Polyglot Fitness Challenge 2021

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Re: Polyglot Fitness Challenge 2021

Postby coldrainwater » Wed Feb 17, 2021 6:26 am

A few years ago, a friend of mine recounted that several people asked him how he got in shape. He answered curt, "I ran 1000 miles and ate sensibly." It worked for him and the keep it simple message wasn't missed.

Today, I made my February fitness goal after completing [my first] 1000 burpees. It is a good choice and has been a good metric. With respect to results, I feel the habit has kicked-in decently and note the urge to do them multiple times per day. I quite literally feel less resistance. Upper body strength trends have been positive, even to the point that I can recommend it for low-limit strength recovery. Tactically, I did them in sets of no less than 10 at a time and no more than 45. I varied hand width, doing more tricep pushups toward the end, using an improved form and slightly improved range of motion. Functionally it brings something to the table, or at least up off the floor since the movement has you getting up from a prone position many times consecutively. It may be my imagination but, something akin to a Turkish getup is now easier for me to do than before, even over and above the prior and positive impacts of hiking and stair climbing.

What did not work out for me is my corporate step challenge where I said I was planning to do something like 15k steps per day. Didn't happen. Though I am still in the challenge, I am glad I did not link up with a competitive team. Instead, I focused on result producing movements and incorporated farmer's walks once per week and deadlifting once weekly with sporadic jogging and stair climbing (2-4x per week). I am also unclear if the burpees have really helped to integrated desk language study with fitness, outside of just reducing the need to leave the apt and thus lowering my risk of becoming a 2021 statistic. The decision to go with Amazon Fresh for all groceries and thus to almost never leave the apt has been really beneficial and might be my all-around best decisions for health, language learning and perhaps even fitness (weight has been stable and simply isn't up). I hope all are doing well so far this month and keep up the good work!
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Re: Polyglot Fitness Challenge 2021

Postby IronMike » Thu Feb 25, 2021 2:10 pm

I've got a couple days left here on deployment and just this morning did mile 149 in the pool. One more and I get the next (free) t-shirt for logging miles. Even nicer, yesterday I had my 100m retimed and beat the guy who beat me by 1 second months ago, so now I am once again in 3rd place for old guys (51+) for the 100m with my 1:24.51. w00t!
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Re: Polyglot Fitness Challenge 2021

Postby jeff_lindqvist » Thu Feb 25, 2021 5:13 pm

I'm following this topic with great interest, but I've promised myself not to take part in any official challenges. This being said, I'm doing daily walks, my Lazy Fist version of the Prisoner Workout, plus some top secret martial arts. 8-)
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Re: Polyglot Fitness Challenge 2021

Postby pinkyslippers » Fri Feb 26, 2021 10:28 am

Quick Feb update from me. I met my fitness minutes goal this month (675 minutes so far) and read 1 novel in Spanish, none in French this month. I had some ebooks reserved for ages from my local public library and they all became available at once, so lots of reading in English this month.

Hope everyone is doing well, I am enjoying reading all the updates :)
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Re: Polyglot Fitness Challenge 2021

Postby DaveAgain » Fri Feb 26, 2021 10:52 am

jeff_lindqvist wrote:..my Lazy Fist version of the Prisoner Workout, plus some top secret martial arts. 8-)
I got a long lasting shoulder injury doing 'hindu push-ups', so I recommend avoid those!
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Re: Polyglot Fitness Challenge 2021

Postby Cavesa » Fri Feb 26, 2021 11:16 am

Quick update: My language goals are going really badly, but I've managed to mostly stick to the new eating habits and only very partially to the sports ones. But I've lost 4-5 kg so far, so that's nice. "Only" 8-10 kg to go!
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Re: Polyglot Fitness Challenge 2021

Postby jeff_lindqvist » Fri Feb 26, 2021 5:55 pm

DaveAgain wrote:I got a long lasting shoulder injury doing 'hindu push-ups', so I recommend avoid those!


Thanks for the warning! No problems so far except sore triceps, but that was in September. The one-sided shoulder pain I had a few years ago came from nowhere. Perhaps a delayed (mild) frozen shoulder. After another half year of martial arts, all of a sudden it was gone.
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