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7/25/11 5:46 P

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I bike to work every day - 4 miles each way - each way with a huge hill! So that kicks up my fitness minutes right there.
But, I am also training for a triathlon, so I'll do 3-6 mile runs, .5-1 mile swims, and 15-20 minute strength training sessions.
That puts me over 400 minutes every week right now. But even if I was just biking to work, that would be 240-250 fitness minutes per week.
I purposefully picked the place we're living at so I'd be close enough to bike to work without a huge time burden.
Building something into your lifestyle that makes you active is REALLY helpful! It's forced exercise for me, even if it's raining - I must bike to work lol

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7/25/11 11:27 A

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Nell -- I was getting ready for my walk this morning and thinking about the day's tasks. I need a mango for the Black Bean & Mango salad I'm fixing for dinner ... And thought, "I guess I could walk to Safeway (grocery) ... But couldn't bring myself to "walk all that way" for 1 thing. Instead I enjoyed my long walk through the neighborhood, probably walked just about as far, and will drive to the store later. Isn't it funny how we each are motivated differently?

"Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress." I Timothy 4:15

1 Cor. 10:23 "Everything is permissable, but not everything is beneficial."
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7/24/11 12:38 P

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I am a teacher so I can log more fitness during the summer. We have horses so basic "clean up" is cardio. Scooping, pushing wheel barrows, walking down hills in 40 acre pastures to help get someone's horse, saddling, etc. is all a great cardio workout as well as strength training. Riding is listed as a cardio activity, which we do a lot of. (I kind of wonder about cardio and thought it would fit under strength training more.)

I also try to walk daily. During the school year, I try and walk before school and at lunch. If I get time during plan time, and my plans are completed, then I also walk. We have great hills around our school so that helps, too.

Fall is the hardest, because all four of my kids do sports. So it's a lot of driving. I try to use my time wisely and exercise while they are at practice.

Sounds like everyone is doing well. Keep is up! emoticon

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7/13/11 3:49 P

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emoticon You all are sharing great ideas! I see how different we all are -- what one person thrives on is really WORK for another! What one person tracks another counts as routine daily movement. I'm glad we can learn from each other, and and maybe reading what another person does will help us grow by challenging us to step out of our comfort zones and try something different! Here is my normal routine: I do a mini-workout (10 min) most mornings when I first get up -- it varies day to day. Sometimes I use weights, sometimes I do all body-weight exercises. I may just do a combo of arm/leg movements to the music on my radio (knee lifts with overhead lift, side steps with matching arms, hamstring curls with tricept extensions, etc.) to get my heart rate up (it's not a true cardio workout, since it's short). None of these 10 minute sessions would suffice for a 'real' workout -- but it still wakes me up, gets my body moving, and reminds me that "Today, I want to make healthy choices." I walk 35-60 min 5-6x/week (weather permitting - or I use the treadmill at the gym), and go to the gym for a 30-45 min strength workout 2x/week. I don't leave the gym without a good 10-15 min. stretching routine. I think it has been key to me not getting too sore and preventing injuries. I LOVE my walks outdoors - sometimes early morning, sometimes in the evening; I like seeing what people are doing with their yards, and I can vary the route each time! I am trying to do more in the foothills near my home this summer.

"Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress." I Timothy 4:15

1 Cor. 10:23 "Everything is permissable, but not everything is beneficial."
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7/13/11 1:49 P

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I do several different things each week.
*I ride a bike 4/5 miles 3x a week.
*I walk 3/4 miles a day.
*I garden (flowers & veggies), hula Hoop, Jump Rope, & Push Mow.
*I babysit 3 kids under 3 from 5:30am-4pm. Every day we have 60 minutes of outside playing (ex.Hide n Seek, T-ball, Hop Skip & jumping or playing on swings & slides)
*I strength train 25 minutes every day.

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7/13/11 12:09 A

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I try to do Cardio 5 days a week. I aim for 45 min but I take what I can get. I try to run 3 days out of those 5 so I might only get 35 min. I also do strength training which they automatically include in those numbers. I was reading an article by coach Dean, in it he was saying we shouldn't count exercise that doesn't keep our heart rate up for 30 min as cardio. It would be included in our normal day to day existence. LOL (At least that is how I interpretted it) So I just started not recording my bicycle minutes (as of today).

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7/11/11 2:02 P

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I wish I had the time and the energy at the same time to do all that. I am one of the people who considers cleaning my house to be exercise. I have never paid someone to do it, I haul that vacuum and cleaning bucket myself. I don't count making beds or sorting clothes and the like, but people who clean other peoples' houses for a living do hard work. That's why I do it myself. Saves money, good exercise all rolled into one. I'll also walk, usually to and from an errand, but I can't bear the thought of taking time to just walk for the sake of walking.

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7/10/11 11:06 P

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Holy cow, you are all blowing my mind! That is some serious dedication! emoticon

I know that some people log things like housework or playing with their kids (of course, those are exercise), while others record only formal exercise. That makes a huuuge difference in numbers, even though two people may be doing the same things each day.

Edited by: LAFEMMEDELALUNE at: 7/10/2011 (23:34)
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7/10/11 3:35 A

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I'm not in the top 20 but I thought I'd share anyway.

