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#74373 - 05/09/06 07:28 PM Re: diet, training and exercise [Re: fin.]  
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My problem started at 50. For some reason, I thought that was an appropriate time to give my weights to Goodwill and grow old gracefully. What a crock that turned out to be! I can barely see my f***n' toes!
I think "growing old gracefully" equates to going to seed. Hitting middle age means a lot of physiological changes including slowing metabolism. Thats where Eat Less, Move More kicks in.

Of course, the down side of all the exercise is orthopedic surgeons everywhere licking their lips envisioning for all the money theyll make from baby boomer joint replacements. Ya just cant win!!


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#74374 - 05/09/06 08:45 PM Re: diet, training and exercise [Re: hobie1616]  
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Getting into this thread a little late, but when my partner/girlfried at the time was training to do a distance race, I built a simple home gym from an anchor, lenghts of bundled up chain for different resistance, line and spare blocks, including one screwed to the floor for curls and the sheeting in motion, and it made a huge difference in her raw power. She especially noticed it when she compared a previous overboard session where she needed lots of help getting aboard to a post training one, and after three months of weights she yanked herself back on board all by herself no problem. Plus, as we age there's no substitute for weight bearing exercise for retaining bone mass...

#74375 - 05/10/06 04:41 AM Re: diet, training and exercise [Re: sbflyer]  
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I don't suppose you have any pictures?

#74376 - 05/10/06 06:27 AM Re: diet, training and exercise [Re: fin.]  
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I don't suppose you have any pictures?


Of what? His girlfriend?


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#74377 - 05/10/06 06:58 AM Re: diet, training and exercise [Re: Jake]  
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I don't suppose you have any pictures?


Of what? His girlfriend?
I think he meant the setup

#74378 - 05/10/06 08:28 AM Re: diet, training and exercise [Re: _flatlander_]  
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I'm doing a basic survival mode of "workout". Up to 60 crunches now every morning, five days a week (weekends are for sailing). Having read all the statistics of around 50 year old US males, back injuries are way up the list. That would obviously end the sailing career. Doesn't take long and can do almost anywhere, has become routine (that's the trick, make it routine)

Thanks everyone for the tips of other activities to add.

I'm not sure which addiction ranks higher with me, ice cream or sailing


Good core excercises are a great protection against back injuries. It is also a great way to recover from them fully. Don't give up doing what you love if your back starts to hurt.
I broke my back in a real 'agony of defeat' moment rollerblading six years ago. I had an L5 fracture but the biggest problem was the grade four herniation at L5-S1. I had two back surgeries. At the worst, I couldn't walk without limping because I had lost a lot of strength and sensation in my right leg. Then I put my stubborn determination to good use. I set out to recover by doing lots of core excercises starting slow and then building on it. I mountain biked to get strength and coordination back. I had trained for marathons before, nothing was as hard as this. Sometimes it really hurt. Now, I don't hurt at all and the only residual I have is a bit of numbness in my right leg. I can do anything I want to without pain. Now that I feel strong I maintain with 100 crunchs a day (down from 200), mountain biking 3-5 times a week and upper body strength training every other day.

The suggestions I have read about eat less / move more are right on. An irritating side effect (now at my desired weight) is that my metabolism is really high. I can barely stand a sheet on me at night because I get too hot. I lose weight easily if I don't eat enough calories. At 5"7" I try to stay around 130.

I know that if I let myself get soft my risk for reinjury is great. I remember what that felt like and have no intention to let it happen again. Pain is a good motivator.

Never give up.

#74379 - 05/10/06 08:40 AM Re: diet, training and exercise [Re: SunnyZ]  
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Why so many crunches?

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They are not all the same. I do lateral and centered with and without resistance and different leg techniques to isolate upper, lower, lateral and even pelvic floor muscle groups. They are the best for core strengthening.
I am a bit paranoid to protect my lower back.

I do half in the morning and half in the evening. It doesn't take more than 10 or 15 minutes each time.

#74381 - 05/10/06 09:50 AM Re: diet, training and exercise [Re: SunnyZ]  
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Oh! I only have minor back pain which seems to be r/t foot gear.

I only do a dozen reps. of each exercise in my routine.

How much time do you spend on the bike?


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#74382 - 05/10/06 10:07 AM Re: diet, training and exercise [Re: fin.]  
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I try to go on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday after work. It is 2.7 mi on mountain trails. (Picture dirt, roots, hills and creeks) I complete that in 30 minutes. My heart rate stays up the whole time. 30 minutes would be slow for a guy in good shape. Remember I am a girl. I am in great shape for a sheela but I can't compete with the muscle mass or lung capasity of a man.
On Saturday and Sunday I am out there at 7am. Now, if I am not pressed for time I am starting a 7 mi. trail that is more technical than the one I am used to. That'll get my heart pumping.
There is a huge difference between road biking and mountain biking. I don't know if you have done both but it is a whole different effort.

#74383 - 05/10/06 10:15 AM Re: diet, training and exercise [Re: fin.]  
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How much time do you spend on the bike?

I do 18 miles in just a tad over an hour. usually under an hour and 15 minutes. My best time is 55 minutes, although I did have a nice wind pushing me for over 15 miles.

#74384 - 05/10/06 10:16 AM Re: diet, training and exercise [Re: SunnyZ]  
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I've never done either except as kid. Riding on public roads around here is exercising a death wish.

There is a public park devoted to off-road biking, but it is probably 15-20 miles away.

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Personally, I feel like I get as good a work out in just 3mi on a technical mountain trail as I would doing 15 mi on the street. It depends on if you want aerobic or anaerobic excersize and what kind of time you have.

I work full time, am a grad student and I have three sons. Time is not my most abundant luxury. As long as you are consistantly doing something you are going to get in better shape. Just make it fun and never give up.

#74386 - 05/10/06 12:43 PM Re: diet, training and exercise [Re: Robi]  
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...although I did have a nice wind pushing me for over 15 miles.
I LOVE tailwinds!!


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#74387 - 05/10/06 12:50 PM Re: diet, training and exercise [Re: Robi]  
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I'm on the nachos and pizza diet.

6'4" and a shade over 180.

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I'm on the nachos and pizza diet.

6'4" and a shade over 180.


There oughtta be law!


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#74389 - 05/10/06 01:27 PM Re: diet, training and exercise [Re: fin.]  
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Relax Pete,

even if Maugh's metabolism probably would have killed him in a timeperiod with less food in the western world, he is still subject to cholesterol and other 'lifestyle' health hazards.
Maugh, you are not diabetic, are you?


The positive side to it, is that bodies like his are perfect for crew. Long, light, good reach. Can probably set and douse a spi really fast. Strength might be a problem tough..



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6'4" and a shade over 180.

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LOL,LOL,LOL,LOL,LOL,LOL If he stays on that diet it will be.

#74392 - 05/10/06 02:06 PM Re: diet, training and exercise [Re: fin.]  
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I am type I diabetic.

I also exercise a considerable amount.

For lunch today I had a "loaded" baked potato with butter (cream butter too! mmmm) sour cream, bacon bits, and chives.

yummy.

And for you endocrine nuts out there, my bolus for lunch was 12.5 units.

(the potato was rather large and fulla starchy carbs)

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