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ShetlandSheepdogLove
06-27-2012, 07:59 PM
Every day when I go to the gym, I always start on the elliptical for thirty minutes. Every five minutes I stop, take a drink of water/use my towel and switch the mode (hill, cardio, etc.)

When I reach about ten minutes, I can barely go a minute or two without stopping, drinking, and toweling off. :ebike:

I always listen to upbeat music when on the elliptical, but I still find myself struggling to make it through the next five minutes of my workout.
I can watch TV while at Planet Fitness, but that's it. Watch. The little things they have that you can plug your headphones into do not work, so I can't listen.

I just need something more to keep me going. Any suggestions? :?:


ValRock
06-27-2012, 08:01 PM
I read!! I can get involved in a good book and lose 45 minutes on the bike or elliptical, easy!

kurisitaru
06-27-2012, 08:06 PM
I don't go on the elliptical, but I bought a treadmill and stuck it behind my TV. I watch The Biggest loser while I try the C25K.

HOWEVER!

Before That, I would read. It's hard when you move a lot though, so it doesn't work very well. Sometimes I would look at the time and just think "10 minutes to go..." but... that gets taxing. I discovered the gym wasn't for me. (Hence the buying of the treadmill). I can't work out if I want it to end. So, pick things you DO like.

Instead of the gym machines, try the gym classes. Go for Zumba instead of the elliptical. Go for a hike instead of a treadmill. Ride a bike outside and find a new trail versus the gym bikes. Try the shred instead of weights. Etc...

After you get used to exercise you can tolerate, the ones you can't often don't seem so big because you get in shape and it's normal to work out.

You can also try downloading comedy shows or stories for your Ipod. Who knows maybe listening to Harry Potter being read is the distraction you need.


Sum38
06-27-2012, 08:08 PM
I listen audio books. A good mystery gets heart pumping and legs going :lol:

katkitten
06-27-2012, 08:22 PM
I have never been able to understand how people can read while working out. I am the biggest bookworm but I can't focus with the page bouncing up and down. I keep losing my place and end up reading the same sentence over and over...

ShetlandSheepdogLove
06-27-2012, 08:23 PM
I think I'll attempt to listen to an audio book now that it's been suggested, as well as try for a comedy show, too. Reading an actual book would add to the difficult with the moving for me, personally. :D Great suggestions.

Brandis
06-27-2012, 08:24 PM
I move my feet around a lot and try to keep them from going numb. Cuz that's what my feet do on the elliptical. So I stopped doing it. But when I used to power through it, if I was hating it more than usual, I would only do 10 minutes on the elliptical, switch to the treadmill, do 10, then switch to the bike or stair stepper and finish it out. Sometimes I just couldn't stomach that much on one machine.

caramelkitty
06-27-2012, 08:24 PM
I loooooove the elliptical!! I usually put on some good upbeat music to get me going or an audio book. I do HIIT so it's a little hard for me to hold anyhting in my hands, though I am jealous of my fiance who reads his comic books. lol

Kahokkuri
06-27-2012, 09:21 PM
Recently I've been using treadmills that sit in front of the window overlooking the pool. It seems silly, but I listen to music and stare into my own face the entire time. If the current song isn't pumping me up, I switch, and I've got lots of workout mixes ready to go as necessary. When I start getting really tired I basically stare at myself in the window and remind myself that I can finish. Also, I don't know if it would make a difference for you, but I don't stop at all until my workout is done. If I plan to do 15 minutes, I do 15 and then drink my water. If I lose my momentum for even a few seconds it's almost impossible for me to start up again.

ShetlandSheepdogLove
06-27-2012, 09:34 PM
Recently I've been using treadmills that sit in front of the window overlooking the pool. It seems silly, but I listen to music and stare into my own face the entire time. If the current song isn't pumping me up, I switch, and I've got lots of workout mixes ready to go as necessary. When I start getting really tired I basically stare at myself in the window and remind myself that I can finish. Also, I don't know if it would make a difference for you, but I don't stop at all until my workout is done. If I plan to do 15 minutes, I do 15 and then drink my water. If I lose my momentum for even a few seconds it's almost impossible for me to start up again.

