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post #91 of 130
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Originally Posted by rdawson808
I hate to disagree, but getting your heart-rate up by simply walking can be very good exercise. It might not do much for you given your level of fitness (I'm assuming) but for a middle-aged to older person it can be good for them. Even at my younger age I've had a doctor plead to "do something to get your heartrate up for 30 minutes a day" and I'm not in bad shape.

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Thanks Bob I live on the top of a hill, nearly a mile from work, and I walk that at least a full loop everyday, to and from work, considerably further if I have to take my kid to Taekwando or have other chores to run. I'm not disputing the health benefits of walking, I'm just saying that you don't need to go to the gym and get your spandex on to walk a few miles.
post #92 of 130
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Originally Posted by LA Guy
Thanks Bob I live on the top of a hill, nearly a mile from work, and I walk that at least a full loop everyday, to and from work, considerably further if I have to take my kid to Taekwando or have other chores to run. I'm not disputing the health benefits of walking, I'm just saying that you don't need to go to the gym and get your spandex on to walk a few miles.

You're right.

But I'll give you an economist's argument for the gym: if you are spending the money you will feel guilty about not going. So you go. Sure I could go walk the neighborhood, but what do I lose if I don't? Health. But if I don't go to the gym, I lose both my health and my f-ing money!

Maybe more gyms should have time limits on popular machines. We always did at the Uni's I went to and I think my current club does too (though not on the ellipticals I use).

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post #93 of 130
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Originally Posted by rdawson808
I hate to disagree, but getting your heart-rate up by simply walking can be very good exercise. It might not do much for you given your level of fitness (I'm assuming) but for a middle-aged to older person it can be good for them. Even at my younger age I've had a doctor plead to "do something to get your heartrate up for 30 minutes a day" and I'm not in bad shape.
It might be exercise, but it's almost never very good exercise. Granted, I'm in pretty good shape, but when I wear a heart rate monitor, I see that almost any motion raises my heart rate, but it takes a surprising degree of sustained, intense exercise to get it up into the aerobic range.
post #94 of 130
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Originally Posted by dah328
It might be exercise, but it's almost never very good exercise. Granted, I'm in pretty good shape, but when I wear a heart rate monitor, I see that almost any motion raises my heart rate, but it takes a surprising degree of sustained, intense exercise to get it up into the aerobic range.

Wel, if you are looking to lose weight, it is good exercise. But, yes, definitely not good aerobic exercise. They only way I get into the aerobic range from walking is when I am going up a hill with a loaded pack. Even then, it takes a while unless the grade is particularly steep or I am at altitude.

I think that doctors recommend walking because the majority of Americans are sedentary, with a significant fraction overweight or obese. Any vigorous form of exercise might therefore be dangerous for these people. In Canada, there is always a spike in the number of cardiac arrests after a big snowfall, when people who haven't exercised since the last snowfall go to shovel out their driveways.
post #95 of 130
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Originally Posted by LA Guy
Wel, if you are looking to lose weight, it is good exercise. But, yes, definitely not good aerobic exercise. They only way I get into the aerobic range from walking is when I am going up a hill with a loaded pack. Even then, it takes a while unless the grade is particularly steep or I am at altitude.

I think that doctors recommend walking because the majority of Americans are sedentary, with a significant fraction overweight or obese. Any vigorous form of exercise might therefore be dangerous for these people. In Canada, there is always a spike in the number of cardiac arrests after a big snowfall, when people who haven't exercised since the last snowfall go to shovel out their driveways.

I think it's also because some exercise is better than no exercise. As you said, most people are sedentary. It's better that they get out and walk than do nothing.
post #96 of 130
this thread reminds me of this old man living in a ritzy neigborhood in our parts who bought a very expensive treadmill for his home. for whatever reason, he didnt use the treadmill and still opted to do his regular brisk walking around the neighborhood, where he was abducted and held for ransom.
post #97 of 130
Here was the scene in the locker room last night:

Across the way was The Nudist sitting in his chair completetly naked. Whatever. I just wish he wouldn't wear those short-shorts and "Nudists do it..." t-shirts.

To my left is a guy putting on some non-descript khakis, a short-sleeved "dress" shirt, and the most beat-up brown shoes you have ever seen. The only time he walked to the mirror to look at himself was to check that his baseball cap was straight.

To my right is some guy in whatever boring clothes and shoes I wasn't paying attention to, but who quite lazily left his wet towel sitting there rather than carrying it with him on the way out and dumping it in the bin along the way. Selfish lazy jerk.

And out on the weight room floor was the skinny tall old guy who always wears a gray tank top and a pair of gray biking-style shorts (you know the kind, tight but no padding). But the thing is that he pulls them up really high and gives everyone a good outline of his package. Come one man, give us a break.


Overall, it was not a pretty sight.

b
post #98 of 130
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Originally Posted by rdawson808
And out on the weight room floor was the skinny tall old guy who always wears a gray tank top and a pair of gray biking-style shorts (you know the kind, tight but no padding). But the thing is that he pulls them up really high and gives everyone a good outline of his package. Come one man, give us a break.

you like it, the male camel toe?
post #99 of 130
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Originally Posted by acidicboy
you like it, the male camel toe?


Sounds like something I don't want to know what it is, am I right?
post #100 of 130
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Originally Posted by ted
Sounds like something I don't want to know what it is, am I right?

well, if you must...

post #101 of 130
^^SWEET JESUS BOYS! It's called the tuck! It works wonders!

A.
post #102 of 130
Oh forgive me for asking....so much for stupid questions....never again.
post #103 of 130
And that's why I always wear black cycling shorts.
post #104 of 130
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Originally Posted by acidicboy
this thread reminds me of this old man living in a ritzy neigborhood in our parts who bought a very expensive treadmill for his home. for whatever reason, he didnt use the treadmill and still opted to do his regular brisk walking around the neighborhood, where he was abducted and held for ransom.
There's a moral in there somewhere, but I'm not sure what it is . . .
post #105 of 130
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Originally Posted by ted
Oh forgive me for asking....so much for stupid questions....never again.


sigh, dont lower ur self esteem... theres no such things as stupid questions, just supid people
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