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Old 10-28-17, 01:17 PM
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What are your favorite exercise routines?

Do you have any favorite You Tube videos or just a routine that you do for cardio and building tone? I've started doing a 10 min. intense abs routine that I found on You Tube and I wanted to set up a routine where I alternate between abs, thighs, etc. This has always been a weak area for me (get it?).

Also, any routine for cardio? I used to hate jogging because I always felt like I was having an asthma attack when I jogged, gasping for breath. I was even tested for exercise-induced asthma, but they said I don't have it. However, since moving here, I actually enjoy jogging and don't get out of breath. But I've heard jogging is bad for your joints and everything long term and I'm worried about injuring myself. I've heard brisk walking can be enough cardio?

Any thoughts on this? Do you walk? Jog? What's your routine?
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Re: What are your favorite exercise routines?

Unsure if it counts, but I do a lot of walking around at work (fast walking)
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Re: What are your favorite exercise routines?

I stretch some each morning before getting out of bed (or once I return to bed after having to run to the loo....lol) and do some breathing techniques (diaphragmatic, counted, and alternate nostril) to oxygenate my cells.

A mini-trampoline (a gently used Urban Rebounder I scored after posting a wanted ad on craigslist for a mini-tramp) that I can run/jump/bounce/do stretches/sit ups/etc. on, both indoors and out, is my next stop in the purposeful movement flow of my day. It's low impact on my already achy joints and it keeps lymph fluids flowing nicely.

Hula hoops that I made/make (from pvc irrigation tubing that comes in 100 ft. rolls), both for waist hooping and smaller ones for arm hooping. It took two weeks of practicing each day for at least 20 minutes after I lost my first 50 lbs. to finally keep the damn thing up, but oh what fun trying was before it finally took. lol Then I took a hula hoop dance class and learned a few moves that make me feel like I know what I'm doing. lol Then I took an online class to learn how to teach kids/design parties/etc. and have had fun sharing them in some form or fashion ever since.

Along with random sporadic dance moves throughout the day and nature walks every chance I get. (a little over 2.5 yrs. ago, I weighed over 300 lbs. and was damn near bed ridden)

I also have an aerobic exerciser thingy that my mom passed on to me years ago that looks like a bike, sort of, but isn't. You push your feet at the same time you pull the handlebars back. With the right song, even it can be kind of fun.

All my stuff was found used, made myself, or given to me free of charge and is now part of my living room decor. I have to keep it fun and readily accessible, or it likely won't happen.

Qi gong and tai chi are pretty cool, too, but I haven't dabbled too deeply in either, yet.

I realized this past born day that I finally qualify for the 50 and over exercise classes through the rec. dept. lol I think they call them silver sneakers or something like that. Hahahahaha!!! Yay! I finally grew into my level of physical functioning. It's a damn good thing, because those other classes about to kill me. lol
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Re: What are your favorite exercise routines?

well, i run trails, so maybe not your favourite... but running trails to me is totally different from jogging (especially on sidewalks/roads). i usually run for about an hour, which, for me, is roughly seven miles. and i run most days of the week. usually in the pre crack of dawn...i get up and out the door immediately...usually starting around five. then i get back and laze around until my child wakes.

i do tai chi in the park either saturday or sunday, though it's offered both. actually, there are people doing tai chi in the park every day, but the group i join is weekends. i like to stretch out, but don't do so often enough. especially being a daily runner, i should be doing long deep stretches a couple of times a day. i stretch out fully every other day, on average, i'd say.

i don't lift weights, but i did babywear until fairly recently and i spend a good amount of time lugging around a 27.5 pound child. i also don't really do sit ups or anything. i hold plank pose for a bit daily. and i do these one yoga core circles. but, sad to say, i'm fairly typical as runners go and have very toned legs and a pretty decent middle (though having been pregnant means my stomach will never not be a bit mushy) and very little upper body strength except from child wrangling.
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I stretch some each morning before getting out of bed (or once I return to bed after having to run to the loo....lol) and do some breathing techniques (diaphragmatic, counted, and alternate nostril) to oxygenate my cells.

A mini-trampoline (a gently used Urban Rebounder I scored after posting a wanted ad on craigslist for a mini-tramp) that I can run/jump/bounce/do stretches/sit ups/etc. on, both indoors and out, is my next stop in the purposeful movement flow of my day. It's low impact on my already achy joints and it keeps lymph fluids flowing nicely.

Hula hoops that I made/make (from pvc irrigation tubing that comes in 100 ft. rolls), both for waist hooping and smaller ones for arm hooping. It took two weeks of practicing each day for at least 20 minutes after I lost my first 50 lbs. to finally keep the damn thing up, but oh what fun trying was before it finally took. lol Then I took a hula hoop dance class and learned a few moves that make me feel like I know what I'm doing. lol Then I took an online class to learn how to teach kids/design parties/etc. and have had fun sharing them in some form or fashion ever since.

