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DoktorSkell
SILVER Member since Jan 2005

DoktorSkell

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Location: Van Diemans Land

Total posts: 475
Posted:Well. I have done it.

I have decided that if i dont get into good habits of keeping myself strong and healthy now when i am only 19. I am going to be doomed when i get older.

Today after work i am going to go to the gym and sign myself up.
I will go to the gym Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays after work for several hours.

I am going to cut all the crap out of my diet as well. Stuff that i shouldnt miss as long as i replace it.

Instead of Soda and coffee its now green tea and fruit juice.
no more McDonalds or any other fast food.
Daal instead of Beef Vindaloo.
Salads and mushrooms and beans, lentils
i would say fruit but i am allergic to most fruits.

Pasta, Rice. less red meat.

and practising my Poi and juggling will help my mind.

I figure if i stick to these rules i will be all the better off.

Plus, i am the skinny weakling type. i need to work out

Well. thats my life changing desicion guys. Be good to eachother, and take care of yourselves ubbangel


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it shines at night but fades too soon
fair luna moon, fair luna bright
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onewheeldave
GOLD Member since Aug 2002

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: sheffield

Total posts: 3252
Posted:My tip for the gym, as far as making yourself bigger, is that less can be better than more: -

First reason, and most important, is that for long term progress, the most impotant thing is a sustained routine, that is integrated into your general lifestyle.

While hour-long, frequent workouts may be fine in the first enthusiastic flush of good intentions, they'll soon become a drag weeks or months down the line (especially when you've had a tiring day).

Best thing is a short schedule that is actually enjoyable, and that leaves you feeling energised, rather than sapped.

For most people with normal lives and commitments, that could be around 15-20 minutes 2/3 times a week.


Written by: DoktorSkell

Today after work i am going to go to the gym and sign myself up.
I will go to the gym Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays after work for several hours.




Not only is that going to be difficult to sustain in the long-term; it could also lead to over-training i.e. a loss of musle mass and increased tiredness/colds/infections etc.

Over than that, good luck with your quest for health smile


"You can't outrun Death forever.
But you can make the Bastard work for it."

--MAJOR KORGO KORGAR,
"Last of The Lancers"
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Konsti


Konsti

lovable smart-ass
Location: vineyards, Vienna, Austria

Total posts: 785
Posted:ey skell

i pulled off that kind of routine for the last 10 months. it has really made me feel better, stronger, healthier.

good luck, its really worth it...



but you have to have something to really motivate you...


"is optimism in austria just a lack of information?"
-Alfred Dorfer

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Carnival


Carnival

member
Location: Tasmania

Total posts: 51
Posted:Fweeeeeee~ *joins Forum's just to post*
z0mg~ Skell turns over a NEW LEAF. 83 Fweeeeeeee~

Well I'm all for it..! And good luck with maintaining it man,... ((that the hardest part)) and..... .... ... ..-red meant is good for you- >.> *prod*


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Domino
SILVER Member since May 2004

UnNatural Scientist - Currently working on a Breville-legged monkey
Location: Bath Uni or Shrewsbury, UK

Total posts: 757
Posted:Good on you. I tell myself I'm going to do what you're doing at least 5 times a day. Good luck (no hint of sarcasm, I SHOULD bloody well get on with it too, there's no reason why I can't, I just don't)

Give me a lever long enough and a place to stand and I can beat the world into submission.

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ben-ja-men
GOLD Member since Jun 2003

ben-ja-men

just lost .... evil init
Location: Adelaide

Total posts: 2474
Posted:Written by: Konsti

but you have to have something to really motivate you...



posing in front of the mirror after a workout worked well for me kept me motivated and training at the gym 4-5 times a week for 2 years solid. Narcesistic as it is nothing keeps u motivated like seeing the results. posing also actually increases ur gains as when u tense and hold at the end of the work out its that bit extra stress on the muscles. most pro body builders actually hit their peak a day or two after the competition as a result.


Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourself, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous and talented? Who are you NOT to be?

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ado-p
GOLD Member since May 2004

ado-p

Pirate Ninja
Location: Galway/Ireland

Total posts: 3882
Posted:i wish i could go to the gym

i just felt so crap around all those fit people though.


Love is the law.

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TheBovrilMonkey
SILVER Member since Sep 2001

TheBovrilMonkey

Liquid Cow
Location: High Wycombe, England

Total posts: 2629
Posted:On a sort of related topic...

I'm fairly sure that a fair while ago someone posted a club swinging fitness routine used by the canadian military.
I was planning to give it a try since I've not been able to stick with the routines I've tried in the past.

However, since my google-fu is weak, I can't find it, anyone else know where to look for it?


But there's no sense crying over every mistake. You just keep on trying till you run out of cake.

