Exercise! - what activity/exercise/sport have you been meaning to try?




mel23
04-10-2011, 11:05 AM
is there any activity/sport/exercise you have been meaning to try? i thought it would be fun to share, and maybe if someone has tried said activity, they could share their experience/thoughts on it.

even though i'm lacking upper body strength, i would love love love to try rock climbing. there's a climbing wall in brooklyn (i think it's called brooklyn boulders, for anyone in the nyc area) that offers beginners classes, so i might check it out in the next few weeks. also, i would like to try a pilates class--i feel like even though i regularly practice yoga, i totally neglect my core, and i hear pilates is awesome for building core strength.


MonicaM
04-10-2011, 11:21 AM
I would like to try yoga and machines at the YMCA. At this point I walk and swim.

Eliana
04-10-2011, 11:25 AM
Mel, I did rock climbing in college and remember being surprised at how easy it was. Of course I thought I was fat at 113 pounds then. :rolleyes: I've been meaning to try again but my best friend is too chicken. LOL!

Gosh, there are so many "adventure" type things I want to try:
I want to go on the 50 mile hike with the boy scouts but that's a week without bathrooms. :yikes: I'm scared.
Kayaking
Canoeing
Mountain climbing...gotta find a mountain first
Day trip on a bike...this I'm actually going to do, and soon.
Run a marathon, or at least the length of one.
Skiing


lackadaisy
04-10-2011, 01:02 PM
I finally went hiking this weekend. In snow. That was interesting. My quads got a much better workout than I expected...

I'd like to try water sports -- long swims, rowing, parasailing. I'm not much of a swimmer but I think when I lose a few more pounds I'll commit myself to being more active in ess clothing so I work on my body self-confidence. :)

A long bike ride is also on my list (for three weeks from now). I've recently started yoga and love it. Also, just as a recommendation for anyone else -- try fencing! As a former competitive fencer who loved it, I recommend the sport wholeheartedly for the fun aspect. And you burn a lot of calories jumping around that little strip.

sacha
04-10-2011, 01:10 PM
Yoga. I've been lifting heavy weights for years but can barely do a downward dog I'm so inflexible. I got a few DVD's and the yoga encyclopedia a few days ago to attempt to change this :)

And yes rock climbing as well! It just isn't possible right now due to childcare. Will def. do this once I can have someone else watch him.

AriRuns
04-10-2011, 03:35 PM
Hot yoga! I also want to try kayaking, and eventually rock climbing on real rocks. My school has a climbing facility that is free for students, so I've recently begun climbing there, but would love to actually do it outdoors. Eliana, I don't know that I'd use the word "easy," ;) but I was actually surprised that I was able to make it to the top on my first try. My whole body was shaking from the exertion, but I made it, which I hadn't expected to be able to do! Mel, I suggest giving it a try, even if you're lacking the upper body strength. I'm told that if you're doing it correctly, you climb with your legs, not your arms.

Currently I am practicing martial arts (taekwondo), playing soccer, and running, but I think I could squeeze in another activity. If anyone has martial arts on their "things to try" list, I highly recommend it!

Thighs Be Gone
04-10-2011, 03:41 PM
zumba

Eliana
04-10-2011, 05:26 PM
Eliana, I don't know that I'd use the word "easy," ;) but I was actually surprised that I was able to make it to the top on my first try.

LOL! I didn't explain myself very well. At the time I weighed 113 pounds but felt like I weighed 300 pounds. I was terrified that the rope would break. I was ridiculous, truly, but those thoughts were real. So in comparison to what I was expecting, I found rock climbing to be relatively easy. I'm sure going into it now thinking it would be easy would be a giant mistake! :D

ilidawn
04-10-2011, 05:46 PM
I'd have to say rock climbing as well. When I was a kid I got to try it and absolutely loved it since I was good at it...except for the coming back down part lol. My weight stops me now though because I don't think my hands and wrists could deal with the strain (they're weak now after an abusive boyfriend slammed them repeatedly through the bedroom wall)

leblebi
04-10-2011, 08:12 PM
i have always been fascinated by fencing and want to try it one day. talk about a quad work out.

mel23 i have no upper body strength to speak of and i tried (and loved!) rock climbing a few years ago. surprised at how easily i managed...i was climbing up that thing like a nimble little monkey. if you live in manhattan, as i do, there should still be one at lincoln center...in that atrium across from the met. roxa mexicano is right down the street.

