Do you have a fitness routine?

@GardenGerty (109183)
United States
September 25, 2011 3:27pm CST
For a while now I have been going to the YMCA. It is not on a regular or scheduled basis, I am not in any classes that require my presence at a certain time. I do "resistance training" which involves universal weight machines. I go do water walking and some water exercises, and often will sit in the hot tub.I use an exercise bike or a treadmill occasionally. Now that it is cooler, I will also use a sauna. I have lost a little weight, and a few inches. I do not enjoy working with weights, but it relieves some of the pain I have and it is really good for me. I should go three times a week, but I am lucky to make it twice. Do you exercise? At home or at a gym or spa? Women or men only, or co ed? I am always interested in new fitness ideas.
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@quita88 (3716)
• United States
25 Sep 11
Since my heart surgery, the drs. said, walk, walk, walk and more walking... I walk every day at least one mile and sometimes 3 or more if the weather is good. I lost 17 pounds just walking. so, that is my exercise routine !!! and, my heart is good too :)
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@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
25 Sep 11
yes QUita been 4 weeks last friday 2 days ago
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@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
25 Sep 11
That is awesome. I need to make time for more walking. I know it may help me lose weight too.
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@GardenGerty (109183)
• United States
26 Sep 11
Quita, I used to walk a lot, but I just got out of the habit. How did you manage when the weather was so hot this summer.?
@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
25 Sep 11
used this stuff in therapy and dont do it when I dont have too I have a walking rutine that I do every day as I was told to since these last stents got put in 4 weeks ago
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@quita88 (3716)
• United States
25 Sep 11
Good Lord!has it been four weeks already??? Ok? I just told Gerty I walk a mile or more too.
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@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
25 Sep 11
I need to make time for walking.
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@GardenGerty (109183)
• United States
26 Sep 11
Walking is really good for you and it supports all the work the doctors do to help you get healthy. I hope to get in really good shape.
@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
25 Sep 11
I am not on any kind of fitness schedule right now or a program. I need to be though LOL. I don't have the time or the energy for it though. I work 7 days a week.
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@GardenGerty (109183)
• United States
26 Sep 11
What kind of work do you do, that has you tied up seven days a week. I am working at least some online every day, but I find I have more energy when I keep doing fitness stuff as well.
@quita88 (3716)
• United States
26 Sep 11
If you work seven days a week, I'm like Gerty , what work do you do??? and, even at that, walking gives you more energy and a great feeling of wellness. AND WEIGHT LOSS TOO........ Do not let your work be an excuse for NOT walking cuz you are only fooling yourself...........now, get on those shoes and get with it !!! hugs, quita
@quita88 (3716)
• United States
26 Sep 11
You are sooo right Gerty, fitness stuff or whatever gives us more energy and a better out look on life... We'll get this stepdjh to walking yet , hide and watch :) she'll feel like a whole new person.. and, pay attention, Lakota walks too............ wish we all lived close to each other so we could walk together !! Wouldn't that be a hooot !!!! hugs, quita
• Philippines
25 Sep 11
That's good. Keep yourself healthy. I do exercise at home. I allot an hour a day doing pushups, sit-ups and weights.
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@GardenGerty (109183)
• United States
25 Sep 11
I just cannot seem to concentrate on exercise at home. Other things take me away. It sounds like your are very disciplined.
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• Philippines
25 Sep 11
At first, yes I can't concentrate. But since I am doing it in a regular basis, it became part of my system.
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@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
25 Sep 11
I wish I had an hour of good energy to do it.
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@Masihi (4409)
• Canada
25 Sep 11
I've been doing pilates on and off but not on a regular basis because Hubby and I walk all over the place, or go biking together, that sort of thing. It certainly helps to have an exercise companion with you, gives me more motivation :-) I've lost another 5kg since the summertime.
@GardenGerty (109183)
• United States
25 Sep 11
Walking a lot is ideal. I used to do that a lot, but do not anymore. I have a bicycle I should use also. I feel not so steady on it right now, though. Need to practice.
