barriers to exercise

TMOORE1 - 11:04AM PDT, Mar 18th 2012

tmoore1

Here's another thread for those of us with 100+ pounds to lose:

We all know we need to eat less and exercise more.

What are some of the things that are keeping you from exercising?


TMOORE1 - 11:11AM PDT, Mar 18th 2012

tmoore1

To answer my own question:

Fear & Shame.

There's no way I can explain out loud how scared I was to go to the gym.

Gyms are intimidating places anyway. But to go there as a grossly obese, 50-something year old woman... it took more courage that I thought I had. I was afraid of....

everything.

I was ashamed to haul my big ol' body in there.
I didn't have any cool workout clothes (of course) so I wore baggy old comfy things. <ashamed>
I was afraid I wouldn't fit on any of the machines.
I was afraid that the equipment would break out from under me.
I was afraid that I would hurt myself.
I was afraid that I'd break a bone, or pop a joint, or increase the pain I already had in my feet and legs, or have that big heart attack/stroke that I always "knew" was waiting for me.
I was afraid I wouldn't be able to to whatever the trainer would devise for me.
I was afraid, afraid, afraid.

But I did it. I'm not sure where I found the courage.

Toni

HW390 CW244 GW180


SDTROGDON - 2:26AM PDT, Mar 19th 2012

sdtrogdon
USA

"What are some of the things that are keeping you from exercising?"

If I am totally honest, (and I am not proud of what I am getting ready to say) I would have to say that I don't exercise just because I don't feel like it. So the next obvious question...

"Why don't you feel like it?"

For many different reasons. First of all, I have alot of health problems. Fibromyalgia for starters. Chronic fatigue is one of the symptoms of Fibro. I am tired most of the time and also have alot of pain. Secondly, I am a very emotional person. And like all emotional people, I have a huge tendency to live by my feelings. So, if I feel like being undisciplined and don't want to go, I won't. I am not sure I would call it lazy, but maybe I am? Thirdly, I keep having terrible hot flashes, that prevent me from doing alot of things I used to. Those alone are pretty miserable. And fairly constant.

I was never really afraid to go to the gym. I did feel a little self-conscious in the weight room though, because of my size. Apparently, all the high school cheerleaders in Rowan County use my branch of the YMCA to "work out". (And believe me, I use the term "work out" lightly!) All these tiny teenage social butterflies flit around in their cute little gym outfits, carrying their water bottles and towels, and do nothing but stand around and flirt, talk, and laugh. A few of them have looked at me like I am Godzilla. Like maybe they are afraid I am going to eat them.

Well, I have at last found my way to the pool. It is the only exercise I can do right now. The water supports my weight, is easy on my joints, and keeps me cool. Hooray for the pool!! (And I am SO beyond caring what I look like in a bathing suit. But no one ever looks at me weird, which is a plus!)

So I guess, in summary, my only obstacle is myself. I need to stop living by my feelings or my life will be in turmoil. I need to do what is right and good, regardless of how I feel. If there are any Christ-followers out there reading this, who want to pray for me in this area, I would welcome the extra prayers and support.


DEEANN - 1:08PM PDT, Mar 19th 2012

deeann
Illinois

"What are some of the things that are keeping you from exercising?"

1. I have no energy. Yes, I know exercise will produce more energy, but the oomph to take that first step seems to elude me more often than not.
2. I don't stand up for myself and what *I* want/need to do. I let others dictate my activities. Like in the mornings, when I do have a little energy, and meet my co-worker at the gym, we usually spend about 25-30 minutes exercising in the water, then sit in the hot tub, the dry sauna, and then the steam room. Now, If I were to do things MY way, I would spend 45 minutes in the water/exercising and then just hit ONE of the other three places.

Now that the weather is getting nicer, I'm hoping to be able to push myself a little more in the evenings and get out for a walk before or after dinner.


Dee

HW 320 :bang:
SW 298 Joined 4/8/05
Lowest 163.3 (10/7/06)
GW 161

March start = 258.8

Current Pic=Vicki(LUCKDUCK2) & me during a visit summer 2006.


TAINATLC - 10:03PM PDT, Mar 19th 2012

tainatlc
Chicago

"What are some of the things that are keeping ME from exercising?"

I am experience knee joint pain. :beatup: I used to enjoy walking. I am trying to build activitiy into my day for starts. I use to get to work at 9am and I can stay in my seat until 6pm if I bring my lunch to work. So now I have set my phone at 10:30, 12:30 and 4:30 for meals, short walks on the work floor and 'bathroom break'. That is helping. I like my recumbent bike, but the knees hurt when I start, become a little bariable and then hurt again. I was trying to avoid the dr. I am starting to think this is rediculous, I am just being cheap and putting everyone else first.

