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Fitness question

Several servers are down here today, so I can't do much work. And that makes it harder to resist eating things that are way off the diet. I think Mondays are the hardest for that, maybe.

Which reminds me... how many of you folks have a regular exercise plan? I know I need to set up a structure for that sort of thing, but with work and home ownership and a dozen other priorities, it feels almost impossible to do much more than a few stretches when I happen to think of it. To hear the experts tell it, anything less than 30 minutes of aerobic exercise, at least 3 or 4 times a week is tantamount to slow suicide. An hour every single day is much better, they say. Ack.

Who really does that? Do all of you actually do that, and I just don't know about it? I mean, I sometimes think I must be in the top 10% of the sedintary.

I was doing pretty well there at Curves for about 6 months (and losing weight really fast) but then I found out that Curves is owned by an extreme anti-choice homophobe, so I had no choice but to quit or seriously comprimise my values.

Now what? I really hate traditional gyms. But it looks like I'm headed for Gold's anyway, because I can't think of any other good solutions. Any advice regarding better gym environmets or exercise programs would be greatly appreciated.

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vicar
Aug. 1st, 2005 05:24 pm (UTC)
Do you really want my comments, or am I already written off as insane so my situation is deemed not applicable to mamalian bipeds? My answer is very predictable: if I can do law school, full time work, and a social life while working out - everyone else can. Everyone.

Just in case:
I work out 4 days a week or more if you include the hiking and biking.

Getting to the gym is the real battle - once you're there working out is easy. My trick - don't go home. Once you touch "base," it's impossible to get out. Also, tell yourself when you feel like ass that you'll do a half-assed work out. It's great motivation, and you'll never actually do the half-assed workout once you get there and start moving around. The routine takes over.

Classes help motivate you if you can find a sport you enjoy - similary a workout buddy is amazing motivation (unless they suck, in which case demotivation).

Set goals - not negative goals (like losing x, wearing y, not doing z) but things you can do. Set a goal to lift this much this way, run that far this fast, do this much with your heart rate at x while resistence y. These will haunt you into pushing yourself further.

Golds is the best gym in the area, but you may have to price haggle.
fenriss
Aug. 1st, 2005 06:03 pm (UTC)
Do you really want my comments, or am I already written off as insane so my situation is deemed not applicable to mamalian bipeds?

Of course I want your comments. If I want to know about something, I want a range of thoughtful opinions. You were one of the folks I specifically hoped would reply.

I work out 4 days a week or more if you include the hiking and biking.

Actually, that doesn't strike me as the least bit insane. If you can be in such great shape in 4 workouts a week, it actually makes me feel better about it.

My trick - don't go home. Once you touch "base," it's impossible to get out.

Thank you! I'm always telling E, "no, we can't go home first, I will not go back out again."

Set goals - not negative goals (like losing x, wearing y, not doing z) but things you can do. Set a goal to lift this much this way, run that far this fast, do this much with your heart rate at x while resistence y.

That is PRECISELY the kind of advice I need. I hadn't ever thought of that, but it makes very good sense, especially for me. In the many times I have made false starts at getting fit, the one thing that just knocks me over is how fast I get strong. I mean, in three workouts, I may not have dropped an ounce in weight, but I can suddenly handle much more resistance.

Looking at my dress size is just de-motivating. But if I go in there with the intent of become an unstoppable force of nature, I have hope. So thanks. That's tremendously helpful.

vicar
Aug. 1st, 2005 07:18 pm (UTC)
I was overstating the concern that you wouldn't value my opinion for entertainment value heh ;P

Glad I could help! Most of the psyc battle is switching from one type of momentum (not working out) to another (habitually working out without considering it time lost).

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