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What do you do for exercise?

What's your exercise plan?  Whether it's a heavy weight lifting session with the TV remote (lol) or a grueling 10 mile hike, how do you keep fit?

 

I run, ride horses (which is actually a good workout if you do it right), strength train with a fitness ball and resistance bands. I also like to kayak and hike around as long as it isn't hot and muggy out like today.

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@serioustree- Just take it slow to start so you don't injure yourself and get set back. Some fitness DVDs and exercise routines start you off pretty fast and if you are really gung ho, you can strain a muscle. If you do get sore, know that it hurts the worst about 36 hours after, then gets better pretty fast. Soaking in a tub of epsom salts or bath salts always feels great for me.

 

We are cheering you on, I hope you get a wonderful vacation and a toned body out of all that hard work!

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Regarding triceps...  Does anyone have triceps that don't jiggle to an extreme degree?  If so, tell me what you do!  In detail please. *grabs pen and notebook*

 

Awhile back I caught my reflection while waving and I was horrified to see my triceps wobbling.  I did chair dips and push-ups on a daily basis for weeks and saw zero improvement. Smiley Sad

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Triceps are tricky muscles to really tone up. I use resistance bands and also do back pull downs. I got a kit from GoFit that has 4 different resistance bands, handles and a DVD for around $35 (forgot the actual amount) on Amazon. They are nice for travel because I can do the routine anyplace that has a door to trap the anchor in. Farm work somehow also tones up triceps, I think slinging hay bales around helps a lot! lol

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I'm not going to lie, I'm pretty petite so staying slim with my smaller frame has never been too difficult. I'm a fan of cardio (dancing/belly dancing) which I used to keep up with on the regular and I've done yoga a bit, but as of late my boyfriend and I have been follow Georges St. Pierre's Rush Fit regimen. He's my favorite UFC fighter and my boyfriend did him homework on a bunch of at-home work out programs and decided "Hey, why not?"

 

We're on week 5 and so far, so good! The assessment and first few work outs kicked my butt just because I hadn't worked out in foooooreverrrrrr (I think I got over zealous and overshot it with the squats those first few days). But it's a really goo circuit work out that's broken down to a good pace and isn't crazy complicated. It kicks off with a 10 minute warm up, 25 minute work out (broken up into 5 5 minute segments with a minute rest in between each), and a 10 minute cool down, so in total you're working out for 45 minutes.

 

My quads and abs definitely have more definition when I flex, as do my arms. I'm using it to get more toned and to build some muscle strength rather than using it to shed pounds.

 

There's 3 different levels of workouts and we started on the beginner but plan to do the intermediate and the advanced so in total it'll be 24 weeks of work outs. I'm anxious to see how my body will change up as time goes on!

 

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I'm really liking this thread, Prettyinpa! It almost goes hand in hand with my food thread! Smiley Tongue Folks can get workout/exercise ideas here and get meal ideas there! Haha!

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^ Is he shirtless throughout the workouts?  I could find that motivating.

 

 

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Hahahahaha nice Kalex Smiley Very Happy

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LOL! No, sadly he isn't, Kalex! Although I agree 100% with you! Smiley Wink

 

It's actually pretty cool that he does the whole work out along with the two fitness extras, GSP doesn't just stand around, show a few moves then stop. His trainer and designer of the work out (Erik Owings) is more so the person that leads you through each exercise and he's got more of the no-nonsense mentality and keeps it focused (no crazy work out "motivational" speeches from him, just plain and simple instructions and mods to each exercise). You see GSP struggle through parts of the work out too so it's nice to know that even as conditioned of a fighter he is that he still has flaws and isn't some work out machine.

 

I won't lie, the comments and remarks by GSP are really cute sometimes because English is his second language and you can really tell he's trying to get across a good point, but stumbles on his words sometimes. Smiley Tongue

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@crayzeeRN wow thats amazing! Have you ever tried Capoiera? I may have spelled it wrong but its a form of Brazilian martial arts that sort of mixes the martial arts with dancing. Apparently the focus is to avoid an attack with evasive moves rather than attacking yourself or blocking hits!

 

On another note I've seen a UFC fight ONCE in my life on TV and wow was it bloody.. a knee to the nose and that was it. =/ I'm sure their workout are AMAZING though to keep so fit and in shape! 

Luv&Lipgloss, Diana

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Capoiera is so beautiful to me! I love watching demonstrations because everything is so fluid and all movements and function translate and flow so well from one to another! There's even a capoiera move in the stretching/warm up in the Rushfit vid!

 

@ Diana, yeah, it can get pretty bloody if a fighter happens to hand even just ONE good/right hit. It's insane when it happens right at the beginning of a fight or in the first few rounds, especially if someone happens to get a gash on their brow or forehead, blood is just pouring into a fighter's eye!

 

The Rushfit work out actually surprised me because it's not all UFC/MMA oriented, in other words I'm not doing crazy take downs in all the work outs. There is one DVD where you work on punches, knees, elbows, and kicks, but overall it's a pretty funcational system that ties in well with other workouts like swimming, biking, or even just cardio.

