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autumnah
01-10-2006, 12:39 PM
Ok, I hate the gym. I know I'm not alone in that feeling but I get there and I can't wait to get out. I'm on the treadmill for 20 minutes today and I'm ready to bolt...why!!! It's not awful by any means, I'm watching the tube, doing a nice steady 3.6 to 4.0 and I'm thinking of what else I could be doing instead and hop off. (meanwhile, I've got nothing else going on, so I get off to come here, to my computer)

Any ideas on what I can do to make the gym not as lame? Switching it up as far as machines go hasn't really worked for me. I think I'm seriously undermining myself and my weight loss. It's like I'm opposed to working up a sweat! Help!!:?:


FrouFrou
01-10-2006, 12:53 PM
What about listening to music while walking?

I don't go to the gym but do have a treadmill at home and it has become my friend. But...there was a time I HATED the treadmill. I would do the same. It was too easy to just stop when I wanted to, and still is. Now what I do is break my walks up into two or three. I am good for 20-30 mns. on the thing before I get bored but music has helped tremendously! My DD made some Cd's for me with motivating music that keeps me going, that and the desire to lose this weight once and for all. I love walking outdoors and do so when the weather is great so if your weather is nice, that might be an option for ya too. Of course some don't mind the cold or wind, I'm not one of those, lol. Not really sure what else would work if you are already switching machines. I do that also, walk some and then ride the exercise bike, do weights and then get back on the treadmill, somedays that helps. Also, maybe if you come up with a mantra for you, something to think about instead of what you think you should be doing. Anyway...good luck!

PrestonsMama
01-10-2006, 12:59 PM
Another vote for music! I just downloaded a few songs that get me motivated and today was my first day with music and it was awesome! I did it longer than ever before and I felt really good afterward! I heard that oen of those ipod shuffles are nice bc they have an arm band that you can put it in, I wish I had one, but for now I'm stuck with my old cd player! Good luck!


kykaree
01-10-2006, 03:06 PM
Have you got access to a trainer? In my membership I can have access once every 6 weeks. He is fantastic (oh and cute too). I was 262lbs when I joined the gym, I went up and told him I hated it. So he gave me lots of interesting things to do. I have learned to use fit balls, and discovered that despite my enormous frame (which is now as you can see by the chick considerably smaller), I have good core strength and flexibility!

Music is a great idea, but if your issues go deeper than that and your really at risk of giving up exercise, use your tools! You might find you suddenly start enjoying it. I hated it for 6 weeks, but then once the endorphins kicked in, I loved it! And still do!

HiImChristine
01-10-2006, 07:26 PM
I want to love it.
I want to crave it.
I want to succeed with it.

I just need to get there.. hopefully it will happen soon

suechef
01-10-2006, 11:46 PM
It will get better. When I am ready to throw in the towel I remind myself why I'm doing it, and ask myself if I have anything really great to do instead. Not usually!

cheers,
Sue

PS My stepdaughter hates jogging on the treadmill, and I'm 90% certain it's just because it's hard right now because she's not in good shape. I hated it once too, and then I got fitter, and now I'm fine with it.

teahoney
01-10-2006, 11:52 PM
My vote is definitely for music. If I like the music, I have no problem with sticking with it. But if it's boring, I'm oughta there.

Nicole1883
01-11-2006, 01:21 AM
what has really helped me at the gym is my friend, and now shes my work out buddy. We're planning a trip to Cuba in May, and I've been losing weight for the past year, I had hit a major plateau/streak of laziness last year and I'm finally now getting back into the swing of things. Anyways, back to my point, she has really helped me out, she knows I can do it and everytime I even think of slowing down she kindly reminds me of why I shouldn't ie: bikini lol So getting a friend to go with you may help. Also music is a nice to have. I highly recommend investing in a MP3 player, they are less bulky and easier to work with than CD players. You can get them pretty cheap now too, I got mine on sale for $50, holds 100 songs, all motivating ones lol

autumnah
01-11-2006, 08:14 AM
Thanks for the advice everyone! I do have an iPod but sometimes the music just isn't enough for me. It's probably just issues I have to work on myself. Keeping my eye on the prize is probably the most effective tool I have.

2frustrated
01-11-2006, 08:54 AM
Er can I just say.... If you hate the gym... why do you go?

I hate the gym! I hate running on a treadmill - I watch the seconds tick by... I feel everything since nothing is distracting me!

Now I don't have a gym membership but I am EXTREMELY active, Monday - outside run, free weights at home, teach kickboxing, Tuesday - kickboxing class, Wednesday - outside run, free weights at home, Thursday - advanced kickboxing and ladies kickboxing, Friday - free weights at home, Saturday outside run.

So maybe treadmill work isn't for you. And if you don't like it, you'll stop going, simple as that. You need to find something you enjoy - trail running, mountain biking, step class, dance class, belly dancing, salsa, tap dancing, kickboxing, kung fu, taekwondo, fencing, swimming, inline skating, horse riding, boxing, weight lifting, circuits, trampolining, gymnastics, squash, racket ball, tennis, badminton, hockey, lacrosse, cheerleading, ... You get the picture!

