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5/18/14 10:15 A

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Prancercise is just another cardio workout. It uses ankle weights which are on the do not do list currently so that is an additional drawback. Remember that in the formula for fat loss cardio is in last place with nutrition first and resistance training second. We can belabor the point forever but fat loss is serious and requires a serious commitment to be successful.While getting fat is or can be fun getting rid of it is serious so the "fun" component has to be incidental to the journey to the goal of losing fat.


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.

"I think calories are little germs in food that all moms are afraid of" Dennis the Menace

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5/18/14 9:39 A

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@JDUNNICAN The Original Prancercise(R) by Joanna Rohrback, a "serious" workout, had been very limitedly successfully marketed in the late 1980s, but has a resurgence of retro interest today. Watch your lower back, ladies!! (Not sure how this affects the men in the group). Keep those ankle weights, light at first.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-50GjySwew

Maybe the reporter would have much success with that Prancercise. Even on New York City streets (without being stared at) ...

Particularly if he or they have more relatable music (to urban folks in the 2010s),

www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijz4n-op2Kc

Edited by: TINIERTINA at: 5/18/2014 (10:24)

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5/17/14 11:02 P

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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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5/17/14 10:44 P

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Cycling can be fun.

Mark 10:27
Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God."


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5/17/14 4:01 P

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5/16/14 6:53 P

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Walking can be serious....until you learn "prancercising" I'm no good at prancercising though. lol. If you haven't seen it yet, there's a news reporter that discovered prancercising and he created a adorable video about it. thestir.cafemom.com/healthy_living/137063/
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5/16/14 3:01 P

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Believe so. If you want it to be.

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I did water aerobics for the first time yesterday. Let me tell you it was so much fun.

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5/16/14 9:11 A

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If I can't find it fun, I give up on it! I'm finding fun things like gardening, water aerobics hiking ect.

"The joy of the Lord is my strength!"


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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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5/15/14 4:15 P

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I didn't read all the replies so this stuff may have already been covered but....

1, it sounds like you are already quite active, the the things you mentioned (tap dancing, tennis, biking) ARE good exercise, and when done regularly, will get you healthy and fit....so what more do you really need?
2, you don't HAVE to do the sorts of intense exercise you are talking about to lose weight and be healthy. Even just brisk walking done regularly may be enough (it depends on the person) and is better than sitting on the couch!
3, if you really feel you need something that intense, keep experimenting until you find something you like. For instance, I actually like Tae-bo, hiking, and Zumba. All of those get pretty intense (at least for me) and leave me breathless and sore the next day. But I absolutely hate being on the elliptical machine for 45mins to an hour. So I don't do it, lol. Find what works for you and stick with it :)

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You can make everything fun! Try rewarding yourself (no too much) after the intense workout is over. You'd be surprised at how excited you get when you try this constantly.

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Getting healthy is always fun! I love running some days are better than others I rarely dont have fun doing something that is just for me.



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I have been following the comments on this thread since I posted a few days ago.

"who keeps deciding exercise has to be serious and gyms have to be silent libraries?"

I have no clue but really..life is way to short to be so damned serious. I know this from personal experience. I also know that if your not enjoying your workout, your certainly not going to keep it up long enough where it will be beneficial to you.

I walked 5K alongside seven dwarfs this morning. emoticon emoticon
I was sweating, and my heart was racing..but most importantly, it was FUN!!
'Grumpy' didn't much care for it..but ya know..he's crabby every day. emoticon




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5/14/14 9:51 A

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raise your hand if you read comments of others on the forums or if you just open a topic and respond to the title



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5/14/14 9:31 A

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Yes, I love my water aerobics, which enables me to work hard without hurting my arthritic joints. I enjoy the people who I am with and the pleasant feeling of being in water. So off I go!

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who keeps deciding exercise has to be serious and gyms have to be silent libraries?

gymnasiums are built for whooping and hollering and exerting yourself and having fun and pushing and conquering...

why you think the acoustics are so awesome?

do things you love or youll never stick to them.



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"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?"

Weight lifting, boxing, running, bootcamps- all super fun, yet super challenging activities that I consider serious, yet I enjoy.

Our versions of fun yet serious may differ.

I'm living my life and enjoying every moment!