Until I tore my rotator cuff snowboarding, this was my schedule:

M - Tae Kardio at lunchtime, Body Pump Class in the evening
Tu - XC ski at lunchtime (if there is snow), Spinning in the evening
W - Tae Kardio at lunchtime, Cardio & lifting with trainer @ Y or Body Pump Class in the evening
Th - Tae Kardio at lunchtime, Spinning in the evening
F- XC ski at lunchtime (if there is snow), Cardio & lifting @ home (or kayak pool session) in the evening
Sa - Playing outside (kayaking, XC skiing, snowboarding, road cycling, etc.)
Su - Playing outside and kayak rolling session

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Now in post-surgery rehab it looks more like this:

M - body pump (carefully)
T - PT am, spin class pm
W - body pump (carefully)
Th - PT am, spin class pm
F - "lifting" on the leg machines at the gym
Sa - road cycling or rest
Su - road cycling or rest

(the PT just cleared me for outdoor cycling on the condition I promise not to fall and reinjure my shoulder)

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Before I came to SparkPeople I thought cardio was something you did 3-5 times a week with a 5 minute warm up, 20 minute cardio, and 5 minute cool down. When SP rewarded me for working out up to 120 minutes a day, I kicked it up. For the first time I felt I was really making fitness progress.

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I do cardio 1 hour a day, 7 days a week. Strength training 3x a week.

Give up everything you love, and everything that tastes good = weight loss! Simple as that!

"Eating what stands on one leg (mushrooms and plant foods) is better than eating what stands on two legs (fowl), which is better than eating what stands on four legs (cows, pigs, and other mammals)"....... Chinese proverb
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BCARSON11's Photo BCARSON11 Posts: 12,374
7/9/11 3:44 P

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In answer to the question, "How do you log so many fitness minutes". I am a fitness instructor. So I actually work out more hours a day than I record. I know we only get credit for 2 hours a day. So I just put down two of the hours I do. I do and teach all kinds of workouts including but not limited to: cardio kickboxing, circuit weight training, zumba, step, cycle, ball fitness (both cardio and weight training), polefit to name a few.

For example, today is Saturday. I taught polefit, zumba and open workout, weights on the ball (an hour each). I will only record two hours.

Anyway, that's how I get my minutes. I really do love working out in a group situation. So it is fun as well as profitable. I didn't become an instructor until after I lost my weight! I did work out at least 1 hour at the gym or two if it was a weight training day while I was losing the weight. I loved it, and I still do!

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7/9/11 12:31 P

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Carrie,
I love the "purposely ineffecient". I can say I can be very inefficient but never thought of making a virtue out of it. emoticon It makes perfect sense.

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7/9/11 12:20 P

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I walk pretty much everywhere and that is my only "exercise". I clean my own house and do my own gardening, which counts. The only big shots, I guess, are riding my motorcycle for hours on end, but I don't do that every day, alas.

Gotta join that d*mn gym!

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7/9/11 11:00 A

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Two things that really motivate me to exercise more are wearing my pedometer and having two very active dogs. I know everyone has heard it before but dogs that need exercise make you get off your butt and out the door. I never miss a day walking 3.5 miles up and down the cobblestone mountain streets here in Ajijic, Mexico. I am lucky, as the weather here where I live is perfect for walking everyday. We live in an area know as the "eternal spring" paradise. My dogs are very good as well to bark in the morning to remind me it is time to walk. In addition, my pedometer motivates me. I wear it everywhere and everyday and log my steps on Sparks. When I am nearing the end of the day and notice that I haven't reached my minimum I will go outside and walk more. I try to do a minimum of 10000 steps. One more thing I might add is that I also do bowflex three times a week on a nice terrace overlooking a beautiful lake(70 mile long). My next door neighbor and girlfriend and I have made a pack to do this and we motivate each other. when one of us isn't quite up for it we know that once we get started with each other we will enjoy it and feel good. So having an exercise buddy also helps. We have been doing this consistantly since Feburary when we started.
One final note is that I also enjoy earning the sparks points for logging my exercise on sparks.
Hope all my sparks buddies are doing well.
Keep on getting in that fitness and exercising so you can maintain that hard earned weight loss!

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Walking is about it for me. But I do it EVERY day, and that adds up!

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I walk just about every where and I purposely am inefficient. I go to the supermarket each day, even if only for a piece or two of fruit (round trip 3 miles). Then, if I need something from another shop such as the chemist, I make a second trip. On the weekend, I can walk 12 miles a day simply running errands.

At home, when I fold laundry, I put each item away as I gold it.

I find ways to be purposely inefficient so I move more.

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I can't speak for all the folks who record their fitness minutes. I have never recorded them, in fact, don't even know how or how to see what others record. For me it's a matter of distinguishing between low-intensity and high-intensity exercise. I only do about 60-90 minutes/day of high-intensity exercise but I do a lot of low-intensity exercise like walking, yard work and some housework as well riding my bike places. For me it's my choice of job homeschooling Mom and animal trainer, that keeps me moving 5-6 hours/day or more. I truly can't imagine having a job where I mostly sit. Our bodies are designed to move and they break down if we don't move. There is research out there that suggests that even people who exercise an hour every day but have a sitting job don't get many of the health benefits that come with moving a large part of the day.
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7/8/11 8:49 P

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I've been amazed as I've looked at our Fitness Minutes Leaderboards the last 2 weeks! I feel like I do really well -- but those who lead our team in Minutes have more than double (some triple!) what I do!! I have sent the top 20 or so for July a message and asked them to share their tips with us here! Some of these folks average 200-250 minutes/day!! Now I realize that many of us don't have the option of doing that -- but I'm guessing that these folks have found ways to many Fitness a part of their daily life that the rest of us could learn from! Since we are all heart-set on maintaining our losses (paradox!), we can benefit from what others have learned. And even if you aren't on the very top of our leaderboard, if you have tips for working fitness into your day, please share with us!! Thanks to everyone -- and Congratulations to our July leaders! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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