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In search of fitness.
Posted: Posted May 26th by Famov

I hate to be a harbinger for the end times, but as I intend to start exercising regularly I can only assume that it will soon be followed by swarms of locusts and frogs from the sky. We'll get off easy if Surt doesn't set the world aflame.

While the reasoning at the core of my newfound motivation is simple enough - I don't want to die any earlier than I have to - there is nevertheless another component to it. I want to reclaim the feeling of physical accomplishment that I haven't really experienced since I was 15. My lifespan has nearly doubled in that time and I've done no meaningful exercise in the interim. Why not? What's my excuse? I'm busy, but not too busy to spare a half hour or so towards my physical well being several days a week. It sucks to start something new, but once I get a routine it will improve my quality of life. It's well documented that people that exercise are happier just for doing it.

I don't really want to spend a lot of money and so I'm definitely not getting a gym membership. I intend to buy a jump rope and perhaps a pair of running shoes if I decide to actually start jogging. I don't own any equipment to speak of.

And I have no weight that needs losing which makes it difficult to put a number on whatever my goals might be. Nevertheless I'd very much like to be able to jog around a residential block without having a cardiac event, and I'd like to be limber enough to not inexplicably pull a muscle while sitting at my desk and posting on gametalk. Therefore my routine is going to involve a circuit of stretches and aerobics. There might be some strength training eventually, but I honestly have no idea what I'm doing. I'm reading what I can online, and I hope to put something together to begin by Monday. Any advice is appreciated. If it's a common mistake feel free to assume that I will make it.

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My go-to sources of exercise are running (because it's cheap), cycling (because it's practical and saves me money on gas), and kayaking (because rowing 5 miles upstream and then chilling and fishing on the way back down feels like not real exercise to me).

Thing about jogging that gets me is how hard it is on the knees. I find the "barefoot style" of running to be better for my knees and my back. It can feel weird at first if you're accustomed to heel-striking. I don't really subscribe to the Cult of Barefoot Running (I wear normal running sneakers) - like I actually don't buy the idea that barefoot style running makes you any less likely to get injured. That said, I did notice that when I made the shift to that style, my knees and back did feel better during and after a run. For me, someone with a history of back problems, that was a big enough deal that I haven't gone back to heel-striking.

I'm a fan of the run-walk-run-walk format of running as well. I don't do it in road races (because I stupidly care about my mediocre time when it's actually recorded), but I do it a lot when training. 3 minutes running, 2 minutes walking, rotating for a 20 minute outing. (I also find time runs to be better and more productive than distance runs - I mean set out to run 15 minutes rather than 2 miles or something.) Then once that is totally comfortable, I stretch it out a little more. Maybe 4 minutes running, 2 minutes walking, for 30 minutes. Then 5 minutes running and 1 minute walking. Until I get to a point where I can run longer distances without walking. But if you have to walk, just walk. Doesn't matter. (Walking itself is probably just as good for you as jogging, really. Maybe even better since you're not putting that kind of pressure on the knees.)

I like riding my bike because it just feels practical. Just ride to work or my friend's house nearby. It's a 30 minute bike ride. That's money I save not buying gas, that's calories burned, and that's some cardio too. But I get that it maybe isn't the most comfortable.

Kayaking is my favorite just because I really, really love just being out on the lakes or river. It feels like cheating because I'll row for a few miles, burn the same number of calories as I would have a run, and then I just chill on the water and read or fish. I like that the work out can blend into my vacation hobbies. This is maybe a bigger investment, as kayaks aren't exactly cheap. But you can get a decent one for a few hundred bucks, and they're basically priced like a good bike.

Posted May 26th by Jet Presto
Jet Presto

That sounds fun, Famov! :) I like how you're trying to incorporate fitness into your current lifestyle versus making some drastic change (as the former is, of course, more sustainable). Keep us updated!

I might just join you if I can sustain the motivation. Maybe we GTers can make it into some kind of competition :P

Posted May 26th by Ophelia
Ophelia

Good luck!

Best thing you can do is have goals, that's the only way you'll get a sense of accomplishment, because progression is imperceptible day to day.

I would suggest you re-think weightlifting, going to the gym has been something I just recently started to really enjoy, while I was apathetic in my teens and in college.

