Looking Exercised

I have been exercising at the university facilities for a couple of months now. I have also been watching my cholesterol and calories. Now I know that there are lots of articles on the internet that say things like “exercise doesn’t result in weight loss” and that this or that diet is the best and even the “take this pill once a day and watch fat melt away without dieting or exercise.” I have read them. And I laugh. As a society we want a quick effortless solution to every problem. Just consider the ADHD issues. Too many parents and teachers want to medicate the kids immediately. They don’t want to put in the work of behavior modification because it is work and it takes time and the results are not instantaneous. Same for some diseases. Take this pill instead of changing your diet and lifestyle! I’ve been arguing with my physician for about 5 years now on whether I need to take a pill to lower my cholesterol. He looks at my lab results and says I will need to go on medication. I look at my lab results and say “I’m going to do it with diet and exercise”. So far I’m doing great at avoiding the statin drugs.

But back to exercise. I walk. The old exercise facility had a large oval track with windows. The new place is a winding and curvy track that is very narrow (compared to the old one). It is 3 lanes wide. Because of the curves the walkers are at risk of being plowed over from behind by one of the runners. I’ve seen a couple near accidents. Granted they’ve put up some of those fish eye mirrors but no one is looking up as they round the corners. Therefore I’ve joined the treadmill crew. There must be 30 different treadmills. I have one that I’m partial to that is closest the locker room (and thus the restroom). All of them are very technologically advanced. You can watch TV, log into Hulu or Netflix, or even Sirius XM radio. You can plug in your headphones or use captioning. It is very deluxe. The one unique option is the “road race” feature that allows you to run across campus or a specific area of the country via the screen on the treadmill. You will travel at whatever speed you set for as long as you run. It is on a loop just as if you were traveling a circular route!

Then there are the other machines. I’m not a fan of most of them. They have a fair number (5?) of these stair stepper things. You can set them to whatever level of difficulty you want but most people are obviously setting them too high. I know this because I see them nearly bent over double trying to climb the stairs. They are struggling. Then the other stair machine looks like giant ladder rungs. You climb up but never get anywhere because the ladder rungs move down as you go up… No thanks. So I do it old school. There are several staircases leading to the track and class rooms on the next floor. I can do 10 reps. When I started I’d be winded after 2 flights. Now I can do 8 before I start to feel it in my legs. I’m pretty proud of myself.

What do you do for exercise??

38 thoughts on “Looking Exercised

    1. I never liked treadmills before but these are very nice. They even have a cord that you can clip to your waist so that if you get too far back on the treadmill it will make it stop! Also I don’t go so fast that I’d shoot off the end anyway. What eve r works for you is the main thing!

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      1. true, we need to try out a couple methods or ways I suppose to see what fits best and sometimes the changing of seasons and weather dictates our choice. I imagined you a human catapult there with the cord and clip!

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        1. Hehe! Luckily I’m not a catapult or the rock in one! The cord is a safety stop mechanism so that if you get too close to the end it shuts the treadmill off – so you DON’T catapult off the thing!

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  1. I run on treadmill for 40 minutes 2-3 times a week and went from a size 16 to 12. And with keto. Also, walk and working with kids and having a busy schedule is exercise. When I clean, I deep clean which I consider exercise.

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  2. I shop for and deliver groceries. It involves squats, weightlifting, running and climbing stairs. By the time I get home late at night, I’m too tired to fix something to eat, so it’s also a bonus diet!

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    1. Hehe! I can imagine! All those cases of bottled water are heavy! At least Wednesday the heaviest thing to lift will be a mixing bowl or a cookie sheet! Also I’m planning on making Fireball Whiskey Fudge if I can find that whiskey… did I move it to a different place to make it easier to find??

