I am curious as to how other people stay fit and healthy on the forums.
My fitness levels are not great at the moment so I am thinking about what I can do to get back into a routine. My energy levels are very low so need to build something up gradually, but would like to get back into cycling again as I do miss it.
What about you? What is your approach to health and fitness?
From my early 20s onwards, when I started distance running, I was obsessed with fitness. I'd run every day. I'd also never touch alcohol, drugs or 'unhealthy' food. Later still, in my 30s, I took up cycling and became similarly obsessive about it, sometimes cycling to work and back every day (a 16 mile round trip). Swimming, too, is something I enjoy - though only in the summer, and only in the sea (fortunately, I live close to the beach). I can't stand swimming pools, with the chemicals and all the people!
I'm not so obsessive about these things now. I stopped running - apart from the occasional jog - last year. I still cycle a lot, though - and, as I said, swim a lot in the summer. I'm 58 now, and I think all of those years of exercise have a) entitled me to a bit of relaxation, and b) left me with an overall fitness level that is higher than most for my age. I can still run up 4 flights of stairs without getting winded, and my metabolism means that I don't put on weight. I drink more now, though, and I'm not so worried about food. I walk a lot. I belonged to a gym for a couple of years, but was going every day and putting myself through it with a triathlon training regime... but I decided that it wasn't really healthy. When you look at it, too - top class athletes don't necessarily live any longer than the rest of us.
My main incentive with it (apart from improving my PBs in races when I was running) has always been stamina. I'm not interested in gaining physical strength, or weight issues.
My main issue was losing weight, especially around the waist since my existing clothes were popping buttons.
My main firm of exercise is walking and resistance walking where one walks uphill and gets beneficial effects when the legs physically hurt.
I also eat less. And have become a calorie counter and I weigh myself obsessively. Keeping track with graphs of my weight on a computer.
Fitness trackers can help with this if this area interests you. Data is easily tracked, logged and analysed so you don't have to worry about logging everything. Despite my low energy levels and activity at the moment, I find the tracker helps me to be aware of what I am or should be doing and puts things into perspective. I have a habit of pushing myself too much, so having data to quantify what I need to do or what I have already achieved helps.
Have you found that the 12-week plan has helped to deliver noticeable benefits?
I made progress in losing weight. Here is my current graph, 12 week course is over but I'm still dieting.
Wow! Congratulations. You have made some real progress then as it looks like you have lost a lot of weight. If this doesn't give me a kick up the butt to sort myself out I don't know what will. Thanks for sharing Robert123.
Well....I am surprised. The more I come here, the more I find how great the simiariies are amongst people here. I'd be interested if anyone else charts their bodyweight like you do. I could show you my charts - 30 years worth - And that's no word of a lie. Body composition and fitness verges on the prohibitively obsessive in my case. For me, it's nothing to do with body image/vanity or even cardovascuar health. It's the constant monitoring and identification of patterns over which I can exercise control. As regards fitness, I do what my arthritis allows, but mostly cycling - Again the repetetive cadence of motion is what I'm doing it for, Also, I believe people like us are hugely sensitive to natural endorphin fluctuation. I would be an obsessive exerciser, when possible - Something else that gives me a feeling of being in control of my health. In reality, I can't change my genetic make-up and will most develeop heart disease / cancer in my early 70's, as did both my parents. However, adherence to strict fitness regimes and healthy eating plans gives me a framework I can operate within and a provides a shield against depression when the Black Clouds come.
I use a fitbit, I enter the data in on their app and it plots it all for me. It also with plot on graphs how much water I have been drinking which is really useful for me as I dehydrate quickly. It also has a food diary although I find it problematic in the way they assess certain foods.