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SOOZERELLI SparkPoints: (56,415)
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6/7/11 9:41 A

I typically spend an hour at moderate to high intensity at the gym 6 days/week, spend 1-2 hours doing chores, spend 2-3 hours running after, picking up after and carrying small children. I get 20 lbs heavier the second I stop going to the gym a part of the daily routine. I tend to naturally select much healthier food when I am exercising 30 min/day plus benefiting from the calorie burn. I also have to make sleep a priority or I make worse decisions about food and exercise.

MOTHERBOARDER SparkPoints: (480,259)
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6/7/11 9:17 A

I work out HARD Monday-Friday with my personal trainer. 1hr on treadmill each of those days to warm up and get some miles in. 45min on Tues (stretch), Weds/Fri hard core circuit training, 1hr Mon/Thurs one on one with my trainer. Weekends I snowshoe and snowboard in winter and walk/hike in summer.

CD6122798 Posts: 381
6/7/11 8:49 A

Awesome question! I used to lead a completely sedentary lifestyle. I sat at a desk all day, an then sat on the couch when I got home. I watched a lot of tv and therefore so did my kids. when I would send them outside to play and they would ask me to come I'd tell them I was too tired. Although really, I was just embarrassed that I couldn't keep up with them.

Now, I go to the gym 5-6 days a week for an hour or so at a time. We like to put on music and dance around the house. I play wii with my kids rather than watching tv with them. We take our puppy for long walks in the evenings at the park. My job now requires lots of standing and moving around.

It was really hard to make the switch to a more active lifestyle but now I wouldn't change it for anything.

RAZOR2011 Posts: 113
6/7/11 8:20 A

I hit the gym every morning at 6:45. I work out till about 8.

I go in the morning because that is the only time I can assure that I can make it. After work and the evening don't work because I have 3 kids and I usually am to busy.

I also coach hockey and am on the ice probably 5 times a week.

KAUDREY318 SparkPoints: (0)
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6/7/11 7:35 A

My days vary but 5-6 days a week involve exercise. During the week, it is usually the gym (strength training and cardio, on alternating days). On the weekends, I bike (15-20 miles), run (4-5 miles) and/or play golf. Wednesdays I have volleyball league, and now that it is light out later, my SO and I sometimes play tennis or go for a walk when I get home from work. We cook dinner together a few nights a week, may go out one night etc. I also volunteer one night a week after work on a regular basis. Tonight I need to pull weeds from my garden, and wash my car.

I sit in an office all day. I eat small meals 4-5 times per day. I drink a lot of water. We don't watch a lot of regular TV - although we do watch sports. Last night was the Stanley Cup finals, and we watched that. I usually read for about 1/2 hour before bed.

Edited by: KAUDREY318 at: 6/7/2011 (07:39)
CD10240223 SparkPoints: (0)
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6/7/11 5:31 A

Here's my Tuesday:

7:00 am: get up, have breakfast, shower
8:30 am: leave for work (20 min commute by car)
9:00-4:00: work (@ a desk most of the day, with some standing/moving around etc; I'm a lecturer in a university college, so I have to eat lunch with my colleagues at a set time -- "dining in hall/at table", which doesn't leave much time for any kind of physical activity in the day)
5:00 pm: @home, have a quick snack
5:30 pm: bike down to the local rowing club for 6:00 pm (it's mostly downhill on the way there!)
6:00-7:30 pm: rowing practice (putting boats in the water/taking them out -- a good workout in and of itself as they take at least 4 people to carry, usually 30-45 minutes of rowing on the sea)
7:30pm: bike home (this time it's all uphill! Gah! Between the hard work of rowing, which is mainly done with your legs, and the hills on the bike ride home, my legs are usually jelly by the time I walk in the door!)
7:50pm: quick shower (to get the salt from the sea water off) and dinner

In the evenings I usually either catch up on stuff left over from the work day, or read a book not related to work, or watch TV. I'm in bed and asleep by 10/10:30 pm. Occasionally my partner and I will go out to a movie or something in the evenings -- My partner likes to run in the evenings, usually while I'm out on the water.

