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I'm useless at working out and want some advice

LouiseV

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Effectively I have the best of intentions and start out great, but I get really bored when i'm working out and loose motivation really easily. However after trying to run for a short distance the other day I should probably try to get a bit fitter and faster. I don't need to be super fit, i'd just like to run for maybe 5 minutes without my lungs burning afterwards.

My questions are thus:

  1. How do you keep yourself from getting bored?
  2. Are personal trainers any good?
  3. Are personal trainers expensive?
  4. What sort of stuff do PTs help with? (I have IBS which makes dieting a pain)

Any other general advice you think might help would be welcome.
 

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If boredom is an issue, then find a sport or activity that you enjoy. If you enjoy something then you're more than likely going to stick with it!


I've never used a Personal Trainer so I can't really give an opinion on that.

Heno
 

West0

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I'd echo what Heno says about finding something you enjoy. I used to be in a similar boat to you and just found it really boring, but now I've got a goal I've no problem finding the motivation.

My goal is obstacle racing (OCR). I was asked by a friend to do Tough Mudder to raise money for a charity. I'm generally office bound and have put on a bit of weight over the last few years, so the thought of a 12 mile race worried me. I entered a local 5k OCR to see how I'd cope. The race was slow and the following week really hurt, but I had a massive grin on my face for weeks.

The first race was mid November. Since then I've lost nearly 2 stone through good eating and regular training. I'm competing in as many races as I can, with the last having been on Saturday (10km OCR).
I use a Fitbit to monitor my activity throughout the day. If I've not done much, I make sure I go for a run in the evening to top up my total. At the weekends when I'm off work I have a long run. As well as running, I do burpees, sit ups & push ups. Pretty much all can be worked around work/family.

What suits me, might not be your cup of tea though. You need to find a goal that your passionate about and work towards it. It could be a challenge such as a race etc, or simply building yourself up to being able to run a certain distance.

There are plenty of apps that can break you gently into running (0k -5k).
 

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If you're not athletically inclined, you're unlikely to ever enjoy exercise. The only thing that will motivate you is results. Just pick any discipline and accept the fact that the first few weeks will be a shit-boring, painful slog - just get your head around that. The results will start to show, and that becomes your motivation.
 

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Hi Louise,

As said above, you have to find a goal to train towards otherwise exercise has no real motivation.
If you are looking to participate in an exercise plan that is strength based then yes I would look at getting quality PT to teach you the movements correctly (squat, bench press, deadlift etc).

If your goal is fat loss research into walking pre breakfast

With regards to the IBS, look at eating foods that are not inflammatory to you any performance nutritionist can advise you.

For our industry I think people will be fit and strong enough if they do strength based training, sprinting and maybe a fight based sport.

Good luck
 

maximuszx12

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1) See a GP for referral to a nutritional specialist as well as a allergen test to verify what you are allergic to. (Dairy products,wheat, gluten etc)

2) Why and what are your goals if any. Write them down, define them and then plan a course of action to achieve them via small baby steps to avoid becoming bored or any negativity creeping in.

3) It usually takes 4 - 6 weeks for a routine to becomes an accepted norm for the mind and body to adapt to. Give yourself that time and more to adapt to it. learn to enjoy the routines you set out, vary them at every opportunity. (You would soon become bored of Sunday dinner if you ate it every day)

4) Write down or record your routines and training sessions.

5) When you achieve a short term goal on your overall path to the main objective. Do not be afraid to reward yourself, whether that be via a special meal/treat or a new suit,shoes etc. It reinforces your ability to achieve something positive and further more enables you to push to the next way-point in your goals.

6) Learn to Man-Up in how you look after yourself and how having a PMA is a life changing experience.

As my close friend and training partner says.

"I choose to be happy and laugh at what life throws at me, good or bad, as it is my choice alone to not allow anything in this life to drag me down to the level of blame and self pity I see so many others wallowing in."

Your choice!

max
 
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Do you want to be fit, or do you want to be able to run?
The two are NOT the same.
If running bores you, do some muscle endurance and cardio - do something like metafit or kettlebells or boxercise. HiiT training.
Each of these are cheaper than a personal trainer. Join a gym and you will get free classes. The classes will tick off some additional motivation for you.
if you are looking to get fit, try some of the above.
if you are hell bent on being able to run then go find a hill and run up it repeatedly. You will get fit much more quickly than standard distance running, it will be much easier on your joints too. As for boredom - you will be far too busy worrying about dying every time you run up the hill that you won't have time to worry about little things like getting bored.

