Jack (Skate), thanks very much for kicking-off the Week #3 Aerobic Exercise Challenge thread in my absence…I read the postings this morning to get caught-up. Stick-to-it-iveness is important in “exercising for life”, and it is important in a support forum like this thread, and so I genuinely appreciate everyone sticking-to-it and keeping the ball rolling here while I was off-line since last Friday.
And also thank you, Jack, for sharing a bit of your journey. I believe that when others here see that guys like you, and Ed (F8), who are now in the midst of, or are veterans of, a Hormone Therapy regimen and are both committed and enthusiastic about prolonging your lives and the quality of your life through healthy exercise…well, I believe that’s motivating for others.
There is an appropriate level of healthy exercise for everyone…not everyone can (or should) be getting their heart rate up to 190-ish bpms (wow, Ed!). A daily brisk walk for 30 minutes is an appropriate level that many guys here should be posting about…maybe taking it up a notch after building some stamina at that level (maybe not; it depends). The key is getting up and doing something!
· Doing something, like NEIrish has…in the last two weeks, he has started exercising, dropped 10 lbs, and now made a commitment to stick-to-it-iveness by joining a gym. Way to go!
· And like Herophilus…who overcame his own (self-proclaimed) “pity party” to commit himself to a “project” (my term) to improve quality of life—body, mind and spirit. Now, he’s doing adventure backpacking (see the beautiful scenery photos in his blog).
· And like Bob (pa69)…who has now verbally committed to the world (right here in this thread) that he is getting up off his butt, regaining an appropriate level of fitness, and will run his first 10K at age 71 (actually, 72 at the time of the scheduled run, I think?).
· And the others here who are doing what they can to prolong and improve quality of life, including those who have posted here this week like Galileo (and his 100 push-up challenge), and EdC and 60Michael and compiler—and others who have not yet posted in Week #3—who are all showing stick-to-it-iveness.
Thanks, again, Jack for kicking-off the Week #3 thread and keeping the interest and enthusiasm high.
I flew in from Key West last night, and reflected on what exercise I was able to do when away on vacation. I went bike riding every day; the shortest day was about 30 mins, and the longest day was about 90 mins. I was on a “beach cruiser”-style bike, so none of the riding was fast or strenuous, but all of it was enjoyable.
My beach-cruiser bike rides reminded me that getting exercise doesn’t have to involve getting uber-high heart rates—the brisk 30-minute daily walk is all that the prostate cancer patients did in the UCSF study. The study consisted of about 200 men with biopsy-confirmed prostate cancer. Half (the “study group”) underwent the lifestyle modifications consisting of exercise (walking), diet/nutrition and stress reduction, and the other half (the “control group”) made no lifestyle changes. After a year, the average PSA of the “control” group progressed (increased) pretty much “as expected" — largely mirroring the progression of the slice of a broader, general population who does nothing on their own to stop/slow PSA. In the other group, the “study group”, their PSA, as a marker for prostate cancer, actually reversed. Here’s a summary article of the results: LINK.
I also got in some kayaking in the Keys. My daughter wants to participate in this year’s Annual (35th) Swim Around Key West (LINK), and wanted to get some distance ocean swimming in, so I accompanied her in a kayak for about 90 mins. She & I also took a 2-man kayak out for about 90 mins yesterday (Tuesday), but mostly kicked-back and rode the incoming tide through some mangrove-lined canal/creek...actual paddling only at the end for about the last 30-mins.
Back to the “Y” this morning before work.
Date: Tuesday, 26Jan11
Aerobic Exercise: 25 mins on elliptical
· Distance = 2.5 miles
· Heart rate max = 120. Stuck to “gatherer” mode (versus “hunter” mode) the whole time. Listened to some old Carlos Santana music on the iPod this morning.