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Old 08-15-2011, 19:45   #1
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What have you done health-wise this week?

Thought for a thread, brought on by posts in several threads dealing with health and fitness. Like the main "what have you done this week" thread, but kept more to fitness, health, and wellness issues. New workouts started, goals reached (marathons run, new personal-best in some category, etc), preventive steps taken (dental work, lasik, appendectomies, whatever). The idea is to back away somewhat from the "tactical" and gear-oriented things that are the most fun to discuss and end up getting the most bandwidth.


To start it off - in the last two weeks we've added a Total Gym and a speed bag in the shop. We already had a heavy bag and weights, and the honest fact is that while I've lifted weights for quite a while, I can't claim to be genuinely "in really good shape". I'm strong, but lacking in cardio; which goes right to a couple of the most likely threats I personally face - heart problems and/or stroke. I've really taken to the total gym for ab & cardio work; my sons make fun of me because I don't incline it as steep as they do, but I want to build up reps rather than plain strength at this point. They're young (one's not even in his 20's yet), so let them build their muscles. I've accepted that I'll never be a greyhound; just not possible with the genetic makeup that I (and my sons) have, but while I've got the same 50-inch chest I've had for a quarter-century or so, I'm getting darn tired of not having my 36" waist anymore and want it back. I had it for 30+ years and lost it just a few years ago; and it's my own fault & my own doing. I've passed the point of "wanting" it back and "wishing" I had it back; I've finally "decided" I'm getting it back.


So, what have you done this week to make yourself a better, healthier, more capable prepper...?
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Old 08-15-2011, 20:03   #2
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Not exactly an improvement...I got food poisoning at the county fair. The wife and kids didn't. I treated myself with liquids, the BRAT diet, and some Lomotil. Still this knocked me on my back for a day.
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Old 08-15-2011, 20:49   #3
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i went to gym today and did 20 minutes on elliptical trainer
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Old 08-15-2011, 20:58   #4
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A good thread idea. I'm doing 35m on the orbital, about 5 days a week. Alternate days stretching or lifting. Just read at my age I'm not supposed to lift every other day anymore.
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Q: What have you done health-wise this week?

What I do almost everyday stretch , light lifting, and some cardio.
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Old 08-16-2011, 15:58   #6
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Q: What have you done health-wise this week?

What I do almost everyday stretch , light lifting, and some cardio.
Same here.
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Old 08-17-2011, 05:05   #7
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Physical fitness and "Health" are not the same thing. They have almost no connection. What you see in America today is a very un-healthy media manipulation with physical fitness. A huge proportion of physical fitness buffs will be impotent, sick, broken men in a very few years. I know people that can run miles, study Krav Maga (spelling) and martial arts, lift weights and work their butt off to have a six pack. Every one, is as unhealthy as the limpest noodle couch potato imaginable. Physical fitness and health are connected in only the smallest of ways. The joke is on the American people. Just my opinion but it is based on real life experience.
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Physical fitness and "Health" are not the same thing. They have almost no connection. What you see in America today is a very un-healthy media manipulation with physical fitness. A huge proportion of physical fitness buffs will be impotent, sick, broken men in a very few years. I know people that can run miles, study Krav Maga (spelling) and martial arts, lift weights and work their butt off to have a six pack. Every one, is as unhealthy as the limpest noodle couch potato imaginable. Physical fitness and health are connected in only the smallest of ways. The joke is on the American people. Just my opinion but it is based on real life experience.
I understand what you are getting at with your comment, but I think you have taken your theory a bit too far in the opposite direction as the common perception.

Many people are only looking for the "result" of fitness and the appearance of health. So they neglect what it takes to truely get there. But in order to get there (and maintain it once you are there) some attention has to be paid to real health. Once someone gets serious about fitness, they are usually exposed to proper nutrition and lifestyle and a good percentage take those lessons seriously.

Nutrition and general health do require as much maintainence as 6-pack abs (not that I would know about the 6-pack abs part ) so I am sure that you are correct that some people only worry about how they look. I'm also sure that many peole do go beyond the "looks" and at least pay equal attention to real health along with their appearance.
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Old 08-16-2011, 03:27   #9
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Ran a Susan G Komen 5k a couple days ago. Finished 215 out of 2000+ runners. Not my fastest time, but under the circumstances I was satisfied.
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Old 08-16-2011, 04:27   #10
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- 15 min warmup on the stationary bike, where I fell just shy of my 5 mile goal
- cycled through all my "push" workouts on weights
- couple hundred hits on the heavy bag to drain whatever energy was left in my arms

Tomorrow it'll be:
- 15 min warmup on the elliptical, shooting for 2.4 miles
- cycle through all the "pull" workouts on weights
- couple hundred hits on the heavy bag to drain whatever energy is left in my arms

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Old 08-16-2011, 05:28   #11
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ran 2.6 miles one day.
ran sprints the next.
weights yesterday.
running again tomorrow.
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Old 08-16-2011, 05:40   #12
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Thirty five miles on the mountain bicycle and eight miles on the hoof, alternating days. I also now walk about seven miles a day a work (new job).
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Old 08-16-2011, 06:50   #13
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1. had a cancer removed two weeks ago.
2. spent 9-12 and 2-5:30 in the dental chair one day last week
3. made next Monday appointment for dentist and gastro inspection.

