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Title: Core continuing commitment to health and fitness
Post by: littleman on October 08, 2018, 03:11:16 AM
Just check in once a week to let us know what you are doing, even if that isn't much.

This week I went to the gym 4 times.  I've also been getting a little cardio teaching my 6 y.o. to learn a bike.  I've spent about an hour a day chasing after her and making sure she doesn't take a spill.  As of yesterday she's fine on her own, so I've just been playing roller tag (not literally) with her on he bike and me on a skateboard.

Edit: fixed some really bad structure issues.
Title: Re: Core continuing commitment to health and fitness
Post by: Rumbas on October 08, 2018, 11:11:34 AM
Went on a couple of longer rides with one of the girls on our Me-movers - https://me-mover.com/ . Phew, kind of rough getting off the couch, but need to get in better shape. Actually doing it with the kids makes a little more fun.
Title: Re: Core continuing commitment to health and fitness
Post by: Travoli on October 08, 2018, 03:08:19 PM
I've been unable to lift or run since the motorcycle incident. Hopefully starting again in two weeks. Preparing with some push-ups and stretching.
Title: Re: Core continuing commitment to health and fitness
Post by: ergophobe on October 08, 2018, 06:29:14 PM
We've been trying to do a long walk once per week and I've been running a bit longer too. I've been laying off most upper body anything since hurting my arm, but I did a pullup the other day without significant pain (first time since April or so).

I find my various ailments that were accumulating this spring do better if I wait until I'm fully rested before going at it again. So a lot of weeks, I have just two long, hardish things and the rest is mostly rest or short/easy things. Seems to be moving things in the right direction.
Title: Re: Core continuing commitment to health and fitness
Post by: littleman on October 15, 2018, 08:31:29 PM
I went to the gym four times last week, skateboarded probably about five hours.
Title: Re: Core continuing commitment to health and fitness
Post by: gm66 on October 15, 2018, 09:47:15 PM
Moving house soon and ahve a possibility of setting up equipment in the utility room since it's bigger than where we are now. I won't have that tepid excuse of "Man i have to unfold the treadmill and plug it in".
Title: Re: Core continuing commitment to health and fitness
Post by: littleman on October 25, 2018, 12:11:52 AM
Pretty much a repeat of last week.
Title: Re: Core continuing commitment to health and fitness
Post by: littleman on October 29, 2018, 11:11:18 PM
extremely quiet thread

Another repeat of the week before.  I've been pushing lighter weight and higher reps for the last several weeks as I'm giving my joints a break.  I have to say it is nice to feel good after a workout.

I started doing hand and forearm exercise in a bucket of rice, a technique popular with boxers and baseball players.  Its pretty crazy how quickly those small muscles in the hand get drained when used with constant resistance.
Title: Re: Core continuing commitment to health and fitness
Post by: Travoli on October 29, 2018, 11:16:31 PM
Ankle and shoulder PT every day, with the goal of getting back to the normal routine ASAP.
Title: Re: Core continuing commitment to health and fitness
Post by: ergophobe on November 01, 2018, 02:50:21 AM
Still kind of lazy, but the arm is improving which is opening up possibilities. I've moved from avoiding anything over 5 pounds to carrying sheets of plywood.

Why sheets of plywood, you didn't actually ask? I am about 3/4 of the way done on building my small backyard training wall. It's only 12x9, but it is built on an axle and has teh ability to be set anywhere from straight up to 60 degrees over (i.e. 30-degree angle with the ground, 60 degrees of vertical). Raising and lower system yet to be worked out, so currently climbing on it veritcal.

Really looking forward to being able to get a bit more fit for climbing, joints and God willing.

The WAF (http://th3core.com/talk/hardware-technology/waf/) was much improved by turning it into an art project (Tunnel View in Yosemite, painted entirely with free leftover test samples of housepaint - had about six colors to choose from).
Title: Re: Core continuing commitment to health and fitness
Post by: littleman on November 06, 2018, 12:27:33 AM
Speedy healing guys.

