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Re: exercise

Post by let it ride » Thu Aug 21, 2008 21:52

Do you know what's very sad about me but that I cannot hide? That I love seeing celebrities out working out, on gossip websites etc. Because it means they really work for it and it's not just unfairly like that naturally. It makes you realise "Ok, these people have to do it too!"

I have not been to the gym in AGES. Sigh. I really want to though, so I just decided with Jonny to go at 7 on Tuesday (when we get back from our weekend away) before our respective work. It's the best thing just to get over it.
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Re: exercise

Post by let it ride » Thu Aug 21, 2008 21:59

stolenwine wrote:that's great, hannah! i don't think i could do a morning run EVER (unless someone was chasing me with a knife)

anyway, i saw these very ugly and weird looking flipflop type things that are supposed to help you tone up when you walk. has anyone tried these? they seem a bit gimmicky and i don't even know if i'd wear them because they are truly hideous, but part of me is intrigued:

http://www.boots.com/brandtreatment/fle ... ktype=SITD" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

haha do you remember that we saw someone with these at indietracks in the tea marquee?! it gave me the giggles.
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Re: exercise

Post by squirrelboutique » Fri Aug 22, 2008 03:23

My mom and sister-in-law both bought those! I tried my mom's on. They're not at all comfortable, and they're pretty kind of hideous, too. She tried to tell me they looked cute on me. I scowled and shuffled back into my Reefs.

I can't figure out if they're gimmicky or if they legitimately work.

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Post by lynsosaurus » Fri Aug 22, 2008 11:42

squirrelboutique wrote: I can't figure out if they're gimmicky or if they legitimately work.
i reckon they must do something, and it kind of makes sense to me, how they are supposed to work. but it just strikes me as another thing that people can use to get 'in shape' without actually improving fitness or health, if that makes sense. not that it's necessarily a bad thing, if that's what people want to do, but i'm trying to be generally healthier and fitter, by eating good food and exercising and quitting smoking and drinking less, and i don't want to end up kidding myself that i am super-healthy just because of some shoes.

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Re: exercise

Post by SophieC » Fri Aug 22, 2008 11:58

unless they weigh 20lbs each, how on earth can they work?

"you're looking good. have you lost weight."
"yeah thanks. i bought some ugly built up flip flops."
"ah, i see."

is it not just a case of exploiting people's desire to be thinner without actually doing anything? i'm cynical.

does anyone want to buy these get fit cakes?
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Re: exercise

Post by a layer of chips » Fri Aug 22, 2008 13:31

I've lost over half a stone in the last couple of months. And I've dropped a dress size. Trouser size! I've dropped a trouser size.

I'm still a fat cunt, mind.

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Re: exercise

Post by let it ride » Fri Aug 22, 2008 14:17

I think I wrote in my old reply to Sandy's post, but maybe I just thought about writing it. Anyway, I read a review by a health blogger/personal trainer who said that while those flip-flops are really great for balance and posture, it's not like they are going to make you lose weight. So, why not, but nothing to get your hopes up on.

I have a fitness ball that I deflated because I didn't know where to keep it. I think I might start sitting on it for improved core stability, it's a good exercise and you can do it whilst being on the computer. Wooo. Obviously together with eating healthier + exercise.

Also I am accidentally on the Special K diet I have always condemned. But only today, thank God, and by mistake.
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Post by obo-bobolina » Tue Sep 09, 2008 13:15

Lordy I am achey. I spent rather a long time in the gym on sunday afternoon and then yesterday morning I had a rather intense session (featuring kettel bells) with my trainer and today I can carely move without it hurting. Oof. It's sort of satisfying though, because at least it feels like I've worked hard for it. Heh.
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Re: exercise

Post by Joe » Tue Sep 09, 2008 18:47

So, um, I've decided to invest in a treadmill. I've got it picked out and actually went to buy it, but they were out of stock so I still have to go back later this week for it.

I did my research and I'm getting a really good one. It's a basic model, very sturdy, but still kinda expensive. I think it'll be worth it though. I've gone running some this summer, but not as much as I'd like because I'm really a fair-weather runner. I'll use anything, too hot, too cold, or too rainy as an excuse to not go. When I went to the gym, I ran on the treadmill 3 days a week and I really liked it, so I'm pretty sure if I get it, I'll actually use it. (And I had better fricking use it after spending so much money on it!) I miss going to the gym, but there's not really one around that's convenient for me now so I'm using the treadmill as an alternative.

Plus, I figure since my clothes are starting to get a bit snugger, a tiny bit of the treadmill expense will be off-set by not having to buy all new clothes. Heh.
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Re: exercise

Post by let it ride » Tue Sep 09, 2008 19:01

Wow, good for you Joe! I really want one but I don't know where it would go when I wasn't using it without being in the way.

I decided today "Meh, I don't have to go to the gym for the next four weeks, uni will start and I WILL have time to go three times a week and do it properly again" because I feel too tired to go after work, but damnit, I really feel I should now.

I don't get how people with full-time jobs find time to go to the gym. While I feel good when I have done it, I still feel like I have wasted half my evening on it when I'm done!
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Re: exercise

Post by let it ride » Sun Sep 14, 2008 01:50

I am definitely buying the Nike+ sport band and the shoe pouch for people who don't have Nike shoes.