ariruins i did bikram yoga pretty consistently two winters ago but stopped when summer rolled around...it's terribly therapeutic and cleansing. i only went a few times this season because i got caught up at work and ended up going to the boring gym instead.

tiffany0809
04-10-2011, 08:22 PM
is there any activity/sport/exercise you have been meaning to try? i thought it would be fun to share, and maybe if someone has tried said activity, they could share their experience/thoughts on it.

even though i'm lacking upper body strength, i would love love love to try rock climbing. there's a climbing wall in brooklyn (i think it's called brooklyn boulders, for anyone in the nyc area) that offers beginners classes, so i might check it out in the next few weeks. also, i would like to try a pilates class--i feel like even though i regularly practice yoga, i totally neglect my core, and i hear pilates is awesome for building core strength.

Mel, I've actually been planning on going to Brooklyn Boulders! I'm hoping to go sometime in May. My weekends have other random things going on until then. If you go PM me and let me know how it is!

mel23
04-10-2011, 09:01 PM
leblebi-- thanks for that tip! i will have to check it out!
tiffany--will def let you know how it is if i go!

josey
04-11-2011, 10:30 AM
Kite surfing!
Though I think I need to reach somewhat goal first and be really fit to enjoy it.

saef
04-11-2011, 10:39 AM
I want to go further with weights. I'm not doing deadlifts or pullups. In fact, I need to change up my dumbbell routine, so I just got the Arms & Shoulders disc P90X disc all by itself & I'm going to change over to that later this week. (Probably not till Sunday, as I can't take the disc with me to the gym & need to have some kind of written notation of the exercises to refer to. I can't do it at home because I don't have a stable bench or a sequence of dumbbells there. But I need to watch the disc a second time & make notes.)

djs06
04-11-2011, 11:45 AM
I have always, always wanted to try boxing.

mel23
04-11-2011, 11:49 AM
ohhhhh boxing! i went to a personal trainer for a month (got sucked into buying a package after i took advantage of a free session, but had to stop because it was like $80/session, and i'm simply not baller enough for that) and one session, we did some boxing. it was an amazing workout! gets your heart going for sure! i would love to try it again!

djs06
04-11-2011, 12:27 PM
:lol: "baller enough," hahaha that is hilarious!

I'm glad you liked it! For some reason I am too terrified to actually try it and keep telling myself once I shed some more weight I'll give it a shot.

jenjen
04-11-2011, 01:08 PM
I want to try a kickboxing class. I'm planning to try it in a couple of weeks. I used to have the Tae-bo DVDs and loved it. Plus, I think the reducing stress aspect of if willl be AWESOME. :D

fromthebox
04-12-2011, 01:45 AM
Eliana - Do the hike with the scouts! I did Philmont 10 years ago (wow I feel kinda old.. hrmm) and it is an experience I will never forget. We did 70 miles in 12 days and that was when I was out of shape! I was the only girl in the crew and had to tent with my dad for protocol. I would go back if I could in a heartbeat.

As for me, I want to try surfing. Here I am in California and I've never tried for fear of sucking. That ends this summer. I WILL do it.

indiblue
04-12-2011, 02:03 AM
For anyone curious about climbing, DO IT! I used to rock climb competitively and it's one of the best exercises out there. It combines cardio, full-body strength training, and flexibility. Plus it's one of those real life/natural movement activities, so those of you who like me subscribe to the believe that natural movements are better exercise than machines will love it.

Climbing can be super easy or insanely difficult, it just depends on the route. Starting off in a gym is fine, because sometimes there is all there is available, but nothing beats an outdoor climb. Many cities and towns have outdoor adventure clubs with climbing trips. Climbing gyms often also organize weekend trips to rocks. Check those out for getting started. Climbing is intimidating because there's so much equipment involved, but going with expert leaders who can set up the ropes makes it super easy.

happy climbing!!

Snoofie
04-14-2011, 10:46 AM
This is going to sound really "basic", I think...but I really want to take up running. I've always been envious of my friends who post on FB about their daily runs, but I've always been semi-anxious about it because of, well, my weight. (Plus, I'll admit, I'm self-conscious. I hate the idea of people seeing me and thinking, "God, look at that cow running." Silly, I know.)

But after reading about the Couch to 5K plan, I think that it's something I can do (even if I have to stretch the program out over a longer period.) The stories I've read here from other members have totally encouraged me. :)