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LisaF
01-03-2008, 11:29 PM
Hello, I'm Lisa. I'm brand new here, and I will admit that I hate to exercise. I really don't enjoy it, and it doesn't help that a weak ankle and easily messed-up back limit what I can do. But I know that a lack of exercise is the biggest single factor that's preventing me from losing weight. I have been doing yoga intermitently, and I kind of enjoy that, but it's not helpful for weight loss.

I would really love to hear from others who have overcome a hatred of exercise, and incorportaed it into their lives. I would especially love to hear if any of you have gone from hating to enjoying, instead of just tolerating.

So, my question to the group is: How have you overcome that exercise hatred? What works, and what doesn't?


Heather
01-03-2008, 11:48 PM
oh, pick me!!

I have always hated to exercise. Now I enjoy it often while I do it, and certainly enjoy the results. But I frequently still, after over 2 years, force myself to the gym (or to the basement).

How did things get better? Like the Nike ad says: Just Do It. I made a commitment to it. Early on I noticed I felt better afterward, but it took me a long time to realize how important regular exercise is to my entire well being. Now I KNOW I will feel less tired after a workout. Still don't wanna go, but it helps get me there. And I workout usually 4-6 days a week.

I don't know if that helps, but know you aren't alone!

Purplefirefly
01-04-2008, 12:16 AM
I absolutely hated exercise when I first started! But now I am pretty much addicted to it, it's the highlight of my day usually. What changed for me was finding things that I really liked, and doing things at my current level of fitness. I started out with Tae Bo and it left me completely wiped out, sick on the floor and I hated it. I thought that was how exercise was supposed to be, until I found Walk Away the Pounds dvds and realized it could be difficult, yet still fun and enjoyable...and I learned it should give me energy not take it all away.

I couldn't even finish the one mile dvd when I started, but I committed to doing it every day and within a week could do it, within two weeks had moved to the 2 mile. Once I saw how quick my body adapted and changed I started to look forward to it. I can move without all my joints popping, can get up and off the floor without a struggle...there are just so many improvements to my daily life that has come from working out.

Find something that is easy, at your level, and that isn't torture, and then stick with it. You'll be doing a lot more before you can blink an eye!

Time Warner Exercise TV on demand is great if you have it, there are lots of 10 minute workouts and a lot geared for beginners, and it's free...so you can try a lot of things on there before buying...or check out what your library has, most carry workout dvds.


math puppy
01-04-2008, 12:20 AM
yea i pretty much had to force myself to the gym untill i actally started to enjoy it.. i also found a class that i really liked! martial arts is very rewarding for me and i hope to some day become a black belt... that of course equals lots of exersice in order to be able to do the kicks and throws and be able to keep up in the sparring matches... so maybe a thing to look foward to, besides being able to shop at the normal size stores? though that is very rewarding, i guess i needed a little extra shove to keep lifting those weights and hopping on that tread mill. not that im perfect, i skip out on some days, but its happening less and less the longer i stick to the plan!
good luck finding the motivation! oh and have you seen a chiropractor about you back? what does s/he say?

"if you want somthing bad enough you find a way, if not and excuse!"

Trazey34
01-04-2008, 12:24 AM
ugh i hate it. My first 50 lbs. came off with the change in my eating habits, but I have a bad feeling the next 50 won't budge without my *** moving LOL.

I was thinking of starting a walking thread for newbies? something like, committing to walking 15 miles for the month, etc., but I'm not quite sure what's reasonable...I'll think on it!

Idealmuse
01-04-2008, 12:33 AM
I always had hated it too, but the more I did it (And this took awhile) it turned from hating to not minding. There are lots of days I still have to talk myself into it, but I think really gaining some strength helped me to feel better even at still a higher weight. Sorta empowering or something... hard to explain.

Also after months of doing it it becomes not quite so uncomfortable as your body starts to "get it" you still have to challenge yourself, but it still is easier then first starting out.

