POSTED: Mon, 06/07/2010 - 4:00pm

Moving the french way in unbearable heat

I'm trying to learn to move the french way by not spending hours at the gym with grueling workouts. I try to incorporate moving in small ways like parking my car far away from where I am going but other than that it seems the gym is my only outlet in this weather. It will be hot until at least September and with a temperature of 95 and a heat index of well over 100 F (it was 110 yesterday) it is impossible to walk. I have a sore shoulder so for the time being swimming is out. I would love to hear from others as to how I can incorporate some movement besides being tied to a gym. Thanks for your help.
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POSTED: Tue, 07/19/2011 - 6:15pm

We're having a heatwave..

a tropical heatwave,the temperature's rising,it isn't surprising......from an old musical and I can't recall the rest.It is boiling here too and promises to get hotter in a day or so.Can't say I mind as we have AC.Stay cool.OXO


POSTED: Wed, 07/20/2011 - 4:41pm


Blow some of it over here please. Hope all is well with you and Leslie is safely home.


POSTED: Wed, 07/20/2011 - 6:19am

On vacation and up at 5 am!!!

There may be something to this heat...I woke up at 5 thanks to Bailey the cat (he is still on work time!!!lol). Nice and quiet, cool only upper sixties and off for an am walk. Will stop for some ice coffee and then later meeting a gf ( ateacher who has the summer off..lucky duck !) Lunch at Olives in Baldwinsville , NY , by the water. So my French way of dealing with the heat is to make the best of it and sing Those , lazy hazy days of summer!!!! xoxo MJ


POSTED: Tue, 07/19/2011 - 12:16am


We have the unbearable heat. I can't believe I'm complaining about it after all the whining I've done about our cold and rainy Spring. But, yikes! It's so hot and humid, I just want to lay around, instead of walking... or otherwise moving.

Maybe I'll try early morning walking, and see how that goes. I really hate to go to the gym just to walk. Seems counterproductive to the French sensibilities. :)


POSTED: Tue, 07/19/2011 - 5:49am

A heat wave and vacation!! Yikes !

My July vacation begins with a heat wave oh my! I'll be waking in the early am and off to the mall to walk. I really think those work well..I'm not a big fan of ac so I will be bonding with books and relaxing! Stay cool and chic my sisters! xoxo MJ


POSTED: Tue, 07/19/2011 - 5:44pm


Lucky both of you. We are experiencing the wettest summer ever. We have had some good days but not many. Perhaps August will be better. Spin and abs today, I definately generated my own heat!!


POSTED: Wed, 07/20/2011 - 6:24am

Sending you some sun rays!!!

I hope your summer comes to visit you soon. Wasn't it a bad winter also? I'm amazed how the weather can affect us. Perhaps French women buy seasonally..we as French Sister of the Heart should celebrate the many moods of Mother Nature. Though at times easier said then done!! Hugs to you Marilyn and I'm thinking fall (a pair of pretty wellies and a bright umbrella!). xo


POSTED: Tue, 07/12/2011 - 12:04am

Walk at the Mall

I like to walk at the mall early before the stores open. I know, there are lots of elderly people walking, but who cares! They are sweet and don't look at me funny because I don't have on my makeup, yet! It is air-conditioned, a nice smooth surface and I can enjoy the windows and think about my day while exercising. It doesn't wear out my expensive shoes nearly as fast as walking outdoors on pavement! I live in the same climate as you, Miamoki, so I understand!


POSTED: Wed, 07/07/2010 - 4:46pm

Summer moving

Living in the North of England I rarely have the problem of the stifling heat although we had a very hot (for us) June which I unfortunately missed getting wet in France!!!! Although the days in summer can sometimes be warm the nights are usually cool. I still go to my pilates class on a Monday and my spin n abs and spin n tone on Tuesdays and Thursdays. My favourite spin n yoga class has fallen by the wayside until September. Our instructor believes in each of us tailoring the classes to suit our individual requirements and enforces the idea that it is not a competition. Those who want the pain can have it and those who don't need not. I judge how far I push myself by how I feel and do not incur injury but do excert the correct amount of effort.

