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How do you maintain fitness?

  • Running/jogging

    Votes: 16 19.8%
  • Swimming

    Votes: 8 9.9%
  • Bicycling

    Votes: 19 23.5%
  • Hiking/walking

    Votes: 46 56.8%
  • Calisthenics

    Votes: 13 16.0%
  • Weight lifting

    Votes: 30 37.0%
  • Martial arts

    Votes: 9 11.1%
  • Rock climbing

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Racquet ball

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Other

    Votes: 29 35.8%

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When I was a little kid, I was fat. When I went to buy clothes, they coyly called my size "husky." In high school, I shot up and lost weight, but for much of my life I was overweight. Even when I was very actively scuba diving, I was always heavier than I wanted to be. It's only been in the last 10 years that I have slimmed down and maintained a reasonable level of fitness. I went from 193 to 157, and I am still working on getting down to 150.

I try to keep fit because it's important to me for hunting, and for the defense of myself and my wife. Today, I engage in a variety of activities. I try to hike at least four or five days a week, some days with a 40 pound pack. I also lift weights, not to bulk up but to maintain muscle tone and to keep in shape for archery. I've also just started doing karate, which seems to be a pretty good workout at times. In the winter, we ski. I am careful about my caloric intake and monitor it daily (easy to do with a smartphone application).

How important is fitness to you and what do you do to maintain fitness?
 

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I drink Mt. Dew and eat Hostess cup cakes, Hershey bars, Fritos, potato chips, lots of meat and potatoes at meals and am gnawing on some pizza right now.

Did that for 50 years and stayed at close to 180 lbs without trying and my 6' 1" frame carried it well. Alas the last 20 years have resulted in no changes to eating habits while health concerns not only changed my activity level it changed my weight as well. Now I've been at 235 for the last 10 years.

Those same health concerns have changed my perspective on what "in shape" means. I now accept that roundish is a shape.
 

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Bikenut, wish I had your metabolism when I was younger. I had a friend (now gone) who was ex UDT who weighed 140 pounds/ 5'10" right up until he died. And, he ate way more food than I could ever pack away.
 

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I do lots of walking and lifting at work as well as some light hiking. Favorite home workout is yoga. It builds strength as well as increasing flexibility. Still not all the way to where I want to be weight wise, but getting there
 

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We walk/hike, thus I've spent a small fortune in footwear mostly New Balance shoes. On average 5 out of 7 days per week. Our walks average a minimum of 3 miles, gone are the days of occasional twenty milers, thus long walks are 7-8 miles. We are in the foothills not flat landers. We also belong to the YMCA, when there while the spouse swims laps I utilize the elevated indoor walking lane, fast walking 4 miles per hour on average. We also do manual labor on the wooded property.
 

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Biking, hiking, running and gym for me. (And skiing in the winter.)

I'll run some 5 and 10K races each year, and since I'm now 70 years of age, I can place fairly high in the age divisions since there are fewer competitors.

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I picked other because Yoga is a big part of my daily exercise, along with calisthenics. When I was doing cardio rehab, Yoga was part of the program. What I really like about it is the stretching, which keeps me quite limber.

The other BIG factor in my fitness routine, is diet. Reading food labels and paying attention to fat, saturated fat, carbs, sugars, and sodium.

Just as important, regarding diet, is serving size. That's an aspect of diet that gets overlooked or ignored more than anything else. I stick to serving sizes. On the rare occasions when I do eat at a restaurant, about half of what's on my plate gets taken home in a doggie bag.
 

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I walk every day (at least a mile, usually more), and do a lot of backcountry flyfishing. Mountain flyfishing involves hiking, rock climbing, bushwhacking, etc. and is NOT sitting on the bank "fishing." I do stretches and calisthenics in the morning, and lift light weights a couple times/week. 5' 11" and 175 pounds -- sometimes up to 180 in winter. The 5 pounds goes away when I get back on the streams.
 

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While in my twenties, I developed the physique of an intermediate bodybuilder using progressive hypertrophy training exercises while maintaining a healthy diet.

In my late thirties, I got into power lifting until a serious illness knocked me off my feet for several years.

After a slow recovery, I developed a circuit training regimen that I still perform to maintain my health and appearance. It involves a combination of strength and cardiovascular exercises I do every other day. I also bike, jog, and walk.

Can't prevent the increasing number of wrinkles and greying hair, but that doesn't mean once we pass sixty we have to get all gloomy about it and resign ourselves to rocking our days away in front of the idiot box while slurping soup and complaining about politics. I choose to stay active in every respect, and will continue to do so until my number is called. :wink:
 

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I walk the GSD 2 miles every morning unless its raining.
I have a Soloflex and Bowflex that I use about 20 min. at least every other day.


I'm 6'1 about 210# could be lighter weight if I gave up pizza & beer, .... :ponder: status quo it is. :rolleyes:
 

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I retired January 1 and promised myself I would lose 40 pounds by the end of the year. At this time I am down 22 pounds. I can only do limited exercise because of neuropathy in hands and feet. I have changed my eating habits to low carbs and no sweets. Wish I could do more exercise.
 

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@Gabill -- Congrats on your retirement and weight loss. So sorry about your neuropathy, though. I know your situation -- my wife has severe CIDP. It's very difficult.
 

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Jumping to conclusions is about all the exercise I get.

I do walk at least a mile every weekday getting to the car and back and walking while at work. I hope that counts for something. I'm 6'2" and 230 lbs. At my heaviest I was 260.
 

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I pretty much stick to the same routine, coffee and naps. Coffee gets my heart rate up, and naps help me to get a full day's rest.
 

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I lift 3-4 days a week and try to run or do elliptical once a week. Me and the wife recently bought mountain bikes so I can add that in from time to time on top of the other stuff.
 

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I chose walking/hiking. At work, I probably walk 3 or 4 miles a day. On non workdays, I take my dog for walks/hikes, usually at least 3 miles a day. So I probably average 24ish miles a week. I also do 100 pushups daily.( Not all at once, 4 sets of 25.)
 
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