Weekend Open Forum: Do you exercise regularly?

By on July 6, 2012, 7:00 PM

Sitting in front of a computer for several hours a day can be very taxing on your body. Of course, a lot of people with sedentary jobs probably don’t have much of a choice, but at least you should make sure you keep a good posture and take short breaks every hour or so. Some claim that using a standing desk has done wonders for them — but that’s a topic for another discussion.

It’s also a good idea to get some actual exercise done every now and then and that’s precisely what we want to ask you about today: Do you exercise regularly? Tell us about any gadget you use to assist your fitness routine (think Fitbit, Nike FuelBand, etc.) 

Also, for those of you into sports, what sports do you actually practice, and which ones you just follow from the comfort of your couch?

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tonylukac said:

I walk every day and in the summer swim every day. The weight never comes off tho. I like the Wii's handheld device and have never seen Playstation's or Kinect in action, but I think they give good exercise too. Not like watching tv/movies.

davislane1 davislane1 said:

I run local trails and lift weights. The only gadget I use is my iPhone - the default note app to record stuff in the gym and an app called RunKeeper to track my running.

Jos Jos said:

I play football (soccer for the US crowd) on Mondays and try to go out for a ~5K jog or jump the rope for 20 minutes a couple of times a week. I thought about getting a Fitbit to keep track of my workouts but I'm afraid after the novelty passes in a month or so I won't use it anymore I do use RunKeeper on the iPhone, though.

Wendig0 Wendig0, TechSpot Paladin, said:

I do a lot of nature walks with my camera photographing the local wildlife. I also do an equal amount of bike riding.

soldier1969 soldier1969 said:

Yes free weights, light cardio, stretching, and still find time to sit in front of the pc a couple hours each night after work to feed my brain.

Gars Gars said:

lucky u

waiting for CS16 tablet version

until that im just developing my a$$ 12h/day

for the record - playing table-tenis 1h/weakly - just to get in my own sauce

gwailo247, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

With no car, I walk a lot. Plus lack of processed American food works wonders for the body.

Technochicken Technochicken, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Depends on what time of the year. During school soccer season, I play soccer for 1.5 hours a day, every week day, and during the club season the same, but usually 3-4 days a week. During the sumer, though, all I do is go cycling or play soccer or ultimate frisbee about once a week.

SNGX1275 SNGX1275, TS Forces Special, said:

I ride a bike anywhere from 30 to 45 miles a week, occasionally an easy 30 mile ride on the weekend. I've gotten a bit back into running recently, but I bike far more often than I run. I use a garmin gps watch and strava.com to track things.

Guest said:

just the old and good fork lifting

1 person liked this | Jeffrey Hunt Jeffrey Hunt said:

Yeah. I run a bit. Probably about 180-190km per week.... oh yeah, I'm going to the London Olympics to run the marathon for Australia. Don't believe me, check out www.jeffreyhunt.com.au

Sorry, I just had to put a comment. :-)

Guest said:

Gotta train for the APFT... PT can get mundane if you do it the Army way, but I have tried other ways. Seems I like weights for strength and ellipticals for cardio.

Ranger1st Ranger1st said:

Since leaving the military , ( self explanatory by my nickname..), I'm a personal trainer.. so yeah I don't really have a time when I'm NOT being physical, anaerobic or otherwise.

Ranger12 Ranger12 said:

I work on a farm so I get a fair amount of exercise at my job. However, My only other hobby besides computers is exercise. Free weights and running with a little swimming every now and then.

Plus lack of processed American food works wonders for the body.

I also watch what I eat pretty closely. I find that it makes my time spend exercising more profitable and my time at work easier.

As far as sports go...I went to a very small highschool where I was the star at several sports. I got to college and realized I actually sucked so I gave up sports for weightlifting. I dont really follow any sports on television other than motorsports.

Julio Franco Julio Franco, TechSpot Editor, said:

I like playing sports more than anything else for exercising... soccer, tennis and most recently beach volleyball are my favorite sports. Before I had a biking accident and subsequent surgery I was playing beach volley a few times a week and soccer/tennis more sporadically. Hope I can go back to that routine soon.

Guest said:

I regularly promise myself to start doing more sports.

LNCPapa LNCPapa said:

I wish. I'm well on pace to be a fat lard over the next few years.

Guest said:

I usually exercise with my fork and spoon; to be honest I make this kind of exercises all day long.


Leeky Leeky said:

I don't get anywhere near enough, but I'm also limited to what I can do due to severe back damage and the subsequent pain it causes. That said, I'm finally getting into a position where I'm managing that better with painkillers so I can get out a bit more and get some exercise, which of course always helps with the weight. lol.

I try to eat sensibly these days (cut a lot of crap out of my diet in the last year or so) and walk at least a little bit when I'm able to, but otherwise, that's about it.

Guest said:

Yeah! I love working out! Admittedly its hard to pull myself away from my computer sometimes, but once the adrenaline starts its not hard to keep going. A lot of people would probably be really surprised how easy it is to stay in great shape with a little exercise and eating right.

TS-56336 TS-56336 said:

Walking is my favorite routine besides sitting in front of my gaming sessions.

CryVer CryVer said:

Yep, 3 weight lifting sessions each week. Training for strength.

