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Fitness Weekly Discussion

What have you been doing lately for your own fitness? Try out any new programs or exercises? Have any questions for others about your training? Want to vent about poor behavior in the gym? Started a new diet or have a new recipe you want to share? Anything else health and wellness related?

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    mftrhu
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    I have not been doing much lately, but I'd like to. Even if there should be gyms nearby, I know I won't bother with them - for multiple reasons - so I'd like an exercise program that I can do at...

    I have not been doing much lately, but I'd like to. Even if there should be gyms nearby, I know I won't bother with them - for multiple reasons - so I'd like an exercise program that I can do at home.

    I was looking at /r/bodyweight, but it looks like half of those exercises either require additional equipment - which is not that big of a deal, there's a Decathlon nearby - or involve squats and jumps. My knees really dislike squats, and I don't think that my neighbors would appreciate my jumping up and down: I'm hefty, and the floors are quite thin.

    Before my trip, I was trying out the seven-minutes workout, but even then - squats. Jumping jacks. Lack of an exercise mat. Lack of chairs I'd trust to not disassemble on me. Basically, just a short session involving wall sits, push-ups, crunches, chair squats, and lunges, if possibly with poor form.

    I'm not really aiming at anything beyond "getting fit", which will hopefully let me to not be short on breath after less than a km of brisk walk, and my knees/back not hurting as much (which are probably also due to my poor posture, which I'm not sure I can correct at this point in time). Any suggestions are welcome.

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      zetashift
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      This helped me in some tough times: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c5RmFuhMW3E . If you're knees hurt from squatting I would check that out, that should not happen. Also DO NOT do exercises with...

      This helped me in some tough times: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c5RmFuhMW3E .
      If you're knees hurt from squatting I would check that out, that should not happen.
      Also DO NOT do exercises with poor form. I'm no personal trainer, but doing those exercises in poor form is really bad for you in the long run and won't make you healthier.
      For posture, which I also had some real issues with because I sit behind a computer all day this helped but you need a band for it(they're dirt cheap and honestly worth it it): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SYr6lbx68n8 , his other videos about postures are also well worth the watch.
      Besides these things, diet is key.

      EDIT: Also hoping others can share their experiences, I rarely give out fitness tips, cause I always feel like some d-bag if I give advice when I'm not a pro at this).

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      1. smores
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        Thank you so much for that video about posture. I’ve always been frustrated by my rolled forward shoulders, and have never had any success making progress toward better posture. Those exercises...

        Thank you so much for that video about posture. I’ve always been frustrated by my rolled forward shoulders, and have never had any success making progress toward better posture. Those exercises seem like a great place to start. Thanks again!

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      2. mftrhu
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        Thanks! That looks simple enough to implement without messing up, and I can definitely find ten minutes of time for it. Probably, but I wouldn't know what to do about them - I'm not used to...

        This helped me in some tough times: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c5RmFuhMW3E .

        Thanks! That looks simple enough to implement without messing up, and I can definitely find ten minutes of time for it.

        If you're knees hurt from squatting I would check that out, that should not happen.

        Probably, but I wouldn't know what to do about them - I'm not used to navigating the national health services - and they have always hurt, as far as I can remember. They don't hurt when doing chair squats, though, and that's what I was doing - I'm not one to continue doing what my body is telling me to stop.

        For posture, [...]

        I'll definitely check them out. My biggest problem is that I'm trying to not out myself at work - not yet, anyway - and that I don't want to start binding, so I spend a lot of time slouching. I'm not sure if a few minutes of exercises a day would even change anything in this situation.

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  2. vegai
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    I've been doing a dual set of weight training: 1st set is pushups and crunches (biceps, pecs, abs and butt) 2nd set freeweights doing biceps, wrists, abs, upper body and back -- started with 5kg,...

    I've been doing a dual set of weight training:

    • 1st set is pushups and crunches (biceps, pecs, abs and butt)
    • 2nd set freeweights doing biceps, wrists, abs, upper body and back -- started with 5kg, currently 10kg, trying to climb up slowly but steadily)

    I do three reps: x, x-5 and x-10, with x rising/lowering steadily as I progress/regress. I started at x1=x2=11 a year ago when I had not a lot of muscle mass. Right now x1=25, x2=16. Takes about 10-15 minutes to do the whole set.

    There was a single magic thing I did to get into the flow of this practice. I noticed that the worst problem was a lack of continuity. It's very easy to exercise for a few weeks and then stop -- and then be utterly discouraged because you're being lazy. I fixed this by planning only the next day when I exercise and not a single further. Whenever I finished a set, I would go to my calendar, strike out today's exercise and write down when I'll do the next, and whatever the next x should be.

    In addition to these, when the temperature is above 5C (which is about 1/3 of the year where I live), I also go jogging few times a week. This fall, I started doing taekwondo, which is superb for mobility, especially for lower body. I tried asthanga yoga for a while, and even though I liked it a lot, I got permanent back damage from it.

    I have about 6-8kg too much weight. Not a lot, but I'd like to get rid of it. I'm currently trying to fix that with intermittent fasting. On a sunday, my last meal is the dinner (17-18 o'clock) and the next will be dinner on monday. So skipping three consecutive meals per week. This seems to be working -- my weight has steadily been going down since I started. Christmas probably cancelled most of that progress, but it's nice to have a tool that seems to work :)

    At the office, I mostly work standing up. It's a bit of a problem sometimes -- I've been doing this for years now and my body's adapted to the idea that sitting down means resting. It's now even more difficult to stay awake in a sitting meeting...

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  3. emdash
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    I'm back into it! I'm a super-statistics oriented guy, so seeing visuals and metrics for my fitness helps me immensely. I'm pre-preparing for 2020—where my goal is 10,000 workout calories burnt in...

    I'm back into it! I'm a super-statistics oriented guy, so seeing visuals and metrics for my fitness helps me immensely. I'm pre-preparing for 2020—where my goal is 10,000 workout calories burnt in January, incrementing by 1,000 a month after that until December—by aiming for 8,000 workout calories this month. I'm really close: currently at 7695 calories, which I'm able to accomplish with mostly 4-5km walks daily, and an occasional bike ride and row. It's kinda' not nice weather outside right now so for today's exercise I hopped on my rowing machine instead.

    January's plan is to do my first runs again in a while—I could probably immediately do a 5k right now if I wanted, but that'd probably push my body in negative ways so I'll save it for next month. I'll complement all of this with some body weight fitness/gym at some point later in H1 2020 to start building up further.

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    markh
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    Any recommendations for healthy pescatarian or vegetarian meal ideas?

    Any recommendations for healthy pescatarian or vegetarian meal ideas?

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    1. cfabbro
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      It's actually funny you should bring that up: https://tildes.net/~food/kgc/andy_learns_how_to_cook_northern_indian_food Indian is my go-to cuisine for that type of dietary restriction, since...

      It's actually funny you should bring that up:
      https://tildes.net/~food/kgc/andy_learns_how_to_cook_northern_indian_food

      Indian is my go-to cuisine for that type of dietary restriction, since unlike what a lot of Western vegetarian recipes can be (i.e. bland and anemic), it's actually packed with tons of amazing flavor, and hearty as heck! :)

      p.s. One of my other absolute favorite ovo-lacto recipes (it uses eggs and cheese), that I would highly recommend, is J. Kenji López-Alt's Black Bean Burgers:
      https://www.seriouseats.com/2014/03/the-food-lab-the-best-black-bean-burgers.html
      https://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2014/03/the-best-black-bean-burger-recipe.html

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