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Plenty Of Time To Think - Fitness

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

I joined our local YMCA about 4 years ago as a last ditch effort to improve my fitness. At that time I also got myself a Personal Trainer so I have several fitness routines written out. I was very dedicated at first and met with my Trainer monthly. Then I started thinking it was ridiculous to just have her stand there watching me do my routine. It felt like it was becoming more of a social hour as we chatted throughout the entire routine instead of her challenging me, encouraging me, inspiring me, etc. So I changed Trainers and got just what I was looking for. At first I met with her monthly until we got to know each other and set up a few new routines. Then I cut back to every other month trying to make my dollars stretch further. Then the pandemic set in and all fitness centers closed.

This past year has been difficult as we all know. I went from active to a slug bug couch potato. During the summer I did do outside gardening and walking, but those activities do not provide the same exertion level for me that the Cardio equipment at the Y provides. I was elated when the gyms were allowed to open back up. Or so I thought. Despite the Y's best efforts, some people are not following the rules and that makes me anxious. Group classes (I have 2 faves) have also been banned despite proper distancing guidelines.

The end result is that I have been very inconsistent in regards to my fitness. On one hand I seem to prefer to "just sit" , yet on the other hand I feel eager to "get moving"! I have been really struggling with these thoughts since mid-November. I still have 2 Trainer sessions paid for that I have not been able to use yet, but despite that I have had thoughts of letting my Y membership go by the wayside and trying it alone at home.

One of the big factors that brought me to the Y originally was the equipment. I have none at home. I could either invest in home equipment, which is very expensive, or use the Y's. Now a couple things are influencing my thoughts. One is our DD. On her Christmas list this year was 15# and 30# free weights and a Slam Ball. Wow! She is such an inspiration to me in so many ways! The other influence has been KALLISWALKER. In several of her blogs she has talked about her Y-tube Fitness Streak so I went to the internet to check it out. Have you seen all of the available options? OMG, there is a gazillion! ! ! Take a look.

I had surgery on my foot today and will need to stay off from it for at least 2 -3 weeks. Today I searched out a 10 minute Seated Upper Body video on Y-tube. It was great! I know that SP has a library of Seated Fitness Routines also that I can use. I'm still a bit nervous about giving up my Y membership because during the winter months I really depend on their Elliptical machines when it is just too dangerous for me to walk outside on the icy sidewalks/roads.

Just wondering what all of you think about using home vs fitness center. Which do you use? Do you feel like you get an adequate challenge? What equipment is your favorite? Anything else to consider?
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    Me again...I came across a Spark team called Working Out at Home. Sure there are more...hadn’t thought of looking for team. Best wishes!
    47 days ago
    I’m a gym girl! Not sure why...I don’t really need a partner to meet up with but I find that having others around with common fitness interests/goals motivating. I really enjoy being in a class or two per week. None at the gym anymore but a local AquaFit pool class reopened in July! I love outdoor walking but resort to treadmills and elliptical some times due to weather. My small local ladies fitness place closed with COVID and then COVID rules being the final straw and will not reopen. Ugh! I joined DH gym in town since October. Liking it ok. Next week, I’m restarting a small yoga class I lead once a week! Yay! Like, you, most of the COVID time I spent gardening and outdoor walking. I TRIED, really, I did try, to do online yoga but it was very hit and miss... I also randomly use YouTube workouts but...not consistently. I once had a really nice treadmill that I used off and on in spurts for a few years, but as it became more off than on, I passed it on. I am fortunate to have many options. I may be crossing some COVID lines but I’m using public workout places that are open. Totally and respectively an individual choice. My fitness is as much for my mental health as my physical! I have more trouble sticking to nutrition goals than fitness goals. Ugh! I have lost my this past couple of years but managing to hold on to my initial weight loss. I am discouraged with destructive eating patterns, but I will never quit trying and I will not go back to the fat, unhappy me... ONWARD in 2021!

    Best tips I can offer is set a work out time even at home, buy minimal equipment until you commit to videos and body weight exercises. But then again, you are worth the investment if you wish to buy something awesome for yourself! Pelaton, perhaps!?! The ads sure are enticing.

    Keep it simple and just keep moving! This too shall pass.

    Thanks for the Spark! Great blogs to get me considering and reminding me of all the resources available, much with the same message. Gotta put forth the effort!

    P.S. Let us know how you decide to proceed.

    47 days ago
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    56 days ago
    Hmmm ... I use to go to a gym. Then I bought a good treadmill when they were on sale. I use it ... infrequently. There's something about being with others that's motivating.

    With that said ... I have dusted off my said treadmill and plan to use it 5x a week. Check on me in the weeks to come to see how I'm doing.
    56 days ago
    Thanks for letting me know you read my blog and want to try new exercises.

    Sometimes in the evening before bedtime I do a seated exercise with Donovan Green. You may want to see if there is something of interest for you.


    He has such easy to follow exercises. When he says engage your abs, then says 'like someone is going to punch you in the stomach'... tada for the first ever I learned how to 'engage my abs'.

    I like hasfit and body project too. There are different levels of intensity from seated senior to quite intense.

    I hope you find something that works for you. It feels good to make a healthy habit that fits into your current lifestyle.

    I am cheering for you.

    56 days ago
    My health club membership is on hold due to Covid. I really miss it. I'm not as disciplined on my own as when I show up for a class.
    56 days ago
    Yes, it has been a challenging year, to say the least, but sounds like you're coming up w/solutions!

    HUGS and all the best in 2021.

    57 days ago
    I do my exercise either on my treadmill or outside. I have tried a gym but didn’t like it. I did like my yoga class but it’s not working into my schedule right now.
    57 days ago
    I do all my exercise at home. I have in the past been a Y member for a bit. I had done curves for a short while as well. I do have a treadmill and I believe it was a great investment for me because I live in Northern Minnesota and some times we get -40 below zero streaks and outdoor exercise is not an option. I also use several DVD workouts, I even bought a step and a step DVD, they still make those lol. I use free weights and I bought a used spin bike for $25 off a buy and sell group on Facebook. I plan on buying another sunny fitness spin bike soon so that my daughter and I can work out together. They aren't too expensive new on the sunny website. I do sit ups too and am ready to put some yoga and palates in place as well. You can do so much from home! exercise bands, walk videos, chair videos.
    57 days ago
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