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14 March 2019 - 5:04pm

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I recently took up getting some regular exercise at the gym, as I'm starting to get old (35 in a few months!), and I frankly am a tub that needs to lose about 40 pounds. I've been going to the gym for just about a week now (day on, day off, day on), and have been doing a lot of cardio on the treadmill and elliptical.

Do you guys exercise? I'm looking for tips on what I can do to make it less torturous to myself. I do about 45 minutes of cardio, and I usually listen to satellite radio on my phone or watch YouTube. This makes it more bearable, but not a bunch. Anything to make it better, other than me getting slightly healthier?

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14 March 2019 - 6:57pm
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35!! You're still a kid man...I still remember how agile I was at 35 Joking It would get worst Slim!! I'm 40 now.

But well done on your part having a bit of exercises.

For me there's not a secret how to make it less painful...you just have to start loving the pain bro. Wink And I'm not even joking here!

Most of the people who rarely or never had any physical activity in their life quit visiting the gym..in just after first month or so...at least when I'm looking at some of the people I know.

So if you're going to do that for a few months or a year it becomes part of your daily routine Sllim and you'll be going at the gym..well not exactly eager..but let's say OK with it...or at least I think so.

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I want to start going back to gym as well. Somehow I always find an excuse for not doing it but it's time to stop making excuses and doing something! Regardless, I know that my best friend started doing crossfit classes and he really enjoys them. Maybe try to find some classes that you find enjoyable?

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I recently took up getting some regular exercise at the gym, as I'm starting to get old (35 in a few months!), and I frankly am a tub that needs to lose about 40 pounds. I've been going to the gym for just about a week now (day on, day off, day on), and have been doing a lot of cardio on the treadmill and elliptical.

Do you guys exercise? I'm looking for tips on what I can do to make it less torturous to myself. I do about 45 minutes of cardio, and I usually listen to satellite radio on my phone or watch YouTube. This makes it more bearable, but not a bunch. Anything to make it better, other than me getting slightly healthier?

I walk, anywhere really and nowhere lol. But the view and experience is different every time, and even if you really dont want to when you start, after about 20-30 minutes, that feeling of not wanting to will be gone, if not sooner.
By the time you make your way home, you'll feel great and want to keep going.

When I first started walking, it was because my engine on my truck blew and I didn't have the coin to fix or replace it. Left me no choice but to walk.
Trust me, at the beginning, 1km would damn near kill me, that was 5 years ago. Within a few months I was walking 4-5 kms, no problem, then I was pushing for 30kms 5 days a week.

These days I walk about 10-15kms and half the time I'm carrying furniture into or out of a house for work, and I love it.
Start slow, start outside, and don't push more than you're comfortable with, you won't get tired or sore, which means it gives you less reasons not to go for a walk. I always listen to music which drowns out the noise of the busy city,that leaves just my music and myself.

P.S. sorry for the rambling lol

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17 March 2019 - 12:26pm
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I also walk everywhere- to work, home, to the beach or really- anywhere. A good music in headphones, comfy outfit and there you go!

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17 March 2019 - 7:48pm
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I walk, anywhere really and nowhere lol. But the view and experience is different every time, and even if you really dont want to when you start, after about 20-30 minutes, that feeling of not wanting to will be gone, if not sooner.

Yeah for me as well It's exactly how you've been described it man...to start is the toughest thing there's a good chance you'll enjoyed it after that.

And it's better outside than in the gym(at least for me) no matter if it's about running, jogging or walking...

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These days I walk about 10-15kms and half the time I'm carrying furniture into or out of a house for work, and I love it.

Wow, that's a lot of distance carrying a loads Kris...or should I say Bill Wink

I've been working at quite similar jobs in the past but I'm sure I didn't enjoyed anywhere near as much as you do!

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17 March 2019 - 10:04pm
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I’m intent on just buckling down and doing it, even if it makes me miserable. One interesting thing is that my life insurance offers an almost free Apple Watch if you sign up with their vitality program.

The thing is you pay $25 for it and if you log exercise through the watch frequently enough, your payment for it is waved. Figure it’s a good use for extra motivation, and I get a gizmo!

So far I’ve been impressed with what I’ve been able to do even being so out of shape. I was able to hold over 5.5 mph for an extended period and went over six for a while all without stopping. Here’s hoping it stops being so miserable and I start enjoying it.

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I’m intent on just buckling down and doing it, even if it makes me miserable. One interesting thing is that my life insurance offers an almost free Apple Watch if you sign up with their vitality program.

The thing is you pay $25 for it and if you log exercise through the watch frequently enough, your payment for it is waved. Figure it’s a good use for extra motivation, and I get a gizmo!

So far I’ve been impressed with what I’ve been able to do even being so out of shape. I was able to hold over 5.5 mph for an extended period and went over six for a while all without stopping. Here’s hoping it stops being so miserable and I start enjoying it.