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Vixen
SILVER Member since Jan 2004

Vixen

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Oxfordshire/Wiltshire

Total posts: 3276
Posted:Good Luck to you.

i wish i had the motivation to be able to live that kind of lifestyle. i feel unhealthy alot of the time and i need someone to really push me into sorting it out. xxx


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Cloudscape
SILVER Member since Aug 2004

Cloudscape

Member
Location: Dublin

Total posts: 62
Posted:Good luck. I've recently started back going to the gym. I've been three times a week for about the last month. I agree with one wheel drive - find a routine that you can sustain. This applies to food too - don't cut out everything 'bad' to the point where you're not enjoying food otherwise you won't be able to keep it up.

My tip for eating healthy is to read "not on the label". I think it's by Felicity Lawrence - it basically tells you what's in all the processed food we eat nowadays and should put you off eating stuff that's not good for you for a while.

Anywho, best of luck.


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Doc Lightning
GOLD Member since May 2001

Doc Lightning

HOP Mad Doctor
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA

Total posts: 13920
Posted:It took months for me to get my ultimate motivation although the "swimmers high" was pretty good.

I remember looking in the mirror sometime around late November 2000 and seeing...abs. I actually jumped for joy when that happened.

Exercising with one or more workout partners (whether it's a swim team or a group that goes to play soccer or whatever) is key.

So how's it going?


-Mike )'(
Certified Mad Doctor and HoP High Priest of Nutella

"A buckuht 'n a hooze!" -Valura

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quiet


quiet

analytic
Location: bristol

Total posts: 503
Posted:I got really ill after I graduated, after three years of abusing my body very badly. and my brain.

loads of booze, drugs, smoking, no exercise, and eating crap. a bit of a no-brainer, that one.

improving your diet and doing exercise [and cutting down on toxic stuff] is well worth it.

*cough* stating the bloody obvious *cough*

although i agree that motivation for stuff like ^^ can be slightly tricky. anyone got any suggestions?


ture na sig

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Pele
BRONZE Member since Dec 2000

Pele

the henna lady
Location: WNY, USA

Total posts: 6193
Posted:I really commend you for making these choices, but it looks like a really cold turkey kind of thing, which as mentioned, can be difficult to sustain.



Don't cut out all of your vices from your diet. They are fine, once in awhile, and are actually good for you to have. If you deny yourself something, then you will crave it more.

By not denying yourself and simply eating less of it, you will find your cravings will end and you will enjoy it as a treat more.

This would mean McD's once a week instead of once a day, or cutting your coffee down to one cup in the morning type stuff.



Eventually you will find some of these things will phase completely out of your diet altogether, but in a natural way, not a forced way that will make you miss, and ultimately crave, them.



I did that with alot of foods I used to eat fairly regularly. I think we have fast food maybe 5 times a year now. I almost never eat chocolate or french fries anymore, and I don't really want to.



Red Meat is not bad for you in moderation. In fact, if you are attempting to add muscle and strengthen up, you will want natural protiens in your diet.

A diet based of 40% protien, 30% carbs, 30% fats (non-sat kind are best) is actually *very* good for you, as long as where you are getting those percentages from is pretty healthy.



In going to the gym, some things to think about, 30 min of aerobic exercise 3x a week is recommended and this can be gotten outside of the gym. Take a walk. Dance. Spinning (while moving the body). Bike. Swim. These are all tremendous workouts and are fully under-rated.

In weight lifting, especially when starting, you should give your muscles a chance to rest a full day between workouts. Usually 2 sets of 10-15 reps is recommended without stressing the muscles. Make sure that you are using the proper weight. It shouldn't always feel like a struggle, and it should not be too easy either. Check your form to make sure you are doing the exercise properly, so as to not strain anything unintentionally.



Also, warm up the body with a bit of aerobic exerise *before* your stretch.



Also if you do not want to bulk up but want to strength train, try looking into yoga or pilates at your gym. Both of these are incredible and made for this purpose, as well as balancing the mind and body.



Hope this helps!

Hugs!


Pele
Higher, higher burning fire...making music like a choir
"Oooh look! A pub!" -exclaimed after recovering from a stupid fall
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Doc Lightning
GOLD Member since May 2001

Doc Lightning

HOP Mad Doctor
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA

Total posts: 13920
Posted:Motivation? At 27 I can outrun, outswim, out-jump, and outlast most 19-year-olds I know. And I feel like I did when I was 16-17.

That's motivation enough.


