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ideas on making exercise more fun and valuable

we are going through the last bootcamp call and picking apart some of the specific suggestions that we made. On the subject of how to exercise more, Joshua made an observation that you simply need to make exercise valuable to you if you plan on doing it more.

So my question to the community is- what are some of the things you have done to make exercise more fun, to make it valuable to you? How have you developed the exercise habit?



Fri. Dec 19, 12:16pm

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I am thinking about this question and the "valuable" thing is more subconscious for me than anything. I don't exercise more because I value it, I exercise because I always feel good after. And the more I do it, the more automatic it becomes.

And the more you work at the overall goal, the easier it becomes to implement specific habits. I think this is an important point because if you do stuff that is not fun - running for me- when you do find things you enjoy, you enjoy them more. Does this make sense?

Friday, December 19, 2008, 12:42 PM

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ITA with you pp. I'm the same way.

Friday, December 19, 2008, 12:59 PM

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My friends and my boyfriend all belong to the same gym as me. We all go after work. While I am not trying to be a social butterfly it is nice to see them, as well as lift together, do a spin class together, etc. We also hold each other accountable.

I also do a mixture of organized activities and my own thing. Some days I am in the mood to go to swim class with a coach telling me what to do, and other people in my lane pushing me to go hard...other days I want to tune out and go on "auto-pilot" on the cardio machines, reading a magazine and listening to music. If I workout 6 or 7 days a week they don't all have to be extreme.

I have also made fitness my hobby. I mountain bike, ski, swim, hike, and more. I go to the gym during the week but I really look forward to getting outside on the weekends.

Friday, December 19, 2008, 1:01 PM

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I find that simple things like having a plan (what to do when) and goals (some kind of challenge) and fast upbeat music are enormously helpful. I am also a fan of morning exercise - later in the day there can be too many things that "come up" as valid excuses! If I do it first thing, then I don't tend to second guess my schedule.

I also mix it up. I try not to do the same thing more than 2 days a week - to keep it interesting, and challenging.

I'm also a fan of before and after photo's - I like to see that a challenge has been effective!

Friday, December 19, 2008, 9:29 PM

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I am extremely discouraged and find no value in exercise when it becomes painful. ("No pain, no gain" adds up to 3 four-letter words to me.) So when I bought a treadmill recently and pushed myself to walk a mighty 2.5 mph, I found that my pre-existing back pain became worse and I couldn't go longer than ten or fifteen minutes at a stretch. (I'm extremely out of shape, obviously.)

But I had chucked out a load of money for this machine so that I could walk, rain or shine. So I swallowed my pride and cranked the speed down to 2 mph. It was like magic. I suddenly could walk a full 30 minute session (with a little more help from my iPod) and I actually felt good afterward.

So I find that taking things slowly really helps to make exercise valuable to me. I'm not going to go any faster than what my body can handle.

Friday, December 19, 2008, 10:12 PM

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