The Exercise Thread

So I am making up a reason not to exercise myself I wondered who here excercises on a regular basis and what you like to do.

Offhand I know we have several avid cyclists, a few runners, a crazy oilman who hikes through 20 foot snowdrifts in flipflops, a Frenchman, no wait a French-Canadian, who hits people with sticks. Not to mention a Hawaiian bodysurfer, a bionic man, a Dane who could have taught the Vikings a thing or two about how to cross the Channel without those silly boats, and some guy in Antarctica. I'm pretty sure living in Antarctica counts as exercise.

Just to be clear, I don't mean exercising your mind, free will, or 5th Amendment. You have to at least sweat a little through physical exertion.

I like to lift weights but I have become bored with doing the same old stuff so I am trying to mix it up. Today I am trying to do 150 push-ups. Feet and hands elevated for full extension I did 80 in sets of about 20 with a 60 second rest between sets. I am going to try and do the rest now.
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I hate exercise, but get completely bummed if I miss a day - even rest days freak me out. I'm not exactly fit, but reckon I'm OK for my age

Try to surf, 90min-2hr sessions at least twice a week, or more when I can fit it in. Mountain bike for 2hrs on fire roads and single tracks at least once a week. Jog 5km maybe every other day, or when there's no surf. 40 push ups and 30 sit ups every day. Light weights once a week. Its all very boring but tye MP3 player helps. Surfing and biking needs to be done with mates to push the limits, add to the fun and keep it all in a sense of proportion.

Exercise sucks, but I'm addicted.
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Originally posted by VillianGlib-sinBored:
You already know what I like to do but I have given it a new name, AAP (Asphyxiation Avoidance Practice). Nothing is a better workout or makes you feel alive like having your friends try and "put you to sleep" by strangling while you do your best to avoid it and do the same to them.


I wasn't asking about your sex life but thanks for sharing Wink

and BIC! how could I forget you? You surf and can run 5k? That is pretty good shape if you ask me, I sure can't run that far.

I did finish my 150 push-ups in about 30 minutes. That was including the set that was cut short with the Girl kicked my feet to get my attention since I couldn't hear her over my ipod.

After my heart attack I crawled back to the laptop and eventually when my vision cleared I was able to navigate back to the WGB.

The perfect push up things are supposed to be excellent. I just elevate my feet on a small step and place my hands on a couple of dumbbells to elevate them. You get a much fuller extensions than if your hands are flat on the floor.
The Perfect Pushup things let you rotate your arms axially as you go up and down. Makes a difference in tone and definition I think. Besides, I have them in a corner of my office so I use them more than if it were a weight setup or a gym.

Don't get the knockoffs or copies though. The Perfect Pushup ones rotate smoothly and are built solid.
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Originally posted by VillianGlib-sinBored:
... like having your friends try and "put you to sleep" by strangling ...


I'm thinking that I have a different and more old-fashioned definition of "friend".

Also, I'm wondering if you don't need to research what the French really intended by the metaphor "little death."
I got a new roommate who came with two cats, one of which, whose name is Mayhem, is quite the escape artist. So I am often finding myself engaged in spontaneous bouts of parkour trying to chase his dumb ass down and stop him from disappearing for days at a time. By which I mean he disappears for days at a time, not that I chase him for days. I mean I got shit to do, I can't spend all my time chasing after that pussy.
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I can't spend all my time chasing after that pussy.

We all tell ourselves that, don't we?

For me, it's four or five days a week. Usually it's two sets of 30 pushups, one set of 80-100 situps (depending on how I'm feeling), and 50 to 75 minutes on a stationary bike or elliptical. If I'm feeling wimpy, it's planks instead of the pushups and situps and maybe 15 minutes less of the cardio.
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Originally posted by Splitcoil:
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I can't spend all my time chasing after that pussy.

We all tell ourselves that, don't we?


