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How do you exercise?
Do you run, swim, Gym?

 11:23 am on Sep 24, 2007 (gmt 0)

Do you run, swim, Gym?

Actually, I want to do all of them. I want to run to the Gym, excercise with the weight lifting machines and then swim before I go back home. Is it ideal?

How do I make sure I am exercising properly and not creating a negative effect?

Never excerised that significantly or regularly for that matter, but want to do it now.

How do you exercise?




 11:35 am on Sep 24, 2007 (gmt 0)

i play football (5 a side) three or four times a week, it keeps me fit enough and keeps the weight off.

i believe that regular exercise is the key, thus finding something you really enjoy is the most important thing, for some people it is the gym, others various team or solo sports ... or a combination.

but if you don't enjoy it, then keeping it regular will be difficult.

if you go to the gym, have a couple of sessions with a personal trainer and he should be able to advise you.

Never excerised that significantly or regularly for that matter, but want to do it now.

i loved sport at school but did nothing at all in my 20's, only started exercise at 30 as an adult ... now in my early 40s and really feel the benefits of a decade of exercise.

OT -> not smoking and drinking less alcohol really help with fitness too.


 11:59 am on Sep 24, 2007 (gmt 0)

but if you don't enjoy it, then keeping it regular will be difficult.

A crucial point. I never liked team sports (it seems to make people act like preposterously impassioned, shouty idiots which is a bit ridiculous) and I get bored with solo sports after about twenty minutes (frankly, I'd rather be reading a book or watching a film).

I went to the gym quite a lot last year but gave it up when my schedule got to crammed and haven't yet gone back.

I suppose if I could find the set-up, I'd be happy to run on an incline for an hour and a half while watching Die Hard 4.0 or something.


 12:00 pm on Sep 24, 2007 (gmt 0)

I train and compete occasionally in Muay Thai (thai kickboxing)

I train 2 or 3 times a week and sometimes run a few miles on a sunday morning. It keeps me fit and allows me to smoke a couple of cigarettes and drink a bit of wine.

I love it



 1:53 pm on Sep 24, 2007 (gmt 0)

Bike when it is light and warm - spring, summer, most of the fall, ski in the winter, go the gym all year round. Mostly just use the elliptical machines at the gym, do a little swimming, screw around with weights once in a while.


 1:56 pm on Sep 24, 2007 (gmt 0)

I used to swim every day, when I was working from home at an appartment with a nice pool. Hoping to find a nice office with a pool by January to make up for it!

Since the arrival of my tiny terror (baby) I've been doing a lot of exercise bouncing lightly on a gym (swiss) ball whilst clutching him... exercise for me and sleep-promotion for him. One handed, I can even get a little work done.


 2:04 pm on Sep 24, 2007 (gmt 0)

>> I never liked team sports (it seems to make people act like preposterously impassioned, shouty idiots which is a bit ridiculous)

LOL. It's true, but I'm afraid you and I are in a minority.

OTOH, badminton, squash and other racquet sports can give you a better workout than playing the occasional game of cricket. ;)

I have a bike, multi-gym, rowing machine etc at home and do an hour a day after many years of no exercise. Having an LCD TV in the gym doesn't hurt but I'm sick of how stupid BBC New 24 is, and it amazes me how they can talk so much in 15 minutes without actually saying anything. I need a DVD player in there.


 2:42 pm on Sep 24, 2007 (gmt 0)

I play on a couple touch football teams in the summer, (so I usually have a couple games each week) In the winter, a large group of us rent ice for an hour each week and play hockey.

Normally it keeps me in good shape...unless an injury takes me out for a while (though it takes a broken bone to actually take me out).

[edited by: Gibble at 2:43 pm (utc) on Sep. 24, 2007]


 2:45 pm on Sep 24, 2007 (gmt 0)

I have a treadmill right next to my desk. Easy to hop on when I'm bored or frustrated.


 3:28 pm on Sep 24, 2007 (gmt 0)

Bicycling when weather permits, spinning and weights at the gym when it doesn't.
Signing up with a personal trainer at the gym can make a big difference.


 5:39 pm on Sep 24, 2007 (gmt 0)

1) Bicycle to/from work 3-5 times/week (and try to do a lunch ride at least several times/week), plus 1-2 longer rides on the weekend.

2) Sometimes alternate long, hilly hikes (2-4 hours) with long bike rides on weekends.

3) Lift free weights 3-4 times/week at home with weight bench and dumbells.