With me it works this way. I tell myself I'll work out every day. I of course need breaks here and there but I don't schedule them. This way I can't really argue with myself if its going to happen its just part of life. I take a break when my body feels like it needs it. This usually ends up about once a week. For some reason this helps me to keep on track more so then picking random days a week. When I did that it was always "I'll do it tomorrow instead"

Some people won't ever love it. I never will love it but there are some things I do I sorta enjoy now. I do workout DVDs at home so the variety is endless so if I tire of one thing I try a new one.

GirlyGirlSebas
01-04-2008, 10:12 AM
Hubby gave me a copy of one of Jillian Michaels books (one of the trainers on the Biggest Loser) for Christmas. In her book, Jillian admits that she doesn't like to exercise. I was surprised by that as she is a personal trainer and she has an awesome muscular body. I used to love to run, but now its a chore. But, I know that studies have shown that overweight people who develop an exercise "habit" are more likely to lose the weight and keep it off. I like having better odds, so I make myself exercise.

boaterswife
01-04-2008, 10:15 AM
As you've probably gathered by reading the responses, I think the majority of people started out in your same situation, me included. While I don't necessarily love exercise, I don't hate it anymore either. I think as you start seeing progress, exercise begins to look like a friend rather than the enemy. You become more comfortable doing it and therefore it gets easier to do. I agree with other posters that it's something you just have to make yourself do and plan as a part of your day....no different than taking a shower or brushing your teeth! After you do this for awhile, I believe that you'll begin to look forward to it. It's the one time of the day that I'm focused completely on me. I come first! Sometimes I zone out to music, turn on a movie to watch while I'm on the elliptical, or just think about things that are on my mind but I keep pushing to the back of the list.

I guess all I'm saying is hang in there. It gets easier and better!

nylisa
01-04-2008, 10:27 AM
Must be something about the name! I absolutely loathed exercise when I started. Start with something simple like walking. Give yourself a time limit, say, start with 10 or 15. Set it to music to make it easier. Keep upping it by 5 minute increments when you're ready for more. Reward yourself with minigoal rewards. For example, went walking 4x a week, treat yourself to a manicure (or something else you'd enjoy). I'm started with the 10-15 minutes of walking & I'm now up to 45 minutes on elliptical/arc climbers, doing work with weights & trying out classes, including spinning as time permits.

KidsLibrarylady
01-04-2008, 10:51 AM
You and I are in very similar situations! I have a lot of back problems and an ankle that currently looks like it belongs to an elephant. I, like a lot of people here, managed to lose a lot of weight about five years ago and did it mostly through walking and added in the elliptical machine later. Stomach was the Captain's Chair. This time around, sigh, I have added in Dance Dance Revolution!! I am not kidding! Last night I meant to only do it for 30 minutes... 60 minutes and a leg cramp later I finally stopped. I really enjoy it. I am terrible at it and have to be careful with my back and ankle but I still get a really good workout in and have fun at the same time. Who knew?
I also try not to focus on what I use to be able to do compared to what I can manage now but am trying to focus on my, gasp, former love of exercise. I distinctly remember enjoying waking up in the morning and stretching my legs so I could feel all those cool muscles. I have an 11 month old now so those muscles will take a little longer to get to than then but we can do it! :) Perhaps a goal? I walked a half marathon and did a 100 mile bike ride for charity at about 230 pounds, it can be done! Plus, when you are doing it in part for others, it adds some great motivation!
As for your injuries, I am sure you already know this but ice is your best friend, even though heat feels sooo much better. If you can get in with a good physical therapist even once to give you exercises to do at home that may be a big help as well! If I can get a little personal, a great bra has helped a lot with my back as well. I use an Enell which is expensive but fabulous.
I ramble but I hope that helps... you are not alone and you can do it!

Lifeguard
01-04-2008, 12:03 PM
Unlike others I can't say I ever really loathed exercising but I did find it difficult to make it an absolute habit. And at first I found that exercising often made me feel worse 'cause it made me feel so down about how fat & out of shape I was. But once I made it a habit & started seeing improvements that really made it almost an addiction for me. I love working out now & a good chunk of my thought is spent on my workouts, what's coming up, how the last one went, etc.

