Getting in shape without getting bored
December 31, 2013 2:04 AM Subscribe
Over the past year or so, due to several factors (busytimes with work, moving places twice, a surgery), I let my diet and my fitness slip up. I would like to get back in shape and lose some weight as well. Typical problem: how to come up with a solid exercise/diet plan so that it becomes routine?
posted by lost_lettuce to Health & Fitness (15 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
Exercise: I am still somewhat fit (thanks to walking nearly everywhere), just not at my usual levels. I went for a run a few days ago after a hiatus of several months and I was able to run 6 miles non-stop, so it's not a hopeless situation. But I could afford to lose 7-10 Kg, and I want to do it through a combination of diet and exercise. As well as get back in shape for strenuous activities such as multi-day hiking/backpacking (which I used to do) or cycle touring.
I think I can manage to go for a run at least 2 times a week, maybe 3. I got recently a gym membership, but I am not a big fan and, from my past experience, I often get bored with solely cardio plus strength workouts. Hiring a personal trainer is not an option. I have got one hour in the mornings, on my way to work. The gym also offers shorter RPM/spinning and Body Pump classes in the morning, so it's another possibility.
I also have got some fitness gear at home, if that would help: a fitness ball, mat, a step, dumbbells, elastic bands.
Diet: the problem here is that I like to cook and eat yummy stuff, as well as a glass or two of wine... I don't do well with fad diet plans (low carb, Paleo, whatever); I think I work better with lifetime changes that I can implement gradually, one at at time. For example, I have forgone meat some years ago and I have managed to stick with it. Stuff like "just eat fewer cookies" or "eat pasta just twice a week" don't work for me, because I lose track easily. It's easier for me to keep to rules like "don't eat cookies, period" or "eat desserts just on special occasions such as birthdays and the like". I am able to adopt some new habit consciously for a month or so; after that it becomes natural.
I just don't know where I should start.
Another issue I have trouble with is not to increase my food intake when I am exercising more.
What would be a good schedule exercise-wise, considering that the options at the moment are: running, cardio + strength training at gym, Body Pump and RPM classes, some home exercising, and the very occasional bike ride and soccer practice?
Diet-wise: what would be good lifetime "rules" to adopt, little by little?