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Small Bits of Fitness Add Up

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  • With 100+ pounds to lose, this seems manageable and gives me hope! - 2/6/2009 1:38:27 PM
    I don't have time to long periods of exercise, so I go for multiple 5-20 minutes walks. It really adds up. - 2/6/2009 10:44:29 AM
  • This motivated me after doing two jobs today, going home cooking, and putting two children to bed. I was going to go and read. Ater reading this article, I decided to take my third child walking with me for 20 minutes!
    Thanks!!! Laura - 2/3/2009 10:56:26 PM
  • Sitting at my desk at work can really slow down your metabolism. On my way to the bathroom, I choose to walk up and down 3 flights of stairs. A small effort, but it adds up. - 1/13/2009 10:58:27 AM
  • I often do a 20-minute jump rope workout over my lunch break, and then another 20 minute elliptical workout after work. I think I'd lose steam if I kept doing 40-minute workouts, and I'd feel like I don't have time for them, so this works great for me. - 11/17/2008 8:36:41 AM
  • I have been doing this for 2 months now at work. I get 2 15 minute breaks and 1/2 hour lunch. We have a 6 story garage and I walk the garage on breaks and lunch. I am 58 years old and have a bad hip but I keep walking (with my doctors approval).. When I first started it was all I could do to walk one story. Now I can walk down all 6 stories and I am getting faster and increasing my heart rate. When I get home from work there is too much "house work" to do to exercise, so this is the only opportunity I get to excercise. I do have to confess that on the weekends I still can't fit in my walking. - 11/17/2008 5:44:24 AM
  • Thanks for this article. I'm on several conference calls each day and this has given me incentive to take a few minutes and get some exercise in while I'm on the phone. - 11/17/2008 3:45:04 AM
  • This is a great concept that I am going to incorporate into my daily routine. I can easily find 3 10 minute openings in my schedule. I was getting overwhelmed at carving out 30-45 minutes to exercise.

    Thanks for simplifying it for me. 10 minutes at a time! - 11/13/2008 7:53:39 AM
  • JEN0828
    This is a great article. It really shows that a little bit can go a long way. - 11/9/2008 11:27:55 AM
  • This week I discovered that instead of sitting down while reading the articles etc on here, you can get oodles of steps done instead of sitting down. Also while doing dishes, I put on the radio and do sidesteps or march in place. MOVE THOSE FEET! - 10/29/2008 12:48:14 AM
  • I have to exercise for short stretches of time due to health problems so a little often is a great idea rather than doing nothing, as you say, it all adds up - 9/24/2008 12:19:32 PM
  • Thank you for this! For years all I've been hearing is that if you don't get at least 20 minutes of cardio in that you are doing nothing for your body....down with that idea! This seems so much more sensible and possible. Thank you, thank you, thank you for giving exercize a new look for me that looks doable. - 9/21/2008 8:37:07 PM
  • I have been wearing a pedometer to work. I am a NIGHT nurse, and it really does tell alot. Most nights I am walking over 7,000 steps which really surprised me. My fellow nurses wondered WHY I was wearing the pedometer, and I said because it adds up and COUNTS towards my physical health!

    The other night, was much slower and easier, and I only walked about 5,000. WOO! - 9/19/2008 9:28:30 AM
  • I learned a good tip as a new Mother that helped a great deal losing weight after the baby came. With a new baby your time is not your own so doing a certain exercise several times a day pays off.

    Every time I went into the bathroom I did 10 squats - I must have gone in at least 10 times or more each day for myself or gathering something for the baby. I put something on the counter each time I did it so I could keep track. In 6 weeks all the weight was off and I lost my hips. It was so long ago I don't remember what all I did, but the idea applies: Each time you go into a certain room or do a certain thing do 10 reps of an exercise - it adds up for sure.

    You can change the place or the exercise to fit your needs but the idea of tracking it reminds you to do it and how many times you have accomplished the feat. - 8/31/2008 1:22:33 AM
  • I've been dog-sitting for my daughter while she's on vacation. Maggie is a walker hound.

    Shes pulls me on the leash, she stops, sniffs, & points, and then we are off again hot on a trail.

    Seeing a rabbit she almost pulled me down the hill in pursuit of it. Needless to say it works out my arms not to mention my legs & my poor knees!

    I had no way of knowing how far or fast we were going. So I finally got a Timex pedometer which tells me how far, how many steps, how long it took, and the calories burned and it is an indiglo which will light up at night too

    (If you don't have a pedometer and want to buy one, get a good one. Every time I got an el-cheapo one for a couple of bucks at Target, the spring that works on the clip would spring & it would fall apart on me. Try as I might, I couldn't get it put back together again. So after the 3rd one I said the heck with it a bought a really good one: Timex. I bought it at a shoe store where they sell running shoes and clothing. I paid $31.99 for it. But I know that this one is not going to fall apart and will probably last for quite some time, so if you are serious about walking or running it would pay to have one and to help inspire you to keep goind. I know it did for me.)

    Well, prior to getting the pedometer, Maggie and I would walk, (if you could call it that, LOL!), this particular path up and then back again. So when I put the pedometer on this morning and walked that same path, we did 1.0 mile in 20.30 minutes, and burned 56 calories. But imagine doing this several times a day. Even though it was a stop and go type of thing, it is a workout. But I find that when I vary the routes that we take, that breaks up the routine too, and I love that. So I know that I am burning calories and getting in shape at the same time too.

    One day when it was really hot outside last week, hubby & I went to the mall where it was almost void of people, and walked two laps around the entire mall. I figured it was about 2,000 steps. (I kept counting every 2 steps with my right foot, hence the need for a pedometer.)

    For those that are interested in walking, sometimes the malls will open up real early before the stores in it do, just so that people can go and do their walking before it gets hot outside. So that is an optional too for stay at home moms who might want to put baby in a carriage and stroll where it is cool on those dog days of summer.

    But I also walk on the treadmill at home when I am not at the "Y" doing yoga which I did this morning for an hour; or some strength training at home or at the "Y".

    I do short bursts of walking as suggested by Dr. Oz in YOU: On A Diet book. Then some strength training to build muscle. Muscle will burn more calories than fat will.

    But all in all, I keep moving.

    I am trusting to be able to do a women's 5k, (3 miles), walk/run race on August 9th. Never did a race before but I am going to try. I will walk this race. Don't want to bust my knees out at 189 pounds. So wish me the best!
    - 7/29/2008 2:38:44 PM

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