Big Grin
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For me, it's four or five days a week. Usually it's two sets of 30 pushups, one set of 80-100 situps (depending on how I'm feeling), and 50 to 75 minutes on a stationary bike or elliptical. If I'm feeling wimpy, it's planks instead of the pushups and situps and maybe 15 minutes less of the cardio.


I never have the patience to do 50 minutes of ... anything actually.

I do abs as a warm up on a ab board, I do short sets though since I am not willing to spend half my workout time on it. 3 sets of 25 with a 55 weight held just off my chest and I will feel that the next day.
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Originally posted by editengine:
I never have the patience to do 50 minutes of ... anything actually.

That's why I do the weird activities I do. It doesn't seem so much like work when you're dodging cactus, hopping from rock to rock, or enjoying the beauty of the passing desert landscape.

Basically my exercise ethic revolves around the premise that I need to do something 3x per week minimum. Be that hiking, biking, inline skating or running depends on which activity I am least bored with and/or the weather will permit. Once upon a time I supplemented that with pushups and situps but I've gotten slack in my 30s, lol...
Today I walked up a hill for four blocks carrying a fifty pound box of files. I also ran up 21 flights of stairs and down 30.

I also stood without sitting for eight hours.

Oh, yeah, I stood all the way on the bus ride home and ran up another six flights of stairs.

With a gallon of drinking water in my backpack.
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Originally posted by Trogdor:
The Perfect Pushup things let you rotate your arms axially as you go up and down. Makes a difference in tone and definition I think. Besides, I have them in a corner of my office so I use them more than if it were a weight setup or a gym.

Don't get the knockoffs or copies though. The Perfect Pushup ones rotate smoothly and are built solid.


I second the Perfect Pushup vs. Knock Off. The real ones are nice while the fake ones were more hassle than they were worth.

I have a morning routine that involves 3 sets of twenty pushups alternating with 3 sets of twenty crunches while I wait for the water in the kettle to whistle and then my coffee to brew. I have bad knees so I stick to low impact stuff- running is not for me. Yoga/Pilates exercises usually every other day for my back/posture.

Don't laugh, but I do some cardio on my Wii Fit. For whatever reason I can't bring myself to do the same exercises on my own, but if you put that stupid game on I'm motivated. *shrug*
I am trying to get motivated to go to the gym today. Just tanked a pretty important exam I think and I am not really feeling it.

I am really feeling those 150 push ups though, had to take some ibuprofen this morning Smile good feeling though.

I like pilates, and want to try yoga but I just don't have the time/funds now I think. For yoga how are the gym classes versus the yoga studios? Same basic stuff or is there a real difference?
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Originally posted by editengine:
I like pilates, and want to try yoga but I just don't have the time/funds now I think. For yoga how are the gym classes versus the yoga studios? Same basic stuff or is there a real difference?


There is a difference I have noticed. The gym classes *tend* to be taught by people who have done it, but who are not experts. The yoga studios tend to focus more on the meditation side of it. Personally, I don't care for that part of it. What I did was go to a Yoga studio at first to learn the poses from a pro, then when both he and I were satisfied that I was doing them in the right way I decided to continue on my own.

My initial motivation to learn was to help me increase my sense of balance for rock climbing. Years later I got back into it to help me deal with my bad back.

If you've never done it before I would stay away from Yoga DVDs. Reason being- that it's an easy way to learn the exercises wrong and wind up doing more damage than good. They are however a good way to help maintain the skills you learn from an expert.
My work is pretty labour intensive so weights have fallen by the wayside, but cardio is lacking so I skateboard in the summer and train San Da with a friend the rest of the time. Heavy metal helps too! You cant last in the pit for long if your cardio sucks. Ditto for a screamer. 45 minutes of lyric-intensive songs takes its toll. (I cant get an apostrophe on this stupid international keyb!)
Save money. Pay each time you go to the gym, don't get some freakin' plan.

