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Old 01-20-2015, 08:57 AM
 
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I sympathize with those of you living in the arctic tundra - I live in Florida and I absolutely cannot take any cold weather - it's even been a little too chilly for me here lately, and of course it is NOTHING like what you guys have to endure. I probably would not be motivated to go to the gym either, if I had to deal with all that.

I really do love my Y, though. I used to think I wasn't a joiner, or that I would not like classes, but I started doing classes and found out I LOVE them. There is something fun and motivating about working out to music, and having an instructor and lots of other people doing the same. Plus I make new friendships. I was using the machines there, but I prefer doing my training at home, I have my own equipment, and I do a kind of "minimal" strength workout now due to my back issues.

Don't give up, though! You will find something that works for you - the first step is the hardest. Once you get past certain hurdles and make it a habit you will find that it is it's own reward, especially when you see results in lost weight, better muscle tone and feeling better. Plus, it makes you feel good about yourself!
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Old 01-20-2015, 02:28 PM
 
Location: SW US
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And once you get into the routine of whatever form of exercise you find you like, it will be hard to stop doing it.
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Old 01-20-2015, 03:09 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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And once you get into the routine of whatever form of exercise you find you like, it will be hard to stop doing it.
I've heard this all my life and it's never been true for me. I pretty much despise forced exercise.

I started running because it took too long to walk 5 miles. I resented the time. Kept waiting to get the 'runner's high' thing. One day I went out and ran 8 miles. The only thing I got was tired.
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Old 01-20-2015, 04:55 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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I am so glad to see that I am not alone in having these debates in my head about whether to go to a gym, or not. My wife and I have been, many years ago a member of the Y, and the last place we lived, we were a member of Gold's Gym. We really liked the feeling of the workout, and the feeling of knowing we are doing something good for ourselves, but for the past couple of years we haven't had the desire to pick a day, and time, and drive into town to workout. We went last week to Planet Fitness for a tour of the facility, and really liked it, but that seems to be the extent of it. I am guessing a lot of the problem is motivation, and with us, that is in short supply. I haven't given up, though. The membership application is still laying on the kitchen table, I think.
Mine's filled out and still waiting under the visor in the car, awaiting final judgment till I tour the senior center gym. (I was going to go today but something came up as I was about to go.) I wonder how many gym membership applications all over the world are awaiting action, lol.
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Old 01-20-2015, 04:58 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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I sympathize with those of you living in the arctic tundra - I live in Florida and I absolutely cannot take any cold weather - it's even been a little too chilly for me here lately, and of course it is NOTHING like what you guys have to endure. I probably would not be motivated to go to the gym either, if I had to deal with all that.

I really do love my Y, though. I used to think I wasn't a joiner, or that I would not like classes, but I started doing classes and found out I LOVE them. There is something fun and motivating about working out to music, and having an instructor and lots of other people doing the same. Plus I make new friendships. I was using the machines there, but I prefer doing my training at home, I have my own equipment, and I do a kind of "minimal" strength workout now due to my back issues.

Don't give up, though! You will find something that works for you - the first step is the hardest. Once you get past certain hurdles and make it a habit you will find that it is it's own reward, especially when you see results in lost weight, better muscle tone and feeling better. Plus, it makes you feel good about yourself!
Thanks, this is encouraging. Back to positivity.
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Old 01-20-2015, 05:01 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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I know I should buy exercise equipment but I dread having to move, sell or donate the items if I move to a warmer climate.
Now that's an excuse I'll keep closely in mind, works for me.
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Old 01-20-2015, 05:02 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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my reward is the no sugar added blue bunny ice cream. it is amazing stuff. I think when I retire I want to be the blue bunny spokesman the stuff is that good and a fraction of the sugar, calories and fat of regular
What's in there as a substitute for sugar?
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Old 01-20-2015, 05:02 PM
 
Location: Santa Cruz
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This is the last thing I want to do, but I realize finally at the age of 66 that living in the North I am not getting the outdoor exercise I want to believe I'm getting. I'm turning into a couch potato. I'm unnerved by this. I have never done a gym on a regular basis, and in the past when I've tried it, I've had an aversion to the equipment (doing the settings on each, worrying about germs from previous users, feeling bored with the routines, etc). I have to do something or I'm going to croak. I need some advice on this, and encouragement. I realize most of you have been doing the gym for years, and it's old hat to you. I am going kicking and screaming.
If I were you, I would get a friend or volunteer somehow, someway, to get my exercise in.

It's no fun to exercise kicking and screaming
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Old 01-20-2015, 05:04 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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If I were you, I would get a friend or volunteer somehow, someway, to get my exercise in.

It's no fun to exercise kicking and screaming
I really wish I had an exercise buddy, that would make a lot of difference I'm sure. While I ponder this whole thing I continue to use the minitrampoline, a fair workout without the impact if I do it consistently.
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Old 01-20-2015, 05:34 PM
 
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Believe me, there are many more applications that get turned in and paid for and then only used for a few months...that's how these gyms make money, by high turnover, they expect it. But once you get into the routine, it is well worth it.
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