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    Hiking, Biking & Kettle~bells

    Hi everyone,
    I joined MiniMins about a week ago. I love the support on these message boards..it's very encouraging.
    I started my journey 12 weeks ago and knowing that exercise was going to be my biggest downfall, I wanted to find activities that would both qualify as a 'cardio' workout, but would also be fun to do over the long haul. So I've been hiking around the desert wilderness and I'm LOVING it.
    It's challenging, especially with some of the terrain that the desert has to offer, but with so much to explore, its something I look forward to doing rather than 'dreading'
    I have my 'days' where I'm unable to hike. I have Multiple Sclerosis and on some days, I'm not able to move around as much as I would like so on those days I use a stationary recumbent bike.

    I also use kettlebells as part of my weekly strength training. I much prefer the kettlebells to dumbbells as, for me, they are easier to hold on to and feel more natural when I'm using them. I think I'm getting a better workout overall from using kettle bells, versus dumbbells, plus I'm able to work several muscle groups at the same time.

    I hike and/or bike 5 days a week, approx. 30-90 minutes per day (my time varies), and do my strength training 3-4 days a week.
    I'm feeling a little stronger every week...and I've lost 16 inches over these past 12 weeks from my waist, belly & upper arms
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    Hi Wile and welcome to Minimins!
    The title 'hiking, biking & kettlebells' struck a chord with me straight away; sounds a lot like my top workouts. I've been around on the forums for a bit and find everyone to be friendly and supportive. At the moment I've been biking mostly. Hope to get back into kettlebells soon. Walking is something I also aim to add in more.
    You're desert hiking? Sounds different and fun!
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    Hi trimlee, thanks for the welcome.
    It's definitely an adventure every time I go venturing out into the desert boonies. I have 1.5 million acres of federally owned preserve as my backyard to explore. We are just one of a very few people that live out here within the actual preserve itself. I think at last count our little 'town' had a population of 12 people, lol.
    My dog Harley, LOVES our hiking days...
    Hoping to get back into hiking here by the end of the week...it's been about 5 or 6 days since our last hike but I hurt my heel so I've been holding off to let my heel rest up.

    There are a 'few' established trails that have been put in place by the NPS (National Park Service), but the majority of the preserve is wide open. I simply walk out my front gate and head out into the wilderness. I don't think there has ever been a day where we have taken the exact same route, which is nice as it never gets boring this way.
    I've got several 'long distance' hikes planned for the winter months (15k -25k)...it's too hot right now to attempt these kind of hikes.

    Right now I generally hike around 2-3 miles. Depending on the route and/or terrain, a good 3 mile hike will take about 75-90 minutes....although I recently completed a hike to the top of the Sand Dunes (climbing to the highest peak)...it's only about a 3 mile round trip as far as distance, but it took us close to 5 hours to complete because of the terrain. I have photos of that hike on my 'coyote' adventures slideshow page (link is in my signature) It was an exhilarating hike.

    I better get my butt in gear..I promised myself I would get my biking and kettle bell done early this morning and here I am drinking coffee and rambling, haha..
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    Giving up is NOT an option!


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    Just took a look at your website.Lovely photos but I don't know if I could live in a desert.Well done on reaching the top of the Sand Dunes.
    How close are the stores?
    If you want it enough you won't keep finding excuses to not do it.

    What fits your schedule better -- Exercising 1 hour a day or being f** 24 hours a day?”

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    Cavegirl..that's the 'downfall' of living this far out in the boonies, lol
    The closest GAS station is 40 miles away...the closest GROCERY store or any 'store' for that matter is 96 miles away.
    You get used to it though..

    When my boys were in public school, they traveled 80 miles round trip every day. I home schooled both of them for almost 2 years. My oldest son, now 22 years old, I home schooled him during his senior year and he graduated with honors.
    My youngest, now 18 years old, I home schooled him during 9th and 10th grades. He went back to public school after my 2nd stroke and just graduated here this past May from high school.

    Both boys are doing great, none the worse for living out in the boonies, haha.
    my oldest son is off to college and working full time, he is working on his Associates Degree in Nursing, and my youngest son is in the process of enlisting into the military (following in his dads footprints)
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    He doesn't give up..he simply puts a new plan of attack into effect and keeps trying.

    Giving up is NOT an option!


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    Feeling quite proud of myself this morning..I didn't procrastinate as much, hahaha and got my biking done, racking up another 10 miles. I even knocked off just over a minute off my time from yesterday. 10 miles in 31:43 (alternating between level 2 & level 4 on my recumbent bike)
    Yesterday it took me just over 33 mins to bike 10 miles.

    Next up ~ kettle-bells :P
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    Why am I losing weight with Wile E. Coyote?

    As many times as Wile E. Coyote falls flat on his butt, his sheer determination to catch that roadrunner is what keeps him going.
    He doesn't give up..he simply puts a new plan of attack into effect and keeps trying.

    Giving up is NOT an option!


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    Well done you! I have been doing Kettlebells for nearly a year now and started running classes too and really enjoy both!
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    Thank you.. Being that you have been doing kettle-bells for a year or so, I'm always up for any advise you may have to offer.

    I am liking the kettle-bell more and more. To me, when I'm holding them, they just feel more natural versus dumbbells..
    I've been practicing my Windmills..making sure to be using the correct technique. WOW! I'll tell you, if you do them just right, you can really feel the difference.
    Slow and steady has been my approach to the kettle-bells...

    I'm only using the 5lb and 10lb kettle-bells..I know this isn't a lot of weight but I'm finding it more than enough for me in these beginning phases and I certainly don't want to go injuring myself by trying to 'swing' around too much weight, lol...

    It's funny too but I do believe the kettle-bells are also helping my balance..
    With the strokes that I've had and living with the MS on a daily basis, my balance & flexibility most days is crappy, but yesterday, I noticed I was able to do a particular move while being a lot more steady on my feet.
    It's a lunge move, where you then lift up the opposite leg so that your balancing on just the one leg, and then your doing one handed arm rows with your kettle-bell.

    oh..and I can now bend straight over, keeping my back and legs straight, and touch the ground so I'm definitely getting more flexible too.
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    Losing Weight with Wile E. Coyote

    Why am I losing weight with Wile E. Coyote?

    As many times as Wile E. Coyote falls flat on his butt, his sheer determination to catch that roadrunner is what keeps him going.
    He doesn't give up..he simply puts a new plan of attack into effect and keeps trying.

    Giving up is NOT an option!






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