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Thekylekurtz 02-06-2013 04:11 AM

The Fitness Thread
So, whose doing what to get healthier?

What diet are you trying?

Did you start a new workout/are you starting one?

Need/want support/advice/props?

This be the place. It's never too late to start trying to take care of yourself, and I know people are trying. So I'd like there to be a discussion about it. If you guys want.

As for me I'm trying to reach a new goal on my next PT Test of (In 2 minutes) 100 Push ups, 110+ sit ups and an 11 SOMETHING two mile. 11:58 will be the gold, I don't care. I'm at 1245 right now, and pushing myself like hell to hit all three.

What are you guys up to?

Frent 02-06-2013 05:39 AM

I'm going to talk about mine in my journal thread, but I can at least occasionally highlight it here. Four years ago, I weighed 240-245 and decided to start exercising. I cut out sodas and chips completely, tried eating better/less food, and did a very simple daily routine of pushups, situps and walking. Over three or four months, I dropped 20 pounds.

Now it's four years later and I've been sitting at 215, but I want to drop more. I did some research, and I'm trying P90, a precursor to P90X and much, much easier. Still, it's beating me up so far, and last night I had to skip it due to a suddenly annoying schedule. I plan to keep with it, though. I'm sore and I've already missed a day, so I know my runthrough won't be perfect or anything close to it. Going to keep going, though.

Mega 02-06-2013 05:46 AM

Going for a 5 mile run right now, just trying to maintain my fitness right now since I've reached my goals.

Nami 02-06-2013 06:19 AM

I need to get rid of my gut. Which, really, I don't have much of. I have enough of one to have it bother me, though.

Thekylekurtz 02-06-2013 06:19 AM

Yep, talked to you about this quite a bit Frent and no workout will ever be perfect or as planned. Just keep it up and don't let anything get to you.

And nice Mega, nothing wrong with that. 5 miles isn't easy, either.

Do Bycicle Kicks and planks, Nami. It'll cut that shit right out.

And slow, looooong workouts are the ones that burn fat. Like, 2 hours of barely breaking a sweat on an elliptical is what will trim fat like no other. Running really fast and hard just burns calories that you're taking in throughout the day.

Standing Freddy 02-06-2013 06:59 AM

Yay, fitness thread!

Doing a lot of core work with a trainer, getting ready for the police exam. The physical is always what's held me back, and I'm working hard to make sure to get in really good shape.

Got rid of soda as a daily drink. I'll allow myself one maybe every now and then, but I was drinking way too much.

And yeah, planks are the shit.

The Deej 02-06-2013 07:20 AM

I got for a hour and a half walk every other day or so. I've also given up soda as a regular drink and switched over to regular water.

Ves 02-06-2013 08:07 AM

shopping for weights

Standing Freddy 02-06-2013 08:14 AM

Awww yeah.

That Frood 02-06-2013 08:45 AM

Running 6-8 miles mwf.
Rock climbing wall tuesday thursday.

SliceSabre 02-06-2013 08:53 AM

Been doing running, push-up and sit-ups really.

Not running as much as I would like, winter running can be brutal when it cold around here added to the fact I live in a very hilly area.

So to get around that I running at the gym on my job, but it isn't as much as when I run outside.

Kaze 02-06-2013 10:24 AM

Just finished a 21 minute run/walk. (8 minute run, 5 minute walk, 8 minute run) Hit 1.8 miles which is a new record for me in that time slot.

Friday is going to be a 21 minute straight run. I am dreading it, but super psyched for it as well.

Zaver 02-06-2013 10:45 AM

I've never been the type to exercise a lot, but as of recently I've been eating a lot less. Now sitting around 160lbs which is a lot better than the 180+lbs I've been most of my teenage years.

Raven Serpent 02-06-2013 03:51 PM

Winter has been kicking my ass in terms of refusing most exercise, but someone in a stream mentioned Fitocracy, and I got really into it for a while.

This is my profile in that. Even though I haven't been doing much. I really should have planned for winter better.

Inferno 02-06-2013 04:25 PM

I work out, but it's not to lose weight, it's to get rid of all my excess nervous energy and stave off depression. I do 30 minutes of aerobic exercise on MWF, where I'm on the elliptical one day, the bike another day, and then I'll run around the track or on a treadmill the third day (usually the track because the treadmills here are glitchy). I try to increase the levels bit by bit, but it's a little harder to do that on the bike. When running, I'll try to increase the number of laps in a row that I can run without walking. And when I'm on the elliptical or bike, I bring my DS. It helps the time go faster!

...Yeah, it's all focused on my legs. No upper body strength to speak of. At some point in the future I'd like to do strength training.

