I don't like to exercise

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Posted: 28 Apr 2010, 10:24
And, I probably never ever will.

I do like to do things, though, like snow skiing. I'm not very good at it, but I like it. Gardening is fun. I do housework. I like biking on a flat surface, but I don't like loading the bikes to get to the one flat bike path in the area (or the hilly ones for that matter!)

What sorts of non-exercise calorie burning activities have you found that you enjoy and do often?

I would like to burn an extra 500 calories a day, but I can't think of anything I like to do that would accomplish that on a consistent basis.
DISCLAIMER: I expect to lose this weight over the next 6 months to 5 years. I'm not going to feel like a failure if it takes an entire month to lose 1 pound. I'm going to feel like a success when that happens! I may offer advice that I'm currently not taking myself. Feel free to call me on that!

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Posted: 28 Apr 2010, 10:29
If you went for a one hour walk at a brisk pace, you could burn 500 calories.

How about swimming?

Um... I heard you can burn a lot of calories in the bedroom, lol Smile

Do you like any kind of sports? Maybe tennis or basketball?

Yardwork is quite strenuous if you're doing the right things...

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Posted: 28 Apr 2010, 10:34
Wait, so... you want to work out without actually working out?

Well, there are fun workouts. You could try martial arts, rock climbing, dance classes, etc.

You could bike to the bike path and get even more of a workout. Or just bike around your neighborhood if you don't want to go somewhere else.

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Posted: 28 Apr 2010, 10:48
Yeah, I want to do something fun (like snow skiing, I loved that!) Exercise is not much fun for me. I was sorta into yoga for awhile, but I slacked off. I did Karate for a few months, but I slacked off and quit going. I started couch to 5K a couple of years ago, but never finished the training. I have a dog, and I haven't even walked him lately. (this is bad, I know. I need to walk him. Just writing it makes me feel guilty enough that I will start walking him again today.)

So, I have a history of trying new things and pretending I enjoy them until I realize I don't enjoy them, and then I stop. I know there's got to be something (like snow skiing!) that makes me want to load the car and go.

It's probably biking on a flat trail. It may be biking on a not so flat trail someday. I should try to get my husband and kids to join me.

Ok, I'm sounding like a sad sack. Back to work!
DISCLAIMER: I expect to lose this weight over the next 6 months to 5 years. I'm not going to feel like a failure if it takes an entire month to lose 1 pound. I'm going to feel like a success when that happens! I may offer advice that I'm currently not taking myself. Feel free to call me on that!

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Posted: 28 Apr 2010, 10:55
Heya Sooki,

I hear what you're saying. I have always needed a motivator to go and work out just for the sake of working out. What used to get me into the gym was football and wrestling. I wanted to be stronger and faster with better endurance for my sport.

Since I can't join a high school team anymore, I've changed sports. These days I am training in traditional martial arts and that is my motivator to hit the gym, run, and practice cardio kick boxing for plyometrics and endurance. If I weren't trying to improve my performance in martial arts I'd be pretty hard pressed to do any of that.

Now, to actually answer your question:
1) Dancing. Fun and burns a lot of calories
2) Frisbee. You need a friend but you'd be surprised how much fun adults can have playing Frisbee.
3) Belly dance. Not for me, but my wife is trying to learn this. You can take lessons or you can learn from DVDs.
4) Jog the dog. Walk him for a 5 minutes, jog with him for one minute. Repeat until the end of the walk. The dog will be thrilled and you'll get more exercise.

You get the idea. To actually burn calories you need to move around, get the heart rate going, the blood pumping, the muscles engaged. However, to lose weight the best thing you can do is reduce your calorie intake to about 500 kcals to 1000 kcals below your base metabolic rate.

Good luck!

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Posted: 28 Apr 2010, 11:14
I'm OK losing 1 pound a week. I'm really, really OK with it. 2 pounds would be fantastic. But, I don't want to go below 1700 calories a day until I have no other choice. So, I'm content with 1 pound a week and eating 1700 calories a day for now.

But, I know I'm going to have to move and enjoy moving for this to stick for good this time.
DISCLAIMER: I expect to lose this weight over the next 6 months to 5 years. I'm not going to feel like a failure if it takes an entire month to lose 1 pound. I'm going to feel like a success when that happens! I may offer advice that I'm currently not taking myself. Feel free to call me on that!

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Posted: 06 May 2010, 17:31
Water aerobics is a good workout and pretty fun for being a workout!!! The biggest problem is finding the pool. Check with the local parks or the YMCA. I am with you on not liking exercise. Trying to get started with the exercise myself.

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Posted: 06 May 2010, 17:33
Swimming is about the only thing that doesn't feel like exercise to me, so that's what I try to do as often as I can.

Sooki, I hate gardening. You are welcome to come work in my garden and reap the benefits of all that activity. Wink
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Posted: 06 May 2010, 21:12
I LOVE gardening, I end up burning more calories on the weekends when I can garden.

You could try kickboxing, hiking with your dog, wii fit has a couple of skiing games you might try, walk your dog 30 minutes in the morning and 30 at night...


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Posted: 07 May 2010, 09:45
I also hate to exercise. Always have, and like you, probably always will.

I am doing it though. I view it as "medicine". I have convinced myself that for me, 4 hours per week is the right "prescription" for what ails me.

