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Blink3Times

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Posted: 28 Dec 2011, 22:23
What do you do? I need advice and motivation. Thinking if joining the gym to get started...
muffinpie100...

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Posted: 28 Dec 2011, 23:46
its really rainy around here,and I never make it to the gym. I have started Wii fit again, Just Dance and ordered Zumba. I love the wii. When the weather ges better I will start runnig again.
Blink3Times

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Posted: 29 Dec 2011, 01:14
I have wii fit, just dance, and Zumba, but when I'm home I have major motivation issues. I also have p90x and 30 day shred. I need other people around, though. When I go to the gym, though, I'm overwhelmed with where/what to start.
sunshine_gir...

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Posted: 29 Dec 2011, 02:35
Start out on cardio equipment. It is simple and will build your confidence about being and the gym and working out and make you feel less of a newbie! and it will burn calories and increase your endurance.

New to BB

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Posted: 29 Dec 2011, 07:39

Blink, I go to fitness classes at my gym. It helps me that someone else tells me which exercises to do and that there are other people there exercising with me. That keeps me going. I have some exercise DVDs at home, but I rarely manage to finish the session. On the other hand, I have never left in the middle of the class at the gym, ha ha.

I know that exercise is only one part of the weigh-loss/life style change, but I love it - it makes me feel very, very good.

Good luck!

If it is important to you, you will find a way. If not, you will find an excuse.
Bodicea

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Posted: 29 Dec 2011, 08:14
If your gym has them, talk with the personal trainers. At ours, it didn't cost extra for them to chat with us about what is was we wanted to do and which machines (and how to use them) we should be using to accompllish our goal. Of course, you could also hire them if you felt you needed that extra. They also said we can talk to them again after we've been doing this "routine" that we set up together for a while.

"Exercise" is hard for me, too. But I've been walking, using the treadmill we have in the basement and at work and at a great track in the park. Visting my Mom in AR and the weather has been beautiful this week so that has been easy. I also had ordered a DVD on Tai Chi and have been trying to find time (and remember!) to start this, too, this week.

Good luck!
"Diet" is a four-letter word.
"You don't have to see the whole staircase. Just take the first step." Martin Luther King, Jr.

gnat824

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Posted: 29 Dec 2011, 08:27
If it's hard to motivate yourself when you have to tools sitting right there at home, how much do you think it's going to help to have to drive somewhere else to work out? It just opens the door to that many more excuses. Traffic's bad, got held up at work and can't make my class anyway, don't want to go out in this weather, by the time I drive over there I won't have much time to work out anyway... Joining a gym isn't the magic bullet. Be honest about what your excuses are and what you can do to overcome them. If the problem is that you get interrupted at home or you need a real instructor to push you, that's something the gym might fix. But if the problem is that you just can't get yourself started, I can't really see how paying a gym membership would fix it. In that case, you need to figure out how you can prioritize your workout time and get it done. Maybe doing it in the morning would be a good approach, as there's less time to talk yourself out of it.
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Blink3Times

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Posted: 29 Dec 2011, 09:47
My problem at home is 2 kids (one who is only 3 months old). So, being at home isn't as convenient as going to a gym. I have a friend who goes to the gym I'm going to go to, so I'll have someone there to motivate me more. At my last job, we had a personal trainer come to us and work out 3 days/week. It was awesome! I felt great and was in the best shape ever. Best part was that I got to work out with my 5 best girlfriends. They gave me crap if I didn't stay.
Blink3Times

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Posted: 29 Dec 2011, 09:49
Oh, and doing it in the morning isn't an option for me. I already get up at 4:30 to get ready for work, so getting up any earlier isn't happening. Especially since my little one still gets up every 2 hours at night.
Katiekinz

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Posted: 29 Dec 2011, 10:12
I had the same problem for awhile, where I didn't want to workout at home even though I have plenty of fitness equipment. It just wasn't doing it for me. The gym has been my biggest motivator. I love being able to run into friends, take the classes my gym offers (way more fun than Wii, I hate to admit), and a few sessions with a trainer prepped me on what to do on my own - a lot of gyms offer a free into with a trainer so that you get the feel for the equipment, and my gym gave me a joining tour so that I wasn't confused when I went in for my first workout. My problem was that working out in my musty basement was boring as all heck, and it wasn't like I had two treadmills so that I could invite my boyfriend or friends over. I live in New England, where it's 25 degrees and freezing today, and I can't wait to leave work and hit the gym for my yoga class. Everyone has a different approach to weight loss, just because you don't want to work out at home doesn't mean you won't be motivated by other things (like the gym and classes). What works for one won't work for everyone Wink With that said, now that I have myself in the habit of getting in a good daily workout, it's a lot easier for me to exercise at home if I know that I can't make it to the gym. Once you are in the habit of going to the gym and the baby's sleep schedule is a bit better, you might find yourself doing the same... but everyone has to start somewhere Smile

A tip to make sure you get to the gym: I got a calendar and hung it on my bedroom wall, I wrote on the top "30 Day Challenge" and wrote X's through each day I went to the gym, in hopes I would go at least 5 days a week. I started the first Monday in December, and have X's through 5-6 days each week since. I'm always pointing it out to my boyfriend (a gym slacker!) saying, "would ya look at that, 6 days this week!" It has been a HUGE motivator for me, seeing those x's. I don't want to go more than 1 day a week without the gym! I am very proud of myself, and it keeps me on track waking up and seeing that calendar every morning.

