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5/31/12 3:59 P

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I love to walk too and it relieves my stress.

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5/30/12 9:03 P

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I love to walk, I do it as much as I can.

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5/29/12 9:23 A

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I would have to say 2, 3, and 5. Also I exercise because I enjoy it.

I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing. Agatha Christie
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5/29/12 6:50 A

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2. With CHF, and diabetes managed by diet, walking 90 minutes a day is for my health

3. I play basketball with friends, and swim in the pool for fun.. I don't count this as exercise on my tracker, it is purely recreational, and social

5. Who doesn't want to look better, right? I still feel the same as when I weighed 361, just breathe better.. but love hearing people say " Wow, you lost A LOT of weight ! ".

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5/28/12 9:44 P

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I exercise mostly by walking - it's my "me time", even tho there is no one here except me, it's just time to get out look at the flowers and trees and relax... and breathe the fresh air.

I started walking several years ago because of COPD and my lung capacity was down to about 67% or so at it's lowest. This year when I went in for the spirometer, it was up to about 98% of normal capacity for a person "of my age" (the dr. politely put it that way). And in fact, he told me I don't need to keep coming back until and if it gets worse or something. Not exactly a clean bill of health, but certainly close. I know that COPD is always there, it's mostly just a matter of controlling it and the walking has helped me tremendously.

I do try and do some squats, bends, different things here in the house too, but sorry to say not as much as I probably should. When I have to walk on the TM, I up the incline to about 5 or 6 and go slower, it gives a different kind of walk than just on flat ground.



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5/28/12 9:17 P

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I do different things for different reasons. Yoga always makes me feel relaxed and calm and aqua aerobics is invigorating but not overly so. Gardening, which I consider exercise, is mostly to get the work done, but it usually feels pretty good, too. I'm not good with the really strenuous stuff.

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5/28/12 5:47 P

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2 If I can take care of this one all the others will fall into place. emoticon

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2 and 5 for me - mainly 2 because I do have health issues.


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5/28/12 12:17 P

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I exercise because it feels so good to do it. I get out stiffness and pain and I love the movement of it. I find it the most relaxing part of my day, like meditating. I also appreciate the strength I've developed.

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; . . . who at best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.” —Theodore Roosevelt


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5/28/12 11:59 A

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Mine's #2 & # 5

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5/28/12 10:28 A

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I do all the reasons but #4. I am not competitive. I was an natural athlete when I was younger and was good at most sports and excellent at others. I won a lot of competitions and it was not the thrill you would think it was. I always felt sorry for people who weren't winners and noticed how some of them cried. Others were made fun of and when I was an adult I didn't feel any desire to cause others to experience this discomfort. I observed the same thing with my son academically. When you compete with someone who has superior skills in one area it can be demoralizing. I had a student's mother tell me that because of my son her son could not be valedictorian. What could I say? My son was not competing with her son. He was getting the best grades he could so he could afford to go to college because we didn't have the money to send him and he didn't want a ton of debt. For people who enjoy competing I say go for it. I don't get my self esteem that way and never have.

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5/28/12 9:21 A

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The 5 reasons people exercise — what's yours?

People exercise for one of five reasons: for work, for health, for recreation, for competition, or for their appearance.

The amount of exercise you need depends on your reasons for exercising, on your starting point, and on how quickly you want to achieve your goals. And the type of exercise you choose depends on your personal abilities and preferences, on your schedule, and on the facilities at your disposal.

1. Exercise for work

For better or worse, not many 21st century Americans fill their exercise quotas in the workplace. As recently as the 1850s, about 30% of all the energy used for agriculture and manufacturing in the United States depended on human muscle power. No more. We've replaced hoes with tractors, brooms with vacuums, and stairs with escalators. Freed from physical work, people have used mental work to create a society of enormous convenience and comfort. In the process, though, we've created a hidden energy crisis—not a shortage of fossil fuels, but a shortage of the physical activity the human body needs to ward off disease and reach its full potential.