Along with random sporadic dance moves throughout the day and nature walks every chance I get. (a little over 2.5 yrs. ago, I weighed over 300 lbs. and was damn near bed ridden)

I also have an aerobic exerciser thingy that my mom passed on to me years ago that looks like a bike, sort of, but isn't. You push your feet at the same time you pull the handlebars back. With the right song, even it can be kind of fun.

All my stuff was found used, made myself, or given to me free of charge and is now part of my living room decor. I have to keep it fun and readily accessible, or it likely won't happen.

Qi gong and tai chi are pretty cool, too, but I haven't dabbled too deeply in either, yet.

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These are great ideas, especially the trampoline for low impact cardio. Thank you!
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well, i run trails, so maybe not your favourite... but running trails to me is totally different from jogging (especially on sidewalks/roads). i usually run for about an hour, which, for me, is roughly seven miles. and i run most days of the week. usually in the pre crack of dawn...i get up and out the door immediately...usually starting around five. then i get back and laze around until my child wakes.

i do tai chi in the park either saturday or sunday, though it's offered both. actually, there are people doing tai chi in the park every day, but the group i join is weekends. i like to stretch out, but don't do so often enough. especially being a daily runner, i should be doing long deep stretches a couple of times a day. i stretch out fully every other day, on average, i'd say.

i don't lift weights, but i did babywear until fairly recently and i spend a good amount of time lugging around a 27.5 pound child. i also don't really do sit ups or anything. i hold plank pose for a bit daily. and i do these one yoga core circles. but, sad to say, i'm fairly typical as runners go and have very toned legs and a pretty decent middle (though having been pregnant means my stomach will never not be a bit mushy) and very little upper body strength except from child wrangling.
I love trails and have done a lot of hiking, but never ran them. Sounds like fun! I don't go often enough lately because I usually go with my kids and my 2 yr old freaks out whenever I put him in one of those hiking carriers. I think I'm going to start going by myself, though, because I've been missing trails. I imagine running trails would be better than jogging on sidewalks because the ground is softer and the different elevations would help with toning. I wish it wasn't a 30 min. drive to the nearest trails, though.

It's just so difficult finding the right time of day to do things and there is no consistency to my life right now. But I'm hoping to at least make my exercise routine more consistent. I used to jog for about an hour each day and that just hasn't been happening lately. I'm going to make it a priority again.

Thank you for the ideas!
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Also, does anyone use any phone apps? I recently started using Runkeeper and it's pretty cool. It tracks how far I go, my pace, etc.
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Any thoughts on this? Do you walk? Jog? What's your routine?
I alternate between walking, jogging, running... both outdoors and on my treadmill. Outdoors I listen to music with my phone using the Spotify or iHeart Radio apps. When I'm indoors on the treadmill I will usually pick tv show to watch. I also stretch, do sit-ups, squats, and use free weights. Nothing really heavy. (5-15 lbs)

My routine changes due to my mood, energy level, or schedule. Try to at least walk/run/jog an hour a day. Admittedly, there are those days I'm just not feeling it, or simply don't have the time, so I will do what I can. Even if it's only 15 minutes. Feel like anything is better than nothing at all!

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Also, does anyone use any phone apps? I recently started using Runkeeper and it's pretty cool. It tracks how far I go, my pace, etc.
I've been using Runkeeper for a while now too and really like it. It's the only type of exercise app I've used so far.
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I alternate between walking, jogging, running... both outdoors and on my treadmill. Outdoors I listen to music with my phone using the Spotify or iHeart Radio apps. When I'm indoors on the treadmill I will usually pick tv show to watch. I also stretch, do sit-ups, squats, and use free weights. Nothing really heavy. (5-15 lbs)

My routine changes due to my mood, energy level, or schedule. Try to at least walk/run/jog an hour a day. Admittedly, there are those days I'm just not feeling it, or simply don't have the time, so I will do what I can. Even if it's only 15 minutes. Feel like anything is better than nothing at all!



I've been using Runkeeper for a while now too and really like it. It's the only type of exercise app I've used so far.
I think I'm starting to get into a good routine. I found that I need to get out the door first thing in the morning, or it's too easy to talk myself out of it if I wait until later in the day. I think I will alternate between walking and jogging, too. I sometimes try to get my exercise in while I'm out with my kids at the park or wherever, but that just never works because they often whine to go home before I'm ready. So I need to keep my own personal exercise time separate.

I'm still trying to figure out the Runkeeper app. I use it to play music through Google Play, but I can't figure out how to switch between the screen keeping track of my pace, and the screen for the music. A song will come on and I want to see the name of the song, but it won't let me switch back and forth. Are you able to use other music apps and Runkeeper at the same time? I'm so clueless when it comes to apps.
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