(Closed) Getting back in shape… Non gym activity ideas needed!

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
2203 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Diet is 80% of weight loss and exercise is only 20%… So as long as you watch what you eat more strictly you should be able to lose the weight without extreme changes to your exercise habits. However, since it seems like you want more exercise ideas, I personally have always liked running outside when I didn’t have a gym membership. Plus going for long bike rides! 

Post # 5
2553 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I think running will actually help you quit smoking, it always gets me out of a bad mood.  I bring along really angry music and rage for a few miles and come home feeling better.  When you want a cigarette (and you will, quitting is hard!  don’t beat yourself up) you can take a run to get the aggression out.


I’m about your height and was always chubby growing up.  I lost 60 pounds, then gained 10 back (sigh) and am now trying to lose those 10 to get back to 120 before the wedding.  I think the important thing is to do it slowly.  It took me seriously 15 years to lose those 60 pounds, I changed my died and exercise habits to something I could reasonably continue for the rest of my life and over a long long time it came off.  Then I moved in with Fiance and started eating his food…haha but anyway don’t stress yourself over slow progress, because that’s the kind that lasts and you’re in a great position because you are at a healthy BMI right now.  Good luck!  

Post # 6
4435 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I’m a Stay-At-Home Mom and love taking my 18month old to the park. We have a BOB stroller (the best running stroller imho), so I run down to the park, do a couple laps around the lake, then let him out of the stroller to run around. I get my cardio done, then he gets his! He’s up around 5am everyday, so it’s easy to get him in the stroller and out the door- no one is around outside at that time, so I don’t bother with makeup lol  Good luck and btw Happy Mother’s Day!

Post # 7
3181 posts
Sugar bee

My current exercise program is 3 days of couch to 5k (I am pretty active but still started with week 1 day 1 since I hate running) and 4-5 days of Jillian Michaels 30 day shred a week. Once I am done with 30ds I am moving on to Ripped in 30 (probably more like 60 since I don’t plan on doing it everyday). I really like these programs.

I agree with PP, diet is 80%.

Post # 8
904 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Diet is huge, as others have said, but exercise can give you some wiggle room when you don’t want to restrict your calories too much.  Also, some people don’t agree with the term “skinny-fat”, but I do believe that losing weight through cutting calories alone, without increasing your activity, can leave you looking like you weigh more than you actually do.  

For staying active outside of the gym, I would recommend checking out the Back on Pointe tumblr blog.  This young woman has a TON of workout ideas on her website – you can choose to do a workout targeting your abs, or your legs, or cardio… etc.  Here’s the link to the page where she keeps all of her workouts:  http://backonpointe.tumblr.com/tagged/workout-challenge.  Virtually everything can be done in your living room on a yoga mat, and I love the variety, which helps stave off boredom.

Post # 9
13095 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I love playing tennis and get a great workout without really feeling like I’m working out!

Post # 10
1447 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I disagree with the posters emphasizing diet.  Obviously, diet is important, but exercise will improve your metabolism in a way that diet alone is incapable of doing.  Every time I’ve lost significant weight, it’s been through exercise alone.

A bicycle is a great idea, but it’s going to take a lot more than riding around with your kid in the park.  I’ve also lost significant weight running and training for 5Ks or half-marathons.  I usually use yoga as a cross-training activity, which is great because it’s so mentally calming and stretches everything out.

Ballroom dancing is a lot of fun and a way to bond with your husband.  I’d pick something high energy like Salsa or Cha Cha.

Post # 11
747 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I run three times a week and then alternate between Pilates and weights all in the comfort of my home!


Post # 12
7369 posts
Busy Beekeeper

Defintely running (C25K programs are great) and I love dancing classes. I prefer African and latin based dancing classes. They are fun but challenging and you work up a sweat. 

Youtube has fabulous videos on yoga or excerices you can do only using your body weight (check out bodyrock.tv). 



Post # 13
3194 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@kris325:  i’m addicted to rock climbing. i don’t know where you live, but in my area there are two facilities where you can go and pay per climb. it is SO MUCH FUN and a great workout!

if you want some great workouts you can do without equipment, this is a great video:


or, Insanity.


Post # 14
916 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@kris325:  I think you looked beautiful in your wedding dress!


I too want to lose weight though. I gained a lot of weight right before my wedding and was getting comments that I might not even fit into the dress….was really frustrating.

I think maybe cutting out sugary snacks will help maybe with the weight loss but it’s been hard. That and I’m on medication that can help you gain weight. Good luck!

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