Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Get Healthy Blogfest

Thanks to these great bloggers who are hosting this Get Healthy blogfest. I'm hoping to learn a lot and you can too. Visit any of the hosts and find full lists of participants there.

Alex Cavanaugh
Stephen Tremp
L. Diane Wolfe
Michael Di Gesu

To be a successful writer, you have to spend hours with your butt in a chair unless you're lucky enough to have one of those desks that set on your treadmill. I still want one of those. Especially when you're on a deadline, personal or set by someone else, you'll find yourself relatively immobile for long periods.

I like to jog for my main workout though I'm much slower than I used to be. When I was younger, jogging meant five miles in about forty minutes, but it takes me a lot longer now.  My jogging now is rather pathetic but I enjoy it. The problem with slower paces is the lower level of intensity. Orthopedically, I just can't run like I used to. Too many knee surgeries, so I have to find different ways to keep the intensity up. I do that outside by heading for the hills. Up hill is so much harder than level, whether jogging or walking. But at my pace, I still need to spend a lot of time out there to get the workout I used to get by going faster. Being a writer, I don't always have that hour or hour and a half I need to get a good workout.   The answer, intensity. I can't go faster, so I climb those dang hills.  On the treadmill in bad whether, I really crank up the height angle so I burn a lot of calories.

Time limits on your workout = increase your intensity. You can burn more calories in a shorter period of time.

Do you make changes in your workout when time is short? Do you have a helpful hint to stay healthy? Have you changed how you work out as you get older or do you still go as hard as you did years ago?

26 comments:

  1. Time constraints can often make exercise difficult can't it? I can't do the running thing because of knee problems but I love a long walk.

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  2. Yes, I do tweak my workouts when I have less time. I alternate between jogging, long walks and yoga.

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  3. I don't exercise nearly as much as I should, but I do a lot of walking for work. I should probably try to exercise more, though.

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  4. I as have got older it seems I've accumulated family problems so to stay positive is good for me. I drink plenty of water throughout the day and I love to walk along the beach which is nearby to my home.

    Yvonne.

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  5. Yup. I know what you mean. I've had to go at a slower pace with my workouts, too.

    Hugs and chocolate,
    Shelly

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  6. It sounds like you're doing well and on track. I think that bump in intensity makes a lot of sense and something I'm going to keep in mind. :)

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  7. We have a treadmill, so when my time is limited, I set it at an incline. It makes a big difference!

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  8. I need to get a treadmill. We live in a hilly area, which is great for challenging the cardiovascular system. I used to run on the stairs when I was short of time or the weather was bad, but I had to stop doing this when I injured my ankle. Apparently running on stairs is not a good idea, according to my physiotherapist.

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  9. I miss jogging, but was strong enough to start walking this week - which I'm thankful for.

    Happy Wednesday.

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  10. i like the slower idea too--and i also like the 10 to 15 minutes several times a day :)

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  11. Oh, we could be jogging buddies. I always swear people could speed walk as fast as I jog. Fortunately I live on a mountain and have to jog down for a mile and a half and then, Lawd, turn around and job back up. It kicks my butt every time and I'm like a turtle, but I do it and am always glad when I'm done.

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  12. I definitely agree that slow up a hill is much better than fast on the flat - far more muscles have to be recruited, which means more calories burned!

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  13. Heading for the hills! THAT is determination. Great reminder for really making the time count and getting rid of the "not enough time" excuse.

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  14. I like jogging also, I'm a beginner, but still.. I enjoy it. I think its a great reminder that we can make the best of our time, we just have to get up and do it ;)

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  15. I run on a treadmill, which is easier on the knees. Never realized how hard pavement was in comparison until I went out for a jog around the neighborhood one day.

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  16. Being a bit pigeon-toed, I've never really been big into running, though I have to agree that upping the elevation is a great way to burn more calories.

    As long as we keep active, we're o.k :)

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  17. Running and I have a long, tumultuous relationship. It’s not my bag. But I agree on the intensity point. Lovely to meet you, BTW!

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  18. I'm not able to exercise like I did when I was younger, but I try to do what I can to keep moving. Others have mentioned running as their exercise of choice, so you are in good company.


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  19. Yahoo for all my fellow runners and joggers. Keep on keeping on.

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  20. Short stints on the computer, with light to moderate exercise in between helps a lot too. We really shouldn't sit on our butts that much. You're so right about that.

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  21. I'll stick to walking since my heart won't handle anything more strenuous. Sometimes I run in my dreams though and it feels very liberating.

    Lee
    A Faraway View
    An A to Z Co-host blog

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  22. I'm afraid more time has made me less focused. When I worked full time it was a case of fitting it in - now I think 'oh well, there's always later'!
    Suzanne @Suzannes Tribe

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  23. Hi, Susan,

    Fantastic advice! Mixing up your routine and challenging the body is the best way to workout. The body needs it.

    I like the fact that you have natural hills to run/walk on. I live in FLAT Chicago. I wish I had that option ... not to mention the beauty. Your senses get a workout too!

    Thanks for sharing and joining the HOP!

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  24. I prefer to walk than run, always have. But I also like to stretch and do weight-bearing stuff, i.e. yoga, body balance.

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  26. I wish I liked to jog! I walk and do bursts of sprints, but I was and probably never will be a runner. Though I do the treadmill regularly even if it is 9:15 at night I squeeze in at least 20 minutes so I feel like I did something.

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