Just strap that watch to the dog or cat, you'll have a free watch soon enough lol

The great thing about exercise and working out, and the reason why everyone who does it regularly says they're addicted to it, is because they are, in a sense. It releases all those happy juices in your brain when doing so, that's why people always say how great it feels. Also maybe the reason I love being a mover so much, by the time the move is done after a good 8-10 hours with just 2 or 3 of us, I feel like a million bucks. Walking/jogging I give credit for getting me off of all the bad habits I carried with me for so long. If I didnt have that to replace that " bad habits" I dont know where I would be these days, I definitely wouldnt have a roof over my head, and if I did, it would have barred windows .
Keep at it Slim, before you even realize it, you'll be loving it. Keep us posted buddy

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I am another fan of walking - I find running hard and not so enjoyable but I can walk and walk and walk at a brisk pace for ages. A couple of years ago I did a 60km walk to raise money for a charity - the walk started in Manly and followed the coast line down to Bondi. My team did it in 13 hours - it rained for most of the time, in the final 5km we had to deal with windy conditions and rain coming in horizontally. I was sore afterwards but it was so much fun!

I would recommend a team sport, the social aspect is a great motivator. I always find a reason not to go to the gym but when you are part of a team the pressure not to let the team down gets you to training and to games every time....even when it's cold, it's wet, or you're tired, the kids need you.....yes, yes I have many excuses built up over the years Tongue

For low impact exercise, building strength and flexibility, yoga is my thing at the moment. You should try 30 days of yoga with Adrienne. These are daily yoga videos that you do over the course of a month. I like that you can do it at home in your own time, the sessions range from 20-40 minutes.

Good on you Slim for doing it, it's such a tough thing to start and maintain but definitely worth the effort. The Apple Watch should be a great motivator too!

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35!! You're still a kid man...I still remember how agile I was at 35 Joking

Thanks Sharpe you took the words right out of my mouth. Now I know that's when you're truly old... when you see other people who are younger than you complain about being old! lol

Good on you slim, you're doing a good thing. Now all you have to do it stick to it. That's the hard part.

Personally I hate gyms, they are not for me. I feel like they are full of people pushing weights while they look at themselves in a mirror. And as soon as they stop doing the weights they lose whatever it is they gained.

I still play soccer with my friends in an over 35s team and I've been playing the game since I was a little kid. Around 10 years ago I took up kung fu and now I have a black belt. In fact I'm sitting here feeling quite sore because I did a grading on the weekend where I had to do an hour long fitness test (i.e. physical punishment to make me really tired) followed by 12 rounds of sparring to see if I can defend myself while nearly exhausted. I like the team atmosphere of soccer and the individuality of martial arts and I feel like I've developed skills and learned something useful while doing both of them.

How about getting outside the gym, like WaroftheGods suggested? Over here we have a thing called Parkrun which is an organised free fun run thing that you can run in every Saturday morning. You register and get a bar code which is used to record your times so you can see your improvement over time. My local one is 5km but there are others of different lengths around the place. I think it started in the UK and it has gone global so there's a chance there might be one near you. And if not, you could even start your own in your local park and join it up with Parkrun. Could be good for business... you'd be able to make some cool drone videos of the courses and the runners.
Edit: they are in the USA - see here http://www.parkrun.us/

I've exercised all my life I guess and don't really think of it as exercise because it is playing sport and doing things I enjoy. So I think that is probably the trick - find something you enjoy that also exercises you and you won't think of it as a chore or something you hate doing.

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Completely agree with Ed here- the main point is to find something you enjoy doing. Then it won't feel like an "exercise" Smile But I guess you'll have to try a few things to find the one you enjoy the most!

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Thanks for the kind words everyone. I'm keeping up on it so far, and thus far I've been doing okay. Today I hit a block at about 20 minutes on the elliptical machine (I had the resistance up decently high), and I wanted to stop. I ended up closing my eyes, taking a few deep breaths, and was able to power through to finish my 40 minute session. It made me happy that I had the willpower to power through something like that, as it would have been really easy to just "quit". That feeling makes me want to go back and do it again to see if I can do it again.

Tomorrow I get a break, then back at it again on Wednesday!

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Personally I hate gyms, they are not for me. I feel like they are full of people pushing weights while they look at themselves in a mirror. And as soon as they stop doing the weights they lose whatever it is they gained.

Ha-ha..yeah, exactly..you could always close your eyes I guess if that would be of any help... Wink

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Around 10 years ago I took up kung fu and now I have a black belt.

That's like the highest level belt? Part my ignorance..

Well, I will watch my mouth from now on speaking with you Ed Tongue

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Tomorrow I get a break, then back at it again on Wednesday!

Keep at it slim, you really will be the Barbados Slim soon.

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That's like the highest level belt? Part my ignorance..

