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I hate the gym.

Now, mind you, I don't hate working out. I just prefer to get outside and go run or hike or bike or swim ... or even go to a yoga class. Just can't stomach paying $50 a month to go steam in the sweat of strangers. Yuck. Can't even get interested in the idea of setting up my bike trainer (yawn ... boring!) in my house or garage.
Anyone else feel like this?

I've actually done ok on the no-gym-membership plan EXCEPT WHEN IT RAINS. Out here in N.Cali. it's been raining a lot recently. Gives me a great excuse to skip my bike ride, say I'm going to yoga later and then get caught up with work, etc. (You know the drill.)
Any suggestions??

Tue. May 10, 1:46pm

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I know that feeling all to well

I discontinued my membership and am thinking about finding a less popular gym or class. I didn't like the pop music and people lounging all over the machines while checking women out. Now I am biking and walking around hilly neighborhoods. This seems to be going ok, but I miss having a mored toned body I only get when lifting weights.

Tuesday, May 10, 2005, 1:56 PM

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The 15 Minute Rule

Tell yourself that you'll get started and give it 15 minutes. If you still resist after that time, you're allowed to quit (but rarely will). Get your trainer set up - in less than 15 minutes your endorphins will kick in - happens so fast with cycling or running - that you'll be good to go.

Have you tried spinning? I don't like the gym much necessarily, but I'm a fanatic about spinning (and biking) and yoga.

Tuesday, May 10, 2005, 1:58 PM

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15-minute rule! yes!

Thanks for reminding me of that! I learned that from a coach last year (although he was an overachiever, so it's the 20-minute rule). And I have to say, EVERY time I did it, I ended up finishing the whole workout.

Tuesday, May 10, 2005, 2:26 PM

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member since 2002

i have a membership with gold's and i generally use it for spinning, yoga, and weight training. of course i'd rather be out on beautiful days, but i enjoy having an option when the weather or time does not permit be to head outdoors. another bonus is that they're open from am to pm so i can never make excuses about not doing some kind of physical activity! as for rush hour at the gym, i try to avoid that all together:)

Tuesday, May 10, 2005, 5:44 PM

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Gym misery outweighs lazy misery

I go to a neighborhood small gym, with no tv's and limited cardio equipment. I go b/c I dont have a car and can walk there. Some days I am so miserable going there b/c I get bored out of my mind staring at a wall, so I keep my music upbeat and at least make myself do 30 mins of cardio and weights and make my time there worthwhile. When I really dont feel like going to the gym and told myself I would go I always remind myself that I always feel better having gone than if I sit on my butt at home. Now that is nicer out its hard to go into the gym to weight train, but I keep my goals in mind and that keeps me on track most days.

Wednesday, May 11, 2005, 12:04 PM

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