The 'want' is there, now I am challenged with my body agreeing with my mind to do it. I can only do 8 minute cardio...but working to increase when I can. I thought in 2 months that I could at least do 15 minutes.:huh:

Taina
I can do this...I know I can. It's just going to take time & patience.

HW - 325.8
SW [2/9] - 320
CW [3/14] - 312.3
3/31 -50lb - 303
IW[10%] - 282
GW - 130


DEEANN - 6:04AM PDT, Mar 20th 2012

deeann
Illinois

Taina, I can so relate to your post. Pain makes it hard, and not wanting to spend the money, makes it harder. Been there, done that.

I also have a job where I sit all day. I just read an article that said we can boost our metabolism if we get up and walk (at a moderate easy pace) for TWO minutes every twently minutes. And that that would add up to 48 minutes of exercise over an eight hour period. They sited a study that had people either Not Walk, Walk fast on a treadmill, or walk at a slow to moderate pace on the treadmill. Walking did a lot better than not walking, but the speed of the walk didn't make that much of a difference.

I'm going to try to get up and walk around my office for a minute or two 2-3 times each hour.

Good luck on your journey here. We can do it !!!

Dee

HW 320 :bang:
SW 298 Joined 4/8/05
Lowest 163.3 (10/7/06) :rock1:
GW 161

March start = 258.8 :rolling1:

Current Pic=Vicki(LUCKDUCK2) & me during a visit summer 2006.


TMOORE1 - 10:43AM PDT, Mar 20th 2012

tmoore1

Taina - first, GREAT signature line! Love it.

Yeah, pain is a big spectre hanging over all of us. We hurt because we don't exercise, then when we exercise, it hurts. Arg. The trick is getting yourself out of that trap. I think what you're doing is perfect for you now. Do a little whenever you can. Dee's two minute walk idea is great also.

Did you read Shannon's post about water exercise? Have you ever tried that? At my biggest, water aerobics was the only exercise I could do. (And, incidently, about the only time I was free of pain, when I was boyant in water, I mean.) It doesn't have to be an organized class if that doesn't work for you. Just getting in the water and walking is super good for your joints. Increases mobility and builds muscle, without impacting joints.

Toni

HW390 CW244 GW180


TAINATLC - 4:03PM PDT, Mar 21st 2012

tainatlc
Chicago

Thanks all for the support....working on it. I was in a lot of pain yesterday...today I am feeling better. I have a couple of things I am going to focus on in the upcoming week. You all are great!!!:)
Taina
I can do this...I know I can. It's just going to take time & patience.

HW - 325.8
SW [2/9] - 320
CW [3/21] - 311.7
3/31 -50lb - 303
IW[10%] - 282
GW - 130


DEEANN - 4:14PM PDT, Mar 21st 2012

deeann
Illinois

What a positive attitude. WTG!! That give me a little motivation to try to do better.

:thumbu2:

Dee

HW 320 :bang:
SW 298 Joined 4/8/05
Lowest 163.3 (10/7/06) :rock1:
GW 161

March start = 258.8 :rolling1:

Current Pic=Vicki(LUCKDUCK2) & me during a visit summer 2006.


TMOORE1 - 11:33AM PDT, Mar 23rd 2012

tmoore1

Here's another barrier to exercise:

Those !&$*#*@ mirrors in the gym.

Am I the only one who hates those?

Okay, okay, I know. The mirrors are there so people can watch their form, to make sure they're doing the exercises correctly and safely. I hate 'em anyway. First, I think they add to the intimidation factor. Bad enough there's all this weird/scary equipment, but then there are MIRRORS everywhere? Ugh.

I sorta spent many years avoiding mirrors (scales, too). Now I'm in grubby gym clothes (that's a whole 'nother issue...) and all sweaty... like I want to see that? I've been going to the gym for 2+ years now and I still can't get used it. I can't help but see myself in them occasionally and I invariably have some goofy expression on my face. And let's just say that some of those exercises put a person into some awkard-looking positions. Ugh. Hate it.

Fortunately, embarassment is not terminal. And I know I'm there doing something good for myself. I know it's good for me, I know it is I know it is I know it is....