Your average gym salesperson instructor loves the high-pressure sell, and knows how insecure the average first-time gym attendee is, and since it's obvious why you're going their, it's easy to wheel out borderline insults under the guise of stating a fact..."I can see why you're here."
Yeah I hate those gyms. This time I got into a powerlifting gym that is $200 a year. I paid cash so they knocked it back to $180.

I don't mind signing contracts though since I know I will use it but new gym attendees should avoid them until they are into the habit of exercise.
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Originally posted by lithos:
Save money. Pay each time you go to the gym, don't get some freakin' plan.

Your average gym salesperson instructor loves the high-pressure sell,

True, but when I was nudged into selling memberships at a fitness club years ago, I loved being the outlier. I'd find tons of loopholes and deals for people looking at memberships, screwing my boss (whom I despised) out of money. My favorite was signing up military families. The club had a clause in all the memberships that said if you were relocated due to military orders, your contract was canceled with no penalty and you were no longer liable for the dues, regardless of how long you signed up for. So I'd get Army families coming in who said they were reluctant to sign up at all since they'd be moving in less than a year. I'd show them the clause and then proceed to sign them up for three year contracts (thereby massively reducing their monthly dues and entitling them to all kinds of VIP freebies) which they easily slipped out of when they had to move. Massively inflated my commissions at the same time. Win-win situation for me and the client.

The owner was an aging female jock who had inherited enough money to buy the club. Had no business sense at all. No sense of any kind, really. All she knew was how to play volleyball. She knew something was somehow wrong when her lowest-pressure salesman was constantly signing people up for three year contracts, but she wasn't bright enough to figure out what I was doing to her. She'd look at the stats, see I was on top with all these huge contracts, and just walk away scratching her head. Same woman who would have fired me if she knew I was an atheist. Which is probably the reason I loved screwing her out of income so much.

See kids? Tolerance is good for business.
I run. I run about a 30-mile week. I’d run a lot more, but my livelihood interferes with my exercise regimen.

I run a two-days on, one day off schedule. During the weekend, I’ll run a 10-miler to make-up the week. I work to maintain a 6-minute average mile time. I don’t run in the pouring rain, or blizzards.

What I like about running is the simplicity of it. I just go out and do it. It is me, all by myself. The endorphin high is a bonus.

Running is also inexpensive, aside from the shoes. I have two pair, same mark and model, but different color scheme. I alternate wearing the shoes, blue, black, blue, black, etc.. One of the biggest annoyances is when the shoe I’m wearing is changed or discontinued. Then I have to go through a research and sometimes painful search for a new pair of shoes.
Shit BJ I am fucking impressed. I see the value in the simplicity of running. I get bored with cardio quickly though and running pounds the crap out of my knees and hips. I do like lifting for some of the same reasons. Simple, grab, lift, breath. The attention to proper breathing and form that requires my attention to the exclusion of all else is very pleasant too.

So yesterday I went to my gym at 4pm. They were closed. Supposed to be 24 hours as of last month but they were all locked up. Then I went home to find my bike has a flat tire.



grrrr Frown
Dude, you live in Florida, and right on the Gulf. Run on the beach. You could even run barefoot. Although, running on sand like that will result in you getting leg muscles like tree trunks.

Plug into an iPod and listen to music, if you get bored with your own thoughts. Wink

If your legs and hips are hurting, you've got bad shoes.

Hanging on to worn-out shoes is a very common mistake. They will injure you and leave you a cripple.

Take your old shoes to a high-end running shop so they can inspect the wear pattern. Take their recommendation and try out a couple of pair. Buy one. Don' spend less than US$75. Then buy your second pair on the IntarWeb for less. Smile
During the 70s and 80s I ran obsessively, sometimes doing 20 miles a day. I loved it and when I was living in Santa Barbara the terrain was beautiful and sometimes I'd pass a celebrity running the opposite direction (Michael Douglas was out running a lot back then). Now my knees no longer work. My brother, who is even older than me and avoids exercise like the plague, has knees that work fine.

