As winter progressed and I entered the new semester I wound up having to bike to and from work more frequently. At this point I am biking between 4 and 8 miles a day (during the week). I am up to the point where I use the 21st gear, so I have maxed out my bike's gears, just need to get to the point I am not tired after going those 4 miles.
This last month my work also put on a Stairwell challenge, in which we count up flights of stairs we climb (not go down) and compete against each other and across sites. As a result, I have been climbing a ton of flights of stairs per day (between 50 and 250).
There are only two methods of exercise I really keep up with; walking and tai chi. They work together and I'd recommend tai chi to anyone with knee issues. I walk a few miles every weekend.
Most people walk wrong. That is, we never really have to think about it, until it hurts, and just trundle on with whatever worked in the past. Resting on bone is far less effort than using muscle; until things start to wear down.
In tai chi, all the weight of the body is placed in the thighs. Often one thigh as weight shifts. If these muscles ain't burning, you're doing it wrong. Everything else is as relaxed as possible.
If you can do the same thing when walking, everything relaxed and just the thighs doing all the work, it's really hard to be doing anything wrong. Importantly, your knees are safe.
I'm not sold on running; it's an artifice that puts stress on places that don't want it. Walking, though, is something you have to do anyway. The most natural exercise in the world.
your boss sounds retarded b9. how about she just lets people off an hour early to go to the gym.
I think her concern would be that no one would go to the gym - that we'd all just go home and sit on our asses, thus defeating her entire purpose. So instead of being allowed to do the grown-up thing and make our own choices about exercise and deal with the consequences of those choices, she's making the decision for us. Like we're in a 6th grade gym class.
Yes, sort of. Running at full tilt, being chased or chasing, probably only lasting for a few minutes either way. Sprinters run. Anything designed for slower motion, distance, endurance, is the result of being overly clever naked apes.
The reality is, walking upright pretty much messed with the mammalian design. Works brilliantly for some things, less well for others. As clever monkeys, there are ways we can optimize our locomotion for a given job. The options of max speed and max longevity might be mutually exclusive. I'm an old guy, I'm going with the latter.
I hit the gym pretty late last night.. 10.45 to 11.45pm.. got my lazy behind up and out... definitely not as sore as I was a few days prior when getting back into my gym routine. That's a big ol' sloppy plus.