Hobbies and Passions in the Mid Atlantic forum: Sports and Physical Activities #2~July~2011

 
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Imagebitbit
Oct 14, 2011 9:02 AM CST
Name: bit
Eastern VA and NC
Zone 7b/8a
Looks like they were having fun!

You're not required to run. My friend walked almost the whole thing, and also skipped several obstacles on doctor's orders (she found out she was pregnant a few weeks before the race). Most people run, but there were several walkers in my wave. Some of the biggest applause I saw was for an 86-year-old woman who walked the whole race. There was a guy with two prosthetic legs as well, which inspired my friend's disabled husband to register for next year. I'm really excited that he's going to do it... one of the best things for his condition is exercise, but he has trouble with the stigma of looking different when he walks/runs. Everything I saw of the crowd at WD is that they were respectful and supportive of all different levels of ability, which made for a really fun time.
Imagestormyla
Oct 14, 2011 12:30 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
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That is really great Bit! I think that everyone should exercise to the full extent of their limitations and other people should applaud their efforts and not belittle or look down on them.

When we were talking about age and it's effect on our choice of exercises last week it was making me reflect on past discussions with a lot of my girlfriends are 10 years older than me. When we would attempt exercising together they would all demand that I recognize their reduced duration limits. They used to all tell me, "just wait until you are over 40".

I have to honestly say that I saw no real difference in my strength or stamina until I was around 48. For me, it was my feet starting to give out. I could no longer stand on them for 12 or 14 hours a day, something I never had a problem with. I know that might sound extreme, but I just never wanted to sit down when I wasn't working because in my professional life I was glued to a chair, which felt like prison to me.

Then I noticed problems with my hips. That I know came from all of the years at the desk. Then it was the knees. Hilarious! Hilarious! I'm beginning to think those ailments came about from compensating for the other two. Now I find the exercising is a series of efforts to improve those conditions as well as the main goals that always existed.

It seems like this now is the exact opposite of all other life learning and endeavors. When you are young you learn to read and calculate so that you can study to learn many other things to lead you to living a productive life.

With physical prowess peaking some time in early adulthood it seems like the rest of the time is spent trying to hold onto it and then trying to shore up each component and process, including rebuilding some completely just to eventually in later years maintain any quality of life and mobility at all. Hilarious! Hilarious! Boy isn't that an inspiring thought.

I wonder if our hunting and gathering forebearers ever had thoughts like these or were they too busy hunting and gathering or dead long before the age of disability. Hilarious! Hilarious! Life has changed so much in the US that even our grandparents probably would have thought most of our exercise endeavors to be bizarre.
Imagesallyg
Oct 14, 2011 5:56 PM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
slef employed writier
WD sounds really great, bit, thanks for your insights. I hope your friends husband continues to feel inspired.

Getting old ain't for the faint of heart.
The conveniences we have in midddle class America and other developed countries are just unimaginable as of fifty years ago. Not to mention the goodies. I'm sitting here with great music playing on my phone, THe sound quality is incredible for a little device. It lays on the desk or counter and sounds excellent.

Went to lunch with 2 girlfriends the other day. One was telling us she's really getting fed up with herself gaining weight. She's about 55 and her hobby is "taking care of and feeding other people" She loves to bake. She really isn't terribly heavy, but it's been creeping up, and I know she needs to exercise. She goes to her mothers property on the water in Southern MD and walks the dogs. Sometimes she calls me while walking and I can hear her puffing. She's too young to have to huff and puff. She gew up in a farming family and is not afraid of work. But when she goes to her moms and walks the dog, she spends 4 hours in the car down and back, for that walk. Thats a losing equation! Her job is office and field work which is mostly driving and light walking.
My point is--she's in a stage where she's still 'taking care of others" but starting to not do enough for herself.
"If you bring joy and enthusiasm to everything you do, people will think you're crazy" W. Haelfeli, New Yorker cartoon
Imagestormyla
Oct 14, 2011 6:26 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
That's a dangerous proposition. Exercise has to be convenient or you won't do it. That's why I do it at home or right outside of my door.

She sounds like she could really benefit just from climbing her steps at home 10 times a day continuously. Getting used to doing that will take away her huffing and puffing. I also do it backwards too as that uses a whole different muscle group.

