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8/19/10 1:48 A

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I think it depends on the trails. If they're pretty well developed, runners should be fine. I do a fair amount of hiking in runners when I'm traveling for work.

I also have hiking boots that I love love love! They are all leather so essentially waterproof, which is awesome if you cross streams or snow, and they help keep my ankles a little more stable on the rocky uneven trails.

Another thing that might help and also burns a few extra calories is trekking poles. They give you a bit of an upper body workout and help keep you stabilized.

Happy hiking! :)

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6/2/10 11:59 P

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so what do u think are running shoes ok or should i get hiking shoes?

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6/1/10 4:18 A

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I got intense exercise for you...don't walk...HIKE! Find a trail of moderate intensity. You gotta get to the end anyway you can. I love it! Carry a pack, carry your water which adds weight. Take some friends, pack some snacks to eat at a destination...take your camera and snap pics to post.

Pick hard trails, jog the easy parts, when nature seeps into your senses you feel a kind of meditation take over. It is so relaxing and soothing.

12 miles is a good day hike...you can do a short 3 miler right before or after work. Awesome workout!

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5/23/10 3:16 P

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what a great topic. i know i don't go to the gym. i don't want to spend the money there. i do alot of yoga and walking. however i realized i want to be more tone. i hate lifting weights. i won't do something i hate doing. and i want to find long term things to do rather that short term fitness goals.

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5/7/10 12:51 P

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I try to focus on how I feel when I am leaving the gym. I am usually grumbling the whole way there! Once I get there and get moving I start to feel really good and proud of myself for getting there. By the time I am walking home I have a new skip in my step. I am also much happier, energetic and productive when I get home. I still have to really force myself to go but what makes me get there is remembering how great I feel after. The more I go, the better I feel all the time.



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2/23/10 9:46 A

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Excellent.

I am going to look that up now.

Thanks.

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2/23/10 9:10 A

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Excellent.

I am going to look that up now.

Thanks.

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2/23/10 8:23 A

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PBUSH1 - Have you heard about the Couch to 5k program? I was a running weenie and tried it. The idea is to very slowly graduate from walk-run to run-walk to RUN! In 9 weeks, if you stick to the program, you should be able to run a 5k no sweat (well, yes sweat, but that's the idea, right?)! I was amazed at the results. Ok, so I don't really run anymore (back issues), but it really did work for me.

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2/23/10 8:05 A

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I too hate the gym but i go because of circumstance. I car share with my hubby and he starts work before me so off i go and have a little workout before work. And normally i hate it. I try and change it, i am currently trying to get in to running as everyone raves about it but i can manage about 2 mins before my legs kill.

The only thing i kinda enjoy is the classes. I try and do different ones and the music and the teacher are really motivating. I even, through gritted teeth, do the odd spinning class. Its no way near as dull as the gym.

I also like a big bike ride but waiting for warmer weather as i am a fair weather cycler!

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2/8/10 8:54 A

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Do you think you would have the same problem with home exercising? There are a gazillion great DVDs out there, to suit anyone's style. I enjoy complex step aerobics and combine that with the occasional pilates and strength training. At www.videofitness.com there are some great reviews, and you can even swap videos with people so you don't have to invest $20 a pop.

Or, maybe, I am stating the obvious and not being at all helpful! :-) Either way, good luck!

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2/3/10 10:21 P

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Definitely wear comfy shoes and walk everywhere, even if it's just from the far end of the parking lot :) It's the little things that add up after a while... I have noticed that even if I wear heels/nice shoes all the time, as good as I may think I look, I don't particularly want to move around much for pain of cramped toes. I feel much more spry in flats and some swishy trousers, makes me feel like I can do more. Is that silly? It works, though.

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1/24/10 2:01 A

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I have the same problem with laziness and procrastination too. I love walking but when I do, I always listen to my favorite music because it pumps me up and I often find myself walking faster. I also like to ride my bike around my neighborhood because it makes me feel like a little kid, try to remember what you use to do when you were a kid and that usually helps you find a excercise you can stick with. I hope that helps! emoticon

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Have you thought about joining a sports team of some sort. I sucked at sports when I was a kid, but now that I am an adult I find I don't care that I suck nearly as much and really look forward to playing something. It makes excercise a game that I can look forward to! Soccer is a hard core workout, but volleyball and softball are good too - basketball has a lot of movement in it, tenis, swimming, hockey...there are so many to try - you are bound to have fun at one of them!

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10/21/09 9:54 A

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that's what I do currently, I walk a lot and that seems to help maintain my weight but I'm afraid I need intense exercise to lose weight and get lean

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10/19/09 4:26 P

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How about walking? (Uphill?) And doing some light exercise in front of the TV?

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10/15/09 10:08 P

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I HATE the gym!!!!!! I have the worst case of procrastination and lazyness ever known to mankind. I like to walk and ocassionaly do yoga and pilates but I don't know how to stick with a routine.

I hate running, hate cardio, hate going to the gym. BUT i want to have a lean body and I'm in serious need of toning, no more jiggly body parts please!!

I need help, is it possible to do it without going to a gym everyday?? Is there any hope for me?



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