I only started my personal fitness regime last year when I started planning my return to security, so am NOT an expert, but the above shows the type of thoughts and journey that I have gone through so far.

Hope it helps.
bubba.

PS... I am now away to go running up a hill with my dog and a rucksack full of stuff. See you all later if I survive today's run...
 

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I highly recommend Crossfit. Find a gym (Crossfit calls it a 'box') local to you and join in! The community around Crossfit is encouraging, supportive and highly motivational.
 

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HarryVon beat me to it, but I was about to suggest Crossfit. I've not tried it myself, but have done a bit of reading on it recently and know some people who swear by it (and during it by all accounts).
 

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I can see how traditioal exercising can be boring for most who do not rely on being top fit daily. However there are so many other kinds of sports that are fun and will work you out. Get a nice two stroke dirt bike and hit the track, open it up and listen to your body. Get a nice Surly Moonlander and paniers and just take off and do not come back until you have figured everything out. Couple years ago I took El Camino de Santiago, tons of fun and met all kinds of people from all sorts of life. Last week I got my new Hobie PA14 in with ST Turbo V2 Fins and have been taking that offshore while my boat has the annual done.

Hell get a metal detector (Garret AT Pro) and go to Mallarca and hit all the beaches from the drunk Brits & Germans, those two nationalities infest that island in the summer months to shows off their drinking and loosing jewlery & money skills. Heck of a work out picking up all that.

Point is just find some outdoor activity that you like (preferably one that makes a profit) and go do it. Does not mean you have to be good at it, if you are passoniate enough about it you will get in shape and along the way you will meet other like minded folks.

On the subject of personal trainers, they are nothing more than a shrink for the body. No matter how much you pay them the road to recovery begins with the client. I have assisted people before in many types of training and there are always those who are just motivated enough to pay you but when it comes down to the physical stuff you never hear from them again.

Good luck,
 

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As Ivan says, just find ways to get outside and be active.
I get bored too, plus I'm pretty busy most of the time so it's impossible to stick with anything consistently enough to see specific gains in that discipline so I don't bother trying, I do lots of varied stuff, mix it up to avoid boredom and just enjoy myself, happy in the knowledge that I'm keeping fit, having fun and enjoying time in some amazing countryside.

There's a gym near head office that doesn't require membership so I pop in when I get chance and pay the 'guest fee' and stick mainly to crossfit or do a Thai Box session on the bag.
I'll go for a run and I'll do a set of burpees every mile to engage my upper body too, if I've got downtime somewhere with big rocks I'll climb or boulder, I canoe, SCUBA dive, mountain bike and swim.
Even if I've only got 15 minutes in a hotel room I can do pressups, lift furniture or use flexbands.

I had my 'over 40 healthcheck' at my GP not long back and she said I was the fittest guy she'd seen in a very long time and I've still just about got my six-pack, so I must be doing something right :)
 

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I had my 'over 40 healthcheck' at my GP not long back and she said I was the fittest guy she'd seen in a very long time and I've still just about got my six-pack, so I must be doing something right :)
So where did you take her to dinner
 

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There's something wrong with British doctors tough...according to my GP,I am
the healthiest and luckiest guy on the planet, however taking the same blood tests on my last trip to Germany it turns out my cholesterol is quite low and my lipid profile is actually not that good and that I should actually start eating some olive oil and butter, because as it turns out we actually do need cholesterol because it's the base of all important hormones produced by the body.also he told me I should definitely stop eating GMO crap and avoid soy protein because of it's estrogenic properties..go figure. I tell you what :unless SHE'S paying I won't invite my GP out.. :)


So where did you take her to dinner


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I suggest you look up "Insanity". Its a 60 day programme that makes you work to YOUR max! Its called interval training! Periods of HIGH level of endurance workout with short breaks. It is tough but highly addictive. I used to be a personal trainer, and boredom or mundane workouts that plateau is too common. This workout pushes you to YOUR limit, and YOU then want to push further! Good luck (its worth it).
 

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Disagree Martin.
Insanity: you need a VERY good level of fitness to begin with.
You need to be 100% dedicated for the FULL 60 days.
NOT the way to get someone motivated to get fit.
(But I am only learning)

Bubba
 
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