Even just putting on the stereo and dancing around the house as if you were in a night club for 45 minutes is a wonderful workout for rainy days. It's fun too, you can get as silly as you want and leap and twirl and make ape like motions and kick box kicks or chorus line kicks and just let yourself go and move all of your body parts in continous and repetitive alternating motions... Hilarious! Hilarious! you can be a ballerina one day, a rapper the next.. a belly dancer on the third and so on. Whistling Whistling
Imagebitbit
Oct 14, 2011 6:42 PM CST
Name: bit
Eastern VA and NC
Zone 7b/8a
If that's what works to get her motivated, I say go for it. My running partner lives half an hour away (that's two cities over, here where things are close together). We will sometimes run without each other, but until she had to cut back, we were running together religiously three times a week - once at my place, once at her place, and once at the beach. Yeah, it wasn't nearly as convenient as stepping out the door and running by myself, but it motivated me to step out the door, which I tend to put off when it's just me.

I think a lot of women get in that mode of caring for others and not for themselves. I know my grandmother's health went downhill when she was caretaker for my great-grandmother... before that, she walked about an hour a day, but that stopped entirely because her mom couldn't be left alone, and could never get back into the routine after she passed away. Of course mothers and wives often put caring for their families before themselves; I think it ties into the mothering instinct, even when it's not kids that we're caring for.
Imagestormyla
Oct 14, 2011 7:29 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Some people do really well running or walking with others. I'm better off by myself. If DSO goes with me he is so slow he drives me bonkers. When my GF goes with me, she yaks and wants to stop to look at too many things. I have a younger gal friend and she is 6'3' tall and her stride is so long that I can't keep up with her. Hilarious! I have to make 2 steps for every one of hers.

When my niece is here we do great together. I had two other friends that I used to like to walk with. They were about 10 years older and never wanted to walk as long or as far as I did. Most of the time I'm better off going out by myself. I do have to get out there long enough before it will be dark on my return. My glasses put such a glare on everything at night and curb depths are distorted too. Thumbs down
Imagesallyg
Oct 14, 2011 8:29 PM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
slef employed writier
Music, yeah! I'm downloading (ripping!) some music right now and boogeying. AB and shoulder workout LOL I do have a set of five lb hand weights by the computers too. I'm collecting some of the music the class uses so it puts me in ''movement '' mode.

Dog is good too, there's no excuse for not going outside even a little even if its crappy
"If you bring joy and enthusiasm to everything you do, people will think you're crazy" W. Haelfeli, New Yorker cartoon
ImageHollyAnnS
Oct 15, 2011 6:12 AM CST
Name: Holly
South Central Pa
I think it is really all about motivation. Everyone always says they are too busy and don't have time but really we can all fit a little time into our week to exercise we just don't have the motivation to do it. I haven't been walking since I got home even with all the rain I could have fit it into my day but today I went around the block because I have Copper here and she needed to go out. It is always about finding your motivation.
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luvsgrtdanes
Oct 15, 2011 6:45 AM CST
Name: Ronnie
Southeastern PA~Zone 6
I Love MAM~So Happy Together
This might interest some of our more motivated exercisers out there http://toughmudder.com/ A bit much for me but seems like it would be a lot of fun.

Exercise has so many good benefits I can't imagine my life without it. Even when my sciatica was so bad I managed to do something. Even the docs said sitting and laying around makes it worse. As women I agree with Bit we always find that caretaker gene kicks in, and we tend to put others first. I've learned over the years if my health isn't good then I won't be able to take care of myself let alone others.

After reading a lot of stuff about ovarian cancer the past two weeks, since my sister has a tumor and high tumor markers, one of the risk factors is obesity and lack of exercise, both of which my sister is a candidate. Having a mom die of pancreatic cancer and knowing the genes can now be related to ovarian I am even more determined to stay as healthy and mobile as possible.

I want to be able to climb those hill with my grand-kids Lovey dubby
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ImageHollyAnnS
Oct 15, 2011 7:02 AM CST
Name: Holly
South Central Pa
Ronnie that is the one my daughter Jen was talking about. There is one in the Poconos in April. I think her and her DH are going to sign up for it.
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Imagebitbit
Oct 15, 2011 7:03 AM CST
Name: bit
Eastern VA and NC
Zone 7b/8a
Ronnie, I love the idea of doing the Tough Mudder! I am not yet in good enough shape for it, but I want to do it in a couple years. It's not only a longer run than the Warrior Dash, but the obstacles are more difficult as well.

