Okay I admit it. I’m not big on exercising. I know I should. I know I have to. I want to feel better. I don’t like to exercise. I have all kinds of excuses not to do it.
There. Now that I have admitted that I have a problem, I can fix it. Right?
I know that I have to take this one step at a time and not let my failures dissuade me from doing what is best. So I asked myself a few questions.
What activities do I actually like to do?
When I was younger, I loved to roller skate. The problem is that as I get older and more sedentary, my body tolerates things like roller skating even less. I think I will have to work up to that activity. Plus the closest roller rink to me is just over 15 miles away so it is not something I could do every day. I would not even attempt roller skating outside until I was in better shape.
I like to dance and used to like aerobics. Am I showing my age here? If I have trouble getting motivated to actually do any type of exercise, I don’t think that I want to purchase a membership to a gym of some type yet. I do know myself well enough to know that paying a monthly membership fee would not be motivating enough. I would probably end up being one of the many thousands of people that keep gyms in business because they pay for memberships that they don’t use.
What can I do that will not cost a lot?
I’m not ready to buy a gym membership. I don’t want to go out and purchase some expensive piece of equipment yet. First I have to prove to myself that I will keep up with the exercising and then I can put money into it.
What can I do that I will keep up with all year long?
Kids at home, extreme weather during some of the year (I’m in Texas)… I know myself well enough to know that if I don’t work around these things then I will be less likely to follow through.
What fits the bill?
Okay, so I know that walking would fit this pretty well, but maybe I could get some of that dance enjoyment from using at home aerobic DVD’s?
So that is what I tried first. Here is what I learned about that.
Choose low-impact beginner workouts
I tried to choose some dance workouts that said beginner, but I soon learned that some of those were too much. Any workout gets boring if you can’t do most of the movements.
Don’t pay that much for aerobic DVD’s
With online retailers, thrift stores, and discount retailers, you absolutely do not need to pay that much for aerobic workout DVD’s. Like exercise equipment, people buy the DVD’s and then donate them or sell them for cheap prices when they are through with them. Buy those ones.
Warm ups are important
This was a BIG thing. I was doing a ten minute a day workout program. I figured, “Hey, I can handle ten minutes, no problem.” Yeah, right? The warm up, if there was one, was not long enough and I injured my shoulder in the process. Can anyone say “Setback”?
After spending some very painful days nursing an injured shoulder, I wanted to quit. No exercise was worth that pain. I had purchased five different aerobic DVD’s and I took all of them, except one, to Goodwill. Good thing I didn’t pay that much for them to begin with.
What about you?
What types of exercise has been a hit for you?
What types of exercise has been a miss for you?