I used to bike a lot here. The roads are nice and flat and the shoulders are wide, but my bike was swiped. You used to be able to leave things outside here, but no more. It's a tiny, rural town but it's in the middle of the meth lab capital of New Mexico.

Now I have a rowing machine for cardio. It's a $400 machine that I picked up for $10 at a thrift shop. Never pay full price for exercise equipment. People are throwing it away all the time. Now I'm contemplating getting some kettlebells for strength and conditioning. It's supposed to be low-impact for aging joints and they're compact, which is good because I have limited indoor space. Anybody here use kettlebells?
Thats the thing about running, its addictive. I only run 3 miles a day, maybe 4 times a week, totalling 12-15 miles most weeks. The burn is high. I'd love to do more, but time is against me, plus i prefer to surf for 2hr session in winter. Summer, I push water time to 3hrs but then I'm dead on my feet and eat everything in sight. I'd love to run a marathon but my knees just couldn't take it.

My work gym costs me £3 a month insurance and £52 a year membership. Well cheap, so I'm hoping to build up my rowing cardio over the flat (surf) summer months.

Totally agree with Black Jacque's outlook. Also, new trainers are always a chore to hunt out.
OK, y'all have inspired me. I can't run after breaking my left leg pretty badly twice, once roller-blading and once motorcycling, but I can cycle and do pushups and situps/crunches and I have some free weights for bicep curls and flies. And I've stacked on the beef a bit lately and am less fit than I should be. There are a couple of dogs here that need more exercise too.

So far it's mostly been mowing the huge and hilly lawn and hiking around campus.

So no big resolution of a specific form, but I'll do as many pushups, crunches and curls as I can in a couple of sets 3-4 times a week and make sure to do at least a half-hour of something that gets the heart rate and breathing elevated every day.

I have a pretty excellent gym at work, but I think in terms of time and money that's going to come into its own once the kids have left home - which is only a couple of years away now.
I am reminded, not by Bravus specifically but by this thread in general, of an old episode of Murphy Brown. When looking for a congressman she could get to do her a favor she found out which Congressmen had recently started working out a lot.

Then she told him she knew he was having an affair.

The Girl signed up for Bally's gym membership today. As a sign of how bad these places must be hurting for $30 she can work out at any Bally's in the country with no sign up fees and no contract. Two are within a few miles of the house so she can go to either and they both offer free child care.

She would rather be dancing at a club again, making money and working out and getting drunk all at the same time but for now this will do.

For an extra $25 I can join as well, I might very well do this since they offer a lot of pilates and yoga classes.
Well, just did 15 and 10 pushups - it's a start.

BTW, anyone have any wisdom in terms of recovery for an aging bod about whether it'd be better to do a full workout one day and then have 1-2 days off, or to do, say, pushups today, situps tomorrow, curls the next day?
Although I am not a trainer at all I always tell friends that ask about this to worry about getting into he habit of exercise first. Find something you like doing and then try and do it a little bit every day. When you and your body get used to the activity you can vary things and start doing more challenging workouts.
No sphincter issues, thanks for asking.

Sounds good - for starters I'll do one muscle thing per day and cycle it, trying to go for opposed muscle groups on following days, i.e. do curls (biceps) the day after pushups (mostly triceps) and so on.

Add that to one 30 minute (minimum) session of light cardio every day and there are no gaps in the week to get out of the habit...
Weightlifting is for unkempt twats. It's primary purpose is to show others how tight you are, not to show you how to use them.
It quickly becomes a tedious chore, like fucking your wife, so to avoid the unpleasantness you drink vodka tumblers straight for the rest of the day.
You know who is strong? Long distance runners and swimmers, MMA guys and p0rn stars like Ron Jeremy.
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Originally posted by TwiliteMinotaur:
You said Kegels! LoL!

