on improving ones golf game. If people do not consider their health and longevity important then exercise and good nutrition are impediments to them having fun.

Quality exercise is work albeit one with immediate and long term benefits so I regard exercise as an investment in both my physical and mental health.


It is called WORK-ing out for a reason.

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Cardio burns calories, strength work burns fat.

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I consider a long bike ride "serious" exercise, wouldn't call it fun, more interesting biking through areas I haven't been to for a while.

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5/2/14 11:49 P

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In the beginning it will be sore and somewhat unpleasent. The 'burning' feeling of your muscles is not initially a great feeling. But, like with any discomfort, it becomes less discomforting over time.

Another thing you may want to try is to find an exercise you love so much that you don't realize how tired you are until after its over. For me this is horseback riding and synchronized swimming. When i ride my adrenaline starts pumping and it isn't until after I get off the horse that I realize how much I worked my muscles.

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5/2/14 11:53 A

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I have done a few benefit dance shows. Its so much fun learning and perfecting the dances, and meeting new people. but it is serious because you want to do a good job so that the charity you are dancing for gets a large donation after all is said and done.



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While there are guidelines as to what is 'recommended,' I thinks it very personal because as was pointed out previously, if you don't enjoy it then you probably won't stick with it. I am studying the performing arts in school and dance can be a excellent workout depending on the length and intensity of the session. I was amazed at how much work went into a simple looking combination, it takes stamina!
I personally love latin dance, martial arts, running, fencing, and yeah I do enjoy time in the weight room and have been known to do obstacle races. But these are all things I enjoy. Ultimatley it is up to you to define what you find fun, or to decide to try something new that might challenge you in a way you can enjoy.

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What is serious? Regular? Yoga can be fun.
If serious is strenuous, that's another question.



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Zumba is a blast and burns 300 calories/hour. That's serious!

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I think that it depends. Are you a serious competitor who must always win and be faster, get more points etc than your pals? then No.

If you mean can you do a strenuous workout and still have a blast, then YES. Dancing can get you worked into a sweat and listening to that music can make it a enjoyable.

It sounds like you might need to change up your routine. Take some different classes for a couple weeks then switch back to what you like. Try using a different set of muscles. Some things like weightlifting might be sort of dull but bounding on a trampoline wouldn't be at all so, for me. Nor would hiking up some steep hills in a lovely wooded setting or near the mountains. Walking along a beach in pure sand can certainly work the calf muscles especially if you aren't used to it.

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Serious exercise can be fun however most of us will agree that serious exercise is serious work and work usually is not fun. But with most work, if you work hard you see good results.

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Walking, tennis, biking and tap dancing are all perfectly good forms of exercise. I'd say just be glad you found some things you like, and keep doing them! If you feel like you're not doing enough, you could do them more often or for longer periods of time.



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I throw in the T25 DVD (serious beachbody kick butt DVD) and throughout the entire workout I talk to the TV whether it be yelling at Sean T the instructor or letting the others know I am just as good! I am not very coordinated so I poke fun at myself stumbling but I keep moving even if I don't know what they are doing! I am full of sweat in the end and sore the next day so I know it is working! Laugh a little or A LOT that burns calories too!!

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You need to push yourself harder!

The activities described don't seem to meet the requirements for what is defined as exercise be (for the purpose of promoting general health and wellness) by ACSM/AHA and Federal Guidelines (30 minutes of moderate-intensity daily physical activity five days a week).

It is GREAT that you're active, but try pushing yourself! Maybe add some jogging to your walks?

I LOVE running, strength training, and cycling... HIIT and endurance training but I can relate to your challenge from when I was a beginner. At first it may feel painful, but you will literally change the patterns in your brain and learn to LOVE exercise. And it is SO good for you.

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I do enjoy serious, intense exercise. I love the endorphin rush, I love feeling strong and energetic and I love being in control of my own body. I very much enjoy exercise and celery--I don't see either of those things as punishments.

I think that you need to move beyond the paradigm that anything out of your comfort zone is bad. Feeling your muscles is not BAD--it just means that you have more work to do. If you get a tiny bit sore and then immediately give up, you will never get beyond the first step.

If you are sore and winded after 15 minutes of cycling, you are a LONG way from being fit. Perhaps that is part of the problem--you never give yourself a chance to improve.

Your body will change when YOU are ready to change. If you are not willing to do anything different with your diet or to challenge yourself at all with exercise, you will always be stuck where you are.

