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By gender: what's your favorite exercise/sport/activity?

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Created February 26, 2011 at 3:35 PM

What activity/sport/exercise makes you feel the best? What do you use it for: strength, endurance, flexibility, stress reduction, competition, work ability, pain management, rehabilitation, hobby, fun factor, etc? Do you relate it to a Paleo lifestyle? If so, how?

What's your gender?

Too many questions? (grin)

It will be interesting to build a profile of what sorts of activities Paleo-ers engage in, and whether there is a gender difference in preferences and activities. Thanks!

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

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on February 07, 2012
at 09:06 PM

My parents hike 1-2 times everyday, as did I when I lived at home. It was just something we did and still do, I miss it now that I don't live near proper mountains!

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on February 07, 2012
at 08:11 AM

This could describe me to a tee - I'm a walking nut too and insanely fond of climbing, scrambling and exploring around my neighborhood. Also get a ridiculous amount of enjoyment doing simple tasks like digging, raking, helping out. I'm very jealous you get to encounter squirrels and deer on your walks! The most I come across in the urban jungle is pidgeons =P

5786a8dbc9f3c6e1b7ec5b46079562ae

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on February 27, 2011
at 04:56 PM

Mostly it's just a car replacement. I'd love to have the time to do road trips on the bike, but it's a matter of finding time and company. Luckily there are a lot of group rides in the area!

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on February 27, 2011
at 04:37 PM

@sherpamelissa: No, I haven't done the late ride. I'm not much on riding at night. Have you ever done the Boulevard Lakefront Tour? I've ridden in it several times.

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on February 27, 2011
at 03:16 PM

A splitboard is a snowbaord that splits in half to make 2 skis for uphill travel known as skinning. http://www.splitboard.com/site/Anatomy_of_a_Splitboard.html

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on February 27, 2011
at 10:55 AM

I get you on the "having a point" piece. I haven't had a bike since my Murray fat fender one speed (me) many years ago. Do you do cycle races or cross country treks?

F1cd291cf9ba1ebd9a9db21d3dd09735

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on February 27, 2011
at 10:53 AM

What is splitboarding?

F1cd291cf9ba1ebd9a9db21d3dd09735

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on February 27, 2011
at 10:51 AM

Thanks, amanda! Up til your visit, I think it has just been me and the spammers. I just put up a post that has a YouTube rap video about vaccination and the anti vacc scammers. Sounds deadly dull, but it's barely safe for work!

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on February 27, 2011
at 03:21 AM

side note--i really like your blog.

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on February 27, 2011
at 02:56 AM

Probably at first, but I've been at it for a few years now so they're used to it, and my boss understands that the exercise and light are "medicine" for me. Also, I live and work in D.C., so it's not as odd as it might be in a non-urban area. Now and then someone I know will spot me on their way downtown and pull over to offer me a ride. I always feel a little rude waving them on. But... Oh well! :)

95601768ec9cb75cc3a9cbcd2271ed14

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on February 27, 2011
at 02:12 AM

Do your co-workers think you an insane super person for walking to work? Even when I was only walking a mile each way people were astounded and tripping over themselves to offer me rides home. I could never communicate just how much I loved my commute because they hated theirs so much.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

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on February 27, 2011
at 01:54 AM

Do you ever do the McDonald's Late Night ride in the city? I want to do it every year and never actually sign up.

F1cd291cf9ba1ebd9a9db21d3dd09735

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on February 26, 2011
at 05:49 PM

Wow! What variety! Does anyone dance or do any community types of activities? Does anyone just simply perform physical work (eg farming, animal husbandry, horse training, forestry, construction, direct patient care, etc.)? And as to me: Female Walk, yoga (beginner), and would love to return to tap dance & barre work - but can't find a venue. Am carless and carry all purchases/food > 1mi & up three flights stairs which constitutes my resistance training.

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193b7fb0fec8913d5ebb3b99a04d21c6

(2918)

on February 07, 2012
at 10:15 PM

Female.

Sleeping. Sex. Eating.

In that order.

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95eda9fa0cec952b482e869c34a566b6

on February 27, 2011
at 01:49 AM

Male.

I like walking and sprinting plus body weight exercises and weight lifting to keep fit and work off stress.

I like cycling and inline skating because they're fun and I like going fast.

I'm not a great swimmer, but time in the pool or lake are both great for relaxation.