Obesity and a sedentary lifestyle are risk factors for so many things. I'm lucky to not have cancer in my (genetic) family, but every single relative over 50 has diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. I also have Alzheimer's in my family, which has a link with weight as well, though not as strongly as the other diseases. Watching my grandparents, and now even my parents get sick is one of the biggest factors motivating me to stay as healthy as I can. All of the women in my family are small in their 20s and gain weight quickly after that, so I'm trying to get into healthy habits now to stop it before it starts.

Group hug to you and your sister.
luvsgrtdanes
Oct 15, 2011 2:20 PM CST
Name: Ronnie
Southeastern PA~Zone 6
I Love MAM~So Happy Together
Thanks Bit, funny thing is my sister was always heavy even as a kid, I wasn't. Not until just recently with age and back problems (not exercising as much but eating the same) did I put on a few pounds. Nothing overweight but enough to make me uncomfortable. Just increasing my activities since surgery and changing my diet a bit got me right back where I want to be.

The Tough Mudder looks like fun, I wouldn't want to do the fire, electric or water obstacles though!
It happens in a flash, but the memory of it last forever. It can not be borrowed or stolen, and it is of no earthly good until it is given away. So if in your hurry you meet someone who is too weary to smile, leave him one of yours, for no one needs a smile quite as much as he who has none to give...

Imagesallyg
Oct 22, 2011 7:15 PM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
slef employed writier
Spinning (class biking in the gym)
I tried a spinning class after repeated encouragement from a neighbor who goes to the same club. Spinning is a program that someone has trademarked and the club buys it and presents it. THere is continuous music played for the whole class which sort of goes along with the pace of the pedaling. The instructor cues the riders to warm up, then at times to increase resistance, to stand and sprint, and then back down, etc. things to vary the pace and keep your heart rate in training range. Seems that regulars for the class get a heart rate monitor. So it seems well done and designed to really give you good cardio training. I pedaled for the whole class but sure didn't keep up with all the hard parts.
I liked it better than my first Zumba. The music and leader helps distract you from just boring pedaling. We were "virtually" riding around Block Island, altough she didn't talk us around by pointing out sights along the way, that was where we were 'supposed' to be. She had to keep us on pace, and there was a little time for side conversation ,which was nice too.

Anyway, thats what Spinning is. My butt got a little sore Blinking
"If you bring joy and enthusiasm to everything you do, people will think you're crazy" W. Haelfeli, New Yorker cartoon
Imagebitbit
Oct 22, 2011 7:28 PM CST
Name: bit
Eastern VA and NC
Zone 7b/8a
I enjoy spinning a lot (or studio cycling, which is what they call it if they don't buy the name-brand program). I've been going to classes weekly for a year or so. I was only really sore the first couple times, so don't let that discourage you from going back.
Imagestormyla
Oct 23, 2011 5:49 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
It's important to keep shifting your position on the saddle to avoid a sore butt. I haven't had it yet on my bike here because I haven't been able to get beyond 30 minutes on it so far. It is a Schwinn, so has a really nice seat, plus an extra padded cover.

I'm still afraid to push it much further than that because my shoulder really feels it with the arm exercisers.
Imagebitbit
Oct 23, 2011 6:31 AM CST
Name: bit
Eastern VA and NC
Zone 7b/8a
I wasn't sure if she meant sore from the seat, or sore muscles. Both have actually gotten better for me with more practice. Seats are a matter of preference - I do better taking the padded cover off so the seat is as small as possible, but I know some people hurt less with a bigger, softer seat.
Imagestormyla
Oct 23, 2011 6:41 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
I think it also depends on how wide your hip and pelvis bones are spaced apart too. Muscle soreness and seat soreness are both pains in the butt!! Hilarious! Everybody has a different preference on type of seat. There are thousands of web pages on that very subject.
Imagebitbit
Oct 23, 2011 7:27 AM CST
Name: bit
Eastern VA and NC
Zone 7b/8a
Yes, indeed. Body shape is definitely a big factor in seat preference. I'm very petite, with small hips, which may well be why I need a smaller seat.
Imagesallyg
Oct 23, 2011 5:49 PM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
slef employed writier
Yup it was those pelvic bones, the two parts that stick down flt like they were right there hitting the seat Blinking

This weekend I had plenty workout in the yard, and in the woods on a hike.
"If you bring joy and enthusiasm to everything you do, people will think you're crazy" W. Haelfeli, New Yorker cartoon

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