Big Grin


hey a woman with good kegels is nothing to laugh at! that shit is awesome!

Bought a scale today.

Mistake.

185lbs.

that means I have lost about 25lbs since last year at this time.

I blame a lifestyle change where I work a lot of nights and don't work out or eat like I should and the bronchitis last month that kept me on my couch.

Now granted I lost some fat, and I feel just as strong, but I don't like being small enough to pick up and that is where I am now.

Hit GNC and bought a few meal replacement bars, these are a lot easier to eat than protein since they have fat in them. Oh Yeah bar are coated with peanuts and peanut butter. 26g of protein and 380 calories they are a good post workout treat that I used to eat all the time.

Then to my gym, talked with the new owner and punished my back for a good hour.

Abs to warm up. Lat pull downs and cable rows and heavy shrugs.

Really I can tell I am out of shape because I started to run out of steam after doing some curls.

Tomorrow is push up day (yay!) and then deadlift day and legs later this week. My goal is to be up 3 lbs by the end of the week and feel like I am stronger.
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Originally posted by ArkanGL:
Back from running.

I really should do it more often.
If only because maybe then I'll be able to run without stopping so often.


I'm imaging you running through the Canadian snow, a la Stallone in Rocky IV, with logs over each shoulder and charging through snow drifts to avenge the death of your friend Carl Weathers.


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Originally posted by Trogdor:
Edit,

Heavy Shrugs.

Band name.


We'd have to be a band of and for apathetic fat guys. Smile
exactly!

Run 3 miles again yesterday morning and by early afternoon I was gagging for another run even though the earlier outing wasn't as easy as I'd imagined it would have been, given I'd had Sunday off as a rest day. Thinking I'll just make do with an hour surfing this arvo, but who knows how the endorphins will swing, come this evening! Addictive: 154 lbs and still feeling chubby :-(
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Originally posted by Bictaker:
exactly!

Run 3 miles again yesterday morning and by early afternoon I was gagging for another run even though the earlier outing wasn't as easy as I'd imagined it would have been, given I'd had Sunday off as a rest day. ...


Relax. Have a smoke. Wink
Well, took Mrs Bic for a picnic down the beach and watched the surfers/kayaking school for 2hrs in the sun at lunchtime. The cross onshore wind messed up the little wave so I left it... and went for a swift 3m jog again! 50 push ups and 30 sit ups seemed too much of a chore today, but hey ho, gotta keep on keeping on, eh.

Potatoe salad and fish on the go. Hoping to surf tomorrow
Last month I started 'dieting'. Translate that to: whole grain bread instead of sourdough, 5 servings of veggies and fruits a day, no more soda and alcohol only on weekends.

Once a week I fence with my SCA geek buddies. I'd like to go to the Tucson practices on Tuesday night but I usually don't have the energy by the time I've slogged through my caseload at work, plus I wouldn't be home until 11 pm or so and that's too late for me during the week.

Last week I started walking with my neighbor friend in the park across the street from our houses. At night, I wouldn't go to that park for love or money (oh wait, that's what most people go there for at night...), but before sunset it's pleasant and there is a walking path.

My hope is to work up to "power-walking" every day but I am sooooo out of shape that it's not going to happen quickly.
Good start IC! Working out with somebody makes it a lot better imo. You can't talk yourself out if it as easily. Careful with the fruits, they tend to have a lot of sugar, some people see an effect some don't. If you have the means see a nutritionist to help with a diet plan.

I didn't work out at all yesterday, spent it recovering from the night before on my couch.

Getting older sucks.

Reminds me why I rarely drink heavily.

Although some people swear by the every other day lifting schedule I never cared for it. I would rather do more specific workouts 4 days a week, chest, legs, back, and small muscles (shoulders, calves, forearms) on separate days.

