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Is exercising only at low intensity worthless?

If you don't work out like an "animal" you will turn into a vegetable.

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there are some gyms that have a "movie" room where there are some cycler machines, treadmills, etc.
the main problem I have with gyms I often get colds and flu from them. maybe get a good cycling machine where you can put a laptop/tablet on the front area to read or watch something.

I haven't tried it yet. Have not had a console gaming machine in over two decades. But the Wii or similar technology to simulate some martial arts, sword fighting or even tennis would be great.

Similar to holodeck contact martial arts training like "Tasha Yar" did in the 2nd episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation where the computer program constantly challenges. Not the fake fencing that Lt. Barkley did in his episodes..

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Back in university I would cycle maybe 3-4 times a week. I got some free shipping boxes from USPS and put together a makeshift desk using those boxes, where I would put together new parts for my bike (the black one below); grind bits of carbon fiber in my room - turns out to be a very bad idea as you get coughing spasms. But I was a kid and it was pretty fun.

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My roommates were rather privileged kids, and thought I had an issue somewhere. So when they learned that I couldn't swim, they made sure to drag me to the pool nearly every day and forced me to swim in front of the girls. Once you passed the swim test, you could go borrow a boat and row down the river, which was pretty nice. I think it was in Istanbul when I got a chance to watch The Social Network, and was pretty excited when I saw a scene that still looks the same now as it used to:

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Good times. Nowadays I just try to go to the gym once a week.

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As though your life depended on it

Because it does.

It's not that complicated to reclaim your fitness.

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Running yourself into the ground

How the cult of distance running destroys the heart.

Run for Your Life! At a comfortable pace, and not too far: James O'Keefe at TEDxUMKC - YouTube!

I never run for more than a couple of miles, but ride my bike thousands of miles a year.

Heart exam a few years ago with nuclear imaging did not show any problems.

But something funny has been happening to my eyes lately.... sometimes I can use them as headlights.

Distance running is brutally abusive. And yes, it is very cultish. And my necktie bounces around too much when I run.


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I've found getting and keeping in shape essential for trading, physically and mentally it is a good cycle: trade, exercise, trade, etc.

I have a few approaches. First is a few minutes burst of either squats, press ups or - wait for it - skipping. Not the schoolgirl kind, more the Rocky kind (boxers call it a speed rope to try to re-position it as more macho!). This is great to get me out of my chair, work out a loss or just to blow off steam.

Second is getting outside, I road bike (but just in the sunshine!) and this is great - although the better you get the more time it takes to get really worn out. I walk my dog Pip every day and run once a week with her.

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3 things that nobody mentioned yet. Goals, body types and age. Oversimplifying it, let's make 3 categories for each:

Body types:
a/ normal
b/ skinny
c/ muscular

Age:
a/ young (let's say up to 35)
b/ middle age (35-55)
c/ old (55+)

Goals: (multiple choice)
a/ weight loss
b/ muscle build
c/ stamina,cardio

So obviously a 25 years old muscular type who wants to build muscle needs a different workout than a 50 years old skinny type who just wants to keep in shape and build his stamina.
Personally, I am b,b,c, so I can't really build much muscle and I don't care about it much, also I never have problem with my weight, so I only want to increase my stamina. Since I also have lower back problems during the summer swimming is the best. I live in a hilly area and I have found that running fast uphill is much more intense and less boring than jogging and puts less tension on my discs. If the hill is steep enough, you can't even run, just go up fast.
Somebody mentioned a workout where short 30 seconds intense burst of energy is mixed with 90 seconds relaxation. That is exactly what I do when I run up on a short street that has an elevation difference of 42 or so feet. I do it about 8 times and I am pretty much done. With warm up and cooling down, 20 minutes....

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I bought an Amiigo on IndieGoGo:

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I have a Fitbit already but wanted something more powerful. I looked at the Basis and decided to go with the Amiigo, but the web interface on the Basis is impressive.

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I love to exercise via playing sports. I'd rather sweat and exert energy chasing a ball or beating an opponent than just filling my "workout" checkmark on a daily to-do list. I previously used to play tennis pretty frequently when I was a "guest" player at my dad's country club to help fill out foursomes for the club coordinators for free but lost that privilege when my dad got too feeble to play anymore and he dropped his membership. Looking for

Lately I play basketball about 2-3 times a week, usually at 6am Pacific time when the markets are opening so it makes it even harder for me to get screen time for trading (committed to more algo trading). On my other days I usually use my elliptical machine or go to the gym and do cardio, interval weights, and/or a basketball workout (intense shooting and dribbling drills).

I bought a Teeter Hangup 2+ years ago but have never used it since my back pain went away after we got our Sleep Number bed (my number is 70).

I do believe intense workouts are more meaningful, but they don't need to last more than 30-45minutes unless you're having fun at it.

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I bought a Teeter Hangup 2+ years ago but have never used it since my back pain went away after we got our Sleep Number bed (my number is 70).

Is it a hard setting? I realized that I can make soft beds harder by putting cardboards under the sheet (hotels,guest house). It lasts for a few days/weeks.

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