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Some people run/jog every morning before heading out to work, other go to a gym after work. I do neither, I hate exercise and think it is a waste of time. Work is mentally and physically taxing as it is. Does anyone else feel the same? or do I just have no stamina? How much exercise do you get?

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Originally posted by Arvind Mahendra:
...I hate exercise and think it is a waste of time...



Regular exercise has a host of numerous benefits: physical, mental, and psychological. Google it.

For 30 minutes a day, the reward to effort ratio is very favorable.

If you can find a gym with steady treadmills or stationary bicycles, some people also read and educate themselves while exercising. That's what I do, read tech magazines or books make underlines on important points to revisit. It is dubious to absorb new tech information while exercising, but sometimes time is saved if you can at least sort through fluff and identify key parts to come back later. Or review existing knowledge. Also, any non-tech reading can be more usefully gotten through.

I usually do at least 30 minutes a day. I make sure the gym is on the way home so no time is not lost.
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Ok here we go then. 32 kilometer, or 20 miles on my bicycle, five times a week. But that's just work-home travelling. Three times one hour fitness every week: weights, dumbbells barbells and stuf, saterday, sunday and thursday. Then one hour of jogging training on tuesday.
 
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I'm a firm believer that a strong body makes for a strong mind. Chasing my two boys around is probably exercise enough, but after they go to bed I'll go for a run on the local parcourse or do calisthenics and weights while watching TV.
I'm not an obsessive body builder (my personal goal is to be able to pass the US Army Physical Fitness Test at any time). I just don't want to end up like those 300-pound potatoes that I see waiting for the elevator to go up one floor.
 
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Originally posted by Arvind Mahendra:
Work is mentally and physically taxing as it is.



Oh you're right about that. If I am under work stress, my training suffers from it.

Also if you're really constucting muscle, your body needs extra energy for the building of your condition. Hence you have got less energy to do your mental job. And if you eat bad stuf like sugar, for example, that will give you energy to work, but also bodyfat. So being sportive does not help you zero in being a developer. Even the other way around I think. If I would not do all this exercise I could devote that time and energy to my carreer yes. But it all depends on what your personal priorities are.
 
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Originally posted by Joe Ess:
I'm a firm believer that a strong body makes for a strong mind



Although I probably to the most exercise of the whole readers of this board I disagree on that. Heavy exercise will cost you energy. Top atletes for example are not healthy at all, they are most vunerable for any flue or germ, because they push their body to the limit.

But if I have to choose. Good shape, or extra certificate for software, the first time and energy goes to the good shape part. It's just how you like to divide your energy. Sport does not give you more energy, that's a popular fairytale. Probably get flamed again by some, but it's nonsence really.
 
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It's been 2 months since i started going to gym.I never thought about any benefits from this but what inspired me is Sivester Stallone in Rocky Balboa.I feel like Rocky everyday i come out from GYM.Everyone will come to know the benefits of exercise once they start.

I really dont want to become like Silvester but want to keep body in shape like Vin Diesel

For all those who are feeling lazy to do exercise just watch Rocky Balboa and that should keep your laziness away

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The proof is left as an exercise.
 
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Originally posted by Marcel Wentink:


Top atletes for example are not healthy at all, they are most vunerable for any flue or germ, because they push their body to the limit.


True and I don't think a single centenarian was ever a marathoner or something equivalent in prolonged physical exercise intensity. Exercise is a type of stress...

As a general guesstimate, more than an hour a day probably tips into the negative benefit category for most people. For moderate intensity aerobic exercise, 30 minutes probably gives the most benefit for the effort exerted. Each minute after 30 minutes gives benefit, but at a decreasing amount until finally it becomes negative after 60 minutes.

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Originally posted by herb slocomb:
I don't think a single centenarian was ever a marathoner or something equivalent in prolonged physical exercise intensity.

I was trying to think how to test this theory. First you need a centenarian. That would be somebody who was born before 1909. Then you need a marathoner. That would be somebody who was in their marathoning prime around 1939.

Where would we find such a person? Let's look at Olympic medal winners. Well, there weren't any Olympics in 1940 and 1944, so we'll have to go back to 1936. The gold medalist there was Son Kitei, who lived to the age of 90. Third was Nan Shoryu, who lived to the age of 88.

Not centenarians, but pretty good life lengths for people who were born a hundred years ago and lived in Japanese-occupied Korea. I think we'll have to wait a few years before it's really possible to find out if it's really less likely for marathoners to reach the age of 100 than for couch potatoes.

Of course you can't believe what centenarians themselves say on their obligatory interview with the newspaper reporter on their 100th birthday. Their long lives were due to whatever they make up on the spot.
 
