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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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