Toni

HW390 CW244 GW180


COOKIEMONSTER - 2:15PM PDT, Mar 24th 2012

cookiemonster
SW Arizona

Hi. I'm so glad to see that this forum is being used. I just went to the gym today and signed up for a 30 day guided fitness class. My co-worker has been trying to get me to go to the gym for the past 8 months, but I just wasn't ready. I'm absolutely terrified and embarrassed to take these classes. I'm very introverted and don't enjoy new experiences or meeting new people. I'm really scared to do this, but I feel like I need to hop out of my comfort zone for once in my life. I don't know what the other participants will think of me or how they will treat me. The full length mirrors are another hurdle to get over all together. Being 125 pounds over weight, I wonder if I'm even going to be able to do it... We'll see on Monday if I have what it takes. It's so nice to find out that I'm not alone in all of this.

Elizabeth


DEEANN - 6:03PM PDT, Mar 25th 2012

deeann
Illinois

Oh yes! Hate the mirrors! I prefer to be as far back in the class (greatest distance from the mirrors), hoping other participants will block my view as much as possible.

:$


Dee

HW 320 :bang:
SW 298 Joined 4/8/05
Lowest 163.3 (10/7/06) :rock1:
GW 161

March start = 258.8 :rolling1:

Current Pic=Vicki(LUCKDUCK2) & me during a visit summer 2006.


TMOORE1 - 7:12PM PDT, Mar 25th 2012

tmoore1

Oh gawd! The mirrors are in aerobics classes too! I had forgotten about that. I don't much do land classes.

I tried a zumba class once... Just once. let's just say that I'm not built for zumba. :-)

I guess that brings up a good point to remember: It's okay to try new things. Sometimes they work out, sometimes they don't. LOL. Just regroup and move on!

Toni

HW390 CW244 GW180


TMOORE1 - 7:22PM PDT, Mar 25th 2012

tmoore1

Elizabeth, just saw your post..

<High five!> for joining a gym! That's a HUGE accomplishment. Be proud. Don't forget to feel good about yourself for just taking that first step. You go girl.

As I posted above (I guess I'm reading posts backwards) don't be afraid to try different things. If the first class you try doesn't work for you, don't let that set you back. Just shrug it off and try something else.

Is IS scary. It IS embarrassing. It IS difficult. Don't let anybody (even yourself) trivialize it. But it also something you NEED to do. First step: check! you did it. Now just keep going.

If it helps, everybody at my gym has always been super friendly and nice. Nobody has ever made fun of me; they've all turned out to be great support. People want you to succeed, Elizabeth. Believe it.

Start a new thread next week - let us know how it's going!

Toni

HW390 CW244 GW180


COOKIEMONSTER - 8:05PM PDT, Mar 25th 2012

cookiemonster
SW Arizona

Toni- Thanks so much for your encouragement. The way I look at it, of all the participants, I'll probably need these classes the most. So, instead of feeling out of place, I should believe that I'm right where I'm supposed to be. Hard to get my head in the right place sometimes. You mentioned in one of your posts that you're from Tucson. I'm in Yuma and my sister works for the U of A.

Elizabeth


TMOORE1 - 10:21AM PDT, Mar 28th 2012

tmoore1

Continuing this thread, here's another barrier to exercise that I'm suprised nobody has mentioned:

Money.

I'm not rich by any means, but I know that I'm lucky that my husband & I can afford a membership at a full-service, 24/7 gym.

For those of you for whom cash is tight right now, what are you doing?

Toni

HW390 CW244 GW180


DEEANN - 6:34AM PDT, Apr 3rd 2012

deeann
Illinois

I feel very fortunate here. My employer reimburses me for 50% of my membership if I go 8 or more times a month OR 100% if I go 12 or more times in a month. They don't reimburse for DH, but it's only an additional $24 a month for him. They don't reimburse for personal trainers and I so wish I could afford that.

Even if we couldn't do the health club, I have plenty of equipment at home that I've collected over the past 7 years. We bought an elliptical when a local store went out of business, and saved to buy a stationary bike when DH first decided he was going to exercise too, AND a former boss of his gave us a really nice treadmill. I'm embarrassed to say that since I've put the weight back on, I've failed to uncover any of this stuff to exercise. I am SO tired in the evenings I can hardly move. I KNOW that exercise will change that, but taking that first step is SO hard.

Dee

HW 320 :bang:
SW 298 Joined 4/8/05
Lowest 163.3 (10/7/06) :rock1:
GW 161

March start = 258.8 :rolling1:

Current Pic=Vicki(LUCKDUCK2) & me during a visit summer 2006.