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I watch video workouts on youtube by Blogilates. Cassey Ho, the instructor, has a TON of short workouts that target all areas of the body. I started in June with her Beginners calendar workout(3-4 mini workouts a day..about 10 mins or less each) and now I'm doing the July workout. It's SO convenient if you want to tone or get in shape but don't have the time/money for a gym or fitness classes. It's definitely worth checkout out and trying. Some of the workouts are SO killer and others you feel like they aren't so bad until you are sore tomorrow Smiley Happy She's so funny but really engages you to stay motivated and continue the workouts.

 

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I really like Cassey. She's positive and has a huge range of workouts. I'm no stranger to spending some evenings doing a couple of her workouts haha. This is especially nice if I don't have time to make it to the gym, but still want to dedicate some time to my fitness.

Whimsically yours,
Janine

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@kalex- I've got to say that cleaning helps a lot in toning your triceps I clean everyday to every other day and I guess lifting the vacuum carrying from place to place has my arms really firm that along with the weight I use when I run helps a lot. I pretty weight conscious if I get over 117 I panic.

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That's too crazy - 117 is my number too!  If I see that number I think, "I need to watch what I eat today."

 

I wish triceps toning was as simple as cleaning for me.  I have 4 kids and 2 dogs.  I clean a lot!  

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I have a panic number too! But I rarely get on the scale, I try to judge myself by how I look & feel. I did hit my panic number once when I was working out heavily... I bulked up LOL. 

I can't believe how much of a workout cleaning is. I'm always sore & tired after deep cleaning the house. 

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I've taken Taekwondo since I was about 12, and am a second degree black belt now, currently training for my third degree test in November (eek! nerves!) I also have taken HapKiDo (Korean martial art that is similar to Judo or Ju Jitsu) since I was about 17, stopping for about 4 years while in college. I'm in classes probably 6-9 hours a week.

 

Both martial arts work on just about every muscle group in the body. It's great for stress, and the endorphin rush makes me one happy girl Smiley Very Happy I take TaeKwonDo more for fitness, as for real-world application, it doesn't really prepare you for fighting, except for speed/reflex training. HapKiDo is a down and dirty kind of martial art, designed to use your opponent's strength against them (good because I am quite small), and to get you out alive if someone attacks you on the street. We practice with knives, blunt object and guns. There's also a lot of acrobatic falls and throws. It's a lot of fun Smiley Happy

 

Also, in my free time I play Dance Central 2/3 on Kinect for Xbox Smiley Very Happy No video cameras allowed, folks.

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@kalex- You should have bulging triceps with 4 kids and 2 dogs to clean up after that's a lot. I think what also helps me to stay small is because I never sit still.

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I usually go to the gym and jog on the treadmill and then I will do free weights. But on the days were I just do not feel like going to the gym I will either go for a nice walk, bike ride, or a hike. I also like to take different classes at my local YMCA. My favorite and most challenging class is probably body pump. It is strength training and aerobic at the same time. (kind of hard to explain) but it is an awesome class!

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I've recently started using the Nike ntc app. They offer lots of great exercise routines that are pretty intense! I usually take a break or two before completing them!

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Boot Camp 5 days a week..combines cardio and strength training in one hour..cant beat that ! and its fun because its always different..sometimes we play tug a war and the next thing i know im jumping through tires..keeps it from getting BORING lol!!

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I fell in love with running about two and a half years ago, but stopped for about the last year due to either laziness or too many scheduling conflicts. Just moved to Colorado though this month, and have started training for Roller Derby! Still in the "I need to remember how to skate" stage, but it's an awesome working even for just practicing skating again!

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I try to do yoga at least 5-6 times a week. Sometimes (if I don't have a lot of time) it's a short 20-min video, sometimes it's a 35-min morning routine (includes a sun salutation w/ planking so it's great for the core and for getting you stretched out/ energized to start your day), sometimes it's a 25-min evening routine that includes a shoulder stand (as Hemalayaa calls it, "the fountain of youth") which helps me to sleep. I have longer yoga videos and dance routine videos too, but this regimen works well for me in being something that I can complete without excuses, and doesn't work me so hard that it raises cortisol/ is a chore to complete/ ruins my sleep cycle. The evening routine is nice as I can do it before or 2 hrs after eating (works well if I'm sticking something in the oven for longer than a half an hour, like chicken).

 

This probably doesn't seem like much but if I'm consistent I'm happy with the results, I don't injure myself, and I'm not burnt out. I also walk every day during my lunchbreak (less than a mile, but still good to be active) and do some desk yoga throughout the day. I also tend to walk around a lot on the weekends.

 

Also not trying to lose weight with this regimen or be as fit as some of you...keeping my stress levels/ cortisol down is key for me and this really helps. And I listen to my body...if I'm simply too tired or hungry when I get home, I skip it. I know it will make me feel better, but if I eat too small of a lunch, I need to eat/ avoid eating too late in the evening.

 

I get a lot more sleep than I used to, typically in bed by 10 if not before, which has helped a lot also.

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