Time to stop feeling sorry for myself!
December 12, 2010 4:17 AM Subscribe
If you tried and failed and tried and failed and then succeeded in getting fit- what finally worked for you?
posted by showbiz_liz to sports, hobbies, & recreation (46 answers total) 76 users marked this as a favorite
23-year-old female. I basically never did any form of intense physical activity I wasn't forced to do until about a year and a half ago- my family is pretty couch-potato-y, and so I never really thought exercise was an important part of life.
I finally realized I needed to take better care of myself, so I began doing stuff like taking a one-semester weightlifting class and starting couch to 5k. But once the class ended I never kept lifting, and I got like two weeks into couch to 5k about three times, and every time I quit for some dumb reason, like it was finals week or I was just too tired, man. I did enjoy taking a hoop dancing class, but it's not all that physically taxing, so while I got a lot better at twirling, I don't think I got any fitter. However, I did go to the class pretty much every week, which is more discipline than I gave to any self-directed efforts.
I know this is lame, and I feel like I should be able to just do like a lot of my friends do, and just go for a run or to the gym on a regular basis. And yes, I've tried going with them- it never takes. I never keep it up.
I'm 5'6" and probably about 140 pounds, none of it muscle. I get winded going up four flights of stairs. I don't care about weight loss. I just want to be healthy!
I'm about to graduate from school, so I'll have more free time, and I want to take another crack at getting fit.
Things I've considered-
Trying c25k again. But what could make me keep it up this time?
Joining a dance class that's more taxing than hoop dance. But will any dance class actually get me in shape?
Taking a martial arts class of some kind. I feel like this might be my best bet... but in my current physical state, I worry that it will be too intense for me and I'll burn out quickly.
Just walking a whole lot more, like an hour every day of just walking. This has been great for my mom. But it won't help me with strength or endurance much.
I'm sure there's a lot more I haven't considered, as well. But every time I go to fitness forums or whatever to look for advice, it's all "only eat tuna and cottage cheese, do these 27 exercises in this order on Tuesday but that order on Thursday" and I basically just throw up my hands and give up. It can't be THAT hard, can it?