In any case, er, I will sound like I work for Nike now, but this picture made me feel extra motivated. It's my desktop background because I like the message:
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Post by alexie » Sun Sep 14, 2008 02:31

let it ride wrote:I don't get how people with full-time jobs find time to go to the gym. While I feel good when I have done it, I still feel like I have wasted half my evening on it when I'm done!
I've now kinda built it into my routine - spend 9+ hours at work then go to the gym for an hour to kinda wind-down or run/box away all my frustrations of the day. I find it so rewarding to do a half hour run, or do a boxing class, and forget all about the horrible work day.

I don't understand how people can exercise before work. It's so much hassle, getting ready for work at the gym! Plus, I already get up early enough as it is, so waking up EXTRA early is just a major pain. 4.40am wake up? No thanks.
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Post by Carys » Sun Sep 14, 2008 10:54

I don't get how people with full-time jobs find time to go to the gym. While I feel good when I have done it, I still feel like I have wasted half my evening on it when I'm done!
The fact that my gym's a 30 minute walk from my house and miles from work puts me off going to the gym. I think it's way more effective, where possible, to build exercise into your daily routine. Going to the gym feels like a real waste of time actually - I'd rather be with friends or relaxing at home. I need to start going swimming with friends more though.

Now I'm cycling to work, I'm doing at least 45 minutes exercise a day, along with running around like a maniac at work. It's nice to not have a desk job (I also don't have time to eat much during the day, so I have quite a healthy life until 7pm when I drown my stresses with a very large G+T...).

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Re: exercise

Post by Joe » Mon Sep 15, 2008 21:17

Virginia Plain wrote:
I don't get how people with full-time jobs find time to go to the gym. While I feel good when I have done it, I still feel like I have wasted half my evening on it when I'm done!
The fact that my gym's a 30 minute walk from my house and miles from work puts me off going to the gym. I think it's way more effective, where possible, to build exercise into your daily routine. Going to the gym feels like a real waste of time actually - I'd rather be with friends or relaxing at home. I need to start going swimming with friends more though.
This is why I gave up my gym membership when my office moved. Before, my gym was three minutes from work, and I went every day for an hour. I worked 7:30 - 3:30, so I was still home by 5:00, which was nice. Going to the gym just felt like my last hour of work, and it was a nice wind-down. If I have to spend 30 minutes getting there though, or I have to go home first, I just can motivate myself leave the house to go to the gym. Ick.

Anyway, I've got my treadmill now. Motherfucker was a bastard to get home and setup, and it's huge and out-of-place looking, but she works like a charm. I'll run as soon as I get home from work; I'm looking forward to getting it into my routine.

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Re: exercise

Post by bonjour_tristesse » Tue Sep 16, 2008 12:46

Those treadmills seem an awful waste of electricity when you could run round the park and get fresh air (or buy an exercise bike that doesn't use any elec).. they're just my thoughts anyways!

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Post by a layer of chips » Tue Sep 16, 2008 12:48

I've been thinking this lots when I've been going to gym. Most people drive there. They use a fucking ton of electricity and water. And the air conditioning is on constantly.

I console myself with the fact I can't drive.

I did actually see someone get a taxi there the other day, though. That's beyond the pale.

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Post by bonjour_tristesse » Tue Sep 16, 2008 12:58

Yeah it's really bad! You'd think they could invent a way of using all the energy people generate in gyms to somehow power the place!

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Post by Contravene » Tue Sep 16, 2008 13:44

bonjour_tristesse wrote:Yeah it's really bad! You'd think they could invent a way of using all the energy people generate in gyms to somehow power the place!
Already doing it in Hong Kong
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The problem is that those big cool treadmills they have at gyms that are so much fun to use, where you can control the incline and with the pulse/heart monitor thing, they use a load of electricity and no matter how fast you run, it ain't going to power it.

What would be neat is if Joe got a mains meter and found out how much electricity his home treadmill uses every time he uses it.

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Re: exercise

Post by let it ride » Tue Sep 16, 2008 14:10

When the weather allows/I have time for that kind of workout, I use all the weight machines at the gym (but they're not powered with anything) and run home from the gym. It's pretty great, it takes about 35 minutes to do in intervals and by the end of it, I'm home, wahey!

It's nice but I wish I could run somewhere I felt safe AND there were no people (apart from othe runners or walkers). It's a bit annoying to run down the avenues, and past the bars where people are sitting. Also I often see people make comments at me but I have no idea what they are saying as I have music pumping loudly in my ears to keep me running. I think I am glad I can't hear it! I am not a purdy sight when I run. All mushyredface.
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Re: exercise

Post by let it ride » Wed Sep 17, 2008 23:11

Woo, my Sport Band and sensor from Nike arrived today! I am so excited to try it out tomorrow at the gym and USB it onto my Nike+ account.

I set myself a goal onto there as well, 11 workouts in 4 weeks, which is not tons, but should be ok and doable.

Yay exercise! I'm proud of myself too in healthy eating ways as today, at least I didn't have anything sweet in the evening. Mid- to late afternoon and late evenings are my dangerous times for eating my weight in sweets, so I am glad I could resist it today.

How are the rest of you getting along?
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