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Exercise Poll
Today was such an exciting day! I have much to post soon, but for now I'm too tired. Instead, a poll. Sis and I were talking about exercise, and what way to get the most value out of your efforts. I want to increase my physical fitness, but I'm not sure what I want to do. So I'm curious about what others do!

Poll #641241 What do YOU do to try and stay in shape

Where do you exercise/improve your physical health?

a fitness gym
2(4.3%)
in my home, using my own equipment
3(6.5%)
outside, in my neighborhood
3(6.5%)
in a studio (taking lessons - dance, karate, skating, gymnastics, etc)
0(0.0%)
with a sports team
0(0.0%)
exercise? what's that?
12(26.1%)
workin' the coal mines (or other physical job) is plenty of exercise
0(0.0%)
other ( please indicate)
0(0.0%)

What kind of workouts do you enjoy?

working on a treadmill or other exercise machine
1(2.1%)
lifting weights (free or pullied)
0(0.0%)
dance classes or aerobics
0(0.0%)
stretching/yoga
0(0.0%)
walking or running
1(2.1%)
bicycling
1(2.1%)
swimming
1(2.1%)
jumping to conclusions
0(0.0%)
organized sports
0(0.0%)
skating
0(0.0%)
I do not understand this "workout" thing of which you speak
7(14.9%)
other ( please indicate)
0(0.0%)

Gym memberships, are they worth it?

I have a gym membership, and I almost never go
2(4.7%)
I have a gym membership, but I go occasionally, not regularly at all
1(2.3%)
I have a gym membership, and I go around once a week, or a bit less
3(7.0%)
I have a gym membership, and I go more than once a week!
11(25.6%)
I don't have a gym membership, but I kinda wish I had one.
9(20.9%)
I don't have a gym membership, and I'm glad!
16(37.2%)

Fill in stuff about your "other" marks here, or anything else you want to say, or feel free to elaborate in the comments.

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devnul From: devnul Date: December 28th, 2005 12:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
So I guess I have to explain my "other" answers.

My primary workouts are the gym during the week and hiking on the weekend. In the winter, some gym trips are replaced with skiing, and in the summer I'll bike to work and only go to the gym when the weather's bad.

That's also why I go both once and more than once a week.

If I'm at the gym, my favorite workout (really, the only workout I do) is a cardio workout on the elliptical, followed by one of three programs designed for me that combine weight machines and free weights. Biking and hiking are their own workouts. :)
johnridley From: johnridley Date: December 28th, 2005 01:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
I wrote that gym memberships are well worth it if that kind of exercise is what works for you. I did use a treadmill & other machines here at work but tended to drop off easily because I find it so boring.

Now of course I do about 1.5 hours a day bicycle commuting. It's SO much more enjoyable than staring at a wall while exercising. Plus about 45 minutes of my workout time is recovered from what I would normally spend car commuting, so time spent is a wash, but I get an extra 45 minutes of exercise a day.

I do need to start doing weight work though. 1.5 hours of aerobic a day and no weights is terribly unbalanced. I have no excuse, there's a weight room about 200 feet away in my building. Again, I just dislike staring at a wall while exercising.
johnridley From: johnridley Date: December 28th, 2005 01:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
BTW, I answered "outside, in my neighborhood" but "my neighborhood" in this case extends up to 20 miles from home (11 miles on a daily basis, more a few times a year).
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jebra From: jebra Date: December 28th, 2005 05:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
I like walking.

When I lived up north, it wasn't unusual for me to go out for a walk and come back six hours later. With my current schedule, however, that isn't practical. I still go for walks, but not as often as I'd like.

The locale isn't as appealing as the woods of Northern Lower Michigan, either. Up north, I'd often avoid trails and meander through the woods, giving myself a new set of sights to see each time. Down here, the streets start to look the same -- mostly, because they are the same. Having a walking partner helps. fingerofpower and I used to talk 5-10 miles some evenings. renniekins lives delightfully close and we walk some evenings. Other times, I call someone on my cell phone and chat while walking.

In the end, "too busy" has been my biggest deterrent. Because of this, I've started to do a few light calisthenics each morning for 20 minutes or so. It works several muscle groups and keeps them from being too sore when I actually do some physical labour.

Now if I could just clean up the pile of junk on top of my weight bench . . .

jennlk From: jennlk Date: December 28th, 2005 08:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Back before surgery, I used to go to the gym 2-3 times a week. That was the only time I had for me, and I really needed it. I liked the "boring", because it gave me time to think.

I didn't find that I was staring at the walls while I was lifting -- I was thinking about what I was doing, and having something besides bare walls was distracting.

I dropped out for a few months right after surgery, but at my 3month check-up, the doc released me to the gym for 'easy' work. I tried a little lifting (machines, as that way I can decide which muscles I'm using), but decided that I'd be better off in the therapy pool, doing the water routine I got in April. I should try lifting and the recumbent stepper again.

Now I'm getting stiff and creaky because I haven't been to the gym in over a month. Between the busy-ness of a mom in holiday season (with dad doing very little of the running because he had a cold), and various and sundry people in the household getting sick, I've either not had the time or the energy to go.

I don't have the option of doing an outside workout. I can't really walk or ride a bike (even if I had one, which I don't).
crwilley From: crwilley Date: December 29th, 2005 02:29 am (UTC) (Link)
My "gym membership" is at Curves, and I love it. Very supportive group, and you get the benefits of a weight workout without having to fuss with the machines or worry about whether you're lifting the right amount and whatever. If you're concerned about the politics (the founder contributes heavily to some very right-wing Catholic charities) but the idiot-proof workout interests you, you can probably find a similar kind of place - I've seen one called Contours Express.
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