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Old 04-06-2011, 07:45 AM   #41
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This stuff works, seriously, I'm a 42 year old woman, only weigh 125, and I just maxed my 1rep deadlift yesterday at 290 lbs. I couldn't ever do that when I was 20 years old, it's been so much fun doing all these things I never knew I could be capable of, haha.
IGSOY, That is awesome; you go girl! Heck, I am 65 lbs heavier than you and the most I have ever DL is 315 lb for 3 reps, as I generally do not do 1 rep lifts. My usual routine keeps me at 275 for 5x5.
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Old 04-16-2011, 11:53 AM   #42
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The only problem is finding a place for lap swimming that's reasonable in cost. It might be worth joining a local fitness center (that has a pool) for $50-60/month, or else local community colleges often provide local residents with cheap memberships for access to their pool.
If you look around you can probably find a gym for a lot less that that . I pay $23 a month and it has a large pool .
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Old 04-18-2011, 01:28 PM   #43
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I run, and generally lead an active lifestyle. Having young children helps, too. Last Saturday I ran a half marathon with 4443 of my closest friends. I beat 3128 of them to the finish too (sounds better than 1316th place)!
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Old 04-19-2011, 10:01 AM   #44
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Bill Walton was recently quoted as saying we all reach a point where the exercises we can do are biking, swimming and weight lifting. He's had ankle fusions that prevent running and much walking, but he can do those other things.

Anything you can do is good.
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Old 04-19-2011, 10:27 AM   #45
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Cycling is great excersise and it saves you money too. I do all my shopping with my bike so te car just sits in the driveway. Cycling also gets you out side and I've discovered lots of places I would never have found in a car. This year my holiday wll be a 3 week ride around Iceland
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Old 04-19-2011, 10:33 AM   #46
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Bill Walton was recently quoted as saying we all reach a point where the exercises we can do are biking, swimming and weight lifting. He's had ankle fusions that prevent running and much walking, but he can do those other things.

Anything you can do is good.
I remember years ago when it first appeared that Walton was going to have his career shortened by joint problems, he laid some of the blame on long hours of basketball on concrete courts. I think it is hard to overemphasize how important resiliency of surfaces is in prolonging weight bearing joint comfort. Concrete is a very unyielding surface. I have some modest arthritis in one hip from an old hairline fracture that went through the joint socket. I can perceive the difference between a wooden floor laid on concrete, and a wooden floor suspended on normal SFH joists, or sprung as some courts and dance floors are constructed.

You have to keep moving and keep having fun, but also be kind to your joints!

I am planning to buy a Concept 2 Rower to have in my LR to provide me with a high level of baseline fitness, and then walking around, 2x/wk weight lifting, and dancing will be mainly for pleasure, but I will stay pretty fit even if the weather is awful, or I can't get to a dance or my partner is traveling or whatever.

I have used these before and like them, plus I don't have to get wet in a pool which I really hate in winter!

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There is weight loss and then there is fitness. As far as weight loss is concerned it is calories in vs calories out. It's basic physics. Do what you can that is achievable and sustainable to shift the equation to net calories out. Once I turned 50 I felt like my metabolism had slowed down (or that I was just less active). I do some exercise but mostly I've shifted to reducing portion size. I eat what I want, just a little less. I have a pretty healthy diet too.

Now that I've ER'd I started going to a gym and working out with a trainer. After two months I feel more fit, more energetic, more coordinated, and stronger.
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Old 04-19-2011, 11:01 AM   #48
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Weight loss is mostly diet(portion control) rather than exercise. Exercise is worthwhile certainly and I work out stenuously every day. But when I need to lose weight, I need to cut back on intake rather than increase work load.
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Hello Frank - I would start here Physical Activity for Everyone: Guidelines: Adults | DNPAO | CDC
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Well, this is not much help to you Frank with your cold winter weather, but I'm in the SF Bay Area where the winters are mild. My main form of exercise is cycling. I don't own a car, so if I want to go anywhere, I have to get on my bike.

A few months ago, the doctor told me that my LDL is a bit on the high side, so I have to pedal a bit harder.

I'd agree with everyone that has mentioned swimming.
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CrossFit is great fun, nice challenging workouts and at least my gym's various folks are all really friendly.

Personally I've been doing running and functional training in prep for the Tough Mudder SoCal and managing to lose weight doing so (watching my eating is a big part too of course).
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