Shirley 1944

POSTED: Wed, 07/07/2010 - 10:28am

Belly Dancing

Our community is offering belly dancing classes and I have always wanted to try that. I just may do it! Shirl


POSTED: Wed, 07/07/2010 - 4:47pm

Belly dancing

Sound like fun, Mo.


POSTED: Tue, 07/06/2010 - 9:21pm

Tai Chi

Hi Miamoki. I just started a Tai Chi class tonight and it was wonderful. We've been having 90 degree heat with unbearable humidity here in the North East, and my central ac just bit the dust. I was worried it would be too hot to do the class, but the teacher taught us outside in the shade, near a wonderful little creek. The water rippling behind us and all the songbirds made it quite enjoyable. I'm looking forward to my next class. Deb

Shirley 1944

POSTED: Tue, 07/06/2010 - 1:24pm


Like frenchy, I live in Florida and the heat and humidity can be quite hard on us. I walk two to three miles early in the morning before the heat sets in. I think I will incorporate Frenchy's idea of the evening walk. I don't do well with "gyms', but am planning on adding some weight lifting to firm up (at home). I also park far from entrances, use stairs and all of the other little tricks of the trade. I have a pool but rarely use it...maybe I will add swimming also. Mo


POSTED: Wed, 07/07/2010 - 7:23am

Hello Mo

Where in Florida do you live? Hi Soul Sister and everyone! Sorry for being absent and now classes have started online today. I read here periodically but have been in a reply slump...don't know why that is. I am about to go find out what my first two assignments are. I'll check back here later. Hugs everyone!


POSTED: Tue, 07/06/2010 - 7:11pm


The connetions continue...my sister lives in Miami and Frenchy(my Soul Sister)as you know is Floridian too.And I have worked and lived there myself.


POSTED: Tue, 06/08/2010 - 1:33am

With injuries it can be tough

With injuries it can be tough to walk or any other form of exercise, BUT if you have access to a pool a great option is to get out of the heat and in to the pool. While you may not be able to swim laps because of your shoulder, you can always walk in the pool. I have a bad back and my physical therapist recommended this. That way you stay cool, get exercise, and are IN the Pool. HTH's


POSTED: Mon, 06/07/2010 - 6:48pm

Gym Rat

I am a gym rat and I love it. Probably because I don't do grueling workouts but strength training to keep muscle mass that helps ward off osteoperosis and helps to keep the body trim and fit. My gym has an indoor lap pool and I swim everyday for good cardio and to stay trim. Now having said that I also have problems with heat as I live in Florida and not near a beach. I get up quite early and walk before the heat of the day sets in and in the evenings after it has cooled down somewhat. The walk in the morning helps rejuvinate me and the evening stroll helps wind me down. I know that french women do not make a habit of going to a gym but on the other hand I see nothing wrong with using one but not as a means of torture. I like to think of it as pampering myself in a different sort of way.


POSTED: Wed, 06/09/2010 - 3:19am

Strength training is great!

I'm not a gym person, but I understand your 'different way of pampering'. I work out at home nearly every day the whole year, except in the summer when it's just too hot and I'm too lazy. I love how strong my body is, what I can do with it, how effortless it is to move and keep good posture and I love that I feel great the whole day if I spend 1 hour in the morning working out.


POSTED: Mon, 06/07/2010 - 8:12pm

I think your idea is

I think your idea is excellent. Use the gym but not as a means of torture. I'm trying to rethink my workouts. I used to go do weights and spinning so much to the point where I got injured. I no longer take classes with that instructor because she is of the philosophy no pain no gain. I used to go every Wednesday to a weights class and it was just torture. Not because of the instructor - she is a gem - but because the people are just rude and unruly. I decided to reduce the stress in my life and only go to the pilates class afterwards. I really enjoy the pilates. I also forget that they have a jacuzzi and steam room at this gym. I could go sit in the jacuzzi and use that as pampering. It's all about looking at things in a different light. thanks!


POSTED: Mon, 06/07/2010 - 9:04pm

That a girl!