Ergo, that wall sounds like it is going to be pretty cool when its done.  I like Theresa's paint job!

My week was pretty much another repeat, four gym sessions, probably 6 mild skateboard sessions and some "bucket of rice" hand and wrist work at the end of the day as I watch a rerun of The Office after the kids go to bed.
Title: Re: Core continuing commitment to health and fitness
Post by: ergophobe on November 07, 2018, 03:35:04 PM
Ha ha... what a bunch of crippled geezers. Generally, my ailments all seem to be going away.

Did a couple of short runs and on relatively long walk (25-26 miles) and some testing sessions on the new climbing wall. Should have the rest of the parts in a few days and be able to climb it in the kicked out position.

Finally starting to lose some of the flab I put on this summer. Being evacuated to my in-laws for a month resulted in a significant accumulation around the middle.
Title: Re: Core continuing commitment to health and fitness
Post by: littleman on November 08, 2018, 07:43:01 PM
>geezers

I just had my 47th birthday and I commented that I'm getting old.  My wife said that I am probably going to be around another 50 years and that that's a long time to be calling myself old.
Title: Re: Core continuing commitment to health and fitness
Post by: ergophobe on November 09, 2018, 03:34:25 AM
Yeah, Theresa told me the same thing.

The honest truth is that my knees feel better than they did when I was 30 and my calves feel a lot worse. So who knows.

And my dad is 89 and he can still work a full day in the yard with a shovel and pickaxe... so I'm hopeful that my actual, real old age will be like his.

So it's not so much that we *are* geezers, but looking at the last several comments, we sure *sound* like a bunch of geezers. Young geezers though.
Title: Re: Core continuing commitment to health and fitness
Post by: littleman on November 12, 2018, 06:54:01 AM
Nice to hear that your dad is doing so well.  I have a grandmother on my mother's side that still lives independently at 96.  My dad is really doing poorly though at 74.  I just read an article that claims genetics are only 10% responsible for longevity.

The air quality has been too bad to do much outside, so I think I only went skateboarding once or twice in the beginning of the week.  I did make it to the gym four times though.

Title: Re: Core continuing commitment to health and fitness
Post by: creative666 on November 12, 2018, 08:58:50 AM
I've stopped watching my actual weight as much - I tend to hover around the 89-90 KG mark, If I really stick to a strict diet I sit around the 84KG

I've started to concentrate on my gym activities more and more with a flexible diet, seems to be working pretty well at the moment.
Title: Re: Core continuing commitment to health and fitness
Post by: ergophobe on November 19, 2018, 05:42:42 PM
So far in November - 7 runs, 2 mountain bike rides, one hike

Also some low intensity stuff - a bit of construction, a couple walks to the mailbox (which is 2.5 miles RT with some big hills), first session on the new climbing wall
Title: Re: Core continuing commitment to health and fitness
Post by: littleman on November 19, 2018, 06:00:25 PM
Sounds like a pretty good month so far!

I've done no outdoor stuff at all due to air quality issues, but I did have four good gym sessions this week.
Title: Re: Core continuing commitment to health and fitness
Post by: ergophobe on November 19, 2018, 08:37:39 PM
I'm always motivated by your consistent gym sessions.

>>air quality issues

The mountain bike ride I mentioned was about 3 hours of uphill riding and breathing fairly hard, but through the forest without long views. When we got to the summit which suddenly opens into a massive view (a historic fire lookout as it happens), I looked out at the smoke on the horizon and thought "I'm not sure that was healthier than sitting at home and eating ice cream." More fun though... although I do like ice cream a lot.
Title: Re: Core continuing commitment to health and fitness
Post by: littleman on November 19, 2018, 08:47:20 PM
>although I do like ice cream a lot 

