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Exercise is boring and I have no attention span


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Or cash to pay to go to a gym, and most of the cool classes I'd want to take are even more expensive than that.  It's really hard to stick to a routine, and I absolutely cannot do the same exercise video every day - nor can I afford to build the library of 800 videos for me to rotate through that I'd need ;)

Yes, there is a question in here:  What would y'all recommend to someone for exercise who is low on cash, and likes - nay, *needs* - variety?

Just a run-down of what I can maintain:  I go for a walk every day, 40 minutes to an hour, mostly because I need to get the heck out of the office before I shrivel up and die.  Also because I can listen to a different podcast every day while I'm walking, so it's mostly just pumping my legs while I entertain myself.  I have a Wii fit, because I figured that'd be cheaper than a long-term gym membership, but I haven't played it lately because I got sick of it yelling at me for gaining a pound or two before I dropped it again.   Ridiculous, but I'm waiting to drop a couple pounds so I can weigh myself and it'll be happy.

I have a helluva time getting any exercise on the weekends, because I am terminally good at making excuses.

So - make it easy, make it fun, make it accessible, and make it cheap.  Is this too tall an order for a variety of exercises?

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Well your cardio can consist of running and biking.  Obviously you can run anywhere without dropping a dime.  If you have an old bike collecting dust in the shed (like I do), just break it out and give it a try.  As for weights, you can pretty much lift any heavy item in a way that will have a training effect on your muscles.  Also, you can do a great exercise routine in your own living room with exercises like pushups, crunches, lunges, squats, etc.  If you want something a little easier, buy a basic set of dumbell weights.  It is FAR less expensive than gym membership but they will serve you just as well if used right.  Finally, play some sports.  A half hour of basketball is a GREAT workout because it keeps you running, swinging your arms, and moving in all directions.  Doesn't matter if it is soccer or football or anything else, playing sports is a great way to exercise for free.

Depending where you live, buy either a bicycle or a pair of roller blades.  They'll give you the equivalent of the walk but can be done at higher intensity.  I'm assuming you've tried running and it wasn't for you?  I can relate to that; walking, biking or rollerblading are all great; running bores the bejeebers out of me (unless it's part of playing a sport like soccer).  Alternately, join in some sort of low cost team sport like soccer.

Yep, a little too tall of an order.  Exercise is a choice.  You can walk, go running, play your Wii fit, do videos, go on a bike ride, do jumping jacks, whatever.  You just got to do it.  You have got to have a good mind set, tell yourself you can, and do it.  Point blank. 
Original Post by susiecue:

Depending where you live, buy either a bicycle or a pair of roller blades.  They'll give you the equivalent of the walk but can be done at higher intensity.  I'm assuming you've tried running and it wasn't for you?  I can relate to that; walking, biking or rollerblading are all great; running bores the bejeebers out of me (unless it's part of playing a sport like soccer).  Alternately, join in some sort of low cost team sport like soccer.

 Yeah running bores the bejeebus out of me, how'd you guess? Mostly I'm just looking for more ideas... a sort of "exercise you can do for free" catalogue.  Also, I'm hoping to dredge up something new and interesting :)

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Whenever I am really bored and want some exercise, me and my brother do sort of an amateur olympics thing.  We race each other to see who can run a mile faster, who can make the most freethrows in basketball, who can hit the baseball further, then my favorite part is, who can tackle the other one harder in football, but I wouldn't exactly recommend that one to anyone else :)

So yeah, definitely try some sports out because they are fun and you don't even realize how much exercise you are doing because you are distracted and preoccupied by the game.  If not, go for a long bike ride.

Original Post by susiecue:

Depending where you live, buy either a bicycle or a pair of roller blades.  They'll give you the equivalent of the walk but can be done at higher intensity.  I'm assuming you've tried running and it wasn't for you?  I can relate to that; walking, biking or rollerblading are all great; running bores the bejeebers out of me (unless it's part of playing a sport like soccer).  Alternately, join in some sort of low cost team sport like soccer.

 I love bikes and rollerblades - I have neither, and frankly the hills around here scare me a little XD  But maybe a pair of rollerblades could be fun ... maybe on the weekends I need to plan a little more for exercise?  Specifically write down what activity I want to do in a weekend, and just do it, rather than just figuring I'll work something in somewhere and then doing nothing.

A wii is what, like $400? Games are around $60, right? There are gym chains like Bally's and Planet Fitness that offer memberships starting at $10/month. That's a lot cheaper than a wii. YMCAs have sliding scales for membership rates. The only classes I know you have to pay for at a gym are machine-based pilates. Sounds kind of like you're using money as an excuse to not do anything. Not trying to be mean here, but really...

