So I've decided to exercise this time around.

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    Sep 30, 2012 9:55 PM GMT
    A few years ago I dieted and got to around 165. I gained a lot of that back (245) instead of just losing it all however I think I'm going to exercise. I don't what to be that skinny again.

    Any recommendations on exercise I can do at home until I feel confident enough to go to the gym?
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    Sep 30, 2012 11:20 PM GMT
    mikeinslc said

    Any recommendations on exercise I can do at home until I feel confident enough to go to the gym?


    Though there are plenty of things you can do at home, you'll also find that about 99% of people really don't care about other people at the gym. They go, do their thing, and leave, as you should too.
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    Oct 01, 2012 12:07 AM GMT
    Pushups, pullups, planks, squats, lunges, and sex.
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    Oct 01, 2012 12:42 AM GMT
    80 fucking pounds! icon_eek.gif Jesus!
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    Oct 01, 2012 12:51 AM GMT
    mikeinslc saidA few years ago I dieted and got to around 165. I gained a lot of that back (245) instead of just losing it all however I think I'm going to exercise. I don't what to be that skinny again.

    Any recommendations on exercise I can do at home until I feel confident enough to go to the gym?


    Mike,

    I did exactly what you did. I dieted and lost weight a couple of times without exercise and then gained it all back and then some.

    This time, I worked out.

    I am lucky that I had a gym at the school that I could use for free and I started by just doing cardio - the elliptical for the first month or so. Then I added the weight training in - by myself. Then I eventually added the trainer.

    So my first suggestion is find a cardio activity that you like and can stick with. That's going to help you burn calories and get you motivated. Use the DJ Grind downloads that are free from this site. They are a great motivational tool for cardio.

    I started with 20 minutes on the elliptical, and added one minute every day until I got up to an hour. It really wasn't that bad. It was a great way to challenge myself. Plus, if I can do 20 minutes, then I can make it 21. If I can do 21, then I can easily make it 22.

    Anyway, that's my 2 cents. Best of luck to you.
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    Oct 01, 2012 1:06 AM GMT
    A lot of people dislike the Beachbody programs but I really like them. Body Best is my favorite but you will need dumbells and a curl up bar. P90X only needs a pull up bar that you can buy for 20 bucks at Walmart.
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    Oct 01, 2012 2:17 AM GMT
    Caslon21000 said80 fucking pounds! icon_eek.gif Jesus!


    245 isnt my max I got up to 290.
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    Oct 01, 2012 2:20 AM GMT
    RUN!!! Do a lot of running/walking. I found that is a great way to keep in shape. Plus it's easy and free. Just find a comfortable and scenic spot to take a stroll. Once you feel healthy enough, start jogging little by little. Even if it's only a mile or so, it's exercise. Good luck!!!
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    Oct 01, 2012 3:26 AM GMT
    jmusmc85 saidRUN!!! ...
    At his weight?!? icon_eek.gif

    Running puts enormous pressure on the spine and knees. He needs to drop quite a few lbs before he runs. Walking fast is the best cardio he should do for a while. Running will only give him lower back problems later in life.

    <-- Learned by experience.
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    Oct 01, 2012 3:33 AM GMT
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    jmusmc85 saidRUN!!! ...
    At his weight?!? icon_eek.gif

    Running puts enormous pressure on the spine and knees. He needs to drop quite a few lbs before he runs. Walking fast is the best cardio he should do for a while. Running will only give him lower back problems later in life.

    <-- Learned by experience.


    And OP is in SLC not a good idea to walk outside for 4-6 months of the year.
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    Oct 01, 2012 3:43 AM GMT
    Dang! Im just trying to help ya'll!!!


    * storms out *
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    Oct 01, 2012 10:57 AM GMT
    My advice would be to do something you enjoy. Have you found any type of physical activity that you have enjoyed in the past? That's the key to sustainability, not doing it because you have but doing it because you enjoy it. Cycling, Dancing, Zumba, walking, swimming, yoga, skipping, rowing, treadmill, cross trainer, run up the stairs at home... the possibilities are endless.

    I would also advise not to go on a "diet" this time round however make realistic sustainable changes to your diet. 90% of people that go on diets regain their lost weight and most end up heavier than they were. It shouldn't feel like you are depriving yourself of anything. Instead look at food in a healthier way and eat in a way that's sustainable, enjoyable but also sensible.

    Good luck!

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    Oct 01, 2012 12:44 PM GMT
    You're out of shape and going to the Gym to do something about it.
    That's what they are for.
    That's all that matters.
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    Oct 01, 2012 12:47 PM GMT
    SoloXCRacer said
    mikeinslc said

    Any recommendations on exercise I can do at home until I feel confident enough to go to the gym?


    Though there are plenty of things you can do at home, you'll also find that about 99% of people really don't care about other people at the gym. They go, do their thing, and leave, as you should too.


