Elements of Health · Exercise

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pattig has a tip for the Exercise rule.

Heart.full.16 10 · 450 pts

Fit in some leg lifts while drying your hair and applying makeup

:) carolynh
almost 3 years ago

I walk in place while brushing my teeth!

almost 3 years ago

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CynthiaR has a question about the Exercise rule.

Heart.full.16 10 · 5,063 pts

OK, HealthMonthers… I just gotta share this one. A friend in Scotland posted it and I assumed it was Australian…but apparently not. This video (I found dozens of others on YouTube) is from Ontario, Canada.

Low impact, easy on joints, it says…it’s now on my ’do this before I die (or kill myself trying)" list.

http://news.therawfoodworld.com/want-new-exercise-kangaroo-fitness-craze/

I found the boots on Amazon, eBay, even here in Sweden. Spendy though.

Anyone tried it? Or even seen it tried by others???

almost 3 years ago

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CynthiaR has a question about the Exercise rule.

Heart.full.16 10 · 5,063 pts

OK, HealthMonthers… I just gotta share this one. A friend in Scotland posted it and I assumed it was Australian…but apparently not.

Low impact, easy on joints, it says…it’s not on my ’do this before I die (or kill myself trying)" list.

http://news.therawfoodworld.com/want-new-exercise-kangaroo-fitness-craze/

I found the boots on Amazon, eBay, etc. Spendy.

Anyone tried it? Or even seen it tried by others???

:) LisaBo
almost 3 years ago

That looks like a lot of fun, but I could easily see my(klutzy)self landing on my bum! I’d definitely be up for trying it.

:) Kim Lindsey
almost 3 years ago

That looks so fun that I watched the entire thing, which is a real rarity given my short attention span for video!

HOW spendy? (goes to check)

:) MaryAnn
almost 3 years ago

That looks like HUUUGE fun!
I was the kid who liked to jump on the bed, and I’ve often wondered about getting a personal trampoline/rebounder.

My first thought, though – having small bones and being no longer a spring chicken – is, “how likely is it that I’d fall and land on my ass?”

Just in the past few days I’ve decided to donate my ice skates and my cross-country skis. I haven’t used them in ages, and even if the urge came over me, I’m very conscious of not wanting to fall and break anything (like a hip). (I could take up snow-shoeing instead.)

But with that concern addressed (stability bars?), I’d love to try this. And it looks like they’re in Ontario!

:) MaryAnn
almost 3 years ago

In the range of $225-250, plus shipping.
Kind of a pricey experiment.
If this catches on, maybe there’s a gym somewhere with boots to borrow so that one can try it out first.

:) MaryAnn
almost 3 years ago

Okay, I’m a convert (at least until I try them).
The reviews on Amazon are great overall.
Nobody complains about trouble balancing.
Nobody in the video is wobbly.
Everybody says they’re huge fun.

Now to find a place to try them out….

THanks, Cynthia!

:) Brooke
almost 3 years ago

Seems like I’m
Little Miss
Contrarian here…

…but that
shit looks like
true hell to me.

Really.

Last thing I
want to ever
do is bounce
around on
some weird
plastic thing
to loud music
I don’t like
with a bunch
of people I
don’t know.

I’m the first
one to jump
on the beds
when going
to a hotel,
but this
just seems
nightmarish
to me.

Am I the only
one to feel
like that?

And did I
really have
to post this
negativity?

Just call me
Mister
Negative.

(Should I
delete this
post?)

:) CynthiaR
almost 3 years ago

Mister Negative…call me Mrs Crazy!!! I see kids on a trampoline and I want one. In fact, there is one stored here at this house and I can hardly wait until summer and kids coming to visit and convincing DH to set it up “for them”.

But I hear you! I used to love step aerobics, loud music (my own compilations) and generally in my own home. I long to feel that free (and young — it was years ago) and perhaps never will, but it was exhilarating (to me) to remember. I’d largely do it at home, I imagine. I THINK the ceilings are high enough, though one chandelier would have to go. I don’t like it anyway.

In the meantime, I’m doing Old (I mean she’s OLD, the videos are relatively new!) Jane Fonda workouts on YouTube — for old people. But it still jazzes me up.

Heck, no, don’t delete it! A refreshing reminder, Brooke. A reality check. Still, I’m excited — and maybe that’s the important thing, eh?

:) Kim Lindsey
almost 3 years ago

Brooke, your post snaps me back toward reality. Yes the bouncing LOOKS fun in the video, but I actually participated in a Zuumba class in December and I didn’t like it one bit for lots of the reasons you listed.