2. Exercise for health

Exercise is the best-kept secret in preventive medicine. Despite our other differences, we all need to exercise for health. Regular exercise provides essential protection against many of the diseases that plague our country. The list includes:

heart attack
stroke
high blood pressure
diabetes
obesity
osteoporosis and fractures
depression
colon and breast cancers
dementia (memory loss)
What does it take to get these benefits? Less than you might think. The key is what exercise scientists call isotonic exercise—activities that use your large muscle groups in a rhythmic, repetitive fashion without making your muscles work against heavy resistance. We used to call this "aerobic" exercise because we thought it had to be intense enough to boost your heart rate into the aerobic range (70% to 85% of your maximum heart rate). We also called it "endurance" exercise because we thought it had to be sustained continuously to be beneficial. But we now know that neither of these long-held beliefs is true. In fact, you can get all the health benefits you need from moderate exercise that won't make you huff and puff, even if you do it in little chunks—as long as it adds up to enough total activity.

Mix daily activities, formal workouts, and sports play to get the cardiometabolic exercise you need for health. And for best results, do some stretching nearly every day and some strength training two or three times a week. The older we get, the more we need these supplementary activities. And as the years roll on, most of us will also benefit from some simple exercises to improve balance and prevent falling, a major health problem for seniors.

3. Exercise for recreation

No need for an exercise tracking system, clock, or calendar here. If you're exercising for the fun of it, just go for it—as long as you meet your minimum needs for health.

But the recreational value of exercise brings up a point that's relevant for hard-working people who are "too busy to exercise." Exercise is a great way to dissipate stress and lift your spirits. If your work threatens to overload your psyche, consider using exercise to refresh your mind. For some, that will mean a trip to the gym to burn off some stress on a treadmill or elliptical; for others, it will be a walk or jog outdoors to get away from it all; and for others, it will be a bit of stretching or yoga at bedtime. But don't let exercise add to your stress; if you hit a truly overwhelming patch, you can take a few days off without losing your edge.

4. Exercise for competition

Here's where aerobic training comes in. To stay well, exercise for health fitness. To hit your peak for road running, racquet sports, basketball, biking, or any other competitive sport, work out for aerobic fitness. That means boosting your heart rate to 70% to 85% of its maximum and holding it there for 20 to 60 minutes. If you're like most of us, you'll have to build up slowly, and everyone who works out this hard should warm up before and cool down after aerobics. You'll also benefit from stretching, strength training, and if you're really going for it, interval training, or speed drills.

It's a lot to ask of your body, particularly as you get older. And strenuous exercise has potential pitfalls. People over 50 should get medical clearance before starting an intense exercise program. Those with diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, abnormal cholesterol levels, or other cardiovascular issues require special care. And because intense exercise is more likely to cause problems than moderate exercise, it's particularly important for competitive athletes to listen to their bodies and react promptly to signals of distress.

Aerobic exercise has done a lot of good for many people. But because it is demanding, it has discouraged many others from exercising at all. That's why everyone should exercise for health and fitness, but only the motivated (and healthy) among us can set high-level aerobic fitness as a realistic goal.

5. Exercise for appearance's sake

Weight loss is the most common goal. You can get there with the moderate exercise you need for health—but for faster, more impressive weight loss, double your goal to about an hour of moderate exercise a day. It sounds like a lot, but remember that you can break it into chunks. Remember, too, that the little things you can build into your daily routine will make a big difference; climbing stairs and walking for transportation are prime examples. And to really make progress, cut down on the calories you consume as well as boosting the calories you burn with exercise.

Sorry to say, you can't selectively shed fat from your belly, butt, or thighs. But you can use calisthenics and strength training to firm up your muscles, which will make you look thinner and better.

Exercising your options

So how much exercise do you need?

Just enough to meet your goals. Make health your priority, and remember to get a check-up before you start a big new exercise push. Choose the activities that best fit your schedule, your budget, your abilities, and your taste. Construct a balanced program by adding the weight training, stretching, and exercises for balance that you need. Start slowly, build up gradually, and—above all—stick with it.


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