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KMILLER31 Posts: 4,365
1/27/18 6:32 P

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I'll probably never like it, but I know it is important and always feels good afterward

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1/27/18 6:12 P

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I don't particularly like exercise, since I'm so very limited on what I can do for cardio (recumbent bike = boring). But I do like how I feel after I'm finished. I may not get my heart rate into target range every time, but I'm doing something.
And, by the way, not everyone can get their heart rate into target range. A person on a Beta Blocker never will, no matter how hard they work. The medication kicks in and suppresses the heart rate. I know, I was on it for several years.
I do exercise (not consistently), but I don't wake up in the morning saying, "oh wow, I'm going to hit the gym, hurray". Especially when the alarm goes off at 5:15 am.
Bottom line: I exercise because I have to, not because I want to. I rank exercise right up there with cleaning the house. I like how my house looks when I finish, but I certainly don't enjoy doing it.




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1/27/18 5:51 P

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Gym works for me. It doesn't work for everyone. As long as you're getting your heart rate up with regular exercise that's all that matters!

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1/27/18 5:37 P

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Okay, I'll go along with that as long as you don't make me join a gym.

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1/27/18 2:29 P

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Evil seems a bit harsh. How about acknowledging that nothing worth having comes easy?

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1/26/18 1:56 P

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Can we compromise with "necessary evil"?

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1/26/18 7:57 A

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I'm not saying I hate Boot Camp or that I loathe burpees. I'm saying they're hard. Hard is tough. But hard makes me better. I enjoy the results. I enjoy knowing I'm improving. Are they more enjoyable than curling up with a good book and a glass of wine? Not really. But I'm going to keep doing them.

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1/26/18 4:53 A

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I won't do it if I don't like it.

I'm in the pool 3-4 days a week, I'll lift weights, I'll hike for hours, I'll go to yoga or zumba classes, but I have no interest in doing crossfit, or going to bootcamp classes.

For me at least, the key to exercising is to find things I like enough to do consistently, and to push myself so that I have to work hard every time I do them.

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KMILLER31 Posts: 4,365
1/24/18 5:47 P

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I keep reminding myself it is good for me, like it or not

LUANN_IN_PA Posts: 28,255
1/23/18 9:06 A

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" If we keep with exercise that is easy, that isn't making us work up a sweat, then we're not going to improve."
Sweat is merely a cooling mechanism, not an indicator of how hard you worked.
I don't sweat, but you bet your *** that I am burning just as many calories in my 60 minute spinning class the "sweaters" are.

People sweat sitting on an amusement park bench in the summer. They are not working at all...

Edited by: LUANN_IN_PA at: 1/23/2018 (09:07)
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1/22/18 5:04 P

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If you're that serious about exercise, then "break a sweat" is not a good indicator for many. Unless you have a medical issue and have been told otherwise, heart rate is the gold standard for gauging improvement. Which reminds me, I got a free chest strap with my new watch a couple months ago and haven't even tried it yet. Hope it works.

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1/22/18 3:44 P

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Having somewhat recently (a couple years ago, and again a couple months ago after coming back from an almost year-long injury) come back to working out, I see both sides of it.

As you're more fit, you begin to experience more of the benefits. You notice how you feel better, how you enjoy your meals (and the extra food you can "safely" eat), and you start to notice the benefits in other areas of your life. It becomes part of your routine, and even if something isn't "fun" at the moment, you will push through because you know it will pay off.

Getting into working out after a long term hiatus, or just starting for the first time? THAT can suck. In fact, for me, it ended up making me coin the phrase "embrace the suck." When I first started working out, no matter how much I didn't mind a particular activity, it was hard and it sucked. I put on water weight and muscles screamed in protest. My clothes actually fit WORSE due to the retained water in muscles and in general.

I had to get through that phase - which, for me, is a solid 3 weeks (or more). Eventually it got easier, eventually my body began to adapt, and eventually I started to enjoy the results of working out and missed it when I wasn't able to do it.

But for new folks, I can see the dislike....it just boils down to what it more important - dealing with the ick for awhile or the alternatives? Before I got that I would have to "embrace the suck" I started - and quite - working out so many times over a 7-ish year period it is embarrassing.

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1/22/18 12:56 P

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I also think though that people just starting out may need to struggle through it at first. I will join the chorus that I love exercise and feel horrible when I don't get any in but I didn't start out that way. At some point In realized that it made me feel terrific when I exercise. I am not even sure when that happened but it is a better feeling than I get from most other things. Unfortunately when I don't get to get to the gym or something else I am still prone to turn to things not so positive like junk food to make me feel better. I am sure I'm not alone in that either

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1/22/18 10:09 A

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Exactly! That's my point. If we keep with exercise that is easy, that isn't making us work up a sweat, then we're not going to improve.

