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Subject: Amateur Fitness Addicts
Date Posted: 9/1/2010 8:28 AM ET
Member Since: 4/10/2010
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Yep, you read it right.

AMATEUR fitness addicts. This thread can be for those who enjoy the idea of exercising and the idea of eating healthy, but haven't really gotten into a designated routine yet. I've got several ideas I want to try to get whipped into shape, but sometimes I lack the motivation. Figured this would be a good way to get motivation...find some motivators.


So ... what are you all doing to get motivated? Started any exercising routines? Are you completely addicted yet or addicted to the idea? let me know!

Date Posted: 9/4/2010 8:38 PM ET
Member Since: 4/2/2010
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One of the best things to do to get motivated is to make sure you're multi-tasking.  Put your stationary bike or treadmill where you can watch your Tivo/DVR on your TV while working out.  That way you can watch exactly what you want, which makes the exercise time go by a lot faster.  Also, create a spreadsheet of your weight loss.  But really, you just got to start doing it.  It's worth it; you'll feel much better if you workout regularly. 

My routine is as follows.  I workout at least 6 days a week, if not 7.  I start each session by stretching for 10 minutes, then 35 minutes on the stationary bike while watching TV, then I lift free weights and/or use resistance bands for 20 minutes, then I do some push-ups/squats/sit-ups.  I don't do the weight training every single day but at least 3-4 times a week.  And some days, I will go to the mall and walk for 40 minutes instead of riding the stationary bike. 

I used to weigh 270 on a 5'7" frame about 6 months ago, so I was way overweight and thus had high blood pressure and sleep apnea.  I now weigh 230 and feel much better and have a lot more energy.  If I hadn't been doing the weight training, I'd probably be down to like 210 pounds, since muscle weighs more than fat.  My goal is to get down to 170 or so. 

Date Posted: 9/20/2010 6:09 PM ET
Member Since: 10/3/2007
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If exercise is your goal, then you have to figure out what you'd love to do.  For me, it's dancing so I got a bunch of dance dvds from swapadvd.com.  If I have a video with good music and an upbeat instructor - I can get myself through any workout and look foward to doing a different one the next day.  I'm at the point now where I become crabby if I don't exercise regularly. 

If you do something you love, then it becomes easy to make anything a routine.