1. what exercise equipment do you have? i have several collecting dust. if you have some that work and you can talk yourself into using routinely let us know. i have the abd.crunch thing-boring. the exercise bike which i thought would be easy--tiring. the power rider-hard. the weight lifting gym-not fun. the abd. sit up assistor with video-ok but hard to do every day. the abd. thing like suzanne summers where you stretch out--hard and hard on your back.guess that's about it. i have a hard time staying routine with any exercise. janet
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  3. by   OC_An Khe
    Try excercising without all that equipment. Try Tai Chi it works on both your body and mind. It desn't get boring either.
  4. by   aimeee
    All those ads make those things look so easy and fun, don't they? I have one of those mini trampoline things. The main reason I don't use it is it makes everything in the whole room shake when I bounce on it, not to mention the space it takes up. I also had an aerobic dance video workout. Okay for a while and then it gets boring doing the same thing over and over.

    I joined the Y last March and have managed to stick with it so far. I try for three workouts a week but sometimes there is time for only two. I do the Nautilus weight circuit and then 30 minutes on the Precor elliptical machine. I also try to walk the dog for 30 minutes a day, though its been too hot lately for that.
  5. by   Zee_RN
    Oh, lordy I hate to exercise. I know I should but...yeesh, I hate it.

    I have one of those mini-trampoline things. Looked like a good idea at the time. My hubby has an inclined sit-up board and a leg stretcher (there's a piece of torture equipment).

    Tai Chi--hated it. Too slow for me, too frustrating...instructor would come over and move my hand a millimeter to the left and say "there, that's it..." Arrgh.

    Did Shotokan Karate for 18 months and that was a great exercise. Got frustrated with the school's way of doing things though (kids and adults in same class, the martial attitude of 'speak when spoken to' and 'PUSH IT YOU WORMS!'). Was in great shape for that 18 months though. Would do it again if I knew it was a class for adults and was treated as such...I'd get thrown out of boot camp; just can't keep my mouth shut.
  6. by   Julie, RN
    I have a mini trampeline that I use if it gets too hot or cold outside (I store in our backyard shed). Otherwise, I walk/jog every morning that I'm off 3-5 miles (3-4 times a week).
    My husband and I also hike alot on the weekends.
    I love it, it is a great stress relief for me!
    I have faithfully done this for abour 5 years now......
    I am also a strict lacto-ovo vegetarian, any other veg heads on this board?

    Julie, RN
  7. by   Stargazer
    I begrudge the expense of a gym and am positive that if I had to change into "nice" gym clothes and actually drive soemwhere, I'd never, ever exercise. So I am all about working out at home.

    Actually, I have an off-brand ski machine that I bought 8 or 10 years ago from a colleague who bought it, didn't like it, and promptly put it away in the closet. I use that thing at least 3 times a week and find that, especially when I want a "no-brainer" workout or need to ease my way back into exercising (after being sick or something), it's perfect. It is no-impact and uses most of my major muscle groups, but 30 minutes feels easy and goes by quickly.

    When I am in better shape (than I am now), I use a series of videos called The Firm, which are aerobics with heavy weights, or The Method, which are Pilates-based. Both of these series kick my butt, so I have to be in reasonably good shape just to do them.
  8. by   moonchild20002000
    I have a Nordic Track. I have to force myself to make time for exercise,but I always feel better when i work out.
  9. by   hoolahan
    I just got the Gazelle Freestyle, you know that machine Tony Little demos in the infomercials? At the risk of sounding like a commercial myself...I LOVE it. No impact, and it is fun. I can do a few different moves on it, so I can work out my arms, chest, back, and of course legs and butt. I do it while I watch Rosie. I am only doing 20 minutes to start, shooting for 4 days a week. It doesn't do much for stomach though. But I plan to try the 8 minutes abds tape that is coated with an inch of dust still in its wrapper!

    Started last week. I'll let you know how I do. I did loose 2 pounds, but I think I sweat it off this weekend, seeing several pt's who had no AC! YUK!
  10. by   JennieBSN
    I have an elliptical trainer. I enjoy it, but I'm a variety girl. Gotta alternate between that, walking w/the dog, lifting hand weights (purchased at wal-mart), and using my stationary bicycle (makes my butt cheeks go numb...any suggestions?).

    I DESPISE aerobics, and have very bad knees so I refuse to do them. I also DESPISE running in any shape or form. Not in shape enough yet to do yoga, although the though is very enticing.

    Know what I used to do w/a girlfriend all the time? Richard Simmons' 'Sweatin' to the Oldies.' Yeah, he's dorky and annoying, but doggone it, the tape was FUN and there are LOTS of REALLY FAT people on it!! If a 600 pounder can do it, heck, I can do it!! I quite enjoyed that workout.
  11. by   RNforLongTime
    My husband has a Stationary Bike in the basement which he uses 3 or 4 times a week in addition to his 4 mile walk 5 times a week. I am another who HATES to exercise. I'd rather have a root canal than exercise.

    I'd end up with 2 HUGE black and blue eyes if I took up jogging because my breasts are so huge! I know all about sports bras but could never find one in a 42DD!

    I have done "Sweatin to the Oldies". I thought it was great fun! I did the video with child/adolescent inpt pych pt's(while I was in nursing school) and the kids were laughing at me but I didn't care. It was great fun!

    I can think up a million excuses as to why I don't exercise!

  12. by   Ted
    Exercise?!?!? Exercise equipment?!?!?

    We have a tread mill that needs to be EXCORCISED . The tread mill is the work of the devil, I tell you . . .

    Ted Fiebke
  13. by   MollyJ
    I am very uncoordinated, so my husband's Nordic Track drives me nuts. I have a cheap stationery bike that I was doing faithfully 4 to 5 times per week at 5:15 am and was in pretty good shape, but I fell out of it. It is so easy to do (fall off your schedule).

    I worked with a PA who once said, "I was in pretty good shape until I went into the health business. Now I don't have time to exercise." Shift work, unexpected long hours all of these can undermine an exercise regimen.

    Keep going until you find the time and the tool that works.
  14. by   NurseAngie
    LOVE my treadmill!!! I can use the darn thing in the middle of the night if I want to. It motivates me, too. Still, I hate most exercise. I have decided that I don't like to sweat.