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Re: exercise

Post by let it ride » Thu May 22, 2008 7:00 pm

I bought new running shoes today, or rather, running shoes! The ones I have from Nike that I use in the gym are too flimsy for outdoor running so I thought I'd get a proper pair for outdoor running.

I bought these Asics:
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I also bought two pairs of Nike shorts (bright turquoise and black) and three proper sports vests, black, coral and ice blue. It feels nice to those shorts + my 3/4 tights to use.

Tomorrow I shall try doing all the weights and things at the gym, and then attempt my cardio in the park near our house, as I'm starting to do the Runner's World programme for preparing for a 5k race. The programmes are here: http://www.runnersworld.co.uk/news/article.asp?UAN=67" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
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Post by stolenwine » Thu May 22, 2008 7:54 pm

i want to start doing SOME form of exercise so i walked home from work today. it's about 45 minutes walking at quite a brisk pace. i thought i was gonna end up stopping halfway and getting the bus home but i walked all the way and didn't really feel tired. that's kind of encouraging because i used to do the same walk a couple of years ago usually hopped on the bus about 3/4 of the way through. i hope i keep it up! i know walking is great for cardio, but is it good for toning as well?
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Re: exercise

Post by My Melody » Fri May 23, 2008 8:42 pm

stolenwine wrote:i want to start doing SOME form of exercise so i walked home from work today. it's about 45 minutes walking at quite a brisk pace. i thought i was gonna end up stopping halfway and getting the bus home but i walked all the way and didn't really feel tired. that's kind of encouraging because i used to do the same walk a couple of years ago usually hopped on the bus about 3/4 of the way through. i hope i keep it up! i know walking is great for cardio, but is it good for toning as well?
Well done, stolenwine! That's really great! I have no idea about the toning aspect though...

I have been kind of sick with a snuffely nose and sore throat for a few days now. Just as I was getting back into exercising. I really enjoyed swimming all of a sudden and now I have a cold from it. What a shame.

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Re: exercise

Post by let it ride » Wed May 28, 2008 1:32 pm

Gah, all this uni work has had me exercising less, which is rubbish. I'm going in a little bit though, and running home from the gym again, hopefully via the park as well.

I was worried about where to put things (keys etc) and that it'd be tiresome to carry a water bottle when I run but it worked out really well the last time I went. The case my iPod goes in to put it onto the arm band is great, I put in my (loose) key to the house, gym card and emergency bus money in case of injury or freak weather.

I managed to hurt my arm today, too, by bumping into a frame on the wall in our livingroom. Yes, i bump into walls, door frames, bookshelves etc. I'm just like that. But the pain in my lower arm is going out towards my hand too, which bothers me. I'm going to try all the arm machines I do (FIVE of the eight I do are for arms and shoulders) to see if it hurts. Eep.
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Re: exercise

Post by RITH » Sun Jun 01, 2008 9:48 pm

I really dislike going to the gym, so I wanna do more home exercise. Any suggestions beyond the regular push- and situps? I've go no machines at home, only some light dumbells. Also I'm lazy, so like a half an hour program would be more than enough. To start with, I'll say.

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Re: exercise

Post by squirrelboutique » Sun Jun 01, 2008 10:04 pm

You should have a look around on YouTube. Lots of people have posted exercise video things there, and tons of it is just for home.

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Re: exercise

Post by islandhopper » Tue Jun 17, 2008 8:03 pm

I seem to have now lost nearly a stone since the start of the year which isn't bad going. There's still work to be done while this beer gut is so disproportionate to the rest of my body though!
I still don't find any pleasure in going to the gym but I'll keep it up since it's doing the job. The only highlight today was watching Eggheads on the monitor and seeing quite how spectacular CJ was looking with his new haircut and remarkable purple shirt. You could tell Daphne was well impressed. Judith less so.

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Post by let it ride » Tue Jun 17, 2008 8:20 pm

Well done! It's so nice seeing results, and I have to say, at this point I really do crave exercise in a way I never did before. I hate having been sick and still being a bit ill, it's so dull and keeps me from it. I feel lethargic which is crap.

I'm quite excited that I am properly planning to exercise during my month in Sweden. I've brought two pairs of running shorts and my 3/4 tights for colder days, my running shoes and five tops. Woo! Usually I will, at the most, bring one working out outfit but now I am making myself feel like I will.

Although I banged my knee on the metal frame of our front door today and it hurts when I move it about and sit/stand or put too much pressure on it which is not exactly ideal, sigh. I wish I was less clumsy!
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Re: exercise

Post by islandhopper » Tue Jun 17, 2008 9:04 pm

what light wrote:Well done! It's so nice seeing results, and I have to say, at this point I really do crave exercise in a way I never did before. I hate having been sick and still being a bit ill, it's so dull and keeps me from it. I feel lethargic which is crap.
Thanks. I has a very minor cold a few months ago though and actually rather loved using it as an excuse not to go to the gym. You can't feel guilty about not doing something that would make you feel less well!