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5/12/14 9:47 P

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Yeah, I too, have climbed Aztec ruins in Mexico (along with you ) ... when in actuality when I was done climbing I'd gotten off the Stepmill, grabbed my water, spilled out onto a street in Queens, New York and gotten on with my day ...


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5/12/14 8:10 P

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It's funny you should ask this because just yesterday I whizzed by Speedy Gonzalez (fastest mouse in all of Mexico) walking 3.3mph...or at least I think it was him. I was hauling butt and didn't get a good look.

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So to answer your question..
ABSOLUTELY YES!!!
I know for me personally...if I didn't use my imagination to make my walks more fun..well then, they would just be boring walks out in the desert boonies and no doubt, if not for speed walking with my imaginary 'walking buddies'.., I wouldn't of been able to walk as far, as long, and on some days, as fast as I have these past few weeks. I'm walking 5K at a time, and with the hep of my imaginary 'walking buddies'...I'm having a blast and enjoying what I would consider a 'serious' workout as far as the amount of calories I'm burning each day.




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I love all the different answers offered on this thread. I'll offer up another take.

When I first started my journey, I thought "serious" workouts were those that were more than I could accomplish. I could do an aerobics class, but I was certain I couldn't do an hour of training for a run, cycling, swimming, track, tennis or whatever training is done for a competitive athlete. My twenty minutes of walking/running to exhaustion wasn't a "serious" workout because it was neither completely running nor did it meet any semblance of a "serious" pace.

I even ran some races (5K, 4+miler, 8K) -- and those weren't "serious" to me because I was in absolutely NO danger of ending up on the podium. The podium was for "serious" athletes. Part of this definition included the fact that my husband runs 50% faster than I do, and my son runs 100% faster. Clearly, I'm not "serious" as I can't keep up with them. (WRONG!)

Then DH starts lap swimming. That's serious (it has to be, otherwise people wouldn't swim back and forth for an hour, right?!). DS brings home a road bike to start cross-training. He rides FAST. DH and I get bikes. We ride (fun). DS "trains" (serious). DS adds swimming, then triathlons (uber-serious). DH/DS conspire to get me swim lessons (fun? REALLY? I HATE SWIMMING. And after the first lesson with a terrific instructor: I LIKE SWIMMING! But I'll NEVER EVER EVER, and I mean NEVER do a triathlon!). I swim slowly -- just fast enough to keep me from drowning. DH/DS leave me in the dust. They "train." Note that I'm now doing the EXACT SAME WORKOUTS...slower or cutting the distance tailored to my level, but basically, the SAME WORKOUTS. Yet I still feel like I'm not doing "serious" exercise. I swim a 2:20 100 yard, DS swims a 1:30. I can ride at about 16mph, he can do 23+. I run a 12:00 mile, he can do a 6:00. He's serious, I'm dabbling.

One day, DS finally became exasperated when I wouldn't refer to myself as a serious athlete. "Mom, you've completed two sprint triathlons! Remember when you said, 'NEVER!' If that's not a serious athlete, I don't know what is!" Maybe it's because he races half-Ironmans at 4 times the distance? Maybe its because my husband has done multiple half and full marathons? All I've done are short distance races!

I have to quit comparing myself to the next level. I have to compare to other people in MY races, in MY classes, and in MY age group/gender. I'm not a 23 year old male with plenty of free time to do two 90 minute workouts a day. I'm not even a comparably-aged male -- men have different physiology than women. I need to compare myself to a similarly aged woman with similar interests.

Hmmm...now that I look at 50-something women, maybe I really DO "serious" workouts. Not as much as a professional dancer, I can't hit a tennis ball to save my life, I couldn't possibly live through two Zumba/yoga/line dancing classes without dropping dead -- but I can ride a bike for 44 miles, I can swim for 2000 yards, and I can run a few miles.

So...define "serious." You're probably doing it. And if you're not, perhaps you haven't tried it. You might like it (after the first two weeks, which appear like they'll kill you, but once you live through them, you might like the challenge!).

BTW -- I sweat unpleasantly when running. Outdoor cycling has the advantage of always having a breeze to keep you from feeling hot and sweaty (until you stop at a stop sign). And swimming is water-cooled; no sweating at all! If you feel comfortable, you'll love it more, and if it's fun, it's harder to classify as "serious."

