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CBUSER Posts: 17
1/3/12 11:15 A

THANK YOU for making it clear. I appreciate your help. Have a great day emoticon

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1/3/12 10:29 A

CBUSER,

Of course the more you can devote the better, HOWEVER, I don't want you to limit yourself to thinking that if you don't have 20 minutes or longer to get in a nice walk, you won't do anything. In fact studies show that just being more active throughout the day (not even formal exercise) can do wonders to helping us expend a calorie here and there. If you were to expend 2 extra calories every hour you were awake, that equates to an extra 32 calories a day (based on being awake for 16 hours) which equates to almost 1000 extra calories expended in a month (or almost 1/3rd of a pound).

Coach Nancy

CBUSER Posts: 17
1/3/12 10:19 A

That I can do! But, is that enough time to get and keep my heart rate up? Ok, maybe I need to take a step back and say that I was of the understanding you needed to have 20 minutes of aerobic exercise to be of any good. Please correct me.

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1/2/12 7:27 P

CBUSER,

While I know it's been quite a while since your surgery, did your doctor give you any exercise restrictions? Walking is a GREAT activity and remember 3 10 minutes sessions are just as beneficial as one longer session, so if you can carve out little pockets of time to get in a nice brisk walk that would get you going.

I hope this helps!
Coach Nancy

CBUSER Posts: 17
1/2/12 7:09 P

I get up at 5 am and out of the house by 6 for my commute to work. I return home at 6pm every night. Most days I only get 30 minutes (at most) for lunch. Due to an injury, my left ankle has been partially fused for 30 years so I obviously have arthritis. Running and even slow jogging is out of the question due to the arthritis. I also have a husband and two daughters at home. How can I get cardio exercise? What are the best exercises I can get with my short time availability?

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