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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.


Aug. 1st, 2005 05:48 pm (UTC)
I walk more than most Americans, which is to say, not much... other than that, I do yoga and/or aerobics (which for me means "calisthenics and jumping around to loud music") in my room by myself, 2-3 times a week. I try for 45 minutes. I used to take yoga classes but I am more likely to actually do it if I don't have to go anywhere.
Aug. 1st, 2005 06:19 pm (UTC)
You know, I can't begin to count all the aerobics, stretching, yoga, tai chi and belly dance classes I've taken over the years. I know all kinds of steps and exercises I can do on my own, and I've got lots of music to which I could be doing it, in the privacy of my own livingroom. Yet there is something in my head telling me that there's no way I'll ever get fit unless I do my sweating in a gym. I wonder why I think that?
Aug. 1st, 2005 06:34 pm (UTC)
well, different people get motivated in different ways. things that sometimes help me:

-- planning ahead (if I'm doing something on Wed. then Tue. & Thu. are workout nights) -- scheduling it almost as if it was a real class to attend

-- planning ahead that day: either a big late lunch or a midafternoon snack (because if I get home and I'm hungry, then I will want to eat, and then yoga is right off the agenda)

-- lots o' music -- either a CD that I plan to keep moving for the whole duration of, or my usual 5 discs on "random" but with an eye to the clock when I start (otherwise I sometimes believe I am done after 20 minutes).
Aug. 1st, 2005 07:27 pm (UTC)
Excellent tips. Thanks very much!



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