Well, I will watch my mouth from now on speaking with you Ed Tongue

Heh don't be afraid! Wink

There's a lot of mystique and tall tales about "black belt" anything. The whole coloured belt thing is a marketing gimmick invented when martial arts were exported to the west. It helped people to see they were making progress and was another way for the schools to make more money by charging students to do a grading to get the next belt. In the old days the kung fu schools in China used to give someone a belt when they started and it was never washed. The ones who had been training the longest had the dirtiest belts so black belt meant a very experienced fighter.

In the kung fu I do it takes many years of training but it really means I'm accepted as being proficient and no longer a beginner. And I can teach people if I want. Most people think it means you are Jackie Chan or something. I can defend myself fine but I am nowhere near that level. But I am happy for people to think that if it makes them think twice about starting trouble! Wink

We actually have one higher that no-one really knows about, which is a red belt. That is for real masters and it is sort of like having to get three or four black belts in terms of the time, knowledge, and skill required. It's unlikely I will get to that level as I don't have the time or the inclination.

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Heh don't be afraid! Wink

I'll be careful anyway Smile

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Most people think it means you are Jackie Chan or something.

Not me...I've been imagined you as a Bruce Lee, mate Wink Yeah...that's how old I am Joking

But some good to know facts there Ed.

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I forgot to mention to you guys that the gym I've been going to has a crazy thing for visitors. While I was on the elliptical machine last week I looked up at the TV and noticed that there was a slide that said, "Have a Tootsie Roll at the front desk!"

For those who're not in the know, Tootsie Rolls are a chocolate taffy candy, and they're full of sugar. I thought it was insane that they'd be offering candy to people who just spent all that time working out. Someone else told me they have bagel days and pizza days as well... what the heck?!? It's like a dentist giving candy for Halloween if you ask me.

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Hi, you can do and be anything at 35 Joking
At least, you can get into a good shape depending on how you develop your routines - eat and exercise.

We are talking about how to exercise, but actually what, when, how to eat is very very important as you are getting "older" Smile

As for the weight loss, some experts say like 80% food, 20% exercise.

And no kidding, I don't know about your daily and frequent foods, but you have to check them because of your problems too, anyway...

Regarding the exercise to lose weight, I recommend daily routine of fast-walking, slow jogging, and mix of them. Walking distance should be over 3 km per exercise, and you do it 2~3 time a day, like 10 km or more a day.

After 1~2 months of fast walking, you will start to feel like running Smile Then, you just run as much as you can, and walk again, and run as much as you can... You will eventually become a jogger Joking

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I walk, anywhere really and nowhere lol. But the view and experience is different every time, and even if you really dont want to when you start, after about 20-30 minutes, that feeling of not wanting to will be gone, if not sooner.
By the time you make your way home, you'll feel great and want to keep going.

That's so true about walking. At first it felt bad though. My back was aching and I felt weak and was constantly looking for somewhere to sit down) It took time for me to get used to this routine and find beauty in walking.

I had some experience exercising, but it never lasted for more than a month. Walking is different, I have been doing it for several years and it's still feels great.

If you want to keep going to the gym, it's better you find a friend who's passionate about working out. I guess that should help make this routine more bearable.

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I forgot to mention to you guys that the gym I've been going to has a crazy thing for visitors. While I was on the elliptical machine last week I looked up at the TV and noticed that there was a slide that said, "Have a Tootsie Roll at the front desk!"

For those who're not in the know, Tootsie Rolls are a chocolate taffy candy, and they're full of sugar. I thought it was insane that they'd be offering candy to people who just spent all that time working out. Someone else told me they have bagel days and pizza days as well... what the heck?!? It's like a dentist giving candy for Halloween if you ask me.

Ha, that sounds like drug dealers giving "free samples". Maybe they are just trying to make sure the customers keep coming back!

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Agreed Ed! I went in today and I heard a guy saying that he was going to steal the whole bucket of candy, and the lady working the desk said, "Go ahead. We have thousands more to add to a new bucket!"

A little update: I've been at it for a small bit now, but I'm down 10 pounds since I started. Needless to say, I have a lot to lose, so it's easier to see the first bit go away. I got my Apple Watch on Saturday, so today is the first workout at the gym that I've been able to track. I attached a pic showing my workout this morning.

Here's hoping I can keep it up!

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Good on you. I was just thinking what a nice pleasant day you must have had - 25 degrees and sunny, just like it is here now. Then I remembered you guys are still in the dark ages and measure in Fahrenheit. Shiver on dude! Wink

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Hopefully you can be strong and stay away from the free sweets - that is just insane! Well done on the weight loss, that's a great start. Hope the meds don't get in the way of your new found exercise regime.

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I saw from your photo that your gym is called Planet Fitness. So I googled a few things about them and candy, pizza etc and found lots of people basically asking W.T.F. Furthermore this lead to me discovering that they have a thing called the "lunk alarm". Supposedly they will fire off an alarm if people are working out too hard or being noisy and just looking too fit.

Your mission from now on is to try to trigger the lunk alarm.

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