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LIBBYL1 Posts: 5,812
5/26/13 12:13 A

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The zoo is a great place to walk around! and zoo lake around the lake when it is busy (there always seem to be people walking there and Moyo's is close). I do still walk dogs at Emmarentia dam. there have been some cases of people being held up but maybe once or twice a year and always out of the times when most dog walkers are there. Sundays and Saturdays are fine. I walk also around my neighbourhood (with and without dogs). There are always a lot of people walking so feel safe. I also go to the gym to do yoga and dancing . It is picking the areas and the times to walk. Enjoy ...

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5/23/13 3:11 P

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Try boot camp....they usually have an early morning session (thats for me) and an evening session. Its done in a safe environment and under strict supervision. I joined 2 months ago and already addicted to the exercise program and the fun camaraderie that goes with that ladies that are all there sweating it out for the same reason...good health.

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4/9/13 6:30 A

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It is rather sad, although I would love to go for walks with my dog, even if it is just around the block, a dare not do it. There has simply been too much crime in the area where I live, to the point where neighbours have been attacked while pulling into their driveway. I cannot under such circumstances risk being out alone, and unfortunately finding someone to go with has been impossible.

I find I do a lot of walking in malls, but as MOONSTORMER mentioned, it tends to make the wallet a bit more active than intended. I have a Wii, but have not really used it as much as I would have liked, and when I do want to use it, the batteries for the balance board or remotes is flat :/

Gym membership, I have one to Curves, somehow though the rush of the afternoon errands usually ends up in me never getting to the gym, or when I finally can, it is dark, and I donít feel comfortable going there, because of the high risk of crime that area carries. Somehow I have to find a way to drag my behind to the gym in the early mornings. (Iím not a morning person, can you tell?)

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1/5/11 10:56 A

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I used to live in Woodstock - a very cosmopolitan edge of city suburb with mixed race - whites above the Main Road, non-whites below the Main Road - between District 6 and Groote Schuur Hospital and near light industry

I used to push my baby pram down to the Main Road shops and library, used to get on the bus to Sea Point to walk along the Promenade, get on the train to Muizenberg and St James beaches. If I still lived there I would still walk up and down the hilly roads but obviously I would be cautious - as I was then. I would not wear strappy singlets and shorts -I would wear Tshirts and training pants etc, probably have a whistle as well as something hard and heavy in my pocket - but I felt I needed that sort of thing along the towpath of the River Thames in England when I have been over to visit family.

If you live near the Zoo or the War Museum or near some big parks/gardens, what's the problem with using these in busy times?

Now I go for walks when there are people around - I didn't on Christmas morning cos I felt it was just too quiet.

Good luck!
Another thing that I do is Ballroom Dancing lessons and then the socials and have been missing all those hours per week

I agree about the stairs too - there's a Spark lady who does all her training around Malls in America - she walks about 3 -5 miles and goes up and down the stairs - 100s of them - and does not trawl around the shops - it's her workout, timing and counting too!

If you spend too much time working on your weaknesses, all you end up with is a lot of strong weaknesses. - Dan Sullivan, business coach

The unknown monster under the bed is always scarier than the dust bunny reality. - SP Healthy Reflection 29Nov2009

We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same. - Carlos Castaneda

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1/5/11 5:32 A

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Complex....you live in a complex...does it have stairs. When I lived in Port Elizabeth I also didnt feel that safe, but I used the campanile stairs and went up and down till my knees wanted to buckle.
Many folks are turning to WII exercise for safety. For me, I love the wind and rain in my face and on my skin, but I fortunately live in a relatively safe little town. But stairs are AWESOME exercise.

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1/5/11 3:09 A

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I have to admit. Even here in CT in my own neighborhood, I don't feel safe to go for a walk. So, I opt for the gym and only the beach if I have someone to walk with me. I'm a bit paranoid, I suppose.

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1/5/11 1:27 A

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i've been thinking about a south african conundrum. i really want to be active, and i prefer to be active in my daily life by using my own energy to transport myself to places - walking or biking. however, south africa has serious safety issues. this is why most of my activity ends up being at the gym, walking around shopping centers (which also makes my wallet more active) and jogging around my complex.

how have you dealt with this issue? is it just my part of the country (joburg) or are there alternatives that i haven't been creative enough to come up with?

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