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Old 07.08.2017, 16:11
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I like your ideas, especially the weekly celebratory drink! You don't want to be a motivator in Geneva, do you?
I totally would, if only Geneva would magically move a little closer to Solothurn. But if you need someone to browbeat and generally harass you into getting off the sofa, I'm sure you'll find plenty of takers.
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I totally would, if only Geneva would magically move a little closer to Solothurn. But if you need someone to browbeat and generally harass you into getting off the sofa, I'm sure you'll find plenty of takers.


Yeah, I'm a bit like Eddie and you'd be Patsy?
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Old 07.08.2017, 17:19
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Time tested fitness program, gratis:

http://www.sgpa.ch/promenades/

Volunteer to walk the homeless dogs. No better motivator and coach than a four footer (over)eager for a walk. And when you are feeling lazy and the sofa looks inviting, remember: the dogs need you...

Do you by any chance have a Zürich link?
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Re: How to motivate a lazy bastard in Geneva?

How about running for a charity? When you know that you not running will reduce the money that could have been raised, may be this would push you.

I run for a charity working towards education of underprivileged children. Last time we had a race, I was down with flu and 100C. In normal situations, I would not have left my bed, but the thought of 100s of kids not being able to get education because of me didn't sit well with me. I ran and surprisingly managed a 10km in 54min!

Sometimes, external motivation works :-)

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Let's be honest: I don't mind culinary walks, pub trails and watching a bit of sport on tv, but that's as far as my sporting abilities go.


Hitting the big 50 soon, I wrote (probably in a drunken stupor) on my "bucket list of things to do once I'm 50" that I should get fitter and do more sport.


I know that if I'm going to a gym, I'll be very good at it for the first two months then will give up (boring, too many fit people showing off, too expensive...any excuse, really).


I go and swim regularly in the lake and I do Stand Up Paddling (the "let's not overdo it way": 30 minutes paddling, 30 minutes sunbathing on the board!). I think I need a coach or motivator, but not sure I can afford one.


Any suggestions of a good gym or fitness programme, maybe including exercising outside, or as part of a group (but not a too competitive one otherwise I'd drop out at the first Whisky stop!)? Forget team sports, I am not competitive enough and it would bring back unhappy memories of PE teachers shouting at me while I was slobbling it on the side benches in the gym!
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Old 07.08.2017, 17:30
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Do you by any chance have a Zürich link?
If you want to walk homeless dogs then just google "Zürich Tierheim", find one near you, go and visit them and say you want to walk dogs.
Usually you have to leave your id card or similar as a sort of guarantee that you will not walk off with the dog

My wife does that from time to time.
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How about running for a charity? When you know that you not running will reduce the money that could have been raised, may be this would push you.

I run for a charity working towards education of underprivileged children. Last time we had a race, I was down with flu and 100C. In normal situations, I would not have left my bed, but the thought of 100s of kids not being able to get education because of me didn't sit well with me. I ran and surprisingly managed a 10km in 54min!

Sometimes, external motivation works :-)


Great idea! I'll keep my eyes out for Geneva's charity events involving "physical activity"...
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If it's raining, show up anytime as no one else will be there. Bring some ID, the staff keep it while you're out with the dog.

It's very rewarding. My daughter goes frequently.
Can I ask where your daughter does this please? I emailed the local tierschutz a couple of weeks ago and they said they had more than enough volunteers.
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Old 09.08.2017, 20:22
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Re: How to motivate a lazy bastard in Geneva?

Now I have a super idea. I'm considering to get one of those myself:

https://www.trimilin.ch/trimilin-pro.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jiqk...oJrCcr4r3x8cV0

What'd you reckon?
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Old 09.08.2017, 20:50
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Can I ask where your daughter does this please? I emailed the local tierschutz a couple of weeks ago and they said they had more than enough volunteers.
It's in Geneva. SGPA.ch.
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Old 12.08.2017, 13:28
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Now I have a super idea. I'm considering to get one of those myself:

https://www.trimilin.ch/trimilin-pro.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jiqk...oJrCcr4r3x8cV0

What'd you reckon?

I have no garden to speak of, so it would be a bit difficult. I have started rope skipping for cardio, it's doing the trick, I don't need a gym. Just need to find the will to work on my abs, but the selection of cheeses in the fridge tells me it's not for tomorrow!
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Old 12.08.2017, 13:49
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Re: How to motivate a lazy bastard in Geneva?

Take up a tennis activity in Geneva. Join the local club and start sweating it out. There's no other exercise that makes you less bored and also a tad more competitive than ever been before. Just try to avoid all those apre-tennis rounds of beer, popular custom here. Everything lost can be easily gained back in no time, if you unexpectedly have stopped watching your diet like I did it once.

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I have no garden to speak of, so it would be a bit difficult. I have started rope skipping for cardio, it's doing the trick, I don't need a gym. Just need to find the will to work on my abs, but the selection of cheeses in the fridge tells me it's not for tomorrow!
Those are indoor trampolines.
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Re: How to motivate a lazy bastard in Geneva?

Is this the answer? https://www.theguardian.com/lifeands...nment-campaign


The British NHS couch25k (From couch to running 5k) is a nice, gentle way to start, with a mixture of walking and running and it certainly got me in my running gear without (too much) moaning!
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Is this the answer? https://www.theguardian.com/lifeands...nment-campaign


The British NHS couch25k (From couch to running 5k) is a nice, gentle way to start, with a mixture of walking and running and it certainly got me in my running gear without (too much) moaning!
That's comes highly recommended. I tried it for a few weeks, but I wasn't disciplined enough to follow it. But definitely the first 3 weeks were good to go from couch to at least moving for a few minutes at a time, even if it was a mix of running and walking. Plus the gentle nature probably helps to avoid injury.
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Re: How to motivate a lazy bastard in Geneva?

Hire someone to do it for you :-)
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Hire someone to do it for you :-)


I thought about it...but in Geneva and on my salary, somehow the motivation and common sense prevailed!
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Re: How to motivate a lazy bastard in Geneva?

Get a bike and go for a few nice leisurely trips each week.
Instead of paddle-boarding, what about kayaking? Probably a bit more energetic.
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Re: How to motivate a lazy bastard in Geneva?

Do you never swim in the lake?
Just got back from my daily swim and the park is full of spritely 70+yr olds who look better in a bikini than many women a fraction of their age.
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Get a bike and go for a few nice leisurely trips each week.
Instead of paddle-boarding, what about kayaking? Probably a bit more energetic.




PaddyG, trust me, stand up paddling is energetic enough for me! Have you tried it on a rough lake?
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Do you never swim in the lake?
Just got back from my daily swim and the park is full of spritely 70+yr olds who look better in a bikini than many women a fraction of their age.


Yes, I often swim in the lake...not in a bikini, though!
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