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TONAGH SparkPoints: (8,119)
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2/17/13 1:44 P


2/17/13 12:15 P

TACDGB Posts: 6,136
2/17/13 12:31 A

remember that working out is only 10% of the whole healthy lift style. 80% is good nutrition and the other 10% is genetics. Do what you can with what you have. Some working out is better than nothing. Be proud of what you can do.

SP_COACH_NANCY SparkPoints: (158,833)
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2/16/13 9:16 P


According to US Dept of Health and Human Services 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, most people need

-2 hours 30 minutes (150 minutes) of moderate intensity activity a week OR

-1 hour 15 minutes (75 minutes) of vigorous activity per week OR

A combination of the two. This is to maintain a level of physical activity.

When you increase the amount to 300 minutes (5 hours) of moderate activity or 150 minutes (2 hrs 30 min) of vigorous activity per week OR a combo of both you will receive added health benefits.

Add in 2 sessions of full body resistance training per week and you should be good to go.

Remember there is no 'right' or 'wrong' answer when it comes to your program but works best for you.

Take care!

Coach Nancy

LOVEMOUSE82 SparkPoints: (3,788)
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2/16/13 8:58 P

So like everybody else in America I have a very busy and demanding job. Since starting sparkpeople, I have made one of my fast break goals to walk the dog each day and that has really given me some great consistent fitness minutes each day. Here is the question....on a busy week, I will only get 20 minutes in daily. Now this is a great jam packed 20 minutes because I am running most of the time (even though I call it "walking the dog") and i stop for short intervals to walk for a moment (or for dog to"go") before hitting it hard again. I go around 2 blocks and back to my house. It is almost a mile and I usually make it in or under 20 mins.

Please give me opinions on if this is a sufficient amount of exercise daily. Sometimes I feel I should have more fitness minutes- 20 just doesn't sound like much. But when I log it, it does add to meet my weekly goal of calories burned by the end of the week.

Thoughts? Opinions? Does anyone do anything to make sure they get in more actual minutes of exercise.....maybe I shouldn't be worrying about the minutes so much...I don't know how important it is, but I have to balance it with trying to get enough sleep at night so it is especially hard those times that I get home late. What's more important- sleep or exercise?

"The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it." Michelangelo
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