I want to live longer and be as healthy as possible doing it. I want more energy so I can enjoy my family and be more productive in everything I do.

In the short 4 months I've been doing it (starting very, very slow at first), the results have been phenomenal. Twice as much energy, losing fat, gaining muscle, increased stamina, etc.

I still hate it. I hate thinking about it. I hate starting a workout. I hate doing it. I hate how times seems to slow to a crawl.

The only thing I like is when I'm done with it for the day. Oh, and the results. Did I mention they are phenomenal?

My recommendation for you is to do exactly what your question states - find something you really enjoy and do that. If you cannot find a suitable activity, try to do traditional exercise (both cardio and strength training) for 1 month and see if the "cure" is worth the "medicine".

In my case, it has been and I intend on continuing to do what I'm doing (elliptical and bowflex). Hating it the entire time, but doing it nonetheless.

Someday I may learn to like it. If not, oh well. Four hours a week. Think about it, only four hours per week.

Stronger heart, increased lean body mass, extra calories burned, toned muscles, increased energy, and more. All of this for the time it takes to watch 4 sitcoms, or 2 movies, or 1/4 of the waking hours in one day, or 1/6 of a 24 hour day, or the time it takes to drive 240 miles, etc. Four hours spread out over a week.

We are worth the effort.

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Posted: 07 May 2010, 10:06
Thanks everyone. I'm still thinking about it. I have been more active lately. They weather has been nice, so I've been outside more. I am thinking I should just poison all the weeds, though. There are so many of them where they shouldn't be. I don't think I have time to pull everything that's come up in the back bed!
DISCLAIMER: I expect to lose this weight over the next 6 months to 5 years. I'm not going to feel like a failure if it takes an entire month to lose 1 pound. I'm going to feel like a success when that happens! I may offer advice that I'm currently not taking myself. Feel free to call me on that!

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Posted: 07 May 2010, 10:15
Hi Sooki! How old are your two children? If they are above toddler age, what could be more fun than
playing games that the whole family would enjoy together? I don't know how you can work in more time
for private exercise, but if you do have a fitness center near you where you can go before you get ready
for work, or one where you can stop for 30 minutes on your way home from work three times a week, you may get in some more intense, concentrated exercise there and in a shorter time than at home, and even if you hate it, that time goes by quickly (esp. if they have a TV in front of the treadmill!) You know, the children may very well imitate you doing exercises at home, too. And, I empathize with you about not wanting to get out the bikes to haul them to a flat spot - if you live in an area of gravel two-lane roads and cars throwing up stones from their wheels, it is not so much fun when the bike may slip on the gravel or if cars come a little too close for comfort, or worse yet if you do not hear them coming from behind you. And the same is true for walking on gravel roads, if you feel the stones through your walking shoes or your ankle twists when the stones shift under your feet. Biking on any road, even cement, is dangerous when you share that road with larger vehicles! Okay, that's for the empathy, hope you develop some really fun times with your children and maybe hubby wants to be included, too! Volleyball, run-sheepy-run, hopscotch, jump rope, hide and seek, tag, and so many fun things we did as kids will still be fun (maybe I haven't grown up yet, maybe I hope I never quite get there. Wink

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Posted: 20 May 2010, 05:08
Sooki - nice weather will always motivate me to get out and want to do something...anything...just to be outside! I think your ideas of wanting exercise to be just "activities" you do...is very common. My hubby does not like a formal exercise program, of any kind...but I do...every person I guess is a little different that way.

But you basically answered your own question...you start something you like to do...or think you'll have fun with - and instead of trying to do that activity over and over til you burn yourself out and get bored with it...just keep changing it. Don't repeat the same activity more than once in a month - to start with.

Do the skiing on Wii, take the dog for a run/walk, go to yoga, swim, try something new like archery, play with the kids at a local park, go for a bike ride, take another karate class, pull those weeds out, clean like a mad woman, go bowling when it's raining out, go play paintball somewhere...

whatever you do like - make a running list of those things you think you could tolerate at least once - and then try to make a commitment to be active twice a week - for one month.

Second month - remove the things you didn't like afterall, add possible new things you'd be willing to try - and shoot for things you can be active three times a week - for a month.

I think little by little, you will build such an active lifestyle, you will be "exercising" - without even thinking about it.

You may never be a "gym rat" - but so what - if I cleaned out my garage this weekend - I bet I would use all kinds of muscles I never work out in the gym...it's good for us to do different things. I love the gym - but I can definitely see where you are coming from.

Hope this helps...good luck, and keep moving...sitting still is the kiss of death!
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Posted: 08 Jun 2010, 06:55
For those of you who own a Wii, the best game I have found for exercise is "Walk It Out". I also do not like to exercise, but playing this feels more like a game than exercise. The game was not marketed very well so many people have not heard of it. It is a walking/jogging game where you walk to the beat of the music around an island. As you walk in time to the music, you earn credits that allow you to unlock items on the island. The island starts out pretty barren, but as you unlock items, it becomes alive. You can unlock scenery, music (120 songs total), constellations, build a rainbow, etc. It is a very addicting game. I walk around 10,000 steps every day and 15,000 steps on the weekend. The game costs $25 - $30. I found mine at Gamestop.

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