I was that kid who was always picked last in gym class
April 22, 2014 12:39 PM Subscribe
Exercise was never my “thing”, but now I need to make
it my “thing”. I’m pushing 50 years old, and my sedentary lifestyle is taking its toll in the form of borderline-high blood pressure, various aches & pains, and a susceptibility to becoming easily tired.
posted by alex1965 to Health & Fitness (34 answers total) 41 users marked this as a favorite
I’d like to ask for people’s advice on coming up with an exercise regime. Here are some criteria:
My right knee is prone to tendinitis. Walking and other low-intensity exercise doesn’t seem to bother it, but I can’t run on it. Aside from my knee and aside from my general slothfulness, I’m in reasonably good health.
- I’d rather not join a gym. I find them to be scary, and money is a bit tight right now, anyway.
- I suspect that walking, by itself, isn’t going to be intense enough. I’ve tried walking in the past, and I didn’t feel like I got a lot of benefit from it (although maybe I didn’t stay with it long enough).
- I live in a part of the country where the weather is bad between (roughly) October and March. I don’t mind the snow and the cold weather, actually, but I suspect that I may have some trouble doing outdoor activities during the winter.
- I don’t have a lot of free time, but I do have some flexibility during the work day: I could take off for an hour without too much trouble, although it might not be the same time each day. There are trails near my workplace.
I’d also be interested in people’s thoughts about strength-training vs. aerobic training.
Finally, are there any psychological tricks or techniques that I can use to keep myself motivated? As I said, I have a history of disliking exercise.