Although I was nopt happy about my recent discovery of how much weight I dropped I must admit that I don't seem to have lost any strength. Also I am getting a lot more attention and comments from people. Smile

Of course I work at gay bars so most of the attention is from guys but it is still flattering.
Light day, just couldn't get really into it.

Some ab warm ups.

Several sets on the flat bench with a light weight and short breaks between sets.

Dumbbell flys and inclines.

Heavy tricep extensions.

Half mile on the treadmill, running/walking. Yes yes I know you runners will tell me a half mile is nothing and you're right but I was pretty bored and just trying to burn off energy.
Half a mile of running is a triumph if you haven't run since high school! (such as yours truly) Big Grin

Been considering attempting to start running, in little baby steps. Lately I've been gaining weight, and I want to offset that with some form of exercise that burns a few more calories than simply walking.
Running is fucking hard man. You are in school right? Usually they have a gym. Check out the elliptical machines. The are the things that look kind of like you are cross country skiing. I know when I am doing it my heart rate stays sky high and it is very kind to your knees and hips.

I ordered some Tribulus pills today. A friend of mine is a health nut and recommended this for a natural way to increase testosterone levels. It is advertised as a way to fight ED but it allows your body to produce more of its own testosterone which increases strength.

I'll check it out.

Works for women too apparently. I might have to slip the Girl some.
edit: Not in school atm, but going back in fall. So for now it'll have to be outside running, when and where I can bring myself to do it. I'm definitely not in great shape, and running/walking is one of those things that I can do multiple times/week and don't need a gym for, you know?
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Originally posted by editengine:
... I ordered some Tribulus pills today.


Isn't that the Chinese herb given by shamans to cure premature ejaculation?


Big Grin I have no idea what you're talking about!

No but it is also used to help with ED.
I'd stay away from bolting down creatine, trbulus, ZMA, HMB, XYZ, and bannana milkshakes. That stuff will bloat you out.

A dude like you at 35, should be losing weight. Just do all cardio.
You need to get down to about 165-175 pounds and stay there for about two years. You want your body to 'remember' that weight. This will prep you for when your metabolism really slows down when you hit 40.
Dude, after 25, less is more.

You can’t be a steroidal, Gonad the Barbarian mesomorph at 45. You have to strip yourself down. Slough off all that fast-twitch anaerobic meat before it slides into your middle and stops your heart. If you don’t, you’ll end up looking like a Mikey Rourke, a bronzed Buddha, parked on the couch with all the athleticism of a Taylor Ham.

Do only cardio. Eat less. Stop eating Cuban sandwiches. When you do eat, make sure it is fibrous. Don’t bother taking voodoo herbs and spices, chemicals with alphabet soup-like names, and ‘bulk-me-out-till-my-skin-bursts’ supplements. Remake yourself into an ectomorph with that long, slim, slow-twitch muscle. You’ll live to be 100.
For a minute there I thought Jacque said Mickey Rourke. I wouldn't mind looking like Mickey Rourke at all. I'm always trying to get back to 155 lbs. From my late teens to my early 30s I stayed steady at 155 no matter what I did or ate. Then I jumped 10 lbs. A decade later another 10 lbs. Lately I've crept up over 180. At 5'7" that's way too much, especially since almost all the excess is around the waist. So now I'm trying to lose 20-21 lbs (lost 5 lbs already. That's the easy part). Back when I had good knees it was no problem, but bad knees really restrict your range of motion. Much of your muscle mass is between your hips and your knees, and it's hard to exercise those muscles without involving the knees.
Lots of good, motivation stuff in this thread. It inspired me to take Wednesday as a rest day and then push in an extra mile yesterday. The slow 4m jog seems to have been fine on my old athritic knee. A few aches but all good none the less. Not sure if i should rest again today or do a slow 3 miler later - would prefer a 90 min mountain bike blast if I get the chance/time though, but its hardly likely...

I'm not one for taking any kind of pills these days, but steady as you go, Edit - make sure you research the effects before getting on any programme, eh.
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Stop eating Cuban sandwiches...


