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March 30th, 2010, 03:26 AM
:)Exercise, like broccoli, fiber and flossing, is good for you, but there are things about it that can drive you crazy. There are those annoying people at the gym, confusion about what to do and how to get started, sweating, watching the unmoving scale for weeks on end...it's no wonder that some of us would rather just not deal with it. No matter what you hate about exercise, I'll bet I can talk you into changing your mind. Check out the most annoying things about exercise and what you can do about them.

1. Annoying People at the Gym
Getty Images/StockbyteWhatever gym you go to, chances are you'll run into annoying people. There are the machine-hoggers, the perfume-wearers and the grunters. There's the guy who leaves his weights on the machine and the woman yelling into her cell phone. It's unfortunate, but anytime you put hoards of people into a small, sweaty space, there are bound to be problems.

How to Get Over It

?Workout at home: Set up your own home gym and get a great workout without the crowds
?Ignore them: Pop in your headphones and focus on your own workout
?Have a backup plan: Avoid machine-hoggers by having an alternate exercise plan
?Find a new gym: A smaller gym or private studio may offer fewer crowds
?Go on off hours: Early afternoon is a great time for a quiet workout

2. I Hate Sweating
Getty Images/Michael BlannSweat is a good thing because it's your body's way of keeping you cool and regulating your temperature. Unfortunately, it's also wet and stinky, which can be a problem if you don't have time or access to a shower. If you're tempted to skip your workout to avoid becoming a stinky, sweaty mess, these tips can help you.

How to Get Over It

?Use no rinse body wipes to clean up after your workout
?Wear sweat-wicking clothes: Fabrics like COOLMAX? and dri-fit allow sweat to evaporate, leaving you dry and less stinky
?Use antipersperant for your underarms and other areas where you tend to sweat. Just avoid using it on mucous membranes (nose, eyes and genitals) as it can cause irritation
?Try a dry shampoo to get fresh, clean hair without rinsing

3. It's Too Confusing
David Sutherland/Getty ImagesWith so much confusing information out there, it's easy to give up before you get started. Choosing the right workouts for the right number of days at the right time seems impossible, but there really is no 'right' way to do it.

How to Get Over It

?Start Anywhere: Whatever you do, the basic principles of exercise stand true. Start with the basics: Cardio, strength and flexibility and go from there
?Get Some Guidance: Hire a trainer or try a program such as this 30-Day Quick Start Guide or 6 Weeks to Fitness
?Keep It Simple: These simple strength and cardio workouts give you a place to start
?Focus on the Habit: Showing up for your workouts is more important in the beginning. Worry less about doing the right thing and more on just moving

4. It's Too Boring
Baerbel Schmidt/Getty ImagesMost workouts aren't going to be as fun as, say, lounging on a beach eating peeled grapes and most of us don't expect that. Still, too many people grind through workouts they don't like because they've been told it's the best way to exercise. Effective workouts are important, but they won't work if you don't do them.

How to Get Over It

?Make it Fun: Structured workouts are important, but fun workouts can breathe life into your routine. A sunny walk, exergames or a bike ride all count as exercise
?Get to Know Yourself: Find the treadmill soul-sucking? Maybe you'd enjoy kickboxing. Don't be afraid to give yourself permission to explore your options
?Change Things Up: Try a cardio medley or a fast-paced circuit workout to avoid zoning out

5. The Scale...Just...Won't...MOVE!
Peter Dazeley/Getty ImagesIntellectually, we understand that healthy weight loss means losing 1-2 pounds a week, but the reality of this can be depressing. After a week of sweating, lifting and watching every bite, seeing a 2-lb weight loss make you scream: "2 Pounds?! I ate broccoli! I did lunges! This is the thanks I get?"

How to Get Over It

?Ditch the Scale: The scale may not reflect your hard work. Use measurements or your body fat to track your progress
?Accept it: Weight loss is an up and down process and you can't control every aspect of it. Give your body time to respond to what you're doing
?Forget About Weight Loss: Forgetting about weight loss may motivate you more. Without that pressure, you can focus on how you feel rather than how you look

6. It Hurts
Getty Images/Barry AustinPhysical exertion can be uncomfortable at first and it's true that you need to challenge yourself if you want to change. However, that doesn't mean you should be in pain or miserable.

How to Get Over It

?Start Easy: Overdoing it causes pain and soreness. Start with beginner workouts to ease into exercise
?Monitor Your Intensity: Work at a moderate intensity and gradually increase it every week
?Back Off: If you can't breathe or feel overly fatigued, slow down to a comfortable pace
?Deal With Soreness: Soreness is normal for beginners, but it should go away. If you're sore every day, take extra rest days
?Avoid Pain: Never work through pain in the joints or muscles. Stop your workout and see your doctor if it doesn't clear up

7. It's Too Time Consuming
Getty Images/ballyscanlonIt's annoying that exercise takes time, isn't it? With so many other (more important) things to do, exercise often falls to the bottom of the priority list, especially if you don't fit it in first thing in the morning.

How to Get Over It

?Try Short Bouts of Exercise: Three 10-minute workouts can be just as effective as a continuous 30-minute workout and you can easily burn 100 calories in 10 minutes if you work hard enough?Don't Wait for the Perfect Time: Don't wait for your schedule to calm down because that may never happen. Find a way to fit it into your life now
?Make it a Priority: We make time for things we value. Finding out how exercise is important to you can help you find the motivation to stick with it

8. It's Hard to Stay Motivated
Getty Images/Barry AustinOf all the annoying things about exercise, the constant need for motivation may be the most frustrating. Every day, you have to wake up and find a reason to exercise, all while talking yourself out of all the things that stand in your way.

