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  • Every day, treat yourself as if you were your own best friend.
  • If you can't pronounce it, you probably shouldn't be eating it.
  • I thin I am in a cardio rut.
    I can't afford new exercise equipment or a gym, I got a exercise bike I try to get on 3 times a week.
  • I must get up to Health Point and see what Silver Sneakers will get me involved in

    Try taking a week off, and treat yourself to doing something else, not exercising. Then you can return with some gusto!!
    It's very true about changing equipment. At the gym where I go, there are 3 different brands of elliptical machines. Each one of them has a different range of motion, and different programming. I can only use one of them, because another one hurts my hip, and the 3rd one doesn't have the range of motion of the first one.

    There are also several types of weight machines and treadmills. Some of the treadmills have inclines, some don't. Some have a long platform, and a couple have a shorter platform.

    So, it's worth trying out different types of equipment if one doesn't feel right.
  • JNJ300
    I've always been into bicycling - road trips of 20 to 60 miles. Lately I've become a little bored with this, so I got back into hiking and am having a great time exploring new parks and trails. 5 hours hiking a new trail goes by a lot quicker than 2 hours or road riding on my bike. I still ride the bike, but adding some hiking in has really helped to keep things interesting and fun.
  • I have a herniated disk in my lower back and arthritis has set in. The herniated disk causes problems with my hips and knees. My cardio workout is limited on what my back can handle. The elliptical is the #1 equipment I can do but after 2 years of it I'm getting so bored with it even using the different workout programs on it. I walk and have tried running on the treadmill using various programs but after a week or 2 because of the herniated disk, my hips, knees, and feet hurt. I even do warmup stretches before and after and they don't seem to help. I have tried a couple of classes and with the fast pace moves, my back goes out. I'm in a rut and so bored with the elliptical I'm finding myself losing motivation. Any ideas?
  • I love to change my workout. It's so much better and fun. You get to really keep going at it. It keep you pushing for that goal.
  • I thoroughly agree about running outside with no music.

    I only run outside and would never dream of wearing headphones - I need to be able to hear what's going on around me.

    I get into a rhythm with my breathing, matching my pace, and find that hearing my breath keeps me going.

    Also, what could be better than listening to the wind in the trees and the birds singing?
  • New classes are a great way to mix it up. If you're rhythm and coordination challenged like me, go in knowing you are going to look crazy the first time.
  • I enjoy the gym so much that I haven't considered trying a new gym. My membership allows me to go to about half a dozen and I might try that.
  • JMB369
    This was one of the most useful articles I've read in a while -- or maybe I just needed to hear it today! I know from past experience that I need variety, and this was a well-timed reminder. I am going to try to find a zumba class (been on my To Do list for a month) and incorporate intervals into my lap swimming 3x a week.

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