95eda9fa0cec952b482e869c34a566b6

on February 27, 2011
at 04:37 PM

@sherpamelissa: No, I haven't done the late ride. I'm not much on riding at night. Have you ever done the Boulevard Lakefront Tour? I've ridden in it several times.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on February 27, 2011
at 01:54 AM

Do you ever do the McDonald's Late Night ride in the city? I want to do it every year and never actually sign up.

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on February 26, 2011
at 09:46 PM

This male enjoys hiking more than any other type of exercise. In fact, it's enjoyable enough that I don't think of it as exercise at all.

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7e65e7c3794834b3526b77f92cabee55

(214)

on February 27, 2011
at 03:52 AM

Female

Cycling on a Mountain Bike.

Bombing downhill in the summer on a ski slope is my biggest thrill. But where I live now that's not possible. So second fave is single track through the forest.

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95601768ec9cb75cc3a9cbcd2271ed14

(2206)

on February 26, 2011
at 07:53 PM

I love to walk and walk and walk. (which is convenient as I have always lived car free.) I like playing in the woods--barefoot strolls when it is quiet and damp, vainly attempting to outrun deer/squirrel/etc when they cross my path, trying to get lost, climbing trees. I love going to the beach and scrambling over rocks, sprinting as hard as I can on the sand, swimming in calm lakes/gently flowing rivers/the pounding ocean surf. I also really like shoveling snow and helping people move. I do these for a mix of almost all the reasons that you listed, with the main one being because these are things that have consistently, since childhood, made me feel effing awesome.

I am female.

0d83a31f4066514252a2b6fb81f05b48

(907)

on February 07, 2012
at 08:11 AM

This could describe me to a tee - I'm a walking nut too and insanely fond of climbing, scrambling and exploring around my neighborhood. Also get a ridiculous amount of enjoyment doing simple tasks like digging, raking, helping out. I'm very jealous you get to encounter squirrels and deer on your walks! The most I come across in the urban jungle is pidgeons =P

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on February 26, 2011
at 05:46 PM

Hiking. Just love being outdoors, and it's great for stress reduction - feels like a mini vacation. And yeah, it seems very "paleo". People used to "hike" every day - seems a little silly that we have a special term for it, and consider it an "activity".

Female.

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

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on February 07, 2012
at 09:06 PM

My parents hike 1-2 times everyday, as did I when I lived at home. It was just something we did and still do, I miss it now that I don't live near proper mountains!

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(116)

on February 26, 2011
at 05:20 PM

male

simply walking

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Fe6e37f8d4c49de1ecbc926c8900cd54

on February 26, 2011
at 08:23 PM

I am female, and a few months ago, I fell in love with rock climbing. It's fun, it's a great upper-body work out, it engages the problem-solving faculties, and best of all, it makes me feel like a monkey. A strong-gripped monkey.

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on February 26, 2011
at 05:57 PM

I'm a wanderer. I like to meander hither and yon, though mostly to and from class. Sometimes, when I think I'm going to miss my bus, I take off in a full-blown sprint. Absolutely exhilarating, though I've had some close calls. ;)

Female.

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on February 08, 2012
at 03:12 PM

I'm a man and I do deadlifts.

While I may enjoy many other activities to differing degrees, the deadlift is the only exercise I regularly do that makes me think of dragging a moose or an elk into position so as to turn it into easily packaged units of meat. Activating my back-chain in a way that harkens back to movements my great-grandparents might have actually made is the only movement that seems to matter in a 'paleo' perspective.

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on February 07, 2012
at 12:25 PM

(Edit: This is how I like to exercise! http://movnat.com/media/video/ )

Female.

I like:
- Swimming in the ocean like a goofy dog (not lake or swimming pool, too boring) .
- Alternating walking/sprinting/running/jumping as in, running in the woods as if you were trying to catch someone, climbing and jumping over things as necessary.
- I also love heights, so I like climbing anything and everything.

I don't "exercise", exercise is stupid. I "do things".
This is one of the reasons I would love to have my own family farm someday, and do all sorts of things to feed/clothe/etc my family... "exercise" will be every day, all day long, but it won't be a conscious effort to exercise :-)

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on February 07, 2012
at 04:07 AM

Female

I practice Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and muay Thai (yeah, you can call that MMA), and I love hiking and rock/tree/random boulder/steep hill climbing. I connect all of these with a paleo life. Hiking and climbing are likely pretty easy to figure out: being part of nature and the Earth and using by body in MovNat-ish ways. Climbing a short cliff and sprinting along a rocky trail are like puzzles; they require quick feet and a quick mind. As for the martial arts, I enjoy fighting, but not because I can potentially hurt people. I like how it bonds people and teammates, and I feel more natural moving on the mats or in a ring than while walking through a mall or sitting in a chair in class.

