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  posted on 2/14/2011 at 07:46 PM
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About half of my adult life I've been into distance running. But a few months shy of 40 years old (Feb 2009), I decided I wanted to get in better overall shape as I approached 40 years old. Here are some things I've done that have worked for me since Dec 2008:

1) Perfect Pushups - you can buy them at Walmart/Target. They are great (don't do these if you've had rotator cuff problems in the past). I started with the basic program that came with the set.

2) Abs - find some routines on the internet and work in 3 times a week.

3) 5K etc - sign up for a race that is a few months from now. Even if you walk it, signing up for a race is key to actually getting ready

4) Record keeping - write everything you do exercise wise on a calendar. I don't go into detail about rep counts or weight amounts - I just write enough so that I will know what I did, miles etc.

5) Cut down on white foods. If there is a non-white (wheat substitute) do it.

After 18 months of perfect pushups, pullups, ab routines at home, I started working in some dumbells. Now I work in the gym in addition to this stuff, but the key was getting started with the above first.

Good luck!

[Edited on 2/14/2011 by hotlantatim]


Great points here Tim!
1. I can only do the "wimpy" ones from my knees for now. And I do have a bum shoulder, so this could be a problem.
2. Abs are the only muscle that dont need a day off So they dont. I am in the gym like I said 5-6 days a week. And when I am not I have a ab-cruncher at home.
3. This is something I really want to do this spring! I am a little uncomfortable running on a treadmill, but I did jog for a mile recently on one. I am waiting for spring, and I plan on trying to run outside. I still have a issue in my right leg due to a blood clot 2 years ago, but this is something I would really like to try - Just to say i DID it, even if I never do it again.
4. I actually started doing this 2 months ago. The times and distances for cardio, and the reps and weights on lifting. My thinking is to see my progress and try to improve on it.
I recently bought a new phone that runs off the Android system. There is a free program called 'CardioTrainer" Very easy to use, and it tracks the times and caloried burned for you.
And also the distance for walking or running, but I Mother Nature has no cooperated here in NJ this winter
5. Agreed... Pure poison, IMHO. I have cut back big time on this, and anything processed.

I would also like to add that tracking your food intake in key as well. I think there are some free programs floating around out there, and it had made a huge difference for me.

 

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  posted on 2/14/2011 at 07:48 PM
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I need to get back on my diet. I lost 23 lbs. last year around this time but have managed to gain 18 or so of it back. Having read about Alan Woods having his heart attack, and mind you he's not overweight or big like I am, it is an eye opener, because he and I are the same age. I'm at the age where it's "do or die." Right now, my BP, blood sugar and triglycerides are on the borderline. I'm not a time bomb or anything, but it's not going to improve itself.


Getting started is the hardest part Dave. Once you get rolling, its all good from there

 

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  posted on 2/14/2011 at 08:24 PM
Oh, and this was one of the free online trackers I was looking at before I joined WW.
Seems simple to use.

http://www.fitday.com/

 

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  posted on 2/15/2011 at 10:54 AM
For general health and wellness, my secret weapon is Pure Synergy and Vita Synergy from The Synergy Company out of Moab, UT.

This is not a weight loss thing. It is an anti-cancer tonic basically, and promotes "radiant health". I haven't been sick for 3 years, and I even anti-aged a bit, even while smoking (now over 2 months smoke free).

Can't seem to lose weight though. Hoy Hoy, i'm the boy. I've got 300 lbs of heavenly Joy.

http://www.thesynergycompany.com/index.html

 

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  posted on 2/15/2011 at 11:09 AM
I'm a fitness nut .. I workout 2 or 3 hours everyday .. I can't get enough. I agree with other posters about motivation. Once it becomes part of your routine, it's hard to do without. I've always enjoyed doing pushups because they require no equipment. Here's a site that will have you doing a hundred non-stop within a month or two .. http://hundredpushups.com/

 

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  posted on 2/15/2011 at 01:43 PM
got a routine:

5 days 5 miles(1 hour) on treadmill or stationary bike.
3-4 days weight lifting.
lots of fish,turkey,vegetables,fruits,whole grains only( no white food at all),flaxmeal,nuts,black &/or navy beans,no fried foods,olive oil,no alcohol,low fat dairy,coconut water(great before and/or after workouts--great for electrolytes & energy),smart water,lots of water(no soda,juices,etc.),no salt or sugar,& can't eat out much given my limitations.
some supplements i use:multi vitamin(no iron),vitamin c & d,coq10,l-carnitine,magnesium taurate,allergy research homocystine formula,d-ribose,diabatone,fish oil....

not an easy routine but a nice payoff--more to it,but this is most of it...makes meal making a fun challenge...

i'm 6 feet tall & during the 90's i weighed 165 lbs.(by eating well & working out like a maniac),then gained 75 lbs. between 2000--2009--since 09' i'm back down to 175.....

sure working hard to maintain!

[Edited on 2/15/2011 by dadof2]

 

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  posted on 2/15/2011 at 01:45 PM
Good work, Effie!

 

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  posted on 2/15/2011 at 01:48 PM
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Good work, Effie!


thanks so much

 

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  posted on 2/15/2011 at 01:59 PM
make sure what you're doing is fun or challenging or even humbling.I suggest buying a jump rope.Initially very humbling..when you realize every 10 year old girl in the world can kick your ass at it.Builds stamina,balance and improves rythym.Chin-ups also very humbling. In the words of jack lalane"make excercise king,nutrition Queen and together you have a kingdom"
 

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  posted on 2/15/2011 at 02:52 PM
Happy to report I lost some weight this morning! Sexercise is a beautiful thing. Good for the heart, reduces stress (cortizol levels), helps the immune system. happy you, happy pancrease, good blood glucose levels, and it appears to be a routine that I do not mind following. And when done in a non hurried manor can count as a cardio excercise as well,gets the heart pumping.20 + minutes morning,noon or night or for the truly serious all three a day! Lucky to have a workout partner! Mrs. Cowboy !