Oh and one last thing, don't care what anyone thinks! I was a 200lb tap dancer ;)

Darby1
01-11-2006, 09:36 AM
I totally agree with 2frustrated! I hate cardio machines, but I love cardio classes. A lot of gyms have some pretty cool classes. Or try classes outside the gym like martial arts, kickboxing, dance. A lot of places where I live will give you one free lesson before you sign up, so you can decide if you like it or not. Or try to find a walking club in your area. You can meet a lot of new people who are trying to meet the same goals as yourself. There's a lot out there to do besides the gym. Good luck!

Darby

Darby1
01-11-2006, 09:42 AM
I totally agree with 2frustrated! I hate cardio machines, but I love cardio classes. A lot of gyms have some pretty cool classes. Or try classes outside the gym like martial arts, kickboxing, dance. A lot of places where I live will give you one free lesson before you sign up, so you can decide if you like it or not. Or try to find a walking club in your area. You can meet a lot of new people who are trying to meet the same goals as yourself. There's a lot out there to do besides the gym. Good luck!

Darby

autumnah
01-11-2006, 10:49 AM
Er can I just say.... If you hate the gym... why do you go?

I hate the gym! I hate running on a treadmill - I watch the seconds tick by... I feel everything since nothing is distracting me!

Now I don't have a gym membership but I am EXTREMELY active, Monday - outside run, free weights at home, teach kickboxing, Tuesday - kickboxing class, Wednesday - outside run, free weights at home, Thursday - advanced kickboxing and ladies kickboxing, Friday - free weights at home, Saturday outside run.

So maybe treadmill work isn't for you. And if you don't like it, you'll stop going, simple as that. You need to find something you enjoy - trail running, mountain biking, step class, dance class, belly dancing, salsa, tap dancing, kickboxing, kung fu, taekwondo, fencing, swimming, inline skating, horse riding, boxing, weight lifting, circuits, trampolining, gymnastics, squash, racket ball, tennis, badminton, hockey, lacrosse, cheerleading, ... You get the picture!

Oh and one last thing, don't care what anyone thinks! I was a 200lb tap dancer ;)

Unfortunately I live in the Bronx and there is not much outdoor activity to be found, especially in the winter months. When I lived in CT the gym I went to was awesome but this one is severly lacking and almost depressing to go into. It also doesn't offer any classes or I would most definitely try them (although anything that is synchronized is my enemy. I look like a complete idiot!)

I guess I should think about looking elsewhere, such as pilates classes or somthing to that effect. We're saving for a house right now so money is super tight, otherwise I would take a couple different classes.

Thanks again!:cool:

Jen415
01-11-2006, 10:57 AM
Oh and one last thing, don't care what anyone thinks! I was a 200lb tap dancer ;)


I :rofl: when I read this!! I was in a community theatre production of NUNSENSE where I had to tap dance...you should have seen a 300 lb woman do it!!!!

2frustrated
01-11-2006, 11:07 AM
autumnah, perhaps try DVDs, I'm sure you can rent them from your library.

And yeah ok, maybe it's not such a good idea to run the streets in the Bronx!

Jen - have you heard of the Roly Polies? Check this out ---> http://www.stockportexpress.co.uk/images/show/5/5044.html they were a dance troupe of overweight women and they rocked BIG TIME, but mainly people laughed at them, that was their niche - I suppose they were a comedy act but they could kick their legs higher than most people!

angel-eyes
01-11-2006, 11:52 AM
It took me awhile to figure out how to 'get over' using the treadmill. I play my ipod music and this is my trick.....cover up all the digital readouts except heartrate. I automatically enter 45 minutes NO MATTER WHAT....and then cover everything up. This little trick psych's out your visual cue of How many more minutes until I'm done? I also try to time it so there is a class going on so I'm looking at them while I'm on the treadmill. So far its worked wonders and I know of a few others that it seems to work on also. Just a thought!!!

luey
01-11-2006, 12:01 PM
Try yoga - it's amazing how frickin' difficult just standing still can be. It really helps me center myself. I have a couple of DVDs, including "Shiva Rea - Yoga Shakti", which is my favorite. It has 4 workouts, but also a function where you can design your own workout by combining different sections of the 4 set workouts. Completely awesome. I can chose which parts of the body I want to work on, how long I want to exercise for, and best of all I don't get bored since I can constantly switch up my routine. I'd highly reccommend either this DVD or another one with the same feature. It doesn't take much room to do yoga either.

Other suggestions - belly dancing DVDs are always a hoot, or anything fun. I was in Tae Kwon Do for a few years and loved it, it made me feel healthy, strong, and confident.

On the treadmill, I bring a magazine or book. It means I have to go a little slower, and stay on a little longer, but at least I'm occupied and not bored.

Hope these help.

elmay
01-11-2006, 04:02 PM
Another thing to try might be some sort of interval training. I like to challenge myself with intervals ranging anywhere from 30 seconds to 3 minutes.

Miss B.
01-12-2006, 11:04 PM
i cant even go to the gym i i dont have inspiring music oh and i also cover the digital stuff of any machine (time seems to go by faster this way) but i usually hear music that pumps me up...