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PATTIA1311 SparkPoints: (91,826)
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11/25/12 11:45 P

Yes, I am in retail as well. I walk any where from 20,000-30,000 steps a night. But I always use to workout earlier in the day b/c I work afternoons. My b/f has started to exercise with me, but he wants to walk at night. I have come home after working during the day and walk 3-5 miles with him. At first I was very tired and didn't want to do it. But since he is pushing me, I'm pushing him, he is pushing himself, and I'm pushing myself, we end up going! Some days my legs/feet don't feel like it, but always feel better when I'm done. It also helps my afternoon tiredness. I am able to get more accomplish in the evening and sleep much, much better! So just try to get out there. It will help in the long run. Get better shoes, not only for work, but for walking as well. We invested in great walking shoes and that has helped, too! Now I just need to get a better pair for work! Good luck and anything you do, even a short walk, will help you in the long run!

11/25/12 7:38 P

I worked in the restaurant business and I feel ya!

1. Get really good shoes. I cannot stress thIis enough. It's worth it. Get gel inserts if you can't afford new shoes.

2. As soon as possible after work, elevate your feet. I would lay on my bed with my butt up against the wall and my feet straight up. Lay like that for at least 10 minutes. It's relaxing, but My feet would feel so much better.

3. Foot massage! Have any sort of massage tool laying around? Use it on your feet. Or go get one. For my feet, I liked the ones with a strong vibration. 5 minutes of that will help too.

And further, rejoice in knowing that as you lose weight, your feet will feel much better! You will get used to it too. After a month or so, your body will adjust and it won't be as difficult. But on my long days, I always did the above activities to help.

LJOYCE55 SparkPoints: (134,267)
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11/25/12 4:21 P

The best solution I see here is to do your exercise prior to work and first thing in the morning on your days off.

11/25/12 8:11 A

Thank you so much for all of your GREAT suggestions!

CARILOUIE SparkPoints: (94,733)
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11/25/12 7:32 A

When I was teaching full time, I used to like going to the gym/running before work. If I tried to do something after work, I always used the excuse that I was too tired. But when I got it out of the way, I felt much better.

ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (191,675)
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11/25/12 6:57 A


Do you have a gym membership ? If so, why not try some of the classes ? group exercise classes are a good way to exercise and have some fun. Exercise isn't just about how many calories we burn in X amount of time. The benefits of exercise go far beyond calorie burn. Exercise can help you reduce your risk for osteoporosis, heart disease, diabetes as well as decrease depression.

Exercise helps to enhance our overall well being. Therefore, it's important to do something we enjoy. Because when we enjoy doing something, we look forward to doing that something each and every day.

If you don't have a gym membership, why not go to your local library to borrow a bunch of DVDs ? You can always buy what you like later. DVDs can be a great way to get a good workout and have some fun. Do you like dancing ? Try Zumba. It's a Latin dance workout. Dancing is wonderful exercise.

Personally, I do like walking even though I'm on my feet a lot too. But, if you don't like walking, how about a bike ride ? tennis ? gardening ? skating ? martial arts ? You can do anything for exercise. It's all good.

BUBBLEJ1 Posts: 2,981
11/25/12 5:07 A

I hear ya! 8 years in hospo/retail. Can you do something that involves sitting? A stationary bike or a spinning class could be options. I liked water based activities, because there was no pressure on my legs.

KRISTEN_SAYS SparkPoints: (80,535)
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11/24/12 4:24 P

I was doing Jillian Michaels' 30 Day Shred in the morning before work. From beginning to end the workouts are 30-35 minutes long and they're highly effective. I suggest it!

11/24/12 4:00 P

I recently started a retail job and I find that when I have a day off the last thing I want to do it go for a walk or stand on my feet any longer! This is frustrating because prior to getting my job I was an avid everyday walker and I find NO enjoyment in it anymore. Does anyone else have this problem? Any suggestions on a low cost activity I can do on a regular basis to keep my activity up? Thanks for your suggestions!

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