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Iheartsushi418
02-23-2013, 03:33 PM
I dusted off the old treadmill 3 days ago and have gotten on it once. For 15 minutes. It bummed me out a bit because I used to be a gym rat and it was nothing for me to go for 7 miles without even thinking about it. I enjoyed it. I loved it! I would zone out and think about my day, or nothing at all. Now, blah! I know...I mean I KNOW in my heart if I just stick with it, my treadmill and I will fall in love again, but I'm having trouble getting motivated.

So do any of you exercise? What do you do? How long before you started loving it?


Tziri
02-23-2013, 03:50 PM
I enjoy being outside more, but my feet never did! I ended up getting an elliptical and I love working out on that. I was able to do 25-30 minutes when I weighed close to 300 before my feet started to hurt. I don't know that I really looked forward to my workouts until a week or two of not letting myself skip them. I always felt way too clunky on my treadmill.

elvislover324
02-23-2013, 03:53 PM
I do my treadmill on days I can't (won't?) go outside because it's raining, cold, whatever excuse I make up for myself.:woops:

I found that by watching old TV shows on my tablet has strongly changed the way I feel about my treadmill. I don't even feel like it's been a long time when the episodes are going by. I watch cheesy shows from the 80s when I was growing up so they are new to me again and keep me interested. Since there are no commercials, each episode runs about 22 minutes so I try to do 2 shows a session. :running::running::running:

I have tried reading a book or magazine but I get way too dizzy to try and concentrate that closely while walking fast. :tread:


berryblondeboys
02-23-2013, 04:20 PM
You have to find something that you enjoy. if the treadmill is blah right now, find something else or else you just might not do it which would be a shame.

Iheartsushi418
02-23-2013, 04:45 PM
The treadmill is no more blah than anything else.

Iheartsushi418
02-23-2013, 04:48 PM
And, I'm doing it, I'm just taking input on what others have done and how long it took them to get to a point where they felt they looked forward to it (or at least didn't mind it).

Misti in Seattle
02-23-2013, 04:56 PM
I love both swimming and dancing so I joined a gym with a pool... now I jut bought an underwater iPod and did three solid hours of water dancing! So much fun. I also like being outdoors so I walk some (physical limitations), etc. Need to air up my bike tires and get out on the trail.

Tziri
02-23-2013, 05:17 PM
I forgot to add that the most fun I have working out is when I have a friend to go to a gym with (who actually goes consistently). I look forward to my workouts right away then.

Thinforme
02-23-2013, 06:29 PM
I walk for now, I'm a music junky so for new it's headphones in world out. I have two kids so I turned it into mommy time makes me a little more excited to do it. I don't get alot of free time so I just turned it into something just for me. Music and time to myself to think if I'd like or zone out if I'd rather.

Silver Chain
02-24-2013, 12:15 AM
I have a treadmill! I'm far too broke to join a gym. And I found that when I actually have time to exercise, it's usually the "middle" of the night. (I usually hop on at about 8 or 9. So not smart because I end up with extra energy and then it's 11pm and I'm ready to shop or something.)

At any rate, I've only just started to use it. I set tiny goals for myself. My first goal was to do it at least three times this first week. Which I did. Barely, but I did. My goal for this week is to use it 4 times and walk at least 1/2 mile each time. That doesn't seem like such a goal, but I remind myself that it's further than I walked *last week*.

I walk at a pretty good clip. I aim for 2.5mph to 3.0mph with minimum incline. At this point, it's enough to get the adrenaline going and right now, that's enough to enjoy it.

Hubs bought an iPad for me a while back. We have instant streaming with Nextflix. I made a deal with myself that I'll only watch Burn Notice when I'm on the treadmill. (I love the show. Hubs isn't a fan.)

I look at it this way. It's the one thing that I do strictly for myself. I get a bare minimum of 15 minutes completely ALONE. I'm an introvert and I work with people all day. I desperately need that time that is for me.

Oh, I used to run. I used to run 1/4 mile (once around the track) without thinking twice, barely breaking a sweat. The first time I walked that far on the treadmill, I was huffing and puffing. So, yeah, that was kind of horrible. But I loved running and want to do it again without breaking something. :)

charliee
02-24-2013, 12:46 AM
I've been working out 5-7 times a week for about 6 weeks now. The first week was hard, but it got easier pretty quickly.

It might be that you're a little mad at yourself because you're not at the fitness level you used to be. Give it a couple of weeks and sure you'll get used to it again. Good luck!

Mozzy
02-24-2013, 01:09 AM
I use my elliptical, it took about two weeks to like it, another two weeks to love it.