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6a4fd73b4ae4761eefec8e0d38e6f224

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on February 27, 2011
at 01:22 AM

Female

  1. Morning commute - a 3-mile walk from home to office, and often also another mile-plus on the way home. In addition to the calorie burn, it's also a daily dose of sunlight, which helps immensely to offset depression.

  2. Vinyasa yoga - 2 to 3 times per week. I prefer a more challenging routine than the one I've been taking, but the class has a nice vibe.

95601768ec9cb75cc3a9cbcd2271ed14

(2206)

on February 27, 2011
at 02:12 AM

Do your co-workers think you an insane super person for walking to work? Even when I was only walking a mile each way people were astounded and tripping over themselves to offer me rides home. I could never communicate just how much I loved my commute because they hated theirs so much.

6a4fd73b4ae4761eefec8e0d38e6f224

(1008)

on February 27, 2011
at 02:56 AM

Probably at first, but I've been at it for a few years now so they're used to it, and my boss understands that the exercise and light are "medicine" for me. Also, I live and work in D.C., so it's not as odd as it might be in a non-urban area. Now and then someone I know will spot me on their way downtown and pull over to offer me a ride. I always feel a little rude waving them on. But... Oh well! :)

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on February 26, 2011
at 10:41 PM

Male.

Walking, cycling, Yoga, kettlebell training. Covers all the basics.

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A5c6b0371d6367f68c7438c9aef29c4d

on February 26, 2011
at 08:53 PM

Male

Winter/spring - splitboarding/ Summer - mtn.biking/road cycling/ Fall - HUNTING!!!!!!!!!!!

Year'round - martial arts Olympic lifting, powerlifting and strongman training.

A5c6b0371d6367f68c7438c9aef29c4d

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on February 27, 2011
at 03:16 PM

A splitboard is a snowbaord that splits in half to make 2 skis for uphill travel known as skinning. http://www.splitboard.com/site/Anatomy_of_a_Splitboard.html

F1cd291cf9ba1ebd9a9db21d3dd09735

(436)

on February 27, 2011
at 10:53 AM

What is splitboarding?

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5786a8dbc9f3c6e1b7ec5b46079562ae

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on February 26, 2011
at 07:52 PM

Female.

So far the only sport that's not too boring or unpleasant for me is cycling, and only because there's a point. I can ride five miles to work every morning and really enjoy it, and I'll spend hours riding somewhere on my bicycle that would take me 20 minutes to get to by car. Running is boring, hiking is too slow, and besides, more than a mile or so on my feet and they start to hurt.

I'm not sure it's paleo (and riding around near cars and their fumes certainly isn't), but it's exercise.

F1cd291cf9ba1ebd9a9db21d3dd09735

(436)

on February 27, 2011
at 10:55 AM

I get you on the "having a point" piece. I haven't had a bike since my Murray fat fender one speed (me) many years ago. Do you do cycle races or cross country treks?

5786a8dbc9f3c6e1b7ec5b46079562ae

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on February 27, 2011
at 04:56 PM

Mostly it's just a car replacement. I'd love to have the time to do road trips on the bike, but it's a matter of finding time and company. Luckily there are a lot of group rides in the area!

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on February 26, 2011
at 05:21 PM

Hiking, cycling, swimming.

Female.

I exercise for a variety of reasons, but stress reduction is the thing that gets me out there when nothing else will.

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on February 26, 2011
at 05:10 PM

Male.

I love calisthenics, strength training, and sprints. I also love playing with my dog. My favorite sports to play recreationally would be softball and racquetball.

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on February 26, 2011
at 04:50 PM

Male. Swimming, rowing machine, and walking.

Swimming and rowing because I prefer whole-body work over targeting pieces-parts. Walking simply because it's relaxing and I can catch up on audio books.

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7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

on February 26, 2011
at 04:25 PM

FEMALE

I love bike riding more than anything and don't do it enough! I just love the feel of it, the wind and my bike and the hills and I just feel so light and free! Last year I did a sprint triathlon and in the swim/run pics I look determined, but in the biking picture I have the biggest grin on my face. :D

In the gym, I love to lift heavy. It makes me feel tough and strong. Yesterday we did front/back squats, then cleans/thrusters/back squat/overhead squat. It was awesome!