At least, that's my opinion.



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@STARMONICA, I like the weirdest, most bizarre workouts. Weird but a lot safer than parkour, Tough Mudder or Olympic pole dance, but with kind of a similar daring, push the envelope orientation even WITH freedom-within-constraints, mindset--ANYWAY, I'm pushing 60, now-frail, formerly obese, NOT gonna do those [even in future lifetimes ... belief in reincarnation is part of my workouts, too] ...

At times, they gotta be seriously funny, as well--especially when I fall on the floor, out of a dance step ... or in some yoga-dance fusion class (that doesn't really know that it isn't really a yoga class ... ) if I can't laugh at this, myself (not being laughed AT, as in classes, previously), then the workout does NOT make the cut


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In my younger, active days...... I use to go out dancing 3 nights/week. I must say, I was in pretty good shape.



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5/12/14 11:28 A

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Yes it is fun

Knee maker not a pace maker!
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5/12/14 9:26 A

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I don't even try that. I like funny workouts.

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5/10/14 2:24 P

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P90x pushing me hard...is it fun??? Not every day...but most of the time I get excited and enjoy it!!

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5/10/14 9:49 A

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You should watch Korean or Asian variety shows sometime! When they have "fun" playing games, the games are often quite vigorous (even cruelly so, at times)--and the winner doesn't necessarily get much of a prize, but the losers are often "punished" in various ways-- involving things like walking like a duck (squatting), or piggybacking the winners... definitely strength building! LOL--and they all take it in stride, as it were.

And in Korea, there is a national exercise program, specific music that is broadcast every morning, in which everyone who's able takes part--office workers, students of all ages, housewives, children... city parks even have exercise stations everywhere, too--they are very health conscious! I've seen video clips as well, and some of the people look deadly serious, but a lot of them are chatting and laughing as they exercise, and THEY make it look like fun!

I suspect it's like everything in life. The attitude you start out with determines whether you enjoy what you're doing or not...
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"The real secret of success is enthusiasm..." thanks, Walter P. Chrysler. 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


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Yep. Those had been the days. I'd taken up swimming because of my step-induced overuse injuries (too old at the time for any but the most conservative interventions in managing the foot pain), and had gotten that "swimmers' euphoria" ... I think it stopped happening because of major bodily changes. My body had become neutrally buoyant again (from positively buoyant ... and maybe just a tad more buoyant NOW, than when I'd had to be fished out of the wave pool by the lifeguard at age 30 and a then-non-swimmer living year round in South Florida...very briefly grueling calisthenics and aerobic dance - and STARVING - had given me that particular body ...).

I'd gotten closest with extremely intense low-impact cardio dance (on land) to feeling those feelings again. Any great feeling from from swimming sank immediately and remained at the bottom of the pool.

Willing to try again with the pool, as summer's coming.


Edited by: TINIERTINA at: 5/10/2014 (08:47)

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I guess it depends if you get that natural high every time you exercise. I'm lucky in that I do.

Last weekend I did an extreme cycle race.

159 mile ridden in a 12 hr race
total bike time 10 hrs. 45 minutes
yeah I was sore for a couple of days afterwards but loved every minute of it.

enjoy the journey
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When exercising you have to just keep moving one foot at a time.


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any exercise expected to challenge and change your body is going to be hard, that said, hard and fun are not mutually exclusive concepts. You just need to find the exercise that you like, some people love spinning, I love lifting weights.

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While fun activity can have real fitness benefits, it isn't a replacement for intentional fitness building exercise. Not if improving some aspect of fitness is your goal. Well, I guess it depends on your goals. I think people who enjoy activities that happen to have an aerobic benefit (dancing if sufficient intensity, hiking, swimming, cycling, rowing, whatever) then they may not need extra "cardio" to keep their heart healthy. Really what I see in the gym with people using cardio machines, I would say many are not getting as good of a workout as I can dancing or hiking (referring to people who peddle slowly while reading a book, walk on a treadmill, etc. This isn't saying one is better than the other--I think they are probably of similar value if the person on the machine is enjoying their book). So maybe with light to moderate aerobic exercise--activity can be enough (if aerobic activity). But for strength training... I am not sure many people accidentally do full body strength workouts to sufficiently challenge their muscles from fun activity. The health and fitness benefits from strength training are pretty significant--maintaining or gaining muscle mass and quality, preserving bone density, being strong, boosting metabolism, etc. I don't find strength training fun, though I like the results and can have more fun when I am consistent with it. So in the fun activity/serious exercise balance I probably do fine just making myself strength train and letting my favored activities take care of the cardio end (if done often enough). Another serious execs I benefit from is yoga and flexibility training. When I keep up on this I have less aches and pains, feel less stressed, have better posture and balance. But I don't find it fun in the same way as dancing, jumping rope, swimming, hooping, hiking, etc. Some people do find it fun and might consider it "fun activity". So a lot of that is perception, just as some might consider weight lifting a hobby. For me, it is a means to an end.