BJ get out of my head! now I want a good Cuban!

JMR - I agree that ibuprofen should be popped like pez if you are in pain from your workout. If you have a gym available try out the elliptical machines. I get my heart rate higher than jogging and there is no impact on your knees. You still have to use your knees of course but the rotation of the elliptical is much kinder in my experience than the pounding of jogging.
I'm surprised at the advocating of pill popping here. If you're exercising to get/stay healthy then pills are not your friend. It doesn't matter if it's some herbal booster or an ibuprofen pain reliever. If you want better results- work harder and if you're in too much pain then you need to cut back a little and work your way up more slowly. Ibuprofen might not be a very harsh drug, but it shouldn't be used in large quantity nor should it be used regularly. Don't get me wrong, I'm not a health freak, and I don't want to sound like I'm your mother- this is just my two cents.
Crow Girl - good advice. Agreed.

The doc gave me a bag of pain killers for my athritis but I deal with it at a psychological level - if there's no swelling then its not muscular, so I just ignore it. Pain following exercise is a different matter and I prefer to listen to my body, slow up a littel and allow some recovery time.

I took another rest day yesterday and did a slow 4 miler this morning. Nice easy jog, no after effects yet ;-) maybe some cycling tomorrow.
OTOH, the stuff does work and it is the solution the doctor is going to give you for major swelling-related stuff. When I re-tore the meniscus in my knee last year, the doctor put me on something like 800mg 4x per day for a week (mind you always with food!) to get the swelling down to where the tissues weren't constantly being aggravated (which vicious cycles into more swelling) by rubbing against each other.

RICE is the preferable way to go if it will do the trick though. Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation. (You can alternate hot & cold packs for faster results too.)
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Originally posted by heavyboots:
OTOH, the stuff does work and it is the solution the doctor is going to give you for major swelling-related stuff.


Yes. Indeed. But it shouldn't be "eaten like candy" or "popped like pez".
Just because its available OTC doesn't make it harmless. It is hell long term on the whole gastric system.. I know, I took it daily long term for a chronic pain condition. Its fantastic stuff, really does its job.. and remember, its available in gel form which is also really good for specific areas of pain.
I don't know whether you can get diclofenic gel in the US, but thats fantastic as a topical pain reliever and anti-inflammatory (even better than ibuprofen)
I scored a 20lb kettlebell and started working out with it. It's amazing how much exercise you can get out of just 20 lbs. Unlike, say, a dumbbell, you keep the kettlebell in continuous movement, reps without letup, switching from hand to hand, and involving the whole body in many exercises. It seems to be good cardio as well as muscle workout. Very compact and efficient.
Went for a ride up A-Mountain tonight with a buddy. Failed yet again to find the damn snake bridge on the way back!!

Lots of fun except for the moment of sheer terror when my buddy's lame-ass "water bottle" full of ice (actually a gatorade bottle or something else that didn't fit in a water bottle cage right) fell out and explode all over the road in front of me while we were sprinting. I did not slip out on any ice chunks and crash though. So that was good.
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Originally posted by Black Jacque:
Hmmm... I've taken Ibuprophen for years without ill effects.
Maybe it only causes stomach distress when not used in combination with vigorous exercise?


My Greandmother smoked every day for 60 years without ill effects.. I love the "it hasn't happened to me so its not true" argument.
I went to Bally's with the Girl yesterday to show her the basics of a workout. I am actually very proud of her. At 27 she has never had to exercise. She danced for a night or two a week in a nightclub which was all she needed to stay in fabulous shape. Even after her baby she snapped right back down to her pre-baby weight (plus a couple of pounds according to her, she could no longer fit into her 'Size 1' pants) But between no longer dancing and some medication she was on for a time she is unhappy with her weight. My ex-wife complained for years about her weight but never lifted a finger to really change anything. So I was finally over hearing it from the Girl and said unless she was going to start working out I didn't want to hear a word about how fat she thinks she is.

