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5/11/10 4:48 P

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Yes, you and the kids will all benefit from a little bit of time apart and something of your own to amuse you. Exercise will be a great stress-reliever for you. Good for you, for deciding to keep at it.

6-months and 2.5 yrs--I know what you mean about needing something to keep you sane. Cute, they are, but a lot of work.

When I was 25, my girls were 5 yrs, 3 yrs and 1 yr. I was nuts much of the time. The Y served me well. My oldest made up a song, called "Having Fun At the Y". She also wrote, "Homemade Food That Mom-mom buys at the store".

The boredom of ellipticals and treadmills is legendary. But they do make us sweat and burn off the lbs. I was on the elliptical for 45 minutes this morning and had forgotten my ipod (that was a LONG time--which I passed by day-dreaming about projects I have planned.) The treadmill can be made more bearable by reading a book. Too much up and down on the elliptical for that.

I enjoyed the aerobics class (which I do at 10am on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays), since I'm getting to know some of the people. The scheduled class gets me to the gym, and since I'm already there, I do the machines and elliptical trainer.

By the time I got to the machines (today was lower body day), I was tired and going through the motions.

I am getting results. Weight and inches are coming off. Body fat percentage is coming down. And my bone density is improving.


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5/11/10 7:37 A

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I joined the Y yesterday and did an hour of cardio- I secretly find the treadmill incredibly boring and the elliptical only slightly less boring, but I am going to keep going because am a SAHM and putting my 2 kids (ages 6 months and 2.5) in the childcare there is good for me and them. Keeps me slightly sane. I plan on mixing it up each day- there is a zumba class on Wed nights and water aerobics each morning that I would love to partake in, plus regular cardio on the other days. I think getting into a fun class will motivate me to keep going. Just a couple of days under my belt will keep me going, I think...

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4/8/10 10:32 P

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I focus on the immediate benefits that I can get from strength training. I really started to love it when I moved beyond the machines and hit the free weights. Doing the bench press made me feel like such a badass! My friend and I would spot each other and then complement each others' muscles.

That was back before adult life. Now I can only do what I can do in my living room in 10 to 30 min before the kids wake up. The Jillian Michaels 30 day shred really started off my most recent push to weight loss. Each is only 20 min and it's circuit training, so the weights and abs and cardio are all mixed in together. It moves really fast but it is HARD! When I did it 30 days in a row last summer, I was amazed at how fast I became able to do the exercises.

Three weeks out from surgery I'm not ready for Jillian yet but Coach Nicole is just the right pace. Combining 10 min workouts is perfect.

I really do think that nothing moved me faster toward results than strength training. I never made such progress when I went to step class 3 days a week. We all have different metabolisms, though.

What I HATE is running. I worked up to jogging 30 min on the treadmill but couldn't go longer due to the boredom - but hitting the pavement with the actual hills and uneven terrain kicks my butt and makes me miserable. I'd rather do pushups.

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4/8/10 3:40 P

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Here's a llnk to a SparkPeople article on this subject, with lots of member input.

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4/5/10 6:17 P

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I never minded walking so the treadmill is my choice of exercise machine. I walk 30 minutes a day on it watching entertaining comedies, movies or talk shows. Maybe I would like exercising or sports more if there were decent programs in school when I was young. My sons' female friends are very athletic. There are many more opportunities for girls in high school sports today.

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3/18/10 1:55 A

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The elliptical and treadmill don't bother me if I'm watching TV or listening to music. Otherwise, they are so boring that "hate" does cross my mind.
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To overcome inertia and get going on exercise that isn't scheduled, I like your "10-minute rule", TAMI. I also like some of Coach Nicole's videos. Music gets me in the mood to move around, too.

Sometimes, I procrastinate on adding more strength training because I have too many choices.

MARE, I think what you used to hate were the INJURIES caused by your competitive streak. I like how you pace yourself. You do stuff that PREVENTS injuries.