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@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
25 Sep 11
I need to find time to do walking, even if it is around the house.
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@GardenGerty (109183)
• United States
26 Sep 11
A good pedometer can be a motivator.
• United States
25 Sep 11
Several years ago I use to go to a gym, went to all women and another time tried co-ed. But always found that I could not fully commit. Once I started to loose weight I would slack off and it was like a roller-coaster deal with me, as I virtually was on starvation diets years ago. I do own an Exerplay stationary bike now for 3 years and I was determined to make a complete healthier lifestyle change. Within 6 months I lost 70 pounds, as I worked out one hour per day, drank lots of water and finally started to eat! I can eat 3 - 4 meals a day now and not have to worry if I am going to gain any weight as long as I continue eating sensibly. Because I was not big to begin with I went way overboard and lost way too much weight. I have finally lifted my metabolism, which in the past was completely off, that I can virtually loose weight continuing the exercise pattern routine I have done. So I have had to cut down to only 3 half hour cardio type work outs now so that I continue keeping the heart in good shape as much as I can.
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@GardenGerty (109183)
• United States
25 Sep 11
I need to develop some of that type of commitment, as I feel that I really hurt my metabolism years ago, losing too much weight the wrong way. It is important to balance things.
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@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
25 Sep 11
That is the same way with me hardworkinggurl. I also work alot and would want to use my free time for something else.
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@JenInTN (27549)
• United States
25 Sep 11
No..but I have said I was going to start a hundred times. I think that once a person gets into the habit, it is a lot easier than trying to get started. I have a very physical job and I am tired most of the time when I get off work. I have heard that exercise actually increases your energy levels. I need to try to do it.
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@GardenGerty (109183)
• United States
25 Sep 11
There is the other side of exercise. If you "over train" you can make yourself tired. I am not in any danger of doing that, though. I do find that I have much more energy with what I am doing than I had before.
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@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
25 Sep 11
That is the same with me JenInTN. I need more energy period!
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• Indonesia
25 Sep 11
No.. I never interested in it. I seldom have exercise. The bad news is, I am a hard smoker , so I worsen my health. But later I will consider that
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@GardenGerty (109183)
• United States
25 Sep 11
When I had an active job I did not exercise much, but right now I am out of work, so I have to do something for my health.
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@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
25 Sep 11
I work every day so that is some exercise in itself too.
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@Hatley (164354)
• Garden Grove, California
25 Sep 11
hi Garden Gerty speaking of resistance I have a heavy ru bber and plastic I guess rope i a a good name but It has handles and I can put it under my feet and do arm exercises in the place of lifting weights. I use to do a lot of exercising with five pound weights five years ago I fell and broke my shoulder badly ,I had to have a bionic shoulder joint put in which does not work like the real thing. I cannot for example lift my left arm up enough to brush my hair or take things off a shelf or even really sweep the floor. I also have a foot pedlar bugt need to get bigger slippers so I 'can actually use it.so I do not have a lot pf exercise options any more except to slowly walk down the street in my damned walker like the old granny I look l ol lol lol wish I did not need the thing.But I do so there's got to be a way to get better cardiovascular exercise as I badly need to lose a lot of weight.
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@GardenGerty (109183)
• United States
25 Sep 11
When I go to water walking a lot of retired ladies with health problems are there. There is a really large retired nurse with COPD, she shows up with her walker, goes gently down the steps and then spends an hour and a half exercising almost every day. I should be so faithful. I know when they replace those joints you never get all the range of motion back that you had. I just had that one toe done, but it sure does not bend and flex like the other. There is a lady in water exercise that had a rod put in her arm due to polio as a child. She has raised six kids and worked as a secretary and is now retired. She is so nice to visit with. I think you need to get your peddler thing going, I think I know about the resistance band thing.
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@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
25 Sep 11
That is what I have too Hatley but I hardly ever make time to use it.
