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I hate cardio at the gym, the treadmill, the elliptical, the bike... SO BORING. I feel like working out at the gym just ends up ruining my diet...if I dragged my butt there and suffered 45 boring minutes on machines I end up justifying eating whatever I want to. I walk everywhere and take the stairs every chance i get. but walking just isnt givng my metabolism the boost it needs... anyone have some other good cardio alternatives that I can sneak into my day...cardio that doesnt FEEL like cardio?

Sun. May 14, 12:10am

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a lot of people enjoy dancing, and there are so many different types! also kickboxing or marital arts let you blow off steam while getting some more activity into your lifestyle. you just have to find something that you like to do. good luck!
btw- i agree about gyms! i need something nice to look at while i work out, cool air on my face. to me gyms are hot, stinky, and BORING. i run outside (but that definitely "feels" like cardio lol)

Sunday, May 14, 2006, 2:14 AM

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I agree: gyms are hot, stinky, and boring. I can't run (because of ankle + foot problems) but I love to simply put on a good pair of walking shoes and sweats and head outside for 30 or 40 minutes of hard, fast walking. Usually, I'm hot and sweaty by the time I get home, so even if I haven't been able to measure exactly what I'm doing or the distance I'm walking, I know I've gotten a really good workout.

Sunday, May 14, 2006, 7:02 AM

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I also HATE all those stupid repetitive type machines at the gym, but I LOVE running with my friends outside, could you join a local running club or find someone to run with? My friends and I start talking and before you know it we've ran 8 miles.

Sunday, May 14, 2006, 9:04 AM

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Cardio is definitely not any fun. I try to burn at least 500 calories a day doing cardio and it isn't easy.

I have found that trying to go to the gym when there is something I REALLY want to watch on TV helps alot. I will stay on the elliptical trainer or arc trainer the entire time and forget how awful cardio is while I watch.

Sunday, May 14, 2006, 10:41 AM

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does your gym offer group fitness classes? that made the difference for me! i get bored on the stationary equipment-i end up reading a magazine and just float along, not really challengning myself! But my gym offers a couple of great high intensity cardio classes-stuff that would feel silly if i was doing it alone-but when a bunch of people do it together it feels great! I take Cardio boxing, body step and a few others. I sweat my tail off for an hour and it goes by so quickly!

Sunday, May 14, 2006, 2:14 PM

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Anything you love to do that gets you moving will help you stay in shape and healthy for your lifetime. For me, a solid hour of horseback riding, plus grooming before and after, easily burns 500 calories and it's so much fun!

Monday, May 15, 2006, 9:04 AM

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I wish I could afford to join a gym. I would so love to go and do a workout there than always have to find my own ways to workout at home.

Monday, May 15, 2006, 9:26 AM

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Try something new. When you're focusing on learning new skills, it keeps your mind busy and you'll have more fun.
I don't have a gym either, but I just bought myself a pair of inline skates. It's a nice break from running and it's fun to explore. I also bike.
Play pickup soccer with friends, shoot hoops, jump rope. Remember when you were a kid and just "went out to play?" That's what I call my cardio. There are so many ways to be active and have fun, it's a waste to spend time forcing yourself.

Monday, May 15, 2006, 10:27 AM

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have you treid a cardio class at your gym? I hate boring stable machines for my cardio, I do alot better in a class surroundings

Monday, May 15, 2006, 10:36 AM

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Group fitness classes can be fun if its something you like.

I did Tae Kwon Do lessons before - that is a great workout. You're learning a sport, doing drills, you can even compete.

Or another sport too - softball, soccer etc. Try to maybe find some team sports you could get involved in.

How about a biking or running group - more fun when you have a group of people to do it with, plus you get outside.

A boot camp class - there lots of those popping up, many are outdoors too.

Dance lessons/classes - depending on the style you pick that can be a great workout.

Maybe train for a competition - having a goal can be motivation. Sign up for a triathalon and then work on your swimming, running and biking.

I agree those machines are torture. They are mind numbing! Just look around in your area for other classes or activities that you can get involded in. Something that you think is fun and that you would look forward to.

Monday, May 15, 2006, 1:13 PM

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