I can't deny my 67 years and get too ambitious. I also can't slack off on my exercise. After reading the book, "Younger Next Year", which I highly recommend to everyone, I vowed to stay consistent with exercise, to keep me younger longer. Exercise prevents rotting. I don't want to become part of the elderly frail (dependent and in pain). THAT, I would really hate.

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ADOPTMOM1 Posts: 8,660
3/17/10 3:45 P

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Lala- I refer to the elliptical as the "elliptical torture machine." Only thing I hate worse is the "dreadmill." I'd rather run for 30 minutes in a circle around my livingroom and diningroom than be on one of those evil torture machines for 10 minutes.

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3/17/10 1:14 P

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I used to hate it... now I can't entirely say that I love it, but I have learned to like it. I still hate my elliptical, but I actually enjoy going to the gym. I try to mix it up with different machines every couple of weeks, except that I always do the treadmill.

I also love walking and bike riding, though I haven't gotten on my bike in a year or so.

I do still tend to do as Adoptmom does - if I can trick myself into just getting started, the rest is fine and I can go for as long as I need to. It also helps me to have a schedule; I'm a routine girl, part of my OCD I guess! I'd rather stick to my routine than miss a workout...

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I don't think I ever hated exercise...as a kid, I HATED sports - being completely unathletic AND ridiculed for it will do that to you.

Up until a few years ago, I never exercised because it wasn't important to me. I worked retail at the time and figured I was on my feet 8-10 hours a day and that should be enough. It wasn't, btw.

As someone who enjoys running and having her butt kicked by Jillian Michaels a few times a week, I still HATE sports. I'm sure it could be a great way to lose weight, but it's not happening. I'm barely a willing spectator...I can't imagine actually participating.

A Few Rules of Running from Mark Remy:

1. You rarely regret the runs you do; you almost always regret the runs you skip.

2. Not everyone who looks fast really is, and not everyone who looks slow really is.

3. Running any given route in the rain makes you feel 50 percent more hard-core than covering the same route on a sunny day.

4. If you care even a little about being called a jogger versus a runner, you're a runner.


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Long ago, when the dinosaurs still ruled the earth, I was very into competitive sports. I played volley ball, basketball, baseball, ran track. (Balls made from goat skins sewn together, running the tracks of the emu!) I also would tear into jobs like there was no tomorrow. If there was a 70' tree to come down, down it went, the wood cut up, the logs split, the branches carted away, fast, fast, fast.
I injured myself fairly regularly, but would be so intent on the job, on beating someone, or DOING, that I wouldn't notice the injury. I... am a berserker when I get into competitive movement. Really.
So... I've had to learn to do things that don't elicit that berserker monster inside me. I can't be in competition physically- not with the clock, not with trying to carry the most, or do the most. I have to s-l-o-w down. Strength training is very good for me, cause I've learned to do it very mindfully, and v-e-r-y s-l-o-w-l-y. Breathing, and paying attention.
I can walk, bike, swim, dance... just do my best not to get too competitive with myself. Or... I get injured again.
At 55 with arthritis... I get injured pretty easily. Sigh.
But I love to do what I do!
And, this is not at all what you asked- but it sort of is, isn't it? It's the 'what to change to be good to your body' answer...

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ADOPTMOM1 Posts: 8,660
3/15/10 8:34 A

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For those who hate to work out or have a really hard time getting started let me recommend something to you. When I was getting restarted after foot surgery, I used the "just 10 minutes" rule. I made myself do 10 minutes and if, after 10 minutes my foot was bothering me or I just wasn't into it on that day, I could stop and at least I got in 10 minutes. I'd say that about 99.5% of the time, it was only the need to get past the inertia. I'd do a whole 30 minutes to an hour. Getting out the door or the first 5 minutes in are the hardest.