4) Take stairs instead of elevator- moot issue before, since the office was on the first floor :), but we just moved to a new building on the second floor. Would probably still take the stairs even if there was a 3rd floor and our office was on it.

5) During the summer, sometimes swim quasi laps in pool- pool is not that long, so just use arms (keeping legs motionless).


 6:40 pm on Sep 24, 2007 (gmt 0)

Hiking - summer (4x a week)
Skiing, snowshoe walking - winter (5x a week)

When I was training (as opposed to general activity or sport) I used to do around 30-40 minutes fast walking uphill on a treadmill 4 or 5 times a week plus weights here and there.


 7:23 pm on Sep 24, 2007 (gmt 0)

playing the occasional game of cricket

This year with the rain it has been very occasional. I do out of season cricket nets and company softball on Regents Park. Looking for a winter sport though, has to be mixed and pref have a Ad Agency/Media league...


 7:49 pm on Sep 24, 2007 (gmt 0)

Just for the record - I hate working out.

That said, having a sedintary job and working from home I need the exercise for both the physical and emotional gains.

Spring and early summer: Play soccer on a city rec. team. That involves two practices a week usually for an hour and a half and then a game on Sundays. Since I'm not in my 20's anymore and the practices are somewhat grueling I usually don't do any other running while it's "soccer season" so that my chins and knees don't get over stressed.

Rest of the warmer months: I try to run outside 2-3 times a week and lift weights 2 times a week at a gym. I usually run for about 30 minutes which gets me 3 miles.

Cooler part of the year: I try to keep the same schedule but bounce back and forth between the treadmill and the eliptical machine.

I'm hoping to start playing indoor soccer this winter as well. Since I don't have to leave my house much I find commiting to a team is a good way to make myself be around people. Interacting with others keeps lots of things in life in perspective.


 8:51 pm on Sep 24, 2007 (gmt 0)

Free weights in the garage. Exercise bike in the house. Two extremely energetic dogs who like to play rough and always wear me out long before I'm able to wear them out. Plus I ride a real bike when weather permits.


 9:37 pm on Sep 24, 2007 (gmt 0)

I usually try to think about stuff. Never really successful though. Then I run either after girls, or their boyfriends run after me. That's some good exercise, in lack of the ability to think and burn calories the smart way.

So, with regards to your question: I run around alot, but there's some negative side effects of doing it the way I do it. Anyways, the ideal way of exercise is, according to me and i'm an idiot, to do it naturally and varied. Run a kilometer, then climb a tree, sneak down, swim through a pool of mud, then walk some, and then have fun with some push ups and.. well, just use your body.

Your way with run/weights/swim might also work though. Just be careful about the burn-out effect as in : lasts for a month, then you stop doing it and still have to pay the fee for the gym/swim because you signed up for that super deal with a five-year subscription to the services, and got it for 50% of the normal price (which really made you obligated and you were so serious about it at the time and you got it cheap, so ...)

Anyways, run like hell, and you might reach heaven, have fun -

Matt Probert

 5:31 pm on Sep 25, 2007 (gmt 0)

I walk to the pub, and spend a few hours raising and lowering, slowly reducing weights with my right arm, replenishing the weight when it reaches minimum, with the original weight.



 5:59 pm on Sep 25, 2007 (gmt 0)

Run a kilometer, then climb a tree, sneak down, swim through a pool of mud, then walk some, and then have fun with some push ups and..

Sounds like an ex-Marine...


 2:56 pm on Sep 27, 2007 (gmt 0)

My fingers get lots of exercise.....


 2:57 pm on Sep 27, 2007 (gmt 0)

12 oz. curls every evening.


 8:48 pm on Sep 27, 2007 (gmt 0)

Seems more like everyday.

Hey anyone doing the New York marathon?


 9:26 pm on Sep 27, 2007 (gmt 0)

Personal trainer, two days a week. I've been doing it for a few years. The first thing I noticed was that I no longer suffer from "mouse shoulder". (Upper back pain from sitting at a computer all day.)

At 53, I think I'm in better shape that ever. It's never too late to start!

My trainer's 18 year old nephew recently asked him how he could get shoulders like his. His answer:

Work out for 30 years.

I highly recommend a personal trainer, if you can afford it. Look for one that has a private gym - no hassles with parking (at least with mine), other people using the equipment, etc. A trainer will maximize the results vs. time spent. If you don't hurt a lot the first time, either the trainer is doing something wrong, or you don't need them.

(The pain will go away after a couple of weeks of training, and you probably won't experience it again.)

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