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Fitness question

Several servers are down here today, so I can't do much work. And that makes it harder to resist eating things that are way off the diet. I think Mondays are the hardest for that, maybe.

Which reminds me... how many of you folks have a regular exercise plan? I know I need to set up a structure for that sort of thing, but with work and home ownership and a dozen other priorities, it feels almost impossible to do much more than a few stretches when I happen to think of it. To hear the experts tell it, anything less than 30 minutes of aerobic exercise, at least 3 or 4 times a week is tantamount to slow suicide. An hour every single day is much better, they say. Ack.

Who really does that? Do all of you actually do that, and I just don't know about it? I mean, I sometimes think I must be in the top 10% of the sedintary.

I was doing pretty well there at Curves for about 6 months (and losing weight really fast) but then I found out that Curves is owned by an extreme anti-choice homophobe, so I had no choice but to quit or seriously comprimise my values.

Now what? I really hate traditional gyms. But it looks like I'm headed for Gold's anyway, because I can't think of any other good solutions. Any advice regarding better gym environmets or exercise programs would be greatly appreciated.


Aug. 1st, 2005 05:28 pm (UTC)
Mostly callisthenics (shoulder circles etc) when I have no gym or cant put my bench and stuff where I'm living. About half an hr a day is fine. Never more that 90 minutes at a time. I try to do a couple of sets of crunches, push ups, pull ups and squats in the morining before work and when I get home. The night session is when I go for about 30 mintues of varuous stuff. Mostly high rep (15-25) with 2-3 sets. With a little weight.
I just do the above to keep in shape, but I build and stay that way fast with my metabalism.
For cardio try to keep your heart rate elevated for at leaast 20 minutes, callisthenics are great for this if you dont like running.

To start after a break of not doing anything though is to start slow. Go for 30 minutes every other day. Doing like 2 major muscle groups each day. It will give your body time to adjust and lower the risk of an inhury.
Aug. 1st, 2005 06:04 pm (UTC)
Thanks, man. This is especially helpful because I know I won't always feel like I can face being in the gym. Your suggestions sound sensible.
Aug. 1st, 2005 11:03 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I basically do PT. Old habits die real hard. I had a golds membership and when I can I have the stuff for a basic gym to put in where I live. The thing about gold's is I get in shape and then just keep going. Next thing you know I'm shoveling protein in just to keep that size and start going up over 220lbs.

The biggest thing is to be sensible and dont break your body. Start getting real sore, stop for 3 days, etc.

Also keep a log. even if its for just callisthenics. It will help keep you motivated to see improvement. I'd be, "wow ive been adding 5 lbs to each execise on average each time i do it" or "man i'm a slckk bastard and have been backsliding." Then if you hit a platue and dont see any more results or lose motication you can change your routine a little.
Aug. 2nd, 2005 06:06 pm (UTC)
Yeah, the tracking with a log thing is great advice. Thanks!



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