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How do people do it? 3000 fitness minutes for March


Monday, March 25, 2013

How do people do it? 3000 fitness minutes for March emoticon

I am trying to get 1000 min. for March and struggling.

Chris
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MICHELE142 3/28/2013 12:13AM

    Fitness minutes I worry about only on a daily basis. I marvel at those who have the time and workout ethic to get those high minutes. I only keep pushing for myself to find the time to increase my workouts. emoticon

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LILPAT3 3/27/2013 5:10PM

    I start at 4am every day at the gym. I do upperbody stuff one day with core and the next day I do lower body stuff and cycle. In the evening I always walk my dogs and if it is light I go for another bike ride. Twice a week I do crossfit and sprint intervals on a bike. On the weekends, I ride anywhere from 30 to 150 miles on the bike. I also have the luxury of teaching PE which means an added two hours of exercise everyday. The important thing to remember is that one does not wake up and decide to start exercising 400 to 500 minutes a day. It takes time to work up to hours of exercise. Hang in there! You are doing great! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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EOWYNRUSS 3/27/2013 1:22AM

    Mine is tracked by my FitBit, but it's very accurate for my minutes. I had surgery 4 months ago, and wasn't physically able to get much exercise in, but I set a steps goal, and walked a tiny bit each hour that I could towards it. Then I raised the goal a little more, then a little more, until I hit (most days) between 15000 and 20000 steps. I get these steps mostly by walking laps in my tiny house. I walk to the furthest point in the living room, then the furthest point in the bedroom, then the kitchen, etc. Some days are better than others, but those minutes add up. Don't worry if you aren't getting those numbers. Do what you can do, challenge yourself a little more each week, and don't sweat the rest.

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NEVERGIVEUP57 3/26/2013 6:33PM

    I look at it this way, what ever we do, is it sustainable for the rest of your life? Is this something you can do when you are 70, 80? I average 1,000 a month...I'm sure I could do more, but hey...this I know I can do for the rest of my life.

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KMICHA 3/26/2013 4:20PM

    I'm on the treadmill for an hour each morning. I usually do 30 min of strength training each day too. Add a DVD and I'm up to 120 easy. Some days, I go to the Y with my hubby. Since I have already had my workout, I walk (about and hour) while he swims. I quick - fire throughout the day as well. Also, two of the teams I am on do "tag you're it" exercise through the day too. When, I brush my teeth I march. When I fold laundry or prepare food I either march, do calf raises or squats. I move most of the day. That's what works for me. We are not all alike. You have to find what works for you and motivates you! Good luck!

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GRANDMABABA 3/26/2013 2:32PM

    That's more than this body can manage as I have many days when I can do virtually nothing. When I feel we'll enough I do quite a bit. I doubt I'll ever get 3000, but the progress is good and that is what counts.

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STONECOT 3/26/2013 12:00PM

    It's time and motion! emoticon I do tai chi 3x a week. Now that's hardly energetic, though it makes you sweat a lot, and that's 60x3 minutes a week. If I'm there at the gym doing that, I will also do 30 minutes on the various machines, which is another 30x3 minutes, (obviously), I will also go swimming to cool me down after, that's 30-45x3 minutes. Added to that, I do one evening at karate, 60-90 minutes, and a 45 minute spin class, and most weekends I have at least one walk, usually 10 miles+. And I'm still fat as butter!! This all started with short 10 minute walks round the streets, and one 60 minute tai chi session, walking as much as possible is the key.

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WHYNOTJ1 3/26/2013 11:44AM

    I walk (whenever it isn't too snowy and icy). I usually do about 25 minutes before my daytime job, then 10 at lunch. If it is glorious outside and my ankles/knees aren't bothering me, I do another 5-10 minutes if I can.

I swim for at least 40 minutes every day. A couple of days I am able to stay in longer.

I teach water aerobics 4 evenings a week (40 minute classes) and am able to teach from in the water (our deck is small and too slippery for active demonstration/teaching). Sometimes on my non-teaching days, I do 10-15 minutes of water aerobics on my own.

When I do errands, I park further away and walk.

Everyone's body and stamina are different. With my walking, I started off with just a few minutes, and try to add just a minute or some short distance every week. As the weather improves, I'm able to walk a bit longer.

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IAMWINNING 3/26/2013 11:41AM

    Do what you can and don't compare yourself to anyone else. Don't feel bad that you don't do 3,000 minutes in a month... maybe you WILL by building up to it. And if you don't ever get there? So what? Compare yourself to yourself. Are you doing better this month than you did last month, last year? Be kind to yourself.

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CAROLIAN 3/26/2013 7:04AM

    Never mind what others do its what we acheive ourselves that counts emoticon

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MALKS_ARIA 3/26/2013 4:47AM

    I physically can't handle more than about 1000 minutes... IF that... The only reason I get as much exercise is I force myself to go shopping... I walk around the store 2 or 3 times. I then shop for what I want... I get the exercise ball out, and work on getting up off the floor/ball. I am stretching my back, curling it, and strengthening my core. But even so, I only exercise 3-4 days a week.

Most the time, I spend only 15-25 min on cardio, and another 15 on Strength Training on those days. Sometimes it is only 15 min. Other times I am walking the store 60 - 90 min. I do this at my pace. I do what I can do.... I push myself, but I don't make myself flared.

