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Posted on Sun, Aug 27, 2006 15:59

Curious as to what the ladies (and guys) do to stay fit. I race walk 3x/week for lower body and use 10 lb. hand weights 3x a week for my arms, upper body, but is it enough? I am fast approaching my 50s and keep reading about bone loss and the necessity of resistive weight training to the point of exhaustion to build (declining) bone mass/density. I'm not a "gym rat" but an seriously considering it for the long lasting effects and health benefits. Should I buy a home gym? Which ones are best? Opinions here are needed..and advice. What do YOU do to stay fit?


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Posted on Thu, Aug 31, 2006 08:14

Debbie, Yep! It's the one with the bikes. It hurts at first and I couldn't even make it through the 1st class (my cousin and I were waving our white towels in the air like white flags begging to surrender to the instructor who was cracking up!) But, once I got used to it, I loved it!


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Posted on Wed, Aug 30, 2006 17:40

Angel- Really? Lbs. melt off just by weight resistant training? Wow. I am ok with my weight, Just want to tone up a bit more. I think I need to check out a gym with Nautilus equip. Esp. during winter months when I don't have a regular exercise regimen. My 30th hi school class reunion is next July and want to look SUPER fabulous. :) What does your personal trainer recommend for a beginner that wants over all toning? Any advice for me?


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Posted on Tue, Aug 29, 2006 17:22

Yoga everyday...Pilates 3 times a week.


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Posted on Tue, Aug 29, 2006 13:41

I run from commitment...just kidding! I love RPM classes and do them 4x's a week...after the class, I go to the steam room at the gym and relax....


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Posted on Mon, Aug 28, 2006 21:02

I don't have any MAJOR exercise equipment at home, like a Bowflex or treadmill, but I do have other cheaper equipment, like a step, a stability ball, free weights, videos, etc. They definitely come in handy when the weather conditions rule out any kind of outdoor activity. I'm pretty on-and-off with any kind of exercise routine, depending on the time of year. During hot and cold extremes, I don't have much motivation to work out beyond what my job (and getting to and from it) requires, at least on the days I actually work. On my two days off a week, I'll try to jog along the local walking/bike trail in the morning, and a round trip on it is about three miles. I'll also wait until a few hours after lunch, and then try to go the gym I belong to. I'll usually get in two 30-minute cardio machine sessions, and work on lower body one day, and upper body on the other. Some people try to get gym workouts in BEFORE they go to work, which might work if their workday starts at 9 am or so, but isn't much of an option for me since mine starts at 7. Even if I showed up right when they opened (5 a.m.), I wouldn't be able to stay long enough to even justify the trip there, though I have been known to do it if my shift didn't start until 8 or later. It isn't just about maintaining or losing weight either with me. It's also about improving muscle tone, and preventing osteoparosis. I also like to think I'm preserving my flexibility and cardiovascular endurance, so that I'll NEVER be that person who gets winded just walking down one flight of stairs or going to check their mail, or who lets their weight get so out of hand that they end up having to do their grocery shopping in one of those automated carts, even though there's nothing wrong with their legs. Another side effect of all this is that it makes me completely NOT interested in any guy who's overweight. Not that I would dump a husband who started out in normal shape and just gained some later on due to illness or injury or metabolism slowdown that comes with aging, but I would probably never be attracted to anyone who was like that when I met them, especially if it was CLEARLY due to overeating and inactivity, and not "thyroid problems" or whatever. We obviously have way different priorities when it comes to taking care of our health, and I can't imagine having much in common with someone like that.


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Posted on Mon, Aug 28, 2006 11:09

I really like to get out and be active. I like to play tennis, basketball, swim, etc. But I can't always do those things. I like to switch it up a lot so that I don't get bored. I'll go take classes (cardio) at the gym (which I hate); sometimes I do treadmill, cycle, or elliptical. And I also do the weight machines for abs, arms, and back. I try not to make myself have a schedule becuase then I'll get bored with it.


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