I love the wii and things like the EA Active have some pretty challenging workouts. I'm about halfway through the medium setting of the 30 day challenge and I'm sore all over. I can't use the exercise band because my carpal tunnel has flared up but I can't imagine what my arms would feel like using that much resistance. LOL

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3/14/10 11:47 P

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I agree with Adoptmom - I have the hardest time getting started, but one I'm going, I feel great. I'm a walker too. I need music though, nice upbeat stuff to get me moving at a good place. It also helps shut my mind up - it's my time of day where I can STOP thinking, and I enjoy that. :)

I still haven't got a strength training routine down. I had a couple of light hand weights and a stability ball, but my ball sprung a leak. I'm still searching for something that I can do in my living room, and that works for me!

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3/14/10 6:02 P

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I don't actually hate to exercise but I do hate to get started. Once I'm in, I'm good. the weather has been to beastly except for one day to get outside and walk so I've been doing the Wii. Generally I do whatever is on the agenda for the 30 day challenge i'm doing and then I switch over to wii fit plus and island cycle, do yoga and mess around until I burn 200 calories there.

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3/14/10 5:53 P

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Strength training is my biggest challenge. I'm an immediate-benefits person, too. I know the long-term benefits are REALLY important and I do SOME, though a little voice inside keeps reminding/nagging me to do MORE of it.

What kinds of strength training can we do that doesn't bore us?

Scheduling helps me, too. I have one scheduled Pilates Equipment class, 1 tap class and 2 dance team practices each week--that's 5 hours that I do no matter what.

I like the idea of adding some long walks, without music or other distractions, so I can think. My walks have usually been with the DH or an ipod. I enjoy that, in a different way.



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when I was younger I LOVED exercise! I did Jane Fonda and The Firm and jogged everywhere.
Now I still enjoy walks and jogging on my treadmill but I hurt emoticon

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3/14/10 5:24 P

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Ditto to what Debra said about long walks. For years I have been taking brisk, long walks without music or other distractions. My mind wanders and the exercise improves oxygen flow to my brain. If I'm stressed, the walk calms me. If I'm tired, the walk energizes me. Walking is the perfect exercise for me.
But I detest strength training. It's boring, boring, boring. Unlike cardio, there is no immediate benefit. I was motivated to do it last summer and fall, then I quit. I know it is "good for me," so I keep trying to start it again. I think I need to take a class, then I will have a sense of committment.

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It really depends on the exercise. I hate running and only do that if I need to catch the bus. I prefer to do things like my self-defence class and dancing, which are fun and don't feel like "proper" exercise, even though they are.

I used to enjoy the gym, but I can't afford to go anymore, as the cheap local one shut down some time ago and the rest are all extortionate. I sometimes do weights in the house, but not nearly often enough, as I'm a couch potato at heart, something I stil need to work on.


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3/14/10 3:48 P

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I use to hate it. My mother was an aerobics instructor and part of my rebellion as a teen was to not exercise. Smart, right? I'd watch her come up with routines on our living room. I couldn't understand why'd anyone would want to spend their time doing that ... but luckily as we grow we learn.

I now enjoy it for the most part. I find I have to commit to a schedule or I blow it off - but once I get moving I don't want to quit. And I enjoy how my body feels after working out. It's like my joints are more lubricated and easier to move. I try to remember this when I'm having a low motivation day.

I've also been known to solve most of the worlds problems when I go for long walks. Walking has become really good mental & physical therapy for me. If the weathers nice - I could walk for hours.

What a terrific question! The exercise I do the most is with my Wii. I have several games that keep me moving.

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I USED TO hate it, until I started with regular weekly dance classes back in 2003.

I used to lie to the doctor, telling him I was exercising 30 minutes, 3 times per week. I just could not or would not motivate myself to walk, run or go to the gym. I used to buy gym memberships and call it a day, after about 3 visits.

There are SOME exercises that I still dislike, and I do just enough of them to keep me strong for dancing. I love dancing, in spite of it being exercise. I've also learned to enjoy walks, recreational biking in the neighborhood (my bike has coaster brakes and no gears) and mountain hikes.

How about you? Trouble getting yourself moving? If so, what kind of exercise seems like it might be fun for you? Anything?

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