Yeah, but the mountain bike ride affords you more ice cream.  ;)
Title: Re: Core continuing commitment to health and fitness
Post by: ergophobe on November 19, 2018, 08:59:40 PM
Yeah but now it's a double whammy - lung cancer and diabetes, all in one day.
Title: Re: Core continuing commitment to health and fitness
Post by: littleman on November 26, 2018, 04:55:25 AM
4/4 gym sessions.  Did some good walking with my wife yesterday and went skateboarding with one of my kids today.  It is so nice to have clean air again!
Title: Re: Core continuing commitment to health and fitness
Post by: Travoli on November 26, 2018, 04:49:49 PM
5 weeks of PT complete. I ran for the first time since July. The ankle felt ok. Progress.
Title: Re: Core continuing commitment to health and fitness
Post by: littleman on November 26, 2018, 05:16:49 PM
Sound's like you are heeling up nicely.  How's the rest of you doing Travis?  Any rang of motion issues or nagging pains?
Title: Re: Core continuing commitment to health and fitness
Post by: gm66 on November 26, 2018, 05:26:53 PM
We just moved house and once the floor's done in the utility room there's space for exercise equipment to be always-up, determined not to stop and start exercise now but to stick with it!
Title: Re: Core continuing commitment to health and fitness
Post by: ergophobe on November 26, 2018, 05:30:19 PM
Good to hear from everyone, but especially Trav!

Careful though. You can get hurt running HHH

I'm at 13 runs/bikes/hikes for the month out of my goal of 15. I'll run today. I've done some other shorter/easier things too. Trying to stay moving without aggravating aches and pains and seems to be working well.
Title: Re: Core continuing commitment to health and fitness
Post by: littleman on November 29, 2018, 04:12:47 AM
Regular Exercise May Keep Your Body 30 Years ‘Younger’ (https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/21/well/move/regular-exercise-may-keep-your-body-30-years-younger.html)

Quote
The muscles of older men and women who have exercised for decades are indistinguishable in many ways from those of healthy 25-year-olds, according to an uplifting new study of a group of active septuagenarians.

These men and women also had much higher aerobic capacities than most people their age, the study showed, making them biologically about 30 years younger than their chronological ages, the study’s authors concluded.

Title: Re: Core continuing commitment to health and fitness
Post by: Travoli on November 29, 2018, 04:48:56 PM
>Any rang of motion issues or nagging pains?

Range of motion is normal. Shoulder still isn't ready for lifting, but I completed some squats yesterday. Outside of exercise, the pain is gone. Trying to optimize "rest and test" to heal quickly without further injury.
Title: Re: Core continuing commitment to health and fitness
Post by: ergophobe on November 29, 2018, 05:22:57 PM
Went for a run the 40-degree rain yesterday before work and made my goal - 15 runs/bikes/hikes for November. Just before the snows came in.
Title: Re: Core continuing commitment to health and fitness
Post by: littleman on December 03, 2018, 11:03:00 PM
4/4 gym session, not much outdoor time last week.
Title: Re: Core continuing commitment to health and fitness
Post by: littleman on December 13, 2018, 12:52:44 AM
A repeat of last week, 4/4 gym sessions.
Title: Re: Core continuing commitment to health and fitness
Post by: littleman on December 20, 2018, 12:21:36 AM
4/4 gym sessions

*crickets*
Title: Re: Core continuing commitment to health and fitness
Post by: ergophobe on December 20, 2018, 03:45:28 AM
>> *crickets*

We're all embarrassed :-)

Been getting out on our new climbing wall. Ran at lunch today. Have gotten out skiing a few times and biking. California is kind of incredible that way.

But it's been a busy time. Getting a bit too flabby. My arm finally doesn't hurt, even after climbing, so hoping I can start doing some strength training - I love running, but I've never found it effective at getting rid of flab unless the mileages get really high.
Title: Re: Core continuing commitment to health and fitness
Post by: littleman on December 21, 2018, 05:32:41 PM
It sounds like you have been staying pretty physically active, I'm glad your arm is feeling better.  This time of year is hard when it comes to callories in and out.
Title: Re: Core continuing commitment to health and fitness
Post by: Travoli on December 21, 2018, 07:03:21 PM
Started weight training again last week, although the right shoulder is still a limiting factor.
2/3 last week
Title: Re: Core continuing commitment to health and fitness
Post by: littleman on December 21, 2018, 09:33:42 PM
Cool Travis!