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I do 45 minutes of excercise 4-5 times a week, which contain mixture of aerobic, anaerobic and yoga excercises plus on weekends I also play cricket for about 1-2 hours.
 
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Boxing + Weight Lifting + Good Diet
 
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I ran on a treadmill today for about 15 minutes, the first 10 was fine, in fact it was a bit amusing as I was chuckling watching my face in the mirror(I have a lot of baby fat) bounce up dump with every stride I took, it kept me entertained and my mind off the burning sensation in my lungs and a cramping feeling I was getting in my Ass. I did stretching but it seems I didn't do enough or something. I got back on the treadmill after a 2 min break and this time it was not OK, few mins into it i started seeing large gray spots appear before my eyes and i felt giddiness, like I was about to lose my balance and felt like I needed to fall asleep immediately. I thought it would go away soon but I kept seeing these spots but luckily I had a pack of smokes so I went out and had one and was able to recover and drive home without incident. I don't know If I can do any of this again. I couldve collapsed in the gym because and would've embarrassed myself in front of females.
I've temporarily decided to put off exercising till the next week, I am convinced with the crazy driving that happens in India, my cholesterol will never ever rise and I think I get a pretty good cardio from the adrenalin rush that occurs right before the anticipation of getting your vehicle sandwiched between 2 larger vehicles at 60 kmph.
 
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i used to do yoga for 45 minutes every morning and Sun salutation(Surya Namaskar) on week ends.

Used to play(Cricket,badminton) with my brothers and friends that give me a lot of fuel to drive the week.

It make me calm and fresh.

I do believe in "A strong mind needs a healthy body".Go for a strong body rest will come automatically.
 
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30 to 60 minutes of Tai Chi Chuan and QiGong each day.

A waste of time is how much browsing I do, how much TV I used to watch, reading comments and replying for instance is right up there with the biggest wastes of my time
In little bits like now its useful, beyond little bits it's not only useless but also harmful. For me anyway, maybe you're different.
 
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I do neither, I hate exercise and think it is a waste of time.



most people increase their body weight as they put up experience at Job( I agree not every one ) keeping away from excercising. If you are just a couple of years or more into Job you wont feel it because you would not have put on lot of weight.

You can beat stress away,you can stay fit. especially swiming is the best excercise(for software people) as it keeps your back in good condition for all the 8 or more hours of key board you do it keeps your Spine in tact
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Originally posted by Paul Clapham:
I was trying to think how to test this theory.



The marathon event in the Olympics of 1908, 1912, and onwards was about 26 miles. But still, who trains at marathon intensity for most of their life and such few indiviiduals would not even be statistically significant. So, my "something equivalent" in terms of execise intensity would be another attempt to measure exercise intensity and longevity. Even that direction of inquiry is not conlcusive, but there is some tentative evidence:


"Cumulating evidence has shown that intense exercise has adverse effects on different aspects of health"

http://bjsm.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/42/1/11


"Jogging just 10 miles per week improves your chances of living longer rather dramatically, compared to completing no exercise at all. Covering 25 to 30 miles each week lowers your risk of dying even more. Beyond 30 miles, though, there's little evidence that more miles limit the grim reaper's activities any further."

http://www.pponline.co.uk/encyc/0003.htm
 
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Saturday, I went to the Y for a water aerobics class. I was pretty much the youngest person in there, and it kicked my arse. Now it's monday and i can barely walk because my calves are so sore. the teacher was really, really mean - by which I mean she worked everyone hard.

Then, she and I went home and she made me help clean the house for our dinner guests.

it's hard to be polite to company when you're mad at your wife.*



*no, i'm not REALLY mad at her. But I am still pretty sore from the workout she gave us...
 
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I broke my neck falling of the bike and had surgery later for disc prolapse, recently i started to have problem sitting long hours before computer, Doctor suggested me swim to avoid any injuries to back and spine. and i saw great improvement after i learned and started to swim
 
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I feel I have little stamina for exercise and gyms generally make me uncomfortable for some reason. There are always these overgrown bodybuilder types walking around(just taking the weights off the machines they just finished using is a workout) discussing supplements and pills and what not and you feel small and out of place, like a mouse that wandered into a pride of lions or something. And everywhere you turn there is a mirror so you can compare and constantly be reminded of just how puny you are.
Does anyone know if this article is for real? Thinking about exercise keeps you fit :roll:
 
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There are always these overgrown bodybuilder types walking around(just taking the weights off the machines they just finished using is a workout) discussing supplements and pills and what not and you feel small and out of place,



Involving in a game is other form of excercise which is more good as it refreshes your body as well mind, it could be Foot Ball,Tennis,Cricket,SQuash anything, you will also add new friends as you start Gaming
 
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Originally posted by Arvind Mahendra:

Does anyone know if this article is for real? Thinking about exercise keeps you fit :roll:



Scroll to the bottom of the page:


BBspot is a tech satire news and geek humor source, and meant to be funny.



