Polyglot Fitness Challenge 2021

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Re: Polyglot Fitness Challenge 2021

Postby 富士山 » Tue Jan 12, 2021 12:36 pm

I'm in!

Fitness Goals

I have been working out regularly since 2007. My only goal is to keep training regularly, that is 4 times a week at least. Since June last year I have been training 5-7 times a week and I have been in good shape so far. I suffered an accident 3 years ago and I am still recovering from it. I am not sure if my muscles will ever be 100%, but I'm glad that I managed to walk again. in 2021 I'd like to stay in shape and check if I can ever be like I was prior to the accident.

Due to the current situation, I might reduce my training to 4 times a week. Let's see how it goes.

Language goals

I have just signed up for the 365 days challenge. I will create my log soon and hopefully post something over there.

Part of my language goals depend on the current situation. For example, I'm willing to sit for DELE and some of the Cambridge's exams, but the dates don't depend on me. Language centers can reserve the right to cancel or postpone their tests at anytime.

Anyway, for both fitness and language challenges, but only goal is to be consistent. Consistency is the key. :D
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Re: Polyglot Fitness Challenge 2021

Postby pinkyslippers » Tue Jan 12, 2021 1:28 pm

富士山 wrote: Consistency is the key. :D


Too right. Hopefully this challenge will help to keep us all consistent throughout 2021! Thank you for joining and good luck with your goals :)
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Re: Polyglot Fitness Challenge 2021

Postby Cavesa » Tue Jan 12, 2021 2:05 pm

pinkyslippers wrote:
Cavesa wrote: I also don't want to buy new and bigger clothes, I'd prefer to fit back into the ones I like and have already paid for. :-D


Thanks for joining the challenge! I feel your pain regarding clothes! I have been working from home since March 2020, at some point I am going to have to fit back into non-elasticated waists again and it is a scary thought! :D


Thank you! I ned to postpone my exercising goal for a few weeks though, as I am starting keto now (which worked for me years ago, it is a good restart and way to lose efficiently. The main problem will be getting back to "normal" diet and exercising after this).

Yes, the clothes are a real problem, especially in the world of eshops. :-D

Btw how do people motivate themselves to keep going with video exercises? There are now tons of online programs, even more thanks to the covid, they are in some ways absolutely great. Accessible even in a small town far away from the civilised world with its huge amount of options, accessible no matter your work hours, and so on. I've found various, that are a good match for me. But I am getting fed up with the online exercises.

Anyone found something that improves the tolerance of the lonely video lessons? :-D
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Re: Polyglot Fitness Challenge 2021

Postby Mista » Tue Jan 12, 2021 5:25 pm

I'm going to kick start the year with a mini-challenge. I'm also suffering from lockdown here in Oslo, and I find that more determination is required to get enough exercise in January than what was the case in March/April. The sun sets at four o'clock, and the temperature is well below zero.

My goals are to get daily exercise and to lose weight, and at the same time make more progress with the listening part of my SC challenge, where I'm quite far behind. My tools are my polar watch and the associated weight program. The essentials of this program are that you set yourself a weight goal and a time period, then try to eat sensibly, achieve the daily activity goal inticated by the watch (which also measures all activity and indicates your progress), and register your weight at least a couple of times a week. The program will then compare your actual weight loss with the other data and adjust your daily activity goal accordingly. My main goal, then, is to make sure I meet that daily activity goal every day. AS fir the language part of the challenge, my goal is to increase my daily average listening time.

My main activity will be walking (though I also want to get in one high intensity session per week), which I will combine with listening to audiobooks.

For this initial session, I've set the weight loss goal to 2 kg, and the time to three weeks.
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Re: Polyglot Fitness Challenge 2021

Postby Klara » Tue Jan 12, 2021 9:15 pm

Cavesa wrote:Btw how do people motivate themselves to keep going with video exercises? There are now tons of online programs, even more thanks to the covid, they are in some ways absolutely great. Accessible even in a small town far away from the civilised world with its huge amount of options, accessible no matter your work hours, and so on. I've found various, that are a good match for me. But I am getting fed up with the online exercises.

Anyone found something that improves the tolerance of the lonely video lessons? :-D

Ah, Cavesa, although I am not participating in the challenge, I just have to answer your question because at least for me I have found an answer. Since mid November last year I have been doing video exercises every day (around 20 minutes each). Way over a 100 workouts, really no cheating! :roll:

At first, I took part in a simple fitness challenge offerd by an Australian YT channel. For two weeks I got each day a playlist with three to four video exercises - all in all about 45 minutes of workouts to do during the day. I also got a workout plan where I could tick the boxes under each video that I did. On day 8 my motivation declined. But I wanted to finish this challenge - I hate loose ends and so I did all the remaining workouts in the following six days. The feeling of accomplishment was great and I realized what I need to keep me going:

1. Find a YT channel with professional video exercises for all fitness levels, especially for my own low level.
My choice: German channel https://www.youtube.com/c/GabiFastner/videos Her videos are really excellent! Calm, friendly, engaging, not boring at all - also good for German language learners because she explains a lot in clear voice. There is no loud music.