But if you want to stick with running, maybe get the couchto5k app, or just look at the website and follow the plan. Basically it'll get an untrained person to being able to do a 5k or 30 minutes constant run in 6 weeks.

Posted May 27th by Agis in the US
Agis in the US
 

For me at least, one thing that is practically essential is doing this in a group. It's hard for me to stay motivated working out/running alone, but with a friend or in an organized group I find I push myself a whole lot harder, and even help motivate others.

You might be different, but that's really key for me so if you have trouble staying motivated it might be something to consider.

Posted May 27th by Brocken Jr.
Brocken Jr.
 

>Nevertheless I'd very much like to be able to jog around a residential block without having a cardiac event, and I'd like to be limber enough to not inexplicably pull a muscle while sitting at my desk and posting on gametalk. Therefore my routine is going to involve a circuit of stretches and aerobics. There might be some strength training eventually, but I honestly have no idea what I'm doing.

In my opinion (not a personal trainer or anything, just a guy who basically did what you're doing right now), the kettlebell is the perfect single piece of equipment for someone who just wants general fitness and isn't looking to win marathons or strongman competitions.

Kettlebell exercise lets you do a lot of compound and range-of-movement work, which will give you smaller but more general gains in multiple areas simultaneously. I do a regimen of twists, swings and squats; I find that those three things cover essentially everything important, though it's leaning towards core strength and you may want to do a few other things as well. You'd also notice a huge increase in grip strength and general manipulation ability, which is actually a lot of the problem for DYELs (if you're just carrying something heavy from one place to another, most of the strength you need is already in your legs, but you have a bottleneck if you can't actually hold on to the thing).

It's also really easy to get in a groove and just do longer regimens with slightly lighter weight, which will help your cardio. There's a lot of options for doing them two-handed or one-handed as well. It's just fun as hell (to me, anyway).

Kettlebells are also cheap (I bought a 30lb. one for $40 from Wal-Mart and a 60lb. one from a co-worker for $50), very compact and impossible to fuck up. There's also no opportunity to fucking annihilate yourself under a dropped bar like there is with barbell training.

My two cents.

Posted May 28th by nullfather
nullfather

Thanks for the suggestions folks!

I ultimately went with Agis' option first: 3 bucks is as low risk an investment as I could imagine, and I do at least have some experience jogging (going way back, of course).

I was able to keep up with the walk/run intervals pretty well... until the very last set. I faltered a bit in the last ten seconds, which is all the more annoying because I was so close. Nevertheless I'm going to shoot to do better on the second day.

Edited May 29th by Famov
Famov

Yeah, couchto5k is pretty good from what I've heard. Definitely worth checking out. Whatever you do, just keep on at it and you'll see improvements in one way or another.

Posted May 29th by nullfather
nullfather

I was able to keep up with the walk/run intervals pretty well... until the very last set. I faltered a bit in the last ten seconds, which is all the more annoying because I was so close. Nevertheless I'm going to shoot to do better on the second day.


What I find effective about the walk/run intervals is the basic idea that if you have to stop and walk for a minute, there's no real pressure. I almost always cut my runs short by about a minute because I live on the top of a hill and that last stretch will go dependent on how the first half of the run went. (So yesterday I ran an 8 minute mile, which is not common for me and is "too hard," so by the time I got to the end, I couldn't quite make it.)

Also, cross-training is a good thing to work into the regiment.

Also, apologies. I should have noted what I use, which is this Under Armor sponsored app just called Run Trainer. The free version provides a training plan, with various starting points (run/walk as a general form, couch to 5k/10k/half/marathon, or current runner). I quite like it.

I also weirdly enjoy using Runkeeper to log my information. I'm by no means a quick runner, but I enjoy seeing the data and whether there is any discernible improvement. (I also like trying to make pictures with my routes.)

Posted May 29th by Jet Presto
Jet Presto

Also, cross-training is a good thing to work into the regiment.

I intend to, though I haven't quite figured out what just yet. Since Agis and nullfather both suggested I reconsider strength exercises that'll probably be something I start on next week.

The second run was a lot more consistent than the first, and easier. It probably has more to do with the time of day than anything else (I have the luxury to run early on Wednesdays) but I'll take any success where I can find it. The soreness in my legs from Monday wasn't nearly the liability I thought it would be.

Posted May 31st by Famov
Famov
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