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6/13/10 8:01 A

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I found going to classes where I was the youngest was also motivating. When I was on shift work and went to yoga in the morning, it was populated with seniors and they were impressed and encouraging on how flexible I was. They didn't notice my creaks and cracks because they had their own to pay attention to

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6/13/10 7:48 A

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I enjoy the classes that involve movin' music and dance moves! Zumba, jazzercise, hip-hop, etc., etc. 30 to 45 minutes of high adrenaline sweat! Most are women, but, a 59 year-old guy surrounded by 10+ younger women? Talk about motivation! emoticon

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6/12/10 9:44 P

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While I do better on my own in cardio and weights, I found that yoga, pilates, and tai chi were better for me in a class setting. In part to help with my form and part as a discipline.

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1. Suffering is a part of life
2. Suffering is caused by our attachments and avoidances.
3. Suffering can be ended.
4. Freedom from suffering is possible by following the Eightfold path.

Bigotry disguised as morality is still bigotry just as an outhouse with
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6/12/10 2:25 P

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Yeah, runnings great, but I have bad knees that that's out. Which brings up another point: if you have body parts with problems such as bad knees, tell the instructor, who will look out for you to make sure you're not hurting yourself.


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6/12/10 1:42 P

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Sounds like a great week to me. I would add some running, but that just me. Keep it up and have fun


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Ok, so I'm one of those guys who doesn't do great working out alone. Whether its hitting the weights, or jumping on a bike, I just don't push myself to my fullest. I need someone egging me on. So the last four weeks I've dusted off that gym membership and have been doing classes at the gym 4-5 times a week. My body is in better shape than its been in years, and every day I feel the muscles and flexibility coming back! Here are the main ones I do:


Spinning: the ultimate workout. This is where you're on a stationary bike with manual tension control. The instructor puts on the music, and takes you through a routine. It's an agonizing 60 minutes but once you're done you feel amazing. At my gym they'll often add in weights too. Very light weight by by the end your arms are screaming. Fantastic workout where you can burn 600-800 calories a shot (some people say more, whatever it is, its a ton!)

Yoga: Yoga is amazing. Everytime you do it you feel your body getting stronger and more flexible. And yes, I did say stronger. While you won't bulk up with yoga you will get toned. I've done hot yoga as well which helps with the flexibility. Don't worry about not being able to bend yourself into a pretzel quite yet, that comes with time.

Pilates: similar to yoga, but focuses on the core. You want abs of steel, this class will help.

Sculpt classes: now, these are traditionally "girl" classes (and are filled with primarily women), but what they are are weightlifting classes where you take relatively light weights but do tons of sets: one right after the other. Often I have to just drop the weights and just use my arms. Now, you won't bulk up here to, but if you're mainly interested in toning up, this class is for you. Along with these are some ab classes where your core will be screaming by the end.

Ok, those are my mainstays. I don't worry about how I look to everyone, they just don't care. The instructors are all supportive and will come over and help. I am noticing massive changes in my body in just a month of doing these. If you need someone pushing you and can't afford a personal trainer, these classes are awesome!

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