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1/22/18 8:59 A

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I think both are important - doing exercises you like and know you will stick to but also doing exercises that give you results you like more.
I'd normally prefer to walk over running because running is hard and unpleasant at times. But I love the way that running makes me feel after I'm done and I don't get the same results with walking - I feel like my lungs expand more and I can breathe better, I like how my muscles feel after I've worked them more, and I get a bigger "high" from the endorphins and feel better about myself for pushing myself harder. Also of course, it burns more calories and improves my fitness more.
But some days I don't have a lot of motivation or I'm mentally and physically tired or sore and it's great to be able to just walk because otherwise I probably wouldn't work out at all.
So while it's important for me to do something I know I will be consistent with, I also feel like if I never went out of my comfort zone to do exercises I don't enjoy a ton in the moment I would be missing out on a lot of mental and physical benefits. I think a balance of both is important.



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1/22/18 8:12 A

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In theory, running yields "better" results than my cardio of choice. So does HIIT training. I hate both and refuse to do them unless I have no other choice, which as you can imagine, doesn't happen that often. Consistency is worth a lot more than a fast burnout.

It seems to me that if exercise is something that feels uniformly horrible there is eventually going to come a day when it seems like too much work for too little gain.



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LUANN_IN_PA Posts: 28,255
1/22/18 7:30 A

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" Because it’s not about finding an exercise you like. It’s about finding an exercise that give you the results you like."
Meh.
If I don't like the exercise, I am not going to do it long enough to get results.

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1/22/18 6:21 A

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I am with Patti on this. I actually enjoy exercising and it's the easier for me than keeping nutrition in check. Yes, there are some exercises sessions that are more challenging than others like running a long distance but I love the sense of accomplishment I get.

There are some exercises I hate and refuse to do. Burpees/squat thrusts are an example; they literally make me angry. I have actually walked out of fitness classes that have focused too much on them. The boot camp instructor at my local community center said she does burpees in almost every class she does because "they are so good for you". I flat out told her I wouldn't attend her class because of this, which is too bad because boot camps are my favorite format.

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1/22/18 2:05 A

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I'd disagree with the original premise. If I don't "like" it...you're not going to find me doing it. Most of the exercises I personally don't like are ones that somewhat hurt when I do them...and I've discovered acceptable work arounds and alternatives for almost all of them. I'm not going to spend my time being uncomfortable nor dreading my exercise. There are many ways to get results....!!
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1/21/18 11:56 P

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I don't know? Biking, hiking, and walking are pretty enjoyable to me most of the time and I enjoy the occasional swim as well. I do hate the things I have to do on bad weather days, but that makes it even better once I can get outside again.

I confess a hatred for the weights and high impact stuff I did over the years in an attempt to be athletic. They destroyed my shoulders, introduced me to hernia surgery and greatly contributed to my arthritis. It took me a long time to learn that fit and athletic were different animals. That's why you see old athletes on TV promoting pain relief products I would guess.

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1/20/18 5:03 P

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I was in an online conversation with someone about whether or not he should join a gym. I blithely said, “Just find an exercise you like and you’ll stick with it!” He pointed out that all exercise is work and he doesn’t really like any of it.

*Blink blink.* He’s right. Exercise IS work. After all, we’re trying to change our bodies, to get stronger, to get more fit, to get healthier. That’s NOT easy to do. If it doesn’t challenge us, it will not change us. If we’re not pushing ourselves, we’re not going to improve. I don’t particularly like doing burpees. But I like being able to do more than I could before. Holding a hover is tough. But I like being able to hold it longer than last month.

I’ve been doing exercise consistently enough to feel confident to sign up for a Boot Camp class. My first one was January 2017 and I’ve been hooked ever since. Once you hit a fitness level, it’s a disservice to yourself to backslide. The classes always challenge me and I have noticed a significant improvement in my strength and flexibility and energy level. Everyone in the class is wiped out after the hour of intense cardio and strength training. But we keep coming back for more.

One of my work out tanks says “I Hate You I Hate This Place See You Tomorrow.” I watch people’s faces as they come up to read it. They’re puzzled at first, then they laugh in agreement as they read the final line. Because it’s not about finding an exercise you like. It’s about finding an exercise that give you the results you like.


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