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Fitness Suggestions Wanted

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

I have enjoyed the Spark Your Body Bootcamp workouts. They are short enough that I hardly feel like I'm doing anything, but then my body has a touch of soreness and I know I did.

Also, the bootcamp exercises have made me realize that my general fitness level has really improved. As a kid I never could do push ups or sit ups. As an adult I tried over and over to do these two exercises. For the first time in my life I can do them both!

I'm not really sure how it happened. Maybe it was Walk Away the Pounds with Leslie Sansone on and off, but mostly on, for several years. They might have gotten me fit enough, especially in the core, that I could begin to do what I couldn't do before.Maybe just losing the weight helped. I think I lucked out into coming to SparkPeople and the SP generated strength training just at the right time for me.

Now what? I want to maintain and even continue to improve. Maybe a gym is what I need next. I'm thinking. Any suggestions?
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  • AMBUDMAN
    I belong to the YMCA and have been a member of Curves for over 5 years. Just joined YMCA last July so I could do water aerobics. I love them both and I have met some really nice people. For my age I prefer Curves. Spark People gives me the extra motivation I need to exercise every day.
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    3498 days ago
  • REDGRAMA
    Marsha, I think that a Gym membership is an individual choice.
    You appear to be VERY SELF MOTIVATED.You have accomplished a
    GREAT DEAL. You have LOST the weight you wanted,and you exercise
    every day ( i think )so, now if you want to try a Gym,choose
    carefully, and with no long term commitment. I have tried GYMS
    MANY,MANY times. They are NOT for me. When I work out I am not
    very social. I put my nose to the grind stone,and work.
    Let us know what you decide.
    Hugs Nancy M.
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    3500 days ago
  • AQUAGIRL08
    You have many options as far as gyms go. The Y usually requires a year membership. Although many years ago they would let you sign up for a particular fitness class at a higher rate (you just couldn't use the facilities for anything else) Lifestyle Family Fitness is month to month but they collect the first and last month up front and it takes 60 days to cancel. The Kelly Rec center is pay as you go - $3/day for the gym, $3/day for the pool and $2.50 per class for water aerobics.

    Spark People has a whole series of fitness DVDs that you could experiment with but you'll need a stability ball, some dumbbells, a mat and perhaps those stretchy exercise tubes. Another alternative is to start riding a bike along some of the bike trails. I know that there is a great one going from Bartow to S. Lakeland. I would do this with at least one other person just to be safe.

    I hope this is helpful! Let me know if I can help you in any way. Walking, exercising etc. Once I get well again, I'll be looking for a workout buddy!

    Hugs,
    Cyndi


    3501 days ago
  • JCORYCMA
    I love going to the YMCA. It's so much more than just an exercise facility as they have activities that are low cost for the whole family. When my grand daughter visits, I can take her to the childcare and she loves it. I can choose my cardio, strength train, take swimming lessons, or a yoga class. You can spin or do step aerobics. Give it a thought if there is one in your town!
    Joanne
    3501 days ago
  • MYMONSTERSX3
    I totally agree with EPGIVENS especially Biggest Loser dvds and good shoes. And totally have fun with whatever you choose.

    Good Luck.
    3501 days ago
  • EPGIVENS
    GET YOURSELF ONE OF THOSE BIG EXERCISE BALLS AND DO SOME SITUPS. EVEN THOUGH YOU ARE WORKING OUT, THEY ARE MORE EFFECTIVE THAN DOING SIT UPS ON THE FLOOR AND PUTS LESS OF A STRAIN ON YOUR BACK. ALSO A FEW TENSION BANDS, A GOOD PAIR OF WALKING SHOES (i RECOMMEND SKETCHERS WALK-FITS...EXCELLENT SHOE) AND SOME 5LB, 10LB FREE WEIGHTS, SOME GOOD MUSIC TO WALK TO AND A "BIGGEST LOSER" WORKOUT TAPE. WITH THESE THINGS YOU CAN CHANGE UP YOUR WORKOUT ROUTINES, GET FIT AND HAVE FUN AT THE SAME TIME.

    GOOD LUCK
    3501 days ago
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