What do you do for exercise for health and stress relief?
Since I’m hungry now that I’ve answered the question “What is your favorite cuisine?”, I thought I’d ask this question about exercise. 🙂
Currently I use an indoor row machine 4x/wk and do at home weight training 3x/wk. I absolutely can’t stand exercise so my goal is to get it done as fast as possible! I also like kayaking and hiking when the weather permits.
I walk 4 miles/day on hilly terrain, if the weather is good. Otherwise, I hit my home gym and do 20 min segments of elliptical, treadmill, and rowing machine. If I’m watching something really good on TV, I will continue with sit ups and weights.
Right now, I am walking up and down our little walkway from the front porch to the driveway (about 25-30 feet) several times a day. I hope to soon graduate to the whole driveway, but I’m kind of a klutz, so I’m making sure I won’t hurt myself if I trip or fall off the side of my shoes, as I do so often in the gravel, before I risk it.
I have never found a physical activity I truly enjoy (I would always rather read!), except the summer before last I spent a lot of time in my garden and got really strong and energetic (in addition to digging and planting, I was carrying 5 gal. buckets of water and even rocks regularly). Since then my health seemed to go downhill a good bit, though pretty gradually, and I am very hopeful this surgery has dealt with the root cause!
One thing I try to do year round is a brief routine of core-strengthening exercises (including kegels) leftover from some PT from a couple years ago that just seems to really work for me.
I also (in a slow, controlled motion) do the hula in the shower. Just the figure 8 motion. It is surprisingly effective.
I do a treadmill 5-6x a week, usually a mile or two. Then I lift weights and alternate days with some cardio and core exercises. I keep wanting to get in good enough shape to make in onto American Ninja Warrior, but life (and a stubborn habit of liking sugar) always seems to get in the way! 🙂
We have an elliptical and a treadmill in our bonus room, and both are positioned in front of our largest flat-screen TV. I set the elliptical on the highest resistance level and burn at least 1000 calories on it every other day usually about 73-74 minutes non-stop (yesterday it was 1,250 in 92 mins because besides watching interesting TV, I like to read while on it and finished a book rather than leave the last 3 or 4 pages to read tomorrow.) It’s mind-numbing unless I’m engrossed in a good book or foreign TV series (for example, I loved “Seyit & Sura” from Turkey and “The Time In Between” from Spain on Netflix both of which DW wouldn’t watch with me because she hates programs with subtitles.)
I do my own yardwork and often take our dog on a brisk 5 mile walk in addition to the elliptical routine. I was able to drop 25# when I started using it about 3 years ago and have kept them off..
We have an elliptical and a treadmill in our bonus room, and both are positioned in front of our largest flat-screen TV. I set the elliptical on the highest resistance level and burn at least 1000 calories on it every other day usually about 73-74 minutes non-stop (yesterday it was 1,250 in 92 mins
I feel like such a slacker now!!! LOL