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Monday, September 14, 2009

On Becoming an Exerciser

I am the black sheep in my family.

I don't exercise.

With a well-known fitness instructor for a mother, and a former BYU football player for a father, sports and fitness were just a part of growing up. One of my brothers now owns an Anytime Fitness in Seattle, all three of them played high school sports, and two on a collegiate level. They all still work out pretty regularly and are in great shape.

But I am rebellious.

I hate to exercise. I mean, there are much better things to do, right?

But alas, I have reached a point in my life where I have realized if I don't become an exerciser, I am really going to pay for it in the not-too-distant future.

So, an exerciser I will become.

You might remember I mentioned this to my friend Rae right before I moved. Well, today marks exactly one month since I arrived in Houghton, and my exercise bike still sits unused (unless you count "storage rack" as one of the uses for an exercise bike). The only exercise I have gotten is walking the girls to and from the bus stop (one block) or carting laundry upstairs and downstairs a couple times a day. Oh, and there's that one time I decided to walk the girls to the park that's maybe three blocks away. But it is uphill both ways. Not even joking about that.

Still not enough.

It's time to make good on my word and get working out.

Right after I do the dishes and the laundry, make my bed and clean the bathrooms.

29 comments :

  1. if you do it long enough, and find that thing you actually enjoy, you'll get to where you go bonkers without it. The best thing that has happened to me is my 3-4 hours a week where I clear my mind, breathe hard, and drip sweat. I think the clearing the mind is the most important part.

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  2. I haven't exercised in about 3 1/2 months. I really have no excuse anymore, now that I get home around 8 PM again. I need to get back on the elliptical.

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  3. Hey-the dishes and laundry and other housework TOTALLY count as a good warm-up:)

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  4. I'm not a big excerciser either. Even though I go every day I really have to gear myself up for it. But what I found is that I have to do something I like. I can't stand DVDs or videos, I just can't. I have a whole shelf of them, but everytime I look there i get sick. So I walk outside. Now, I know the cold snows of winter are soon going to be upon you...but it's a thought. Another thing I try to do is incorporate excerecise into the things you already do...you're alreay doing that by walking the girls to the bus stop and the park. But I can say that excercise has made a big difference in my over all well being. And it's helped to get my blood pressure into a healthy range with out medicine.

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  5. Didn't you know that house cleaning counts towards exercise? Thats about all i get too! Good luck Lara! :)

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  6. Doesn't doing the dishes, laundry, cleaning the bathrooms all count as excersize? If not..Darn, that means I have to get busy moving as well.

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  7. We both know I hate exercisisng, but there are a lot of benefits. Frankly, your girls are gone the whole freaking day. What else are you gonna do? :)

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  8. Find a friend and exercise together.
    At least, it's the only thing that works for me, to know my friend is expecting me to come, and that it would be totally uncool not to show up.
    Of, course, you have to know a friend, which I know is not easy when you're new in town.

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  9. I'll get back to exercising soon. I used to be vigilant about it--for about 6 years straight, it was 5-6 days a week. I was awesome. But now I get exercised-induced headaches often, so I'm scared to exercise. If I go a few minutes too long or too hard, I could be laid out for 8 hours. And my hips are messed up, but I'm working with a chiropractor on that. I'm hoping that soon I can get things fixed enough that I won't fear the treadmill anymore, because I know that when I DO exercise, my moods are more even. That alone is worth the effort. I FEEL better. My kids deserve that in their mom.

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  10. Good luck getting started! I know it's not easy.

    (P.S. I love the fact that the park is uphill both ways!)

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  11. We must be on the same wavelength, because I finally got off my toosh this morning and (after having Matt put my bike on the trainer) rode for twenty minutes. Not a lot, but it had me sweating and breathing hard, and feeling just a little better about myself. :)

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  12. I honestly used to hate it. HATE it. And you know that I don't anymore. Running was my answer, but you'll find yours.

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  13. Household chores are not exercise??!! Oh no, I'm in trouble!:)

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  14. Hey -- cleaning is definitely exercise! But I know what you mean about working out. I'm not in love it with it, but I'm in love with how I feel when I'm done. I have no tips but I've heard it takes a few months to make something a habit, so just keep doing it long enough!

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  15. Hey - if you figure it out, let me know your secret. I'm dyin' over here.

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  16. Five mornings a week when I drag myself out of bed and exercise for an hour, I tell myself, "If this were easy, everyone would do it." I know you can do it too!

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  17. Yeah, that early commenter was right. You do it long enough and this super weird thing happens where you kind of start to like it. So strange.

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  18. I have the most success when I exercise with other people because I have to be accountable. Good luck!

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  19. I have been trying to become an exerciser too. Been getting up at 6:30 weekday mornings to work out with our exchange student. Harder to slack off when you're doing it with someone...

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  20. Lara, one of your greatest talents is that when you decide you want to do something or become something, you jump right in and do it or become it. I have no doubt that exercising will be treated the same way. --Amanda B.

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  21. Boy do I know what you mean! I've struggled with this all my life. I love how I feel afterwards, and once I just get started and do it every day then I am fine and feeling great and my moods are great too. When I even miss one day, it is so hard to get started again. I've been slackin big time this year. So... I will join you in your goal and just get started movin' and will work hard in keeping it a daily routine.

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  22. I'm a lousy exerciser and it shows. *Sigh* back to work...

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  23. If only walks to the bus stop & back would fulfill our daily exercise requirements. sigh.

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  24. Ah, come on everyone! Just turn on your TV's to BYUTV and work out with us on Total Body Workout! If not, you can have a good laugh!

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  25. Exercise is one of those things for me that I can get into...if I can get into it...I do enjoy it once I get started...but oh what a hard process to get into. Good luck!

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  26. I am just like you when it comes to exercise...I know I should but there are so many other things I'd rather be doing or have to do !

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  27. I totally understand where you're coming from. I hate to exercise as well. Who has the time, right? Well, I've finally started exercising regularly. Now to just get better eating habits....

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  28. I just started the couch to 5K program this week. I'm hoping that easing into it will help me stick with it. I really WANT to be one of those folks who loves to run. I just don't.

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  29. I used to hate to exercise but it is such a big part of my life now. It becomes a habit and then I just can't miss. Good luck, starting is the hard part.

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