I agree about the am workout session - I can almost never get it in, except Fridays and Saturdays. Unfortunately, what's best for our bodies isn't always what's best for our schedules! Morning gym routines jump start your day and I've heard you tend to be less sluggish and eat more controlled portions, but if you can't do it, there's no shame in working out in the afternoon or at night. Whatever is most convenient for you is what's going to keep you on track. Sorry for the novel and I wish you the best of luck!
gnat824

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Posted: 29 Dec 2011, 11:01
The best time and place to workout is when you can do it consistently. It sounds like you need the time away from home and you have a buddy, so now you just have to join your gym, set up a schedule, and use it! Love KatieKinz's calendar idea- visual reminders can be a huge motivator. If you're doing the gym with a friend, then you can maybe try out some new things together and support each other. Good luck! Very Happy
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Victorious20...

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Posted: 29 Dec 2011, 11:23
It used to be you heard that working out 3 times a week for 30 minutes was sufficient. However, all I hear now is that one should work out daily. Which is correct?
Victorious2012
Katiekinz

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Posted: 29 Dec 2011, 12:05
I think 30 minutes three times a week is probably best for maintenance or starting out/health problems (though, I could be wrong - I'm not quite sure). It seems like how often we should workout is always up for debate. I guess if you are just starting out, you don't want to overwork yourself, but you shouldn't stay there forever if you want great weight loss results. The more times you exercise, the more your body adjusts to the workout, so you might want to build on that for steady weight loss. I started off walking one hour on the treadmill 3-4 times a week. Then I decided to give classes a shot, now I pace walk and run probably 3 times a week for a half hour each, but I take hour long classes 4-6 days a week(sometimes 2x a day, depending on intensity). On top of that, I do strength training (lifting weights, weight machines) 3x a week at home or at the gym. You really need to get into your own groove. I know I can skip one day at the gym per week and be fine, but if I skip two days in a row, I lose a little motivation. Hope that helps Smile
Beth...

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Posted: 29 Dec 2011, 14:11
One of the best things things I did when I started looking at ways to get into shape was to go to several local gyms and tour their facilities and talk to the staff about what the offered. After selecting a gym that I felt comfortable (as much as you can in a new enviornment)in I scheduled a "fit assesment" with one of the trainiers on staff. There was no cost for the assesment. They spend approx 45-60 min with me discussing my fitness goals and taking weights and measurements that included 7 pt caliper pinch to determine body fat/lean muscle mass ratio. The trainer walked me through the gym and explained the layout and showed me some basic exercises and gave me some cardio suggestions to help me get started. As a result I signed up for 8 session with a trainer and it was by far the best investment I could have made in myself. I've lost 20 lbs and 8% body fat and now I really look forward to my gym time.

Good luck!
Holidaylady

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Posted: 01 Jan 2012, 13:21
e have a Wii and a recummbunt bike that I will again start using. I have Hip problems so have not done much in the way of exercise in the past few months. Getting an injection in my hip this next week and hoping that will help along with some physical therapy.
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vea1957

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Posted: 02 Jan 2012, 18:56
does we have a zumba?
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vea1957

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Posted: 02 Jan 2012, 18:58
BTW, planet fitness gyms are only 10.00/month and they are very nice environments
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NCNOLE

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Posted: 02 Jan 2012, 19:25
I agree with you katiekinz, if I skip more than one day in a row, my motivation goes away. It gets too easy to skip "just one more day" or to spend more time on the couch. @ victorious, I think it just depends on you. What are you able and/or willing to do? At first, I just started by walking, then I pulled out some old DVD's and starting cardio. I do intense cardio 3x week for 40-60 minutes, weight training and light cardio 2x week. Then I have 2 days of rest, however, I walk on those days for 30-45 minutes (just to make sure I am staying active and getting my 10k steps in). Basically, I have a routine and try to stick to it. I took 4 days off at Christmas and even though I was tired my first day back, I made sure to get in gear right away. In the past, my downfall has been not getting back into a routine after a vacation. (That paired w/ overindulging while on vacation led to my demise!) That's all in the past now.

I have thought about joining planet fitness in the past, but I do enjoy my home gym too. I like zumba and I don't think planet fitness has classes, but I guess I could do weight training there....
PeeFat

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Posted: 02 Jan 2012, 20:23
Victorious2012 wrote:
It used to be you heard that working out 3 times a week for 30 minutes was sufficient. However, all I hear now is that one should work out daily. Which is correct?


If you do a full body workout you need to take the next day off. It is very important to let your muscles repair and build. The rest day is when this occurs. Over training isn't good.

Many don't realize there is such a thing as too much cardio as well. Too much cardio puts your body into a catabolic state and your losing muscle tissue. Google Anabolic vs catabolic.

My cardio comes in the form of high intensity training. I wouldn't want to waste a min of my valuable time on any cardio machine. Just my opinion.
gnat824

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Posted: 02 Jan 2012, 20:38
It all depends on what your goals are. For general health, 30 minutes of elevated heart rate 3-4 times a week is sufficient to reduce your risk for a range of medical conditions. If you're looking for weight loss, more calories burned -> more weight loss. You burn more calories by working out more days a week, working out for longer and increasing your intensity. As PeeFat points out, it also depends on how you're exercising and recovery time is important too. Commit to something that seems reasonable to you and for your goals and stick with it!
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