Good luck - you can do this.

Eves
01-04-2008, 02:33 PM
I wasn't that thrilled about exercise either.

I couldn't run because of shin splints. The elliptical made me sore. I have no rhythm for aerobics, etc. etc. etc.

But then, being obese wasn't all that much fun either. Like Heather said, I made a commitment and just did it. Just like brushing my teeth with really cold water. Or bathing with really cold water. I didn't have to like it, but I knew I had to do it.

And then, it got easier. After 11 months, I can now say that it's no longer a chore. It's not quite up there with the brushing my teeth habit, but exercise is a vital and important part of my day. Maybe it's because I am a morning exerciser, but when I start a day right, I almost always end it right.

I can even say that now, I enjoy it. And as much as I hate 5:30 am, I know that I will always feel better after I exercise. Always. Good luck to you!

BrandNewJen
01-04-2008, 03:19 PM
I for one think that my years playing sports in school kinda ruined running for me... (not to mention I'm only 25 and have arthritis in both knees and a major knee problem with my left leg) but I LOVE weightlifting.

I have a very broad body that will NEVER be tiny like the models, so I figure why not use my strength and size to where I feel comfortable. My mom gets PO'd when I hit the gym too much and "bulk up" but my theory is, I'd rather have big muscles than flabby fat. ya know?

You find what you like to do. Sometimes I don't have it in me to go to the gym and do my whole circuit, so I hop on the elliptical and if I only do 30 minutes, I only do 30 minutes. But that's 30 minutes less than I'm sitting on the couch.

I agree with the others--- even when I'm tired and sore, I feel BETTER when I finish exercising! It's just GOING... getting up, putting on the clothes, GOING to the gym that is hard for me. I kinda wish there was a gym in my work building so I couldn't make excuses--- just go at the end of my work shift. Ah well.

Pita09
01-04-2008, 03:30 PM
It took me over a year to finally embrace exercise and the knowledge that I have to do it no matter what. I joined an excellent gym where I feel extremely comfortable at and I go 6 days a week and am there for at least 90 minutes. I have seen a real difference in the shape of my body and in my physical condition. I can go up stairs and for long walks without breaking a sweat or running out of breath.

Now, to conquer what I put in my mouth on a daily basis!!!

Lifeguard
01-04-2008, 03:36 PM
Or bathing with really cold water. I didn't have to like it, but I knew I had to do it.


Sorry - but am I missing something? Why do you have to bathe with cold water?

I totally get the whole not running thing. I do the cardio 'cause I need to burn the extra calories to get to goal but the weightlifting is the part I'm passionate about. Muscle is always going to look better than fat.

MISS 1982
01-04-2008, 03:38 PM
what doesn`t work for me is getting on the treadmill. After 5 mins or so, i would find some excuse for why i should get off. What has worked for me are classes at my local ymca. The instructors there are really cool and are constantly encouraging us to keep going even if it means walking in place!

Switzie6
01-04-2008, 03:38 PM
One of the instructors at my gym made a comment once that really stuck to me. She said that even if your having a terrible day and just can't work out just walk in the gym. Even if you walk right back out or only stay five minutes, it's all about staying in the habit of going there. So if you're not doing the gym and doing something at home, put on your workout clothes and sneakers and do something even walking 5 minutes to form that habit. And as you lose weight and get stronger you will be able to do more and more.

Eves
01-04-2008, 03:52 PM
Sorry - but am I missing something? Why do you have to bathe with cold water?


It's okay. I spent the last year living in a tiny little town in Peru and the water only comes in one temperature, cold. I forgot that my location thingy no longer says Tumbes, Peru.

Usually I could just heat up some water and take a bucket bath, but after work (I'm an archaeologist) I just wanted to get all of the dirt off of me, so it was cold shower time. Plus all the other times I would wake up late and have to take a cold shower in the morning.

