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MLAN613 Posts: 19,476
12/20/17 6:12 A

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@GERTMCD I telecommute too! I walk in place and such during conference calls too. Of course, that's bonus activity in addition to my actual workout.

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12/20/17 12:29 A

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it all depends on what you want to do. i like running.

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12/19/17 4:30 P

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Check out all of the videos that are available on SparkPeople. Walking in place also counts as walking, even more when you raise your knees up higher as you walk. Walking lunges ... all of these things count as steps AND exercise.

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12/19/17 9:02 A

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I live in the country. I take a power walk every day during my lunch (work from home). Now that there is snow on the ground I will snowshoe. I'm too far away from a gym to make a membership worthwhile so I run on my treadmill and do youtube videos (Jessica Smith TV is great). I do strange things like walk in place or hula hoop during conference calls that I don't have to talk on.

You don't need to have a destination in order to walk.

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MLAN613 Posts: 19,476
12/19/17 6:19 A

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I guess I don't see steps as exercise because all the steps I take don't get my heart into the cardio zone or are part of a strength routine. are you perhaps looking for ideas on how to get exercise in when you don't have a traditional gym available?

I live in the city but I go to my parents' cabin on occasion and that's in Northern Minnesota in the middle of nowhere. I still get exercise in. I take bike rides, go for walks or runs, and/or bring DVDs with to do. The last half marathon I ran was in Northern Wisconsin, which is fairly rural. I and several hundred other runners got a great workout in as we ran 5k, 10k, 13.1 or 26.2. Yes, all 4 distances were available.

So, you can walk, run, bike, ski, do DVDs, online videos, et cetera no matter where you are. Of course, online videos would require an internet connection. Did you know SparkPeople has some great free workouts available? I have also found some on YouTube and have a bunch of great ideas saved on Pinterest.

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LUANN_IN_PA Posts: 27,036
12/18/17 2:12 P

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Not sure how living in the country figures into not being able to walk!

My stepdad walked five miles a day until he was 90, and he lives in the country.
He would get out there and walk half the distance out, then half the distance back.
Year round, even in the snow.

Edited by: LUANN_IN_PA at: 12/18/2017 (14:12)
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12/18/17 2:06 P

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Here's an article you might find helpful:

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness_artic
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12/18/17 1:42 P

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So I use a Fitbit primarily to track my steps and exercise. I exercise 6 days a week but struggle to get enough steps for the day. I live in the country (~15 miles from town) so walking everywhere isn't an option. When I am in town, there is little to no sidewalks to walk to the stores. I also work a desk job and try to move as much as I can; my building doesn't have stairs or many hallways to walk in.

Does anyone have any tips for getting more steps or has anyone faced this before?

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