I don't think I can be what I consider fit from having good general activity and no exercise. Housework, walking, recreational activities, moving around are all very good for health, but the fitness benefit is limited by how challenging the activity is and how well it challenges certain aspects of my fitness (strength, range of motion, heart and lungs, etc.). For the most part, general activity does not challenge my body in the same concentrated way as intended exercise does. And the best it does is maintain my present fitness level (except I do lose strength if I go long enough without strength training). It may be fine if my goal is general health though.



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AMEN! Keep your activity level high, it's the same thing as exercise! Dance more, jump for joy more, play with the dog more (I don't have a dog, but it sounds fun to me). I think the MOST important thing is to have fun and make that fun a part of your life!



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In reviewing the responses here I become aware that many confuse being active with exercise. If you have a negative attitude about exercise or anything else then it becomes an onerous task without merit, something to be suffered through. Quality exercise on a regular basis is an investment in your health and future. Each individual has to decide for themselves if that is important, the concept that everything has to have a fun component is an exercise in futility in my opinion. My approach to exercise is a Larry the Cable guy one, just "git 'er done".

At age 77 I am on no medications, have no health issues, workout regularly and pursue an active lifestyle which includes cycling, kayaking and backpacking. I blame my ability to have and do all this on regular dedicated serious exercise.


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.

"I think calories are little germs in food that all moms are afraid of" Dennis the Menace

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Great and necessary topic!

I do NOT like formal exercise at all. I find it boring, boring, boring!
What I do is hike with my 45 and up "Meet-Up" group once monthly. It's free. If you can't find one, you can make your own Meet-Up. We go places like the Everglades, Seminole Indian tribe reservation history hike @ 3 miles/hr., Miami Beach boardwalk and beach hike. We generally hike up to 12 miles starting in the early morning and wind up with lunch as a reward afterwards. Last time we went walking at the Miami Beach outdoor mall/sightseeing afterwards as a reward (7 miles) we ate at an outdoor cafe under the huge trees and immense umbrellas. Nice and extra walking reward, no? We usually hike between 2.5 miles and 3 miles/per hour on our hikes. The requirements are, able to hike continuously between 2.5 and 3 miles/hour in the heat, maintain hydration throughout and have a high interest in walking fast on uneven terrain, have an interest in exploration of the local areas and know First Aide. The other thing I like to do is swim. It's an all around activity that is fun. Sometimes, I compete with others doing laps and pretending to go places virtually, sometimes I compete with members in one of the swim forums here and sometimes I do outdoor swim in the ocean or urban lake swimming with Meet-Up,. It's so much fun the time goes quickly. I also do Tai Chi. While some think of Tai Chi as a slow moving, relaxing meditative activity, it can be VERY demanding. Being precise and slow takes work and concentration. I usually sweat a lot which surprises friends. Since Tai Chi is really a martial art, I up the speed of motion and it becomes a serious exercise.

Who said exercise can't be fun. The limit is your imagination.

Thanks for letting me share :)
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5/7/14 1:17 P

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I exercise every day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year...and have for close to 20 years now. It's not always "fun"...but it ALWAYS makes me feel fantastic!

Watching Drew Carey host The Price Is Right when I'm on my treadmill is fun. Listening to good music when walking is fun. Reading a great book when I'm pedaling away on my exercise bike is fun. And feeling strong, fit, thin & powerful when I'm done?!??

That's beyond words.

It Is What It Is.... :)


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I make serious exercise fun inside my own head. Logging progress makes it fun, seeing the reactions of other people makes it fun.

