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what are your exercise habits?

i define "exercise" as activities undertaken specifically to increase health and fitness (which could also include doing things for fun, but getting health benefits anyway - like swimming, or whatever's fun for you).

Poll #954255 exercise habits

have you been exercising regularly for at least the last month?


how much time do you exercise each week?

i said i don't exercise, beeyotch!
10 to 60 minutes.
61 to 120 minutes.
121 to 180 minutes.
more than three hours per week (specify in comments if you like).

what kinds of activities do you do when you exercise? even if you aren't exercising now.

slow walking (strolling)
brisk walking
aerobics of some kind at home
aerobics in a class
sports (specify if you're willing)
strength training at home without weights (pushups, crunches, that sort of thing)
strength training at home with weights or other equipment
strength training at gym without weights
strength training at gym with weights or other equipment
yoga, pilates, or the like
riding a bicycle outdoors
rowing a boat of any kind (includes canoes)
other (specify?)

how long can you maintain a routine of regular, weekly exercise?

i can't.
up to one month.
2 to 3 months.
3 to 6 months.
6 to 12 months.
more than a year at a time.
i have been exercising regularly for the last several years.
other. (tell me about it?)


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Mar. 26th, 2007 06:57 pm (UTC)
hi. i am a lump.
Mar. 26th, 2007 07:12 pm (UTC)
Walking the Dog
No matter what else I do, I get up in the morning and walk the dog. With my current dog and living location, I walk 1.5 miles each morning that takes 30 minutes (when I lived in the city with to dogs in a small location I walked 8 miles a day).

The dog is better than a workout partner because she will keep trying to get my up (licking my face, rolling around on the bed, or pulling on my arm until I get up) until I finally give in and take her for a walk.
It is pretty easy to get a workout partner to agree not to go to the gym. There isn't much more important to Mattole than her morning walk.

Weather doesn't matter that much as after about 10 minutes you really don't care anymore that it is rainy or cold.

Also I go to the gym (tredmill, weights, pullups etc), but not nearly as regularly as I should.
Mar. 26th, 2007 07:19 pm (UTC)
I might not do quite as well except that DJ's knee was rebuilt last year, and to keep her sound, she needs a lot of offleash running, so I bring her to our local open space areas and we hike. I can walk about 3 miles on a good day, two on a bad, much less on a very bad day before my gimpiness limits me. It hurts, regardless, but it doesn't hurt in a "this will make things worse" way so much as "this is a bit hard to tolerate." But DJ and I both need the exercise so I suck it up.
Mar. 26th, 2007 07:37 pm (UTC)
My standard joke is that the only exercise I get is moving my household or having sex.

A couple of years ago, I joined Curves -- and was really doing well, going at least twice a week, and almost enjoying it. After 4 or 5 months, I slipped on ice in my driveway and bashed up my knee so bad I could barely walk (re-injured the same knee that was severely injured when I was 10, in a bicycle stunt gone wrong). The pain & bruises didn't go away for 2 months, so I wasn't working out. Then I started going back to Curves, and got a nasty case of tendonitis in both arms! I had to wear wrist braces at work (8 hours at a computer daily, most of the day spent typing), and had to stop going to Curves again because 50% of their workout is resistance weight-lifting machines. As soon as my year contract was up, I cancelled the membership.

I'm kinda screwed when it comes to exercise -- anything even a little high impact (even long walks) is out because of my bad knee, I can't swim or do water aerobics because I have nasty skin reactions to chlorinated swimming pool water, and I can't really think of any other way to exercise that would be the least bit aerobic.
Mar. 26th, 2007 08:28 pm (UTC)
Since my counts have come back up post transplant I have tried to do a little bit each day. Now that I have lost 45+ lbs I do not care to much to have them return. I have a lot of toning up to do as my muscles atrophied badly while I was being radiated. I can never keep anything going constantly but if I do have a goal I can generally keep up some sort of training for said goal IE: paddle and portage. I would like to be there again this year.
Mar. 26th, 2007 09:22 pm (UTC)
There's a cross-trainer thingie I like to use for about half an hour of working out. When I feel lazy I use a bike and then I read. :) I only get to work out 2 times a week at most as I belong to the student gym which is time-consuming to get to and expensive if I don't have a bus pass that week (though the gym itself is by far the cheapest option going).
Mar. 26th, 2007 10:09 pm (UTC)
Upstairs and downstairs for my wife.
Mar. 27th, 2007 01:29 am (UTC)
I've been having trouble because up untill recently i have been having a lot of problems with sinus infections etc. I gained a *lot* of weight, and now the trouble is i am hauling to much gut around to work out and feel good after.

I just got a dawg though, and we are expecting to get some more exercise together.
Mar. 27th, 2007 02:39 am (UTC)
With Chemo exercise hasn't been something I could do regularly but now that it is over I am back to exercising. In the past I used an exercycle 5 days a week for an hour a day, did stretches, situps, and a variety of others. I did that for years then began commuting to CA and my routine fell apart.

Now I am starting up with walking and stretches. Good luck with your exercising :)
Mar. 27th, 2007 03:28 pm (UTC)
After spine surgery in November 2005 and a 6 month recovery, last April I began a regular exercise regime that I am still doing.

I don't have a specific plan that I always follow. Things get mixed up. It's my goal to go to the gym twice a week, take a brisk walk twice per week and bike once per week. Sometimes it's more and sometimes it's less, but rarely a week goes by that I don't at least do *something*.
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