I hate it with a passion! I think it takes more effort to get myself ON the tredmil then actually being on it. :/ Is there any tips/advice on how to make working out easier? I usually will power walk/run for 40 minutes every other day, with strength training on the days I don’t run/power walk. I’ve tried watching tv, music, etc but nothing works!
What do you bee’s do to motivate yourselves to get up and working out?
Maybe there is some other form of exercise you can try that you would enjoy. Not all exercise has to be boring or tedious to do. I take a pilates/yoga fusion class that I can’t live without. It burns just as many calories as me running 3 miles and I find it far more enjoyable. Time flies by when I’m in that class.
@Ms Spitfire: word. I just make it a habit. I’ve been working out 3-4 times a week for four months now. Started with a couple dvds, now going for 2-mile walk/runs after work (yeah I know, slacker compared to some of you girls). I’ve gained a lot of muscle tone but only lost 3lbs :
It doesn’t really get easier but I feel happy that I did it when I’m done. Plus FI complimenting my ‘cute little butt’ helps 😉
Oh i HATE doing treadmill/stationary bike,elliptical machine workouts! I’ve tried reading, watching tv, music and even brought my DS to play some video games.
My advice is to find something more interesting to do. 🙂 Seriously. If the gym you’re at offers any classes like Zumba, Body Pump, Body Combat, etc try one of those.
Zumba and Body Pump were always my favorites. Or do things that are work outs but not….”working out” Try a pole dancing class or a burlesque style class. Play an active sport. Run around and chase kids on the playground.
Also, switch it up! Generally the body likes to be challenged.
@Tunacupcakes: YES! I just joined my local gym since I moved into a new neighborhood, and was wondering about Zumba. Can you describe it, please? After you do, please weigh in on the ease of use by someone as uncoordinated as me. I can’t dance at all, and I’m afraid of running into someone. Is it all over the place? How would you rate it for a beginner taking classes? I’m used to doing the elliptical, but classes are totally different. Will I embarrass myself and fall over from exhaustion the first few times?
Yeah, working out is never exactly fun but it doesn’t have to be tedious and boring. Personally, nothing bores me more than running on the treadmill. As PP have said, try other forms of exercise. I found Zumba, Body Combat (or any cardio kickboxing class), and Body Pump to be a lot more enjoyable than the treadill, not to mention a better workout as they target all muscle groups.
Might not be for everyone but i read my kindle! I absolutely HATE going to the gym because I get so bored on the machines. Im an avid reader and it is too difficult to hold a book and turn the page or try to get it to stay on the stand thing-y. My So got me a kindle for our anniversary a few weeks ago and I LOVE reading it on the elliptical and treadmill! It goes by so fast and just a click of the button to turn the page! I made a rule that I can only read my books when Im at the gym so I find myself going sometimes twice a day just so I can get back to the really good parts in my books!! It seriously saved me!!
ohhh, i HATE working out, and i could never stick to it as much as i tried, but now for cardio my fiance and i go running around the neighbourhood, and its actualy fun, and i hated running and just couldnt do it for longer tha minute or two, but i am improving now and enjoying it, we alterdante runnung and walking, so its not as tirring, and for tonning i just do it at home, my fiance ir really good at this stuff and works out himself, so he made me a routine we do daily and switch it up with a few different excercises
@StuporDuck: Lol, you’re so funny! I had all the same questions before I started Zumba! I am quite possibly the most uncoordinated person on the planet (even my best friends don’t like to go dancing with me as I always look like an idiot) but I managed to get through Zumba just fine. Yes, I may miss some of the steps or I may constantly be on the wrong foot, but it never seems to matter. It is not a class that goes all over the gym for the most part so you don’t need to worry about running into someone. The only problem I find is that the classes are usually very crowded but I still have never had any issues with running into someone. You will probably be exhausted the first few times you do it – if you need a break, no big deal, just march in place or grab a quick water break. Try to position yourself near the periphery of the room so you can easily step off to the side without walking around people. It is a great workout though and a LOT of fun! Don’t worry about embarrassing yourself though – no one is perfect at it and everyone stuffs up a lot. It really is a lot of fun and a great workout!
Sorry, I know that question wasn’t directed at me but I thought I’d offer my opinion anyway! 🙂
I too hate to workout. I love to walk and will walk miles around the neighborhood. My DH joins me and he wants to go in the heat of the day to work up a sweat, picks up the pace, checks his heart rate. Now it’s not walking (which I love). Now it’s a workout. (Which I hate.) Long story short… do what you actually enjoy and it won’t even feel like a workout.
@StuporDuck: It’s kind of like…aerobics classes from the 80’s, but not as cheesy and it’s dance/latin inspired. Everyone is moving the same so it’s coordinated and synchronized. Dance moves…but not “real” dancing.
However, even then I think if you just follow the movements in a natural way your body wants to (don’t worry about too many minor details like hand placement) you will enjoy it. I also am so incredibly uncoordinated that when I took it for the first couple of times I was tripping all over myself. Whatever though, I moved for an hour and worked up quite the sweat! 🙂
I have a problem with following the direction of the instructor. Mine would move to the right, our left, and expect us to literally follow her direction and move left. I think “Oh…she’s moving right, I move right.” and I bumped into my friend a lot. lol
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It can be really embarrassing if you’re self conscious, but I promise if you just let go you will feel amazing afterward since it’s also very upbeat! I felt so silly but so happy afterward.
If you want to try it in your home, there is a Zumba for Wii and one for Xbox I think It’s pretty basic compared to actual classes…but that’s fine…it’s movement!
@Ree723: I appreciate your response, thank you! I don’t mind who answers, so long as I am reassured that I won’t be the biggest ninny in the studio. 🙂
That helps a lot. I will totally check out the next zumba class next time I head to the gym. Curiosity kills the cat– I may as well jump right in and find out for myself. If I hate it, eh, there’s always aqua aerobics, and that’s always a blast. Yoga too.
OP, I agree with PPs– experimenting with different types of work outs will help you in the end. I agree with you though, it’s more about working up the nerve to *do* something in the first place. After you get going, it’s cake. Just stick with it!
As for motivation, depending on what your goal is, my method may help you. I started working out when I noticed that I hit the biggest point in my life, ever. That was embarrassing enough, but when I went wedding dress shopping (ON MY BIRTHDAY, no less) the attendant was trying to help me into a Maggie Sabelle…. the worst happened. The dress RIPPED! Ever since then, I told myself I had to shrink my ass. So I stopped avoiding the scale, and have been weighing myself each week, faithfully. I like watching that number march downward, and I jot it down in my day planner so I can physically see progress.
I’ve also picked out a specific outfit for my FI to photograph me in every 2 weeks so I can physically look at myself, and judge how my clothes are fitting. Sometimes the scale doesn’t move when you’re building muscle, but your body does change. While the scale may not reflect your hard work, the photos will. To that end, it might be helpful to motivate you. It works for me, but mostly because I had a very embarrassing, humiliating visit to the bridal salon, and I was sick of being the size I was.
It sounds to me like you have a good system. i do not do cardio…very much but I lift challenging weights and eat pretty well. I have been able to maintain my weight that way…until I started bc, I gained a few pounds. I just stopped taking it and I’m seeing the scale creep back down already.
I think it depends on you. I cannot do cardio unless I am entertained. Even when I lift I have the radio or tv on. What motivates me the most is how I will feel if I do not workout.
Also, when I do lift, even if I don’t want to, I always feel great afterwards and that is motivation as well.
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