:) HoopingFran50
almost 3 years ago

I’ve always done surprisingly well with loud music, bouncing and people I don’t know (they quickly become friends of a sort). That being said – I’d most likely kill myself on those things! I can’t even stand on the first step of step stool without feeling wobbly. I’ll stick with my hoops and if I get the urge to bounce I’ll buy myself a rebounder.

:) MaryAnn
almost 3 years ago

Brooke – Welllll, yeah. There IS that. Loud music and a bunch of people.
But I still think I’d love those bouncy boots.
Some people jog in them.
There’s a place here where you can try a class, and rent the boots for $5. One day…..

:) Brooke
almost 3 years ago

Cynthia!
I just remembered…

JUMPING IS ONE OF THE VERY BEST THINGS TO STIMULATE THE LYMPH

The trampoline, or a “rebounder,” is recommended in the docu-series, “The Quest For the Cures… The Truth About Cancer,” as one of the very important ways to stimulate it.

Kim,
Zumba was a bloody nightmare for me.
I went twice, second time to try to
like it more. No dice. True ick.

MaryAnn,
Jogging in those babies seems
a little more fun actually, as
you’d maybe? be outside with
nature… or maybe they wouldn’t
do well on pavement or soil…

:) Brooke
almost 3 years ago

Come to think of it…
could be a lot of fun
to watch beginners learning
how to use the jumper things…

So, MaryAnn:
if you ever Do rent ’em,
could you send a video
of the event, please?

:) Brooke
almost 3 years ago

coupla links about
lymphatic system
and jumping (or walking, bending, etc.)

https://www.wellbeingjournal.com/rebounding-good-for-the-lymph-system/

http://empoweredsustenance.com/benefits-of-rebounding/

:) MaryAnn
almost 3 years ago

THanks! I will definitely read those links!

You might remember a couple of years ago, I asked for input about rebounders (personal trampolines).
I even found one or two really nice ones (although they’re pricey). The idea still appeals to me.

If the boots are good, and feel stable, and are easy to use – then I could walk around and just do stuff in them, interspersed with bouncing around a little. (Some Amazon customers said they do that.)

Or maybe the rebounder would feel nicer….

Anyway, thanks Cynthia and Brooke, for re-awakening this idea of bouncing around.

See, I’m STILL looking for a way to get good exercise that’s truly FUN, and that feels good. So this really appeals to me, as a fun thing (both the boots and/or the rebounder).

:) MaryAnn
almost 3 years ago

I’ll see what I can do about a video – if that’s feasible.

:) LisaBo
almost 3 years ago

The power of suggestion here is strong. I clicked on Brooke’s link and read a little about rebounding and the lymphatics, and one thing that leaped at me was the possibility of decreasing my cellulite. (Is there really such a cure???) I figured that a rebounder was in order; could help me increase my step count, too. I jumped onto Amazon, and my new bouncy thing is in the mail!

:) MaryAnn
almost 3 years ago

Holy cow! You move FAST, Lisa!

What kind did you get? (Link?)

I’m dying to hear how you like bouncing on that thing. :-)

:) MaryAnn
almost 3 years ago

Now I’m afraid to click on Brooke’s link.

:) LisaBo
almost 3 years ago

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008S8XMYC/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
I’m trying to get fit for a cruise the end of March.

:) LisaBo
almost 3 years ago

…and now I’ve gotta shop for a new sport’s bra!

:) MaryAnn
almost 3 years ago

Thanks! Keep us posted on how you like the rebounder.

:) CynthiaR
almost 3 years ago

Well, maybe Lisa can video the rebounder, and MaryAnn can test-jump the Kangaboots and we’ll have a hoppin’ good time.

I discovered KangaBoots are established in Sweden. Uh oh.

:) MaryAnn
almost 3 years ago

:-)

:) Brooke
almost 3 years ago

Lisa!
NICE work, my darling!!!!
Quick and Done!

Bounce, Baby BOUNCE!

I, too, will be awaiting
the video.

Now,
about the sports bra…

hahahhaa

almost 3 years ago

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Gamze has a question about the Exercise rule.

Heart.full.16 10 · 0 pts

What do you think while doing exercise?
Do yo read something? Magasine, book?
Do you do alone or with a friend?

:) greenish
almost 3 years ago

I try and clear my mind, use it as a meditative time.

almost 3 years ago

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Gamze has a question about the Exercise rule.

Heart.full.16 10 · 0 pts

What do you think while doing exercise?

almost 3 years ago

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Gamze has a question about the Exercise rule.

Heart.full.16 10 · 0 pts

What do you think while doing exercise?

almost 3 years ago

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lmsalim has a question about the Exercise rule.

Heart.full.16 10 · 1,332 pts

what motivates you to get exercise? i have, like, none. and i’m losing life points because i can’t get off my ass!!