    I agree.
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    Oct 01, 2012 12:54 PM GMT
    I'd suggest a simple cardio set... I do some things similar in the morning.. pushups.. regular, decline & incline... jumping jacks, stretch exercises. I have a bench at home and do barbell & dumbell curls at home. It all works!

    Good luck with it!
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    Oct 02, 2012 3:06 AM GMT
    whatever3009 said
    SoloXCRacer said
    mikeinslc said

    Any recommendations on exercise I can do at home until I feel confident enough to go to the gym?


    Though there are plenty of things you can do at home, you'll also find that about 99% of people really don't care about other people at the gym. They go, do their thing, and leave, as you should too.


    I agree.


    I know it's more about me than anything. But being a but more fit and actually being able to exercise will help the process.
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    Oct 02, 2012 3:15 AM GMT
    Never be too ashamed to go to the gym. It's universally accepted that most people don't admire people based solely on what their body already looks like. They admire the guy who is there day in and day out, giving maximum effort to meet his goals. There's absolutely no reason why you can't be that guy, starting today.
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    Oct 02, 2012 2:22 PM GMT
    Andrew86 saidNever be too ashamed to go to the gym. It's universally accepted that most people don't admire people based solely on what their body already looks like. They admire the guy who is there day in and day out, giving maximum effort to meet his goals. There's absolutely no reason why you can't be that guy, starting today.



    There is (was) a large guy who started at my gym and you could see everyone thinking wow you'll just last a few months here...one year on the change has been dramatic...all he did was treadmill/cardio stuff but he stuck at it and now he's an inspiration to a lot of people....
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    Oct 02, 2012 2:30 PM GMT
    Andrew86 saidNever be too ashamed to go to the gym. It's universally accepted that most people don't admire people based solely on what their body already looks like. They admire the guy who is there day in and day out, giving maximum effort to meet his goals. There's absolutely no reason why you can't be that guy, starting today.


    Couldn't have said it better....the key is to "show up". I notice the people that I see regularly and see the improvement, and that is what is admirable. I also agree to focus on (low impact) cardio to begin, try at least 30 min every day if you can. Good luck!
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    Oct 05, 2012 4:39 AM GMT
    I had no problem going to the gym when I was also 80 lbs heavier because I figured at that weight no one was going to be looking at me - and I was right! Eighty pounds lighter I don't elicit many looks because people are just as much into themselves as before.
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    Oct 16, 2012 2:16 PM GMT
    Pretty much anything that keeps a moderate level of activity up for around 30-60 minutes will be of great benefit.

    Walking will probably be the best pay off - all you need are sneakers and an ipod or similar.

    Do you have any injuries?

    Dieting will of course, assist - but I'd recommend you dont cut carbs out of your diet completely if you were considering that, altering your balance to include complex carbs and keeping protein in your diet will often lead to good losses, assuming you put in the work.

    Cheers
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    Oct 17, 2012 4:17 PM GMT
    Just like you I been gaining weights and losing a lot of self esteem .
    Gone were the days when I use to run 10k, jog in the morning , look good in swimming trunk and rushing to the gym for Les Mill fat busting after work.

    I not sure what happen.Probably because , now I have a lover and no longer have a need to be attractive. To busy with work , getting older , reduce testorone ....? I even buy an expensive treadmill and place it front of my tv set, but just to lazy to use it ....If only I can restart my motivation ........ Any suggestion and word of encouragement appreciated.....
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    Oct 18, 2012 5:14 PM GMT
    Andrew86 saidNever be too ashamed to go to the gym. It's universally accepted that most people don't admire people based solely on what their body already looks like. They admire the guy who is there day in and day out, giving maximum effort to meet his goals. There's absolutely no reason why you can't be that guy, starting today.


    Agreed
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    Oct 18, 2012 5:17 PM GMT
    MikemikeMike said
    Andrew86 saidNever be too ashamed to go to the gym. It's universally accepted that most people don't admire people based solely on what their body already looks like. They admire the guy who is there day in and day out, giving maximum effort to meet his goals. There's absolutely no reason why you can't be that guy, starting today.


    Agreed


    Actually, people don't give a shit, period. Now, if you're built like a brick shithouse, you will get a lot of admiring looks....and a bit more.....
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    Nov 26, 2012 9:59 AM GMT
    I joined the gym in October and went only 5 days. Same reasons as OP . icon_cry.gif

    ["Never be too ashamed to go to the gym " and all is fine but the poor guy only asked for some exercises-at-home suggestions. icon_razz.gif . ]

    I *have* taken up running in the morning (30 mins only right now) and have been keepin at it for past 2 weeks. I read on some other thread that it takes up to 4 weeks to form a habit, waiting for that mark icon_biggrin.gif

    I now want to start working out with weights at home. Has anyone here built drool-worthy body working out from home alone, never visiting the gym? (I have weights, dumbbells and bar at home, planning to buy a bench next month).
    Any exercise suggestions? Safety pointers to keep in mind?