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4/29/14 9:50 A

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In my experience, if you do not look forward to whatever physical activity you're about to do, you won't stick with it. Period.

I lost 40 pounds before by some serious dieting (where I starved myself of food I loved) and doing circuit training at the gym three days a week. I lost that weight in 5 months. Serious accomplishment. I hated every single minute of it. But once I lost that 40, I thought, "Great, now I can go back to living to normal."

Hello, 40 pounds, welcome back (four years later). All that torture for nothing, ultimately, and now I’m back at square one. But that’s okay, because the only time you truly fail is when you don’t learn from your mistakes. I learned that I am not a gym person and I can’t starve myself of food I enjoy. My brother a few weeks ago was watching roller derby and said it’d be something he thought I’d like. To humor the idea, I got skates and started going to the rink and ended up loving it. While I am nowhere near ready to try out, I go to the roller rink, dodge children and roller skate three times a week. This is not a work-out for me; this is my “me time” to sweat off my day, feel the breeze, jam to my music and have more fun doing something physical than I ever have. I skate until my legs turn to the noodles and I leave surprised how sweaty I am.

When I started this, I thought, “I wonder how many calories this burns. Can’t be much, I’m just on wheels.” According to SP, 40 minutes of roller skating burns some 500 calories. 500 calories a night for something I enjoy. CAN’T BE TRUE.

Moral of the story: stop thinking about exercise as work, if that mindset doesn’t work for you. Find something you love, that you can’t be without and let your body surprise you. Once you get started, you’ll struggle to stop, even after you’ve reached your goals! I tried out half a dozen things (included tai kwon do, which I loved but was too expensive) before I found my love of roller skating and roller derby.


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4/29/14 9:27 A

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Serious exercise is hard work - however, I have been running 5k's and just started with 10k's this year. Is it hard to do yes - but there is an enjoyment of knowing 1. I'm fit enough to do it and 2. the fact that I'm improving. While it may not be fun in actual physical labor - take pleasure in the results.



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I enjoy walking up the mountain, which burns very serious calories, even more on HRM than SP estimate, and enough to more than cover the capuccino I the. Drink at the restaurant if its open!
Hula hooping is also fun and burns lots of cals, tho I havent done it all winter, as I have to do it on the balcony.
And yes, its fun when I find myself getting fitter and enjoying workouts I used to think of as torture...



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Get into strength training. Challenge yourself. Watch yourself get stronger quicker than you ever thought. That's HUGE fun! :)



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Part of the problem a lot of people have with fitness is this mindset that there is work, and there is play, and never the twain shall meet, and no benefits can come of anything that doesn't make you miserable.

Nonsense. I love lifting weights. To me, that's fun. I'd rather gnaw off my own foot at the ankle than tap dance or play tennis; that doesn't sound fun to me, it sounds awful beyond words. That doesn't mean I'd get more benefit out of tap-dancing than out of deadlifting. It just means I like one and don't like the other.

Dancing can give you plenty of body recomposition benefits if you do it long enough and at sufficient intensity. (Exhibit A: professional dancers.) I imagine playing tennis can too, as long as you're spending more time chasing the ball than socializing over the net. Do things you like, do them at a high intensity, and you'll see more benefits than you would if you tried to make yourself enjoy spin class.

Also, I like celery AND chocolate. Again, not an either/or.

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"Serious" and "fun" do not have to be mutually exclusive. Find something that you enjoy doing then gradually increase the duration and/or intensity until you are burning serious calories or have maintained your target heart rate for a period of time. Having a buddy, participating in a challenge or listening to a mp3 player can all help to add a "fun" element to a bonafide workout.

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The other day I was thinking of exactly the same thing.

Let's first assume that we are engaged in some exercise that appeals to us in a way that we kind of feel good doing it.

Whether it remains enjoyable depends on how intensely we do it. For example, if I am trying to lift 95% of my 1 rep max 5 times, I won't be having too much fun because it is very difficult. On the other hand, I can have a lot of fun lifting 85% of my 1 rep max 5 times, and even I would enjoy several sets of it.

For the exercise to be effective, on the other hand, we need to walk a fine line between the intensity that gives pleasure and the intensity that gives a hard time. We can't really make it way too enjoyable because that kind of intensity will not help us get stronger or fitter. We can't also make it so hard that we eventually burn out and quit.

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Yes. I love to dance and you get a good workout from dancing.

