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tfishell: 2 - 3 hours is roughly the total amount of time I figure I'd need each day to exercise: 1) walking 3 miles each day + 2) swimming 1/2 an hour + 3) the time needed to prepare for both of these.
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Luned: Walking? You put on good shoes and go, dude. Prep time should be under 5 minutes, and 3 miles should take 45-60 minutes. Walk one day and swim the next, mix it up for your muscles. It doesn't take much to begin to see a difference. It really doesn't have to be health versus grades, you can work on both!
This is true, out of surveying a couple hundred folks who lost weight the only consistent behavior they found was 1 hour of exercise per day. For many of them walking was all they did.

So yeah, an hour, if you aren't body sculpting that should be enough.
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AlKim: I am socially awkward, quiet and generally a bit crap. Still have a girlfriend though, because she took the initiative. It works that way as well, you know. Just a game of random chance and blind luck.
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gameon: It sure feels like that. Well, this is an inspiration thread, and that has kept my spirits up. I just need that bit of luck. Hopefully i will get there in the end. I've waited long enough.
Working out is never a bad thing, but do it for you, not for a woman. Honestly a nice pair of shoes and a good job will get your further than a hard body after enter your 30s.
Post edited January 06, 2013 by orcishgamer
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Primate: Keep working on it. Find ways to build skills and confidence and try to not give a shit about what everyone else might think (although things such as serious and constructive feedback should be welcome). Everyone has stuff that needs improving.
Thanks. It's a struggle i've always had to deal with. But i know that with some luck, i have the potential to come through it.
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orcishgamer: Working out is never a bad thing, but do it for you, not for a woman. Honestly a nice pair of shoes and a good job will get your further than a hard body after enter your 30s.
Thanks orcishgamer. As i'm getting nearer to my 30's i'm starting to worry. Who knows though, maybe the future could be the best days of my life?
Post edited January 06, 2013 by gameon
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gameon: Who knows though, maybe the future could be the best days of my life?
Hold on to that thought. Perhaps many others should do so as well.

It's great if you want to improve your body. When you find something you enjoy and make progress
you'll most likely reap a buttload of benefits such as better health in general, higher work
capacity, more confidence, increased psychological resilience, more attention
from some members of the opposite sex etc. But as our resident and wise orc puts it, do it for
yourself, and don't stress it too much. Most chicks don't expect you to look like Duke Nukem
(and some chicks wouldn't like that at all). =)

By the way, what's in your avatar? Looks like the pope has got some ink and a dead thing on his hat. I know, crap imagination. :p
Post edited January 07, 2013 by Primate
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gameon: Who knows though, maybe the future could be the best days of my life?
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Primate: Hold on to that thought. Perhaps many others should do so as well.
It's great if you want to improve your body. When you find something you enjoy and make progress
you'll most likely reap a buttload of benefits such as better health in general, higher work
capacity, more confidence, increased psychological resilience, more attention
from some members of the opposite sex etc. But as our resident and wise orc puts it, do it for
yourself, and don't stress it too much. Most chicks don't expect you to look like Duke Nukem
(and some chicks wouldn't like that at all). =)
By the way, what's in your avatar? Looks like the pope has got some ink and a dead thing on his hat. I
know, crap imagination. :p
Well to be honest, working out tires me out too much. Even when i was younger and played football (soccer) i couldn't deal with the stamina side of things very well. In terms of strength to lift, i have no issues with, but if i have to run constantly, i cannot hack it.

My avatar is from the game "haze" on ps3. It's a pic of a soldier going insane and he's been shot in the helmet (it's through the eye hole). I have a dark sense of humour sometimes, and i think it reflects my personality a little, to show that i fear how things will be, but i also find it so absurd how the world is, i can laugh about it too.
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tfishell: Figured I'd bump in case anyone had a resolution to exercise well this coming year. :)
My general goal is actually to put fitness and health above my grades; I had been getting
almost all A's, and a few B's, but will probably end up with B's and C's this (final) semester as a
result of my decision (taking out 2 -3 hours a day to do this probably). I'm not somebody that can
have it all, but FUCK FUCK FUCK IT, I think this is the right thing to do, even if I let
teachers down in the process and cry myself to sleep every night.
Anyway, something I just found:
http://walkingtowel.org/images/fatman_before_and_after.jpg
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Primate: ...
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tfishell: Sorry I never responded. Thanks for the input; makes sense. :)
Interesting idea this haha. My resolution... lose the belly. Though I do get more than enough
exercise from going to the gym and playing too much drums I never quite lost weight. Though I am
technically quite healthy.
So 2013 lose the belly! :D
How can someone make the same typo twice! lol
Post edited January 07, 2013 by darthspudius
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gameon: Well to be honest, working out tires me out too much. Even when i was younger and played football (soccer) i couldn't deal with the stamina side of things very well.
OK, I guess there could be a number of reasons for that. If possible you might want to try and increase your maximum oxygen uptake. Lots of research shows that high intensity interval training is effective for many people in this regard, i.e. running, cycling or just about any activity which requires the use of large muscle groups and which can be performed with high intensity over some time (seconds, minutes). With high intensity I mean in the area of 85 - 95 % of your maximum heart rate. This is also effective for consuming calories. You can find some great information on the following site if you're interested:

http://www.ntnu.edu/cerg/advice

I've recently learned that some people do not seem to be able to increase their max. oxygen uptake any much through this type of training, though, but even non-respondents will gain other benefits from training nonetheless.