-Mike )'(
Certified Mad Doctor and HoP High Priest of Nutella

"A buckuht 'n a hooze!" -Valura

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Skwirrelle
SILVER Member since Mar 2005

Skwirrelle

newbie
Location: Townsville, QLD

Total posts: 7
Posted:I already play sport once a week but when i decided i needed to a push to make me work out more often i took up coaching junior sport and told my teams that i would never ask them to do anything that i wouldn't do... so now every training session i do all the fitness as well... i have to now, no matter how i feel because otherwise i get ganged up on by ten 11yr old girls... haha
Cheers,
Meg.


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ImmortalAngel
SILVER Member since Jan 2004

Scientist!
Location: Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Total posts: 578
Posted:My brother just decided to do the same thing, and I'll give you the same advice I gave him smile

Keep it up, find someone to go through it with and keep you with it (hopefully someone who already has a similar schedule or can work you into their work out sessions etc...). My brother started coming to my martial arts and working out and cardio before, he just signed up for a year's membership, so if he doesn't come, he's out a good thousand dollars, and that's a nice bit of motivation in it's self.

As well Make sure to stretch too biggrin All that working out with out stretching can lead to nasty injuries :S Plus Stretching before and after makes EVERYTHING feel much nicer biggrin


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onewheeldave
GOLD Member since Aug 2002

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: sheffield

Total posts: 3252
Posted:A couple of people have mentioned that it's important to get a friend or too involved so you stay more motivated etc.

I suspect that that's true for many people, but it's definitly not true for everyone.

I for example, prefer to train alone for the vast majority of the time- when I have trained with others I've generally found them to be too unmotivated.

I guess by nature I tend more towards being a loner, but that applies to a significant portion of the population.

I suspect that in the juggling/spinning community, which is a community based on skills which can easily be learnt in isolation (unlike for example, football, tennis etc) there could perhaps be a relatively high portion of people who would do well training alone.


"You can't outrun Death forever.
But you can make the Bastard work for it."

--MAJOR KORGO KORGAR,
"Last of The Lancers"
AFC 32


Educate your self in the Hazards of Fire Breathing STAY SAFE!

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Doc Lightning
GOLD Member since May 2001

Doc Lightning

HOP Mad Doctor
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA

Total posts: 13920
Posted:I find that the first 2 weeks or so of a new exercise regimen are the toughest. After that you start to get in shape a bit and you feel the difference...

After about 4 weeks, you may find yourself addicted. biggrin


-Mike )'(
Certified Mad Doctor and HoP High Priest of Nutella

"A buckuht 'n a hooze!" -Valura

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Mistress_Maledicti


Heaven doesn't want me, and Hell is afraid I'll take over
Location: Wolverhampton

Total posts: 192
Posted:Congratulations on the big decision! I quite like going to the gym but my biggest problem is finding the time for it. I eventually settled on two regular days to go and then fitting in an extra session as and when time allows.

There's plenty of good advice on here for you, mine is pretty much the same - don't spend hours at a time in the gym, once those first couple of weeks of feeling virtuous wear off, you'll just be bored. Stick to a short-ish routine, increasing reps rather than weights if you don't want to bulk up too much. Also, if your gym has a full set of Kaiser equipment (or similar), you should be able to get a full workout in 30 minutes without the danger of muscle damage 'cos it's a hydraulic system.

My next project is going to be a low-carb diet. Oh joys.

sin


"Abashed, the Devil stood and saw how awful Goodness is"

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BurningByron


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Location: Australia

Total posts: 340
Posted:respect

HOW TO FLY 101:
step 1. Throw your self at the ground.
step 2. Miss.

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Fearpig
BRONZE Member since Sep 2003

Fearpig

member - tee hee "member"
Location: Bethnal Green, London

Total posts: 279
Posted:Have more sex!

I love keeping fit but hate gyms. I cycle lots and now its getting to summer again I do circus stuff for 20 mins every day. You can use heavy kit for greater resistance, imagine doing poi with a bag of sugar on each poi!

Whatever you do make sure you enjoy doing it as keeping fit can take up a lot of your time.


"Whats wrong with the cat?" - Mrs Schrdinger

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Nate
BRONZE Member since Aug 2004

Nate

Groovy ga watashi no namae desu!
Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire, England

Total posts: 1530
Posted:see i have said to myself for the past year or so "im gunna stop eating all this s**tty food" never do though

and god knows i couldnt go a week without tequila


I like Languages.

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monkeynamedspank


monkeynamedspank

Padawan
Location: Bolton

Total posts: 197
Posted:I can't seem to be unfit no matter how much crap i eat. I can't gain weight, don't get completely knackered when i run. Dunno what it is but it's weird.

Damn the addictiveness of forums! (Or should it be addictivity?)

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TheBovrilMonkey
SILVER Member since Sep 2001

TheBovrilMonkey

Liquid Cow
Location: High Wycombe, England

Total posts: 2629
Posted:Git wink

But there's no sense crying over every mistake. You just keep on trying till you run out of cake.

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