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  3. Well, you know what I do for exercise so you can imagine how excited I was to read this post! You’re so spot on about diet changing your life and the fact that exercise won’t help you lose weight. Lately, I’ve been trying to incorporate yoga into my routine but it’s really hard for me because I’m naturally stiff and not even remotely graceful like the instructors (and my sister) are. Like Saintvi, I consider mowing the lawn, vacuuming the house, walking the dogs, and grocery shopping a form of exercise. All that said, I truly admire your discipline because for me, going to the gym just takes too much commitment. I’m looking forward to a poem from you about that treadmill tour.

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    1. Thanks Judy. I’m not sure a poem will be birth from the process however I’ve learned that having Brussels sprouts the day before results in embarrassing vapors surrounding me! I suppose that guarantees that no one will take the machines next to me… House cleaning can be strenuous exercise. I just wish Sparky would buy into that notion!

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  4. I wish I exercised more. I could go to the Y for free, but they moved from near my house to across a very busy and dangerous intersection and I don’t like to drive that way. I could join a group at the retirement home but it meets at 9 am, and I really need to stay home most mornings because of my crazy colon. I would walk at the gym at Grace College if I could find someone to walk with me. Once in a long while I’ll walk the trails near here. I don’t walk in my neighborhood because barking dogs running loose scare me. Excuses, excuses, sigh. I have some exercise DVDs but they get boring after awhile. I do a lot of walking around my house though, so I’m fairly active throughout the day. I really think I should have gotten into the habit of daily exercise when I was younger, but I was still busy raising kids. OK enough excuses. I’m going to go do some stretching exercises now. Just a few, and gently, then I’m going to sit and read awhile.

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    1. I hear you! I bet there are others (maybe at church) that are in the same situation and would love to go walking with you at Grace College! I have to say that exercising the mind is valuable too – that’s why I write poetry. It exercises the mental muscles and keeps me supple!

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  5. walk, cycle in nature … hope to get a better regime in soon with steps and swimming included πŸ™‚

    Only been to gyms to publicise programs I got up for Vets … they are so not me πŸ™‚

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    1. That’s the way I used to think but as I’ve gotten older it is much more comfortable (and safer for me) to exercise inside. I haven’t sprained an ankle stepping into a hole in forever (well, not doing exercise anyway)! My husband loves to swim. I do not. After 7 years of swim lessons and having to take swimming in HS (my grade was a B) I still can’t swim. I seem to sink like a rock…

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      1. lol I have a huge fear of putting my face in water, even having it splashed … all arising from nearly drowning six times as a child … time to conquer that fear again!
        Did it once, took twelve years, but didn’t keep it up long enough. Hopefully this time it will be quicker and I will do it long enough to stay installed/established.

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  6. I have a hard time exercising just to exercise. It really has to be something I enjoy like yoga, hiking, going for walks, etc. On most days of the week, I don’t exercise. I have had short lived exercise routines throughout each year. Starting that yoga vlog to get me going! πŸ™‚ Super jealous and happy you exercise and seem to enjoy it! I love the feeling of completing the workout the body has afterwards! It’s a matter of the inertia of getting started for me!

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    1. If it weren’t for my husband coming with me I doubt I’d be so inclined to continue but it makes it easy when he’s working out too. It also doesn’t hurt that I’m going into work every morning and the exercise facility is just across the street from my building!

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  7. Feel better soon. For the first three or four years of our marriage every January I came down with Bronchitis and Wrangler would shortly follow. The last year I worked I bounced between the stomach flu and bronchitis at least 3 times. It surprises me that being out on the road is healthier for me. I get sick around once a year.

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  8. Know what is the best diet? None. I am reminded of a line in the movie “Under Siege”, where Tommy Lee Jones says something to the effect that “movements” are just that, they move, then stop. “Revolutions” keep coming back around and get in your face. DIets are movements. Most people need food regimen revolutions. My wife told me about a friend that lost a pound, and rewarded herself with a day off her “diet”. A movement. In the Army, our daily intake was somewhere between 9,000-and 11,000 calories. We did not even count carbs or protein. Our daily work routine required it. Today, cut the workout and I better eat less than 2,000 calories, and 100 grams of carbs per day, or I start to look like the Michelin man.

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