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For me, I have to find something I enjoy doing to be able to stick with it. You said fun for you is social and challenges you. Take a friend out and race on your bicycles a certain distance. Partner up with a runner and race. Play some sports - find a volunteer team to play with. As long as it gets your heart rate up, it's "serious", as people are talking about on this thread. The fun part for me comes when my physical ability increases and I see my body fat go down... keeps me going, and makes it fun!


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When we use words such as serious and fun we are dealing in purely subjective terms. I work our because I find being unhealthy and unfit serious, being diagnosed with hypertension and having to take two meds a day for it was very much unfun. So I got serious about correcting that health problem with quality exercise and meditation.

At age 77 I workout to continue to do the physical recreation I enjoy such as kayaking, cycling and backpacking. Are my workouts serious? I prefer the term quality exercise as opposed to serious and regard it as an investment in my self and my health. The investment allows me to have fun.


It is called WORK-ing out for a reason.

I said getting fit was simple, I did not say it was easy.

Cardio burns calories, strength work burns fat.

Eat well to lose weight, exercise to get fit

You can not build a six pack using twelve packs


Often when we seek a magic bullet for fitness we end up shooting ourselves in the foot.

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I think the real question here is " can fun exercise be serious? "

You seem to be saying that if it is serious, that it isn't fun, and I think many disagree. If you are talking about 60 minutes on an elliptical, I would call that HELL, not FUN, but if I spent those 60 minutes playing basketball, I would consider it serious, AND fun.

People who love running can choose to take leisurely runs, and these may be real fun for them, and when they decide to run very hard, this may be what you would label as serious. However, if you really love running, the competitor in you may work at getting your 5K time below 30 minutes, and then set a goal of 20 minutes. Depending on your fitness level, this pace 9.3 m.p.h might be serious, but if you love running, it could also be fun.

Pick a sport you truly love, and just keep increasing the intensity as you feel able to ( push a little ), and health improves. So no matter whether it is hiking ( climb a steeper hill ), swimming/biking/ running ( go farther/ go faster ), you can make your FUN exercise SERIOUS.

I started walking on the bike trail that runs along the river, when I felt good enough to exercise. I have CHF, and a leaky heart valve, and sometimes problems from A-fib, which hopefully get resolved when they replace my heart valve. At first I would walk a 1 mile round trip, and feed the geese in front of my apartment complex. I bumped that up to 2 miles, which was to a bridge to feed ducks, and then walk back. These were both fun, and as you can tell from being able to carry bread, as well as stop to feed the birds, not exactly SERIOUS. Over time, I increased it to a 5 mile round trip, in which I run some of it, so I get it done in about an hour. My goal is to one day be able to run it completely in 30 minutes. At what point does it become SERIOUS, and will it no longer be FUN?

Only if I let it. If I don't find running fun, I would just continue walking, and look to increase intensity with weightlifting, swimming, biking or some other activity. If the exercise is only fun if you do it at an easy pace, then you don't really enjoy the exercise, you enjoy the fact that it is EASY. Most of us have one or two exercises that they truly love, and for me it is basketball, and these walk/runs. I will just keep on working on increasing the intensity, as I get healthier, but will always make sure that I don't push so much that it stops being fun. Not only do I do the exercise to feel better physically, but also mentally. Being fun, they relieve stress for me. I leave weight loss to diet.

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It's all about the attitude. If I try to start a run feeling crappy and unmotivated, there's a healthy chance I'll be heading home much earlier that I had set out to. But if I go into it ready to kick ass, then I'm going to do well and finish my mileage. The adrenaline rush and feeling of accomplishment that I have when I hit a new personal best in running or strength training is worth all of the effort that it took to get me to that point.



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YES!!!!!! One of my favorite classes at my gym is a Boot Camp class. The instructor is a junior high teacher and, well, sometimes adults are like junior high students when it comes to exercise. emoticon She'd do things like imaginary trips to Hawaii, The Boundary Waters, and Super Hero Training. One time, we had teams and had to lug 40 pound bags of sand to different areas and do exercises. Fun. And I was in the best shape of my life. Sadly, I can't go anymore because of my work schedule.



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I am a competitive tennis player and workout 2-3 hours 6 days a week. It is very hard and intense work and while I don't ever think of it as fun it is rewarding and I have an incredible sense of satisfaction and accomplishment. The benefits are many and while walking and dancing are much more fun to me they do not constitute a workout and do not aid my fitness goals. But, many people who walk, do yoga and dance are fit and healthy, it all depends on what your fitness goals are and how it fits your particular lifestyle. I am competitive, thus I compete and require different training and skills in order to succeed. One can improve their health and fitness in many different ways, find what works for you and try to incorporate it into your daily routine. Moving your body, keeping active, breaking a sweat and getting your heart rate up every single day is more important than how you choose to do it.

