What was your last exercise for physical fitness?

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Post by arpie55 » Sun Oct 26, 2008 5:50 pm

i am proud of myself in respect to this. i am 53 years old and took up martial arts several years ago and now hold brown belt level 2 with the american combined combative association. our senior instructor focuses a lot on conditioning and i am now in better shape than i have been in many years.
it is kind of ironic because i was a weight lifter when i was younger and have always considered myself to be in pretty good shape but starting developing back problems as i aged. the dr's kept telling me that i needed to get on a stretching and exercise routine, i thought they were thinking about themselves. i was about ready for back surgery when i took this up and my back feels so much better that it's incredible.
next year i will test for my black belt and have learned a lot about self defense, but the biggest reward that i have received from this is my improved health and vitality.
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Post by AlaskaMatt » Sun Oct 26, 2008 6:12 pm

arpie55 wrote:i am proud of myself in respect to this. i am 53 years old and took up martial arts several years ago and now hold brown belt level 2 with the american combined combative association. our senior instructor focuses a lot on conditioning and i am now in better shape than i have been in many years.
Congratulations on that Arpie! I have been doing judo/jujitsu/karate since I was a wee one. My wife started jujitsu with me after our third kid was born, and she has come a long way. Alas, we have let inertia conquer us the past couple years and... well we've gone soft. We're trying to get more active, but inertia can be your greatest enemy (Talking to myself here!)

My last exercise was a set of squats after I hopped out of bed this morning, ala Matt Furey. Just getting myself used to moving around so that I can - eventually - nudge myself out of the house in the evenings and down to the dojo...

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Post by colton » Sun Oct 26, 2008 6:23 pm

Thirty-minute bike trip to and from campus to pick up a reference book and my green, grading pen.

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Post by SinisterHand » Sun Oct 26, 2008 6:25 pm

Hiking in the mountains...two years ago.
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Post by daver » Sun Oct 26, 2008 6:25 pm

I ran 3.2 miles yesterday.

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Post by ChildOfGod » Mon Oct 27, 2008 7:39 am

Rather than taking my walk, I stacked a half cord of wood. Hopefully the back holds up so I can make it through the second half tomorrow morning (and then get back to walking/running on Wednesday).
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Post by ChildOfGod » Thu Oct 30, 2008 9:15 am

On Tuesday I did 30 min. on the (circa 2002) Nordic Trak Elliptical, including warm up and cool down.

Today I stacked that other half cord of wood at 5am.
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Post by ChildOfGod » Sat Nov 01, 2008 7:01 pm

Yesterday I followed my little trick'r treat'r around for miles :wink:

This morning I ran 5 Kilometers.

I'm down to 275 lbs. as of today. That must seem very heavy to many of you, but I haven't been below 280 lbs. in 5 years (my peak was 305 lbs. at the start of this year). I pray that I maintain the vigilence necessary to maintain the weight loss through the holidays - for Jesus's sake, that I might serve him better, longer and serve as a better example to others.
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Post by ChildOfGod » Mon Nov 03, 2008 8:24 am

Walked 2 miles this morning
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Post by ChildOfGod » Tue Nov 04, 2008 3:19 pm

Walked one mile this morning.
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Post by ChildOfGod » Wed Nov 05, 2008 9:34 am

Ran 2 miles this morning. Good prayer times, before and after, as well.
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Post by shawshank_zippo » Wed Nov 05, 2008 10:14 am

yesterday i lifted for 50 minutes and then ran two miles on the treadmill. It's been a while so I'm back to 9 minute miles. :?

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Post by GScott » Wed Nov 05, 2008 4:41 pm

sysiphus wrote:
GScott wrote:Lower back with two degenerated disks at L-5 and S-1 no longer hurt since I added the core junk.
Please give more detail as to the type of core ex.

Have the DDD, and bulging L4-L5, L5-S1.
Sorry for the delay. Been busy "whining" (more like wine-ing--BTW, Skip, when are you coming out so we can wine together--like you promised several years ago in a Galaxy far, far away....). I digress. Sorry.

After much pain and several epidurals, I decided to visit a physical therapist. The guy showed me some basic core exercises that have really helped. The main ones I do are "planks". I lie on one side, Raise myself on one elbow, and stiffen my body, then hold it as long as I can. Switch sides, then do it on your front, essentially holding yourself on both elbows and toes. Great for gut and sides.

Then, do squats with a 15# exercise bar on a balance board. Do some abrieviated curls with a little red inflated thingy under the small of my back. Also do "knee-ups". This is thighs on a red swiss ball with hands on the floor and body stiff; then bend your knees the ball. Good for the gut.

The idea is to strengthen the little ancillary muscles close to and surrounding the spine so the large back muscles don't do all the work. They're the ones that sieze up when you turn or lift wrongly. I've had no problems back-wise, since I've incorporated these into my routine--and I play golf, a very back-intense activity.

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Post by Jocose » Wed Nov 05, 2008 5:02 pm

5K this morning
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Post by sysiphus » Wed Nov 05, 2008 5:19 pm

Thanks Giles!

6 miles today. Combatives tomorrow. 12 miles with a 40# ruck next week.
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Post by Jocose » Wed Nov 05, 2008 5:24 pm

sysiphus wrote: 12 miles with a 40# ruck next week.
12 miles with a 40# ruck sack? Sheesh, That sounds hellish.
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Post by ChildOfGod » Mon Nov 10, 2008 4:03 pm

Ran 5K yesterday.
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Post by vinylphile » Mon Nov 10, 2008 4:34 pm

i usually rock climb every other day but i have been incapacitated due to sickness lately. but i'm hitting the rocks again today God willing!!!
i'm trying to start getting into yoga a little bit cause it seems yoga a rock climbing go hand in hand, but that's hard stuff.

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Post by UncleBob » Mon Nov 10, 2008 6:37 pm

A couple of kata; been too long.

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Post by Skip » Mon Nov 10, 2008 6:42 pm

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