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My Current bike isn't a single speed (It's 7 on the block, 2 on the crank - so 14), but it's a stupidly high ratio, something daft like 18 to 1 or something like that.
Basically NONE of the cogs on the gears are anywhere near the size of the crank, so it's not impossible to ride, but it is hard. Hover going down hill, even on a small slope the damn thing is terrifying , theres a small village called medomsley not far from where I live, and just on the outskirts of the village heading down towards a place called hamsterley mill there's a drop of about 100 meters (Maybe more) but it's a long 4 mile stretch at a constant 7 or 8 deg slope, and the road winds like a snake, so you simply cannot see around the bends. To make it more of a challenge it's also an A road here in the UK, with a national 60mph speed limit on it, and is thankfully quite wide.
Long story short, I found out just how terrifying this bike can be going down Medomsley Edge bank!!!!
I didn't come off or crash or anything, but I'm certainly NOT DOING it again
Both my Grandfathers died of heart attacks. My oldest brother died at 35 of a heart attack. Mom had strokes and bypass surgery, Dad died of a heart attack.
So yes I work out. Have since well forever. I am however overweight. But I can get up right now and hike 10 miles and it won't be a problem. Blood pressure is 115/70 usually or around there. LDL and HDL and all that blood stuff is fine. I go to the doctor 2x a year and play racquetball 3-4 times a week and try to get in strength training
Interesting side note. Doc says I am in no danger as long as I keep doing what I am doing, but every time I feel a twinge in my chest I get all nervous.
One last point. For those men who don't really think this is for them but are wanting to take a certain little blue pill. Working out with weights will do more wonders for you in that department than that little pill. Trust me and all the doctors who will tell you the same thing.
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My two cents on this is to try to eliminate the need for motivation by doing something I love doing which improves health and fitness as a side benefit. Mostly, I'm talking about cycling which I've enjoyed since my dad gave me my first "road bike" with 5 derailleur gears when I was eleven. I like to ride 3 times a week targeting about 200 km per week. It's most fun riding with a group from my club but I'm happy to ride alone as well. If I have to go more than 2 days without a ride I get unhappy!. In the winter I love cross-country skiing (although I'm not real fond of winter itself). If there's a gap between those two seasons then I ride my turbo trainer. That's where motivation is needed as I really don't like indoor exercise!
I am an amateur athlete. The original motivation was my back injury was so bad they were talking about disability so I just wanted to have a fight to get it out of my system before I couldn't use my body anymore.... which led to me getting in shape and not having to have surgery. Eventually I ended up also doing strength competitions.
3 - 5x a week I work out for an hour in the morning which consists of lifting to a daily max (squat, push press, bench, or dead lift) and then doing the exercise bike for the remaining time.
2x a week I go to a boxing gym to get formal coaching. This starts warmup at 5-5:30 and the class ends 7 - 7:30.
3x a week I run a "combat club" at my personal gym. We generally focus on kickboxing and grappling but we are starting to add in some strength based workouts as per request by the members.
Sundays we have a boxing coach come in and work focus mits with the group for an hour or two.
I try to run on the weekends but it doesn't always happen. I usually go 3 - 5 miles when I do.
Mind you, it's not really my thing, I prefer walking or biking, something to keep my mind more occupied, but even a 15 - 30 minute workout has some impressive effects -- particularly I notice how it clears the mind of the day's cobwebs.
I've been exercising most of my life. Was a gymnast in high school and college. After college I got into running and then into bicycling (excessive amounts of bicycling). Lost about 30 lbs of upper body muscle due to all the bicycling so decided I better add some weight-training to my regime. Now (at almost 65) I weight-train every other day and do cardio on the days I don't weight train.
My motivation is that I really want to be able to 'do' things when I retire. Hiking, roller skating along the beach, skiing, etc.
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Some don't mind, others get annoyed. I'd avoid doing it if I was you!
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