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Started by fogger on Jul 21, 2017 9:10:53 AM

What do you do to keep fit? And what do you do that's unhealthy?

fogger - 21 Jul 2017 09:32:53 (#1 of 219)

I'm only asking cos my uncle-in-law was throwing away a rowing machine, so I nabbed it. According to the internets, rowing machines are groovy cos they exercise your muscles with cardio thrown in. One website said 30 mins of rowing can burn up to 300 calories! I can manage about three minutes. And then want a double cheeseburger.

dmlc133 - 21 Jul 2017 10:26:45 (#2 of 219)

I am up to starting week 7 of an 8 week Couch to 5k programme. Just about got 5k in my sights although my pace leaves something to be desired. I'm also part way through a 100 press-ups and 100 sit-ups programme, but I have track-record of starting and failing to complete those.

Being very overweight and failing to control my diet is my main problem. I have almost zero impulse control when it comes to sweet stuff, of which there is usually a lot in the office. Also I don't get enough sleep.

nac1001 - 21 Jul 2017 10:28:19 (#3 of 219)

Walking mainly. 1,000,0000 steps in the last 7 weeks.

Sitting for several hours without a break.

Moschops - 21 Jul 2017 10:29:10 (#4 of 219)

How many miles-ish is that nac?

nac1001 - 21 Jul 2017 10:29:28 (#5 of 219)

525 miles

Moschops - 21 Jul 2017 10:32:37 (#6 of 219)

Do you live in the Southern railway area?

nac1001 - 21 Jul 2017 10:35:40 (#7 of 219)

The Worcestershire Alps. We call the steep hill at the end of our road the Galibier. Another one is the Col d'Eddie Izoard. A brisk walk up those is pretty good exercise.

johnarrgh - 21 Jul 2017 10:36:44 (#8 of 219)

Hiilwalking, and a weekly spinning class, lunch time walk at work. Eating plenty of fruit and veg and as little processed shit as possible.

Sitting a desk at work, drinking too much occasionally and the odd joint now and then.

Zymurgy1 - 21 Jul 2017 10:38:38 (#9 of 219)

nac, by any chance you doing the virgin corporate challenge?

That's what we are signed up too. I do around 9,000 steps on a work day and 17,000 on a weekend.

Zymurgy1 - 21 Jul 2017 10:39:23 (#10 of 219)

Oh, and the bad stuff, two bottles of wine every night

BrouTwo - 21 Jul 2017 10:41:07 (#11 of 219)

two bottles by yourself?

nac1001 - 21 Jul 2017 10:41:43 (#12 of 219)

There was a step challenge at work, Zym. It finished a week ago but I've carried on. I did 16-18k most working days. We were on holiday in Norway for a couple of weeks last month and averaged 28k. I'm hoping to carry on doing at least 10k a day until the clocks change in October.

johnarrgh - 21 Jul 2017 10:52:36 (#13 of 219)

16 to 18k must take quite a chunk out of your working day nac? Good going.

Moschops - 21 Jul 2017 10:56:43 (#14 of 219)

Maybe nac is a traffic warden

fogger - 21 Jul 2017 11:03:50 (#15 of 219)

Healthy stuff: semi-skimmed milk, swapping cigs for an e-cig, decaf coffee, brown rice/bread, wholewheat pasta/cereal. Don't eat desserts unless in a restaurant.

Unhealthy stuff: working from home means sitting at a desk all day and sometimes walking almost nowhere; crisps, salty snacks; McDonald's when I'm feeling lazy; spending entire weekends lightly drunk; e-cigs; not much exercise.

So, this is why I'm working on getting fit. I'm not overweight (11 stone) so have started dumbbell workouts cos it should be REALLY EASY for me to look buff in a featherweight boxer kind of way. But I need to take regular exercise (jogging or swimming) to improve my heart health. I hate jogging and swimming is a faff. Might get a bike.

Also: cutting out salt. This is something I struggle to do for longer than a few days.

cozzer - 21 Jul 2017 11:11:01 (#16 of 219)


Arjuna - 21 Jul 2017 11:12:43 (#17 of 219)

I ride my bike, plus do the odd swim as it eases the joints that occasionally feel knackered from riding the bike. I have just gone gluten free, which has increased my energy levels to a degree that has genuinely surpised me, so I am on a bit of a health kick at the moment.

Zymurgy1 - 21 Jul 2017 11:29:57 (#18 of 219)

Easily, brou

Balanced by a super healthy pescatarian no junk food, no sweet stuff, diet

Bonusy - 21 Jul 2017 11:30:13 (#19 of 219)

I average about 13k-14k steps a day, though it's more like 15k work days and 8k days off.

Am lifting weight when I'm feeling mighty in the mornings, so that 's about 2-3 times a week, depends on how much sleep I got.

Piss poor impulse control over snacking is my downfall.

fogger - 21 Jul 2017 11:44:24 (#20 of 219)

I've always imagined Bonus spending hours on end hunched in front of a suite of computer screens, pawing crisps into his mouth and drinking litres of fizzy pop. In the dark, in his underwear. Seems I was wrong.

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