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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 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.

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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