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Old 10-10-2019, 19:32   #1
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It's been hard trying to find inspiration/motivation to exercise.

I can't do all the fun dance classes because of physical issues and I hate swimming because of the chlorine...just ugh...the smell! I feel like a hamster on a wheel for everything else. I'm so bored. There's a yoga program I created for myself because I used to be into that but it was always a side sport for the main activity that required extreme flexibility (like martial arts). So I'm bored with yoga too.

I can't find a strong reason to exercise other than it's an investment in my health and I NEED to make it. I know that logically I should want to do it. I can't even do it out of vanity the way I did as a teen because I don't care that much about the outside anymore (this is good and bad). I have no spouse, children, pets or plants that I want to stay healthy for nor can I afford pets, and no I don't want to volunteer for anything. It's bad enough being marginalized and paid poorly because of my schizophrenia. I'm not about to work for free.

Not sure what I'm asking in this post now... I originally wanted to know what everyone's inspiration was and in the past, when I've asked this in a forum, it's always "I want to be there for my kids/grandkids." But I don't have this. I lost 20 lbs earlier this year but I'm gaining it back. All I can think of is food.

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It's been hard trying to find inspiration/motivation to exercise.

I can't do all the fun dance classes because of physical issues and I hate swimming because of the chlorine...just ugh...the smell! I feel like a hamster on a wheel for everything else. I'm so bored. There's a yoga program I created for myself because I used to be into that but it was always a side sport for the main activity that required extreme flexibility (like martial arts). So I'm bored with yoga too.

I can't find a strong reason to exercise other than it's an investment in my health and I NEED to make it. I know that logically I should want to do it. I can't even do it out of vanity the way I did as a teen because I don't care that much about the outside anymore (this is good and bad). I have no spouse, children, pets or plants that I want to stay healthy for nor can I afford pets, and no I don't want to volunteer for anything. It's bad enough being marginalized and paid poorly because of my schizophrenia. I'm not about to work for free.

Not sure what I'm asking in this post now... I originally wanted to know what everyone's inspiration was and in the past, when I've asked this in a forum, it's always "I want to be there for my kids/grandkids." But I don't have this. I lost 20 lbs earlier this year but I'm gaining it back. All I can think of is food.

The road to obesity was paved with Ristorante Pizza Speciale.
My Dad was an inspiration for me remaining fit and obesity in my family's situation is not a factor. My Dad had serious health issues at 68 and became quite sedentary. He's 85 now and can barely walk because of about 20 years of inactivity.

There's nothing I can do to help my dad at this point in time but I will use this experience as a reminder not to let myself go and become sedentary which in turn causes muscle atrophy.

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Well, let me tell you about myself. I am not sure this will be motivational but it might explain how someone can have a completely outlook on exercise.

Firstly, I am in my sixties. Single, no kids. I have never really exercised to become better looking; I have zero vanity.

Way back in college I was not in shape. I was too focused on my studies. I also ate awful food, and at times drank WAY too much. I had zero desire to lift weights let alone do any sort of cardio workout.

Thankfully upon graduation I bumped into people who were into running. So despite my flab I started running, lost weight, and for the next forty years I had been in shape except for perhaps 2-3 years when work (travel) got in the way.

Now what keeps me motivated:

1) Looking at my peers scare me. They look tired, obese and complain endlessly about their health. I don't want to be like them.

2) Exercise is fun. Seriously. Most gyms offer a wide variety of classes from tame (yoga) to wild (Zumba). It's a great way to meet new people.

3) Lengthy cardio workouts make me feel ALIVE. Seriously. Doing a step machine or treadmill for an hour is like hitting my personal Reset button. I feel both mentally and physically rejuvenated after I hit the showers.

Yes, getting back into shape is ... simply awful. After a few minutes your breathless and feel stupid compared to everyone else around who act like Energizer bunnies. It can be humiliating ... if you let it. Take it one day at a time, and give yourself goals. For example, maybe today you can only walk 20 minutes on a treadmill for a total of one mile. But try to do one mile in 18 minutes next week. You might surprise yourself in over-achieving on your goals.

Anyway, enough rambling. I exercise literally every day unless I am ill or injured. It's part of me. Hopefully it can be part of your life too.

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My overall motivation for managing my T2 is, indeed, my grandkids. My informal barometer of "in shape" is if I can do pretty much what our 30-year-old son-in law (who hits the gym regularly) does with his kids. So far, I can, though as grandkid #1 gets bigger I'm starting to hit my limit.

One way I motivate myself to exercise is to define exercise differently than many. I don't have to go to a special place to call it exercise. And I have a loose interpretation of what I consider exercise.

Is walking a consideration? I can walk around the block. Or I can walk throughout the house putting things away or with a vacuum hose in my hand. It's still walking and bending and reaching. I know housework isn't the most fun I can have, but it's always there to do, it doesn't matter what the weather is outside (unless the exercise is shoveling snow or pulling weeds), it gets me moving and there's a positive result.

Distraction can work, too. My DW likes to walk on a treadmill while reading a book or a magazine. I've set up my bike trainer in the winter so I can watch TV or videos while I pedal. Neither activity is a targeted-heart-rate workout but they're better than sitting in a chair reading or watching TV. It's not hard to lose half an hour just moving mindlessly while my brain is engrossed in something else. For us, folk dancing is good, too. A couple of hours of dancing is several thousand steps. I'm not out of breath when I'm done and I don't "feel the burn" but I know I've exercised.

And, as Lazza wrote, looking at my peers scares me. My T2-diabetic next-door neighbor is my age and I cannot conceive of her doing yard work or home improvement or toting around toddlers as I can; in fact, I've never seen her do any of that. DW's non-diabetic mom is in her mid-80s and never moved much and now lives in assisted living with a walker. I don't want to be there then, so I have to move here and now. Maybe the motivation is what you don't want to happen...

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Thanks for the stories, everyone. It feels good to talk about this. My parents are slim, active and healthy (my mom more than my dad). I used to be a size 10, in super shape, and I did a lot of dancing and martial arts. It wrecked my feet so many things are painful now. Zumba, dance or any kind of running and jumping is out of the question. As for being scared by what happens to others, this doesn't seem to work on me. Schizophrenia is so terrible (it's like daily psych-torture) that other things don't seem that bad. I wish I could get more scared. I read a book on how to keep up with heart health because I have a ton of stomach fat and can't seem to get rid of it. I'm a bit worried about heart disease (but not as much as I probably should be). I've tried doing squats (10 a day so far) and taking the stairs more often. I heard stomach fat's the last thing to go and it was a problem for me even when I was size 10-12. Now I'm size 20 or sometimes 22. Funny enough, exercise tends to make me want to eat more.

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