Pushups also make me feel great. I am so impressed with myself every time I do them. LOL.

I am not a fan of running most of the time, but a run in a nice summer rain is always pretty cool.

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on February 26, 2011
at 04:21 PM

Female, and the only thing I really consider fun is hiking. :) Running/jogging is by far my least favorite thing to do. I did just try out Crossfit for the first time last week and it was ok though! Maybe the camaraderie-ness of it made it less detestable?

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on February 26, 2011
at 03:52 PM

Yoga for flexibility and balance, zen meditation for clear mind and stress reduction, hiking, roller hockey and biking for a fun activity/hobby and 2-3 days a week of weight lifting for strength and fun. i guess roller blades and bicylces arent really paleo haha but, neither is this computer. oh and im male. =)

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on February 26, 2011
at 03:50 PM

My favorite sport is definitely tennis, even though I'm not convinced it's optimal for health. There's a lot of pounding and stress on your body. I play almost every day for 3 plus hours, so its taking its toll. I love it though, so I will continue to play.

For health, my favorite thing to do is walk. I walk everywhere. It makes me feel good and is so much better than sitting down.

I'm female.

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on February 26, 2011
at 03:48 PM

MALE

My answer is will not shock anyone but I enjoy Crossfit 3-4x/week. I also walk a couple miles when I can and play Softball in a Sunday league.

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on February 10, 2012
at 12:26 AM

Female. I love to hike. Even urban walking's good. Dancing is also good. Working out at the gym: Meh. FWIW, I didn't hate lifting, but I did loathe the step machines and their evil brethren.

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on February 08, 2012
at 12:35 PM

Female

  • Lifting heavy is number one (powerlifting and olympic weightlifting)
  • Cycling: I live in the city and ride my bicycle everyday (rain, shine, snow, heat, cold) and would never give that up. It improves my quality of life.

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on February 08, 2012
at 02:11 AM

Male

Soccer is my drug.

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Fb677d93955eb0fac597e3d94db92980

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on February 07, 2012
at 10:06 PM

Female.

Ice hockey for all of the above reasons. Stress, sprinting, strength, socializing. I don't relate it to Paleo because I play for me. Best sport ever.

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on February 07, 2012
at 09:50 PM

Female.

Lifting heavy things. Like barbells.

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on February 07, 2012
at 08:02 PM

Female

Running outside is my antidepressant. Hiking and walking are also weekly musts. Weight lifting is fun because I see the benefits in my running.

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on February 07, 2012
at 03:36 PM

Female.

I love the feeling I have after Crossfit but for "fun" I'd have to say:

In-line skating (longer distances on a bike path where I can just let my mind wander) and snow-skiing on certain slopes - not too steep, not too flat and boring, where you're just carving the snow and skiing just within the line of "too fast for me to maintain full control."

Running also keeps me sane, but I wouldn't say I do my usual morning road runs for "fun." I do them to make my body feel alive.

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on February 07, 2012
at 03:04 PM

Male

I love explosion! Olympic lifts, jumping, throwing, making babby (just kidding, it's not a sport if you win every time).

I view "powerlifts" as a necessary evil to get better at the above (squats, pulls, presses), but for some reason don't really care for powerlifting as a sport, but as an accessory.

The amalgam of all of which is strongman, requiring strength and explosion, which I competed in for quite a few years.

I don't really regard it as related to my paleo lifestyle, but both are complimentary. I would have never bought my first Paleo book years ago, were it not for the various strongman/weightlifting forums I frequented and the accolades it received.

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on February 07, 2012
at 02:12 PM

Female.

Again, probably not a shocker but I LOVE CrossFit - 3-4 times per week.

I've participated in many different types of physical activity and this one is my favorite due to the fact that it incorporates so many different types of activities. Also, i've seen more results with this than anything else.

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on February 07, 2012
at 12:56 PM

Male. I used to be a big soccer fan, until I went to high school and there was no space to play. While I'd still like to play soccer, I now like table tennis and walking a lot.

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on February 07, 2012
at 06:22 AM

surprising. I would have expected more crossfitters here.

Female: endurance running for relaxation Crossfit weight lifting swimming (hate it, but it's the best for loosening up my tight muscles)

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on February 07, 2012
at 05:58 AM

Female. Pilates for pain management and strength. It really has been the key to helping me manage some really deep set chronic pelvic pain. Taekwondo for FUN. And a place to scream and kick and punch!

