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7/20/08 8:22 P

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I do things that are not "working out". Yesterday, we mowed the yard, my dh actually mowed but I raked and the kids took the grass to the compost pile. Then I cleaned out a storage shed. Moving stuff, stacking boxes, sweeping and stuff really works up a sweat but I don't feel like I have "worked out". This week I took my family to pick up garbage along the road, that is a lot of bending over and walking. We also hiked up a hill to a big gravel pit. That way at the end of the hike, there was somewhere to play. Going down was exercise too.

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Jasmine:
I don't know about motivated, but it was nice to get to spend time with the family and exercise at the same time. Plus, I get bored with doing the exact same thing every day. This helped to mix it up.

My oldest kiddo is really overweight as well. Plus, he has to take a medicine that stimulates apetite. So, anything I can do to get him moving is a good thing. Maybe that is my motivation. Hmmm.
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7/20/08 2:37 P

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i like to play basket ball with my fiance'.

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7/20/08 2:07 P

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sounds like you are very motivated!

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Today, I did something fun to get in 65 minutes of fast walking. I took my family to an animal rehabilitation center that is closeby and we walked to see the different animals. We played games to see who could walk to the next one the fastest (no running) or to see who could see the most animals hidden in the habitat. Even though it was during the heat of the day (ugh) and awfully humid, the time just flew by with lots of laughter and oohs and aahs. We did make some stops, but I am not counting those times in the total. It was fun and different and the kids enjoyed it (usually, I have one who wants to run and the other only wants to sit--they both enjoyed this).

It wouldn't be special if we did it every day, but it was a fun way to mix it up a bit.
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Today, I did something fun to get in 65 minutes of fast walking. I took my family to an animal rehabilitation center that is closeby and we walked to see the different animals. We played games to see who could walk to the next one the fastest (no running) or to see who could see the most animals hidden in the habitat. Even though it was during the heat of the day (ugh) and awfully humid, the time just flew by with lots of laughter and oohs and aahs. We did make some stops, but I am not counting those times in the total. It was fun and different and the kids enjoyed it (usually, I have one who wants to run and the other only wants to sit--they both enjoyed this).

It wouldn't be special if we did it every day, but it was a fun way to mix it up a bit.
Jan

My blog: www.anotherhatchettjob.blogspot.com
Family business site:
www.hatchettphotography.com

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7/18/08 12:30 P

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well i like to play games as part of my fun exercise. and games that keep me up on my toes jogging and or running (well trying to that is).

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TENIETSHA's Photo TENIETSHA Posts: 961
7/18/08 11:48 A

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you know when i am walking i rarely listen to music jan.. isnt that something.. i must try it with fast pace music.

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Well, I have 2 basic strategies that I use.
The first is to work out (usually walking) with a buddy. We visit and talk and it makes the time go by faster. It also helps me to keep pace.

The second is to use my MP3 player to listen to really fast paced music when I am alone to help me to push myself. Either way, it helps me to get through a workout and it seems to go faster.
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7/14/08 11:14 P

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tell us what you do to make exercise fun?


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Exercise is one of the pillars of longevity.

The benefits of exercise are many: heart health, weight management, better sleep, improved mood, more energy and many more. The biggest benefit? Reducing your risk of chronic illnesses. Through exercise, you’ll stay healthy longer, age well and feel great.

Getting started on a routine exercise habit is the hardest part.

Use these 10 ways to put some more fun into your exercise routine.

Add a Friend
Find someone to be your exercise buddy. Don’t choose just anyone: Pick someone who is full of energy, fun and who you look forward to spending time with. That way, you’ll want to exercise just to be with your friend.


Group Fitness
Group classes are a way to meet new people, have an instructor to keep your form and effort good and be motivated to go each time. Shop around for your class: Find an instructor who has both knowledge and enthusiasm. You can gauge the social tone an instructor creates by watching if anyone talks to him or her before or after the class and if the other participants talks to each other.


Play Something
We use the word “play” in front of sports because they are fun. You “play” tennis, golf, soccer, softball or any other sport. Find a sport that you used to “play” when younger and take it up again. Choose a team sport when possible to add some socialization.


Audio Books and Podcasts
Get yourself a tiny music player and download some audio books or podcasts. Hundreds of free podcasts are available covering any topic you can imagine. Audio books can also be easily downloaded. This way, when you think about exercising, you can be looking forward to “reading” the next chapter in your novel.


New Shoes
Go exercise-fashion shopping. Start with your shoes. Go to a good running or fitness store and have a salesperson help you find the perfect shoe. Each type of shoe supports you foot differently, so you need to make sure you have the right shoe for you. Bring in your old running or exercise shoes; the wear marks will tell the salesperson how you run. After the luster wears off your shoes, go back for some new shorts, shirts or other accessories.


Chart Your Stats
Thousands of people obsessively chart the stats of their favorite baseball, basketball or football players and teams. Do the same for yourself. Create a wall chart and log your exercise activity, vital statistics (weight, measurements, best times, maximum lifts, etc.). Chart every detail of your exercise routine for a month. You’ll feel great as the information gets up on the wall.


Mix It Up
Don’t do the exact same exercise routine every day; mix it up. If you always run on the treadmill, run outside on a nice day. Take a week off your lifting routine and do a Pilates class instead. As soon as you feel your exercise routine becoming a rut, find something else to do.


Measure, Don’t Weigh
The scale can be the worst factor when it comes to motivation. You may be working hard, but your weight just stays the same. Part of the reason may be that you are adding muscle while losing fat. Another reason is that it just takes time and changes in your diet to lose substantial weight. So stop looking at the scale every day; instead, take some measurements. The tape measure will show change well before the scale does. Measure your chest, upper arms, stomach, waist, upper thighs and calves. Be sure to measure in the same place each time. Add those measurements to your wall chart and watch the progress.


TV, Videos and Music
Many people find that a bit of distraction helps get them through a workout. Get a tiny music player and load it up with inspirational music (change the music weekly to give you some surprises). Watch TV shows while on the treadmill or put in your favorite movie and watch 1/2 of it each time you exercise. That way, you’ll be able to watch one or two movies a week. You can do the same with TV shows; record your shows or rent a series and watch while exercising. You’ll look forward to your exercise just to find out what happens next in the show.


Relax
At the end of exercise (after you “cool down”), give yourself 5 minutes of relaxation. Just lie down on your back and let your body sink into the floor. Close your eyes. Relax. Feel the effects of exercise in your body. Look forward to the deep relaxation that can come after physical activity. You may find that you start exercising just to experience this feeling.


Edited by: TENIETSHA at: 7/14/2008 (23:17)
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