Need your HELP in hopping back on the exercise wagon!

  • funguys

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    Mar 16, 2011 6:16 AM GMT
    For the past few years I have been religious about doing weights at the gym regularly and running regularly. Due to a string of illnesses that I will not bore you with, I have not been able to exercise with any consistency for the past couple of months.

    My body is starting to show signs of losing it's "buffness" and this has me feeling discouraged and low.

    It's now time to get back on the saddle as long as my body will cooperate. I don't want to completely lose what I have worked so hard to gain.

    Any advice, encouragement, or jovial prodding would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks men!

    Stephen
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    Mar 16, 2011 7:32 AM GMT
    Generally, after a week of not working out you will lose some cardiovascular fitness.
    After not working out for two weeks you will lose some muscle fitness.

    Just go in realizing that you won't be able to lift the same weights you once did. Best just to face it now so you can move on. Don't waste your time getting down on yourself for not being at the same level of fitness you once were.


    When you are going to start your first set, try it at about 60% of what you used to lift. You can add/lose weight after that first set, depending on how your body responds.
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    Mar 16, 2011 10:43 PM GMT
    Type "fat guys" in google images.
    Then think to yourself "that's what I'll look like in 3 years if I don't hop back on the bandwagon."
    That should be good motivation. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Mar 17, 2011 2:20 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidType "fat guys" in google images.
    Then think to yourself "that's what I'll look like in 3 years if I don't hop back on the bandwagon."
    That should be good motivation. icon_biggrin.gif


    Lol. Paul. Cute.
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    Mar 17, 2011 2:28 AM GMT
    I'm in the same boat. I was working out regularlly for about 6+ months then got sick that got me down for over 2 weeks and now can't get my butt back to the gym. I know I need to get their but have that "I'll go tomorrow" routine. Guess I need to take a day off work and spend the day their.
  • funguys

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    Mar 17, 2011 4:03 AM GMT
    Thanks all for the advice and letting me know I'm not alone in this. Real Jock has been great motivation for me since I joined. Growing up, I never thought of gay guys as jocks. Stereotype, I know. Now i'm proud to call myself a real jock with all of you.

    Ran with Front Runners Fort Lauderdale tonight and did the full 6-mile route. I was slower than usual and it hurt a bit, but I freaking did it!

    Gym tomorrow after work for weights. I'm just going to do the best I can tomorrow and be proud of that.

    Thanks again guys. See you at the gym.

    Stephen.
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    Mar 17, 2011 11:24 AM GMT

    Had a debilitating flu for 3+ weeks in Feb. It was supposed to be my "vacation." Spent the whole time on a lumpy sleeper sofa wrapped in a blanket shivering. Never did get any mojo back. In the aftermath, just a flight of stairs would leave me breathless and with my heart pounding so hard I could hear it. I get done with the Cardiologist (hopefully) later today. The last thing is an echocardiogram and then I should be good to go. Just this week started walks with the dog at a leisure pace, about two miles. Whenever I have a serious gym lapse, walking is the first step toward getting back. It's simple, boosts your confidence and feeling of well being, and helps with weight control in the interim.

    My plan for the gym is to get in there and do just one set out of the usual three (the one at the lowest weight setting) at each station. If I can't complete all the reps, I will ratchet down to a minimum of eight. It's just a whole lot easier to get myself in there if I can mentally look forward to the easy gig. I've used this method to recover from a lot worse, including a bulging lumbar disc back in 2005. Guys who are in a similar boat right now, let's form up a little support group. Drop an email to get/give some encouragement. icon_wink.gif

    --Jay
  • bad_wolf

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    Mar 17, 2011 11:40 AM GMT
    Have had days like that, do you think you're the type of person who needs someone on the other end of the phone to scream at you drill sergeant style?
    I often find that when I miss a week out I have alot more energy as oppose to the usual consecutive weeks. Good motivator once you get down there to to see what you are capable to doing really well.
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    Mar 17, 2011 12:29 PM GMT
    YOU THERE! FAT MAN, GET BACK TO THE GYM NOW! icon_razz.gif