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Thursday, August 30, 2007

TT #54: activities

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Thirteen activities / sports I did or still do
This week the new season started for aqua spinning. A nice moment to list the sports / activities I did/do. Unfortunately most of them are too intensive for me now because of the fatigue, but I'm doing all I can.

  • twirling - I started as a little majorette while I was in primary school, then moved on to the older majorettes (I'm in the top row, 4th from the left) and ended in the twirlgroup. I was the instructor of the younger group. The training also involved some basic ballet exercises. I stopped a few years after I met Ron there (he was in our drum band).
  • softball - I did this in high school, not in a club. I was a pretty good pitcher, but an average batter.
  • fitness (machines) - I liked fitness and was quite fanatic. I've done it for years. I now have a health walker at home and would love to have more.
  • callanetics - I started when it was introduced in the gym where I did my fitness training. I took 3 to 4 classes a week, sometimes more. I also had videotapes to do it at home.
  • step aerobics - After callanetics I tried step aerobics and loved it! I went 4 times a week, sometimes 2 hours in a row. My group also did some demonstration shows, but I was always afraid to look fat in my tight outfit (although I was the skinniest).
  • tae-bo - I saw Billy Blanks in a homeshopping programme, so I looked for a sports centre in my neighbourhood that gave lessons. Unfortunately I ended up in a snobbish centre where I didn't feel comfortable (I was the only chubby one). I liked the workout though!
  • inline-skating - I've only taken one class. When I stayed in Amsterdam in a clinic for my eating disorders, I took my skeelers for a ride in the Vondelpark several times. I had to stop when my thyroid gland caused problems.
  • Slender You - You might think this is not activity, but the passive movements still made me tired. It was a great way to get some exercise for me and the salon was just around the corner. Then the salon went bankrupt and I had to stop. It was quite expensive.
  • line-dancing - Ron and I took lessons in a local community centre: fun and very intensive! Ron had to stop because of his knees, but I've done it for 7 or 8 years. Sometimes we go to a special evening or event and I still like it very much! In the picture I'm wearing a crown because it was Queen's Day. I also have a cowboy hat, but that's too hot when I'm dancing!
  • running / walking - Running wasn't really my thing, but I loved to be outdoors in nature. When running got too heavy, it became walking. I walk as much as I can; sometimes for 5 minutes, sometimes hours, that depends on my energy level.
  • Winsor Pilates - I have the Mari Windsor DVD's and did it for almost a year in front of the television. It works, but it's a bit boring on your own.
  • aqua jogging - It's walking in the water with a wet belt around your waist. My sister did it before me and convinced me to join too. Our group jogged on Saturday at 7.45 in the morning. I didn't mind the time; afterwards I still had most of the day ahead of me. It is great exercise because you can adapt the training to your own energy level without falling behind. I stopped when I started aqua spinning, because unfortunately doing both is too expensive. I sometimes stand in if someone of my old group can't go.
  • aqua spinning - A total body workout on a spinning bike in the water. I do it on Wednesday evenings with my sister. It's very intensive, but I can do it at my own speed. Afterwards I'm exhausted, but I like it and I want to do at least something intensive.

My main reason for doing all this has always been to have fun. The fanatic sporting took a high in my eating disordered years. Of course it helps to lose weight and it is better for my health, but if I don't enjoy it I won't persevere.


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54 comments:

  1. I love softball and fitness machines too! I haven't tried Tae Bo, but I totally want to try it whenever I see those infomercials. Great TT this week!

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  2. I've never been very sporty but I do walk a lot. Whenever I buy new shoes the shoe shop staff won't believe that the shoes came from their shop and are only a year old :-)

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  3. I would kill someone if i tried twirling, me and coordination do not go well together at all!

    Hiking/walking i do every weekend that i can:$

    I recently had a go at caving which was excellent.

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  4. Those look like wonderful activity to try...the twirling...are you from the Philippines?

    I have my T13 here.

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  5. My favorite exercise is walking. It's never boring, you can do it at your own speed, and it costs nothing.

    I came to that conclusion after trying a lot of the same exercises you've tried.

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  6. Oh wow, the water spinning sounds interesting. I'll have to see if there is anyplace around here that offers it.

    Happy TT!

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  7. I envy you. I could never keep up with all of that!

    Happy TT!

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  8. Wow, you were/are one active person. Have a great TT. :)

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  9. Wow, that's a good assortment of activities. You're so lucky to have the time to enjoy those!

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  10. Wow I got tired reading your list. I love softball and baseball though.

    Edhttp://edsthread.x10hosting.com

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  11. Dang! You must be very skinny :) I'm jealous! :)

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  12. Impressive. I've never been very sporty, although I do like to walk and I used to play badminton. I'm trying to get back into yoga again and boy are my muscles sore. LOL

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  13. I am so totally un-sporty ... but I do remember doing callanetics that I learned from a book.

    Happy Th 13

    BB
    Mama Kelly

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  14. Man, I really need to get back to my exercise program. I was derailed over the summer with the kids home. Happy TT!

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  15. Hey, Tink!!

    Aquatic spinning? Is that serious? I bet I'd love it; I had a GREAT spin class today. I love to spin; it's one of the few things I do that doesn't leave me in pain (although pushing myself can be painful, it's a different sort of pain).

    You have done some really cool things, my friend. I am envious.

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  16. I wish I could do all of that. I am in the category of being disabled. :) I love to watch sports!

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  17. I'm not sporty although I am now trying to lose weight so I walk a lot and I enjoy doing pilates. I tried Billy Blanks and loved it but boy! what a workout!!