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on February 07, 2012
at 04:32 AM

male - tv watching (kidding sort of) I really like 5k's and I am starting to really get in to body weight training now that i can rattle off a few pullups/chinups. I really enjoy 2 parts of a tri also. I only bike cause its part of the event.

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on February 28, 2012
at 03:20 PM

Male.

Mountain biking. Mostly crosscountry, but sometime mix single tracks as well. Rarely weight lifting.

Makes me feel good about myself (this is mostly the only excercise I do). Improves my endurance. It's something that I've been doing long before I started Paleo, so I try to fit it into my strict Paleo habbits.

One thing, usually it's longer then 1 hour (up to 8) so I have to add carbs before and during the activity.

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on February 28, 2012
at 03:18 PM

What activity/sport/exercise makes you feel the best? Swimming! What do you use it for: Overall fitness and it is enjoyable. I also do rowing for fitness (gets me in great shape usually) but it is a lot more effort. Being on the water is very nice though :)

Female / 20

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on February 10, 2012
at 12:50 AM

I'm a guy with no interest in "building" or "sculpting" my body to look unnaturally muscular. I'm aiming for natural, lean, fit and functional.

I favor full-body exercises over targeting specific muscle groups. A basic goal I have is to be able to do a set of 15-20 pull-ups and 50-100 push-ups, or eventually something like this: Bar-Barian Requirements

Throw in some sex, hiking, sprints, and general outdoor play time and I'm good.

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on February 08, 2012
at 03:51 PM

GENDER: Female.

ACTIVITIES: Crossfit. Backpacking. Rock climbing. Triathlons. Basketball.

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on February 08, 2012
at 03:45 PM

Male.

Climbing (bouldering/sport). It is FUN and the feeling of moving against gravity is awesome. It also builds some freaky strength (1 arm pullups/front levers) and keeps the abs/back/arms chiseled. So basically, I don't have to drag myself to the gym to workout - I want to be there!

But above all else - climbing has provided the motivation to be disciplined in other areas (food/alcohol/sleep) and has opened my eyes to the wonderful rock we have in the US (and that it needs to be taken care of).

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on February 08, 2012
at 10:46 AM

Female.

  • Powerlifting (Squat, Deadlifts, Pressing + some OL) for strength & relaxation.
  • Swimming & Surfing when I can as they are my favorite sports (I love being in the water in general).
  • Walking (or cycling if I'm in a hurry) everywhere instead of using public transportation.

Those sports/activities are very important to my well-being, I couldn't function otherwise.

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on February 08, 2012
at 10:30 AM

Male.

  • Martial arts (Hapkido) - not really Paleo related
  • Weight lifting - mostly doing compound exercises (squat, deadlift, pressing) - sort of Paleo related. Our ancestors definitely had to lift some heavy stuff on a regular basis
  • Running/jogging - sort of Paleo related for obvious reasons.
  • Swimming - not really Paleo related, but I recommend the "Total Immersion" school/approach for anyone who wants to learn to swim - they are trying to teach people swim as effortlessly and gracefully as possible for a land animal. :)

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on February 08, 2012
at 05:01 AM

Female...

Dance, dance, dance. Anything of the African diaspora (live drums!!!) and belly dance. I'm also on a mission to revisit lyrical/jazz/blues. The ultimate "lose yourself" dance!

Cycling for commuting and/or the hell of it.

The gym at least once a week for Zumba and some upper body - rowing, pull-ups, dips type stuff.

I'd like to get back into running now that my aches from inflammation are under control. I miss being in the running 'zone'.

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on February 08, 2012
at 02:17 AM

Female.

Walking and biking, because they are transportation and relatively easy to integrate into my life without making a specific effort.

Swimming, skating, and soccer are things I enjoy, but rarely get a chance to do.

Martial arts is a part of my soul, but expensive and time consuming when you have kids and a job and so on.

I've never found a way to enjoy running. I tolerate weights because they're handy and effective with relatively little time input, but find them boring.

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on February 07, 2012
at 05:04 PM

Female

  • lifting heavy, because it's the only time I feel like I'm keeping one step ahead of my kids (and also because I feel GREAT when I get a new PR on squats or deadlifts)

  • walking as transportation

  • pull-ups (because they're fun)

  • running, as it's my "me" time and I can sort of zone out for a while

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