And that's when there was running water...but that's another story.

Anyway, I like exercising now but I still loathe cold showers.

nylisa
01-04-2008, 03:58 PM
You find what you like to do. Sometimes I don't have it in me to go to the gym and do my whole circuit, so I hop on the elliptical and if I only do 30 minutes, I only do 30 minutes. But that's 30 minutes less than I'm sitting on the couch.


I'm going to second this. Any exercise is better than none. I have a tendency to get all or nothing about exercise & I've learned the hard way (slacking off after not having "enough" time), that consistency (exercising a certain no. of time per week) is more important than having an ideal no. of minutes/activities in a workout. It's far easier to get back on track after a few consistent, but less than ideal workouts than to have to start all over again from the beginning.

Fea
01-04-2008, 04:15 PM
Ive really enjoyed reading this thread and its made me think. Doesnt happen often :D

Im not sure if I like, loathe, love or hate exercise because I just dont do any! Okay I take the dog for a walk - but hes a pomeranian and it doesnt take much to tire him out. I also take the kids to the park - but then I sit on the bench and read a magazine while they play :o I dont do any real, sweat it out, exercise but Id love to. So why dont I?

Maybe its just the thought of it I love. A couple of years ago I went through a 3 month phase of visiting the gym daily and I loved the results although I began to get a little bored with it. That gym closed down and I gave in since the memory of it being boring stuck with me. Id love to go swimming or do kick boxing but I feel too self conscious to go out and actually do either of them.

Since Christmas Ive been telling myself Im going to buy a fitness dvd to work out to at home. Then once Im feeling fitter and seeing the results maybe I will actually venture out to do some swimming or take up that kick boxing class Im dying to do. 10 days later and as many trips past shops that sell fitness dvds and Ive still not bought any. But after reading this thread and realising Im the one who has to make the change, drag my *** off the sofa and get up and get sweaty Ive decided Im going to buy that dvd tomorrow before work and get it started when I return.

Woohoo :carrot:

tamaralynn
01-04-2008, 04:35 PM
I hate climbing ANYTHING.

Well the family and I went out snow sledding about 2 weeks ago - and now I can't wait for more snow!!! I had a BLAST!

I think incorporating something fun into your exercise can help make you look forward to it :)

Eileen2bLean
01-04-2008, 06:16 PM
This past summer, my husband and I started bike-riding. I hadn't ridden a bike in more than twenty years and I was over 250 lbs - omg my legs weren't strong enough to give my big butt a ride!

At first, I couldn't even make it around the block. But I kept going every day, going a little farther each time. Then I wanted to venture out of the neighborhood but there are (small) hills a few blocks away and I couldn't make it up those hills. But I kept trying and eventually I was able to get over those hills and explore.

There's a bike trail nearby and so we started riding every day on the trail. By the end of summer we were doing a minimum of 5 miles each evening and then 10-15 miles on weekend days. One day I noticed that my calves had changed shape - I actually had visible muscles!

I hate exercising. Before actually getting on my bike - on any given day - I can tell you that I also hate bike-riding. But I don't. I love bike-riding, not the stationary kind - I mean the outside kind with the wind blowing in your hair and new sights to see and enjoy - love it!

It's the first ten minutes that I hate!!!!!

Every single time I get on my bike, my knees hurt. My thighs hurt. My back hurts. My ankles hurt. My calves hurt. I pant and complain, "OMG I can't do this!" For the first ten minutes. Then everything warms up and starts running smoothly and I start enjoying the feeling of being alive and moving.

THEN - about twenty minutes into the ride, something else happens. I feel good, I feel strong! Not just physically - I mean I feel GOOD! The endorphins kick in and suddenly I find myself in the best of moods.

I still hate exercise. If it weren't for that first ten minutes, though, I'd be doing it nonstop, all day, every day.

