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  1. newguy United Kingdom

    newguy Well-Known Member

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    I usually wait until the summer to start improving my diet and exercising more, but I just signed up for a month at the local swimming pool, so am going to go every week day to try to get in better shape. After that I might switch to running - but I have a dodgy ankle so who knows. Anyone else starting to think about fitness plans or already embarking on them?
     
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    Training for ironman uk in 2014, so 18months to that. Come from a bike background so plenty of that this summer (if it arrives) with a few sportives, and maybe a short triathlon in between.
     
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    I just started to exercise more too, I spend too much time sitting around working on the laptop and it shows.

    It's all about focus, motivation and will power. Not point walking an hour and not eating well so working on that too.

    I've walked at least an hour every day so far this week (I hate the gym it's so boring). Ipod primed with some good tunes and I'm sorted plus it helps I'm in warm weather.

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    tifosa - Training for Iron Man sounds about as heavy duty as it comes. Cardio wise it must be the pinnacle. How many hours training would you tend to put in a week at the height of your training?

    Admin - I tend to be the same. I get fairly fit, then there's a set back or life gets in the way and I let my fitness slip. I sit around and although my diet doesn't go totally out of the window, it's not far off it.

    When I hurt my ankle a while back and was recovering, I started going on walks too. It's something I never thought I'd get into, but I regularly walked 2-3 miles a day for a few months.
     
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    Currently averaging 10 sessions a week. Only live 1 mile from gym so swim at lunch, bike at weekends (until clocks change), spin-bike, run & weights. Roughly 8-10hrs per week. Short sessions & odd 2-3hr bike at weekends. Fits in well atm. Getting my money's worth from David Lloyds. Been a sports geek for 25+yrs so just normal really, just the sports have changed.
     
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    I was joined to the local gym but since having my daughter for the last few years I go down the play gym that really keeps me fit :D

     
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    We live and learn about people.
    Good on you.
     
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    Wow, that's dedication for you. When I was swimming last time around I did manage to build up to a mile a time by the end, which was a real achievement for me, as I never anticipated doing such a thing. I think I'd struggle to throw other stuff into the mix with that too though. Sounds like you've got good structure to your routine, which is fundamental I suppose! Nice one!!
     
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    Buns of steel! :)
     
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    London Marathon for me next month, 11 years since I last did it aged 30, taken me that long to get a place again.

    Been training for the last 6 months through all the horrendous weather, not a gym member, so all outside for me. Feel like I'm back to a similar fitness level I was at when I last did it, lost a stone and addicted to running again. Usual run is about 10 miles in about 1hr 20 mins which is the same I was doing when I was younger. Goes to show, age shouldn't stop you from pushing yourself, 42 now :( How anybody can run 26 miles in just over 2 hrs... that is unbelievable.

    Also a very keen cyclist but road bike is hanging in the garage collecting dust.. Next challenge is to learn to swim properly, face in the water etc and have a crack at a triathlon.
     
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    I have just started back at the gym, developing a personal trainers website in exchange for training. Working on my posture mainly as I sit here all day, it needs straightening out.
     
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    I enjoy, walking, gardening and cycling. Although with the latter, I tend to stop at every country pub I pass so perhaps a little counter productive :).

    With the weather being so crap these last 12 months, I also recently took up badminton – which I'm really enjoying.

    If I get no or very little exercise, I get a bit depressed – especially working from home with only myself for company until the evening. I'm not much of a gym person either, so find the above mix works well for me.

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    Sounds like you're well into your training. I did enter the draw for the marathon a couple of years back but was unsuccessful. Might go down the charity route in future, though raising 1-2k isn't easy!

    Clever idea :). Hope it goes well.

    I'm the same. If I don't expel energy through exercise, I just end up using it to worry about all kind of pointless things anyway! It helps to provide a bit more purpose and routine.
     
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    I agree, sport & competing has kept me sane over the years, probably literally. I wasn't pleasant to be around when I stopped racing! :)

    Everyone has their vice. Wine, women, beer, fags, money, work, footy, whatever. Mine is sport. Probably worse ones to have. Though the number of niggling injuries is annoying as I get owd.
     
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    I've stuck to doing bodyweight exercises at home while I lost weight - down to 85kg from 111 - 15-20 mins a night 4/5 nights a week. Introduced uphill sprints a few weeks ago and love 'em - best thing I do I think. I've never been one for doing long cardio so it suits me...15 minutes and I'm done - it's like a full body workout.

    Tifosi - you're not far from me...if you ever need a training partner.....don't ask me - you sound like a mad man ;-)
     
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    The start of the year always means getting back into shape for me after slacking when winter comes and xmas!
    I try and hit the gym up about 4 times a week and also play some footy outside of this.

    All I know is when i'm in good shape I feel mentally about 5 times better than when not, it's amazing the boost it gives you
     
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    Some amazing exercise routines here! Whao! These last couple of years I have stuck to running up and down the stairs while my excercise bike gathers dust. I took a 45 minute walk about a month ago and nearly got paralysed :lol: . Gotta join a gym soon as I love swimming and weight-lifting.
     
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