It really is all about how you look at things. I love pilates and yoga and I just don't get the whole no pain no gain thought process as when there is pain that means injury is happening. I swim and take a sauna afterwards and it really is like having a spa here. There are many health and spa clubs out there that do the same thing. I don't know where you go but Gold's Gym is amazing. Not all of them have swimming pools so I feel very fortunate to have one here. This should be about you and what you want and what you are comfortable doing. Mind you I am not pushing the gym thing I just realized that it works for me and it is a comfortable fit. Enjoy your next "spa" trip! :)


POSTED: Mon, 06/07/2010 - 6:20pm

Hi Miamoki

How about walking in an air cionditioned mall?Turn up the AC at home,put on some tunes and dance.Gentle stretches in a cool room;take care of the shoulder,please.Where are you?Best of luck.Jean


POSTED: Mon, 06/07/2010 - 8:01pm

I'm in Miami

Jean - yes - the a/c malls would help. It's been so bad the past few days I've been unable to even move. Yesterday I was at an outdoor bbq and I came home just exhausted from the heat. We are having record heat and I'm afraid the hurricanes are right around the corner :( Frenchy - where are you in FL?


POSTED: Tue, 06/08/2010 - 9:22am

Good Morning

Miamoki if you live in or near Coral Gables there is the Venetian Pool.It is really nice and you could easily walk in that.Do you know it?I am not a swimmer,but I love that place.Also,how about an AquaFit class ? Jean


POSTED: Tue, 06/08/2010 - 5:29am


I am about 3 to 3 and 1/2 hours north of you and I agree that the hurricanes are closing in. I have a feeling this may be a not so good year. My husband was born and raised in Miami and he has a cousin who lives there. I'd have to get the exact location as I don't know off the top of my head. Today I have to go to our county office and pick up my school laptop. I will be working from home this year and have a couple of projcets in the works. Where are you in Miami?


POSTED: Mon, 06/07/2010 - 9:14pm


My sister lives in Miami.And I have lived there a couple of times.The heat can be killer.The Hurricaines are scary.But oh my what a treat it is in Feb. or marh,when I have had enough of winter.Stay cool!


POSTED: Tue, 06/08/2010 - 9:24am


March...my C seems to be functioning poorly.

Elizabeth G

POSTED: Tue, 06/08/2010 - 1:21pm

Sympathy for the unbearable heat!

Here in the Northwest, we've come to believe that the cold wet spring will never end. We have short, very hot summers, but not humid. During the summer heat, I get up extra early and take my walk before work. It's not much of a hardship; being so far north, daylight begins before 5:00 a.m. Of course you're drinking enough water, right?


POSTED: Tue, 06/08/2010 - 1:36pm

Hi Elizabeth

How are you?Jean

Elizabeth G

POSTED: Tue, 06/08/2010 - 1:46pm


You changed your name... I'm easily confused, I wasn't 100% positive it wasn't another Jean. I'm doing well, thank you! My friends and I had our Lake Tahoe ladies get-together last weekend, and it was just wonderful. I've paid the price at work for my absence and am frantically trying to catch up, but it was worth it. How are you?


POSTED: Tue, 06/08/2010 - 3:41pm


Glad the weekend was a success. I'm so glad I will not have 'work' to bother me after France. Just the house and no doubt the garden will look like a wilderness.
Wish we had the heat in France. The weather is very changeable, more like home in the UK!!! Still I am enjoying the french way of living.


POSTED: Tue, 06/08/2010 - 2:09pm


decided to celebrate my vintage.More me than the old name.

Delighted that you and your friends had a good time.You'll need another vacation to recover from the pile of work that built up.

MacKie and I are headed to NY tomorrow for 3 weeks of house sitting and jaunts into NYC.Yipee!!OXO


POSTED: Tue, 06/08/2010 - 3:18pm

Are you feeling better?

How is your stomach? You should make that YIPPPPPEEEEE!!! Hugs dearest Soul Sister. Enjoy yourself immensly. Did I spell that correctly?


POSTED: Tue, 06/08/2010 - 4:58pm

I am much better

Thanks.Just got back from picking up good food to eat on the road.No fast food.French all the way!I an't spell worth beans anymore...looks ok to me.Wish you could be there.OXO

Elizabeth G

POSTED: Tue, 06/08/2010 - 2:23pm


I hope you have many grand adventures.

“"Un rendez-vous d’amour et d’amitié"”


French women drink water all day long. 


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