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    Quote Originally Posted by ChiangMai noon
    i live at the bottom of one which is about 20 miles away
    that doesn't make any sense

    unless it was a very big hill

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChiangMai noon
    misty

    some people do sports for fun....more than some...probably 90% of them
    I don't know how accurate you are with that statistic, but I know a lot that do activity to feel better and possibly lose weight.

    If he wants to drink beer and he's not worried about his weight/health then that's his perogative. I'm off beer for over four months now and I don't know if I'll go back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MissTraveller
    but I know a lot that do activity to feel better and possibly lose weight.
    I think most women do it to lose weight and most men do it for fun

    not being sexist, but....

    yes I am

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    Quote Originally Posted by NickA View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by ChiangMai noon
    i live at the bottom of one which is about 20 miles away
    that doesn't make any sense

    unless it was a very big hill
    Maybe CMN is out at the moment .

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    true, i never thought of that

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    Quote Originally Posted by MissTraveller View Post
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    I know my body and at the moment it's a bit more fragile than it was in previous years so my current aim is to run regularly and make slow progress while not getting injured
    That's great! Congrats on getting back into it! Try interval training to increase speed/distance...but it may be hard on your body.



    Quote Originally Posted by Troy
    I learnt a couple of things about my body when using the heart monitor that I never really understood before.

    Firstly, it always took me 20 lengths of the pool to warm up and I always lost the first set in tennis, squash etc. Now I find out my heart rate goes up quickly to start with and then slows right down again after around 15 minutes. So that's why we were always made to run round the rugby pitch before a game.

    Secondly, my speciality was change of pace on the field or a fast sprint immediately after a stop in the game. When I check the monitor after I stop/start, my heart rate jumps way high at the stop point expecting a quick power cycle very soon and stays there if I exert a lot of power or slows down dramatically if I resume slowly.
    Interesting...
    I want to invest in a polar monitor very soon...just to track my heart rate/speed/distance. It sounds like it may be worth it.
    Quote Originally Posted by kingwilly
    Playing crickey, winning easily. About to start on the beers.
    Cricket is good exercise.. but beers afterwards could ruin all the calories you burned playing sport.... . habits are hard to break I know.
    I backed it up with a bottle of whiskey ashed down with lots of coke.

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    12 oz. curls are ok if you don't do more than 2-3 sets!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MissTraveller
    I know a lot that do activity to feel better and possibly lose weight
    I absolutely do it because I feel better after I ride my bike or work out. I am not worried about weight gain or how I look to others personally. The gym is boring and not fun at all. The bike is a lot more fun because I am not near Douchebags at the gym. I do all in moderation. I find it funny that some make going to the gym or running marathons an obsession. Too much is actually bad for you. Everything in moderation. That is a challenge for some. A balanced life is a healthy life IMHO

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    Ran 9.25 miles/14.8km in 71.5 minutes.

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    ^Awesome!

    Quote Originally Posted by JPPR2
    I absolutely do it because I feel better after I ride my bike or work out. I am not worried about weight gain or how I look to others personally. The gym is boring and not fun at all. The bike is a lot more fun because I am not near Douchebags at the gym. I do all in moderation. I find it funny that some make going to the gym or running marathons an obsession. Too much is actually bad for you. Everything in moderation. That is a challenge for some. A balanced life is a healthy life IMHO
    I totally agree, great stuff.


    Did an hour toning class today.. side planks, lots of squats, chest, arms, back etc..
    started lifting a bit heavier dumbells a few days ago. Now doing 12 pounds for back/arms/chest.

    Tomorrow is my running interval day. I'll also go tanning.
    I weigh in once a week, and my goal for this Saturday is to lose 2 pounds.

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    i do it for cardio fitness, and to keep my weight within reasonable limits.

    3 or 4 times a week i spend 40 -60 minutes down in the condo gym.

    this morning, i did 30 minutes on the running machine, medium gradient, 9kms/hour, i do fast walking cos i cant run. followed by some weights, 10kilos, those behind the head and shoulder lifts to keep the bingo wings in check and stop my biceps from disappearing. then a few sit ups. then 20 minutes on a cycling machine as fast as i can manage. followed by a walk up eleven flights of stairs.

    usually i just do 45 minutes on one of those nordic trainer things, with ski poles and pedals, but some bugger got to it first this morning.

    occasionally i will swim. 40 lengths in 28 minutes, 1 kilometer.

    i used to carry excess belly weight, until i slipped a disk and the quack told me to lose 2 stone, thats 28lbs.

    so i started regular swimming and exercise and found that i actually enjoy it. its become a regular part of my life now, for 20 years.

    ive been reading about this 2 minute intense workout thing, as being better than long workouts. dont know whether to put any faith in it or not.

    any ideas on it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Troy
    Hated it to start with but starting to enjoy it now. I broke 16 minutes today, which isn't bad considering I started with 15 minute mile walking pace only 2 months ago.
    I passed the 16 minute barrier this morning with a 15:56 so it's time to move up to 2 miles.