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serious to me means moving and using any muscles you can as much as you can. sitting or laying down don't seem to be the way to do it. walk around, dance, regular exercises, what ever makes you happy. its for a better life.

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what counts as serious exercise? as others are saying, if you're sweating, and you feel it in the muscles, its serious exercise. You have to find what you enjoy! Leslie Sansone's Walk away the Pounds are my "go to" for tired days, low impact days, for when I've been off the wagon and am climbing back on days. Have some CD"s of Cuban music that just make me MOVE. and a session of salsa dancing does as much for my body as WATP, but a lot more for my state of mind! For my toning / strengthening its Kick Box for me. Since I'm a solo, have several DVD's that make me sweat and ache and work! Tae Bo - not so much. Is it Billy Banks? is it because he's a guy? Zumba doesn't help me much either. Will never be a runner and even power walking gets BORING if it weren't for the MP3 player in my ears!!

But no matter how much I enjoy the salsa and the kickbox, there are days I have to push to get in there and work - cause I know I feel better afterwards! And I'm happy knowing (1) its DONE and (2) feel so much better in my skin since I've been doing it!



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I am 64 and trying to lose 95 pounds so its not coming off easy. I do love to sing to my music and dance around the best I can. don't know what I would do if it wasn't for music. it can make me sad or it can lift my spirits way up. just keep movin.

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Thanks everyone! Weight loss is a goal, but now that I am post-menopause, I find it so hard to take off weight that I am becoming reconciled to a somewhat rounder figure -- so long as it doesn't become a "dumpling like" figure!

I love acting, singing, dancing, biking, walking... so maybe I do have the start of something... am thinking about martial arts, too.

Thanks for all the insights and ideas!





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WHEN I SWEAT ITS SERIOUS EXCERCISING TO ME

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I come out of my zumba class drenched in sweat--that's serious to me. I feel like a bada$$ when I finish swimming a mile, and the soreness in my arms tells me that I got a serious workout. I am not interested in becoming a runner, or in going to the gym and working out on machines, but between zumba and the pool, I get enough cardio in my life. There are probably fun ways to do strength training too, but I haven't found them, so for now I just use my resistance bands and try to get through a couple Spark videos 2-3 times a week.

My best friend is a yoga instructor. She has a gorgeous body, and she got it through a dedicated yoga practice, not through "serious" exercise. She rides her bike and walks everywhere, and does yoga, that's it.

Finally, weight loss is 80% diet and only 20% exercise. Even if you don't work out regularly, you can make some pretty dramatic changes in your body through tracking your foods and staying within your target ranges.

If you have formed the habit of checking on every new diet that comes along, you will find that, mercifully, they all blur together, leaving you with only one definite piece of information: french-fried potatoes are out. ~~Jean Kerr

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. ~~Anais Nin

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Heck yes. Competing with yourself is always fun. If you do the work, you always win! Plus you get all the benefits of looking good. Endorphins are great too. Exercise is great for stress and for your mood. If you get bored with one thing, switch to a different exercise.

Physical therapists say that serious exercise does not leave you sore the next day. Over exercise does. Over exercise is not fun. :)

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I've been doing Jazzercise classes at a local center for a while now, and I personally think it's super fun. It's a very social group, current music and can be pretty high intensity depending on what you put into it (I'm a bit of an over-achiever). I leave class every day soaked in sweat, often with jello arms and legs if we incorporated lots of squats/push ups/weights. Now, do I particularly think the weight lifting part is "fun"? Well...no. But I like the burn and the feeling of exhaustion afterwards, so I guess I'd call it "rewarding". But all-in-all, it's a pretty fun time.



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Depends on what you mean by "serious." If anything that's difficult or strenuous is tedious/unpleasant to you, and that's what you associate with serious exercise, then no, you may not find any "serious" exercises fun.

But I also get the impression that you don't really enjoy exercise for exercise sake, and that you may be associating "serious exercise" with things where exercise is the sole focus (as opposed to something like dancing, where there's also an artistic component). That's how I am--there usually needs to be some sort of objective, like learning or improving a skill, in order for physical activities to be engaging for me. I'm not someone who finds physical activity, in itself, to be fun or relaxing, so whenever possible I like doing things like dancing or playing sports where there's a challenge involved.