I'm currently attempting to try for ten minutes without stopping in order for water, so fifteen will definitely be a goal of mine. If only PF had a pool, then I would definitely try that. :^:

DandelionCupcakes
06-27-2012, 09:39 PM
If I read on the elliptical I fall off. Ha! It has happened more times than I'm comfortable admitting.
Upbeat music doesn't do it for me. I have netflix on my phone so that helps....I also bought the biggest loser seasons and have them on my phone!!! That has been really inspirational. Time flies when you're watching other people suffer, right? :p

amandie
06-27-2012, 09:41 PM
I cannot exercise due to an muscle injury but when I did the elliptical, I usually watched TV shows and movies, just listen to the ipod or both, lol. I would love to set up something where I can read books on the elliptical. Hmm, maybe a DIY project sometime in the future.

JohnP
06-27-2012, 09:41 PM
I'm confused are you stopping because you're bored or because you're tired?

Also - why are you doing cardio? Do you want to have more endurance? If you're doing it for fat loss you would be FAR better off (in my opinion) doing weight lifting instead and I don't mean the 5lb pink dumbell arm curl lifting.

3x a week full body workout would be far superior (and is far more interesting) than cardio when it comes to fat loss. As an added bonus it will do a whole lot more for the shape of your body if you happen to care about that kind of thing.

To answer your question - when I am doing cardio (because I want to improve my endurance) I will do 45-60 minutes and watch a TV show or movie on my phone or ipad.

ValRock
06-27-2012, 09:59 PM
I'm confused are you stopping because you're bored or because you're tired?

Also - why are you doing cardio? Do you want to have more endurance? If you're doing it for fat loss you would be FAR better off (in my opinion) doing weight lifting instead and I don't mean the 5lb pink dumbell arm curl lifting.

3x a week full body workout would be far superior (and is far more interesting) than cardio when it comes to fat loss. As an added bonus it will do a whole lot more for the shape of your body if you happen to care about that kind of thing.

To answer your question - when I am doing cardio (because I want to improve my endurance) I will do 45-60 minutes and watch a TV show or movie on my phone or ipad.

I totally agree with this!!

I'm not OP, but the ONLY reason I do 'cardio' is because it's my down time. The gym has childcare and I use it for quiet time. I'd be sitting reading, anyway, might as well do it while moving around a little bit. (After I knock the weights around for a while). I think it's relaxing. I don't really consider it cardio, anymore. Sprinting, yeah... bike/elliptical... not really.

katkitten
06-27-2012, 10:39 PM
i get bored on the elliptical so I blast my music and do intervals to challenge myself and keep it from getting old.

ShetlandSheepdogLove
06-28-2012, 12:10 AM
I'm confused are you stopping because you're bored or because you're tired?

Also - why are you doing cardio? Do you want to have more endurance? If you're doing it for fat loss you would be FAR better off (in my opinion) doing weight lifting instead and I don't mean the 5lb pink dumbell arm curl lifting.

3x a week full body workout would be far superior (and is far more interesting) than cardio when it comes to fat loss. As an added bonus it will do a whole lot more for the shape of your body if you happen to care about that kind of thing.

To answer your question - when I am doing cardio (because I want to improve my endurance) I will do 45-60 minutes and watch a TV show or movie on my phone or ipad.

Well, I just got back from the gym about ten minutes ago. I upped it to ten minutes, successfully. :carrot: To answer your question about whether I was bored or tired, I was definitely tired. But, I sucked it up tonight for an added five minutes each time and I feel better.

I do the cardio for my endurance (and what I assumed for a bit of weight loss), mainly. I'm using dieting (I hate that word, personally) for weight loss along with strength training. I've been told about weight lifting on here, and I'm extremely curious to try it for fat loss. I think I'll experiment with it tomorrow now that I'm definitely considering it.

While on the elliptical, I started off listening to a podcast on my iPhone, but it got a bit boring because I was focusing on watching America's Got Talent Vegas Week cuts while doing that. So, overall, I just switched to upbeat music and took it from there.

All in all, I'm pretty happy with what I did tonight, and will aim for 15 minutes next time. I'll also try weight lifting, as well. :D

To everyone: thank you for your input/experiences, I immensely appreciate it!

AriesNV
06-28-2012, 12:44 AM
Congrats Shetland on your 10 minutes! I get bored myself on those machines, so that's a genuine "GREAT JOB!" :D I used to do 5 minutes here 5 minutes there within an hours time, because I'd get so bored.

As far as OP, I'm glad you brought this up. I can read while I'm on one of those bikes that's more reclined back, but the regular bikes, ellipticals, etc., I can't figure out how to focus on what I'm reading and maintain my balance. haha

sontaikle
06-28-2012, 03:13 AM
Well, I just got back from the gym about ten minutes ago. I upped it to ten minutes, successfully. :carrot: To answer your question about whether I was bored or tired, I was definitely tired. But, I sucked it up tonight for an added five minutes each time and I feel better.