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Post by obo-bobolina » Wed Jun 18, 2008 11:29 am

what light wrote:Although I banged my knee on the metal frame of our front door today and it hurts when I move it about and sit/stand or put too much pressure on it which is not exactly ideal, sigh. I wish I was less clumsy!
Ow! I twisted my right knee (I think, still not entirely sure what happened)a couple of weeks ago and it still keeps giving me the odd problem which is really frustrating because I know if I am not careful I'll just prolong the injury or possibly even make it worse. On the plus side, my gym has a free physio service so if it is still playing up next week I'm going to get it checked out.

I've gone and got myself a personal trainer. I figure it costs the same (probably less actually) per week as I used to spend on booze but I'd rather be fit and toned. Apart from while I was in Spain (I'm allowing myself holiday drinkies) I've been on the wagon again for a couple of months anyway. I had my first paid session this morning. My trainer is a retired olympic swimmer who now concentrates on rock climbing (which I am taking up again after a couple of years slacking off) and running. She's really focusing my program to get me back in shape for climbing by working on my core strength and balance. She's also pushing me much harder on the treadmill than I thought I was capable of. First thing this morning she had me run a mile and a half without a rest. It may not seem like much to anyone else but for me that was a breakthrough. Run! Morning! Such concepts do not fit together in my head. But I did it and I felt great for it. Hurrah.

So yes. I can totally justify the weekly cost because I am enjoying it so much and I know I'll see results fairly quickly now that I'm being pushed harder. Well, I can already see that the gym is making a difference. I've lost 3 kg and I can run without keeling over after a minute. Hurrah.Sorry. I'll stop prattling on about my health drive now. I'll probably also eat a biscuit or something. Nom nom nom.
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Re: exercise

Post by let it ride » Thu Jun 19, 2008 12:34 am

Oh Hannah, that's just lovely! I know the feeling of pride at being able to run a certain distance, or do a bit of heavier weights/more reps! It's amazing. I went back to the gym after a couple of weeks off due to migraine/flu/cold stuff as mentioned above, and I loved how when I tried going on the treadmill for the first time since starting to run outdoors, I could just go for a good couple of minutes and it wasn't absolutely killing me! I know it's not that much but I'm trying to train myself up gradually so that I can actually get through a half hour of time running, in the end. At the moment, I don't think I'm quite up to that!

I'm back in Sweden now, and I have to say my knee is feeling better. It's more like a bruise now: It hurts when I put pressure on it, but it feels normal for sitting, standing, etc. That was the bit that had me worries, so I'm glad it's going away! Or maybe I'm just all-round tired from carrying lots of heavy luggage, haha!

I'm thrilled I brought my nice workout clothes and shoes and iPod gear to Sweden. My plan is while Jonny is here with me (two and a bit weeks) I will work out three times a week, and when he's gone, try to do an interval run around the lake that's really close-by, or at least a brisk power walk to great music, so that I get the exercise in. Cardio makes you feel so great! Weights can almost make me feel dizzy if I overdo it, and it's pointless trying to do it every day, so I'll not do that more than three times a week.

And my instinct after watching Sweden get beat by Russia in Euro 2008 tonight? GO FOR A RUN TOMORROW! It's a great way to give way for positive and negative feelings. It's so refreshing, my usual feelings when having watched sports is to feel guilty because I'm not doing it, I'm not like that and it's a very foreign world. It's nice to feel part of it a little bit.

Anyway, I'm ranting and I'm dead tired. I just wanted to say GO GO GO! Hannah, you're totally impressive!
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Post by stolenwine » Tue Jul 01, 2008 8:00 pm

that's great, hannah! i don't think i could do a morning run EVER (unless someone was chasing me with a knife)

anyway, i saw these very ugly and weird looking flipflop type things that are supposed to help you tone up when you walk. has anyone tried these? they seem a bit gimmicky and i don't even know if i'd wear them because they are truly hideous, but part of me is intrigued:

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Post by let it ride » Tue Jul 01, 2008 10:35 pm

Haha, yeah they're kind of gross-looking. But i have read about them a lot, one from a fitness blog I read a bit, and she was saying how it had improved her posture and stance and way of walking and all but not done that much more.

I think people just want quick non-hard work at the gym/eating healthier solutions!

I've been trying to not eat so many sweets and failed a bit here in Sweden. However, I have been exercising a bit here and there, running outside today. I felt good about it even though I'm not exactly a great runner yet.

