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everyone here is a dog person, and dogs need to be walked. They, those torture masters who call themselves physical therapists, tell me walking is one of, if not the best exercises. One would think we (the RTF collective) with all of our dogs needing walking, are the healthiest group on the planet. For me, just a glance at the bathroom mirror tells me that we are not. So I wonder, how many of you all walk for the health of it. Other that the walking you do in your job, be than postal letter carrier or toll booth operator and everything in-between. How much walking do you do?
 

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I hesitate to meantion this, but diet without exercise is kinda like sex without a partner. It can be done, but it is much more effective with both. I weighed 250 lbs and was 5'6". A friend said if I was 1 inch shorter I'd be a perfect circle. Joined a weight loss group under a Drs. supervision and over 18 months lost seventy five lbs. I have gained 25 back but it has been stablized at 200. The walking made the difference and made the dogs happier, they get to go with me.

I have not passed any more kidney stones since I went on the diet and my mantle cell lymphoma is undetectable by my Oncologist. If I had known I was going to live this long I would have taken better care of myself when I was young (but man have I had fun). Bill
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I walk at least 1 mile per day. The problem is that I walk at a rate that works my heart, which the dogs love, but most friends can't keep up. So I tend to walk alone. :D I take my Jo out to a local State wildlife area as often as I can.

It's great exercise and I can take a break at work and do it there. I do not need to lose weight (5' 5", 107), but love walking anyway.
 

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I do abouy 5k a day with my three, even with the two old codgers and once a week they are tethered under a tree while Java and I do a 2k run as well.I go to the gym twice a week, but thats more a social thing. My mum has shocking Osteoprosis and it's hereditary, the high impact of walking and running plus the gym hopefully will minimise my risk, Also it's great to work out the stress of my job and don't the dogs love it, and by working hard I don't have to give up the finer things in life, like chocolate and beer..(not that I would've anyhow) :D
 

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Ken, I once walked off 50lbs by getting serious about it and doing 2 miles most off-season mornings and evenings. Been a runner since, doing 4-7 miles most off season days - to trim the 20lbs I put on during the season, when I eat too much of everything some serious good cooks put on the buffet board. Haven't the willpower for dietary restraint, and so must pay a price of one sort or the other. And find walking and/or running beats snot out of not being able to.

More pertinant to this board, we train for the field by getting out in it with a Retrieve-R-Trainer and bag of bumpers and making circuits that keep us all moving. Given normal water levels, I'll don hip boots and follow the shallow marsh edge around a long peninsula of pasture, roughly a mile round trip, which is a thigh-burner if I stay in the weed-choked, soft-bottomed marsh, instead of retreating to the "hill". This drought year's circuit has followed irrigation canals around a half section of fallow rice land, a three mile walk that keeps the dogs wet and offers a seemingly endless variety of levees, ditches and canals to work with. Not the workout for me that getting in the marsh provides, but it beats standing in a soccer field.
 

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After my back surgeries, the Dr. told me that "Bed is bad, walking is good."

I keep an area mowed around the fenceline of the hayfield and find that to be a nice way to walk. Lord knows I don't need to lose weight so I'm really not interested in an "exercise" program. Don't know the distance but it generally takes me 15-20 minutes to walk it.

I also find that my back pain is magnified by the amount of time I sit in this chair at the computer.

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Jerry, We thank you for your pain in exchange for the pleasure you bring to us with your wierd sense of humour. Reading you is SO much better than Roger. Fact is, I have my private "ignore" button for him.

Sympathy for the back surgery! I broke mine thru stupidity by falling off a ladder while trimming limbs with a chain saw. Not a good idea. Bill
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Bill Watson said:
Jerry, We thank you for your pain in exchange for the pleasure you bring to us with your wierd sense of humour. Reading you is SO much better than Roger. Fact is, I have my private "ignore" button for him.

Sympathy for the back surgery! I broke mine thru stupidity by falling off a ladder while trimming limbs with a chain saw. Not a good idea. Bill
Can't agree more with your first statement...the UIM has always been a 'good read' as long as I've been on this BB.

And I can relate to your last statement. It wasn't my back, but my left shoulder. Sure put a halt to my golf game. But as long as I can still lift it high enough to give my dog a left angle back, and I can hold the forearm of my Beretta properly to shoot upland and waterfowl, life is good.

Of course I still hear about saving $$$ by cutting down that tree myself, rather than paying a pro $100 to do it. I think it was almost a 1 grand loss in that deal, not to mention the pain and discomfort.

But, like Jer...I've returned to my swave and deboner self, although not nearly as sveldt as I used to be. As the saying goes...there is a difference between a OK body, and a body that's A OK....I'm left with the former.

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I had been walking my dog a mile to 2 miles per day. I recently borrowed one of these so I could start using my bike and will soon order one of my own:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0002YHNZE/102-9743654-7168132?v=glance&n=284507

I have been taking the dog out for a couple mile run first thing in the morning, then walking later for a mile or two. I think the walk is still necessary for bonding purposes and for my own exercise. And after burning off the excess energy on the bike ride, the dog is much more receptive to training. I think anyone with a high energy lab should consider this.
 