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@bunnybon7 (39366)
• Holiday, Florida
25 Sep 11
good for you. i could never stick to that back when i was able to do such things. the only thing that ever helped me loose a lot was when i was doing cleaning which is very hard work.
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@GardenGerty (109183)
• United States
25 Sep 11
My focus is not so much on losing weight, although I desperately need to, but I need the stronger bones and joints. I have had jobs where I lost weight, but they usually involved being very hot, in a factory as well.
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@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
25 Sep 11
I have never lost and ounce when cleaning and that is a neverending job.
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@varier (5699)
• Indonesia
28 Sep 11
I never go to any gym up to now :P. I am just doing routine walking and swimming. Somehow I feel it more interesting that using the "machines" on gym..
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@GardenGerty (109183)
• United States
29 Sep 11
I used to walk a lot. This summer has been way too hot to walk, though. I have access to a pool year around at the YMCA
@varier (5699)
• Indonesia
29 Sep 11
I am still love to walk, even it is on hot day, though Anyway, I am not sure, what is YMCA?
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@GardenGerty (109183)
• United States
3 Oct 11
YMCA is a gym and fitness center that has classes for the whole family and weight machines and free weights and treadmills, bikes, etc. It originally was also religiously affiliated, and was separate for men and women. So there was YMCA, YMHA, YWCA, YWHA . . . young men's Christian association, young men's Hebrew association, young women's Christian association, young women's Hebrew association. Now mostly it is just referred to as The Family Y. The hot dry weather here this year has been over 100 degrees Fahrenheit many days.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
27 Sep 11
I gave up going to a fitness anything. Why? 1. No money 2. the weather is always bad 3. With the $ I spent at clubs, I could be buying my own equipment So I bought some weights and some videotapes. One weight and one video at a time. That worked well for years. I would do cardio one day, upper body with weights the next, lower body the next, cardio, full body and then take a couple days off for the weekend. Although sometimes on the weekend, I went square dancing. But now I need to replace my videotapes with DVDs because we have DVD players. My cassettes, I need to replace with CDs and I have no $. Right now, I go to T'ai Chi on the weekend. During chemo, I walked a block from Hope Lodge to the hospital and most days I was able to walk the block back. Right now, the mosquitos are sooo bad, I can't walk outdoors. We have one women's only gym up here. The rest are co-ed. I like lifting weights, but I'm the only woman I know that does. Most hate it. But I feel great after I do. WEight lifting really improves your bones or at least keeps them from going bad. The Doctors were very impressed with my bones before chemo. I really need to get back into it. I find once I get into a routine, it's not bad. But to get started, wow! Esp. after an operation or in this case, operations.
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
27 Sep 11
Congrats on loosing weight and inches.
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@GardenGerty (109183)
• United States
27 Sep 11
I have some equipment, but do not use it. I have tried that before as well. I am plesed to notice that I have more energy now. Your regular routine is probably a big reason you did as well as you did. It was way too hot this summer. I have a friend at the Y who mentioned an older lady in her community who fell while walking. She lay quite a while on the sidewalk at 106 degrees and has massive burns on her body.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
28 Sep 11
How horrible for that lady. That's why they tell you not to exercise, walk, swim, etc. alone. Yes, I'm sure my regular routine was why I did so well. Just having difficulty getting bak into one now.
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@gocsa666 (128)
• Hungary
27 Sep 11
I have been working out for the past 3 years. I do basic stuff, compound exercises, like cleans, deadlifts, squats, bench press, pullups, all that, and if I have the time and I've done all I wanted for the day, I sometimes do the isolation exercises, you know what the professional bodybuilders do, biceps, triceps, etc. I enjoy working with weights, in the summer I went 4 or 5 days a week to workout and I also did cardio like running, sometimes bycicling. I took it back a notch recently, but I have a feeling I have to get back to the groove for the winter. Cause you know that's the time everybody gets really fat:) then you have to do all the things over again, and lose all that fat for the spring/summer which sucks. So I'd rather just watch what I eat and train hard during winter too. I didn't even know there are still gyms only for women or men:) I thought every gym is co ed now:)
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@GardenGerty (109183)
• United States
27 Sep 11
I do not know if there are men only gyms and fitness centers, but there is a chain about an hour away that is called For Ladies Only, and then there is Curves which is just for women.