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  18. I'm not sporty too but I have to maintain my weight to keep healthy. You are very active.

    This is my very first T13 post and visit. ^-^

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  19. I always suspected Pilates would be boring! But no one I know who takes it will admit that. Thanks for confirming my suspicion. (Not that the treadmill isn't boring, but I can read while doing it.)

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  20. Tink, you do everything! I, on the other hand just walk (and I'm looking forward to biking again soon.) I LOVED the pictures; when I was about 6, I wanted to be a twirler, but I clubbed myself in the head with my baton and that was the end of my twirling ambition. Great list! Have a great week :)
    DK

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  21. I'm not a lover of sports so when I read these lists, it amazes me.
    My T13 is up too.

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  22. I got tired just reading your list. My TT is up.

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  23. Sounds like you've been/are a busy gal! I've done a few of these myself, way back when.

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  24. I love exercising, too. Now, what I mostly do is walk several times a week.

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  25. Wow, you're athletic! Wish I was/am... but I did callanetics and step aerobics before.

    Happy TT!

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  26. Great list! Wish I can do the aqua sports... I am not really fond of swimming so I don't really dabble on water sports... Happy TT!

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  27. Congratulations on keeping so active!! Pilates is good but I don't make it to that class... Boot camp-- that I never miss!

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  28. A list like yours reminds me of all the things I haven't tried yet!

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  29. I am already tired by reading this, lol ! I am awfully lazy and never liked sport !

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  30. I've played softball and tried Tae Bo, but I couldn't stick with the latter. I've just decided that walking and playing tennis are the things I enjoy, so that's what I'll keep doing.

    Great TT!

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  31. I was good at running when I was a teen, loved football and volleyball. Love walking and being outdoors.

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  32. Wow! I'd love to try any of these sometime. Great list! Happy TT!

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  33. Oooh, I always wanted to learn twirling when I was a kid.

    I do callanetics & Pilates, and used to use fitness machines, but I stick with free weights now. In fact, my recent fitness jumpstart during our vacation in Italy was callanetics and free weights. I didn't actually lose weight, but I got a size smaller, and much firmer. Wonderfully effective.

    Was it you who suggested I check out Tae-Bo a while back? I just got myself a video and tried it a couple weeks ago. So far, I really like it.

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  34. I love walking. Of all the things I own, my pedometer is my best fitness friend to be sure. Some great music and I'm set. It's the one thing I can do outside, on a treadmill, or in place at my desk while I blog-cruise (yes, I can even walk in place and type at the same time. I'm nifty. LOL)

    I enjoyed tae bo until my knee and ankle issues. I'm hoping to get back into it some time next month. Winsor Pilates is a good routine, I only do a modified routine, but it's one I can do every morning before I get out of bed so it was definitely worth getting and learning.

    Is a health walker more like a treadmill or more like a glider? (I have a gazelle which is my favorite machine I've ever been on for cardio).

    Nuff of my ramble :)

    Always a pleasure, Tink

    ~X

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  35. Not for me - I'm more of a cake person.
    There's an award for you over at my place - hope you'll accept it!

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  36. You must be very strong! I like when my Mommie and I got out strollering. I can see many fun things, and she gets exercise.

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  37. Sheesh, you must be in great shape!! LOL! Put me to shame. Happy TT!

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  38. Aqua Spinning - I've seen this and it does look like a good exercise, and yes, I bet you are exhausted when your finished!

    My mom was a twirler and neither me or my sister were ever that coordinated to do it. It's much harder than people think.

    I bet Ron is loving the fact you put that pic up :-)

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  39. Wow! I'm tired just reading that. LOL

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  40. what an active existence!

    Fun TT.

    I have two TTs:

    http://www.ravensroads.com
    http://www.markeroni.com/blog/

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  41. Wow, some of those sound really cool.

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  42. I want to get into an aqua aerobics class but they're so hard to find. I've never heard of aqua spinning. Sounds hard but interesting.

    Happy TT!

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  43. Geez, it looks like you really are an active person. Compared to me you are quite the sports fanatic. LOL
    I don't even know what half the stuff on this list is! (Please don't explain, I'm way too lazy to do any of that stuff anyway.) The only thing I ever tried was inline-skating, but as I had expected it was way too strenous for my taste and I gave it up pretty fast. ;o)
    The only thing (besides walking fantastic distances with my dog) I like to do that involves moving in any way is dancing. But I don't really consider that excercise, even though it can get pretty exhausting...

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  44. Pathetically, I'm such a girlie girl I can't even tell you. I like swimming. :) lol

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  45. Hey Tink...you are/were very active! I love aqua running and aerobics...what a work out...but I always crash into everyone else.

    I take dance workshops for the most part now, I find it stimulates the mind and is a "talent" not that I don't crash into others dancing too!

    Here is my TT:

    http://gnosticminx.blogspot.com/2007/08/cherry-beach.html

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  46. Wow! Now I feel like a slacker. I've done Badminton, walking, Tai Chi, Weight training, bicycling, and swimming.

    Right now, though, I don't do nearly enough of anything.

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  47. Fun list. Happy Thursday!

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  48. Wow, thats exhausting just reading. Good for you.

    Great TT, Happy THursday!!

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  49. Lovely Thursday Thirteen!

    Keep up the good work!

    :)

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  50. I've always wanted to try pilates.

    Happy TT!

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  51. I love to walk. My dog is grateful for that! We go every day unless I'm having a migraine, or if it's minus 15 degrees, or there's lightening. We love to walk at night so I can have my breath taken away by the beautiful moon.

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  52. Tae-bo is my current obsession. I've got Billy Blanks dvds and I play at home :)

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