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Anything related to changing your body shape and being healthy is 80% nutrition. Even in professional body bulding.

For the best results, avoid a routine. You have to keep your body guessing. I go to the gym at least once a day, 5-6 days a week. Sometimes twice. Some days i lift weights for 60-90mins, then abs, then 30-45mins on the stair machine. Other days i go do cardio in the mornings with Staci and go back during the day for weights. I skip cardio on leg day. Some weeks i isolate individual muscles each day, other weeks i do half body routines, other weeks i superset opposing groups. The last few weeks i've been going to the track and sprinting/walking a couple miles in the mornings.

I would take the dogs, but they don't like getting up before 7am. The fat Beagle doesn't get up before 10am, he eats, goes potty, and sleeps on the couch the rest of the day. He does love to go for walks in the neighborhood. He gets fired up and bounces around at the door. He's pumped and does great for the first hunnerd yards or so. Then i have to carry him.

I eat small frequent meals (every 3 hours). I try to avoid processed foods and only eat whole grain carbs. No sugars or white breads/taters/pastas. At least 150 grams of protein a day and around 2500-2800 calories. Ideal fat loss occurs at a 300-500 calorie deficiency. In other words... burning 300-500 more calories than you take in results in the most fat loss. Fewer calories and your metabolism will shut down, more calories and you gain fat. Once a week and at field trials - i eat whatever i want. I also believe its a good metabolism booster to gorge on 5,000 calories of Mexican food on Sundays and a fifth of Crown on Saturday nights does a body good. At least thats what i tell myself.

All that work - and i still feel like a fat arse. I hate naturally skinny people.

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I SHOULD walk more and don't. Walking dogs (on lead in the city) isn't the greatest exercise. (you can't do cardio very well) When I can't train, I walk them and depending on who I am walking they get 1/2 to a mile a day. Then I go back and get the old dog and do half what they did. I never counted my steps to see how far I do walk so I'm not sure.

My knees & feet aren't in the best shape. I should probably spend more money on shoes.
 

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Shayne,

Did you tape that avatar on one of your trips to the gym with Staci?

That thing is very distracting, but it's FUNNY!
 

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Gina said:
My knees & feet aren't in the best shape. I should probably spend more money on shoes.
ASICS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have tried them all and can't find a shoe that comes close to the comfort and support of Asics tennis shoes. They are sorta pricey, but well worth it IMO.

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I'll look into them. I've always bought walking shoes went to New Balance last time but got their most basic shoe. It's lasted me a while and I need to get new ones.

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Buzz said:
I had been walking my dog a mile to 2 miles per day. I recently borrowed one of these so I could start using my bike and will soon order one of my own:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0002YHNZE/102-9743654-7168132?v=glance&n=284507

I have been taking the dog out for a couple mile run first thing in the morning, then walking later for a mile or two. I think the walk is still necessary for bonding purposes and for my own exercise. And after burning off the excess energy on the bike ride, the dog is much more receptive to training. I think anyone with a high energy lab should consider this.
They great, I've got one and we use them in our Endurance Trails,for those people who don't want to run 20k with their dog.
 

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This is what I do to stay in shape :wink:




This happens to be the other side of the Bonnet Carre Spillway from where retriever training and trials are.

I guess I walk a few miles a day at work, and climb up and down ladders. Can't run anymore because my knees are torn up from racing those bikes since I was a kid.
 

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I do a good deal of walking. I am riding/training cutting horses from 10 in the morning to about 6 or so in the evening. Just the walking around in the round pen, catching horses, the general walking around the barns is about a mile and a half each day. I spend on average six hours a day in a saddle and that alone keeps my legs in great shape. Anyone who has seen/ridden a cutting horse knows that it is a full body work it. I use me legs, abs, back and upper body all day long.

About three years ago I went on a diet and lost about 25-30lbs. I have been kicked in both knees by horses several times, so my knees aren't that good and a severe mountain climbing accident ruptured three discs in my back and messed up my pelvic bone badly at age twelve, so my back isn't that good either, I have shoulder problems from the physical work I do while riding. The only activities I could do that aren't painful are swimming and biking. I was on a very competive swim team from 6-11 years old and was in great shape but then I stopped and thats when I got myself in trouble, I was so used to being able to eat so many calories because of swimming that when I stopped I continued to take in that amount of calories but wasn't burning them. I tried running but it killed the knees, biking was very low impact so I bike almost 15 miles a day for 45 minutes and burn 500 calories. They say that it takes 20 minutes of cardio workout to begin burning calories and 45 minutes to start burning fat. I watch everything that I eat. No enriched foods, I haven't had pasta or white rice in a long time, I used to eat it a lot before swim meets because it gave me energy but they are fattening. I eat breakfast within 30 minutes of waking up and don't eat anything after 7:00 in the evening, I try and have big lunches and light dinners and always work out in the evening so I don't sleep on the calories. Fruits and veggies are the main things I eat and chicken is my favorite meat because it's lean. The excercising is time consuming but I feel so much better and my riding has improved so much because of better body tone.
 
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