Post # 1
I’m 25 and I’m getting married in a year and a half. Since college, I gained a lot of weight (about 35 lbs) and have been unhappy with my appearance ever since then. What’s funny is I didn’t even notice that I had gained all the weight until the day after I graduated, I guess working a full time job and being a full time art student kept me busy. It felt like with the blink of an eye I added 30 lbs!
I’ve been active all my life. I’ve been dancing since I was 3 years old. I had to stop dancing in college due to my education and job status and I know that was the problem. I was sitting on my butt all day with very minimal physical activity.
Since then, I’ve been trying to find a diet and exercise plan that works for my lifestyle. I’ve been eating much healthier, eating balanced meals, smaller portions and more often. But my major problem is finding activities that are interesting to me without breaking the bank. I am self-employed and business is really slow (I’ve actually been trying to find a full time job for a while).
Does anyone have ideas of budget-friendly workouts that are still interesting and fun?
Post # 3
You are in California, not sure where.. but the odds are that most of the year, you can be pretty active outside. Get a bicycle at a yard sale and ride your bike, go on walks/ jogs in the neighborhood. Look for treadmills/ stationary bikes for your living room & look for good fun fitness videos.
Really, controlling your diet is going to be the most important thing. I logged my calories online for a year & it really REALLY helped me. The working out allows me to eat a little more in a day, and helps me to get toned, as well as stay heart healthy, but the diet is where you are going to find the biggest weight loss effects.
Post # 4
Oh man. I so feel you. I have gained 35lbs in the last couple years from college and stress, etc. I just started the 30 day shred and the Couch 2 5K. They both kicked my butt. I’ve lost 5 lbs so far!
Post # 5
Is there an ultimate frisbee league or soccer league around? Ultimate frisbee is pretty good cause every game I’ve been to there’s been a big variety in skill and activity level.
Post # 6
I am totally the same way, I could have written that myself. I danced my whole life, stopped after college and then packed on about 35 pounds! I started doing dance-cardio. I bought a video (but honestly you can google things and watch for free online). I really like that it incorporates dance with exercise and you may too! Honestly just moving helps too, I started making a point to do plie’s and such while watching tv, even if was only a little bit at a time. It really helped me jump start into being active everyday. Since your a dancer type look into Tracy Anderson, I love her stuff and she posts a lot of things online too so its free!
Post # 7
Workout dvds can get pretty boring, but if it you have netflix they have a ton and you can just send it back for a different one when you get tired of it.
Post # 8
Thanks for the suggestions and support everyone!
I like the idea of a bike and riding around, I could do that when I need to go to the store or grab some food. I can get 2 things done at once!
I’ve tried the excercise videos: Tae Bo, Cardio Dance Party (or something like that), Walk Away the Pounds, Insanity, etc. And I agree, I tend to get bored with those. I’ll try the ones that are more dance related and see if I like those.
Anyone try the Livestrong app? I’m thinking about using that to count calories.
Post # 9
Are you a memeber of a gym anywhere? I really like spinning and pilates classes.
As for the losing weight thing, have you actually been counting calories? That is what helped me when I was trying to lose weight since it’s hard to keep track of what you are eating.
Post # 10
I would suggest kickboxing classes. You can burn over 1000 calories per workout. I’ve gotten very toned recently going twice per week, and walking my dog on the other days. I’d like to go 3 times per week, but even twice per week makes a huge difference. It’s fun and it feels good letting out all the stress by punching something!
Signing up to a gym may be a little expensive, but you can get kickboxing gloves for pretty cheap I believe (as long as you don’t buy them from the gym, a mistake that I made, hehe). Personally I’ve found classes to be much more fun and motivational than going to the gym and doing the same thing every time.
Post # 11
@zippylef: you must be my workout twin! i am a 30-day-shredder and couch to 5k graduate.
kissa – i hate gyms! i don’t like to spend money to workout (i’d rather buy new, smaller clothes!) or spend time going to them. after 24 years of hating it, i fell in love with running doing the couch to 5k program. it is free and so much more fun. i work in an office all day and i love being able to spend time outside afterwards (or before, if i can manage to wake up early).
it starts out with more walking than running and you gradually build up to running longer and farther. definitely the cheapest and most efficient workout i know of.
for calorie counting, i recommend a free app called LoseIt! I havent tried livestrong yet. if you just want to do it on your computer caloriecount.com is pretty good.
Post # 12
Hey, I grew up not far from Northridge!! I’m originally from Winnetka/Canoga Park.
Anyway, running!! Best exercise there is. Most efficient. Least time consuming. If you’re not a runner already, I highly recommend the Couch to 5k plan. Lots of info online about it and even podcasts.
In addition to that, I’d get some free weights and maybe a weight lifting dvd.
About 5 years ago I lost 30 lbs doing WW, running, and weights.
Post # 13
I have been trying to lose weight and get fit since January, and what has worked for me is jogging and yoga. I also do weight-lifting, but that’s because I belong to a gym. I find running less horrible than I did and I feel like the yoga is actually changing my body in a way I can see. I go to some free yoga classes (at coffee shops and parks near where i live) and I also use yoga videos on youtube. One of my favorites is:
The teacher has such a nice soothing voice and lovely accent.
I’ve lost like 5 lbs but I think I would have lost more if I was really dieting too. My fiance is doing a diet for the next month (until the wedding!) where he cuts out most carbs–he eats wraps and avoids cereal, pasta, bread, rice, etc. It seems to be working for him. Ug. I just like pasta too much to do that, but I know that that’s what works.
Post # 14
Zumba is the BEST! Especially if you are a dancer, you’ll love it. Get some friends on board to motivate you to go to class. You’ll love it.
Also, the trainer at my gym said that if you want to lose weight you HAVE to use weights. Cardio alone won’t do it. Never heard that before, but after he did, someone else told me the same thing! Good luck.
Post # 15
Do a food journal if you want to lose weight
Post # 16
Around Third Street in Santa Monica there is a slew of donation-based yoga studios, and the instructors and facilities are pretty good.