Monthly Archives: October 2008

ElderExercise brainstorming – winter is coming

Let’s see if we can find ideas to beat winter, cold, snowy, rainy days. Just comment and I’ll get a page or a post getting all our ideas together.

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Naomi – Oct. 21 – 27…a middling course

Oct. 21 – 6,032 steps

Oct. 22 – 5,017 steps

Oct. 23 – 2,637 steps

Oct. 24 – 4,074 steps

Oct. 25 – 3,709 steps, 2,689 aerobic. Treadmill 15 mins., 2.5/1.5

Oct. 26 – 5,187 steps

Oct. 27 – 5,499 steps

Seem stuck at zero about doing new exercises.  See my blog, for 10/28/08 for a bit more detail.  Also mentioned this in comment to Sara.  sigh.

Holly asked me to let you know that her work was over-the-top before she left for a week in Mexico–and she will be reporting in on her return. Continue reading


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Lia – Clean Slate

Oh, dear ElderExercisers please forgive the two weeks silence. I’ve been visiting family in Canada. We spent sometime in Montreal and Toronto. My walking schedule was fine; I managed to do between 5,000 and 8,000 steps every day, and most were above 7,000 steps. Many days, with the help of my sister’s and her partner’s two dogs need to run in the woods, I managed over 7,000 steps. Feeling quite good about this, since many past visits were spent talking and eating.

Now I am back to work and trying the best I can to keep up the walking between 5-10 thousands. Wish me luck.


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Sara – also so…so…so…

Responding to Claude’s gentle nudge here!  I am a bit late also.  No dancing yet this week but I am going with some friends to a “dancing” at a restaurant which is a sort of Oktoberfest, with a German band called The Bavarian Stompers.  There will be lots of polkas, which is a very energetic jumpy three-quarter time dance.  Probably the Pennsylvania Polka, always a favorite up here!

Sun. Oct. 19 – 6485 steps (2022 aerobic), 148 calories, 2.25 miles; 100 reps cardioglide.

Mon. Oct. 20 – 7655 steps (3575 aerobic), 191 calories, 2.65 miles – out to dinner, ate fish and yummy cheese biscuits… 🙂

Tues. Oct. 21 – 6635 steps (3674 aerobic), 149 calories, 2.30 miles, 200 jumps on the indoor trampoline

Wed. Oct. 22 – 9000 steps (3866 aerobic), 207 calories, 3.12 miles.

Thurs. Oct. 23 – 3601 steps (0 aerobic), 93 calories, 1.25 miles. 

Fri. Oct. 24 – 9126 steps (6134 aerobic), 210 calories, 3.16 miles.  Ended the day with fried green tomatoes!

Sat. Oct. 25 – 6489 steps (3992 aerobic), 150 calories, 2.25 miles, 110 reps cardioglide.

Well, maybe not so awfully so…so!  I just like it when I can break 10,000.  But then, Penn State beat Ohio State for the first time in 30 years, so one of these days I will be able to do a bit more. 

Our singles club here is having an “introduction to the gym” party next Saturday at a gym near me, with finger food and demonstrations.  so I may end up joining the gym again.  I haven’t really missed it…but with the weather occasionally very rainy and unpleasant, it might be good to have that option.  We shall see! 

Health Rider cardioglide

Health Rider cardioglide

I think I actually managed to put that little picture in!  Yay me!  Happy walking, everyone!


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Claude – so so week

I’m one day late, and have no excuses 😉 Only it was medical week, and I was away for two days and visited with my friend Annik, and luckily we had nice weather.
Anyway, here goes
Sat Oct. 18: 10,000 steps
Sunday Oct. 19: felt lazy and just went to the market. So this was only 3,000 steps

