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Goodnight, moon

Thought I'd revive this old standard. Last week I got a gym membership for myself as a belated Christmas present -- when I sat down behind the computer to do the re-launch in July and didn't really get up for six months, not even to garden, I could feel the slow destruction of my body, even when I was walking a lot in Bangkok, and I ended up gaining twenty eight pounds, having mysterious pains, besides feeling weak. So! This week I went and had a nice young Phys. Ed. student do my assessment, from which they will develop an exercise plan.

Now, the dreaded "lifestyle change," where I go to the gym every day and cut back on rich food!

Actually, the going-to-the-gym every day part will be easy; I can go in the morning when it isn't infested with students, and then work at the university where there is WiFi (and also fruit in the cafeteria, unlike the stores "downtown," which sell things I like, like milk, and cookies, and nuts, and soft cheeses, and sausage and so forth.

Anyhow, I did this once before -- before I sat down at the computer. So I know I can do it again! And another advantage: A general improvement in mood and a decrease in stress, both of which I sorely need.

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Submitted by CMike on

Scheduled stretching time at home and two forty-five minute walks a day, walks during which you control your heart rate by adding in some reps with light dumbbells along the way, would be another way to go, at least, during those seasons when the weather's agreeable enough for you to enjoy being outdoors. But good luck with the gym. It's my impression that a key to getting-in-shape success is coming up with a realistic schedule for exercise and sticking to it, which will be easier if your work-out sessions are convenient enough to get to and if the work-outs themselves are not so arduous you end up wanting to avoid them. On that latter point, adopt the approach of the tortoise, not the hare.

Except for fruit and nuts I've given up on eating anything raw and that has made the (nearly) no-added oil vegetarian diet I'm on quite agreeable. Cooked right, most everything is tasting great and, what is more, easy to digest. I don't do the protein shakes but here is a testimonial via YouTube for a similar diet by someone who is battling heart disease, an ailment which, no doubt, "focuses the mind wonderfully." (Sorry, no transcript.) Speaking of YouTube, it's been an especially useful resource for answering a lot of questions I've had about the kitchen. (See these two clips for examples of what I mean. [Again, no transcripts]).

Submitted by lambert on

The key for me is to get into a schedule, because once I do that it's almost impossible to get me out of it. But I think my new "daily commute" to the university will work fine, and I can start out at the gym.

I like the machines (I think the word is selectorized, but I'm not sure). Moving from machine to machine is like a game or a puzzle, and increasing the weights/repetitions is a metric.

This regimen is one I've been through before with success. However, my previous gym required a bike ride, and when I fell off my bike and sprained my hand, I realized that if I'd broken my hand, a real possibility, I would have been totally hosed. I avoided the gym at the University because I never did like gym, but in the mornings there are not to many students about. So it works.....

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Submitted by Rainbow Girl on

I've been through similar cycles. Ritual and Structure are so key. The beauty of it is how quickly the benefits materialize. Lightness, vitality, clearer mind, vanishing blues ... ah!

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Submitted by twig on

just one exercise session followed by hours and hours of sitting is a bad idea. It seems like there's newer research on this, but I can't locate it at the moment, and it also concluded that long periods of sitting are not good.

Congratulations on joining the gym, though. If more people did that -- and actually used the membership! -- they'd probably feel a lot better.

Submitted by MontanaMaven on

I joined a gym for the first time! Never did it in NYC since the city makes you walk a lot. And I was young. This small town in Montana didn't have one until recently. You would think that living on a ranch , you wouldn't need to get exercise. But it is the windiest place I've ever lived. So you can hardly get from the door to the car without falling down. So not much walking.
So the new gym in the old firehouse is welcome.
Lets meet once a week and compare notes.