@gocsa666 (128)
• Hungary
29 Sep 11
I've heard that back in the 50s, it was split up: mondays, wednesdays and saturdays for the men, and the other 3 days for women. Steve Reeves, a famous bodybuilder of that era (he played Hercules in the movies) only trained 3 times a week, but of course all 3 were full body trainings, not like today, where most people split it up by body parts.
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@GardenGerty (109183)
• United States
3 Oct 11
I work both upper and lower any time I do weights, and the trainer says then to do it only alternate days. In the pool there is some equipment that I can use that also functions as weights. I actually get more sore on those days when I do a full workout with them.
@Sandra1952 (6052)
• Spain
26 Sep 11
Hello GG. I'm lucky enough to live in Spain, and there's a swimming pool on our complex, so I swim at least once a day, often twice. I also go to a Zumba dance class once a week, and I walk quite a lot. Not bad for somebody with lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis! We live near the salt lakes on the Costa Blanca, and the hot, dry air is the healthiest place in the world for people with joint problems, arthritis and breathing problems. I'm so much more active here than I was back in England. When we go back to visit, I'm popping pills for pastime, but here, I feel really well most of the time.
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@GardenGerty (109183)
• United States
26 Sep 11
Do you ever swim in the salt lakes? I know that some of the various natural salts are good to relieve pain. This is what I keep telling people about my exercise routine. I do not necessarily like the weight training, but I certainly like the pain relief that I achieve by doing it. I imagine the cold and damp, and possibly mole does aggravate the pain.
• Spain
26 Sep 11
I've never swum in the salt lakes, because the concentration of salt is so high the locals reckon it would do more harm than good. The salt is exported all over the world for commercial purposes - you probably get Torrevieja salt for your roads in winter. However, I only live 15 minutes' drive from the Mediterranean Sea, so when I have a lupus rash - and I have quite a bad one at the moment - I go and spend an hour or so in the sea. It really helps, and it's warm enough to bathe in for most of the year, although January and February can be a bit nippy.
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@GardenGerty (109183)
• United States
27 Sep 11
Our hot tub at the Y has a salt based system rather than chlorine. I noticed when I started using it that things started healing up. I have break outs from time to time.
• Pamplona, Spain
30 May 12
Hiya GG, Have lost about two pounds just with this very hot Weather because we have been at 35 degrees centigrade and over for about a week now and the heat does not drop very much in the afternoon and the nights are very humid and hot too. With drinking more water that is where I am losing weight also but I won´t lose that much I don´t think. At the most I am walking a lot as I take the Dog out but I do vary the route I take him so it´s not the same thing every Day either. Resistance training is a good one I think as well. I try to start pushing against the wall and door like I used to and just a few gentle exercises to relieve shoulder tension.xxx
@GardenGerty (109183)
• United States
31 May 12
With all the desk and computer work we do the shoulder release moves are important. I am an avid water drinker. I have not checked the scales in a while. I think that dog keeps you motivated.
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• Pamplona, Spain
31 May 12
Hiya GG, At the moment I do a very gentle exercise for the shoulders as I have to sit really uncomfortable sometimes as this table is in a bad position but they don´t want to change it so I do what I can where I can. Have just been out it was about 38 degrees out there and I would not go out without my bottle of Water no sir. I don´t check the scales all the time either otherwise I would drive myself daft. Not so much the Dog as me myself. I have to motivate the Dog actually lol he is so lazy when he wants of course.xxx
@bostonphil (4430)
• United States
27 Sep 11
I also belong to the YMCA, now known as "The Y". Unfortunately, I get there very seldom these days. I have been very busy. They are renovating my Y and it does need renovation but it is making quite a mess and difficult to get around the building. I love the pools and the hot tub. I also like the sauna. And I do use some of the machines. I have my favorite machines. I do not know the names of the machines but they usually work the legs, feet and back. I have a slipped disc and foot problems. And I almost always feel better after working out. I hope to start going on a more regular basis after they finish remodeling and renovating the pools. It is a bit of a hassle to get there and I do not feel like going just for the machines.