:)

LisaF
01-04-2008, 10:07 PM
Really good thoughts here. I am so glad to have found this community, and to be able to talk about these things with people who don't just think I'm lazy.

It sounds like walking might be a good way to start. I've order the first Walk away the Pounds dvd from the library, so I'll give that a try. If it doesn't work for me, I'll try something else.

I will try to keep in mind that exercise doesn't have to be an all or nothing thing. I think that I tend to think of it that way, so when I have to stop for a while (at any opportunity, really) I give up on it for the duration. It sounds like I really need to start thinking about it as part of a lifestyle -- or even more so, simply as part of my life.

Purplefirefly
01-04-2008, 10:16 PM
Your post is very inspirational to me Eileen...wonderful to see exercise through your eyes. Almost makes me want to go buy a bike :)

sweetnsassyfied
01-05-2008, 12:35 AM
This could go under the Power of Thought thread, due to the fact that I had to change my whole line of thinking when I began again this time. About everything!! :fr: :lol:

This wasn't going to be another "Diet". It wasn't something with a start date and end date. It was going to be a "Lifestyle". Incorporating healthy, good for me foods that I love and could live with for the rest of my life. New coping stratagies other then stuffing myself and my emotions with foods. I was never "comforted" after. In fact, falling face first into food always made me feel worse. Especially when I had to look in the mirror afterwards.

Same with "Exercise". I can't stand to exercise! I know this, I hate it, it's Work! Bleck I work hard enough. But what I want to do is ... " Body Build". I'm not back into wl yet, but no matter what I do... be it walk, yoga, squats using a ball and my wall. Or my counter and hanging on while I am waiting for the coffee to brew. :^: Playing with my children, bowling with my family, I am "Building a Better Body"!

Eh, I am a wordy woman... :lol: Bottom line...

Diet = Lifestyle
Exercise = Body Building

Two little changes in thought had made a world of difference in me. :)

math puppy
01-05-2008, 05:38 AM
"Originally Posted by archy
Or bathing with really cold water. I didn't have to like it, but I knew I had to do it."

Sorry - but am I missing something? Why do you have to bathe with cold water?


for some reason reading this made me laugh... it must be late :dizzy:

nylisa
01-05-2008, 09:14 AM
As I mentioned, I find music really helpful. If anyone wants to share workout playlists, let me know, I'll post mine. Maybe we can get some new inspiration from each other's musical choices to keep the variety going.

LisaF
01-05-2008, 09:35 AM
As I mentioned, I find music really helpful. If anyone wants to share workout playlists, let me know, I'll post mine. Maybe we can get some new inspiration from each other's musical choices to keep the variety going.

Lisa, I'd love to see your playlist. I tried to PM you back, but apparently I can't PM until I've made 25 posts. But I am definitely interested in seeing what you use to inspire you to keep going!

Lisa

nylisa
01-05-2008, 10:17 AM
Sure, here's the playlist (mine is a bit 80s centric). Also, there are certain albums I really like (particularly U2 & B-52s), so I'll play those too. And I'll try PMing you again to see if you can reply, though it sounds like you won't be able to because of the post thing.

Another One Bites the Dust/Queen
Move This/Technotronic
Goddess of Love/Bryan Ferry
Stand/REM
Orange Crush/REM
Under Pressure/Queen & David Bowie
Live & Let Die/Guns & Roses version
We Care a Lot/Faith No More
Pressure Drop/The Specials
Mixed Emotions/Rolling Stones
Vertigo/U2
Love & Peace or Else/U2
City of Blinding Lights/U2
All Because of You/U2
Crumbs from Your Table/U2
Original of the Species/U2
Obsession/Animotion
Good/Better than Ezra
Beautiful/Christina Aguilera
Under the Milky Way/The Church
Veronica/Elvis Costello
Ray of Light/Madonna
Hey Ya!/Outkast
Message of Love/Pretenders
Don't Get Me Wrong/Pretenders
Hippiechick/Soho
Better be Good to Me/Tina Turner
Mayor of Simpleton/XTC

Tonia
01-05-2008, 11:17 AM
Lisa, love your playlist! :)

I appreciate this thread because I, too, struggle with 'enjoying' exercise. While I am not exactly the poster child for good physical habits I will say that whenever I do go to the gym I ALWAYS feel better when I leave than when I arrive.