I feel I have little stamina for exercise



Ya know, you develop stamina through exercise, but you have to get on that treadmill more than once to earn it.
Gyms are great if you take a class or want to use some fancy equipment. I prefer running in the great outdoors.
 
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Yes, run in the park, for the fitness of your budget
 
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By the way, I've just been to de company doctor. He told me to cut down on the exercise. The muscle problems I have, RSI, is not solely caused by using the computer, but also by doing too much fitness. He could tell that since my problems were not the 'typical computer use related' complaints. Hence a combination of computer use, and weight exercises.

I knew that.

Sports is not always healthy.
 
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Originally posted by Marcel Wentink:


Sports is not always healthy.



THANKYOU! 100% percent agreed on that one.
 
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I do fork lift, during lunch and dinner time.

But I have to walk from my home to the subway, five times a week, to go to my job. This takes 30 minutes of walking, isn't it considered to be an exercise?

I'm not losing weight, though. I think I'll go to gym to make more aerobic exercises, and I hope there are beautiful girls there.
 
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Originally posted by Arvind Mahendra:

THANKYOU! 100% percent agreed on that one.



You've got a really, really really long way until you're keeping up with Marcel and have to worry about developing a repetitive strain injury.
There is such a thing as doing too much, but doing something will always be better than doing nothing: What 30 minutes a day can do
 
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I guess I could walk from the metro station to my house and it wouldn't take me more than 15 minutes but I alway hire a rickshaw. Thats right, I pay someone else to exercise for me.
 
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I'd like to exercise, too. But I don't know how. There are some gyms in London but I am not sure if it's a good idea to go there. Because I am not one of those overgrown bodybuilder types that are eating pills. Is there any gym in London for small people like me ? I don't think so.

Maybe I need to relocate somewhere closer to work so I can cycle to work ?
 
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Originally posted by Maris Orbidans:
I'd like to exercise, too. But I don't know how.



This article, which I found looking for references for my previous post, may interest you.
"Exercise" doesn't have to be in the gym lifting weights. Seems silly to pack on muscle bulk if one sits at a desk all day. Check your local community center for yoga or martial arts classes. I think that's a lot more interesting than standing around a gym flexing.
 
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Originally posted by Marcel Wentink:
By the way, I've just been to de company doctor. He told me to cut down on the exercise.




Is your company sick enough to have a doctor? A doctor who is not obliged to your employer is likely to give you a less biased advice.
 
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Hours of mouse wheel spinning everyday. You should see the size of my index.
 
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Originally posted by Joe Ess:


You've got a really, really really long way until you're keeping up with Marcel and have to worry about developing a repetitive strain injury.
There is such a thing as doing too much, but doing something will always be better than doing nothing: What 30 minutes a day can do



An ounce of prevention is always better than a pound of cure. Who is to say if I get on a treadmill once I wont be tempted to do it again? say I also get sucked into this whole 'exercise to keep fit' gimmick, whats to say I won't get addicted to exercising and then injure myself? I remember when i joined facebook or javaranch I never thought i would get hooked like this. But now I can't imagine life without the two. Furthermore there is a profit motive behind all this. I know how the whole capitalist fitness lobby works and soon I would be systematically led into buying more and more things through innovative marketing techniques, that I could never resist, leading to an addicting consumption of protein powders, an exhaustion of desire and finally impotence. Not to mention fitness trainers who will coerce me to buy their pills and other drugs. Its no secret most these guys have traded corporate interest for abnormally large muscles.
 
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Breathing excercises

I guess doctors won't say no to this
 
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I am doing, swim 2 times a week and Gym once a week, I am not focusing on weight but thought its just enough to beat the stress and keep all the body parts fit and active
 
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my biceps

 
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There are always these overgrown bodybuilder types walking around(just taking the weights off the machines they just finished using is a workout) discussing supplements and pills



If they don't beat you every time you visit a gym then it should be not too bad. Sometimes they just discuss their pills and don't bother you.

 
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Long term studies show that at some point there may be such a thing as too much exercise:

"Death rates declined steadily as energy expended on such activity increased from less than 500 to 3500 kcal per week, beyond which rates increased slightly."

http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/abstract/314/10/605
 
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For a guy that gets up at 5am every morning to work out, I should have a much better body that I do. It's just not fair.

-Cameron McKenzie
 
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I used to work out 3-4 hours a day: I was running in the 10-15 mile range, training in karate, lifting weights, stair climbing... It was insane.

Now, I'm pathetic. I last set foot in a gym on February 13, and all I did was stretch.
 
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