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@GardenGerty (109183)
• United States
27 Sep 11
Our Y was totally remodeled about three years ago and I could not feel free to participate then. It was a mess, but the results are so nice. I am needing to use the upper body machines a lot because of a sore shoulder. They do make me feel much better.
• United States
27 Sep 11
Our Y is going to be real nice after the remodeling but what a mess the situation is now. Well, that is how remodeling always is. So is construction. I have low back and leg and foot pain. Some of the machines help a lot. There is one just for the lower back. Probably our Y's have all the same or most of the same machines.
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@celticeagle (122466)
• Boise, Idaho
26 Sep 11
I was a member of the YMCA for awhile back about two years ago. And then I moved over to a small farming community and lived with a friend for about three months. I joined a gym and went everyday. I lost about 35 pounds and was doing pretty good with a healthy diet. Then I had a emotional upset and came back home to stay. I quit exercising and I haven't ridden my mountain bike once this Summer. Sure miss it.
@GardenGerty (109183)
• United States
26 Sep 11
I hope that maybe you can get back into it. I am sure it is good for you. I know those emotional issues can certainly rock your life.
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@celticeagle (122466)
• Boise, Idaho
27 Sep 11
I don't much care anymore whether I do or not. Just really don't.
• China
26 Sep 11
To be honest,I haven't heard of weight machines,water walking and the like.I haven't spent some money in exercising either.I think the simpler the training method , the better.I go on foot twice each week,an hour each time.In addition,I have kept having a cold bath every morning since 1985 without interruption.I feel it builds up both physical constitution and willpower,but It isn't good for everybody.
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@GardenGerty (109183)
• United States
26 Sep 11
The walking is a good routine, machines are not necessary. I like the cold pool as well as the hot tub, but it is not very cold. A cold lake would be more chilly. It sounds as if you must be in excellent health.
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• China
27 Sep 11
having cold bath goes a long way towards my health,I seldom catch a cold.
• United States
26 Sep 11
I used to have a routine. I would work out at home to exercise programs on t.v. 4-5 days a week. It was fun and I was really seeing results. But then I hurt my neck for a few days (not by exercising!) and stopped my routine. This happened a few months ago and I still haven't started up again. I keep saying I will but so far have not been able to. I think I need to block out a time just for exercising and just do it. Something always comes up and I don't wind up exercising.
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@GardenGerty (109183)
• United States
26 Sep 11
Neck injuries can really slow you down. I keep thinking I will get a more set time to work out, but I do not do it. I did go today, and use weight machines and do water exercise. That was good, as I seldom go on Monday, which is what today is.
• United States
26 Sep 11
Congrats! Maybe tomorrow I will be motivated to exercise. I am getting over a respiratory infection so I still am not up to it. But maybe tomorrow I will have the energy. I know once I start again I will be just as committed. It's just hard getting in the mood again. I hate it but I love it ( exercising not my procrastination).
@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
26 Sep 11
Last year I was in a wonderful exercise mode that has now gone pear shaped. I so need to start again. Best of luck and keep it up. Not mylotting much due to work and other things. Hope to get back soon. Miss you all
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@GardenGerty (109183)
• United States
26 Sep 11
Miss you as well. Is that campaign still going on?
@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
26 Sep 11
Yes, it has been hard work raising money for them to go to the capital for the annual party conference. It went well. Bombshell today as our Prime Minister is resigning when they have chosen a new leader then he will step down. Great relief as he was an embarrassment but now we have to face the problem of who they will choose to go forward as leader for the next election. So very tense. My son is running for the present opposition. Election next year by September.
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