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How to motivate a lazy bastard in Geneva?

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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Re: How to motivate a lazy bastard in Geneva?

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...

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Old 05.08.2017, 20:09
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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...

If you do this (on Sunday), you need to show up at least an hour before, if the weather is fine.

If the weather is crap and during the winter, 30 minutes ahead is good enough.

Otherwise, you'll be at the back of a long queue of more humans than available dogs.

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.
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Old 05.08.2017, 20:19
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Re: How to motivate a lazy bastard in Geneva?

Check out geocaching. If you like it we are going walking!
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Re: How to motivate a lazy bastard in Geneva?

Hi McTAVGE

What about the 20-min workout videos with Joe Wicks?

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Joe+Wicks

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Re: How to motivate a lazy bastard in Geneva?

I would suggest a walking group ... more motivating than solitary walking.
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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...



No danger of that, sorry. Dogs are man's friend and I am the exception that confirms the rule.
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Old 05.08.2017, 20:35
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Re: How to motivate a lazy bastard in Geneva?

Couch to 5K sounds about your speed then. Otherwise, find what you enjoy and do more of it.
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Re: How to motivate a lazy bastard in Geneva?

I think if you SUP on the Plage de Jeunesse, you will feel like 20.

We camped there last year..fun fun fun. And no duck flees.

Otherwise we could do an EF Sunday run (a few kms, say 2-3) on the lake shore, if there is an interest, one of these days. I would not mind. Before the weather gets bad.

Otherwise, bouldering! Totem! It is so much fun. When the weather gets bad.

I also think yoga would do you good.

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Hi McTAVGE

What about the 20-min workout videos with Joe Wicks?

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Joe+Wicks



I looked at it but I get cynical about a 20 something showing off to a 50 year-old: what does he know about knee joints cracking, back going to waste if you do the slightest move the wrong way + he's talking too fast, doing me head in! ... as I said, I'm a lazy, CYNICAL bastard!

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I would suggest a walking group ... more motivating than solitary walking.


If I could find a local one that does not mind the odd lunch time stop!

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I think if you SUP on the Plage de Jeunesse, you will feel like 20.

We camped there last year..fun fun fun. And no duck fleece.

Otherwise we could do an EF Sunday run (a few kms, say 2-3) on the lake shore, if there is an interest, one of these days. I would not mind. Before the weather gets bad.

Otherwise, bouldering! Totem! It is so much fun. When the weather gets bad.

I also think yoga would do you good.


Thanks. Don't mind an EF run, not before 10.00 a.m., mind you. Did I mention I'm lazy? "Plage de Jeunesse"? The name says it all, they won't let me in!

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Couch to 5K sounds about your speed then. Otherwise, find what you enjoy and do more of it.


Is it available from Ikea?

Last edited by 3Wishes; 05.08.2017 at 20:51. Reason: Use multi-quote. Don't be a lazy bastard. :D
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I looked at it but I get cynical about a 20 something showing off to a 50 year-old: what does he know about knee joints cracking, back going to waste if you do the slightest move the wrong way + he's talking too fast, doing me head in! ... as I said, I'm a lazy, CYNICAL bastard!
hmmm, how can we help you... let me think.
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hmmm, how can we help you... let me think.


You could always hold a glass of Whisky or a Haggis on a stick, that would get me to walk fast!
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You could always hold a glass of Whisky or a Haggis on a stick, that would get me to walk fast!
I would do that if I was living in Geneva.
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Hi McTAVGE

What about the 20-min workout videos with Joe Wicks?

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Joe+Wicks



I actually found his "ultimate beginner" and "absolute beginner" which might just work for me. If only he could stop throwing his long hair backwards, I would feel less bald and old!
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Re: How to motivate a lazy bastard in Geneva?

Maybe try something like Dacadoo Go?

https://go.dacadoo.com/site/

It's basically Pokemon Go without battles, a GPS-based "treasure hunt" app..
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I actually found his "ultimate beginner" and "absolute beginner" which might just work for me. If only he could stop throwing his long hair backwards, I would feel less bald and old!
I found his hair actually quite irritating. It almost looks like a wig, don't you think? However, the workouts might be effective shape wise. He does a good job there.
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Re: How to motivate a lazy bastard in Geneva?

Have you considered paragliding from the Salève?
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While yodelling! Swiss tourist industry should pay you for that
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Re: How to motivate a lazy bastard in Geneva?

Buy a convertible, take the stairs rather than the lift, love your wife.
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Otherwise we could do an EF Sunday run (a few kms, say 2-3) on the lake shore, if there is an interest, one of these days. I would not mind. Before the weather gets bad.
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I was going to suggest an EF support group à la blanket project, which is at blankie number 6 or 7(?), but a weekly EF run sounds so much better.
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