Post # 1
Whether you are currently trying to lose weight or have in the past… how did you find a workout or exercise that you actually enjoyed? I was the kid in gym class that could barely do a pushup and ran a 15 minute mile (aka, they stopped the clock at 15 and I was still going, lol… so maybe longer). I hate exercising, I mean HATE it. Those endorphins that are supposed to make you happy? They make me cry, literally. Everyone tells me I just have to find an exercise I enjoy, but I’m out of ideas. Give me something creative that will get me in shape but that I won’t dread doing every day and end up making excuses not to do, just like everything else I’ve tried? I’m feeling pretty discouraged.
Things I know I hate:
Running. And anything that requires any serious running.
Vigourous work out routines… maybe I’ll get there but I’m not there yet.
Pushups, situps, stand in place type exercises.
I love swimming and biking but I can’t afford a gym membership and I don’t have a bike.
Post # 3
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
@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
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
@adnama: That’s true. Perhaps the OP can look on craigslist for a stationary bike?
Post # 7
@beekiss: I find excercising in front of the tv makes time fly 🙂
Post # 8
@tksjewelry: Well, technically I can work out free at the university here because I attend. But the facilities don’t hold enough students so it’s almost impossible to actually find any free exercise equipment at any time of day. I could look into having a student trainer though, thanks 🙂
@beekiss: What is C25k? I walk to my classes (about 2-3 miles ever day and I’m usually running late so I’m quick, lol), since early September I have every day, but I haven’t noticed any difference in weight or in how I look and I don’t feel any healthier. I thought 3 months would be long enough to notice but maybe I need to give it more time?
@adnama: $30!? I’ve never seen one that cheap but I’ll keep an eye out! And I want a Wii Fit so bad but I can’t afford it, lol. And nobody in my family does Christmas gifts now that I’m older.
Just checked Craigslist, all the stationary bikes are $150+ but maybe I’ll keep checking back for a deal. I currently live in an efficiency apartment so I have no idea where I’d put it but maybe I could just store it until I move out, at least. I feel like I have so many excuses not to exercise but it seems like everything I actually enjoy is expensive and/or super time consuming 🙁 Or takes up space, lol. Maybe I need motivation more than anything… but that still doesn’t really give me any more time or money.
Post # 9
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
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. 🙁
Post # 11
Tennis is fun and isn’t really much running per se if your doing doubles 🙂
Horseback riding is super, but it can be expensive, unless you have some connections!
Snow shoing if it gets snowy or cross country skiiing !
Post # 12
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
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
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
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
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.