Hello Renee, I’m a Brazilian dietitian and I’d rather do outdoor exercises as running at the beach ou in the park. But as I can’t always go to these places I lift weights at the gym two times a week and do yoga twice a week as well.
I LOVE how I feel after I exercise. On the days I just don’t feel like getting in there and doing it, I remind myself of how good I feel after I’m done. I’m relaxed and tired, but always in a great mood and feel great that I’ve done something great for myself. My favorite exercise is walking/jogging. I love listening to some upbeat music and just forgetting about everything else!
I love running with my dog in Golden Gate Park in the morning. We are not the picture of athleticism though. He would rather be on the couch..so he sniffs every molecule of essence within the park. He lags about 1/4 mile behind me…walking and sniffing. I just try to get OUT there, and try to remind myself that I can run slow and steady. I often hear the critical voice (you’re heavy, you have a gut) and have not yet mastered this voice. But all the same, it feels great to move and to sweat.
Although, I have been on this journey of weight loss for what seems like a life time, and although I’m not always consisitent with exercies, I love the benefit’s, the reward of feeling good about myself when I do. Excecise get’s me to my goal of look and feeling good about myself.
I love to do Jazzercise!In my town, we have one Jazzercise location with many classes offered and a lot of fun instructors. I love having the opportunity to “shake my bootie” every day. The moves are easy enough for anyone of any age to pick up quickly, and there are instructors of all sizes. I never feel out of place there because of my size. There are no mirrors, so I can look as good as I feel without having a mirror challenge my opinion of myself. I have met all of my best friends through Jazzercise, so on the days that I don’t particularly want to workout I will go just to have the opportunity to socialize with them! I have been doing Jazzercise for over almost five years now, and plan on doing it as long as I am able to shake my bootie!
Thanks for letting me share, and thank you so much for your podcast! I downloaded them all onto my ipod and took it on my cruise a couple of weeks ago. I walked around the Promenade Deck listening to your positive words every day, and learned so much!
I did something a little different today. I couldn’t go outside because of the weather and I stayed indoors. I now love imaginary jump roping. My music was cranked up on the stereo, I closed my eyes (don’t worry, I was in a wide open space) and jumped. I discovered, that for me, there is a certain level of spirituality to movement. God made this body for movement and then he gave it to me.
I found a new motivation in exercising my body and spirit.
I’ve just listened to podcast #6 and am loving each one. I do have issues with never feeling fully satisfied. So, I am so glad that you brought up about the chemicals that manufacturers put into foods to get us to want to eat more. I try to eat fairly well and do love healthy foods, but I do crave sugar and other un-natural sweeteners, which I let myself have especially in the afternoons when I’m feeling bored or frustrated. Now I can see that I’ve got to watch those foods. And most importantly, I am trying to realize why I’m eating and what I must be getting out of it. I know this is going to help me and would like you to know how much I love the podcasts so far. I’m already motivated. Thanks so much for providing it in this format as I only get a chance to listen to these on my ipod at night when the kids are asleep.
I love that I can exercise! I suffered from severe back pain after I was in two car accidents in 2 months time! I went from exercising 2 hours each day to not being able to exercise at all from the pain. After over one year of rehabilitation I was finally able to exercise again. I have been recovered for two years and I am still grateful every day that I can exercise.
My home, work and gym are all within a 10-minute walk from each other. I do love working with the weights and I have a friend from work usually on the treadmill beside me warming up. I walk nearly everywhere I can and very much enjoy it. I am a fan of the podcast and am really seeing improvements with little effort so far. I shall keep you posted on my progress.
My favorite thing to do for exercise is definately the hip hop class. I sweat like crazy, and I actually feel connected with my body. I’m not a dancer by any means, but it’s a fun way to move my body, and get a great workout in the meantime!
I do love how I feel after exercising-more along the lines of mental relaxation and the feeling of success! I actually got myself out of bed to get on the treadmill-I am actually ABLE to get out of bed to get on the treadmill! I try to keep in mind the many people who cannot do even that much, and that seems to motivate me.
Hi there, I am only on episode 7(a) and am really enjoying the journey so far. I have lupus,thyroid disease,and rheumatoid arthritis. Although I’ve always been 5 or 10 lbs overweight (and it really didn’t bother me)…with my medications and flares (times when the disease gets the better of you) I’ve gained quite a bit more.
I like walking and yoga. When I can, I practice yoga 6 times a week and try to walk everyday (that is more of a struggle).
Thank you for helping to get my thoughts in order and for the inspiration.
I like pilates, it makes me feel taller and stronger, and my chiropractor says she notices the difference in my muscles and my shape when I am doing it regularly. I also enjoy Nordic Walking, it’s low-impact(which is good for a heavy person), raises my heart rate, works lots of muscles, burns a lot more energy than ‘normal’ walking, and is a social activity as well. To build exercise into my normal daily routine, I park a mile and a half from my office, and walk each way. When I started doing that it was quite tiring, but now it’s easy, and I miss it if I can’t do it for any reason.
What I love about exercise is the empowerment it gives me. After I listened to your podcast I decided to train for a marathon. I am running 20 miles a week now and of course that hurts… LOL … still, I feel the exhilaration to be part of something greater than myself, just utilizing my body in a better way because I CAN. And when I get tired I think “I’m running for Pat”, my PhD director who has Multiple sclerosis and never ever complains or talk about it… so when my knees start hurting, when sweat is running down my face and I feel exhausted, I just smile and think “I’m running for Pat”. And I picture myself at the finish line, smiling to Pat and to my friends.
Also, yoga and pilates give me a source of relaxation with the slow, controlled motion where I can feel my mind connecting to my body. After a run, and a yoga sequence… I feel really aligned, “energized and renewed” to paraphrase Renee… and everything goes well.
I am a diabetic.. whose blood sugars are absolutely normal. To accomplish this,, I walk. Everyday. I use a pair of telehiking poles for extra exercise. I wear a talking pedemoter which I put on and reset each day. My Goal is 10,000 steps a day. I can now do this in about an hour.. 6 -7K. I used to listed to my IPOD when I do this, but along my walk there is so much nature to listen to, and smell.. that I stopped. I just walk. I can review my day, plan my next day.. or just zone out.. It is so relaxing. All winter, when it got dark early, I would go to the mall, and walk around it inside to get my same amount of steps.. My doctor says I am an ideal diabetic paitent.
I’m lucky enough to attend beautiful, sunny UC Santa Barbara, so there is never an excuse not to be outside! I recently picked up the pace from my daily walks to daily runs, and it has easily become my favorite exercise.
Nothing is more liberating than running on the beach beside the waves, listening to IWOL, of course!