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serafena
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   Posted 9/26/2008 12:31 PM (GMT -7)   
I know I need to move more to stay healthy, but I'm not very enthusiastic about exercise. Could those of you who are tell me what your favorite exercises to do are and why?

Thanks,
serafena
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   Posted 9/26/2008 5:34 PM (GMT -7)   

Hey

To start i lift weight 4 times a week,although its not everybodys cup of tea i really enjoy it. Several medical tests have proven its one of the most effective ways to ward off depression. After a heavy work out feeling is hard to match.

Walk the dog, something i do every evening no matter what mood im in, always feel great after and the dog loves it too.

I always try to swim once a week,one off the best cardio workout s there is and i love the water.

 

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   Posted 9/26/2008 9:55 PM (GMT -7)   

Serafena, I wouldn't say I am enthusiastic about it, but since the spine surgery two years ago, and the nerve damage that I had to come back from to have the use of my left leg, I don't have a choice but to work out as part of my regular maintenance, or one day I won't be able to walk well (or at all).  SO....here is what I do.  At least 2 times a week, I take a book that I call my "work out book" to the gym with me and I do the bike (7-10 minutes), and treadmill (25-45 minutes @ between 2.6-3.0mph - depending on how my body is doing that day) and I read.  My rule is that I can ONLY read the chosen book (whatever it is) while working out.  So as I ride or walk, I read.  Then I do my mandatory stretching, and strength training (per my therapy instructions) and POOF, I am done.  It is not too horrible this way, and if I am regular about it, I do feel better.  It takes just over an hour for everything.  If I am REALLY good, I do it 3 to 4 times a week (altering lighter and heavier workouts as I have to go slow and steady or I pay the price and start walking funny and have nerve pain).  But if I do it right...I REALLY do feel stronger.  Hope that helps.  Hugs, LFW


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   Posted 9/27/2008 7:16 PM (GMT -7)   
My favorite exercise is walking/hiking especially in the woods. I find being in nature very peaceful. I try to go as often as possible when the weather is not too hot/cold or just plain icky. I find it very relaxing and it barely feels like I am exercising at all and that is the best part about it.
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   Posted 9/28/2008 9:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Serafena-

I make my fiance walk around the lake near our house at least once a week. He always feels better after exercising, and, as an added bonus, there's ducks, beavers, geese, turtles, etc. to check out during our trek. It keeps it interesting and doesn't seem as much a chore as walking a track etc. It's also a nice time for us to catch up and chat after the work-week.
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