On days that I don't row, I usually run 5K (along the sea front if possible). I work from home usually two days a week, and on those days, if I go anywhere, I either ride my bike or walk.

I'm trying to build in some weight training and a yoga class at the local gym, but haven't been very successful yet. I'm hoping to do it more regularly in the weeks to come.

CD5983865 Posts: 1,250
6/6/11 6:55 P

I really like this topic. I always picture active people being so busy they forget breakfast or order a latte and only drink half. The people that wrote in with kids or jobs and school really hit the nail on the head. I think they are overall just more "involved". But this is only some of them. my SIL weight 107 and jogs 3 times a week but her and my bro watch 3-4 hours of TV on weeknight but are constantly on the go (like building their own deck) on the weekends. I guess it's a balance that some of us homebodies don't have.

I am overweight (only by 10 pounds now, used to be 80 over). I walk to work, a mile each way, go to the gym 2-4 times a week, run 2-3 times a week and still don't consider myself active. I sit at my job all day and despite the workouts can watch up to 4 hours of TV a day, YIKES!

ZORBS13 SparkPoints: (251,844)
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6/6/11 6:21 P

Get up at 4 am.
Eat breakfast.
Out the door by 5:30 am.
Workout for 30-60 minutes.
Get cleaned up. Snack.
Get son out of bed, changed, breakfasted.
Chase son around.
Chores & errands.
Prep food for lunch & afternoon, sometimes dinner.
Eat lunch.
Get son off to daycare.
Nap for an hour.
Get ready for work.
Work from 3:30-9. Try to sit as little as possible.
Home at 9:30.
Eat dinner.
Relax at computer until 10:30.
In bed by 11.

That's a pretty typical weekday. How much time do I spend on the couch watching TV? ONE HOUR PER WEEK.

Edited by: ZORBS13 at: 6/6/2011 (18:22)
LADOLLHOUSE Posts: 103
6/6/11 5:20 P

Hello! I live dual lives throughout the year, when I'm at school and when I'm not at school. My life at school requires a lot of physical activity as I'm a dance major but during the summer I switch gears 180 degrees and work 40hrs a week at a desk. I go from high-intensity physical activity (sometimes 7+ hours a day!) to little activity, I'll give you an example on how I stay healthy and active while working full time :)

I workout on my lunch break by doing around 20minutes on the elliptical plus 10 minutes of strength training.

After work I like to take some sort of class (ballet, Bikram Yoga, etc) that keeps me moving.

When I'm at home relaxing to keep me from snacking mindlessly (my biggest problem) I keep my hands busy, do my nails, organize something, write, draw, anything really! Keep little crafts around, they'll keep you busy and you'll have something to show for your time :)

Then before I go to bed if I have strength training planned for the day on SparkPeople I'll do the recommended exercises.

All this paired with eating healthily is what keeps me at my best

I hope this gives you some ideas of some things that may work for you :)

Edited by: LADOLLHOUSE at: 6/6/2011 (17:21)
MJREIMERS Posts: 7,529
6/6/11 5:07 P

I have four kids, so I'm usually driving one of them to a practice or game. It's summer so I don't work, I'm a teacher.

Tomorrow will be taking the youngest to swimming lessons at 7:30 AM. Three kids to the doctor and then meeting a friend for lunch. I also go clean our horse's stall three to four times week. We also ride our horses, depending on the heat, three to four times a week. I also try to get a walk in or I'll go to the pool with my kids.

I also do volunteer work that keeps me busy once a week on average. I usually walk three to four times a week for at least 30 minutes. I also try to do strength exercises a couple times a week. I guess that's it.

Once swimming lessons are over, I'll go back to meeting one my teaching partners to walk every morning for 30-40 minutes.

I don't go to the gym and after dinner it's laundry time or I'm running someone somewhere. I don't like to sit around much.

I hope this helps.

SLMERME Posts: 21
6/6/11 4:42 P

I wonder what a day in the life of an "active" "healthy weight" individual looks like. What do they do differently than me? Who is someone who is considered active- those who spend hours in the gym? What do they do after dinner is done? How much time do they spend on the couch, reading or watching TV?

What do you do to be active (besides going to the gym)?



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