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prospero
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Well, I have a fitness schedule. Finally. But here's the problem--several of the days involve swimming. The schedule isn't dependent upon swimming, but there is a swimming day once a week or so. If I can't get to a swimming pool, what should I replace the pool excersises with? A similar schedule for another day that works the same muscles?
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What are you doing in the pool? Is it geared more towards strength training or cardiovascular excercise?
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It's endurance. You know, stuff like swim 500 yards sidestroke, etc...
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I am several years out of the fitness industry (once upon a time I was a personal trainer), but I think a good plan would be to choose another endurance excercise for days you can't get to the pool. Run, bike, skate, ski. Pick an intensity and duration that makes you feel like you have had a workout as good as it would have been in the pool. I don't know where you live, or what you like, but there are likely some choices available. A key thing is to pick something that you like, otherwise it won't do you any good.
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Yes... Pick something that you like that doesn't involved too many variables(a pool, a road etc.) in order to get it accomplished... and half the battle is won... Imho...

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What are your fitness goals? I use to be a personal trainer as well. I still am an avid fitness person and use to be a nutritional expert (don't have the time to keep up on it now). If your goal is simply to lose weight, nothing, I repeat nothing beats running. Of course you have to watch your diet as well. If your goal is to gain muscle mass then nix the running and endurance training. Instead eat lot's of protein and hit the weights with low reps and heavy weight.

Everyone has different fitness goals though. If you are wanting all around better fitness than that's another plan altogether. If you want any advise, I'd be happy to help.

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I'm personally interested in fitness. Although overweight (87kg) I try to hit the gym at least 5 times a week. I run on the machine a bit like having two pedal platforms that go around in a circle type of thing. I set it for 30 minutes with medium level difficulty and find that gives me a good work out. I also work on the different weight machines that tone different muscles, like shoulders, arms, chest, and stomach etc.

I have a question for you all out there. Do you subscribe to: Exercise more and eat less? Is that in your opinion the best way to lose weight and keep it off?I used to try and play basketball with young people to have fun,(I'm 49) but I have a weak knee and kept getting injured. My biggest problem is that when I stop exercising, the weight piles on real fast.

Any suggestions and ideas are very welcomed.

Thanks in advance

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Actually eating less, more often is a better way to go. Losing weight is, in theory, easy to do. You just have to find out how many calories you burn in a day. Then adjust your diet so that you bring in less calories than you burn. For every 3500 calories you burn is one pound(.45kg) of fat. Exercising does several things for you. One, it increases your metabolism so that you have the energy for your work outs. Two, it burns calories. Of course there are many other things but we'll stick with these for now.

The reason for eating less, more often. Is because if your body is saying that you have food in your stomach (more meals) it won't want to slow down as if it were being starved. There really is a lot of information on this. I've read many books dealing with specifics on all this stuff. If you have any particular questions please ask ahead. To answer your question though. In a nutshell if you are overweight. You're not gaining or losing any weight. You can stick with that same diet and start exercising more and you'll lose weight. However, when you lose a certain ammount you'll have to adjust your calorie intake so that you aren't bringing in as much as you're burning. So yes, starting off, that will work (eating less and exercising) but there is more to it than that.

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I simply cannot agree enough with those who say do something you enjoy to keep fit. Especially as you get older (50+). My fitness forte is walking - hillwalking. You sometimes feel your heart is bursting from your chest! I have also used a 'Bullworker' since, believe it or not, the age of 18 in 1969! (on about my 3rd or 4th one!). This little machine plays one muscle off against another basically (the first one I had was advertised by a young Dave Prowse - later to become Darth Vader!!). I'd also advise anyone going on a fitness programme to have a blood pressure monitor. High blood pressure is a hidden killer without symptoms. If not treated and regulated through either drugs (usually Ace inhibitors), or exercise and diet (low fat/salt etc.) a heart attack or stroke can follow without warning. Unless you enjoy swimming - why subject yourself to something you ultimately will not keep up with?
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Do wand curls count????
How about backpeddling when a trick goes wrong?
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My personal favorite is a good martial arts class that you enjoy. You have to find the style that fits your personality. But if you do, you get strength, endurance, flexibility, self-confidence and perhaps even the ability to protect yourself out of it. Always seemed like the most complete solution to me. Of course, I also run, hike, swim, and lift weights, but if I could just do one, it would be a martial art.

