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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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More "valuable"? Easier said than done. I think it's better to start with fun, enjoyment, ease in to it. Because if it's painful who wants to continue? Once people get in to the habit, THEN I think they value exercise. They miss it if they don't get it. They start to feel the benefits. At least this sort of strategy works for me.

Saturday, December 20, 2008, 7:27 AM

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Workout Personality

I think finding a good fit between personality and types of exercise makes a difference. I'm someone who likes to do things on my own, I love data, and I'm always looking to improve something - # of minutes run, # of reps, the amount of weight, etc. So, doing Zumba or kick boxing classes would SO not be my thing, but doing a workout program that got me from A to Z - I'm on it.


Sunday, December 21, 2008, 3:35 PM

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Making Exercise More Fun and Valuable

Buy a small portable DVD player and watch a movie while you exercise. At my gym there is a tv for every treadmill and some of the other pieces of equipment. I walk on the treadmill for 50 minutes every other day. It usually takes me three sessions on the treadmill to finish a movie. I get the movies free at the public library. If the movie is really good I forget I'm exercising! Sometimes I don't even want to stop watching the movie so I keep walking and watching. If I couldn't watch movies at the same time that I'm exercising, I wouldn't get nearly as much exercise!


Friday, January 23, 2009, 11:56 PM

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I like the old-fashioned kind of exercise -- I split and stacked wood today and tonight I am sitting by the woodstove enjoying the fruits of my labors. I like walking to get my groceries. I like taking the stairs instead of the elevator. I like gardening. I like riding the bike to go get the paper. I like playing with the neighbor's dog when he's gone -- both of us get our exercise. I like anything outdoors that gets me in contact with nature. I am not a big person for going to the gym. Can you tell?

Saturday, January 24, 2009, 9:00 PM

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I hated exercise most of my life...I discovered Leslie Sansone's walk away the pounds DVD at the library and I love this. I'm at home with my child, no commute time, , it is like being in a class with a coach watching her on TV. The music keeps me at the right pace. And I feel better afterwards. (I also don't overeat at dinner because I don't want to kill the workout). I don't like gyms, I am a private person. THis works for me and I now look forward to meeting Leslie every evening!

Saturday, January 24, 2009, 9:04 PM

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