Archean Archean, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Except for going to office I walk everywhere, roughly (never bothered to count TBH) I walk around 20 +/- KMs each week. Until last year I played football (I.e. soccer for well you know who ), cricket 3/4 days a week, and squash occasionally. But since getting married last year, I haven't been able to maintain that routine

Marnomancer Marnomancer said:

But since getting married last year, I haven't been able to maintain that routine

A late congratulations from me! (If it applies. :p)

On-topic: I exercise daily, mainly something similar to an inmate-style (a.k.a. Jason Statham) workout. Other workouts are covered mostly by preferring the stairs to the elevator (8 floors, transversed usually 4 times).

Despite the general belief of enthusiast hackers living a sedentary life, most of us, I've observed, are actually leaning to the skinnier side.

I was never really a sports-person. Well, TBH, my medical condition prevents me from doing any intense sports (ex. Football). I do enjoy the occasional squash with friends though.

Other than that, it's Tai-chi, Zen-meditation for the mind (if it counts), sometimes Kendo, Keysi Fighting Method (inspired by Batman(y)) and other martial arts like Aikido focusing on balance, mental strength, and energy conservation.

Anyone similar?

t3chn0vamp said:

Yes, I do Gym on regular Basis.

Zoltan Head said:

Yes, I exercise regularly, about once every three months.

SNGX1275 SNGX1275, TS Forces Special, said:

As far as sports go...I went to a very small highschool where I was the star at several sports. I got to college and realized I actually sucked so I gave up sports for weightlifting.

Heh, funny how that works. I too went to a small HS. Graduated with 42? others. Even just low key stuff like intramural sports are filled with pretty damn good athletes. College sports, on an official level, its insane how good those people are, even at a div 2 school that I went to.

ET3D, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Yes, I exercise regularly, about once every three months.


I exercise very irregularly. Used to be a lot better before my second child was born, but he's 2 year old now and I haven't exercised regularly in this time.

I still go to karate practice once every couple of weeks, but that's about it. I plan to take my daughter (who's almost 4) to folk dancing to see if she likes it, and perhaps get some minimal exercise that way. I used to dance a lot but haven't in a while.

Guest said:

Yeah I have a strenuous workout everyday from morning to evening.

Everyday I manage to rack up a couple of kilometres worth in mouse movement, I also practise "finger tapping" for most of the day. Most of this training regiment takes supreme consentration and stamina. After this I practise my mental abilities with subroutines, functions, API calls and UI design.

TomSEA TomSEA, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Minimum 5 days a week - two days weights, three days aerobics.

Guest said:

I just ate.

Exercising? Nope, not me. Only meaningful "exercise" is the 30min walk I take every morning to work. When I come back home, I usually get a lift.

OK, done this, now gonna eat some more.

p.s. does smoking count? I guess not...:(

Lionvibez said:

3 days a week in the gym

Benny26 Benny26, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Not as much as I would like to. However while camping last year I decide to jog back to the tent from the beach and almost collapsed with my heart going all funny on me. Got checked out but didn't find anything...It was really scary though, and has put me off doing anything like jogging again.

Despite having an 'average' weight I'm still one of the most unfit people in the country sadly.

Juuke said:

I go to the gym 3+ times a week to weight train, as well as jog or swim for cardio at least twice a week. My eating habits are bleh tho

Guest said:

if you exercise but find yourself still overweight, here's a tip: cut the carbs!!! You will see results.

Guest said:

I bike to work everyday..... Unless it's snowing!

SNGX1275 SNGX1275, TS Forces Special, said:

Bah, you can bike in the snow. I've done it many times.

davislane1 davislane1 said:

Bah, you can bike in the snow. I've done it many times.

Because you're a crazy man :P

Guest said:

I can't bike in the snow, I don't have a bike.

Guest said:

Everyday except holiday, mix of running, swimming and weight lifting.


Eating right and some cardio is way more important than strength training which is what most people think of when they hear exercise. Can't figure out why all this strength training isn't causing you to lose that belly? Well it's probably because you can't spend a combined hr or two per day to prepare a proper meal. But hey, something is better than nothing I guess...

tipstir tipstir, TS Ambassador, said:

I try.. Mowing the lawn takes me 2 hrs I have a lot to mow.. Now using 40V 4amp Lion one fun to use.. Get enough doing that once a week.. Plus other actives..

dcnc123 dcnc123 said:

yes.... I do exercise. But not that often anymore due to my work as a developer....

Guest said:

I don't exercise regularly, but I regularly exercise... my right to be lazy. :D

Zen Zen, TechSpot Paladin, said:

I get enough exercise, martial arts classes 3 times a week, Japanese swordsman classes 2 times a week, and at least a 5 mile walk once a week. Oh yeah, the occasional phone call from my Mom, hey Son can you please run the lawn mower and maybe rake the leaves and oh yeah, trim the roses bushes, along with my own yard work, I get enough exercise.

slh28 slh28, TechSpot Paladin, said:

I do weights 3 times a week and play semi-organised basketball twice a week. Also walk about 40 mins a day (10 mins from home to station and 10 mins from station to office).

Seraphim401 Seraphim401 said:

What is this blasphemy you speak of?

SalaSSin said:

Yup, fitness 3 times a week, which breaks down in first day 20 mins of running, pectorals, shoulders & biceps, second day endurance & legs, third day 20 mins of running, back muscles & triceps.

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