2. This channel should regularly upload new videos, at least once per week.
Gabi uploads two videos a day, one in the morning at 6:30 and one in the afternoon at 15.30 (before covid she uploaded 3 to 5 videos per week), she also offers lots of challenges.

3. The video exercises should be varied - gentle gym, cardio, strength, pilates … - what ever is out there.
This German channel contains everything I could ever have imagined, more than a thousand videos.

4. Find channels in other languages that fulfil the requirements 1 to 3.
My Spanish channel https://www.youtube.com/c/SienteteBien/videos or for the younger https://www.youtube.com/c/SienteteJoven/videos
My Canadian-French channel https://www.youtube.com/c/MOVE50PLUS/playlists not that much new videos but a good playlist "Posture et stabilité"
I am still on the lookout for "ideal" channels in French and Italian.
My English channel https://www.youtube.com/c/fabulous50s/videos is the one that brought me into the game of video exercises, Schellea is a motivating person and has lots of fans.

5. Make a spreadsheet and note all the video exercises you have done with hyperlinks. Here an example of my workouts for two days:
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6. Keep the workouts balanced - mobility, strength, endurance
7. Modify the exercises whenever it is necessary, listen to your body.

So, every morning I am really curious, what the new workout video is about - first thing I see on my smart phone via push message. If I like it, I do it right away, even before breakfast. If not, I just do a previous one - after breakfast :-). Later I decide which will be the next one(s). In sum, I want to do one hour (+/-) of physical exercise every day. Sometimes I only do one video exercise and fill the remaining time on the treadmill or exercise bike.

But there are also days with extreme low motivation. At that point I start with a 10 minute easy workout and so far, this always motivated me to somehow complete my daily hour.

But two sucessful months are not much. In the long run, I want to establish some sort of routine that keeps me mobile and fit.

If I were you, Cavesa, I would combine various types of dance workouts. There is Latin dance, African dance, hip hop, Bollywood dance and others - you know that better than me. If there are regular uploads, people write lots of comments and there are sometimes communities either on YT or in facebook groupes. That might solve the loneliness issue.

Hope that helps you a bit to find your own way of dealing with video exercises - move ya, my dear. :lol:
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Re: Polyglot Fitness Challenge 2021

Postby LunaMoonsilver » Fri Jan 15, 2021 12:27 am

I've been eyeing this thread the whole time it's been up but it's finally time for me to just give in and join :lol:

Fitness goals
  • Strength training 3x/week (150 sessions until the end of 2021)
  • Learn to do the splits (or get as close as possible - this may take longer than a year and uhhhh it is super important not to rush!)
  • Learn to do a handstand (shouldn't take as long, just need that c o r e strength)

Language goals
  • I have a whole bunch but the main one is to finish the Super Challenge in German and Spanish, so that's the one I'm going to post here

Hope everyone is having fun with their exercise! :D
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Re: Polyglot Fitness Challenge 2021

Postby pinkyslippers » Fri Jan 15, 2021 4:58 pm

Yay, I’m so happy you decided to join us!

LunaMoonsilver wrote:[*] Learn to do the splits (or get as close as possible


I’ve always wanted to be able to do the splits but fear I am past the age where it would even be sensible to try :lol: I look forward to seeing your updates :)
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Re: Polyglot Fitness Challenge 2021

Postby Deinonysus » Mon Jan 18, 2021 6:26 pm

Sign me up! Thank you pinkyslippers for starting this thread, and thanks to everyone who is participating in this challenge, for inspiring me to start running again! It was hard to make the time for it since my daughter was born (and before that even), but this morning I went for my first run in years.

Language Challenge

Try to make progress every day in the three main French resources I'm working on:
  • CLE ______ progressif/ve du français series, various books
  • FSI Introduction to French Phonology and Basic French
  • G. Mauger Cours de langue et de Civilisation Françaises
(Subject to change due to short attention span)

Fitness challenge

  • Go running a couple times a week
  • Possibly also do some pushups on non-running days
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Re: Polyglot Fitness Challenge 2021

Postby pinkyslippers » Mon Jan 18, 2021 6:36 pm

Deinonysus wrote: It was hard to make the time for it since my daughter was born (and before that even), but this morning I went for my first run in years.


Awesome! Welcome :D
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Re: Polyglot Fitness Challenge 2021

Postby clara » Sun Jan 31, 2021 12:26 am

It's not the end of the month yet, but I've passed my 1000/1000/1000 goal of 1000 pages read, 1000 minutes watched and 1000 pushups for January. I had a small bench press PR for the first time since the pandemic started, so I think the pushups are helping!

February goals:

  • 1000 pages of Spanish with at least one book natively written in Spanish. (So far I've only read translations.)
  • 1000 pushups, averaging 12+ reps per set. In January, I usually did 10 reps per set.
  • 3000 minutes of Spanish series / movies.

How's everybody else coming along with their Fitness Challenge?
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