HI Carmen Lisa,
I get what your saying about gyms and fit people being intimidating.I'm built for comfort not for speed.
Free ways to excercise
- In one of the other threads someone suggested about going out your front door and walking for ten minutes then turn and walk back. I was in a bad space at the time and I tried it and it worked to get me a little motivated.Increase how long you go for when youre ready.
- I like to go to little coffee shack by the water. I park further away each time I go so I walk a bit further.
- If listening to music doesn't help you exercise, try getting an audio book from your local library, and listening to that.
- Don't know how big your back yard is or if you have one, but walk around it as many times as you feel able , watch your feet or count your steps, make it part meditation.
Can you swim and no I don't mean laps and doing a "Thorpedo". I go to my local pool and do lengths of breastroke , and trust me I'm so slow the oldies pass me, or get a kickboard hold it in front and kick from one end to the other.Then lie on your back holding the board on your chest and go backwards (it's great your head's under the water and the world is peaceful) Again very relaxing. Or just go and walk laps. If you ring your pool and ask they will tell you when is a quieter time to come down if you want to avoid the fitness mob.
Of course , you can do all of that swim stuff down the beach, if it's too cold go the op shop and get a cheap wetsuit and hey, shivering is exercise, it burns calories.
My lovely GP (who also has mental health illnessess, so is walking the walk with us) once said to me it's about making the effort not the amount you do, she said don't set yourself big goals. She doesn't enjoy exercise either, so again gets it.5mins is better than nothing at all.
If you get to the pool and only swim for ten minutes, fine, you went. If you find a set of stairs/steps somewhere and walk up them once , fine. If you can't leave the house, do some weights-empty the pantry contents on to the floor , then put it back again.You might find a hidden stash of chocolate you forgot about, BONUS.
Do sidesteps or lunges up and down the hallway. Do pushups against the wall, leg raises in front of the tv. Have ou got a cat you can swing around the room?( I love cats and have one , just kidding.)
It's about making a start no matter how small.Don't trivialise any effort you make as useless just have a go.
We all start somewhere.
Try googling your local communtiy news pages or check your local papers, a lot of places have free walking groups and I know even my little rural town has a local one that is part of the depression group for 18-25's( at 52 I don't quite make it)
Good luck and hope this has been of some help.Any jokes i have made are not to make fun of where you at , cos I've been there too and no doubt will be again, but hey laughter or even just smiling is great exercise. And yes throwing something at the computer would also count as exercise as would swearing at my post. Take care of you,with best wishes and lots of hugs