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what are your other hobbies besides audio??

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  1. Sonic Defender Contributor
    Isn't running actually considered to be very hard and detrimental on the body in the long run? Bad back, knees, hips, foot problems, shin-splints. I do get that running is addictive due to the release of endorphins it can trigger.
  2. Whazzzup
    probably wrote this already but can't remember. Weed, fine scotch and wine. Preferable napa, bordeaux and piedmont
  3. Whazzzup
    Oh Gastro gourmand and spas
  4. Sonic Defender Contributor
    So funny, smoked weed for years when I was younger, now that it is legal I couldn't care less, I have no desire to get high. Fun back in the day, but at 50 can't possibly imagine getting high. At least I had my fun when I was young so it isn't like I'm missing anything.
  5. Whazzzup
    Oh it’s possible at 50 and beyond and golf however developed a shoulder tendenoscious, kinda took out my game, slow recovery
    Last edited: Dec 11, 2018
  6. Wyville
    Generally speaking running is not so bad for the body and it is actually built to cope with it, although not so much hard surfaces such as asphalt. In my case, my knees have a lot of wear and tear from playing squash for several years and riding street with my mountainbike (doing all sorts of jumps and tricks etc). Neither were very good for my knees. A few years ago I got an injury on top of that because of an unlucky accident that tore up the meniscus in my right knee, so there is not much of it left over.

    Running though is the main way I manage my ADHD (because of what it does to the brain's biochemicals) and not being able to run is a huge issue for me, so I will see a sports doctor soon to discuss what my options are. I can still cycle, so that is at least something.
  7. Nik74
    Our bodies are designed to run , climb and lift and carry heavy weight, amongst others. As much as I don’t enjoy it at all , running is more beneficial than detrimental in the long run. Sitting on a chair for prolonged periods is much more detrimental physically
  8. Wyville
    Definitely! And it is great for your mental wellbeing to be out and about. I just spent three years living in London and it often felt very claustrophobic where I would not go out and just train at home (my own gym and turbo trainer for the bike), which was not nearly as effective as it should be. Now that I can go out into the countryside (etc) it just feels so much better both while I train and afterwards.
  9. Sonic Defender Contributor
    What people are missing is that while this is true, we are designed to be active and physical, that does not at all imply that we are designed to last. Our ancestors were considered old if they made it to 30 so it is not a safe assumption that even with all of your physical capabilities that wear and tear isn't detrimental even as young people. The price paid is often noticed later in life given that we live well longer than possibly we were intended to. If you are going to fall back on the design of our bodies you need to remove the maintenance of medical intervention out of the equation. If you didn't have doctors and drugs, physiotherapy and other mediation interventions much of what we do is indeed bad for our bodies. Joints and connective tissues are fragile, they have a life span and just strengthening the muscles or aerobic conditioning will not completely prevent wear and tare. In fact, done improperly muscle development can imbalance the skeletal system and lead to a host of issues.

    My point isn't that we shouldn't exercise, I spent years and still lift heavy weights, I played tennis, golf, volleyball, softball basketball etc, but none of these activities helped per say and all of my joints and related supporting systems are paying the price. Running is terrible for the lower back. People are made to run yes, but for how long before it is actually detrimental? Individual differences aside, I don't think anybody can reasonably argue that anything that engages joints repeatedly while subjecting them to concussive force isn't going to have a negative effect. That is why padding structures and joints wear out.
    Last edited: Dec 12, 2018
  10. Wyville
    A lot of good points! My main problem (or challenge) is that running is by far the most effective way for me to manage my ADHD. I am not sure what it is exactly, but I seem to get more benefits from it. I suspect it has something to do with the intensity because no matter how hard I work out in the gym or ride my bike, it never quite reaches the results I get from running. Would love to find an effective alternative in case my knee keeps causing problems, but haven't found it yet.
  11. Sonic Defender Contributor
    I feel that, I have ADHD myself, and yes physical activity is a great thing. I can't explain the exact neurochemical interactions that exercise triggers, but essentially people with ADHD need stimulants to calm them down (counter intuitive I know). I suspect that the rush of endorphins achieve a stimulant effect and in turn result in a calming effect. That is why people with ADHD are given stimulants as a pharmacological treatment. Good luck with things mate, cheers.
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  12. Wyville
    I only got diagnosed a few years ago, ironically a year after I had already completed my PhD. Still, after discussing it with my specialist I decided to try out the medication for it and that became a complete disaster because of ever worsening side-effects. That was when I decided to go back to what I had intuitively known to work before being diagnosed; training.

    Luckily I have a background in biology and in particular neurophysiology, so I have been able to understand what is likely to be going on in my brain and what I can do about it. It has to do with the signal molecules that transfer information between brain cells, the so-called 'neurotransmitters'. Those are thought to be at lower levels in people with ADHD, messing up the signalling. Through training some neurotransmitters such as dopamine are elevated and that is exactly what the medication also does, except with training it is controlled by the body itself and does not lead to side effects.
  13. blackdragon87
    lifting weights
  14. Sonic Defender Contributor
    Nice, I did my undergrad in psychology and my ex was a specialist in ADHD and attention so I learned a lot from her. Thanks for the additionally information. Yes the natural way is better, as long as it is therapeutic enough and it sounds like it is for you. Similar to results with depression where meta-analysis has found exercise to be just as effective as using SSRI medication. When I don't exercise and remain physically active, my cognitive abilities really suffer, like really suffer. Keep well. Sorry to the thread for getting all OT.
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  15. Wyville
    Same here. Need training. :D

    Could talk for ages about it, but yeah, let's not get the thread completely OT. :wink:
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