I think it's perfectly possible to be fit mainly by doing "fun" stuff like that, and if you want to increase your endurance, strength, or stamina, I think there are often ways you can increase the intensity of your "fun" activities to give you that, even if it might mean throwing in some less fun exercises. For example, when I was doing martial arts, I was doing a lot of strength and flexibility exercises at home to help master some of the moves. Some of this wasn't really fun in itself, but because it was to help me excel at something I enjoyed, I liked doing it.



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All exercise changes your body, and if you're moving, you're exercising. Whether it's playing tennis or partaking in spin class, all that matters is that you're getting your heart rate up! Find physical activities YOU enjoy and it'll be easy to stick with them. If you're doing something you hate, you're likely to give up and it'll be a waste.



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"serious" exercise to me is the kind that changes your body dramatically. But it doesn't necessarily have to seem serious at the time... I have lost close to 120 pounds by changing what I eat and by walking...I started out with short outdoor walks with a friend, then added in small walks on my treadmill. That was the first year. The second year I gave up on the treadmill, and instead added a long outdoor walk that incorporates a LOT of hill climbing and slowly added in jogging intervals. I now have much more toned muscled legs... a very different body than the one I started with. Size 22 down to size 6-8 pants. And I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE walking/jogging. I am out of the house in the sunshine where no one can call me - I listen to music and enjoy the world around me. I do put about 2 hours a day into walking... So I think serious exercise can be fun. My advice is to do what you love, add on to it bit by bit, and then try out more strength training bit by bit.
Slow and steady has got me very close to goal...I am almost there and am enjoying life in the process.



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You don't necessarily have to do serious business exercise to get fit. I have a friend who walks (fast, mind you) for 30 minutes to an hour most days a week, and does yoga 4 times a week or so, and is very fit. Nether of those things would be considered heart-pounding strenuous exercise, but they are moderate cardio and strength type exercises that combined with an excellent diet, can transform your body.

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"I guess you guys have answered my question: serious exercise is serious business, and one shouldn't expect to enjoy it any more than you'd enjoy eating celery instead of chocolates!"

Oh my.... soooooo wrong!
I enjoy spinning as much as I enjoy chocolate. Spinning - a serious exercise by your admission - is very much a fun (also engaging and social) activity for me. I look forward to it three times a week.


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"and one shouldn't expect to enjoy it any more than you'd enjoy eating celery instead of chocolates!"

Untrue. I enjoy running hard intervals. I enjoy lifting heavy weights. I enjoy the satisfaction and pain of running marathons. Occasionally I enjoy running until I puke because beating my personal best is something I find enjoyable.

Serious exercise is fun for me. It's not fun by YOUR definitions.

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I guess you guys have answered my question: serious exercise is serious business, and one shouldn't expect to enjoy it any more than you'd enjoy eating celery instead of chocolates!



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For me it is not about fun, many of the things I do daily for my health I do not define as fun however I do them, For me being fit is a goal, an opportunity to improve my health, to improve or maintain my appearance, to increase my self esteem with a sense of accomplishment so I do not have a negative attitude towards the work it takes since the goal is well worth the effort.


It is called WORK-ing out for a reason.

I said getting fit was simple, I did not say it was easy.

Cardio burns calories, strength work burns fat.

Eat well to lose weight, exercise to get fit

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ok, well, how do you define fun? to me, it involves doing something that's engaging and social, even if challenging... something that may require new physical skills but is not painful. What is your definition of fun?



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"Is there such a thing as "serious" exercise that really changes your body that is also FUN? "

Well, by your definitions... no. For you, serious is never fun.

Since serious, in your post, was defined as "quickly becomes just plain hard, unpleasant work." - it can never, ever become fun to you.

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Your definition of fun differs from mine.

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I'm one of those people who loves walking, tap dancing, tennis... even biking on flat roads or mild hills. But when it comes to "serious" exercise (the kind that gets you winded and leaves you sore the next day) I get quickly discouraged.

Interval training, spinning, etc. may be fun for a little while (15 minutes or so), but then it quickly becomes just plain hard, unpleasant work. And the worst of it is, as I really only have time/money for a couple classes a week, I don't seem to get anywhere with it. I was sore after exercising last week, and I'm equally sore this week. I could pump X pounds last week, and I can pump X pounds this week.

Is there such a thing as "serious" exercise that really changes your body that is also FUN? Is it better to stick with activities you enjoy, even if they're NOT all about sculpting and building muscle/strength/endurance?

Thanks!



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