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Old 09-10-2012, 09:54 PM   #11
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Well I looked into the water exercise classes at our local pool. Well, Winthrop wanted them to sign off on a bunch of rules before they would agree to pay the $30.00 yearly fee. They refused. I wasn't surprised. It really ticked me off. Right around the corner from the pool, is a fully staffed emergency room.

I can't walk too far. I have large calcium deposits on my left hip and spine near the coccyx bone. Hence the scooter. I would love to exercise. But aside from the pain, I get out of breath so easily. And then there is the chest pain. The PT department is no help. They suggested I join the group class. I have watched them. Wiggling my toes and shaking my hands is not what I have in mind. The group consists mainly of Alzheimer patients. It is designed to keep their limbs moving. As the disease progresses, the lims become stiff. I may just join the water class on my own and pay the thirty dollars. I will make them aware of my health problems. I will go at my own pace. I am open to any suggestions.
I think water exercises would be really good for you, Addie. You wouldn't need to join a class. Hop in, walk a bit, use a noodle or kickboard, and go slow. Hang on to the side and kick. Wave your arms underwater. Walk some more. Stretch. Just do what you feel comfortable doing. I would imagine the pool has a lifeguard. No reason to pay for a class.
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Old 09-10-2012, 10:12 PM   #12
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I think water exercises would be really good for you, Addie. You wouldn't need to join a class. Hop in, walk a bit, use a noodle or kickboard, and go slow. Hang on to the side and kick. Wave your arms underwater. Walk some more. Stretch. Just do what you feel comfortable doing. I would imagine the pool has a lifeguard. No reason to pay for a class.
I need to get a bathing suit first. The thirty dollars is the fee for joining the public gym. Not just the pool. And they have an EMT/lifeguard on duty everyday.
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Old 09-10-2012, 10:19 PM   #13
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Eating better, biking and Escrima. Biking is great; its all I use for transport. In my town you don't really need a vehicle to cross it. 15 minutes from one side to the other on a bike. Escrima is brilliant; Philippino stick fighting. It derived when Japan invaded the Philippines. Kali and judo mostly. The original weapon of choice for Escrima are machetes and blades. It's the most fun I've had getting my ass beat in a good while. The pounds are coming off at a healthy rate. I've lost 35lbs in 4 months.
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Old 09-10-2012, 10:25 PM   #14
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I need to get a bathing suit first. The thirty dollars is the fee for joining the public gym. Not just the pool. And they have an EMT/lifeguard on duty everyday.
So what are you waiting for? Go get a bathing suit!

Thirty dollars for a year is really cheap. A pool is also good for getting out the kinks and for just plain relaxing. A noodle under your arms or behind your back, just float or kick around gently. The warm water feels great, just don't go in after the preschool class....there's a reason the water feels warm....
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Eating better, biking and Escrima. Biking is great; its all I use for transport. In my town you don't really need a vehicle to cross it. 15 minutes from one side to the other on a bike. Escrima is brilliant; Philippino stick fighting. It derived when Japan invaded the Philippines. Kali and judo mostly. The original weapon of choice for Escrima are machetes and blades. It's the most fun I've had getting my ass beat in a good while. The pounds are coming off at a healthy rate. I've lost 35lbs in 4 months.
Sounds fascinating! Congrats on the weight loss!
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Old 09-10-2012, 11:42 PM   #16
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Yesterday was mountain biking, today was a walk after supper. We try to do something every day. In the winter we Wii.
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Old 09-11-2012, 05:05 AM   #17
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We are quite active, so other than curling 1x a week in the summer, I lift hand weights when I'm watching TV and use one of those "stretch bands" for my legs. I also go up and down the stairs at least 12-15x a day (one of the reasons I set up the "excess kitchen stuff" storage area in the basement, the laundry is there as well, and, in the winter, I have to stoke the woodstove). If I'm not carrying anything, I "jog" up or down. I walk the dog about 2-3x / week when the weather is right. I am looking forward to bringing my NordicTrac in so I can use that again as well.

I've "shrunk" 2 jean sizes since I changed when I eat my big meal of the day (breakfast), (eggs, greens, whole grains), cut out bread (I have the odd piece now and again), and cut out almost all sweets.
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Old 09-11-2012, 03:07 PM   #18
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I'll be the first to admit that I probably don't exercise as much as I should, but I have a real hard time with treadmills and the like. Try as I might, I get antsy after I'm on one for 10 minutes and just feel like the enjoyment factor is non-existent.

Having said that, I do like being outdoors, and spend a lot of evenings working around the house and yard. I also like swimming, walking, or biking when I can. I realize that doesn't constitute an organized fitness regimen, but I figure doing something is far better than sitting around watching television.

One thing I would also like to do is work some weight training into my life. I used to enjoy that when I was younger.
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I do about 40 minutes in the pool every day using the belt so I can stay suspended in deep water. It has helped with my arthritis and mobility but when the water starts getting too cool, I'll be back on the treadmill and that isn't much fun.
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A friend of mine lives in a building with a pool...I keep trying to get over there to swim, but our schedules just don't align. I love to swim, but living in the country, it means driving someplace. I believe in doing things that one likes--I grew up swimming, love to be in the water. I would love an indoor swim lane <g>. I also did a lot of xc skiing, so a Nordic track made sense to me. It just hasn't made it back in the house. We also snow shoe a lot in the winter. And, I used to lift weights, so having the handweights handy when watching TV, I do pick them up and use them, as well as the band, while watching TV.
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