Nov 29 2007

Exercise…it could save your life!

Being healthy and physically fit absolutely fits in with a frugal lifestyle. Maintaining your health means fewer doctor’s visits, prescriptions, problems, and a longer life.

That said, I am horrible at fitting exercise into my daily life.

I was a runner in high school and on the track and cross-country teams. I worked out 2-3 hours per day, and lifted weights at least once per week. For awhile, I even took a weight training class as a part of my school day.

I could run for hours, could almost bench press my body weight, and I felt great.

I was in the best shape of my life and I’m letting that go tumbling down a jagged, flaming hill of health problems and misery.

I’ve gained maybe 10-15 pounds since my running days and I’m still nowhere near being classified as “overweight,” yet I’m quite unhealthy.

My resting pulse is high, I have little energy, I have trouble sleeping, and I’m just generally on the path to health problems on down the road.

Time to step it up. Right now.

I need to start slow. If I don’t, I’ll get discouraged or injured. But I absolutely need to fit exercise into my daily life and I’m blogging about this for accountability.

I have a Pilates DVD that I really love. I bought it for about $10 on Amazon and I really enjoy the 30-minute workout. I just need to push “Play” and actually do it, ya know?

Also, my apartment complex has a workout room that residents can use at no additional cost.

“Excuse me? Kacie? You silly goose, you have access to a free workout room and you don’t use it?” you’re probably saying to yourself.

Yeah, I know. It’s absurd. I’m already paying for access to this workout room (it’s included in my rent somehow).

The gym isn’t fancy–just a treadmill, stationary bike, and some weight machines. Still, it’s enough to work up a sweat.

Oh, and there’s a TV in the workout room. With cable. Quite an incentive for someone who has over-the-airwaves TV, ya know?

I don’t want to start running outside again. My body is in no state to handle that right now–it would be disastrous. Plus, I’m not even sure if I like running anymore.

I’d like to know a few things:-What do you do for exercise?

-How do you stay motivated? 



7 Responses to “Exercise…it could save your life!”

  1. My best incentive for exercising was wanting to get out of the house and to have an exercise buddy. It had been a long time since I last exercised but around this time last year I started exercising again. I found someone to exercise with and I also found the Y. The membership is $64 a month but that includes free babysitting for up to 1.5 hrs everyday. So I saw it as an opportunity to allow my son interaction with other children and I got adult interaction as well. It’s money well spent for us. I only stopped exercising when I hit week 34 of my pregnancy and I was very reluctant to stop but I physically couldn’t anymore. I think that last kickboxing session put me out of commission. Now I am thinking of when I will be back. My son is already missing his activities and I am missing my classes.
    For exercise I do aerobics. I love step. I also like pilates but haven’t found a good class. Otherwise when I just go to the gym I do the elliptical and weights.
    Try to see if you can find someone to go to the gym with. It’s so much easier and then you encourange each other. It’s a win-win situation really.

  2. Staying motivated usually happens when I see results (either in how I look or how I feel). I was doing really well int the late spring early summer (before it got hot) and then somewhat earlier this fall. I went out walking today (it was beautiful… 54 degrees with some sun and only slight breeze.)

    That is what I do… I walk. And I’m not impressive either… I don’t walk fast. We figured that it is a 1/2 mile to the end of the street and back (if I add on the distance beyond my house to the other end it adds like another 1/10 of a mile). It takes me about 10 minutes to do a lap. That’s a 20 minute mile! Not anything real impressive, and to tell you the truth, I rarely get out of breath or sweaty (unless it is hot and humid… and then I probably didn’t go out). I wondered if I was doing myself any good… but in 9 months between the birth of my son and learning I was pregnant again I lost almost 30 pounds… and walking was a big part of that! Not to mention I noticed nicer shape to my hips, thighs and back side than I’ve seen in years. :) (That was my favorite part!)

    So… my advice to you… at least while you get started: find out when some TV show is on that you really want to see (personally I would pick one of those redecorating/organizing shows on TLC) and go down to that “already paying for it anyway” tredmill and walk (at a nice comfortable/not fast pace) while you watch your show! The best part about the not fast pace??? You don’t need to change into workout clothes. I rarely feel the need to shower after because I didn’t get sweaty (this is often a deterant… I feel like the whole process takes too long). Hey… it’s at least a pain free way to start! And I hear it is enough to do some good! :)

    Ok, sorry, this was a book!
    Blessings!

  3. I hear ya! I just recently joined a local gym and its a great deal! Its a national chain that appears to be growing by leaps and bounds. Its called Snap Fitness (www.snapfitness.com) and most locations are just small storefronts in strip malls. However, the equipment is top notch and its only $35 a month!!!! And, if you want unlimited tanning, its an additional $10 per month. I figure its just over a $1 per day and very close to home. Its very affordable for equipment that is just as good, if not better, than the bigger gyms around town. Plus, its key-card access and open 24/7. I love that aspect since I can only go after the kiddos are in bed and hubby is home. (which means I don’t start exercising until 8:30pm…)

    I have found that it gives me some “ME” time to unwind and work off stress. I take my MP3 player and walk on the treadmill while I watch my favorite TV shows. Its hard staying motivated to go though. That’s the only drawback.

  4. Curves offers a very fun workout that is easy to learn, and meeting people there and having them to talk to is very motivating. It is pretty expensive though. Most places charge $29-$39 a month. And the joining fees are usually $150. There are some ways to save money on this. Every March or April, Curves has a promotion that allows you to join for free if you bring in a bag of groceries for the soup kitchen. Every October they offer big discounts if you bring in proof of a mammogram. And for those of us too young to need a mammogram, some locations will offer the discount anyway, or offer it if we donate to breast cancer research. And one last way to get a great deal on a membership at Curves is to get a job there. They usually only need people three or four hours a week. So, if you could do one evening shift a week, you could get a free membership plus bring in a little extra money. I know this wouldn’t work for everyone, but I worked at a Curves for the past year before I moved, and it was so much fun, didn’t take up a lot of time, and I made such good friends!

  5. While it’s really important to set aside chunks of time to work out, it’s helpful to view fitness as a lifestyle. Though it’s harder in the winter months, don’t drive if you can walk or ride a bicycle. Walk briskly with good posture while you run your errands. Take a few minutes to do some stretches or crunches while you watch television. Try to plan “fun” activities around fitness. Instead of taking a weekend drive, why not a hike or a bike ride? Borrow a friend’s dog and take it for a walk (half the fun of owning a dog, none of the expense).

  6. I became an aerobics instructor when I was in college, then added teaching yoga. You are motivated because you HAVE to go teach your class, people respect your scheduled time because it’s like a job, you get paid for the class ($15-30 per depending on the city), AND you get a free gym membership! Win win and it’s easier to learn that you might think.

  7. Great advice! I absolutely love TLC and really miss some of those shows–so I probably would watch that channel.

    I hope I can get off my duff and get over there!

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