How many of you do some kind of physical exercises to keep in (some kind) of shape to help you during sailing trips. I mean, being agile on a boat helps in making it more fun and is even safer. What do you think?
I am not that fit, which is why I am going to the gym so much, I had a nasty ankle injury last summer which meant that I havent been able to do half the things I enjoy like long distance walking etc. But I do feel a lot fitter now
Dont want to worry you guys.
I thought I was fit being an electrician and plumber running up and down stairs, steps, ladders all day, renovating my boat, cycling 3 times a week, I'm a non smoker, not overweight, heathy diet, not heavy drinker, normal Choelesterol. Doc said my chest pains were indegestion, took my blood pressure and said, "nothing wrong with your heart". Three weeks later I had a heart attack. that was two years ago, had triple bypass operation last year. Slowly getting my life back together. The symptoms of a heart attack are not those protrayed on TV etc, mine were aching in shoulders, arms feeling heavy, slowly changing to dull ache in centre of chest, some people have aching jaw. Dont rely on your GP just taking your blood pressure ask for ECG
Was out in my Laser again at the weekend there. Amazed at what a great workout you get! Especially the tummy muscles. Even had a nice swim after the boat when I dissapeared over backwards. Got home exhausted but very happy.
My father was turned down for National Service because the doc said his heart sounded wrong. Civilian doctors couldn't find anything wrong but 45 years later he died of a heart attack. Clever these army doctors.
Always trained since I was a child. Once you create the habit you never get out out of it. I train in the gym 4 times a week and run regularly since packing up rugby when I was 40 (11 years ago)
Enjoy working on the boat when sailing but feel the need to do more arobic exercise when ashore.
I also think that if you have trained you can say to yourself that having a drink at the end of the day is a good reward.
I believe that it was Winston Churchill who said that the only exercise he took was from walking up hospital steps to visit his friends who had injured themselves whilst exercising.
Jim Fixx, he of inventing jogging fame, died at 50ish of heart attack arteries clogged with cholesterol, Atkins of diet fame dead at 70ish fat as butter, Winston, he of cigar smoking and relaxed as a newt fame, popped his clogs at 93. I know which philosophy I follow.