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Posted on 05-15-18 01:23:59 AM (last edited by Tarale at 05-15-18 01:56:07 AM) Link | Quote
Well, we're 5 months into the year, and I've been thinking about how I wanted to lose my baby weight. So I started thinking about exercise. When I was pregnant, I would walk EVERY day, usually in the morning. But when the baby arrived, it started being hard to exercise.

Now, I hear some of you thinking, "but Tarale, exercise itself won't help you lose weight!" and I know that, but it helps your body in so many other ways that have a knock-on effect.

There's a really good book called Spark that I read a few years ago that goes into some of it, for the brain in particular (if you don't have time for a book, this YouTube video sums some of it up). For example, it can help with anxiety, depression, ADHD, and more, through the ways it affects the brain's reward systems. And if your brain is functioning better, you're in a better position to resist those cookies…

So it got me thinking about exercise again. I probably can't do a lot, because the baby doesn't give me much free time, but I really need to start trying to fit more in. Probably trying to walk more, because I can do that with the baby in his pram looking at the world (he loves that… for a while, anyway…) Mum keeps offering for me to go swimming while she takes the baby to swimming lessons, and I'm tempted, but I also don't want to miss him exploring and enjoying the waterrrrrr

And I'm wondering… what exercise do you guys do?
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Posted on 05-15-18 01:51:54 AM (last edited by hydra-calm at 05-15-18 01:56:23 AM) Link | Quote
I think road biking is probably my favorite type of exercise -- I love high speeds and exploration, and that's about the best mixture of those two things that gives significant exercise. I've been enjoying longboarding lately too -- you get a closer view of the terrain you're doing it on than biking, or even running honestly... I used to run tons in HS, but have fallen out of it because that level of demanding exercise daily wasn't sustainable in undergrad. No idea what'll happen now that that's over, honestly.

And re: mental health, I find exercise improves it drastically too. When I was doing multiple 20+ mi rides every week, I could think much more clearly and didn't feel so beset by everything. I hope I can go back to that...
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Posted on 05-15-18 01:54:16 PM Link | Quote
If it's hard to really go anywhere but know someone who'd be down for it, badminton isn't actually half bad. In fact it was really one of two activities I learned in all my years of PE that I learned I was actually good at. There's a ton of running around, and hitting the shuttlecock successfully over the net takes practically no effort (at least, for someone who actually has a bit of issues surrounding one of my hands, but yeah. I'm a total geek physically and even I can manage badminton.)
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Posted on 05-15-18 07:21:36 PM Link | Quote
Ahaha, it's nice to know that badminton is easy, because I have always had some fairly terrible skills when it comes to any kind of sport involving a ball. I'm guessing the shuttlecock is easier somehow?

Because I can't catch or throw a ball to save my life (OK I'm a bit better now but in school I was chosen last for most things) I always tended towards running, swimming, and walking exercises.
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Posted on 05-15-18 11:37:43 PM Link | Quote
The shuttlecock tends to sail down to earth at a more sluggish rate, so there's more of an opening to hit it in a decent way, and with its general weightlessness, it feels very gratifying seeing that thing go from 1 to 10 speed-wise because you smacked it with the racket. It really doesn't put too much stress on the body, though some running and quick reflexes are involved.
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Posted on 05-16-18 12:59:26 AM Link | Quote
I should really exercise more... or at all. I used to go walking several times a week, but it's kinda hard to do that when it's dark before I get home from work.

For a while, I used Wii Fit U. Not sure why I stopped.
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Posted on 05-16-18 01:58:21 AM Link | Quote
It's Winter. Too cold to exercise!

I love to run up steep hills during warmer weather. Just force myself to run up the steep hills, and feel the body burn.
But at Winter, it's too cold to do this. Any temperature below 18c just feels like piercing ice to the lungs. You breathe in and out such cold air, it penetrates every part of the lungs.

I end up exercising better in 33c humid weather than 15c dry!


If I had the space, I'd buy some in-home exercise equipment instead.
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Posted on 05-16-18 04:09:00 AM Link | Quote
I do the easy stuff. I stand in buses... I take the stairs instead of the elevator, and I take it two stairs at a time.

I enjoy long walks. And I mean long walks: 15km through the forest is amazing. Or, coming this Saturday, a traditional hike to Prčice. We're taking the 35km route with friends.

DDR is super fun! But I don't have time and space for it...
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Posted on 05-17-18 01:04:11 PM Link | Quote
Hiking is lovely! I should go more... Sadly, despite this state having quite a number of hiking trails, none of them seem to be near where I currently am...

Re: running, I actually feel the opposite about temperature -- anything over about 20C makes me feel sluggish, and I'd be fine with permanent winter...
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