I am not sure what exactly you are dealing with with your shoulder, but I've found that working around injuries can be very beneficial.   I don't know what type of training you are doing, but avoiding compound movements that would engage the injured area and replacing them with more isolated movements can be a nice way to strengthen the rest of the body (or at least keep it from losing muscle mass) as you recover.  Another thing that has helped me with various injuries is to work the injured area with light weight or low resistance -- light enough that it doesn't hurt at all.  Sometimes to do this you have to put your ego in check, but I think it has really helped the bits of me that I've hurt recover quicker.  Obviously it depends on what type of injury you have and you shouldn't do anything that your PT would say no to.
Title: Re: Core continuing commitment to health and fitness
Post by: Travoli on December 21, 2018, 10:25:08 PM
Good ideas, littleman.

>put your ego in check
So very true. Had to reset expectations and start with bar-only bench presses. I'm only up to 65lbs (ugh). Failed many attempts at pull-ups, but now doing short sets. Progress. If necessary, I'll go kicking and screaming to an expensive PT/normal gym and work on isolation machines before returning to compound movements.
Title: Re: Core continuing commitment to health and fitness
Post by: littleman on December 24, 2018, 02:35:18 AM
4/4 gym sessions

Sounds like you are being smart about your recovery Travis.
Title: Re: Core continuing commitment to health and fitness
Post by: ergophobe on December 29, 2018, 07:04:47 PM
Just back from a week in Death Valley. Not high intensity, but enough walking to count
Title: Re: Core continuing commitment to health and fitness
Post by: littleman on December 29, 2018, 08:37:20 PM
Nice Ergo, I've always wanted to visit Death Valley.  I'd like to go in the Spring someday.  Long walks surrounded by nature are one of those things that make life worth living.
Title: Re: Core continuing commitment to health and fitness
Post by: littleman on December 31, 2018, 03:30:19 AM
I did my last workout for 2018, 4/4 gym sessions; and I'm feeling pretty good about avoiding most of the ever present delicious sweets this Holiday season.
Title: Re: Core continuing commitment to health and fitness
Post by: ergophobe on January 01, 2019, 04:53:22 PM
Death Valley is beyond amazing. A lifetime of interesting hiking, over 1000 miles of road, many of which require a high-clearance 4WD and most of which are dirt. It's the only place I've been in the Lower 48 that reminds me of my time working in Alaska in the 1980s.

BTW, we camped and hiked with Jake "bakedjake", known to many of you.

Been doing some skiing since I got back. Took a couple days off after a bit of a tumble, but will go today.
Title: Re: Core continuing commitment to health and fitness
Post by: littleman on January 14, 2019, 03:13:32 AM
4/4 this week, last week I only made it for 2/4 because of a harsh cold.
Title: Re: Core continuing commitment to health and fitness
Post by: Travoli on January 14, 2019, 03:42:32 AM
3/3 weights this week.
Title: Re: Core continuing commitment to health and fitness
Post by: ergophobe on January 14, 2019, 04:20:13 PM
Lots of skiing this week and one run... including lots of teaching a four year old (which involves lots of skating and towing uphill).
Title: Re: Core continuing commitment to health and fitness
Post by: littleman on January 21, 2019, 02:55:04 AM
4/4 gym sessions, a couple of skateboarding sessions.
Title: Re: Core continuing commitment to health and fitness
Post by: Travoli on January 21, 2019, 04:23:40 AM
2x weights, 1x run (2.5 miles) last week
Title: Re: Core continuing commitment to health and fitness
Post by: ergophobe on January 22, 2019, 04:19:45 AM
Ugh.. some skiing early, then stuck in cars and airports for three days thanks to Harper. Left home at 4am on Saturday... got into destination on Cape Cod tonight. With luck, our bags with our warm clothes will get into Vermont tomorrow and we'll be reunited on Thursday night.

