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8/12/11 6:20 P

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I didn't used to think so, but now I know that exercise is a critical part of a healthy life. I've slowly changed from no exercise to walking 60 minutes a day, weather permitting, and 10 to 15 minutes of strength training 5 days a week. Two years ago I started walking 10 minutes 3 days a week, if the weather was bad I exercised to a very low impact exercise video design for seniors. I was so out of shape this was all I could handle. I slowly increased the frequency and duration to 30 minutes daily. This summer I increased my walk to 45 minutes and then quickly added more to make it 60 minutes. My new plan is to add an extra 15 minutes on the weekends. In the winter, if the roads are snow covered I exercise to a dance video like Richard Simons, Hip Hop Abs or Zumba. I almost always exercise early in the morning. I get up, potty, dress, put the leash on my puppy and out we go. Usually I'm a mile down the road before I'm fully awake. Morning is better for me, if I wait until after work, I find excuses not to exercise.

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8/12/11 11:28 A

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I am retired so I have no set schedule. I became a part of a womenís hiking group last year. We hike the mountains of Tennessee on Thursday mornings, but skip when several of the group are out of town or if the weather is terrible (snow). This Summer, I joined a water (therapeutic) exercises at our pool. That meets twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays. So if the hiking group doesnít meet, I get two days of pool exercise. I now need to fill in some other days of exercise and am looking around for a beginner yoga teacher. I have a treadmill, acres of roads to walk in my community, plus the use of a gym, but sadly, donít use either often. Our pool will shut down by the middle of September and I will miss the water exercise. The closest other pool that I could use during the Winter is 30 miles away.

I am working on getting exercise in that I will continue to do. Motivation is needed.

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8/12/11 10:15 A

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I have my own bussines at my home, so I can get exercise in thoughout the day. I do 40 minutes on my ellipitcal everyday and I have been doing P90X 3 times a week. And sometimes I do other DVD's as well. I do some exercise when I'm watching TV also.



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8/12/11 9:26 A

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I have a desk job, and must have a routine for exercise or it won't get done. Monday through Friday, I walk my dog (normally a mile) right after breakfast. We will even go in the dark for several weeks until the first really cold snap, then it's like he loses interest. I miss the morning dog walks when that happens, but know that we will pick it up again usually in March. After walking my dog, I workout. These morning workouts are normally 20-30 minutes, and maybe longer when no dog walk. I must do this before turning on the computer! I also workout in the evenings 3 times per week at the Y, 1 morning of the weekend, and dog walks on the weekend as well.

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8/12/11 7:44 A

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"There are so many days I wish I didn't have a desk job. OR I wish I had my own office where I could do some jumping jacks every hour...but my desk is at the front of our office where people walk into the building and we have HUGE glass windows looking out to the street, so I would be in full public view...and while I don't think anyone has the right to look at me strange for being healthy...that's just a little too out in the open for me. "

Courtiksok--Little Caesar's Pizza PAYS their employees to jump around to attract attention to their Hot 'n Ready sign. I think your business should pay you to do the same! emoticon

Edited by: BURRITAELITA at: 8/12/2011 (07:45)
The most effective health-care is self-care.

Nutrition is the prescription.

You can literally stretch your lifespan by shrinking your waistline.

Nutrition and other lifestyle factors that you can choose are a more significant determinant of your health than genetics.

Filling your stomach with high-nutrient foods is like by-pass surgery without the surgery.

We are all born with an innate desire to not only survive but thrive.

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8/12/11 7:38 A

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I am considering shortening my sitting time in the morning (drinking coffee and reading or knitting) so that I can have more time for a morning walk. It would be difficult to give up this time entirely unless I gave up coffee entirely, which I haven't done yet.

I am able to walk in the neighborhood at night during the winter because my husband walks with me. I don't think I'd do it alone.

Most evenings I walk, with one night of yoga each week. I am unable to do either on my grad class night. I try as much as possible not to schedule any meetings on workday nights, because my walking time disappears.

Fortunately, I get a fair amount of walking in during my teaching days, too. This year my classroom will be in an outside portable (trailer), so I will have to walk in and out of the school several times a day to fetch my students, visit the restroom, consult with teachers, go to meetings, etc.

Edited by: BURRITAELITA at: 8/12/2011 (07:42)
The most effective health-care is self-care.

Nutrition is the prescription.

You can literally stretch your lifespan by shrinking your waistline.

Nutrition and other lifestyle factors that you can choose are a more significant determinant of your health than genetics.

Filling your stomach with high-nutrient foods is like by-pass surgery without the surgery.

We are all born with an innate desire to not only survive but thrive.

--Joel Fuhrman
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8/12/11 7:29 A

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I work mostly from home and have the luxury of getting up when I want and moving around. I walk around the block, jump on my trampoline, do jumping jacks, dance, whatever.

I bought a GymBoss timer and have it set for 30 minutes / 15 minutes. It vibrates at the end of each time. So every 30 minutes I get up and do something for 15 minutes. Some days I can't, I'm way too busy, but for the most part I can make it work. Sometimes the 15 minutes is on the trampoline, very active exercise. Some days it's unloading the dishwasher. But I read an article about how bad it is for you to sit for long periods, really shortens your life. Got me off my butt - every 30 minutes.

The GymBoss is really a great little tool. I use it every day.

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There are so many days I wish I didn't have a desk job. OR I wish I had my own office where I could do some jumping jacks every hour...but my desk is at the front of our office where people walk into the building and we have HUGE glass windows looking out to the street, so I would be in full public view...and while I don't think anyone has the right to look at me strange for being healthy...that's just a little too out in the open for me.


Juggling the blanance between my sedetary day at work and exercising aftewards is something I need to learn to do. I go through spurts where it's no big deal, but then I go through spurts where I just come home and sit all night too.

I used to work in a pharmacy, and while I was not moving miles and doing any heavy lifting all day long, just the difference of standing all day was great.

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8/12/11 6:10 A

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Exercise does not figure much in Dr. Fuhrman's books but he does talk about it on his website and in teleconference. He says that we should aim for 30 minutes six days a week at minimum and he points out that for early humans exercise was a way of life- "people exercised all day". For people with time constraints or medical limitations the 30 minutes might be 10 minutes three times a day. Just do something.
"Every exercise has a level you can start at."

As I began making my huge life changes a couple of years ago I became increasingly aware of how much better I had felt doing physical jobs over the decades.
I was not college educated or job trained and I had relocated many times and therefore changed jobs many times so these varied a lot.
I did greenhouse labor, spinning mill machine operating, kitchen work, janitorial work, landscaping. I felt much better doing these things than I did when sitting by the bedside of ill people, running a cash register, filing papers, etc.
I need to be physical in my primary activity. Hence the housekeeping business. I admire people who can juggle sedentary jobs and regularly scheduled exercise besides...

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