SYDNEY - 7:49AM PDT, Apr 3rd 2012

sydney
Ventura, California

barriers i have all the stand by's
knee pain
money
totally embarrassed about my size
energy
i work to much
nobody to go with me...

truth is i will never run again i need to face it
even with the knee replacement i won't run another marathon :(

i would love to find a water exercise class when i lose *some* weight
i have palates at my finger tips anytime i want it ( i want to i need to get out from under

my taxes to free up money )
a personal trainer willing to come to me and be there support me
(she'll give a few freebies, but again a little $$$ even with the discount)

the energy on i struggle with alot
i know the more i move the more energy i have
i have no idea what it is about walking into my house and becoming
paralyzed to do anything else but sit there :huh::huh::huh::huh:





~ Sydney ~
**sw231~cw212**
:love: Healthy Habits :love:
231.....179....171....159.........115!
.......^......................................


DEEANN - 10:54AM PDT, Apr 3rd 2012

deeann
Illinois

" i have no idea what it is about walking into my house and becoming
paralyzed to do anything else but sit there "

Oh my! I've pretty much been doing the same thing. I often get a little dip in energy around 3 pm. When I get off at 4, it's sometimes passed and I'm okay (and sometimes not). But even when the dip in energy has passed, it consistenly dips back down on the way home and by the time I get home, I only have enough energy to just sit there with my lap top. Ugh!


Dee

HW 320 :bang:
SW 298 Joined 4/8/05
Lowest 163.3 (10/7/06) :rock1:
GW 161

March start = 258.8 :rolling1:

Current Pic=Vicki(LUCKDUCK2) & me during a visit summer 2006.


SYDNEY - 11:20AM PDT, Apr 3rd 2012

sydney
Ventura, California

funny i get the 3pm thing too.. lately i have been eating a piece of fruit and a string cheese
and it seems to work (i work 6:30 to5:30)
i have even have just had a fruit cup (like dole no sugar added)
and is a pretty good pick me up too

i try and say under 25gr a sugar a day...very hard to do
but when i do it.. and i DO eat sugar i can feel it!




~ Sydney ~
**sw231~cw212**
:love: Healthy Habits :love:
231.....179....171....159.........115!
.......^......................................


COOKIEMONSTER - 2:46PM PDT, Apr 3rd 2012

cookiemonster
SW Arizona

Dee- Help with the gym membership is such a nice benefit. If only they could do the exercise for you while they're at it. I hear you guys on the energy thing. After work, the last thing I want to do is sweat.

Sydney- How do you stay under 25 grams of sugar? That's got to be really tough. Good for you.


DEEANN - 3:45PM PDT, Apr 3rd 2012

deeann
Illinois

Oh, yeah! If someone could do the exercise for me, that'd be great - at least until they have me in good enough shape to have the energy to do it myself, lol.

Sometimes I do think the lack of energy is because I haven't eaten enough and other times I think it's just a mood thing.

25 grams of sugar seems almost impossible for me. I eat too much fruit. And I just checked... One medium banana and one medium apple together have 18 grams! I think my upper limit on my sugar target is 100 grams. I do feel it though when I over do it with sugar/carbs.

Dee

HW 320 :bang:
SW 298 Joined 4/8/05
Lowest 163.3 (10/7/06) :rock1:
GW 161

March start = 258.8 :rolling1:

Current Pic=Vicki(LUCKDUCK2) & me during a visit summer 2006.


TAINATLC - 8:20PM PDT, Apr 3rd 2012

tainatlc
Chicago

"What are some of the things that are keeping ME from exercising?"

I was experiencing knee joint pain and yesterday I got the cortisone shots in both knees. I found out that the left knee is damaged and would require more treatment. Both knees are experiencing arthirtis. So next week he is going to start a therapy that will lubricate the knee joint for 3 weeks. Next steps involve surgery, which I am hoping to avoid.:afraid2: With the drug therapy, I am hopeful this will buy me enought time to I take more pressure off my knee. So today little knee pain, so I am going to try to do some recumbent bike riding just to see how it goes. I am keeping in the back of my mind; that for every pound I lose I am remove 4 pounds of pressure from my knees. My hope is to turn this body into a well oil machine, I have a lot of life left and do want to enjoy it.

The 'want' is there, now I am challenged with my body to agree with my mind and do it.

Taina
I can do this...I know I can. It takes time & patience.

