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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Today my part time job went from 22 hrs a week to 16 starting next week. While this is a good thing, because I help a neighbor who has had a stroke and he is getting better more able to take care of himself. My main exercise is walking and that is now cut. Since my back hurts when I walk I have to have a reason to walk and not working takes away that reason.
Now I have to 116 mins of exercise a day according to Spark, I already do 40 mins on most days consisting of stretching, resistance and yoga the other 3 I do 96 mins. I chair march during commercials and I just got a new pedometer. I am at a loss as to what else to do, but I need to add between 30 to 70 mins a day
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JAXMOMMY 8/31/2013 10:07AM

    Bonnie, SP recommends you do 116 minutes of exercise a day? That is excessive in my mind! I thank you for helping your neighbor! My dad just had a stroke and finding help is tough! You are a good friend to that man and his family! I put on music when I clean! I dance while I do basic chores and that helps alot! Try doing the AMC Fans bootcamp each month to add a few minutes of activity to your schedule! Do what you can. Oh yeah, and make it fun!

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HAWTGRANNY2014 8/30/2013 11:44PM

    Bonnie just turn on the music and dance. It is a great exercise and helps take off inches. Make it old time rock or new music but get it going .

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MLDRLD 8/30/2013 11:15AM

    I agree that 116 minutes seems too high. Activities like cleaning, gardening, shopping, etc. also count. There was a Spark article a while back about how to burn 200 calories in an hour. Maybe you can do a search for it.

There's an article today about 7 Ways to tell if you're overexercising.

Wishing you all the best!

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CAROLJ35 8/28/2013 6:36PM

    Sounds like too many minutes every day!!!
I love the water aerobics, when weather is conducive.
Then I walk and ride recumbent bike, but my number of minutes vary every day. Spark seems to advocate at least 10 minutes each day.
Due to some health problems the last few weeks, I have done Chair Exeercises several times. Great challenge!!!

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BONBON561 8/28/2013 12:34PM

    The minutes are based on what Spark says I should do for a week I just divided it out over 7 days

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PHATPAT18 8/28/2013 11:28AM

    Maybe you could check out a spark video or two.

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TATTER3 8/28/2013 6:08AM

    Try a 15-30 minute video. Easy and active!

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MISSY455 8/28/2013 2:08AM

    If you have access to a pool, swimming is easy on the joints. I see a lot of people walking in the pool when I go swimming. They say it is easier than walking outdoors.

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ALIHIKES 8/27/2013 9:37PM

    116 minutes seems very high for exercise.

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TOWHEE 8/27/2013 9:29PM

    I agree with WIZKEY. I think your exercise goals are too high. I've been reading a lot of articles from all sorts of people (including personal trainers) and most say that you get limited benefits if you are exercising more than an hour (60 minutes) a day. Some even advocate topping out at 45 minutes per day.

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WIZKEY 8/27/2013 8:37PM

    Maybe you are setting your exercise goals too high? 2 hours a day is admirable, but might be too much for you. Don't overstress yourself ((hugs))

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LOOKINGUP2012 8/27/2013 8:31PM

    Enjoy your time helping the neighbor. Don't over do it. Stay happy. emoticon

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1MIN17SECB412PM 8/27/2013 5:23PM

    Bonnie, girl, when you get over to the autumn term, you'll find ALL KINDS of 5 min, 10 min, 15 min, activities and other walks and *stuff* and it ALL multiple choice plus, if you want, there are some to 'do' alone, some to 'do' with a buddy and some to 'do' in mini-teams. I'm sure we can help you to find a few things. What a wonderful PUSH you've already given yourself and like your friend GRAYGRANNY says, "don't stress over it." You're doing AMAZING and you are such a Godsend to that family!! emoticon

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GRAYGRANNY 8/27/2013 3:52PM

    Don't stress over it..............do what you can when you can. Kudos to you for helping to take care of others

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