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47 3/3/13 11:07 A
I really lacked the motivation to exercise over the holidays, but I was doing alright before that. The past two weeks I have been exercising every day. One suggestion I would make is find a challenge, not necessarily challenging but something that is labeled as a challenge. I found a challenge that said dance for 10 minutes every day, and I decided I could do that. It can be something that simple to get you motivated. Another way I managed was by taking a little time the day before plan the workout and then track it for the next day. That way I would be accountable for doing that workout.
Since taking this job I have lost almost 30 lbs (15-20) since I really changed my diet in Oct. But I still having trouble motivating myself to exercise. I do carry a perimeter with my at all times & it does help my to move more! I don't sleep well and I know exercise will help, but can't seem to find the motivation to stick with a plan.
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4,284 3/3/13 6:36 A
I agree that it is ok to count those steps, but you need to add more to see a difference.
I am also on my feet and moving throughout my day. While I don't count these "steps" as cardio, I like to count all my steps per day. I include them in my "daily steps total" and since I am tracking them, I find myself adding steps whenever I can. I compete with myself to take more steps each day. I feel it does make a difference in the long run. I climb stairs rather than take the elevator, I park in the furthest distance from store entrances, I will keep moving instead of standing in one spot. So, while my daily goals include the number of steps that I take in a day, I don't include it in my distance or cardio. But, tracking my steps motivates me to take more steps, so keep walking at work and go that extra step!
Walking at work tends be pretty stop-start in nature, which makes it a poor substitute for more focussed exercise.
Firstly, because it is stop-start, it doesn't really get your heart rate up on a sustained basis like walking outside does, and so it doesn't give you the health and fitness basis that genuine cardio does.
Also, stop-start walking typically involves much shorter steps, and a pedometer is likely to significantly overestimate the distance covered and calories burned.
And finally, the way I see it, we all got to the weight we are by doing what we do. So to lose weight we need to do more.
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