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Wisdom and Waiting

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Ya know that little line at the bottom of the Spark Trophy Award's page? The one that says "See All Trophy's?" I've been here close to four years and I just discovered that page on Sunday. What an eye opener, lol.

I have never, ever, in 4 years accumulated any more than 1,000 fitness minutes in a month. Ever!!! My December goal is to reach that 1,500 minute plateau for the first time. It's a large, but attainable leap.

Do you recall the story of how Spark People began, how The Spark Guy challenged someone he worked with to start with 10 minutes per day and slowly move it up? I looked at my life and saw how I could easily add that and more to my routine without being in danger of over exerting myself of getting hurt. (Again, lol)

Dear Spark friend CARTOONB gave me the idea of walking to and from my gym. It's a 6 bock walk each way and will add roughly 20 minutes per day. Exercising 6 days weekly by an additional 20 minutes each day equates to 120 minutes a week or 480 minutes for the month.

I realize that's the ideal situation. Weather plays an important part, especially this time of year, but it's a start.

I spend a bulk of my day behind a desk. It's not only sedentary but it creates a bunch of physical and emotional stress. So I busted out the handy old egg timer. I work every hour for 50 minutes and get up and do something other than sitting around for 10 minutes each hour. You'd be surprised how long 10 minutes lasts, especially when you start looking to be active. Joan like the fact the kitchen floor is swept and the living room vacuumed when she gets home from work

It's all acquired wisdom, mostly born from scratching my head and wondering why the needle hadn't moved in a few months.

Patience is a virtue. There are times I think it's a punishment.
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_CYNDY55_ 12/9/2013 10:54PM

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JUMPINJULIE 12/7/2013 12:15AM

    Great idea.

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GEORGE815 12/5/2013 3:27PM

    Move it or lose it!

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RSTENNER 12/4/2013 5:46PM

    Wow, that is such a great idea, 50min and then 10min. I'm going to try that at work, for I have a desk job and sit too long at one time. Heck, the smokers go out for 10 min cigarette breaks, I need to take my 10 min break to get the blood back in my legs where it needs to be, and burn those calories. Thanks!

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AJDOVER1 12/4/2013 11:31AM

    You have smart friends! A SparkFriend got me started on a 2-for-8 Challenge -- 2 minutes of exercise each hour during the 8-hour workday. Now it's my habit to get up at least once an hour and make a loop through my office. I run the steps at each end of the building so it's actually enough to get my heartrate up.

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 12/4/2013 10:33AM

    Oh yes...10 minutes can last FOREVER!

I just got the Spark People Activity Tracker. It really is a glorified, rather expensive pedometer, but I love that I can now obsess about numbers OTHER than the scale. I check my progress on the computer as the day goes on (automatically downloads the data for steps and if I get in 10 min CONTINUOUS activity) and when I say CONTINUOUS, I mean it!

I have taken to marching in place when I walk the dogs as they do their business because all I can think is: "I am NOT going to lose these work out minutes just because YOU have to poop for two minutes straight."

And I love the fact that I can't "cheat" and round up my numbers when I go to the gym. If I'm on the elliptical for 30 minutes, I stay on for another 10 just to make sure that I get credit for the 30 (again, it is brutal about breaking up your minutes for any pauses!)

But...I'm liking it.

Only on Day 4 of having the darned thing and still working through a learning curve for it.... and plan to do a blog review at the end of a full week....

Have a great day and keep ...

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PURPLEPEONY 12/4/2013 9:03AM

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CARTOONB 12/3/2013 11:25PM

    You have smart friends!! I get up and walk away around about once per hour too!!!

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MOBYCARP 12/3/2013 9:16PM

    One bit at a time. When I joined SP, my sister gave me a pedometer. Got home, and found that my typical morning routine, from getting out of bed to getting into the car to go to work, was worth about 300 steps.

Things changed, not all at once. Just walking up and down the hallway instead of sitting at the computer while the oatmeal was in the microwave added a couple hundred steps. Then came steel cut oats, and other forms of activity while they simmered in the microwave. A year later, less than 1000 steps between getting out of bed and getting into the car to head to work is a bad morning. 1200 or 1300 would be more normal.

I'm convinced that the stuff I just do, but don't think of as exercise, is more important for burning calories than the stuff I count as exercise is. But changing that stuff isn't a flash cut. It's a gradual lifestyle change, one step at a time. Like walking to the gym instead of driving.

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TERI-RIFIC 12/3/2013 8:15PM

    emoticon I just joined a gym. I got oriented to the machines and got some take home sheets on work outs. The first instruction was, " park at the far end of the parking lot and walk to the gym." Well you're going to do better than that!!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/3/2013 7:51PM

    I, too, have to force myself to take breaks. I'm a much happier / healthier worker because I do. Most people like me better post-walk. emoticon

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SLIMLEAF 12/3/2013 7:12PM

    An excellent plan to walk to the gym each day, John!

And when the weather's not good, perhaps you could wrap up warm, wear big boots and a hat and take an umbrella? You won't have to de-ice the car and it'll save you the fuel cost too.

Just a (meant-to-be-encouraging) thought.

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KRICKET4 12/3/2013 5:19PM

    1500 minutes this month is a great goal. Reminds me that I need to start wearing my fitbit again. It's been a while. Having said that, I'm off to take my 10 minute break :)
Be well, my friend.

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GEEMAWEST 12/3/2013 5:08PM

    That Barb is a smart cookie and as you know,
I always agree with her. emoticon

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LYNMEINDERS 12/3/2013 4:25PM

    Hahaha....very emoticon John.... is something I need to take on board and implement....

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CATLADY52 12/3/2013 3:32PM

    Research into the matter has found that the ten minutes an hour break is better for physical as well as mental health. Not to mention performance. All in all, you have a winner there. Keep it up. emoticon emoticon

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ANATASHIKI 12/3/2013 2:48PM

    very good plan but John , if I remember well they only started recently to give trophies for more than 1000 minutes/month. I only have one of 1500 and I was doing 2 hours daily of exercise a few years ago(which got me in trouble and sick btw).so you can't know if you didn't move more in the past. doing something in the house is a great idea, I'm trying to do the same , not for the movement but to keep my house in shape. surprisingly I lost a little weight after surgery without moving at all and eating more but I have to do a lot of extra movements for simple things(like carrying all my plates for lunch one by one ).I think walking is the best exercise in the end , I lost over 20 kilos this year only with that as exercise.

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NASFKAB 12/3/2013 1:20PM

  great way to do it all the best

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JEANNETTE59 12/3/2013 11:55AM

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HDHAWK 12/3/2013 9:53AM

    Great plan! I try to walk a lap around the school (inside) whenever I get a chance just to get some steps. I'm stuck in a tiny room most of the day and do a lot of sitting too. You'll get those 1500 minutes I'm sure!

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NEW_PARADIGM 12/3/2013 9:16AM

    I do computer work from home, too, and have played with this idea. Thanks for the bump to start enacting it! I've no doubt those 50 work minutes will be more productive as well.

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    I have done 10 minutes of exercise each hour for many years. I also have a rule that I don't sit longer than 20 minutes at a time. Works for me.

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KABMPH 12/3/2013 8:58AM


I also walk to the gym. It's about a quarter-mile, so only a 10 minute walk (including waiting for lights). I love not having to get in my car after a sweaty workout and enjoy the extra cool-down that walking home provides.

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