No exercise. Lots of crappy food.
Title: Re: Core continuing commitment to health and fitness
Post by: littleman on January 30, 2019, 08:27:59 PM
4/4 gym sessions, a couple of middle-aged-man on a skateboard sessions again.
Title: Re: Core continuing commitment to health and fitness
Post by: littleman on February 05, 2019, 11:42:36 PM
4/4 gym sessions, no real outdoor exercise this last week due to rain.
Title: Re: Core continuing commitment to health and fitness
Post by: ergophobe on February 06, 2019, 02:15:36 AM
Good job LM. That's motivating to hear.

Pretty inactive weekend of family time, but I got some skiing in during the week.

We're on the east coast and our work schedules (meetings etc) are all set up for California time, so we can ski until 11am most days, but as the weather turned to rain for several days and we have had a lot of family time, I've been super lazy.
Title: Re: Core continuing commitment to health and fitness
Post by: Drastic on February 08, 2019, 12:37:00 AM
Sup y'all, good to see everyone still at it!

I'm still hanging in there personal training 2-3 times per week. Tomorrow morning will make 3 this week. I've bailed on sports for a while since I haven't had time to play, looking to get back into it in the spring.

Trav, glad to hear you are doing well. Have you gotten back on the horse yet?
Title: Re: Core continuing commitment to health and fitness
Post by: Travoli on February 08, 2019, 02:41:40 AM
2019: been doing 2x weights and 1x running each week. So far, so good.

Dras.. yes have been back on the bike a few times for short rides. Was fun but cold. Waiting for (warm) Spring before I go out again.
Title: Re: Core continuing commitment to health and fitness
Post by: Drastic on February 08, 2019, 03:02:31 PM
I just got the street bike out this week. First ride in quite some time.
Title: Re: Core continuing commitment to health and fitness
Post by: littleman on February 12, 2019, 03:49:30 AM
Glad you are able out and moving Trav. 


Dras, I actually revived this thread because of of you back in October.

4/4 gym sessions, its been too damn cold* to play with the kids outside.

*Yes I know....
Title: Re: Core continuing commitment to health and fitness
Post by: Drastic on February 12, 2019, 02:06:15 PM
Glad you have been carrying on the tradition! And rocksteady as ever. I feel if I had more time and your drive, I'd be hercules inside 6 mos.

I didn't make it in Friday, had to stay home for an install. But, I'm hitting 3 times this week, hell or high water.
Title: Re: Core continuing commitment to health and fitness
Post by: ergophobe on February 12, 2019, 04:56:14 PM
Had planned mostly on skiing, but weather has not been the best. So got in a gym session and a couple of ski days, but not like I was hoping.

Snow due tonight though!

Meanwhile, back home it's dumping feet and feet and meters and meters (well, over two meters anyway)
Title: Re: Core continuing commitment to health and fitness
Post by: littleman on February 18, 2019, 11:00:30 PM
4/4 gym sessions, an hours or so of skateboarding.
Title: Re: Core continuing commitment to health and fitness
Post by: Drastic on February 19, 2019, 02:11:51 PM
Actually had 4 sessions this week, first time in quite a while. The weekend was gray and dull so we kicked it off with a Saturday am extra.
Title: Re: Core continuing commitment to health and fitness
Post by: ergophobe on February 19, 2019, 09:51:13 PM
I've been skiing five times in five days - 2 times alpine and 3 times cross country

Today I went alpine in the morning, came back and picked up my dad and we went cross-country skiing together. He'll be 90 in August. While we were there, I met my old coach who coached me 1979-1981 and we took a skate ski lap together.

Good week.
Title: Re: Core continuing commitment to health and fitness
Post by: Drastic on February 19, 2019, 11:21:51 PM
>Good week.

Sounds like that's putting it lightly!
Title: Re: Core continuing commitment to health and fitness
Post by: littleman on February 20, 2019, 02:59:58 AM
Nice week guys!  Ergo, congratulations on getting the genetic lottery.   I hope I'm able to go skiing when I'm about to turn 90, very impressive.
Title: Re: Core continuing commitment to health and fitness
Post by: ergophobe on February 20, 2019, 03:49:59 PM
Nice week guys!  Ergo, congratulations on getting the genetic lottery.