I do the cardio for my endurance (and what I assumed for a bit of weight loss), mainly. I'm using dieting (I hate that word, personally) for weight loss along with strength training. I've been told about weight lifting on here, and I'm extremely curious to try it for fat loss. I think I'll experiment with it tomorrow now that I'm definitely considering it.

While on the elliptical, I started off listening to a podcast on my iPhone, but it got a bit boring because I was focusing on watching America's Got Talent Vegas Week cuts while doing that. So, overall, I just switched to upbeat music and took it from there.

All in all, I'm pretty happy with what I did tonight, and will aim for 15 minutes next time. I'll also try weight lifting, as well. :D

To everyone: thank you for your input/experiences, I immensely appreciate it!

Definitely give weight training a try. You get more bang for your buck in terms of time (in that you could exercise less and probably see more results visually) and it's quite healthy whether you're trying to lose weight or not.

Kayriel
06-28-2012, 04:59 AM
I read on the elliptical or audio books. I usually only do it for 15-20 min stretches alternating with the bike, rowing machine and treadmill depending on preference. It's nice to build stamina so in case I ever get chased by a lion I can at least outrun/outpace someone! Also when I told my sister my lack of stamina meant that in case zombies chased me and my niece, at least my niece would be faster, she pointed out it was a terrible excuse because I'd become a zombie and add to the problem. (yes, I know I'm strange!)

But weights will give you more bang for your buck for appearance.

brvsfan99
06-28-2012, 09:12 AM
I have never been able to understand how people can read while working out. I am the biggest bookworm but I can't focus with the page bouncing up and down. I keep losing my place and end up reading the same sentence over and over...

Have you tried reading on a Kindle or other eReader/tablet device? I find it much easier than trying to read a paper book.

brvsfan99
06-28-2012, 09:14 AM
If I read on the elliptical I fall off. Ha! It has happened more times than I'm comfortable admitting.
Upbeat music doesn't do it for me. I have netflix on my phone so that helps....I also bought the biggest loser seasons and have them on my phone!!! That has been really inspirational. Time flies when you're watching other people suffer, right? :p

Have you tried reading on a Kindle or other eReader/tablet device? I find it much easier than trying to read a paper book.

Blueberries
06-28-2012, 10:42 AM
Definitely give weight training a try. You get more bang for your buck in terms of time (in that you could exercise less and probably see more results visually) and it's quite healthy whether you're trying to lose weight or not.

^That. I do weights primarily. I do the occasional HIIT session on the elliptical, but it's 5-10 minutes of intervals and that's it. I feel like a hamster if I do any steady-state cardio on a machine. :dizzy:

m3k
06-28-2012, 11:48 AM
Elliptical is the best! I do the 'Couch to 5k' program (Weight Watchers abbreviated 6wk style), which is essentially slowly building up to a run. I use the elliptical, because at this time I can't handle the impact of running.

It makes the minutes fly by because I'm running one minute and walking the next. Also, I can challenge myself to run through some of the minutes that I could have been walking.

krampus
06-28-2012, 12:46 PM
I do 20 minutes of sprint intervals a couple times per week using the elliptical or arc trainer. That's about all I can stomach. Other than that, I'm lifting weights or running/walking/dancing.

alaskanlaughter
06-28-2012, 01:03 PM
when im running on the treadmill, i have my headphones in my iPhone to listen to workout music...i do running intervals until i hit the distance that i'd like to run...i also have the TV monitor on to the news on the treadmill but i just read the headlines on it...i'm a very visual person anyhow and most audio things go in one ear and out the other, hence i get just as much news info without the sound being on...when im on the weight machines i dont listen to anything, just focus on what i'm doing

GonnaTurnHeads
06-28-2012, 02:59 PM
I put a bunch of music videos on my tablet. I get to listen to the music and watch the videos which keeps my mind occupied. It's also really motivating to watch music videos with hot women dancing around -- its hard to decide to get off the machine and go to mcdonalds when you just spent an hour watching women with incredible bodies dance around! hahaha

kc82
06-28-2012, 04:08 PM
The elliptical is very hard for me to get through too! I work out for 30 minutes on it and find that I'm constantly watching the timer and counting down the time until I can stop. (I know that just makes it worse). Lately I've been listening to my mp3 player and that tends to help pass the time. Other than that though, I just keep on going.