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post #31 of 47
Ice skating
post #32 of 47
In the summer, I mix in some core specific resistance training sessions two to three times a week, as well as cycling usually 25-35 miles at least twice a week, with some occasional 50-60 mile rides on the weekends. In the winter, when biking consistently is not practical, I still stick to my strength training routine, along with my downhill and occasional Xcountry skiing. I have a Nordic Track in the basement, but it's hard to stay on it for more than 20 minutes at a time. I tried to do some jogging over the winter, but I felt my joints were suffering too much from it, so I gave it up.
post #33 of 47
You'd be amazed how much of a leg (incl. adductor/abductor and all the wee hip moosklees) & core workout climbing, even indoor plastic, is.
post #34 of 47

do you want that schedule on your gravestone?

the train is a great place to do your balance exercises on one foot while moving down the track. balance and core exercises and stretch at work. exercise bands on the train also. send wife to reeducation camp to free up time in the 5-9 slot. do strength exercises with kid as the weight. bike 5 hours a day on weekends
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post #35 of 47
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the train is a great place to do your balance exercises on one foot while moving down the track. balance and core exercises and stretch at work. exercise bands on the train also. send wife to reeducation camp to free up time in the 5-9 slot. do strength exercises with kid as the weight. bike 5 hours a day on weekends
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Kinda funny.

I already do some one-footed stuff waiting for the train and on the train while it's moving.

I do "Michael-Ups" from time to time. Michael is our son. He gets behind me and throw his arms over my shoulders. I grab his arms and do deep squats about 20 reps. He's 46#. Not a bad workout for someone my age. Michael giggles like crazy and is always begging me to do more.

I'll just try to do more of this kinda stuff.

I know a ton about fitness train already and I'm perfectly capable of putting together a work-out with or without equipment for condition.

It's kinda the "sport" thing I'm looking for. Don't know there's going to anything that will be total summer replacement for the fun/challenge/entertainment factors of skiing, the fitness benefit of skiing, and the camaraderie of a good ski school. Something to replace as much of these as possible is what I'm looking for.
post #36 of 47
Understand what you mean. Something to enjoy the outdoors with or without friends, physically challenging and engaging without it being an 'exercise.'

Horseback riding? Diving/snorkeling/sailing? kite-boarding/windsurfing? plain surfing? paragliding? fly fishing? hiking/camping? dirt-biking? mountain-biking? orienteering/geocaching? bouldering/rock climbing? tree climbing? and the more traditional golf. ruled out tennis as it requires a partner.
post #37 of 47
Paraglide home from work. Combine sport with commute. Save time.
post #38 of 47
Hatha yoga now for 33 years, and have added some Egoscue moves to keep spine supple. This, plus Bergmueller, at least 60 minutes a day 5-6 days a week: http://www.snowsportmoves.com/fitness.html , have been the best things I've ever done for me.

Tennis, rollerblading, longboarding, golf (walk, carry own bag and don't worry about my score), plus hiking -- all for fun.

Does Sudoku count?
post #39 of 47
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It's almost impossible to kayak on a daily basis so you still need a basic fitness program.
that really depends on where you live. In the Denver area, for instance, many cities have whitewater courses right in town - for instance in downtown Golden. Altho' I don't kayak, many of my skiing friends do; they get in a couple of hours at one of the parks, usually right after work.
post #40 of 47
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Paraglide home from work. Combine sport with commute. Save time.
I'd get shot down.
post #41 of 47
for the train ride, get your self some medium density foam (like 2" thick mattress foam) and stand on that while you do your balancing practice.

My summer sports, Cycling, Rollerblading, Archery and Scuba.

Archery on a field course is much like golf. Lots of walking, If you have a good course, the shooting line is rarely flat and you need to balance while shooting.

I don't know where south of Boston you can shoot but the NAA (National archery association) would have club listings. I don't remember how old your son is or if they allow shooting in back yards in your town but it's fun for kids if you take the proper safety precautions. I have worked with kids as young as 3 shooting but most clubs will only take them at age 8. As an Archery instructor I have the opportunity to go one on one with youngsters so it can be done. I know of a lot of women and girls that love archery. Maybe you can take it up as a family sport!

