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I've finally joined a gym that has a ton of yoga classes. I've done one class so far and it was tough. I'm also trying to get on my bike 15-30 minutes in the morning and 15-30 at night (or longer). I've read that it's good to do some exercise in the morning b-4 breakfast because cortisol (sp?) levels are high and it helps fat burning.
 

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I'm debating on whether or not to join a gym. There's one undergoing some renovation. They're offering a special, $29 fee up front and $19 a month but you have to commit for a year. Not too shabby pricewise. I just know myself. I'll go for the first month and then I'll get tired of it. I do better exercising at home.
 

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I joined a gym recently... I love it! They have TVs on each treadmill and elliptical trainer! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/hamster.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":hamster:"> I try to go early in the morning or late at night, when it's not as busy. And I'm still keeping up with yoga.<br><br><br><br>
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I recommend joining a gym that doesn't require a long contract. That way if you don't like it after a couple of months, you're not stuck paying for a year or more.
 

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I haven't been to the gym in like a month. I keep meaning to go early in the morning (which I like better than other times of day because it's less busy), but when I wake up I just turn off my alarm and go back to bed. I'm not trying to lose weight, but I feel gross when I haven't worked out in a while. Any advice for staying motivated?
 

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I haven't been to the gym in like a month. I keep meaning to go early in the morning (which I like better than other times of day because it's less busy), but when I wake up I just turn off my alarm and go back to bed. I'm not trying to lose weight, but I feel gross when I haven't worked out in a while. Any advice for staying motivated?</div>
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To get more excited about the gym, I check out a new class, or I set new goals (e.g., I'll do 30 preacher curls @ 45 lbs., as opposed to the 20 I've been doing for the last 2 weeks). I also mark the days and times I know I can hit the gym on my calendar for up to 2 weeks in advance. So if I feel like wimping out on those dates, that gnawing sense of guilt will call me back to the gym <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> I'd also set up an appointment with a personal trainer; s/he can teach you new exercises and how to properly use previously unfamiliar equipment.<br><br><br><br>
On the days I <i>really</i> don't want to go to the gym, I'll work out at home. It looks like this:<br><br><br><ul><li>Jump rope as fast as I can for 30 seconds<br></li>
<li>20 jumping jacks or side-to-side jumps (lay your jump rope on the floor and jump left to right)<br></li>
<li>Jump rope again for 30 seconds<br></li>
<li>20 jumping jacks/side-to-side jumps<br></li>
<li>15 squats<br></li>
<li>15 reverse lunges<br></li>
<li>15-20 bicep curls (I usually use a 5 lb. dumbbell, but a heavier weight is more challenging)<br></li>
<li>15 tricep presses<br></li>
<li>20 crunches<br></li>
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Repeat this 2 more times, and with no more than 15 seconds rest between each exercise.<br><br><br><br>
Hope you find this useful.
 

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I just recently started running again. I used to be in pretty good shape, I rowed in college, but have let myself go over the past few years. I'm looking into gyms nearby so that I can use the treadmills and weight equipment. Its always good to get some weightlifting in!
 

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I forgot about this thread. I've started the process of getting back in shape. Slowly, but surely ...<br><br><br><br>
Monday - Run 30 minutes.<br><br>
Thursday - Run 30 minutes.<br><br>
Tonight I'm going to the gym with Alex. It'll be a combo of cardio and weights. I'll have to update on that later.
 

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Anyone have any tips on how to become a faster runner?</div>
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I like to run slow <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"> ... Have you tried interval training? Short bursts of increased intensity might help build up your speed. Add in a minute of increased speed every 3-5 minutes of your run. You may also want to do a search for interval training and running.
 

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I like to run slow <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"> ...</div>
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<br><br><br><span style="color:#008000;">Slow and steady wins the race. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"> I generally like to run more slowly too, as it helps my body be relaxed and I can go and go and go so much further than if I book it.<br><br>
Not discounting the occasional sprint, I do enjoy feeling my body go fast.<br><br>
Honestly, I generally run with the tempo of my music that I'm listening to. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"></span>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>~Brandon</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br><span style="color:#008000;">Slow and steady wins the race. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"> I generally like to run more slowly too, as it helps my body be relaxed and I can go and go and go so much further than if I book it.<br><br>
Not discounting the occasional sprint, I do enjoy feeling my body go fast.<br><br>
Honestly, I generally run with the tempo of my music that I'm listening to. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"></span></div>
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Running is my meditation. Fast running would mean I'd have to focus more on what I'm doing and not let myself be lost in the moment. That'd just ruin it all! Like you said, though, the occasional sprint is fun. Sometimes at the end of a run I'll pick up the pace and see how fast I can go.<br><br><br><br>
Friday (or was it Thursday?), I went to the gym. I did a 10 minute fast walk warmup, 30 minutes of weights, then 10 minutes of jump rope alternating 100 single jumps with 50 high knee jumps... totaling 750. Needless to say, those jumps wore me out.<br><br><br><br>
This morning, Addie and I explored a new part of the neighborhood and manged 35 minutes of running. Only one train encounter this time.
 

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This morning I walked 35 minutes w/ Jake. He's six today, the sweet doof <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smitten.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":smitten:"><br><br><br><br>
Tonight, Alex and I are going to the gym.
 

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I have officially started bike commuting again now that the weather is a big nicer and I'm past my "I don't want to get out of bed" phase. 12 miles this morning, another 12 on the way home <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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I'm excited...I attended my 1st runners club meeting at my gym today and it wasn't bad at all. I've been putting it off for almost a year because I'm sooooo much older than everyone else...but they all welcomed me and made me feel GEAT! Even though I was the last runner to come in, I still felt good about this huge (insecure) hurdle that I overcome. The run wasn't even as hard as the exercise at the end. I will be sore tomorrow. We did 3 sets of 8 push-ups and my upper body is VERY weak.
 

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I'm excited...I attended my 1st runners club meeting at my gym today and it wasn't bad at all. I've been putting it off for almost a year because I'm sooooo much older than everyone else...but they all welcomed me and made me feel GEAT! Even though I was the last runner to come in, I still felt good about this huge (insecure) hurdle that I overcome. The run wasn't even as hard as the exercise at the end. I will be sore tomorrow. We did 3 sets of 8 push-ups and my upper body is VERY weak.</div>
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Congrats!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/broccoli.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":bobo:"><br><br><br><br>
I've been thinking about joining a club too. It's nice to have people to run with <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> I'm glad you've have such a good experience with it!
 

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A running group sounds like it could be fun. The few times I've been in 5K's, I've found it motivating to push myself a bit more to keep up with others. Too bad, Addie can't join me in those things. It's usually no doggies allowed.<br><br><br><br>
Tuesday - 10 min walk warmup, 30 min strength train, 10 min stairmaster<br><br>
Thursday (today) - 31 minute run. 10 minute miles are definately my natural stride. I tracked my route on maymyrun and it was 3.1 miles. It felt good. I've been trying not to overdo it in the beginning, but I really feel like I can start increasing my distance. I must have good muscle memory or something.
 

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I used mapmyrun and found a 3.1 mile course around my area too. I an planing on running it this evening when I get home from work.<br><br><br><br>
I agree that 5k's are a lot of fun! It's neat having a bunch of people on all different levels around you. I'm amazed at how fast some people can go!
 
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