Want to burn calories and lose weight it is hard to beat cycling. On a per hour basis can burn more than running because faster you go more wind resistance. It is also very low impact. I try to get on my road bike at least 5 times a week and love it. Loving it is key for me to keep doing it. Very hard to exercise long term if you hate it. Only drawback is once you get into cycling will find yourself spending more and more money but beats spending money at the Dr's office.
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A good read related to this is Younger Next Year by Crowley and Lodge. It is an entertaining and beneficial discussion of how our bodies age and strategies to slow the process. Lodge is Crowley's doctor. I highly recommend it.
My exercise regimen consists of alternating cycling and weight lifting 3x a week for both with a weekly yoga class thrown in. I think it is important that whatever you do can be initiated with little effort and time involved so that conflicting priorities aren't as likely to prevent you from exercising.
I'm blessed with great bike trails I can access from my front door. I used to run when I was younger and only started biking a couple years ago. I enjoy cycling so much more and find it more interesting than running though I have a treadmill I have to utilize during the winter. Wear a helmet!!!!
Weight lifting is nothing more than a bench and some adjustable barbells at the house. Enough to keep me toned.
I thoroughly enjoy the benefits of yoga. I studied tae kwon do when I was younger and the stretching provided by yoga is very similar to the warmups we used to do.
For me the combination of the three and the ability to do them all with minimal trouble make them work for me.
I do foil and saber fencing. The best cardio work out you can find. I would say that fencing is very similar to trading, since one has to have patience, discipline and endurance to find right moment to make your move.
I have tried many different spots in my life, but found fencing to be the sport. Have been fencing for the last 35 years or more. LOL
Sport of for a gentleman!!!!
I am living in the middle of the town next to the river.
About every second day I go jogging along the river.
In the summertime (if weather is OK) I go swimming in the river (there is a place with showers and a bar 2 minutes away). I like it as other muscles are used (and the holiday feeling...).
In the afternoon/early evening (when the US markets have lunchtime) I am often in the forest where is a running trail with some basic gym stuff like high bar, rings, parallel bars etc.
That's my base stuff. I do it in an easy way without big effort and bite. It is to be away from the markets, to change my mind and to keep the body alive. It is all simple stuff that I find around my place.
My main sport is cycling (mountain bike and more and more racing bike). During the week I take rides a bit out of the town with some little hills. The weekend I am in the Alps where I am cycling over the passes. That's what I really like (up and down).
Gadgets I don't use. Keep it simple. The only thing: I cannot run without an iPod.
I do like the idea of the Mercola, Tabata, Peak 8 style approach, where instead of continuous low or medium exercise for a long period of time, you perform one exercise at the highest intensity you can for 30 seconds, then rest for 90 seconds and repeat the cycle 8 times. You supposedly get more benefits from this style of exercise, and you get your entire exercise routine done in 20 minutes total, of which 16 minutes is resting/recovery, but by the end of the session you are dying! The video is about 20 minutes long, which is the entire exercise session. In the video he is using a recumbent bike, but any type of exercise can be used. There's a great line around the 5th cycle, 'The 1st 10 seconds are not too bad, the next 10 seconds are pretty hard, the last 10 seconds are the worst 10 seconds of your life'
Indeed, I love HIIT! After being ill for about 18 months, I now run every day again. I do Tabata sprints (20 second max, 10 sec rest, 8 times) three times a week, on a soccer field halfway through my regular 3 mile run. I've been doing Tabata sprints on and off for 8 years; it's an excellent way to get in shape. The problem is that it is addictive, and it makes a regular run feel like nothing -- it's easy to overdo it.
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Any avid mountain bikers here? I find mountain biking to be one of the best workouts for cardio provided you're pushing it. I also sprint up hills but the biking on hills and rough terrain seems to be a lot better on the body (without crashing of course).
Also, anyone mountain biking in more desert like areas seeing a lot of snakes lately? Or worse run any over? It's obviously snake season and the thought of running into one of these guys is pretty scary! Especially the Rattlers... I've seen their trails across the dusty fire roads and there's some BIG ones out there!
Lived many many good years in Whistler BC, mountain bikers paradise... my dream is to bike and ski everyday... used to get in 100 days of skiing every year, an addiction, I can just do it all day every day, same with the mountain biking in the summer... it's four long years now, sitting here, this is hell, how I wish that I could focus my attention on skiing and biking... that said, mountain biking has gotten completely insane in Whistler... they have spent tens of millions converting the ski runs into summer downhill mbike runs, the injuries are just horrific...