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post #1 of 16
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Skiing is the only form of excercise I'm getting right now, 1-2 times a week. I used to do alot of running, lifting, etc. but have been completely lazy in the last few months. I've gained 15 lbs. and am feeling chubby. I know I should get my ass to the gym, but I lack the motivation. Can you all offer me any words or ideas for motivation to get old self back? Thx
post #2 of 16
I found things like running and lifting .... flat out boring.

With karate (old style not .... $$$ shopping center style) .... I felt involved in something that was much more tangible.

If you stay with it, it will evolve past "macho ... fighting" and you become more involved with the perfection of the movement of the body.
post #3 of 16

Commit to a friend

Find a partner who is going to meet you for your "fitness" quest! someone who will give you shit if you don't show up!

I have one of those friends.
I am one of those friends
Gym at 5 A M or else!!!!

We go for cheese cake after we work out!
post #4 of 16
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Originally Posted by DefJef
Skiing is the only form of excercise I'm getting right now, 1-2 times a week. I used to do alot of running, lifting, etc. but have been completely lazy in the last few months. I've gained 15 lbs. and am feeling chubby. I know I should get my ass to the gym, but I lack the motivation. Can you all offer me any words or ideas for motivation to get old self back? Thx
I'm a strong believer in the use-it-or-lose-it philosophy. It keeps me motivated. You only need to gain 2 Lbs a year to be obese by age 50. I lost 35 Lbs this year by weight lifting, rollerblading & dieting. The change is remarkable; I sleep better, feel better, and enjoy everyday life much more now. Fitness is not just for sports! Oh yeah, my partner thinks its great too, but we don't exercise at the gym : !

Cheers,

Michael
post #5 of 16
i was 240 went to 167 "divorce" went to 230 weight watchers to 207... went to 235 weight watchers to 225...2 summers ago we mountain biked 3 days a week untill ski season started the we skied 3 days aweek... no other exercise we were just getting started last spring and my wife got a nasty case of lyme that took till sept/october to finally clear and she still get tired early...Point is when we mountain biked about 30 miles a week"single track and trails" and was still quite heavy at 207 "5'8" but the activety was great for tension...so go for a walk..find a rink and rollerblade...find a rink and ice skate..cross country ski after work at a golf course..ski machine for 20 min every morning does wonders"get head phones for stereo/tv cause its boring"
Better yet ski more
ski nites

sorry i am bored and rambling
post #6 of 16
Find a more exciting, skiing like fitness plan like stability ball, bosu, balance boards, etc. Plenty of ideas in the health and fitness forum. Many skiers get bored by traditional weight training. You need a fitness plan with a littel bit of an "edge."
post #7 of 16
suck it up.
on the floor and give me twenty.






if nothing else, get out and walk fast.
no shortcuts. commit!

post #8 of 16
Quit your job and ski every day.
post #9 of 16

Look around

I workout alot. My favorite part of the workout is leaving. What motivaties me is looking around and seeing the number of pudgy dumpling like middle age men out there and not wanting to be one of them.
post #10 of 16

Find something else you enjoy...

Have you ever tried broomball? It's like hockey on the ice w/o skates or stick. Just tennis shoes, a ball and a sawed off broom to start (you can invest in a lot of equipment when you decide it's fun and still want to play). The only down fall is the necessity of other people. I lost 25lbs in 1 month playing twice a week and eating better. I didn't ski then.

I HATE going to the gym and I DO NOT RUN.

I take a dance class (ok, I'm a girl). It keeps me in shape and the added skiing helps reduce scary thigh and stomach pooches.

So, find something else you love as much as skiing. Something that's not boring. Something that you have to make a commitment to like a class or co-ed rec team. That way you'll feel guilty about the $$ or responsible to the people on the team to show up. And eat better. Drink more water.

If nothing else, you'll feel better and meet new people.
post #11 of 16
Certainly no fitness expert here, but the weight loss equation is pretty simple. Burn more calories than you take in and yee shall lose weight. Running or similar activity is one of the quickest ways and I'm only talking about weight loss and not overall fitness here. Good luck and if you're lucky enough to live in ski country it's possible to SKI yourself into shape although it's not the recommended method.

I can also make a prank phonecall claiming I'm Eva Longoria and would dump my boyfriend for you if yo lose a few pounds
post #12 of 16
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Originally Posted by DefJef
Skiing is the only form of excercise I'm getting right now, 1-2 times a week. I used to do alot of running, lifting, etc. but have been completely lazy in the last few months. I've gained 15 lbs. and am feeling chubby. I know I should get my ass to the gym, but I lack the motivation. Can you all offer me any words or ideas for motivation to get old self back? Thx
Just PM me with you phone number and address and I will drop by and do the "Senior Drill Sergeant" thing. Or as my wife says around here, the beatings will continue until moral improves. What she doesn't tell us is it's her morale that has to improve not ours. After years of watching her, I think I can satisfactorily emulate her.

Best yet I guarantee results. And yes it is a lifetime guarantee, yours. Heh. Now drop gimme twenty, then 5 minutes dressed for a 15-mile march with full rucksack. MOVE IT WORM, MOVE IT.

Mark
post #13 of 16
start again. get over that your fat and slow and set some goals that would be hard to attain unless youre really in shape(mine is currently a 5:51 mile). youve probably succeeded at these goals at a younger age, but trying to get back there now will be really satisfying.
post #14 of 16
Just in case the other advice doesn't work and you need tough love, "Quit feeling sorry for yourself and get your lardacious, marshmallow ass off the darned couch": JK
post #15 of 16
It really comes down to finding something you enjoy doing, so that you'll continue to do it. Also schedule time to do it.

I hate gyms, so I like riding my bike. I ride to work a few days a week (17 mi each way!). But if you can't do that and don't like the gym, maybe look for rec league sports such as b-ball, volleyball, tennis, racquetball etc. That way you'll be scheduled and somewhat obligated to show up. Getting started is always the hardest part. It's all about inertia... when you're at rest, you want to stay at rest, but once you get moving it's easy to keep moving. And once you're done you feel good both mentally and physically (and all the other crap about sleeping better and needing less of it is another benefit).

If nothing catches your attention, try going to the gym (schedule time for it) and look for classes they offer. They offer things like spin, aerobics, kick boxing, and other stuff. Maybe something will interest you.

I'd also bet that if you found an activity such as tennis or racquetball to be interesting, but didn't have anyone to play with, you could find web forums for it and find locals to play with. I know that if I ever want to go mountain biking with someone, I can go to MTBR, and it wouldn't be hard to find someone to ride with (although I enjoy riding alone and with a few specific other people).

Also, you got kids? There's your motivation! If you don't do it, you're cheating them out of a parent when you die younger than you should.
post #16 of 16
You know you'll be happier once you have those endorphins coursing through your brain.
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