That seems to be enough for me. :smug:

nylisa
01-05-2008, 12:23 PM
Glad you like the playlist Tonia!

Another point I think is important to make is to combine the exercise with something you enjoy. I love music & listen to it a lot in my spare time. So for me it was natural to combine exercise with music. I had exercise mix tapes prior to the mp3 era.

But there are other interests which can be combined with exercise. Books? I love to read too, but I get motion sick easily, so that rules out reading on the treadmill/exercise bike. But it's an option for many and so are audiobooks for those of us who get motion sick or want to get a bit more mobile (say a jog in the park).

A friend of mine is a big fan of Lost & House, so he bought DVDs of both and watches them while he works out on the treadmill. TV & movies both work for this.

I think combining exercise with another interest works for several reasons:

1) it's a distraction from fatigue or boredom that can come with exercise
2) you learn to associate exercise with something positive that you like
3) when combining it with something that you'd enjoy doing, it becomes less of a chore. You're doing something you like anyway for leisure (listening to music, reading, watching tv or a movie.
4) Combining it with exercise is kind of time efficient. You'd spend time doing these things anwyay, so you don't have to carve out another block of time to exercise.

chick_in_the_hat
01-05-2008, 05:11 PM
My problem was always getting started. I sometimes lie to myself that I'll do a really easy workout today when I don't really wanna get my (!) off the couch. I find once I get moving it feels good and I get a normal workout in.

Idealmuse
01-06-2008, 01:34 AM
Music indeed does make the time go by faster and even helps you pick up the pace if you're just out walking. I love my I-pod mini!

Another thing to think about is make your your challenging yourself enough that you see progress. If you stroll at 2mph and never get any faster its really never going to get that much easier you know and you likely won't get any more fond of it.

I think maybe part of the reason I not longer mind it is I can feel and see the difference it has made. I wear a smaller size then I did at the same weight when I was only dieting. My resting heart rate is lower. My Mood is much much better... Today I even ran a bit! :)

AnnRue
01-06-2008, 11:20 AM
To me it was all about the definition of exercise. It used to be: had to find good clothing, pay for a gym, go to the gym and kill myself for 45 mins to 1 hour -- and usually hurt myself. Misery. Finally I decided exercise is exercise. I stopped paying for the gym and stopped feeling i had to be in the right clothing. If I felt like exercising I just jumped in my regular clothing did what I wanted for as long as I wanted. Period. 15 minute walk at lunch, 15 min's on my bike at home; walk up and down the stairs in my condo complex when no one is home... exercise with the ipod, without, in my undies, in my work clothing... whatever as long as I am moving it doesn't have to be the typical *work out.*

I was reading a couple of science books recently and they made remarks about how animals like mice naturally love exercise.. put them in a wheel and they will go forever, and my own cat seems to think his life is 2 things... sleep and exercise. Makes me wonder if humans should be that way too and maybe we just have to get back in touch with our own natural desire to exercise by changing our thoughts about exercise.

kissingginger
01-06-2008, 11:34 AM
Hi everyone,

I have a bit of a different take on exercise. I LOVE it. Exercise makes me feel great, I crave the burn, the pain (in moderation)....so how does someone like me get so big? Why did I fall off the exercise wagon to begin with? I haven't exercised in 4+ years. So what happened?

Even if you enjoy working out, it doesn't guarantee fitness or health - you have to actually do it! It's all in the mind....and it's EASY not to exercise. It's EASIER to sit on the couch or make excuses and do other things. It's easier to play on the computer - homework - housework -scrapbooking - ANYTHING besides getting on that treadmill I've had now for 8+ years. This year I hope to use it more in 1 year than I did all the years I had it. How sad is that?