 

Anyway. If your town has pools, go swimming. Go hiking. It will be harder than just going for a walk and it's a lot more scenic than walking around the block. If you're a good runner, go trail running. Again, more scenic and adventurous. Buy a bike or roller blades like someone else suggested. Join netflix and rent workout DVDs and make copies of them if you have a DVD burner or make note of your favorite exercises from them. Join a recreational sports team.

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A wii is what, like $400?  Games around around $60, right?  There are gym chains like Bally's and Planet Fitness that offer memberships starting at $10/month.  That's a lot cheaper than a wii.  YMCAs have sliding scales for membership rates.  The only classes I know you have to pay for at a gym are machine-based pilates.  Sounds kind of like you're using money as an excuse to not do anything.

 

Anyway.  If your town has pools, go swimming.  Go hiking.  It will be harder than just going for a walk and it's a lot more scenic than walking around the block.  If you're a good runner, go trail running.  Again, more scenic and adventurous.  Buy a bike or roller blades like someone else suggested.  Join netflix and rent workout DVDs and make copies of them if you have a DVD burner or make note of your favorite exercises from them.  Join a recreational sports team. 

 Wii was $250 - back when I had the money to buy it, I also had a gym membership.  The wii fit was $90 that I had to scrape together for it :/  Money, it comes and goes like water sometimes.

Although good point about the DVD burner - hubby just got a computer off of a friend, and it does have a DvD burner which I've never had before.  I don't know how it necessarily works, but that's a fairly small investment of time and money I think I can manage :)

How does one go about joining a sports team?  Where do they advertise?  Will any team even want a mostly out-of-shape woman?

Sure, just find a beginner's league - there are adult leagues in every category of athleticism out there.

 Oh - and Google is your friend if you're looking for variety ;)

Do you like videos? Check your local library, some carry fitness DVDs. Then you can swap them up when you get used to them, and library = free.

Also, I absolutely do not advocate this, but a terrible person with a criminal mind and a techie friend could burn copies of said DVDs (stealing food from the table of innocent entertainment executives, the horror) so you could use whatever vid you wanted whenever.

w00t for libraries!

 

EDIT: i obviously got bored of reading replies and didn't see the netflix one, which is nearly identical to what i just said, but with a monthly un-free fee. Libraries are still the bees knees, though.

Oh yeah, and for sports, check out ultimate frisbee! Lots of running around, and BY LAW full of people friendly and sympathetic to new people, old people, out of shape people, whomever. Leagues are typically cheap, and often times you'll be able to find pick-up games for zero dollareenees.

google ultimate and your city or region, and you'll probably find something.

I would step up the walking up and down those hills you live around.  If a bike isn't in your budget (it should be) then walk to destinations.  I sneak in walks to the pool, the store, the local shops.  Last week I was in Wyoming and the hilly walks were just as strenuous as a flat land jog, no joke!

Are there local swimming pools?  I pay a dollar to swim laps at the neighborhood pool. 

I use my bike the same way I walk, I bike to places and it adds up a lot.  I love bike legs too, they are sexy!

Jump Rope! It's especially fun if you have some people (or kids, nephews, neices, little cousins) to do it with... you can channel your inner child and bust out some double dutch moves! So good for the coordination too.

i heard youtube has a ton of exericse videos = free

Original Post by piratekitty:

Jump Rope! It's especially fun if you have some people (or kids, nephews, neices, little cousins) to do it with... you can channel your inner child and bust out some double dutch moves! So good for the coordination too.

 Since I'm broke I use an "invisible" jump rope lol It's great exercise and doesn't bore me as much. I have ADD when it comes to exercising lol. However, my 12 yrs old cousin caught me the other day exercising with my "invisible" rope... I think she thinks I'm crazy now Undecided

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You should try a Jazzercise class - it is about $8 per class (or you can go monthly) and it changes all of the time, so it isn't boring - PLUS there are people of all ages there - and when the old ladies are doing it, it keeps you motivated to be more intense than them :)

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If I can be completely honest, I think when I read something like this that you just don't really want to exercise. Now, before you get offended, I also hate exercise.  I mean, REALLY hate it.  I hate getting out of breath, I hate sweating.  There is nothing about exercise that I like even a little.  So, I bought myself a treadmill. (check craigslist for a used one)  I set up a small tv & dvd player in front of it, and I walk for the length of a movie EVERY DAY.  Seven days a week.  Yeah, I hate it.  But, I've learned that if I watch action films and horror films, the sympathetic adrenaline really helps me out and takes care of the boredom factor.  I suppose for me, the decision was to quit making excuses (no matter how true they may be) and start looking for solutions.  You've decided you want to lose weight - and you can.  It won't always be pleasant, that's just the nature of the beast.  But I think you can do it.  Just ignore the reasons why not, and look for the solutions.  You'll find'em.

In the end, it's all mental.

I've lost forty pounds and only have fifteen more to go.  :-)

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