    When I was in my twenties we used to aim for a 6 minute mile so I'm quite happy with 8 minute miles at my age (> 85 percentile)

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    I've always been shit at running. Even when I was fit(ter). Football? No problem I'd run all day, Rugby - not so much, i'd generally avoid doing much because you tend to get punched. Running though as a thing rather than a means to an end? I quit.
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    cycled 56km, 2hr 12 without bursting any blood vessels or taking risks in traffic; not even a near miss today - often get home with a 'that was close' story
    ok pace for me, mountainbike on big tyres copes ok with some unsealed sections.
    17th time have done this ride - between 2hr 04 and 2 22 so rate today as 'average'

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    Quote Originally Posted by taxexile
    i used to carry excess belly weight, until i slipped a disk and the quack told me to lose 2 stone, thats 28lbs.

    so i started regular swimming and exercise and found that i actually enjoy it. its become a regular part of my life now, for 20 years.

    ive been reading about this 2 minute intense workout thing, as being better than long workouts. dont know whether to put any faith in it or not.

    any ideas on it?
    Great that you are exercising especially after injuring yourself.
    Shorter more intense workouts are really the way to go to save time and you can burn just as many calories if you are doing high intensity interval training. You also get the afterburn affect where you are burning calories at rest.
    Benefits of HIIT and a really great article for people considering it.
    High-Intensity Interval Training 101 | HIIT Benefits

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    Quote Originally Posted by Troy
    I passed the 16 minute barrier this morning with a 15:56 so it's time to move up to 2 miles.

    When I was in my twenties we used to aim for a 6 minute mile so I'm quite happy with 8 minute miles at my age (> 85 percentile
    That's amazing sweety! Proud of you!
    I used to work in a gym as a personal trainer in university.. I was always inspired when I would see people in their late sixties and up exercising. There was a 70 year old man that used to hit on me and ask me to go play tennis with him. I was amazed at just how young and fit he looked because he exercised regularly and obviously took care of himself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alwarner
    I've always been shit at running. Even when I was fit(ter). Football? No problem I'd run all day, Rugby - not so much, i'd generally avoid doing much because you tend to get punched. Running though as a thing rather than a means to an end? I quit.
    Do something you enjoy and then it won't feel like exercise... some people just don't like the gym or running. Don't quit!




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    1. Helps you lose weight
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    Quote Originally Posted by prawnograph
    cycled 56km, 2hr 12 without bursting any blood vessels or taking risks in traffic; not even a near miss today - often get home with a 'that was close' story
    ok pace for me, mountainbike on big tyres copes ok with some unsealed sections.
    17th time have done this ride - between 2hr 04 and 2 22 so rate today as 'averag
    Wonderful! Be careful!!!
    I used to have a mountain bike, but recently bought a hybrid type where the tires are a bit smaller. It just seems more comfortable..
    Anyway, average is good as long as you are doing something..

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    It might be wise for some people to be cautious with high intensity exercise. Here's a link to Andrew Marr's case. He might not be typical but it's food for thought.

    Is Andrew Marr's stroke proof that high-intensity exercise is dangerous?

    After Andrew Marr blames his stroke on overdoing it on the rowing machine at 53, how risky is high-intensity exercise for the over-fifties?
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    ^Not a bad point..you have to monitor your heart rate in any case, and see a physician before starting an interval program.

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    Today was 3.5 mile jog/ walk at lunch. Beautiful day out. Every morning I do 90 sit ups and 90 military push ups (3 sets of 30). Down a glass of OJ and off to work. I try and do everything isometric or low weight lots of reps as I mentioned. Again this is for just health maintenance and nothing more. At early 50's I am med and vitamin free and last physical at 50 doc said "Boring" Keep doing what you do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MissTraveller
    100 Benefits of exercise
    While I do not want to copy and paste all these are mine

    Sustainable weight
    I sleep way better
    Lots of energy during the day
    Avoid personal injury as you retain your coordination
    Sex life is WAY better
    I can always see my junk and do not need a mirror over the toilet
    Keeps cost down as I do not need to buy new clothes
    No medical costs
    and overall just feel significantly better.

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    Went for a bracing walk along Bournemouth seafront today. Starting at Boscombe town centre finishing 3 hours later at Boscombe.

    The exercise was later in the day well balanced against 3 pints of Marstons ale.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MissTraveller View Post
    Wonderful! Be careful!!!
    I used to have a mountain bike, but recently bought a hybrid type where the tires are a bit smaller. It just seems more comfortable..
    Anyway, average is good as long as you are doing something..
    I logged 5,700km on mapmyride last year, aim for around 500km as each month's target, travel (and last year an accident - 'sidecar hits bicycle') intervene at times
    I have some gut-busting rides where I maintain average over 30km/h, but yesterday's route - apart from the first 20km of highway and traffic - rest is rural and I tend to drift off - take in the scenery. After all, there is no hurry.

    As for bikes - I've gone opposite direction to you; 3yrs ago changed from racing/triathlon bike to current mountainbike. Highways, unsealed road, dirt tracks and the occasional low-tide beach/sand. Anywhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Troy View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by ChiangMai noon
    what's that...about 12 km? that's way faster than i can manage
    I used the running test tables below to judge the speed I should be running, together with a heart rate monitor to make sure I don't overdo things. In fact the monitor is the reason for me slowing down most of the time.
    Running Test

    A lot of the guys at work are using the Runtastic app to log their runs and times. It has been a good way to keep them motivated. I am sticking to the cross-trainer for now because I have a weak knee that used to collapse quite dramatically when playing football (caused me to give up in my early forties).

    I learnt a couple of things about my body when using the heart monitor that I never really understood before.

    Firstly, it always took me 20 lengths of the pool to warm up and I always lost the first set in tennis, squash etc. Now I find out my heart rate goes up quickly to start with and then slows right down again after around 15 minutes. So that's why we were always made to run round the rugby pitch before a game.

    Secondly, my speciality was change of pace on the field or a fast sprint immediately after a stop in the game. When I check the monitor after I stop/start, my heart rate jumps way high at the stop point expecting a quick power cycle very soon and stays there if I exert a lot of power or slows down dramatically if I resume slowly.

    Not sure if this is the same for everyone or something that developed due to use, but a couple of things I wish I'd known 30-40 years ago...
    Going to try the running test and see how i do on the table.
    Will be my warm up before i do some upper body weights.

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