HW :326.3lbs, SW [2/9/12]:320.0lbs,
Feb: -6.6, Mar:-6.1 (307.3)
CW [4/2] - 307.8
5/1-50lb - 299.9
IW[10%] - 282
GW - 130


COOKIEMONSTER - 9:04PM PDT, Apr 3rd 2012

cookiemonster
SW Arizona

Taina- I'm so sorry to hear that you're having knee problems. Hopefully, the cortisone shots will give you some temporary relief. I have a friend who had both of her knees replaced and it made a world of difference. I'm impressed that you're still going to try to exercise. Be gentle with yourself.

Elizabeth


TAINATLC - 10:42PM PDT, Apr 3rd 2012

tainatlc
Chicago

Elizabeth,
Thanks for caring and the concern. I am going to keep it light....Recumbent bike helps to losen the knee when it was painful. I did 10 minutes tonight and I actually feel a little better. The other low impact thing I may do is just take some short casual walks and do a chair aerobic exercise at low intensity. It is important for me to keep the pattern of exercise going. I do not need right now to have an excuse not to try. Believe me, I am going to listen to my body. The knee injury I got 12 years ago, I was about 35 pounds lighter at that time I was told that the weight is causing more of the pain. Not sure I want to have surgery at my age, I am only 50. We are going to try the drug therapy first which will lubricate the knees...if that does not buy me enough time I would go for the surgery...just want to use it as a last alternative.

Taina
I can do this...I know I can. It takes time & patience.

HW :326.3lbs, SW [2/9/12]:320.0lbs,
Feb: -6.6, Mar:-6.1 (307.3)
CW [4/2] - 307.8
5/1-50lb - 299.9
IW[10%] - 282
GW - 130


JPSKITTS - 6:37AM PDT, Apr 4th 2012

jpskitts
Dallas, NC

My barriers to exercise are lack of time/energy, pain in my knees and feet, and the spectacle of watching me move.

I know they say that the more you move, the better you feel and the easier it gets, but by the end of the day I just can't bring myself to want to go and do a full-out exercise routine. I'm with Sydney and Dee on the "Living Room Paralysis.” Plus, my schedule is already pretty packed and it’s a battle to add another activity that is UN-fun for the same myriad of reasons listed above.

The best thing for me is the return of spring and the full-on gardening season. I can easily spend 2-3 hours in the evening lifting, squatting, hoeing, and raking without realizing it, and without eating. For me, it’s also mentally therapeutic. The soreness and cramps that hit the unused muscles in the first couple of weeks are no deterrent against the joy of planting the seeds and watching them grow. The catch is that I am a whole lot slower and don't get half as much done as I used to, which is the reason to stick with the program this time.

Taina-I know your pain when it comes to the knees! Wow...4lbs of pressure with each pound...didn't know that!

~Leslie Fay
HW:385
CW:375
GW:200


DEEANN - 1:29PM PDT, Apr 4th 2012

deeann
Illinois

Taina, good for you for taking the first step. A recumbent bike should be a good place to start. Also walking in the water would be good, especially if you can find a place (YWCA or gym) that has a "therapy" pool where the water is heated. When I FIRST started exercising (at 320 lbs) I used an AeroFit that I bought at a garage sale. I know they make similar by different names, but it's basically two long panels (kind of the shape of water/snow skis) that hang from the top of it and it had handles like some of the elliptical to hang onto/swing forward and back. You just stand on it and move your feet forward and backwards as well. It was very low impact with little to no knee movement. Anyway… let us know how the bike does for you.

Everybody, Looks like most of us are suffering from, as Leslie Fay put it so well, "Living Room Paralysis” and/or the lack of time. As I was reading her post, I was thinking it sounds like a good place for some of us to start is by putting extra steps in our day; you know the whole parking farther away, and making extra trips (being less 'efficient'). And then I remembered an article I read recently. It said that taking a TWO minute walk break every 20 minutes from a desk job, not only revved metabolism, but in an 8 hour day, added up to 48 minutes of walking. The article said that they didn't see much of a difference between the people that walked fast vs. the ones that just walked at a casual/moderate pace.

Now, I tried a couple times to do the every 20 minute thing and it was kind of hard because it felt like the next 20 minutes rolled around very quickly. BUT, I'm sure we could adapt it to our own schedules - be it 6 minutes every hour, 3 minutes every half hour, or whatever.


Dee

HW 320 :bang:
SW 298 Joined 4/8/05
Lowest 163.3 (10/7/06) :rock1:
GW 161

March start = 258.8 :rolling1:

Current Pic=Vicki(LUCKDUCK2) & me during a visit summer 2006.


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