Daimere
02-24-2013, 01:17 AM
I come and go with exercise. I know I should. I know I lose better/feel better with exercise but ugh. Some days, I just want to curl up and watch TV. Although I always try to do at least ten minutes of exercise on my lunch breaks if I can get to the exercise room. I do a variety of things. I did 30/30 of hooping in January, then I did 2 weeks of barre in the beginning of February. The last two weeks, I've been really stressed at work and what not. I've been doing some bellydance lately. But I'm in a procrastinating rut.

chubbiegurl
02-24-2013, 03:25 AM
Day five of 30 day shred, I also do 45 mins on the elliptical 6 days a week and I lift weights for upper body every other day and do squats with kettle bells every other day. I think I somewhat enjoy the 30ds and like lifting weights but yet to enjoy my cardio. I started my cardio regimine around December 4th and I am still waiting for the fun part. I notice that right away the shred helped my endurance so that's pretty fricken awesome

Pink Hurricane
02-25-2013, 10:25 AM
I love mixing up exercises, my main go to are always walking/jogging/running and P90X dvds. I also love Jillian Michaels workouts as well as strength training and calisthenics at home. I want to try my hand at Zumba again soon, and I love kickboxing. Right now I am considering picking up New Rules of Lifting for Women with the 6 Week 6 Pack I am doing!

allieballiebee
02-25-2013, 10:31 AM
I exercise. I haven't always, but I've started doing it regularly (usually every day) and it's made a HUGE difference in my weight loss now that I've gotten under 200. I'm doing the C25K program (starting week 4 tomorrow) and usually alternate my walk/run days with Zumba classes. I adore Zumba because the time flies by and it's FUN, not boring. The great part is that you get all shapes/sizes/ages/skill levels in each class (at least I do in my classes) and there's no judgment. As long as you're moving, you're getting something out of it. :)

omgsasha
02-25-2013, 10:56 AM
HELLO! :)
and i starte working out 2 weeks ago and i look forward to going to the gym every night cuz i feel like it helps me sleep peacefully at night! but it took me a couple days ti start liking it! by the 3rd day i was excited and how i was sweating and making progress so it makes me even more excited! :) i hpe u start liking it soon!
my suggestion is take it easy until you get really comfortable to run on the tread mill. i just started on the treadmill last night. i feel alot more comfortable on the elliptical.
:)
good luck!

BeachBreeze2010
02-25-2013, 03:34 PM
I like Zumba, too! It's social and fun. But it serves a different purpose for me than running. Running is my stress reliever, my "high," my me time - and nothing else that I've found will do that for me. I think I need the exertion.

But - it wasn't like that when I first started. At first, I walked on a treadmill and did intervals with the incline. Finally I added a 1 minute run into the interval pattern. I started noticing that running on a flat surface was less effort than some of the higher intervals and that I felt like I was "running away" or escaping or just free when I ran. Gradually, over the course of the next 2 months, my running intervals grew to 9 minutes long (about 3 songs). Then, they were one mile with a quarter mile of rest. Once I could run 2 miles together at a time (another 2 months later), I found I could just take off. And that's when it really clicked for me. I feel like I need it now. The biggest piece of advice I have is to be patient with intervals - even if you run in intervals, you're still a runner!! Take it gradually and your body will get there!

mygirlvj
03-04-2013, 04:54 PM
I don't exercise at all yet, but i need too. So far I've had success with just calorie counting but am definately expecting to plateau eventually. Probably sooner that later and then I will have to incorperate some form of exercise. Not looking forward to it at all, hoping that once I get started I'll love it.

synger
03-05-2013, 09:00 AM
Due to mobility issues, I don't exercise very much.

Due to mobility issues, I HAVE to exercise more, but I have to go slowly or it makes everything worse.

So I take short walks around the inside of my building (or outside when it's warmer). I can do 15-20 minutes on the elliptical, but that's it.

mnemosyne
03-05-2013, 10:01 AM
I walk on my treadmill 30-40 minutes in the mornings, while watching last night's Daily Show, at 3.2 to 3.4 mph. When I started, 2.5 mph was FAST to me, and 15 minutes felt like a long time. Now the reason I stop usually at 30 minutes is because I need to get to work, not because I am exhausted.

I add 40 minutes 4 times a week of weights with a DVD, and sometimes add another half hour on the treadmill at night (say, two nights a week). So yes, I do. And yes, I like it. Treadmill in the morning means I have energy all day, and it feels GREAT. The weight workout is soothing in its on way, repetitive, this thoughtless and physical groove.

changingmii
03-05-2013, 10:52 AM
I have in the past, and i plan to in the future...Just started the Nutrisystem diet, and I want to see what Im losing before I add exercise to the list. During the warm months, 1 day out of the week I like to do some hiking, normally start out the beginning of the season with an hour and finish with 2-3 hours. It didnt seem to help last year, that was disappointing. I have a treadmill, and am in the process of moving my middle child out of my soon to be exercise/game room. This is where I feel I need the most motivation. Also, I watched the info commercial for Zumba yesterday, Im thinking about ordering the discs. I like the upbeat music they use.

