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14 Tips for Starting and Sticking with a Workout Routine

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  • walk out in public? like where all the people are? eww.
  • Sorry, this article is coming to you from the disconnected who live in la-la land. When you live with chronic pain issues and limited mobility making an appointment for a workout is pie in the sky and appointments can easily be broken. At 40 I got up at 4 - got to the gym at 5 when it opened worked out vigorously for 45 minutes. Got hubby up for work, made lunches, had breakfast, walked the dog and went to work myself. All before degenerative disc disease, neurapathies and more - oh my. Today I'm retired. I get up at 4 as always. Have coffee, read the news and see how my body feels. Then and only then can I decide between what I have to do and what I might want to do. Have to dos: still include walking a an older, now special needs dog carefully so neither of us falls; cleaning my own house because I can't find someone reliable or thorough to do it at any cost; doing laundry; cooking, shopping and keeping track of all of our finances. Before I can leave the house I also have to make sure that I make any necessary phone calls since I'm deaf and can only use a captioned landline. Then I do my PT homework ... necessary to keep moving. Then and only then can I even consider going to a gym ... and there is no such thing anymore as an attractive one. It's all about business and making money. Really.
  • I don't see a date on this article (by Julie Isphording). How about SparkPeople DIVERSIFY the people whose articles you publish??? Part of # 6 in this article reads: "Put the pain in perspective. When the going gets tough, ***remember that you have survived 600 carpools, 540 loads of laundry (this month), 41 baseball games, 230 dinners..." *** -- I am a grandmother, spouse, mother, daughter to both of my living parents (married to each other for decades), sibling, etc. Yet the earlier description SO does not describe my life (for which I'm thankful). "Baseball" is FAR from the only youth or community activity. My daughter was on a YWCA swim team, and more. And, if people are doing 540 loads of wash per month, how much water must they be wasting?!? Thanks so much!
  • I use to tell my husband that if my girls call, tell them I went to the gym, "Michelle's Gym"
    I would feel guilty if I didn't take their phone calls, but if I get interupted while exercising, then I wouldn't finish. Make your exercise time at home, YOUR GYM. :)
  • Just show up!! That one is for me. Sometimes I cannot walk much at the gym - cramps in legs. But just going helps reinforce the habit. So am doing much better now.
    And, I find that even a few minutes on the treadmill does make a difference in how I feel the rest of the day.
  • Thanks, Julie. Good, sound advice!
  • Thanks for tips. I will use one and make an appointment with my golds gym bike and do 30 minutes with the 8 week wt. loss setting. This will be my second 8 weeks, though first 8 weeks I only lost 2 pounds. I am setting another 8 weeks using Sparks menu and goals.
    I, too, resonate with the "just shown up" tip.
    Turning Workouts into Playouts is my motto. I use Kinect video games to work out. Its good to start out with childrens games if you are really out of shape and then move up to the dancing games and then the actual fitness games. If you love to play games it is so fun you will forget you are getting a workout. The next day your muscles will tell you just how much you really did. I play Disneyland and that game is no joke. You are doing squats and arm movements. Something you will not get with walking and you don't even notice you are exercising because it is so much fun.
  • #10 - just show up... funny! in one city where I lived, I travelled past my gym in the morning on the way to work. I didn't have time to exercise in the morning. But I'd get off the bus, drop my gym stuff in a locker. They emptied the lockers at night and threw everything out... So on my way home, usually late, exhausted and not feeling AT ALL like exercising, I had to get off the bus to get my gym bag... Every time I'd think "I'm not gonna work out, just grab my bag and leave." Once I showed up... and saw everyone else sweating it out... I always decided to just do a few minutes of weights, or stretching, or... And it almost always led to a full workout! Sometimes we have to trick ourselves.
  • Workouts are not fun. Why does everyone try to make them out to be anything other a grueling time of sweating, struggling, many times with little to show for it? I exercise because I have to, not because I want to. There is no activity I enjoy, unless you count reading, playing the piano and singing activities.
  • How about stop calling it a workout, which has the word work in it? Stop thinking of it as work and start thinking of it as fun.
  • JOHNNYBOY123456
  • #1 is so true but so hard. The thing I remember is that I thought I wasn't good enough while wearing my size 4 clothes. So it has nothing to do with size, if you don't learn to live life for things other than weight you'll never be good enough.
  • Very inspiring! I printed to put up on bulletin board.

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