DC
post #42 of 47
First, since you asked for a summer sport, and not a summer workout routine, I won't tell you how I squeeze workouts in during my schedule.

OP - your schedule is busy, but certainly not unique. Well, except maybe that you give your kid a bath every night! We have two girls -- now 7 and 8.5 years -- and in the summer...ha..once a week. Of course, they're in the pool a lot too.

So, here's my recomendations for summer sports:

1) Get your kid and wife involved. May not be as hardcore, but much easier to fit into schedule, and much more (usually) satisfying.
2) Hike - put kid in backpack carrier. Let him walk when he wants. Pick up salamanders, bugs, rocks. Bring snacks.
3) Rollerblade - find a rail trail or smooth park road/trail - push kid in stroller, or if he's old enough let him ride his bike next to you. Get wife pair of rollerblades. Rollerblade at lunchtime if you can.
4) Sea kayak - kid in hatch (seriously - we did until last year when we got them their own little sea kayaks). Wife in SEPARATE boat, unless you want divorce, then get tandem. Best for weekends, but can fit into a weekday schedule (meet wife after work at river/lake, etc -- eat on the run, skip bath, put kid to bed a little late, screw the chores!!)

FWIW, we almost always forego chores for playtime. Our house isn't falling apart, but it ain't spic-and-span all the tiem either. But Monday morning at the coffee machine, when everyone else is talking about the work they did aroudn the house -- well, I just smile and tell them about whatever mini-adventure we had that weekend.

Works for us.
post #43 of 47

....lots of Spring/Summer/Fall activity in the NE

Don't totally get out of cycling, there are so many people in the area into some form of cycling....
My other passion, actually a good 20yrs prior to learning to ski was, and still is, paddling...whether it be flatwater(via touring kayak and/or canoe) and whitewater(via ww-kayak or OC-1(ww canoe)). It's so much fun enjoying the same precipitation..and environment..only in different form! It also gets highly addictive!
Paddling in the late Winter/early Spring is very, very addictive! Gets you away from the city...as does skiing. The best Whitewater action takes place near the same mountains...it's a double dose of addiction...

steve
post #44 of 47
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I love paddle sports. I live within two miles of the Charles river and several boat ramps. I just need a boat. I'll have to ask around. Anyone in MA want to let me borrow (or sell cheap) their canoe for the summer?

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Don't totally get out of cycling, there are so many people in the area into some form of cycling....
My other passion, actually a good 20yrs prior to learning to ski was, and still is, paddling...whether it be flatwater(via touring kayak and/or canoe) and whitewater(via ww-kayak or OC-1(ww canoe)). It's so much fun enjoying the same precipitation..and environment..only in different form! It also gets highly addictive!
Paddling in the late Winter/early Spring is very, very addictive! Gets you away from the city...as does skiing. The best Whitewater action takes place near the same mountains...it's a double dose of addiction...

steve
post #45 of 47

Good deals on used, but well maintained boats is often

a great way to "break into" something. There are quite a number of experienced touring yakers on paddling.net...as well as a Classified section for kayaks...! One fellow once stopped me, as I was getting out of Lake Cochituate(Framingham), and mentioned that he was a member of Ipswich paddling gang... Well, I never got up there, probably should have...but that's a great area to just rent...1-2x. Also, you might wanna take a couple classes, at your own pace, in WW kayaks 101...starting out..they're tippier than touring boats, but once you develop your balance...it's a lot of fun.
I know Bob Smith's(now under diff name?) used to have a stack of a monthly local magazine with a couple pages of touring kayak Classifieds...

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post #46 of 47
Road biking might be a good answer, that's what i'm going to try. First just my SO and I, but there are clubs or groups you can ride with too, which might be fun.
post #47 of 47
Indo Board, yup yup! I've used one for the last couple of years. Pretty fun, great for balance but not really any aerobic benefit and not too much muscle development. Stairmaster and Bowflex are my choices for those. Can't seem to get in enough mountain biking to get into ski shape.

Chris
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