April Snow
03-05-2013, 10:54 AM
I keep trying to get a good routine going but it hasn't stuck yet. Going to a gym doesn't work for me (single mom, etc.). I have an exercise bike plus I use DVDs/On Demand for other workouts, plus the Wii. So I've got enough different things I could be doing at home, I just need to DO them!

lunarsongbird
03-05-2013, 12:21 PM
I do exercise, usually at least 4 times a week. I know that studies have shown that exercise doesn't help with weight loss, but I just can't wrap my brain around it. I think bodies craves movement.

There are also studies that shows exercise/burning calories can increase gray matter in the brain. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2012/11/26/burning-energy-brain/1725757/

I don't expect exercise to make me thin, but I do expect it to make me feel better.
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AlmostMe
03-05-2013, 02:00 PM
Studies have shown exercise doesn't help with weight loss??? Really?? Where? I don't doubt there have been studies that show that, but I find that really impossible to believe.

I am trying to live a healthy lifestyle now - sort of maintenance now and see where the weight comes off. Exercise is a big part of that because exercise is so important to HEALTH. Humans are not meant to be sedentary.

So yes, I exercise.

I think I might have a broken a foot so I'm gonna have to be careful. Off to get an x-ray tomorrow. If they put me in a cast I'm gonna die. Seriously. Because that will cut off just about everything.

April Snow
03-05-2013, 02:55 PM
"In general, for weight loss, exercise is pretty useless," says Eric Ravussin, chair in diabetes and metabolism at Louisiana State University and a prominent exercise researcher. Many recent studies have found that exercise isn't as important in helping people lose weight as you hear so regularly in gym advertisements or on shows like The Biggest Loser — or, for that matter, from magazines like this one.

The basic problem is that while it's true that exercise burns calories and that you must burn calories to lose weight, exercise has another effect: it can stimulate hunger. That causes us to eat more, which in turn can negate the weight-loss benefits we just accrued. Exercise, in other words, isn't necessarily helping us lose weight. It may even be making it harder.

Read more: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1914974,00.html#ixzz2MhH6AqBi

I think it's true - there are many stories here about people whose weight loss slows, or they even gain weight once they start an exercise routine.

No one is suggesting that exercise isn't good for health, but that's not the same as saying it helps you lose weight. Personally, my plan calls for a moderate amount - 30 minutes of walking a day. I'm still working my way up to that, but I don't plan to try to increase much beyond that, at least for now. At some point, I hope to develop a more active lifestyle for fun, and at that point, I'm sure I'll happily take the lifestyle over worrying about the scale. But for now, my primary motivation is weight loss.

Angihas2
03-05-2013, 03:01 PM
Read more: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1914974,00.html#ixzz2MhH6AqBi

I think it's true - there are many stories here about people whose weight loss slows, or they even gain weight once they start an exercise routine.

No one is suggesting that exercise isn't good for health, but that's not the same as saying it helps you lose weight. Personally, my plan calls for a moderate amount - 30 minutes of walking a day. I'm still working my way up to that, but I don't plan to try to increase much beyond that, at least for now. At some point, I hope to develop a more active lifestyle for fun, and at that point, I'm sure I'll happily take the lifestyle over worrying about the scale. But for now, my primary motivation is weight loss.

Bah! He's from LSU, what does he know. Roll Tide.

I do, I have a DVD the hospital gave me when I had my 10 month old, "Get your groove back mama", its got a 10, 20, and 30 minute section. The 10 min one is basically, walking intervals, with mini squats and kicks. I jog while they walk, and do full lunges and squats. I try to do it at least once a day, sometimes 3. The other 20, 30 minute ones are a mix of yoga and gentle work outs. Using the baby as a growing weight. Bwahahahaha. He loves it. I also try to walk a mile everyday, to make it just part of my daily movement, so while it's not something I count, it is something I do.

Angihas2
03-05-2013, 03:03 PM
April - I just realized that quoted your comments, not the ones you quoted. Sorry girl!

synger
03-05-2013, 03:40 PM
I've always heard "Lose weight in the kitchen and get fit in the gym." Both food choices/limitations and exercise are important, but for different things.

Food choice/limitation is what will help you lose weight. I've also heard that 80% or more of the fat you lose is directly because of food choices. Exercise may help a little, but it's not the primary way you lose weight.

Exercise is what will help you stay (or get) strong and flexible. A more fit body DOES burn fat more easily, especially as you grow more muscle. But by and large, exercise is more important for strength, flexibility, and stamina. It's good for blood sugar regulation, heart health, mobility, lowering blood pressure, increasing your mood, etc. There are so many benefits to exercise that we should definitely do it regularly, whether we are losing weight or not. Our bodies are designed to move!

April Snow
03-05-2013, 04:18 PM
April - I just realized that quoted your comments, not the ones you quoted. Sorry girl!

No worries!

I think this is an update to the software, when you quote someone, it only quotes their content, not anything they quoted in their post. or maybe it's not new, but on some other forums I'm on, there will sometimes be many layers of quotes within a single post and it gets very long and complicated to read.