(Closed) For less-than-athletic Bees….

posted 7 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
14495 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Call the local college and see if they have any Athletic Training students that need to get in their time.  I did this with a friend that was taking classes for Athletic training and had a great time with him.  He spent several hours a few times a week with me and really kept me motivated all while having someone to talk to and a free place to work out at – the college.

Post # 4
2522 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@galloway111:  Do you think you could start power walking?  You could start by just walking a bit faster than you currently do for 15 minutes in the morning or in the evening and then start going out for longer stretches.  I’m currently doing C25k and like it a lot.  I push myself just enough that I can feel it but not enough that I have intense side-stitches, even if that means running a 15 min mile b/c in the beginning just exercising is enough (later, I’m planning on running for longer stretches and faster).

Post # 5
2158 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

hm, I was going to suggest bike riding.  Maybe invest in a bike?  Where I live we had a nice liitle used bike store where you can find a nice bike for as cheap as $30 which would be well worth it if you use it all the time.

How about yoga?  Not vigorous but it gets you out of the house and doing something! (or at home in front of the tv – there are yoga dvds to follow)

Zumba is fun, but intense. I have fun doing it with friends just because of how ridiculous you look trying to do these latin dances with no skills at all.

I enjoy the Wii Fit as well – its a fun game to beat your personal scores (my favourite is hula hooping)

Even a nice brisk walk is better than nothing. It’s not running (which I HATE!) but its still nice to go

EDIT: scratch the yoga – I just saw no standing in place excercises

Post # 6
2522 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@adnama:  That’s true.  Perhaps the OP can look on craigslist for a stationary bike?

Post # 7
2158 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@beekiss: I find excercising in front of the tv makes time fly πŸ™‚

Post # 9
5118 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I love the athletic training suggestion, they may be able to help for free. Or since you’re a student, you may be able to get reduced priced trainers at the wellness center. They should also be able to tell you the non-peak times of use so that you can get in on a machine faster.

One thing my mom really likes is walking the path around here. Paint a mid-sized rock (something you can hold in your closed hand) and then walk until you’re ready to turn around. Set it down and then head back. The next day, make sure to get to your rock, grab it, and then push a bit further before you set it down and turn back. It’s an easy way to keep track of your distance, and it’s an instant reward to see that you made it further than yesterday. 

Post # 10
1729 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I could have written this post! I can totally relate to the “slower than a 15 minute mile”… I’ve always hated running and I actually have running a 5k on my bucket list but I still hate it! 

Walking really is good exercise. Maybe take your iPod along with your favorite music or maybe an interesting podcast (I like This American Life). 

How about a dance class? 

For me, I like exercise that doesn’t feel like work. Which is probably why I’ve gained 15 lbs in the last year. πŸ™

Post # 11
7293 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

Tennis is fun and isn’t really much running per se if your doing doubles πŸ™‚

Horseback riding is super, but it can be expensive, unless you have some connections!

Snow shoing if it gets snowy or cross country skiiing !

Ice skating


Frizbee? lol

Post # 12
4676 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Have you looked at thrift stores like Goodwill or St Vinent De Paul for a used stationary bike?  It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, just something to get you moving.  

I have found that just making goals and trying to stick with them is working the best for me.  Instead of concentrating on a weight goal I made a goal of how many miles to run/jog before my wedding.  

Post # 13
5296 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1993

Lol, girl I hate exercise too! I started running before the wedding (which I HATE!) and got up to running a mile at once (huge accomplishment for me) then I got busy with the wedding/honeymoon and now I’m back to square 1.

Darling Husband and some friends and I started playing volleyball outside in Sept. and now we have a 2 month membership to a gym that runs out next month. I really like playing, even though I’m terrible, but I don’t know if we’re going to get a whole year membership cause it’s expensive and we don’t use it much…….so I’m not much help!

Post # 14
7609 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

I have similar feelings towards exercise!  I’m not sure if it’s already been said, but joining a team is one of the best ways to get a workout and make new friends, too.  I’ve played hockey my whole life but recently broken my ankle so I’m out for the season.  Fiance and I are hoping to join a beer league softball team next year (we both suck) just for the fun & activity.

Other than that….more sex?  Hahaha.

Post # 15
5093 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2012

Find some non-exercise physical activities that you enjoy.  I work at a renaissance festival.  This past season, I lost about 30 pounds over three months while performing there.  I’m not exercising, but I do walk around a ton, carry heavy objects around with me all day, and perform physically demanding sight gags for the entertainment of our patrons.  I’m never in better shape than I am at the end of a performance season.  Other non-exercise but very active options are dancing, dog-walking, babysitting active young kids, etc.

Post # 16
148 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I would definitely say do something with a group of friends; everything is more fun with other people (which is why I hate running). I did Zumba last summer and LOVED it. There were different levels for those who are super athletic down to those who couldn’t do much at all, it’s all about doing what YOU can do as long as you keep moving. Even getting together to play non-competitive games of basketball, football, volleyball, etc can do a lot for you.

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