Anyhow, not wanting to exercise, not enjoying exercise is a struggle but I wanted you to know that it's not easy for those of us who actually enjoy it too - strangely...you still need to make that time for yourself, make a commitment, get up earlier or whatever it takes.

I also sabotaged myself, if I ate poorly in the past, then why bother getting on the treadmill...or go walking or whatever...I was an ALL or NOTHING girl. If I couldn't eat "just right" then I gave up. Why bother? I realized now that if I had just let go of that mentality, I would have been better off ...I might have still been able to at least burn off those extra calories, instead of having them LUMP right onto my thighs.

Sorry if I'm rambling.......

bluex
01-06-2008, 11:45 AM
You don't have to turn into a big exercise nut to lose weight. At first I did go to a middle school that let you use their gym for a small fee, mostly I used the treadmill. I'd go on it for about 30-40 minutes as fast I could go which wasn't very much. I went maybe 4 times a week if I was really good. I tried doing some weights but I am not very good at that. In the middle of my weight loss process I was going through a huge life change so I stopped exercising. I still kept losing weight but eventually that stalled. I started walking after work with some co workers. I've been walking 5 times a week, 3 during the week and 2 on the weekend. I try to park my car far away unless I am in a hurry. In structures I park on the highest floor and walk the stairs. Just find ways to move and you can lose weight... you don't have to go the gym even.

I may have reached goal or not, not sure yet but I would like to do more strength exercise. I don't know much about it so I am thinking of getting some kind of personal trainer. I don't know if I have the money for that right now but we'll see. I enjoy sports, always have. I would like to play basketball again .

Lyn2007
01-06-2008, 01:41 PM
I think it comes down to finding what you like.

Right now, I have some major knee issues and the only real exercise I can do is recumbent bike. However, in the past, I thought I HATED exercizing!!!!! I tried, and HATED:
aerobics
various exercise videos
Tae-Bo
jogging
treadmill walking
weight lifting
spinning classes
biking on a real bike
jumping rope
swim aerobics
lap swimming
gym membership/gym machines
laps around a track
various exercise machines
dancing
tennis
baseball

However, I found some things I really, truly enjoy that are exercise:
raking leaves, yardwork
walking in the park with the dog or kids
roller blading (FUN!!)
horseback riding
swimming in a pool with my kids
hiking in the woods (LOVE this)
martial arts classes
basketball
frisbee with the kids

So, just keep trying things. EVen "lifestyle" activities like gardening can be great exercise. But the bottom line is, you gotta get more active, so keep looking and trying things til you find one you like or can at least tolerate. Maybe you will grow to like it when you see how wonderful you feel afterwards.

LisaF
01-06-2008, 09:51 PM
So, an update: I did the Walk away the Pounds 1 mile walk today. After about 4 minutes, I wanted to collapse. I did the whole thing, and I pretty much hated every minute of it. (Who's surprised? Not me!) BUT -- I did the whole thing, and it was relatively do-able, and I can see myself doing that three or four times a week. The whole thing only took 15 minutes, and really, what's 15 minutes compared to the health of my heart?

Possibly I'll find some other form of cardio that I can enjoy more, but until then I'm going to try to keep doing this. I hope that as I get practice it will get easier and I will stop getting so exhausted so quickly, and I will hate it less.

KCWMU
01-06-2008, 10:10 PM
A trick for Walk Away The Pounds. I used to hate it too, but then I started to put my ipod on, and just walk along with the dvd, and listen to my own music, and now its my absolute FAVORITE thing to do! =)

Purplefirefly
01-06-2008, 10:20 PM
Another tip for Walk Away the Pounds...once you get those 4 basic moves down and get a feel for what a good pace is, you can do it while watching TV and make your own little workout. I do this all the time, but now I run in place instead of walking, jump side to side, jump on other moves, add in butt kicks, etc. I also like to do it with a step, doing each move on the floor then on the step...get some really good workouts while watching TV...usually during Biggest Loser :)