How do I start

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    Feb 16, 2011 8:13 PM GMT
    Long story short-
    Went to Doc's today for a checkup, she says I need to exercise more, My issue is this, I am more or less severely on the poor scale of things and dont have the money to be going to fancy gyms nor do I own a fancy weight set. I limit my junkfood and only drink water, get my fruits and veggies in and overall do eat well enough.

    My main issue I think is that I lose steam after I start, I don't feel/see results fast enough, so I lose confidence(not that I have much to begin with) my family does not give a crap about what I do and has not really ever supported me so they wont help train me or anything. I don't have anyone to give me a kick in the ass.

    I am left on my own with severe limits and don't know how to start
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    Feb 16, 2011 8:57 PM GMT
    Call one of your local YMCA's and ask about reduced membership rates geared to income. Many offer it...
    or you could volunteer at the Y and probably get to use the facilities for free. Where there's a will there's a way.
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    Feb 16, 2011 9:20 PM GMT
    We don't have a YMCA
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    Feb 16, 2011 11:48 PM GMT
    What do you mean there's no Y in Phoenixville.. took me 2 seconds to find it


    http://www.fvymca.org/how-to/find-branch-info/index.php?arr1=0&itemid=3
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    Feb 16, 2011 11:56 PM GMT
    Thats not my section of Phoenixville- Things are weird here
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    Mar 13, 2011 3:08 PM GMT
    Hey guy you don't need a gym or equipment to get started and see results fast.

    It really only takes that commitment to forcing yourself to do it. You set a time every day or every other day and you just always do it. You really have to motivate yourself and then when you see results you know it's ALL about your hard work.

    For me I get addicted to the time that is ALL about me. I get an adrenaline rush just starting to run or lift weights. Play some hot workout tunes to keep you focused.

    If you need ideas on how to workout without the gym there are a TON of videos on YouTube that offer great advice:

    Like chest exercises: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYYi8zA4zAg

    Take a pic of when you start and then like monthly to show over a year how hard you have worked. Diet and exercise can be a very powerful combo in changing your body...but it really just comes down to that daily commitment to love yourself and find the best for yourself in life -- so few people can do that. You already know you can do it!
  • HndsmKansan

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    Mar 13, 2011 3:13 PM GMT
    I think it all depends on your determination.

    Check with your local high school or college and see if it's possible for you to utilize their equipment. It will require you to put yourself out and do a little detective work and if you get a "no" then ask what they would suggest.
    I also think you should pick the brain of a trainer or phys ed instructor as to what you might want to do to improve your motivation.

    Even if you have no weights, you can be creative at home. I do a cardio warm up with push ups, jumping jacks, stepping, etc which takes very little money and I know it is helpful.
  • twostroke

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    Mar 13, 2011 3:15 PM GMT
    just "punish" yourself with a bit of exercise before you eat anything !!
  • Peteyboy583

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    Mar 13, 2011 3:29 PM GMT
    You could start with just doing push-up variations and get a doorway pull-up bar. I forget what it is called, but there is a pull-up bar that can be looped over the door (and used for push-ups and crunches) which won't do any damage to a door frame (you just need to have framed-out doors).
  • wander2340

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    Mar 13, 2011 3:32 PM GMT
    I work out from home using mostly my own body weight for resistance. The only gym equipment I have is one of those pull up towers. I got it off Craiglist for $80.

    It sounds like just getting started is your biggest challenge. You will see fast results if you start excersicing 6 days a week for 30 minutes per day in your home. By excersice I mean simply doing anything that requires some physical exertion and gets your heart pumping.

    You'll first need to break through the mental challenge of coming up with excuses for why you can't excersice. After a few weeks of working out you will feel a lot better and you will start to see improvement. This will give you the motivation you need to increase the difficulty of your routine.

    Real Jock has tons of great work out advice. Find some things that you enjoy doing and start doing them. Things like crunches, push ups and jogging around the neighborhood may not sound very sexy or exciting but they are very effective.
  • sea_buddy

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    Mar 13, 2011 3:41 PM GMT
    I'm a BIG (stature small) proponent of body weight exercises!

    Here's a great link to get you started on the topic! http://sportsmedicine.about.com/od/tipsandtricks/a/basictraining.htm

    Ways to get motivated:

    Use a friend and keep each other in line

    Keep a list with you at all times that details exact, quality reasons why you are exercising: recognizing health benefits

    Practice healthy lifestyle in multiple ways: eat well, sleep 8 hours a night if you can, drink lots of water, be sociable

    Try different methods and see what you prefer icon_smile.gif
  • iHavok

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    Mar 13, 2011 4:06 PM GMT
    graniteknighte saidThats not my section of Phoenixville- Things are weird here


    What do you mean its not your section?
    town is less than 4 square miles...

    sounds like an excuse.
    sounds like the real reason you aren't exercising.
  • tuffguyndc

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    Mar 13, 2011 4:08 PM GMT
    buddy, you are young you do not need much. how about taking up a sport or activity. i mean you can swim, tennis, softball, and flag football. as far as weight training, i think you join bally's, golds, or a local gym. usually you can get gym memberships for really cheap and you do not need a lot of fancy equipment to get in a really good workout
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    Mar 13, 2011 4:12 PM GMT
    graniteknighte saidLong story short-
    Went to Doc's today for a checkup, she says I need to exercise more, My issue is this, I am more or less severely on the poor scale of things and dont have the money to be going to fancy gyms nor do I own a fancy weight set. I limit my junkfood and only drink water, get my fruits and veggies in and overall do eat well enough.

    My main issue I think is that I lose steam after I start, I don't feel/see results fast enough, so I lose confidence(not that I have much to begin with) my family does not give a crap about what I do and has not really ever supported me so they wont help train me or anything. I don't have anyone to give me a kick in the ass.

    I am left on my own with severe limits and don't know how to start


    Eat carbs for energy. Drink coffee if you need it. Make sure you get enough sleep.

    If you don't eat enough, you'll be lethargic. Eat.
  • Hunkymonkey

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    Mar 19, 2011 10:56 AM GMT
    Try to find a friend to train with. It will help you so much.