My plan is to amp it up to a lot more when Jonny goes home (on Friday, my birthday) and I can be as selfish as I want haha, and make sure I get at least 3 big bouts of exercise per week as is my standard and goal at home.
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Post by stolenwine » Tue Jul 01, 2008 10:42 pm

what light wrote:Haha, yeah they're kind of gross-looking. But i have read about them a lot, one from a fitness blog I read a bit, and she was saying how it had improved her posture and stance and way of walking and all but not done that much more.
yeah, i was thinking of wearing them for when i walk home from work (as opposed to just walking around at lunch/work etc.) i don't have a pair of walking shoes and i'm just walking around in my flats and i don't think it's the best for my feet. i'm looking to improve my posture anyway. it's a shame those shoes are kind of fugly though. or should i not care about stuff like that and just wear them since they might do me some good?
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Re: exercise

Post by let it ride » Tue Jul 01, 2008 10:49 pm

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what light wrote:Haha, yeah they're kind of gross-looking. But i have read about them a lot, one from a fitness blog I read a bit, and she was saying how it had improved her posture and stance and way of walking and all but not done that much more.
yeah, i was thinking of wearing them for when i walk home from work (as opposed to just walking around at lunch/work etc.) i don't have a pair of walking shoes and i'm just walking around in my flats and i don't think it's the best for my feet. i'm looking to improve my posture anyway. it's a shame those shoes are kind of fugly though. or should i not care about stuff like that and just wear them since they might do me some good?
I don't know if they're comfortable enough really, or what I've heard is that because of their wobbliness they are a bit hard to walk in = making your posture better. I think if I got a pair I'd wear 'em around the house so I could take them off, or if out, have another pair of shoes with me.

I do know what you mean though - man do flats make my feet hurt with their thin soles! - I kinda wish there were cute orthopedic flats so no one knew they were orthopedic shoes. Haha! But I have very sensitive feet.

I'd get a proper pair of running shoes. My asics are honestly the most comfortable shoes in the world, ever. They were perfect to run in from the first time I put them on! It's like walking/running in well-cushioned clouds. I can't even feel any pain running on asphalt!
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Post by obo-bobolina » Mon Jul 07, 2008 12:45 pm

I'm not allowed to run at the moment or do anything that involves excessive impact because I've got rubbish legs. There's something wrong with the muscles in my thighs resulting in poor hip and knee stability so when I run the ligaments rub against the bones just below my knee on the inside. I was in agony a couple of weeks ago but I've stayed off the treadmill since my first physio appointment and am painfree again now. I went for a very brief jog in the meadow near where I live after the gym last night and that was okay, but I'm not going back to more distance or speed until my physio tells me I can. Instead I've got to do a load of exercises to activate and strengthen the relevant muscles to improve my knee and hip stability. My trainer is proving really useful for this and I'm still enjoying my adapted regime, but I do miss running and the satisfaction I was getting from improving my 5k time. Ah well. Getting my 2k time on the rower down is almost as satisfying I suppose and certainly as knackering.
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Post by a layer of chips » Mon Jul 07, 2008 12:48 pm

Have you tried those fancy walking machines at Virgin, Hannah? I've not, but they always seem to be busy.

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Post by obo-bobolina » Mon Jul 07, 2008 1:22 pm

The nautilus ones that go up and down? Yeah I've had a go but I don't really like them. They feel weird. It's probably just me though. I don't mind doing 10 minutes or so but more than that it would drive me batty.
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Post by obo-bobolina » Mon Jul 07, 2008 1:24 pm

Ooh - have you had a go on the power plates yet? They're brilliant. I'm doing quite a bit on them (squats and single leg dips and that) to try to sort my knees and balance out and it doesn't half feel funny. I have to close my eyes if I do the abs thing on them because they go all wibbly wobbly.
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Re: exercise

Post by let it ride » Tue Jul 15, 2008 11:55 pm

Ooh, I have not tried powerplates! My gym doesn't have 'em, but it's more of a basic one as it's a university gym rather than a nicer (well, I expect them to be nicer) more expensive gyms.

I've been a month in Sweden and well, I've been out running I think three times. I've exercised with weights + the crosstrainer at home maybe three times as well in total. I did a massive all-day-long walking session with one of my best friends which was easily more than 10K with some intervals of running and push-ups included.

I haven't gained any weight, at least! And I have been eating like a pig. In a weird way, I kind of look forward to come back to Hull as I know the English sweets do not tempt me half as much as the Swedish ones do = easier to stay away from. And to get back to the gym and into my proper work-out routine!

I do enjoy everyone being impressed (and VERY surprised - i've always been the lazy anti-exercise one!) by my muscles, people keep commenting on random bits "OH! You're really strong! Stronger than me!" or "Your legs are so toned!" and it makes me happy because well, I have a weird relationship with my body and I have a hard time seeing anything good or positive on it. But I like seeing a bit of arm tone and muscle, it's just so hard to see a difference for me otherwise.

I have become one of those sad peoplee who enjoy buying new workout gear though! I thought I'd never see the day...
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