:) editorgrrl
about 3 years ago

Find something you really enjoy. Make plans with a friend or join a class—so you feel accountable. Walk or bike to do errands, rather than drive.

:) LaurenMoffett
about 3 years ago

I always tell myself, “you just have to do 10minutes” and if I still don’t want to exercise after 10minutes I can stop and do whatever I want….that’s never happened :)

:) editorgrrl
about 3 years ago

My Fitbit Flex is very motivating. It buzzes & lights up when I reach my (customizable) goal. You can use it in combination with apps like Fitt, Wokamon & FitRPG for added motivation. (If you like Health Month, I assume you like gamifying your health.)

about 3 years ago

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CynthiaR has a tip for the Exercise rule.

Heart.half.16 7 · 1,803 pts

I couldn’t find a category called Planks, Motivation, Determination or even Getting Up And Doing Something, so I’m chucking this under Exercise:

THE AUGUST SISTERHOOD OF THE PLANK CHALLENGE
(Brothers welcome)

For the month of August, I am challenging myself to do PLANKS (and stretching or a bit of yoga) four days per week though, in reality, I’d like to do five days per week. At the moment, I’m only managing every other day (and then grumbling and dreading it and having to force myself to do it just to tick a box, not for my health).

The PLANK is a “core exercise” and is pretty simple, on the face of it, but can be quite challenging. I used to do two minutes without thinking twice, and this week I’ve managed to build up from 30 seconds to 40 seconds! Ouch. I have lost so much strength ground in the past year (following an accident) that I’m determined to gain some ground back — and this is one more step. The nice thing about planks is they don’t take much time…and yet I manage not to do them. Now I will.

Here’s a brief description, and there are endless YouTube videos on the subject too:

http://www.wikihow.com/Perform-the-Plank-Exercise

Anyone care to come along, in whatever way?

:) MaryAnn
over 3 years ago

Yay, Cynthia! You’ve taken up the Plank Challenge!

I would be honoured to join
The August Sisterhood of the Plank Challenge.

Here we go! Planking away…..

over 3 years ago

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daviscaitlinn has a question about the Exercise rule.

Heart.empty.16 0 · 191 pts

how do people have time/motivational to exercise

over 3 years ago

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Wholeme has a tip for the Exercise rule.

Heart.full.16 10 · 60 pts

If you are having a hard time motivating to get moving, allow yourself to just do a little bit (3 push-ups, walk just around the block, 20 crunches). Once you do that, you will already feel better and will likely want to do more.

:) JOYFUL
over 3 years ago

Thanx for the great words of advice!

over 3 years ago

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vmeredythe has a question about the Exercise rule.

Heart.half.16 9 · 3,511 pts

If I’m having a flareup of chronic illness/pain issues, can I magically make 20 minutes of stretching in lieu of 20 minutes of exercise count as following my exercise rule? I am too exhausted and locked up to feel like zumba, plus rain equals no walk in the park (literally)….? Ethical health month dilemmas. I’m thinking it should count, right?

:) MagicalKittenPaws
over 3 years ago

As someone with arthritis, I agree that it should count. I may resort to something similar tomorrow.

:) chicsinred
over 3 years ago

In my opinion, it does :)

:) Shoesy
over 3 years ago

Yes, stretching counts. You’re strengthening your muscles.

:) Shoesy
over 3 years ago

Yes, stretching counts. You’re strengthening your muscles.

over 3 years ago

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chicsinred has a question about the Exercise rule.

Heart.full.16 10 · 2,436 pts

Previously I exercised 4 times a week – Zumba and Vinyasa Yoga alternately. This month I add it to 6 times a week because I did not see much result from the previous regime.

I lost weight and toned up but I am starting to feel extra fatigue – I keep taking a break during Zumba [my body just won’t do it] and my yoga flow isn’t as smooth as before [ I keep going to child’s pose]

Am I over exercising or perhaps I need some time to adjust to the new routine?

If I decided to cut it to 5 times a week instead of 6, will it interrupt my progress?

over 3 years ago

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chicsinred has a question about the Exercise rule.

Heart.full.16 10 · 2,436 pts

I have been exercising almost everyday and watching my food intake but still fail to lose weight – in fact I gained some. What did I do wrong? This really frustrates me.

:) Smitha
over 3 years ago

Maybe this’ll take some time. I always put on weight when i initially start to exercise.. I like to think it’s muscle weight! Maybe it is.

Good luck with things.

:) chicsinred
over 3 years ago

I sure hope it is, can’t imagine gaining more fats

Good luck to you too :)

:) mllelapin
over 3 years ago

Don’t forget that 1 muscle weights more than fat. This is why you might want to measure certain areas like your waist, bicep, thigh. I have a friend who doesn’t weigh herself at all, she goes strictly off of measurements. I use a combination.