"I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do."
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5/7/14 8:05 A

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Well, I do have a benchmark--which is neither dancing nor acting nor vigorous workout nor standing still.

It's a 2 hour, nearly continuous-movement, conscious-movement workshop in GROOVE coming up ....I mean, it could be "acting" for *some* of the participants (not me) ... you could get tango addicts and contact improv students in the mix ...

fallen into my lap. I guess, some of what I'm doing is for that purpose.

Also, to save on carfare ... but that's another story ...

I think you may find this hard to believe, but at one point I had been a frustrated seniors' step aerobics instructor ... the process of getting in THAT groove (while being quite overweight at all times attempting such) had led to orthopedic overuse injuries ...

There are others like me, a whole subclass of "exercise avoiders" who are continuously on-the-mend - being in such a state does not make the prospect of exercising so much easier. An object at rest tends to stay at rest (Law of Inertia)

Edited by: TINIERTINA at: 5/7/2014 (09:03)

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5/7/14 7:49 A

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I guess it all depends on definitions. I love pushing my limits, and my favorite workouts are ones that probably would sound horrible to you. but I love that kind of thing. Dancing or acting? Uh no way, you couldn't pay me enough.

Similarly a gym is a drag to me. I hate to see people equate fitness with a gym, because they're boring and a chore to schedule time to get to. Ok, true some people do like a gym though i know.

I can't tell if the gym is boring you, or if you do not like strenuous exercise. If you don't like exercise itself I doubt any of us can change your mind. If you dislike the gym I'd encourage you to get out and actually do things instead of spending time and money on classes you dont like.

there are personal trainers who could help you develop workouts that would aid your dancing. If you see gym workouts a pointless perhaps being able to dance more strongly or attain new dancing goals would be motivation to continue exercising. And workout doesn't have to equate to gym

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5/7/14 7:28 A

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And serious exercise (of the "cardio" variety only, in my special case) results in better management of my condition. Not that I like that exercise too much.

It's one thing regain much needed weight and quite another to overly maximize :feeling good: and getting fasting numbers in the double-digits (not a characteristic of my situation, nor is it desirable)
The idea is keeping those cross-purposes at a minimum ...


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5/7/14 12:41 A

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very much so, just find somwthing you like doing and you will have a blast doing it.



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That is true, as is tweaking your favorite movement mode so that it provides serious benefits in muscle endurance; while deviating from its usual function as steady-state, forgiving mild cardio (= more enjoyable, in my case; and an unmitigated delight) ... steep hills elsewhere certainly help me appreciate my everyday hill climb at & near home (of necessity) and since every set of hills is different - this provides cross-conditioning ... getting used to my main homeward route caused it to "not do much" ...


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5/5/14 2:53 P

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I don't think professionals or elite in any type of activity can be used as an example how fun exercise can lead to good body composition. Professional dancers train with "serious exercise" (in most dance classes I've taken at least half the class time is conditioning for the dance form). Professional swimmers, cyclists, whatever also train in addition to their sport to enable their bodies to better do their sport. Of course, it is quite possible that they may enjoy their "serious exercise" and it is possible they might not. That is just preference. I am not sure what the OP meant by "serious exercise" but I am going to take it as exercise in tended to improve fitness but not necessarily one's chosen sport or hobby.

On of my hobbies is dance. I have taken classes, practiced outside of classes and performed. I do get some fitness benefits from dancing--non-stop dancing is good aerobic exercise, the conditioning helps with strength, balance and flexibility. But, I had years where that was all I did for exercise (maybe with some walking and other recreation) and weighed more than I liked and wasn't as fit as I would like. When I added more "serious" exercise (in my case strength training which isn't my hobby--it is something I do for the fitness benefits), I found in time it improved my ability to do and enjoy my hobby. And I grew to appreciate it for the benefits. Same with stretching/yoga, I don't really enjoy it as a "hobby" but I do enjoy the results (being flexible, good mobility, less pain, etc). I like to add in one or two very vigorous aerobic sessions a week, but most of my "Cardio" is the activities I enjoy as a hobby (dancing, swimming, walking, hiking, etc). The benefit I feel from the little extra vigorous cardio is that I can dance, swim, hike longer with less fatigue. I do get an exercise high, but at first it might help to focus on how "Serious" exercise can improve your ability to enjoy your favorite sport/activity.