Remains to be seen. My very fit and very athletic uncle on my mother's had a heart attack and died at 47. My mom showed the earliest signs of Alzheimer's in her 60s. So on that side, things ain't so rosy.

My dad will be 90 and still works in the garden and takes not a single pill of any kind - aspirin, vitamin, medicine. His brother was a chain smoker for 60 years, not into fitness at all, veteran of the Battle of the Bulge and died just this year at 93 and could crank out the NYT crossword puzzle until a few years ago. He quit not because of cognitive decline, but because he was bored - could do the Sunday puzzle in under and hour without a dictionary. One time told me, "Well I know all the rivers of Western Europe because I had to fight my way across them." So if I get those genes, I'm all set.
Title: Re: Core continuing commitment to health and fitness
Post by: littleman on February 25, 2019, 06:12:59 AM
4/4 gym and 2 skateboard sessions

My local corner of world was getting to me today.  Stress turned to rage and I felt my fuses burning up.  I was very thankful that I had my conflict with the iron today -- putting it all into something really helps sometimes.
Title: Re: Core continuing commitment to health and fitness
Post by: ergophobe on February 25, 2019, 04:33:56 PM
I'm on the Shovel Fit (tm) program for the foreseeable future.

Shoveled heavy consolidated snow for about three hours each of the last two days. Today has another few hours on tap. As many as I can stand to get things cleaned up before the next storm comes in... which will probably only drop 2 feet at our house, but they are saying 10 feet at higher elevations.

Also went skiing yesterday but took it easy.
Title: Re: Core continuing commitment to health and fitness
Post by: Drastic on February 26, 2019, 10:19:55 PM
>putting it all into something really helps sometimes.
Ain't that the truth. Sometimes before/after gym can be like a snickers commercial.

Hit 3 last week. Going to be shy this week b/c my gym is moving. Good enough?
Title: Re: Core continuing commitment to health and fitness
Post by: littleman on February 27, 2019, 02:02:19 AM
>Shovel Fit

Looks like you are in for a lot of that this week!


>Good enough?

Absolutely.
Title: Re: Core continuing commitment to health and fitness
Post by: ergophobe on February 27, 2019, 07:39:12 PM
Good enough for you is good enough for me!

This week's Shovel Fit program appears to be canceled due to rain (up to 9000 feet; we're only at 5500).
Title: Re: Core continuing commitment to health and fitness
Post by: Drastic on February 27, 2019, 10:11:27 PM
Well I put 3 in already anyway. Went Tues for round 2 since they were moving today. Went to help move for a while and got a solid workout doing so today for #3.
Title: Re: Core continuing commitment to health and fitness
Post by: littleman on March 11, 2019, 12:35:34 AM
4/4 gym sessions this week and last.
Title: Re: Core continuing commitment to health and fitness
Post by: Drastic on March 11, 2019, 09:00:41 PM
3 sessions, 2 weeks back. Last week, only 2 as Friday I was wiped out and took the day off of everything.

This week, I think I'm going to switch to 4 straight days M-Thurs. Off to a great, early start after the time change this morning. Will probably ratchet the time back to only 30 minutes until I adjust and am ready to add more.
Title: Re: Core continuing commitment to health and fitness
Post by: Drastic on March 20, 2019, 11:41:03 PM
4 straight sessions in the gym last week. Felt good man.

This week I've hit a couple snags with heavy early meetings on two days and primarily a quick skin cancer removal surgery has shut down any upper body workouts (or volleyball, etc) for 2 weeks. (Small basal cell carcinoma on my shoulder.)

I guess I'll pound legs a bit, but probably not 4x/week.
Title: Re: Core continuing commitment to health and fitness
Post by: littleman on March 21, 2019, 05:35:43 AM
Hey Dras,  I am really glad you took care of that skin cancer!  Sorry that it is slowing you down this week, but it is a small price to pay for the peace of mind.  Last week was 4/4, this week I will probable not be able to go the full commitment.