So she got a Bally's membership. Bally's is not for hardcore gym rats but it is clean, well stocked with equipment, and great for a beginner. The gym business is hurting so bad right now that deals are good, no fees, $30 a month, daycare, and she can go to any location.

I started by showing her how to stretch out, then we spent ten minutes on the treadmill. Cycling for a few minutes and the we went over to the weight machines. I went through all the different variations of ab crunchs they have. Some of the leg curl and extension machines as well. Then she went into the steam room in the women's locker room. I completely forgot she had never been in a locker room before. Big Grin She comes out, wide eyed, she had a gym encounter that had left her dazed. She rounded a corner and ran into a very overweight elderly woman stark naked. Eye level, I told her, you keep you gaze at eye level in the locker room. Men's locker rooms smell like old guy and fart so be glad. And they always want to talk to you when they're naked too.
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Originally posted by Black Jacque:
Hmmm... I've taken Ibuprophen for years without ill effects.
Maybe it only causes stomach distress when not used in combination with vigorous exercise?


My Greandmother smoked every day for 60 years without ill effects.. I love the "it hasn't happened to me so its not true" argument.


not to start a fight here but aren't you essentially saying "It has happened to me so it will happen to you."?
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Originally posted by editengine:
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Originally posted by MrsK:
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Originally posted by Black Jacque:
Hmmm... I've taken Ibuprophen for years without ill effects.
Maybe it only causes stomach distress when not used in combination with vigorous exercise?


My Greandmother smoked every day for 60 years without ill effects.. I love the "it hasn't happened to me so its not true" argument.


not to start a fight here but aren't you essentially saying "It has happened to me so it will happen to you."?


No.. I was simply made aware of it because of it happening to me. There is plenty of research out there now, but up until about 5 years ago, it wasn't a known side effect.
I'm not talking an upset stomach after taking it, but long term damage that causes long term problems such as lesions on the colon.

But, mainly, I'm saying taking ANY medication long term without medical supervision is bad for you. As I said before, just because something is OTC doesn't make it harmless.
Calm it, FP, calm it ;-)

Run a slow 3 miles yesterday after watching the London marathon. I'd love to try it and have been toying with registering for the 2010 event...

Irritable nights sleep ahead of a return to work today. Long day and now I'm dog tired. No time for exercise other than a quick 75 push ups and 30 sit ups.
well for those who thought I should still lose weight take heart.

Post workout today I seem to weigh 180lbs.

I do realize it makes some things easier. I was chasing a crackhead last night and realized than running is a lot easier at this weight.

I am eating a lot more calories the past couple of weeks too but still keep dropping weight.

well fuck it I feel good!
Well, to shock you, I've signed up for an exercise class!! Its at the local-ish wetland bird reserve (yes, London has one *l*).. Starts with 15 minutes stretching and warm up.. 45 minute brisk walk through the wetland with occasional stops for basic low level cardio, and then 20 minutes Pilates indoors on return. Its designed for mummies with their babies, and I'm going with some really nice mummies (some very yummy mummies though.. a high flying award winning lawyer, and city workers etc!) I've met at a 5 week post natal physio based exercise class..

It seems like a good place to start..
Actually it does, as does taking the stairs, biking to work, pacing at your desk, and walking to see somebody rather than emailing them.

I figured out yesterday that my weight loss began shortly after I left the call center job with the bank. I guess I should have seen that coming. Good reason to avoid office jobs from now on though.
Just couldn't get moving today. After waking up way too early and not being able to go back to sleep I had a big breakfast, telling myself I would work it off later. Instead I was still blah in the afternoon. I just did some calf work and forearm stuff. A little tricep stuff and I was done. Chilled at home and ate a lot of tuna, steamed broccoli.

Work tonight so I have to get some sleep now, might have to take something because I can't seem to get sleepy, just tired.

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