I like trying new things. This summer, my husband and son are going to teach me how to play tennis and I think it will be fun. I love skiing and horseback riding. Hiking outside. Even a short bike ride.
I love to do Strength Training. I use to see it as a drudgery until I started doing Chalean Extreme. I love that I don't have spend an hour or more doing ST exercises to see results. I love going for walks. I love bike riding but since we moved to the mid-west outside of a small town I had to give it up because I don't have the agility to ride on a dirt road and there are too many people that are horrible drivers on the dirt roads. I've tried Bollywood dancing as well as belly dancing and thought they were fun. I haven't found any Zumba videos that I like so I'm thinking that I just don't like it and haven't really tried to find one that I like. I like to do kickboxing as well. I love to swim too but there aren't any indoor pools anywhere around where I live. I tried running and liked it but then I got bursitis in my hip and was told to lay off of running for a while and haven't tried since then and that was a few years ago.
Cathy (Central Time Zone) A&I BSG June Happy Hikers
It's like exercise bulimia when you try to work off what you eat. It will never work!
I do cycling class a couple days a week. You have to have butt acclimatization! If you ride regularly it won't hurt. I love certain instructors who play great music and I look forward to seeing my Y buddies. I still moan and groan when I do Pilates but I love the benefits. Especially my back rarely bothers me anymore. Fitness classes of all kinds keep me motivated. Whenever I plan to work our by myself I end up cleaning the house. If I have a class time I make sure I get there!
I've always disliked treadmills since they do make me go a certain speed. I Iike being in control!
I am starting my ticker again since starting low carb.
You have no control over what you weigh...only what you do. Progress NOT Perfection!
One of the unhealthiest habits I learned from my calorie in-calorie out days was viewing exercise as a means of burning off my bad diet. I ended up viewing exercise as a punishment; something I had to do to cancel out an ice cream cone.
I rode my bike more when I lived in Seattle where the bike paths were more plentiful. Since I moved to the South, there aren't as many bike paths, so I haven't done it as often. However, I can do something in the South I couldn't in the West - ride on the hard sand beaches! I hear ya about the uncomfortable bike seats - a gel seat and padded riding shorts helps a lot!
I wish I enjoyed running more because the only equipment needed are a pair of shoes. It's too much impact on my knees, though. Being overweight destroyed my cartilage.
Edited by: VHALKYRIE at: 3/17/2013 (17:27)
"The most effective way to do it, is to do it." - Amelia Earhart
I think maybe it would actually be a good idea if we had a thread where people share what type of exercise they like and why. There are too many people looking to low-carb for answers who don't make exercise part of the package and exercise has so many benefits besides weight loss and can be so much fun. I started liking only horseback riding (and part of the reason was that I mostly needed balance, not much strength, speed or endurance required.) As I got better at it I was much more motivated to lose weight and get better at all the other aspects because more strength, agility, endurance and speed make me more fit and a better rider. My preferences also changed with age. In my teens and twenties I like table tennis and riding my bicycle. Now I'm too slow to be good at table tennis and bicycle seats are uncomfortable to me plus we have no bike trails and I worry about getting hit by cars. So now I enjoy trail running/hiking with the dogs and the nature experience makes it so much fun. I am currently trying to learn how to swim better with my daughter, a high school swimmer, helping me along. Next month we will all experiment with some track events because a local club is encouraging people to do this with their families, basically a big play day. Other things on my bucket list are canoeing or kayaking, rock climbing
I don't like running, so I don't run. Running a marathon has never been something I wanted to do.
However, I love biking. I don't ever ride my bike thinking I have to burn xxx calories. Sometimes I get a harder bike ride than others. Because I enjoy it, it is a stress reliever. I come home with a dopamine high.
Not running hasn't hurt my goals in any way or form. Even as I lost enough weight that running wouldn't cause shin splints or stress fractures anymore, it's still not an activity that I enjoy. I run for the bus or for cover in a thunderstorm only because I have to! I can see how if I was forced to run against my will, it would be a stressor.
Edited by: VHALKYRIE at: 3/17/2013 (16:46)
"The most effective way to do it, is to do it." - Amelia Earhart
Thanks for sharing this. It is an interesting study, but I do sincerely doubt the relevance for people. Here is the reason: When people are emotionally pressured to exercise this is not at all the same as forcing a rat to run on a treadmill. Forcing a person to run on a treadmill at a pre-set speed would be considered abuse, and I think it is with rats, too. Any abuse will result in very high levels of stress, nothing new about that. The other problem is that people have conscious control over their motives, the types of exercise, the length of the exercise, the intensity of the exercise and can choose to motivate themselves in any way they want, ranging from a nice shower, jacuzzi, meal, or other short-term rewards to long-term rewards. People can stop if there pulse goes too high or a muscle gets sore. I do think this issue is very important to explore because I agree that some physical activity increases stress levels either because it is too demanding physically or it is too competitive or it is not interesting. Finding a sport that one can truly enjoy is critical for long-term motivation but also for keeping the stress level down. In addition I want to recommend a book that was written originally for people interested in Triathlon training but has gotten very popular for anyone interested in cardiovascular conditioning even at very beginning levels while avoiding any kind of over-training and stress that is detrimental to health. I use it as a manual for cardiovascular conditioning and the author is in part responsible for my having looked into low-carb/grain-free eating. Here is the link: www.amazon.com/Big-Book-Endurance-Tr ai ning-Racing/dp/1616080655
Short version - rats who normally like running a lot were placed in 4 groups:
~ running however they liked on a wheel ~ forced to run on a wheel but in a pattern/rhythm known to be natural for their species ~ on a fixed speed treadmill ~ sedentary
After a few weeks of this "training" they were... um, basically tortured into being stressed, then tested to see if any of the activity groups correlated with less overall stress. Not surprisingly (at least to me), both of the wheel-runner groups fared much better than the treadmill or sedentary rats.
Now here's the weird part. The conclusion states "These data suggest that... exercise perceived as forced may still benefit affect and mental health."
I did NOT get that from the description. The wheel-running may have been technically "forced" but it's an activity that they would have willingly done anyway. The treadmill-running was both "forced" and unpleasant - a whole different matter.
I would interpret that to mean that, if I tried to make myself participate in an activity that didn't intrinsically make me happy I would not be getting the full benefit out of it. So, for instance, a spinning class for me would be sheer drudgery and I would find myself dreading it and only going because it was "good for me" - the same way I would have eaten tofu, if I ever could have brought myself to eat tofu. XD
However, an activity that I DID actually enjoy, like Zumba, would still benefit me, even if I ended up going to a class because my niece showed up at my house and dragged me off to the YMCA (ie, forced me).
I think that's good information to keep in your mental arsenal. Make yourself do the activities that you actually kinda like, even when you sometimes don't want to, but don't give another thought to doing something that you tried and didn't like.
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