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Fitness Ideas?

Discussion in 'Sports Arena' started by Ninco!, Dec 28, 2018.

  1. Ninco!

    Hitman

    Joined: Jul 8, 2014

    Posts: 582

    Location: Surrey

    Apologies its an old cliche - irrespective of the New Year looming, I have been giving this some thought for months! A genuine question and inspiration on ideas to get fitter?

    A bit of background, I am 43, fairly slim but unfit! Waist is currently 33". Commuter so time will be limited. The last time I did genuine exercise (Paintball) muscle ache was a wake up call! Diet could be improved but a none carb/alcohol diet will not happen at this point in time.

    The thought of joining a Gym fills me with dread, so looking at alternatives?

    Really start with something nondescript like jogging/walking?
    Swimming
    Martial arts (might be a tad ambitious) to build confidence and work all the muscles point, only the thought of joining a club which is made up of 10-14 year old Bruce Lee's... or way out of my depth.
    Bite the bullet and invest in a personal trainer (this would force me to get out).
    I tried cycling - I do enjoy, however I gave my last bike away (same with weights) - so would rather avoid ending up in the same scenario.
     
  2. Hades

    Capodecina

    Joined: Oct 19, 2002

    Posts: 21,125

    Location: Surrey and London

    Sort your diet out. Walk a lot. Walk everywhere. Take up light jogging. Join a gym. Noone there will care that you are unfit. Do pushups at home. Lots of them. Sort your diet out (important so I said it twice).
     
  3. wingman

    Mobster

    Joined: Dec 27, 2011

    Posts: 4,376

    This will be your sticking point I'm afraid.

    Roughly speaking, you can out-diet bad exercise, but you can't out-exercise a bad diet.

    Why are you reluctant to try this out?

    Obviously moving and doing any exercise is better than not, so start with some light weights at home, add in some push ups, pull ups, dips (if you can), and everything Hades said above.
     
  4. Bassmansam

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Nov 22, 2007

    Posts: 2,049

    I go for a walk round my local park/woodland, has a longish hill which is quite steep which gives a good work out. As im off work at the moment i do 1 lap every day, when i go back to work just on weekends until evenings get lighter.

    OP - what is your diet like roughly?
     
  5. Maccapacca

    Don

    Joined: Apr 13, 2010

    Posts: 15,748

    Location: Sunny Sussex

    Join a BJJ club / gym and go three times a week.

    They'll have beginners sessions and you can progress as you learn
     
  6. Luckystrike123

    Gangster

    Joined: Aug 11, 2011

    Posts: 449

    I quite enjoy kettlebells. They don't take up much space and workouts are brutally hard and over in a flash. Buy a 16kg and 24kg and try and do this most days to get you started.

    Swing x15
    Goblet squat x5
    Press-up x3
    Repeat.

    Chuck in some pull-ups and go on an occasional run and you probably don't need to do anything else.
     
  7. jsmoke

    Soldato

    Joined: Jun 17, 2012

    Posts: 6,275

    Swimming
     
  8. mid_gen

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Dec 20, 2004

    Posts: 7,948

    Location: Düsseldorf

    Take up bouldering. All the fitness benefits of a gym without the mind-numbing tedium of pushing bits of metal around.

    It's a good mental problem-solving exercise, great way to unwind after work.
     
  9. Skidder

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Nov 28, 2007

    Posts: 11,457

    you could do HIIT at home guided by you tube vids (Joe wicks et al). No need for equipment and will improve your fitness. Combine that with progressively longer jogs. Or bite the bullet and join a gym and do strong lifts or something with a bit of structure. Sounds like the former may be more to your liking at the mo.
     
  10. Somnambulist

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Jun 17, 2010

    Posts: 9,276

    Location: London

    You don't have to cut out carbs to sort your diet out (or alcohol completely), but you do need to be active to form a solid base to work with. As far as exercise goes, try different things to find out if you actually enjoy doing them, but obviously you have to match the activity with what your idea of 'fit' is - i.e. if you want to be stronger and more muscular, jogging isn't going going to result in that physique.
     
  11. Ninco!

    Hitman

    Joined: Jul 8, 2014

    Posts: 582

    Location: Surrey

    Many thanks for the honest answers, very much appreciated.

    I painted a worst picture of my diet, which is is not too bad (lots of greens etc) only I do like crusty bread, takeaway and a beer now and again.

    I think I can address the diet (always room for improvement) so not too worried. Mainly looking to be fitter overall and toned rather than bulking up; so a lot of these suggestions fit the bill. Will check out some of the recommendations as I have never heard of some; it just goes to show how out of touch! Thanks again all.
     
  12. SPG

    Mobster

    Joined: Jul 28, 2010

    Posts: 4,760

    Swimming, and Walking.

    Swimming is easy, but also really hard.
     
  13. D.P.

    Caporegime

    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 28,995

    Try to find something that you enjoy so you end up doing all the time. For me that was running, really enjoyable, improves mental health tremendously and yet burns calories faster than than any other exercise. If you tend to get bored of one thing then the triathlon style with cycling and swimming added to the running is very healthy. As mid_glen says, bouldering or climbing is far more fun than going to the gym.


    The best part about running is that there is no expensive equipment and you don;t have to travel anywhere like a pool to do it. just throw on some running shoes and head out the door. It gets you outside, even when the weather sucks it is safe while on a bike you end up inside a lot if it isn't dry or too windy.
     
  14. Avenged7Fold

    Capodecina

    Joined: Sep 12, 2012

    Posts: 11,432

    Location: Surrey

    If OP has specific physique goals in mind or fitness goals, then some things are better than others but nothing will be achieved if OP doesn't have the motivation to stick to it.

    Agree with this.

    Disagree with this.

    It's different for different people. There is nothing i find more fun at the moment than going to the gym and trying to push myself a little more. The sense of progression week in and week out as you can do one more rep or a few more Kg. Just trying to nail form on a new exercise is exciting for me.
     
  15. Defy Belief

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Sep 29, 2010

    Posts: 2,070

    Depending on your personality, if you like setting goals/beating them, i'd recommend a form of fitness tracker along with Strava.

    Try and beat your best time each time etc,its a great way to track progress and personally I find it a lot of fun and also rewarding seeing the improvements you make. If you enjoy cycling/running adding that to it would be a great option to keep motivation IMO