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gameon: In terms of strength to lift, i have no issues with
Well then, get lifting! As far as I know there is no better way to shape your body. Just be sure to know what you're doing in terms of lifting techniques, reps, loads, frequency, progress and so on. It can be quite rewarding and doesn't require any unique talent (unless you intend to become a world champion of some sort).
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gameon: Well to be honest, working out tires me out too much. Even when i was younger and
played football (soccer) i couldn't deal with the stamina side of things very well.
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Primate: OK, I guess there could be a number of reasons for that. If possible you might want to try and
increase your maximum oxygen uptake. Lots of research shows that high intensity interval
training is effective for many people in this regard, i.e. running, cycling or just about any
activity which requires the use of large muscle groups and which can be performed with high
intensity over some time (seconds, minutes). With high intensity I mean in the area of 85 - 95 %
of your maximum heart rate. This is also effective for consuming calories. You can find some
great information on the following site if you're interested:
http://www.ntnu.edu/cerg/advice
I've recently learned that some people do not seem to be able to increase their max. oxygen
uptake any much through this type of training, though, but even non-respondents will gain
other benefits from training nonetheless.
Thanks for this info. I am self conscious so i dont go out much. But i have been able to work out in the garage. Problem is that my barbells are buried under house/garden equipment of other family members. I really need them to get rid of that stuff in order to start working out properly again.

It also doesn't help that the last time i did running, i sprained my ankle badly. I could do with buying a treadmill, but i need money and space in the garage!
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gameon: Thanks for this info. I am self conscious so i dont go out much.
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Primate: try to not give a shit about what everyone else might think
I think I used to be a bit self-conscious myself a long time ago, but you can get over it. Might take some time, but you can do it.

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gameon: It also doesn't help that the last time i did running, i sprained my ankle badly. I could do with buying a treadmill, but i need money and space in the garage!
Is the risk of hurting your ankles any less with a threadmill? Make sure your shoes and soles are in order and try again when ready. And don't run like crazy through a forest or a construction site in the dark. :p

I realise that this sort of "coaching" over a forum might be a bit odd and that we might miss out on a thing or two, but I hope it helps.
Post edited January 08, 2013 by Primate
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Primate: try to not give a shit about what everyone else might think
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Primate: I think I used to be a bit self-conscious myself a long time ago, but you can get over it. Might take some time, but you can do it.

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gameon: It also doesn't help that the last time i did running, i sprained my ankle badly. I could do with buying a treadmill, but i need money and space in the garage!
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Primate: Is the risk of hurting your ankles any less with a threadmill? Make sure your shoes and soles are in order and try again when ready.

I realise that this sort of "coaching" over a forum might be a bit odd and that we might miss out on a thing or two, but I hope it helps.
Thanks for the kind words.

As for my ankles, it's mostly because i have never injured myself, never broken any bones, never tore any muscles. I vaguely remember spraining my ankle when i was a kid, but it was no way near as bad as what i did at the end of last year.

I was sprinting (shuttle runs) and as i turned on my standing foot, the ground softened and made my foot dip a little. That put me off balance and my body just put all it's weight on it. I had to have an x-ray to see if it was broken. It wasn't, but it must have been really close.

I'm thinking a treadmill would mean that as i'd be running in a straight line, and on a dry surface, there would be less chance of injury?
I finally found a way to get myself out of breath while exercising without angering my health issues. I might be able to get back in better shape. I've been doing basically nothing but walking for years, and the new thing is walking too, but up a steep hill (possibly in deep snow, that'll definitely help with the getting out of breath thing).
Well, it's +2.2°C outside (been above zero the whole day) and there's a slight drizzle. There's wet, melting snow everywhere, uneven crumbly ice, water, slush, dirt, the works. This would've been a nightmare a year ago, but thanks to the new bicycle it's actually no worse than dry winter conditions - even steep hills are no problem - apart from my front mudguard being an inch or two too short. Have to fix it up with an extra mud flap and some McGyver zip ties or something.

It's actually so alright that I'm thinking of going out there for a ride just for the fun of it. I fucking love mountain bikes.
fwiw, I lost a lot of weight and gained a lot of endurance when I bought a cheap-ass hometrainer. Currently I'm more of a runner, but for the initial boost (going from couchpotato to walking potato) it helped. It might seem boring, but I've read a lot of kindle books on that thing :)
Well, I have been looking to get a good cardio workout at home and also put on some muscle. What do you reckon is a good option among these?


1)A treadmill
2)A home bicycle
OR a Ninentedo Wii : p

Regardless, I would like to know which of these would give me a better cardio. If I were to consider purchasing a treadmill then would going in for a used one be too much of a risk proposition.

P.s:I am skinny
Post edited January 09, 2013 by Lionel212008
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Lionel212008: Well, I have been looking to get a good cardio workout at home and also put on some muscle. What do you reckon is a good option among these?


1)A treadmill
2)A home bicycle
OR a Ninentedo Wii : p

Regardless, I would like to know which of these would give me a better cardio. If I were to consider purchasing a treadmill then would going in for a used one be too much of a risk proposition.

P.s:I am skinny
home bicycle gives you muscles in your legs. Lots of them.
A home bicycle would be heckuva lot cheaper but research suggests that cycling affects the sperm count. A used treadmill it is then since I can't seem to afford a new one.

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Lionel212008: Well, I have been looking to get a good cardio workout at home and also put on some muscle. What do you reckon is a good option among these?


1)A treadmill
2)A home bicycle
OR a Ninentedo Wii : p

Regardless, I would like to know which of these would give me a better cardio. If I were to consider purchasing a treadmill then would going in for a used one be too much of a risk proposition.

P.s:I am skinny
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TheCowSaysMoo: home bicycle gives you muscles in your legs. Lots of them.
Post edited January 10, 2013 by Lionel212008