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5/5/14 1:21 A

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I absolutely loooooove "serious" workouts! For me they are fun but I think it has something to do with me being competetive by heart. For me pushing my limits feeds my crazy drive to be better and stronger. Cardio then again bores me out completly. There's no way in the world that I could get myself motivated for even 15 minutes of zumba.

Pushing my limits and surviving hard workout just makes me feel amazed by my own strenght and I can't wait for next time to see if I already can beat last times myself!
For me the soreness ended overtime. I would say within month of serious workouts consistently. Body simply adapted to it. I did use before that cooling gels to reduce soreness pains and fasten recovery. Also not getting enough protein a day would leave me sore, it still does. So I make sure I consume enough protein and rest enough.

I believe if you feel like you absolutely can't motivate yourself to do certain type of exercises, put them on hold and get fitter by simply being active. It might take longer to reach your goals but working out should leave you feeling great mentally and making you want to return or else you most likely will give up at some point.

I do workouts that I absolutely can't stand just because my intense workouts do not cover up for certain parts that need to get better. I need to do cardio and stretches thought I hate them with passion. I have made agreement with myself that if I do those I'll be rewarded with stronger body overtime for intense workouts so I must just do it. It really works. If you do your stretches and cardios, you will get better at strenght workouts.

So you could try to do atleast twice a week unpleasant workouts and "reward" yourself other days with workouts that you enjoy?



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5/4/14 7:53 P

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I believe it's all about a persons attitude. For me I love being pushed hard. One of my group power instructors lydia pushes me real hard & I love that. I love to sweat & be sore the next day.

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I forgot to mention, downthread, that if one is paying for the questionable "privilege" of being tortured by a trainer, instructor or yoga teacher in the service of being able to "tolerate 'serious' exercise" .. that I personally draw the line in the sand right there. Not at the exertion but at the payment.

Here's why:

Just because I am paying for such services, does not mean I came for a kick-butt "workout". I could and definitely regularly do that to myself at home for free (even having contracted a mild case of costochondritis injury doing so while at one point trying to extend my stretch in tripod pose, before it had become medically contraindicated for me),

There is a lot of classical pilates in my yoga practice, I am a little more Type-A in any pilates mat-related (barre related) discipline than I am in my yoga ... even now ... I am entertaining returning to a more classical pilates mat practice ... the never-ending muscle cramp attacks have gone away ...

But when I am paying. I am for the attention only.

And chances are at this point in time, I will be taking a class in yoga fusion and not yoga itself.

Whether I meet the trainer's standards is never my point.

My own standards and my bank account are my points.

Edited by: TINIERTINA at: 5/4/2014 (09:22)

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Can be and IS fun. I do a serious workout at the gym three times/week and love it. Get to see people and at the end of feel terrific!



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Yes, I think serious exercise can be fun,it takes time out of your day but to me,it is so worth it. I joined the Y and have gone daily. I work hard but feel so good when iv'e finished working out. I push myself hard but it is paying off. Last week I was going at 62 MPR on the Stationary Bike.

This week, at least today, my speed averaged at 65 MPH. That's a slight improvement. I try to do 3 days of cardio and two days of strength training, one for arms and back and shoulders and core, the other day I do leg and thigh and hip exercises.
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Doubles Beach Volleyball is seriously FUN, and seriously one of the BEST workouts EVER!!

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I consider Yoga to be "serious" exercise.

Have you ever sat through a self-righteous (to ME--YMMV) dharma talk in a yoga class?

It still is exercise, real exercise--the style with the dharma talk is the same one that kicked my butt, caused a sweat (without actually repetitively moving the largest muscles in my body--the legs!, thus, without effecting cardio conditioning OR weight loss in this particular case) a humongous sweat in most others and even in ME (and I've been on a sweat-inhibiting anticholinergic prescription drug for YEARS!) and muscle soreness lasting from 22 to 36 hours after the class ...

Whatchatalkinbout?

I really dislike "serious" exercise. I put together my own yoga routine that ditched the sermonette and focused on not even ujayyi breath... but movement ...

You can make "serious" exercise more fun if you really really really want to ...


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