Other than that, I still do aerobics, 1 hour of weightlifting every day. I also am taking 4 dance classes a week.
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I have been doing daily walks on some of the mountain trails around here, usually 3-5 miles, 5 days a week. We have also been eating tons of vegetables and fruits with all the gardens producing well. It has made me feel much better and I have been much less stressed about all the bad news the media has been putting out as of late.
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Old 08-16-2011, 13:50   #15
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I do CrossFit 5-6 days a week...training for the "unknown and the unknowable"...check out www.crossfit.com for more info...

Basically CrossFit is circuit training as well as Olympic lifts...rope/wall climbs, moving large loads over distances quickly...body weight exercises, running, running carrying irregular objects...

All the above is great conditioning especially for a crisis...
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I'm up to 25 miles every other day on my bicycle. I am the fastest 280lb fat guy in town. I used to be the fastest 300lb fat guy but "ride more, weigh less" seems to be working. I go to the gym on days I don't ride.
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So, what have you done this week to make yourself a better, healthier, more capable prepper...?
I exercise regularly - bike 50 miles about 3x a week or I'm hiking and doing some weights (but not regularly enough).

This is a great topic by the way. I think there is too much emphasis on things in S&P.

If SHTF being healthy and staying healthy will be the most important things. Being overweight puts stress on your body, can make some injuries more likely and just limits what you can do.
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Old 08-17-2011, 07:31   #18
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It's not "theory" from my perspective. I've owned a health related company for many years (we own two businesses). Yes, my experience, does differ from the way media presents health. I suspect most everyone on this board has parents, or relatives that lived to be 80-90 years old - and never exercised a day in their life. As an aside go to any nursing home and one thing will be immediately obvious if you take notice. Is that the strapping, muscular, large man in his prior youth, probably isn't there. He's already long dead or very ill, or on oxygen over in the corner.

Where I really see dysfunction in males is the early age they become impotent. The premier Japanese porn star is 74 years old, I've read of a Russian that's even older. A growing number of Americans are impotent by about 50 or less. Especially the athletes. Why is this important? Because a healthy male is not impotent, or has little or no desire. The very first thing that poor overall health impacts is sex drive and ability. There seems to be no age that a healthy male automatically becomes impotent. You might be surprised what percent of males are taking pills for impotency at 40 or so. Yet many look to be the picture of health. We are a very unhealthy society. Gyms are full of people that are physically fit, yet unhealthy. I'm not against being physically fit. It's just a different thing than health, and it's just not a substitute for health.
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It's not "theory" from my perspective. I've owned a health related company for many years (we own two businesses). Yes, my experience, does differ from the way media presents health. I suspect most everyone on this board has parents, or relatives that lived to be 80-90 years old - and never exercised a day in their life. As an aside go to any nursing home and one thing will be immediately obvious if you take notice. Is that the strapping, muscular, large man in his prior youth, probably isn't there. He's already long dead or very ill, or on oxygen over in the corner.

Where I really see dysfunction in males is the early age they become impotent. The premier Japanese porn star is 74 years old, I've read of a Russian that's even older. A growing number of Americans are impotent by about 50 or less. Especially the athletes. Why is this important? Because a healthy male is not impotent, or has little or no desire. The very first thing that poor overall health impacts is sex drive and ability. There seems to be no age that a healthy male automatically becomes impotent. You might be surprised what percent of males are taking pills for impotency at 40 or so. Yet many look to be the picture of health. We are a very unhealthy society. Gyms are full of people that are physically fit, yet unhealthy. I'm not against being physically fit. It's just a different thing than health, and it's just not a substitute for health.
I'm not following you when you say a person can be fit yet unhealthy.

It would probably help me understand if you could tell me what you mean by a healthy person and what you recommend as a healthy lifestyle.
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You can be physically fit ie muscular, and able to do feats of strength. Even have endurance in a physical realm ie bike races, running marathons etc. Yet be unhealthy. You can have clogged arteries, poorly functioning organs ie liver, kidneys, adrenalin systems, nervous systems, etc.etc. yet be "strong" Muscular strength, even endurance, is not the same as "health". My definition of health is the ability to live a long life. Free from disease and debilitating illness. With the ability to live a relatively painless life as you age ie joints etc. And retain the ability to enjoy life and companionship with your wife into "old" age (ie 70 years +++).

A couple of questions will speak volumes for a mans over all health. Are you functioning sexually without chemicals and adjuncts ? Generally speaking, if they have a partner healthy men are romantic several times a week, not once a month. Do you still have desire for intimacy? If the answer is a truthful "yes". Congratulations - you are probably overall a healthy man.

Also as an aside for the ladies that think running five miles a day and lifting weights, biathlons, triathlons etc. are good for them as women. Find someone that's older and has "been there and done that and has the tee shirt". They will probably look like a a wrinkled elderly prune (though slender (grin). Because nothing ages the skin as much as oxygen intake. The more oxygen you intake, the more your skin ages and wrinkles. If you wish a beautiful, wrinkle free, young for your age, appearance don't go there. The rewards of exercise certainly are not in aging or appearance.
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