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A New Habit

Saturday, March 02, 2013

A new habit that I will implement this week and hopefully make a lifelong habit is to exercise in spurts throughout the day and tie drinking my water into those short exercise sessions.

From what I've read, exercising throughout the day should help to keep my metabolism revved up, and any of you who know me, know that I have a heck of a time getting 8 glasses of water a day. So I'm thinking if I can tie those together, I'll be reminded to do both.

Now the trick is, how do I remember to do those extra bouts of exercise? I'm working from home, so I could have an alarm go off for each one, but I'm thinking that could get annoying after a while. Any suggestions?
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    I love the alarm idea (and the working from home!)
    1908 days ago
    What a great idea!!!! I agree with others although the alarm may be annoying it does make it seem more like an appointment. Let me know what you decide to do.
    1909 days ago
    I like the idea of an appointment reminder. That's a good one. I love your new habit too. That's a great way to amp up your workouts and keep your metabolism revving!

    1909 days ago
  • KATHY1204
    You CAN do this, Jonnie!! I'm rooting for you! :-)
    1909 days ago
    If you have an iPhone or iPad, there's an app called StanApp that does just that. I wrote a blog about it, so if you're interested check out the blog on my page.
    1909 days ago
    Sounds like a great idea. I hope it works for you.
    1909 days ago
    Good idea... best of luck! emoticon
    1909 days ago
  • KSW1963
    There is a spark team called Quickfire that challenges each other to do these little 5 minute burst of exercise. You might check it out.
    1909 days ago
    I keep my favorite water bottle handy and filled up wherever I go in my house or out! It helps to remind me to get my water in. When I am on track, I drink 2-3 cups of water before I eat anything, and try to do the same before each meal or snack... I like some of the other ideas other people have suggested for exercise like setting things up around the house, and using bathroom breaks as also fitness breaks. I hope you find a great new routine and make a healthy habit out of it!
    1909 days ago
  • _RAEVEN_
    I set my house up like an obstacle course...
    Weights in the kitchen, aerobic step in the hall, jump rope in the bedroom...
    Every time I go in the kitchen I'll do 25 reps with the weights.
    Every time I walk down the hall I'll do 50 step ups, each side.
    30 jumps with the jump rope in the bedroom.
    And every time I go to the bathroom its 20 squats....

    I always want water after doing these things emoticon

    Good luck. emoticon
    1909 days ago
  • JUSTME29
    That sounds like a great idea. Maybe each time you go to the restroom you could do a short burst? That way you'll be on nature's timer instead of a mechanical one. If you're drinking the water this should result in plenty of short bursts of exercise.
    1909 days ago
    Good idea! Water and workouts are tried together for me. I can drink a little throughout the day but most of my water intake is with my exercise.
    1909 days ago
    Great Idea for both exercise and water for a lot of us have been sluffing emoticon
    1909 days ago
    Good idea to tie drinking water in with those short exercise sessions. emoticon
    1909 days ago
  • LYNCHD05
    I like the comment from Wilson.......putting it on your computer would certainly help with the scheduling. Good luck.
    1909 days ago
    Although the alarm might be annoying, I'd still suggest scheduling your workout on the computer in Outlook (or your phone). If you treat it like an appointment, you're more likely to do it! Good luck!
    1909 days ago
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