Hang in there!! Don't count what others are doing... Exercise is exercise... do what you can!! You are 2 minutes a time, at each commercial is still 2 min more than you were doing before!! (yes, tiz my moto)...

aria

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KPETSCHE 3/26/2013 1:29AM

    It's probably fitbit or bodymedia that counts everything all day. I have my Bodymedia Fit synced so I can record steps taken, sleep, etc but then erase my bodymedia exercise minutes so I'm only counting my actual, intended exercises daily. Don't worry about what everyone else is getting, Chris. You appear to be doing a great job with what you do daily.
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123ELAINE456 3/26/2013 1:02AM

  You are doing Great. Don't worry about these high fitness points that People get. Try to increase your fitness minutes a little at a time. You Can Do It. God Blessings to Everyone. Have a Fantastic Day. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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OOLALA53 3/25/2013 11:35PM

    Don't worry about getting 3000 a month until you have your 1000. In actuality, 3000 minutes isn't going to get you that much more health benefit, and depending on what you're doing, it may increase your chance for injury. Just work from where you are.

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BRAVELUTE 3/25/2013 10:43PM

    Check the exercise logs for the people you wonder about. (link should be on the bottom left of their spark page, if they make it available. Here's one for a member of my team. She is ALWAYS walking. And right now she's in training to run a marathon. You might look at her exercise log and write to her and ask how she is able to do it.

http://www.sparkpeople.com/
mypage_tracker.asp?id=LESLIELEN
ORE&dte=3%2F25%2F2013

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FLAMENM 3/25/2013 10:29PM

    Little bursts of exercise throughtout the day. 15 minute walks during breaks, walkign built into my commute and then working out.


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DARLY55 3/25/2013 9:52PM

    This is how I do it when I get 100 minutes in a day: walking 60 minutes in the early morning usually on my treadmill, cardio dvd 45 minutes after work. (105 minutes) Sometimes I just walk/run for 2 hours, mostly an hour at a time. I don't always get 100 minutes, but many days I do. I have not gotten 3000 minutes yet, but I could, it is very doable.

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TIME2BLOOM4ME 3/25/2013 9:20PM

    Fitbit records all movment.

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GEMLADYONE 3/25/2013 9:06PM

    I get close to that most months...I do 15 minutes of Yoga every day, Zumba 2 or 3 times a week, 30 minutes of ST videos 2 or 3 times a week, plus 3 times a week of one hour fast walking / jogging (I'm in the 5K running for rookies training), plus during breaks and/or lunch at work I run up and down stairs (5 or 6 flights at a time to get at least 10 floors (up) a day).

I've just been adding one thing at a time, but it sure adds up...when I travel it's less but I take Zumba disks with me and can still do ST videos on laptop in hotel room. I'm not much for running in strange places outside (safety) and don't really like treadmills:(

When I get to maintenance, I'll probably cut some of it down, but I love the way I feel now so will keep doing at least 30 minutes a day I expect. It's such an important part of my program now that I sacrifice other things to make time for exercise...good trade in my book, but not for everyone.

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BELDONDOG1 3/25/2013 8:41PM

    I've wondered that myself.

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TERRIJ7 3/25/2013 8:32PM

    Wow! That gives me something to aspire to, but I'm a loooong way from there!

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NPA4LOSS 3/25/2013 8:20PM

    They are all younger and more fit than I am! emoticon

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KATSTEAM 3/25/2013 7:40PM

    i check my minutes feb 25 to march 25 i have 848 minutes . I have been ill .
but 3, 000 minutes is great . emoticon I cheer you on !!!

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KATSTEAM 3/25/2013 7:39PM

    i check my minutes feb 25 to march 25 i have 848 minutes . I have been ill .
but 3, 000 minutes is great . emoticon I cheer you on !!!

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SKIRNIR 3/25/2013 6:57PM

    Hmmm, 3,000 minutes in a 31 day month is almost 100 minutes per day. I used to get 100 minutes some days, when I was doing half marathon training. IE I was getting 60 minutes every day and then once a week about 180 minutes once a week. That was getting me about 2,400 minutes a month. No, I guess I never was getting 3,000 minutes per month. Today I have almost 1,000 for the month of March and for me it has been a lighter month, as I was sick and did not exercise at least 2 days and I think one day, I didn't find time to do my regular 40 minutes a day. (Now that I am in maintenance I do 40 minutes every day, rather than the 60 minutes a day I was doing while loosing weight.)

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CMFARRELL36 3/25/2013 6:49PM

    It can add up when you keep adding and pushing.
For example, emptying my dishwasher is a 10 minute job. I wouldn't count it if all I was doing was emptying and putting away. However, I turn it into exercise by removing items individually, 1 squat per item! There's 10 minutes of ST that I wouldn't probably have done otherwise.
Another example: After I have folded the laundry, and put it away I then walk from the dining room door to the kitchen sink and back, once for each item of laundry. That maybe doesn't sound like much, but 3 of those double journeys is 200 steps. That adds up quite quickly when there's been a couple of loads - we're talking about 70 steps for 1 sock, or a towel.
And the walking can be done at a speed of your choice, same as outdoors, or on a machine.

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LRB444 3/25/2013 5:33PM

    I have no idea. I've wondered the same thing. I only track intentional exercise, not the activity I do during the day that I would have already done anyway.

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LYNETTEMOM 3/25/2013 5:32PM

    My FitBit is giving me more minutes than I used to record but I don't think it is huge numbers.
IMHO, tracking in general is over-rated. YOU know when you have worked hard or eaten well without the time committment of a whole lot of tracking.

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GINNABOOTS 3/25/2013 5:30PM

    I usually get a 1000 fitness a month in the winter, but now that spring is here that will go up. Keep going, a 1000 is not too shabby! emoticon

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JACRBUNCH 3/25/2013 5:25PM

    I use my fitbit and it records all activity for the day. It always feels like cheating to me, because it is not all extra effort on my part, but that is how Spark has it set up. I know other people on here who do something similar with their pedometers.

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WALLAHALLA 3/25/2013 5:20PM

    Keep at it. The little stuff adds up!

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