My fears over getting sick actually keep me on a pretty healthy diet, so there's not much to discuss there.

StevenFC 02-06-2013 04:59 PM

I ate a whole ham today. It wasn't honey glazed, so that's a start.

Or it was until I drank an entire bottle of honey.

Scoffee 02-06-2013 05:17 PM

I finished off a case of Mtn Dew and now I've sworn off of soda for the next three months at least. Im also cutting out fried foods.

Frent 02-06-2013 05:38 PM


Originally Posted by StevenFC (Post 537304)
I ate a whole ham today. It wasn't honey glazed, so that's a start.

Or it was until I drank an entire bottle of honey.

I love you, Steven.

Raven Serpent 02-06-2013 06:56 PM

I'm gonna start logging my walks again. I've been pretty down on it, but I think it's about time to start again.

Kaze 02-08-2013 12:35 PM

21 minutes.

I'm so done.

Thekylekurtz 02-11-2013 03:42 AM

Good job Kaze, that's a good time.

Kaze 02-11-2013 11:21 AM

Thanks, didn't hit the 2-mile mark like I was hoping to. But then again, I'm running for time, not distance just yet. o:

Ran again today, 24 minutes with a couple of 3 minute walking intervals. Had heartburn for a majority of the run which made the entire experience hellish. :C

But I got it done!

Thekylekurtz 02-11-2013 11:23 AM

Keep it up!

As usual I worked out this morning, and again later in the gym. Focused on legs/cardio and burned, according to the machines, 600 calories there.

Frent 02-12-2013 12:27 PM

I've been trying to tell myself that the reason some of these exercises feel... well, not "easy", necessarily, but not all that painful, is because of several reasons. To me, those include:
  • Pacing myself enough to where I don't burn out
  • Breathing -- if not regularly, then at least doing it while I exercise
  • Having stretched a bit beforehand
  • Following at least an approximation of the form I should be following

And all of this is, theoretically, how you're supposed to exercise anyway. But that's what I'm wondering -- can regular exercise actually give you a workout and make you sweat without you feeling pain or being sore? I've always had the impression that you'd have to be a little sore or experience pain before you really started doing things right. So for those of you with experience, let me know if I'm overthinking this, or what.

Kaze 02-13-2013 11:34 AM

Common misconception. You don't have to sweat or feel pain to get a legitimate workout in! It still helps.

As for me, I decided to replace my run with a 40 minute walk and some free weight workouts I had been meaning to try out. By the end of it all I was sweating and panting as much as I would have been had I ran. Today was a success!

Edit: If you're worried about proper form for exercises, Frent, I'd suggest asking someone to watch you and make adjustments as they see fit. If not, try doing them in a mirror and evaluate yourself.

The biggest thing is to not push yourself too hard right out of the gate. Especially if you're unsure on form, it's better to start slow and get the technique down than go hard and hurt yourself because you were doing it wrong.

Profanity 02-13-2013 12:48 PM

The biggest thing is consistency, I can tell you. Please take it from me, even a modest effort will pay off over time.

Mallorie 02-13-2013 12:58 PM

Before I started college I completely cut out soda and now I'm working on getting rid of sugary drinks entirely.

I've been lifting weights but I need to do it more, to be honest.

Frent 02-13-2013 01:02 PM

Thanks for the advice, guys. I'm not sure I have perfect form, but I'm trying hard enough, and I feel it where they say I should feel it. Also, after doing this for a little over a week, I've lost a pound, and maybe a touch more. Not getting too happy about it yet; I have to keep it up. But I've been feeling pretty good. Put another notch in my belt.

Ves 02-13-2013 01:52 PM

My experience from being in shape to very out of shape to somewhere inbetween.

The more out of shape you are the more working out sucks. So as you get to be healthier working out becomes easier and more effortless.

Basically take it slow and work yourself up to whatever you are doing. If you want to start running walk > walk fast/jog > run.

Your body is meant to be active and over time it accommodates to being active.

The start is always the hardest part, which is why most people quit.

Profanity 02-17-2013 04:41 PM

So. I never got it, but there was an app I saw a while back called "Zombies, run!" It's a fitness app. I'm not sure on the specifics, but it tracks you on gps. While you are out running, or walking, the app considers you to be collecting resources for your home base. You can also be attacked by zombie hordes and have to pick up the pace to escape them. Or, presumably, you die. Looked interesting but wasn't free.

Also. How's your posture!? Working on mine, though it tends to be fair. Posture is an under rated, overlooked thing day to day, but improving it can help you in many surprising ways.

Thinking of trying yoga or pilates. I know next to nothing about them other than the stigma that they're feminine. Don't really care about that, and I'm bored of some of the conventional things I do, plus anything that's easier on my joints is always welcome.

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