Hi Jennifer! I understand how you feel. I work from home and most of my friends (the people I'd get out and exercise with) have moved away from the city. Our neighborhood is nice and I have a dog, so you'd think I'd get out and walk more. It's just that we don't have sidewalks which makes walking slightly in the road with a hyper dog dangerous if cars are passing. He's also a small dog, and so if any other dogs are out and about off-leash, it becomes dangerous for him too.
Despite all that, I have found motivation to work out by incorporating things I enjoy. I LOVE music, and so I always listen to upbeat music that would normally make me dance around when exercising. I'm not yet hard-core enough for running (would help to get down a few bra sizes so it's not so painful, and need to build up a bit more endurance), but I love to walk. So I make use of the old, dusty treadmill we have here at home or a walk laps around the house or march in place while eating or watching TV.
It sounds like you enjoy a few things are can be active, gardening and fishing. When gardening, try to do a few squats as you do to burn a few more calories instead of staying stationary on the ground for most of the time. If you have any situations where you fish from the shore rather than in a boat, try marching in place if it doesn't jiggle the line too much. As for movies, why not try marching in place for maybe 5 to 10 minutes at a time while you watch one at home? If you have any kind of device where you can listen to audio books (such as an ipod or smartphone with audible app, you can listen to your favorite books while alternating between marching and jogging in place. You can also use your computers for this, and just turn the volume up. I have found that I don't burn as many calories listening to audio books as I do listening to music, but I still do it out of enjoyment every now and then.
You just have to think about things you like, and then think about how more movement can be incorporated in them. Also, find a good way to track your movement that works for you. You can get something like a simple step tracker and set a goal of maybe 6,000 or 8,000 steps a day to start, or you can get one of the more advanced trackers that tracks calories burned etc. That's a good way to know how the exercise and movement you're getting in is impacting your health.
I hope that gives you some ideas to start off with, and good luck! All of us are here if you feel you need more suggestions and / or motivation!
Hi Jennifer - I'm new to Sparkpeople but have been working out a lot over the last few years. I never was that person but in my forties I decided I couldn't let my 'mind' hold me back any more. I did it my way - the ten minutes/ day thing, sometimes five minutes. I told myself I'd 'just go for a walk', drink water instead of have an unhealthy snack and then I branched out. Joined a gym, which worked great for me for a while but now I organize my own workouts. I started running in my 40s, learned to ride a bike (couldn't master 2 wheels, so changed to an adult tricycle and love it) and if I didn't love an exercise, I kept trying then gave it up. On my 50th birthday last year I was lighter and fitter than on my 30th. So don't give up, don't talk yourself down (I'm a great reader too and that's helped me read up a lot about nutrition and exercise) and take it day by day and week by week.
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My name is Jennifer I am a stay at home mom and wife, my daughter is now eighteen and going graduate this year. I have let myself get totally out of control with my weight. My husband is very supportive, but that is not enough. He is happy with me, and yes that is wonderful, but I am miserable. I am 37 and I want to enjoy my life. I stay at home a lot and it is hard to do this on my own. I love movies, reading, gardening and fishing. I don't do much exercise and that is my main problem. It is like I can't get motivated. Please help
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