Choosing mushrooms

Monday Oct. 20: a rather good day since I went for a medical exam which turned out ok. My previous gynecologist had “diagnosed” a cyst on my left ovary that she recommended I had removed 😦
Going to a specialist was well worth it. It isn’t a cyst but some sort of scar and there’s no point in touching it as it is totally innocuous… When dealing with doctors, it’s sometimes good to trust your own instincts!
So I celebrated by walking 14,800 steps, (6200 aerobic steps)
Tuesday Oct.21 was mammogram day 😥 I hate mammograms. But the doctor gave me a clean bill of health so it’s all right. She was so late that I missed my Feldenkrais class 😦 and as it was pouring, I only managed 5,240 steps
Wed. Oct. 22, we went to Beauval Zoo (I love zoos) and walked 6,720 steps none of them aerobic, as I stopped to photograph animals!
Thursday Oct 23, we went shopping! I bought the greatest bag to hold my swimming attire. But mind you, I haven’t been to the swimming-pool two Mondays in a row. Tomorrow?
Still, we walked 8,000 steps
Friday Oct 24, I had my one-hour stretching class. I usually go walking after that, but I just had to take a day’s rest. So no walking on Friday.

Remember everyone! We have all agreed to post once a week! Nudge, nudge…


Filed under Pedometer, Stretching, Walking

Naomi – Oct. 13 – 20 Change is hard…

Disappointing week with less consistent step accumulation.  Only have recorded 5,000 or above.  Also had to face how difficult it is for me to do home-based exercise and any other than walking.

Oct. 13 – 5,353 steps 1,127 aerobic.

Oct. 16 – 8,329 steps

Oct. 17 – Weight dropped to 139 pounds…forgot pedometer.

Oct. 18 – Two hours in dentist’s chair

Oct. 19 – 5,094 steps

Oct. 20 – 5,105 steps.  Tried following what Sara explained about aerobic steps but did not happen.  Will try another time.  20 minutes with stretch bands.


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Sara: It’s getting colder here…

Hi, everyone, we have had some near-freezing temperatures overnight during the last week, then some lovely Indian summer.  Work continues to be rather continuous but I was fortunate to be able to have two days off in a row, today and yesterday, so I feel somewhat restored. 

Fri. Oct. 10 – 10,707 steps (6749 aerobic), 265 calories, 3.71 miles.  I was carrying groceries so was walking more slowly for half of those aerobic steps…you will see the relevance in a moment…

Sat. Oct. 11 – 9447 steps (1875 aerobic), 264 calories, 3.27 miles.  This was not very many aerobic steps, but they were fast ones, and the calorie burn was nearly the same.  Very interesting.  BRISK walking seems a key to calorie burn.  I conclude that if I have had a somewhat sluggy day, I can still redeem it somewhat by getting out and doing 10-15 minutes of BRISK walking.  YES! 

Sun. Oct. 12 – 6159 steps, 133 calories, 2.13 miles, 200 reps on the cardioglide.  I did a lot of digging this day, since I had to divide and transplant a peony.  Whoof, they have lots of very tough entwined roots!  I needed help to even hold the thing down so as to pull it apart with a digging fork…

Mon. Oct. 13 – 5776 steps (2421 aerobic), 127 calories, 2 miles.

Tues. Oct. 14 – I forgot to wear my pedometer, I was so busy, it was the day for my kids’ choirs.  1384 steps, after I remembered to put it on! 200 reps on cardioglide.

Wed. Oct. 15 – 9353 steps (5243 aerobic), 224 calories, 3.24 miles.  240 reps cardioglide.

Thurs. Oct. 16 – 4452 steps (1896 aerobic), 97 calories, 1.54 miles.  250 cardioglide.

Fri. Oct. 17 – Contradancing!  10,772 steps (991 aerobic, which must have been that one dance that wore everyone out completely!), 274 calories, 3.74 miles, cardio 120 reps.  But I used up those calories right away by eating yummy cookies with icing on them… 😦

Sat.  Oct. 18 – 11,930 steps (8129 aerobic), 284 calories, 4.14 miles.  Cardio 140.  I shopped at several places that I usually drive to, and tried walking instead.  Weekends are the best time for me to do this. 

Contradance weekends always give me a lift for walking and everything else!  I am also happy that despite those cookies, my weight came up at 146.5 this morning.  And I am pleased that I’ve been able to do the cardioglide thing more regularly, I think it does help.

Happy walking, everyone!  It’s great to see Sandy back walking again and nice to be hearing more from Holly!


Filed under Brisk walking, general, Pedometer, Walking