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Old 04-28-2013, 04:35 PM
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I'm a college student at PCC living out here on my own. I've been here for almost a year, and I feel I've gained some weight. Nothing too extreme, I've only just noticed my pants are getting a bit snug. Now, I'm pretty new to the exercising concept, hehe. I'd rather take a group class to keep me motivated, but it seems too pricey, so I thought of running. However, I suck at running. I can barely run a few steps without getting a stitch in my side and breathing heavily. I'm also self-conscious about running. I see so many talented runners, I would feel stupid if I was struggling by them.

So, first off, in a desperate attempt to avoid running, are there any reasonbly priced exercise classes around here? I've done pilates years ago and loved it, so maybe some classes in that?
If not, where are some great places to run in the morning with few people?

By the way, I live on Wetmore, so any places somewhat close would be good, but I'm definitely willing to drive.

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Old 04-28-2013, 11:00 PM
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since you "breath heavily" after a few steps of running, I'd start with very brisk walking every day for at least 45 minutes each session...it has to be brisk and at least 45 minutes to be a cardio benefit....do this every day and you'll notice a change (all else being equal!).....

then ease into the running....

there is a popular path along the Rillito and a popular sidewalk along Mountain Ave N of the UA up to Wetmore or so.....

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Old 05-01-2013, 01:05 PM
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Best thing to do is get the exercise in before the day puts you under its arm and runs off with you, distracts you from fitting it in. First thing in the morning go for a walk from where you live. Every day, assess whether you could go further or a different way and keep doing that until you have 4-5 miles a day of terrain you look forward to seeing. You can do this before breakfast, you might not be as hungry when you return from the walk.

On a day off, you can show off your mad walking chops up Sabino Canyon or one of the trails off Mt. Lemmon or along the Catalinas. Grades are very good for both cardio and for a sense of gloating accomplishment looking down from the view you attained on your own two peds. IMO running is not necessary and compromises joint health with impacts. You won't feel it now, but someday you might get to be 60 and want to keep moving. I am headed that way and am already noticing that the intense exercisers are groaning more than the steady moderates. Bicycling is a better way to work the next level, and T has lots of bike routes and paths.

There are lots of yoga places in T, that might be a good gentle way to get your body ready for more arduous kinds of activity. When someone asks me "why yoga", I say "which part of flexibility, balance and strength is a drawback?" When you're walking along the edge of a cliff those are useful additions to everything above, and the classmates are usually pretty good folks to get to know.
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Old 05-01-2013, 03:48 PM
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Since you have stated you hate running, stop in at LA Fitness or any of the other gyms in town and see what their class schedules are like. Actually, most post the schedules online. There is an LA Fitness on Wetmore/1st area. You will probably pay about $25-$30 per month and that will include unlimited classes. Most offer pilates, water aerobics, zumba, yoga, body combat, etc. That is probably the cheapest and best route for you. Good luck!
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