How to Get Over It

?Set Realistic Goals: Having something to work for can give you that extra nudge you need to get moving
?Don't Wait for It: Motivation doesn't just happen, it's something you create. What do you really want for yourself and your future? Answering that may get you moving
?Think Before You Skip: Don't allow yourself to skip a workout without careful thought and consequences
?Make Exercise Easy: Having your workouts scheduled, your gear handy and a plan makes it easier to follow through

9. Early Morning Workouts
Getty Images/Seth JoelMost exercisers find that early morning is the best time to exercise to avoid skipping workouts. If you're not a morning person, this can be a problem.

How to Get Over It

?Make the Transition Gradual: If you're not used to morning exercise, start with light workouts (walking, yoga, etc.) and give yourself extra warm up time. It may take a week or two to get used to it
?Prepare Ahead of Time: Having your workout clothes right next to the bed and putting them on immediately will help you avoid that little voice in your head urging you to go back to bed
?Eat Light: Having some fuel for your workout will give you energy to keep going. Try lighter meals (100-300 calories) and stick with easily digestible fare like fruit, juice, or toast.

10. Bad Weather
Michael Blann/Getty ImagesIf you're an outdoor exerciser, bad weather can derail even the most enthusiastic person. Even if you're working out inside, just the thought of driving to the gym in the rain or snow may be enough to keep you in bed.

How to Get Over It

?Get the Right Gear: Wearing layers, sweat-wicking fabrics and wind/weather resistant outer layers can keep you comfortable during hot, cold and wet weather
?Try Indoor Workouts: Home workouts, exercise videos and fitness apps offer great ways to workout at home or the gym
?Keep Things Interesting: Working out inside doesn't have to be boring and you don't need any equipment. Try a no equipment workout or a fast-paced circuit training workout, add some great music and time will fly:goodjob:

March 30th, 2010, 08:56 PM
http://www.techbanyan.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/02/0212081433_m_bodybuilder_smallest1.jpg I'm mad cause Ackmed can lift more than I can ! Ha! IAD

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April 1st, 2010, 05:16 AM
We all have to start some where and you wont turn in to Arnie over night so stick at it.
iPod is a good little gadget to have at the gym as it will put you in your own litttle world whilst you train.

What annoys me in the gym -

Groups of lads over the numbers of 2-3 all taking it in turn on one machine so basically hogging it.
People who dress like they would going out in a social situation. Why? You are getting hot and sweaty.
Pretty boys that eye themselves up in the mirrors.

Plus Mario when you say ditch the scales - Muscle ways more than fat so it can give a incorrect reading of your physical situation, measurement are the best way!

When you are trying to bulk up you will put on excess fat but that is why you cycle your diet ie - gain diet, cutting diet.


April 1st, 2010, 07:22 AM
where you find picture of me...not:)

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April 1st, 2010, 08:09 AM
mario;831530 wrote: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/4398921/arnold-schwarzenegger.jpg
where you find picture of me...not:)
LMAO Nice speedos

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April 1st, 2010, 08:09 AM
IAD;830907 wrote: http://www.techbanyan.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/02/0212081433_m_bodybuilder_smallest1.jpg I'm mad cause Ackmed can lift more than I can ! Ha! IAD
You are looking strong IAD lol

April 1st, 2010, 10:08 AM
http://i169.photobucket.com/albums/u223/jc2scoops/lazy-bastard.jpg Thanks mate ! IAD Ha!

April 1st, 2010, 01:02 PM
Great tips, Mario. Now, just come up with something to get me away from this computer! I've got real skinny fingers!

April 1st, 2010, 01:42 PM
Mario, I thought that was your picture in your avatar?????? I mean, you DID mention the perils of flossing in your first post....


In seriousness, due to some of the items on that long list, I've been considering going back to Curves and am workout out there on a trial basis this week just to make sure it's what I want to do. At least there are no sweating grunting MEN at Curves with huge biceps and skinny legs. :H


April 1st, 2010, 02:40 PM
Doggygirl..........your my heroin ! (is'nt that a drug ! ha!) Excercise........I go to Plant Fitness...where they have a "No harazment clause" Everyone gets along .IAD

May 2nd, 2010, 07:42 PM
I hate going to the gym so much, I got my own equipment on craigslist. At my old gym, there was a dude who groaned so much, he could pass as the soundtrack for a freaking porn movie. His name was Hans. The kicker was that he was lifting less weight than I was! It was an old school weight-lifter, boxer's gymnasium, and there was no dearth of idiots who had no idea of how to wipe off equipment after they used it. I was surrounded by groaning, sweating, farting, non machine-wiping idiots, and even though the price was right, I finally got onto craigslist and found an old bowflex for a song and bought it. I also got a really decent Lifefitness treadmill and a bunch of free weights and a stretch mat, ab ball, etc. I'm currently looking for a stationary recumbent bike.

This latest vacation brought back the horrors of gym life for me. Having to share equipment with sweating, non-wiping users. Blech. In some ways, I'm glad to be back home!:)

June 8th, 2010, 02:29 PM
Best thing about the gym? The hairy sweaty guys in the steam room that spit on the floor. LOL

June 8th, 2010, 03:33 PM
K9Lover.....is this a co-ed Locker room type Gym !?! Ha! Sign me up !! IAD !

June 8th, 2010, 03:50 PM
Random camel toe is certainly an event.

June 8th, 2010, 04:00 PM
Guitarista;881603 wrote: Random camel toe is certainly an event.

June 9th, 2010, 10:11 AM
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June 9th, 2010, 11:32 AM
Yep! Co-ed Sauna and Steam Room....makes for an interesting experience.
I'm loving the picture of Richard Simmons, and the camel toe comment was classic.
Thanks for the laugh :)