I keep a firm grip on the handles. I recently got one of those strapless
heart rate monitors that are a wristwatch where you put two fingers on
the sensors. My first attempt to focus on my wrist on a treadmill came
close to launching me off the back end.
I saw one website that claimed there was a correlation between several
physical tests and expected longevity. One was balancing on one foot
with your eyes closed. I'll be lucky to wake up tomorrow morning.
Another was the ability to go from a standing position to seated on the
floor and then to rise again without using your hands. I could get down
more or less gracefully but getting up was a no go. However I can't
remember a time in my life when I could do so. The woman demonstrating
it had her legs crossed and sort of scissored her way up but I expect
she doubles as a yoga instructor. Or was sufficiently endowed that she
could lean forward and get her center of gravity over her feet.
haha I like how you put that "launching off the back end".
I've heard that one reason why women can do some balance things better
than men is because a woman's center of gravity is lower in her hips,
but a mans is higher in his chest, which makes it more difficult for men
Yeah, it's a big "commitment" -- and something that is really only
*needed* when the weather is inclement (a rarity, here). People
are frequently trying to give away exercise equipment (the used
sporting good stores apparently have SO MUCH that they won't
give anything for an item unless it's top of the line...)
We have a city park with recreation center, pool, etc. a mile up the
road. I can walk the indoor track if I fail to get out during the warmer
daylight hours for my exercise. Or, use their "equipment room" (which
always looks incredibly boring). Or, swim laps. Or, walk the outdoor
track (why would I do that instead of just walking around the less
At $25/year it's almost sinful NOT to pay for the (indoor) access!
Being a senior, just 20K paces every day is good exercise. I do that
every day with my dog. Climbing? I have a steep hill I almost had to
go up on all 4, that gives me good exercise too. Being a low brass
player all my life, my lungs are still in good shape. Altitude here
is like 800 meter above sea level.
I actually bought my own StairMaster ripoff a bunch of years ago.
Found it very convenient for the reasons noted above - independent of
weather, able to read and/or listen to music and/or watch videos...
In fact, I became something of a StairMaster chauvinist, thinking that
Real Men used StairMasters and that elliptical machines were for wimps.
Then I tried one of the monster "PreCor AMT 835" elliptical machines at
the local YMCA...
Haven't used my StairMaster since...
The things are huge and the cost a bundle, but they give me the highest
heart rates for the least perceived exertion of anything I have ever
used. It's almost like swimming while standing up: step height is
adjustable, step length is adjustable, effort is adjustable....
Highly recommended.... just don't try the lesser models because you may
come away thinking that elliptical machines are not for you.
Like I said in another post, the gym had one for a while but i could
never get into it. It wasn't a Precor but it was a fairly high end model
that came from another gym that had folded. It did get my heart rate up
but I just didn't like the motion. It's gone but the StairMaster lives on.
That's my favorite StairMaster anyway. The view from the top beats
staring at the gym rafters.
Ah, OK. Now I understand the reference to "row" -- similar motion
to rowing *seated* in a boat. The weights playing the roll of
the resistance of the water against the oars.
I've never considered the need for "equipment" to "get exercise".
Walk the neighborhood, fell a tree, dig a trench, etc. I.e.,
find a way of using an activity in which you would otherwise have
to be engaged and use that for the "calorie dump".
E.g., if I have to drop something in the mail, I'll walk the 2.5+ miles
(maybe closer to 3?) to the post office. Then, stop at one of the
nearby grocers and pick up some odds and ends for the walk *back*.
So, the time spent on the walk offsets the time I would have spent
DRIVING for those errands (to some extent). Makes it feel less like
"wasted time, exercising" and more like "an unfortunate set of chores"
Yes, this was what came to mind when you initially mentioned
"vertical row"; I just couldn't imagine such a machine "standing
on end"! The flaw being keeping the machine in the imagery!
Yup. Had to do PT a while back. All sorts of "machines", "special equipment".
But, if you looked at what they were trying to get your body to do, it
was fairly obvious that the machines were totally unnecessary.
Time to get to my baking. Looks like this weekend will be pissed away
(5 batches of biscotti and a double batch of pecan sandies).
(sigh) I should know better than to try to make "plans"! :-/
I don't have much experience in that area. What does raise my puls is
when I get too close to my boots and it sucks in a bootlace which wraps
around the spinning thingie which stops which causes the little belt to
get very hot and smell bad.
I've got a couple of spare belts hanging on the handle since the
replacements are found at Bob's Sew and Vac.
As you can tell from the website, I'm way out of my comfort zone there
so I stock up. It's like going to Jo-Ann Fabric to find some naugahyde
to redo a motorcycle saddle. women with scissors, knitting needles, and
other weapons of mass destruction make me nervous.
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