Also, to keep weight off—don't eat anything within two hours of hitting the sack, three is even better. That tip all by itself has helped some I know tip the scales in their favour.
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I agree, something cardiovascular. Smile

The best so far that is tested through experience is juming rope. A minute of Jumping Ropes is equivalent to 10 minutes of Jogging. Smile

You might also want to try Martial Arts classes like Jeet-Kune-Do, Tae-Kwon-Do or Muay-Thai, try classes that involves toomuch body movement to get your heart pupmin'.. Smile
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If you want pro. advice or even fitness plan created specially for you, feel free to contact me (everyone are allowed). I am about to get university degree in physical. I am pro athlete myself so I give advice and do even pro. fitness plans. PS! Rector of my university is also coached Australian swimmer Ian Thorpe:)

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John Jorgensen
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Martial Arts classes are fun. I teach martial arts so I am kinda slanted towards them. I do Tae Kwon do and Muay Thai kickboxing. Jumping rope doesn't compare to running. I jump for up to an hour straight. Although it is good for rainy days, it can't replace running. None of this really matters as far as setting up a fitness plan. We each have different goals. I like overall fitness but I also like a lot of muscle. Since I'm a kickboxer I have to stay between 195-200 lbs for competition.

Aceparties said to do what you like doing. I think you'll find as you become more and more active that you enjoy physical activities of many varieties. For instance, I can only think of one physically demanding sport I don't like playing. The rest I'm enthused to the bones to participate in. If it involves being active I'm inclined to like it becaue of my lifestyle. So picking on thing in the beginning is good, but as you progress, much like magic, you start branching out.

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Hi John and the others in this good thread,

I understand exactly what Ace is talking about. I'm 49, and have 5 kids. I have to have something that will work for me, and consistently as well. Martial Arts are out of the question for me. I've got too much going on to get injured or my teeth knocked out at this point. I do actually enjoy lots of different sports, but have decided to stick with what I've been doing for the past 3 months. I've been hitting the gym for about an hour and then swimming for as long as I'm having fun, then the sauna, hot pool, massage water jets etcetra. These are all part of the same place. Yesterday I joined up for a year. I'm excited and looking forward to improving my fitness level and losing about 10kg in the process. The 10kg is going to take a miracle though.

Thanks to all who contribute to this thread. I'm learning a lot from you all.

JoJo
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Tai Chi
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Treadmill

Please take care of your knees...
Will you walk into my parlour? said the Spider to the Fly,
Tis the prettiest little parlour that ever you did spy;
The way into my parlour is up a winding stair,
And I've a many curious things to show when you are there.

Oh no, no, said the little Fly, to ask me is in vain,
For who goes up your winding stair
-can ne'er come down again.
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Don't think that a martial arts class means that somebody is going to be pounding on you every week! Maybe if you join a full contact kickboxing school or something, but that's why you have to find a style that is right for you, your goals and your comfort level.

In some of our classes, we have 40+ year old moms taking it along with their kids. If you shop wisely, join a good school and follow directions, you have a greater chance of getting hurt lifting weights in the gym. Sparring in most schools is for senior students only, and then only if they choose to participate.

Any good school should let you watch one class for free so you can see what you might be getting into, and many will let you participate for free to try it out.
Reality is what doesn't go away when you stop believing in it. -Phillip K. Dick



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John Jorgensen
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I offer a free class in my school. I also insist that people take the free class before signing up. Watching and doing are usually two different things. Where my school differs from a lot of others is that I'm not in it for the money, but for the love of it.

JoJo, hitting the gym is a good thing. After you've been doing it for a while it's hard to get away. It's also a very good way to lose body fat. By adding muscle mass you change your BMR(basic metabolic rate). In rest, your body fat doesn't burn any calories. Your muscles on the other hand, do burn calories. Also the hardest part about going to the gym is showing up. Showing up is the enemy of all gym goers. Good luck with your program. If you have any questions feel free to ask.

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Three to four times a week of 45 minute workouts involving mainly cardio with strength (push ups and bicycle crunches) and flexibility (at the warm down)exercises is MY routine.

I do pull ups and chin ups as well.

I LOVE the fact that I'm alone mentally at these moments. Time to and with myself... Clears the cobwebs for me...

All I need is a well ventilated space where I can lie down, comfortable clothes (good underwear is a must!) and a clock/watch to keep time... I've done it everywhere literally... Hotel rooms, parks, offices etc.

For the pull ups and chins, I've a bar at home or just go to children's playgrounds to hang on to something when I'm away from home... Smile

That's what works for me...

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PS: As I write this, I'm preparing for a workout session... Smile
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Id say I'm minorly overweight (10 pounds or so) and ive been eating less, but more often for the last month and am working out regularly. Is it possible to stay on a diet and keep up a workout schedule of every other day and still do both things efficiently? Or should I only focus on burning fat or building muscle separately?
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