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CKESNE01
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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.

Hope this helps!



JDEVLIN1908
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3/3/13 10:58 A

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.



ANGUSSANDY
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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.



EMPIEZOSINFIN
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3/3/13 2:23 A

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!



MOTIVATED@LAST
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3/3/13 1:58 A

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.

M@L



JDEVLIN1908
Posts: 26
3/3/13 1:46 A

I walk several miles at work ( the night shift ), does this count as my cardio and I just do strength training at home? or do I need to do additional cardio?
Thanks!



 
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