How do you get out of a lazy rut?

posted 3 years ago in Fitness
Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I have a home gym that I slowly made over the years as well as a HUGE fitness DVD library. Everything from step aerobics to kettlebells. I usually break out of a lazy rut by selecting a mellow workout just to get back in the swing of things. Ususally that is a pilates or stability ball workout. I keep with the mellow workouts until my body feels more energetic and then it is back to kettlebells and the Bowflex!

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@futuremrs1986:  I also have a running injury that will sometimes ache or flair up so I have to quit going to the gym. I know it’s really difficult but sometimes you just have to force yourself. The best thing I’ve found is my friend who texts me every morning “gym at ____.” This morning it was “gym at 1” and I know he’ll give me hell if I try to skip out on it, it also makes it less of a chore to have a friend there to laugh and talk to between reps. If it were up to FI and I we’d probably go only 1-2 times a week vs the 3-6 times we go with our friend. You need someone to help you remain accountable, even if they’re a friend or someone you’ve met on the internet!

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

Ugh, I know what you mean!  I’ve been dealing with chronic back issues for the past several years (DESK JOB!!!) and I struggle with the exact same problem – working out a lot always results in more back pain, which results in getting out of the flow, which just makes it so dang hard…

I haven’t found a great way to stay consistenlty active in light of this, but modifying my diet to go paelo-ish (Basically, no grains, higher fat, no processed food) has kept my weight in check while I’m not working out as much as I should be.  Then I’ve joined a few fun recreational sports teams with my co-workers.  It doesn’t keep me in phenomenal shape, but at least it gets me moving and it’s super fun!  Plus, it’s easy to keep the committment when your team is counting on you.

But I’m mostly commenting to follow because I also need ideas.  I’m thinking of canceling my gym pass (gasp!) becasue I really don’t use it often enough to justify 🙁 

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@cbgg:  Have you tried doing pilates for your back pain? My running injury was basically because I had worked a desk job for so long and the solution I got from PT was to do pilates based exercises to slowly build up my core and stabalize my back/hips. Now I weight train, run, zumba, barre, and spin. Sometimes I can feel my muscles getting tight so I lay off a day but I’m pretty active and virtually pain free. You also may have issues with your posture, what I was told was to think of my hips as a bucket of water that you don’t want to tip or spill over. After thinking of it that way I found that I tilted my hips slightly forward which resulted in lower back pain as well as problems with my SI joint/piriformis.

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@chouette:  I have never done a serious course of pilates – only the odd class here and there.  I think your right, I should do this.  

Did you do pilates on your own (I find that having a teacher is better since the form is so specific), in group classes, or with a personal coach?

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I’m either exercising every other day and monitoring what I eat, or having a lazy slump and eating like a pig. So I go from extreme to extreme. 

 

To snap out of it, I often pinch my hips and feel how much fat is on them. If I’ve left it awhile (not exercising) I will have an ‘extra layer’ which is enough to snap me out of it!

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

A cleanse, lots of water and tea, and yoga 🙂

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@cbgg:  I actually started doing it with my physical therapist because of the injury and then just continued on my own. I agree that to get the most benefit out of it you work with other people at first.

If you can afford it I would look into working one-on-one with someone for a few sessions so they can show you what would be best for you but you can still get benefits from taking group classes. Obviously since there are so many people in the classes they can’t really tailor it to individuals so the one thing they stress is that you should only do what you’re capable of but really anything is beneficial. Most of the classes teach mat pilates vs. doing pilates on the reformer (I think that’s the name) so that’s one of the benefits because you can always do mat exercises at home.

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