[Edited on 2/16/2011 by CowboyNeil]

 

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  posted on 2/15/2011 at 04:32 PM
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As of last Thursday, I have lost 163 lbs.
Chuck, I am so proud of you. This is really amazing and inspiring.

I can't add much to what a lot of folks have already said. I'm a gym rat, have been for a long time, and I can't imagine my life without it. Changing your diet is probably the hardest, but once you do it, it becomes part of your life and it's second nature.

Quiting smoking is huge. It will make a huge difference in how you feel every single day.

 

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  posted on 2/15/2011 at 06:26 PM
If late night bowl or two of ice cream is one of your weaknesses, try replacing it with a bowl of cereal.

ABS - I had developed a beer gut (looked great on a tall thin guy!). You can strengthen the muscles behind your gut in 3 weeks and quickly lose a couple inches on your belt (getting more results will come when you lose fat there). It's nice though to see some quick returns. Google six pack abs and you'll see tons of examples of cheezy but effective workouts. Results like they claim come from crazy diets, but the ab routines will shrink and strengthen your waiste line.

I have found the key is to simply do something..and regularly. Don't worry about it being perfect. Recording it on paper will increase how often you repeat it.

 

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  posted on 2/15/2011 at 06:40 PM
Yoga, swim, no soda, (corn syrup goes right to the hips and belly, preservatives are bad for the kidney)

lost 50 lbs that way.

 

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  posted on 2/15/2011 at 10:32 PM
Pretty good book here that I borrowed from a friend.. Some real eye opening stuff, and some great ideas as well..


http://www.amazon.com/This-Thousands-Simple-Swaps-Pounds/dp/1594868549

 

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  posted on 2/16/2011 at 09:46 AM
Getting back in the gym today from a 2 week hiatus due to the flu..note to self get the shot dumbass

 

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  posted on 2/16/2011 at 09:54 AM
Any walkers out there? I walked 10 miles to work this morning. Try to do a few times a week, schedule and weather permitting. Keeps me healthy, helps with stress, frees my soul a little bit.
 

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  posted on 2/16/2011 at 12:29 PM
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Getting back in the gym today from a 2 week hiatus due to the flu..note to self get the shot dumbass


Go for it Cowboy!

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  posted on 2/16/2011 at 01:34 PM
Thanks Chuck, by the way, your my hero!

 

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  posted on 2/16/2011 at 01:41 PM
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Any walkers out there? I walked 10 miles to work this morning. Try to do a few times a week, schedule and weather permitting. Keeps me healthy, helps with stress, frees my soul a little bit.


I like to walk - it's a bit hard in the winter in Iowa. The streets are covered with ice and snow. We are finally experiencing melting. I can't do 10 miles, but a few is a lot better than none. Getting a treadmill this week.

 

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  posted on 2/16/2011 at 03:42 PM
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Any walkers out there? I walked 10 miles to work this morning. Try to do a few times a week, schedule and weather permitting. Keeps me healthy, helps with stress, frees my soul a little bit.


Walker here!

Started walking 2 years ago, have lost nearly 30 lbs as a result. Recently started walking outside as our basement remodel forced me off the treadmill. What a workout!

Just got back from my annual physical, BP down, good cholesterol up, best one in years.

Can't stop now. Got another 30 pounds to lose.

I hope to become a runner, my wife is the ultimate success story, she lost a lot of weight, moved from walking to running, now she does half marathons. I'm still too "jiggly" to start running.

 

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Hiking's been my main form of exercise over the past 20 years (along with
playing the drums), and luckily for me, the Northeast has more than plenty
of great hiking destinations. The amount of physical
wellness I get from hiking still amazes me.

 

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i walk and workout a great deal but still eat way too much. my problem is i eat a big lunch at work and eat at night. I probably workout an hour 4-5 times a week and walk another 2-3 miles every day.

I wish i had a gym near work so i could exercise at lunchtime instead of eating. Too many great places in NYC to eat. And cheap as well.

 

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  posted on 2/16/2011 at 05:33 PM
I took Sully's lead and picked up the 4 hour body book. Just into reading the relevant chapters, gonna get the food issue under control this week start the exercise and food regiment when I have all the pieces in place.

 

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Any walkers out there? I walked 10 miles to work this morning. Try to do a few times a week, schedule and weather permitting. Keeps me healthy, helps with stress, frees my soul a little bit.
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Love to walk. Don't have a treadmill (although I recently purchased an elliptical - I've also made a decision to commit to getting myself healthier through exercise and eating right) so my walking is done outside weather permitting (which I'll bundle up and walk when it's colder here in Middle Earth as long as colder doesn't mean too cold or icy or -0 wind chill ). And I usually have a Punkin walking with me. Also enjoy getting out in the woods, country, mountains, wherever there are no walls, and doing hiking.

That's cool that you make that walk from north side to downtown, Julie. I did that walk once in awhile from where I was living in Uptown (about 1 block north of Graceland Cemetary) to my office on Wabash (2 blocks north of the river) when I lived in Chicago but always on the way home ... was always mad dash to L then getting to work on time in mornings.

Wharfie - you are the bomb. I'm enjoying reading your posts about choosing health.

 

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  posted on 2/17/2011 at 09:55 AM
Chime in: what are you doing (or already accomplished) in your Fitness 2011 routine today?

 

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