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SIMONEKP Posts: 2,546
8/24/13 1:07 P

you sound pretty active, your diet will be the most important part to getting to your goal

JCOW84 SparkPoints: (6,450)
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8/24/13 11:40 A

If you want to improve your overall cardio and general fitness, you should probably do some kind of exercise a few times per week. Maybe try to squeeze in a run, or take a 45 minute class at the gym...it's hard at the beginning to schedule workouts but gets easier once it becomes routine. Good luck!

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8/22/13 10:39 A

With less than 5 lbs to lose, it's going to be about your food, not the exercise. 5 lbs is within the normal range of daily fluctuations anyway, so I don't know that weight is your best measure for progress.

Being active at work isn't enough to help; that's not fitness in the traditional sense; you aren't getting your heart rate into the cardio range by standing and carrying boxes. You're probably more active than someone who is totally sedentary, but for heart health, you need a regular exercise program, including actual strength training.

You'd feel better if you did.

What's your main goal with this?

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8/22/13 10:32 A

I'm not looking to lose all that much weight (maybe 5 or so more lb), but I know exercise has all sorts of other health benefits, short and long term.

I do not go to the gym or do any type of workout regularly. Sometimes I'll get the motivation to do some squats/pushups/situps/etc. at night, but it's infrequent (MAYBE once a week, more like once every 2 weeks). But, I am on my feet all day. I work in a warehouse, where I am constantly standing at my computer, walking around, carring boxes, etc. Often times the only time I sit down is lunch! I know it's not considered "exercise" but is this enough?

Also...when I get home from work I try to not just sit down and stay there all night. Instead I'll run errands, clean the house, cook dinner....and THEN maybe sit down to read or watch a movie. On the weekends I also try to do one activity...whether it's going out dancing, going for a hike, playing a sport with my nephew, etc.

So what do you think? Should I try to incorporate more "real" exercise?

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