2. This is just for me but I am usually STARVING after working out and so I have to be careful about have healthy food READY before I work out or I’ll end up eating whatever is around and that’s not so great. Having a protein smoothie in the fridge or a simple protein packed snack in your bag can really make a big difference. Just a handful of nuts or a hard boiled egg can do the trick.

:) chicsinred
over 3 years ago

Thanks Mllelapin, previously I went ravenous after workout too but lately things get better.

And things are falling into places now, I just need more rest day it seems. Weird but it works for me

over 3 years ago

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girlhacker has a question about the Exercise rule.

Heart.half.16 7 · 1,116 pts

Is there a way to make a rule that is “exercise [x] minutes a week” and have it count that up instead of only have a per day time count? So I can be flexible about when I exercise but still have it add up for a week with a rule?

:) Starfevre
almost 4 years ago

Play around with the ‘custom’ rules.

:) erloteiel
almost 4 years ago

No idea if this would work, but I’d try the custom times/week rule and sub in how many minutes you want for the times. Then it should allow you to add how many “times” you did the thing each day and total them for you for the week. It limits you to 70 times a week though, so that may not be enough.

:) Starfevre
almost 4 years ago

I didn’t know it was limited. Especially that low. If you exercise on 10 minute intervals (and you can usually put in decimal places (one decimal place) so maybe put in how many 10 minute intervals per week? E.G. 3 times for 30 minutes? That would at least increase it to 700 minutes per week, with the decimals.

almost 4 years ago

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Wendyruth has a tip for the Exercise rule.

Heart.half.16 1 · 1,173 pts

This is my most favorite fitness website these days
breakingmuscle.com
There are great articles on everything from Crossfit to martial arts to weightlifting to yoga and sports psychology.

:) MissMandy
almost 4 years ago

oooh, thank you!

almost 4 years ago

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StaceyK has a tip for the Exercise rule.

Heart.full.16 10 · 2,344 pts

Hey Nancy, figured out how to add activity to your fitbit! from your dashboard, go to log, then activities. You can add them on the bottom. They had shoveling, I’m sure there’s basketball! :)

:) aza10
almost 4 years ago

Thanks Stacey! I’ll have to check it out. : )

almost 4 years ago

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skybat has a tip for the Exercise rule.

Heart.half.16 9 · 69 pts

squat is the best for your muscle

:) schepetkov
almost 4 years ago

it’s ok

:) schepetkov
almost 4 years ago

it’s ok

almost 4 years ago

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ferdzgaspar has a tip for the Exercise rule.

Heart.half.16 7 · 968 pts

Prior in doing exercise, I drink a cup of coffee just enought to perk me up and since coffee have an antioxidant properties, it is good in eliminating free radicals in your system.

:) sizo
almost 4 years ago

oi

:) sizo
almost 4 years ago

oi

about 4 years ago

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Debra has a tip for the Exercise rule.

Heart.full.16 12 · 5,137 pts

:) Cat
about 4 years ago

Excellent! That really made me laugh!

:) sizo
almost 4 years ago

opa

:) sizo
almost 4 years ago

opa

about 4 years ago

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danila has a tip for the Exercise rule.

Heart.half.16 7 · 6,452 pts

One thing that’s great about the C25k program is that you can feel the difference in your body’s capability within a relatively short amount of time. This does a lot for motivation; you may even feel a major difference from one session to the very next one. I remember week 1, day 2 (alternating 60s running and 90s walking) I thought I could not lift my foot one more time. Not.one.more. I struggled through it and the problem was more lack of energy than pain. But by day 3 it felt so much easier already!

I refused to even run or jog for the bus before. Just not something I would do. I knew this program would be a real test because it said “couch” and I took that pretty literally. Today I ran two miles for the first time in my life and I knew that I could do it (it wasn’t easy though). I only had the confidence because of the changes I had already seen.

So I would advise anyone thinking about doing this or already doing it not to worry about a day where you’re just not feeling it. You haven’t peaked. It doesn’t mean you can’t go on. Your endurance changes significantly throughout the program and that’s the point of it.

:) ambrosia
over 4 years ago

Fantastic! Running two miles is huge! Go you!

:) danila
over 4 years ago

Janey, I enjoy it too. I look forward to C25k days. I will move on to the 5kto10k program when I’m done but I am enjoying taking this a step at a time. It still feels strange to me to look forward to it. I don’t know what it is about running. I’m about to begin week 6.

Thanks ambrosia! [that’s my best friend’s name :-)]

:) peppermind
over 4 years ago

Exactly what I needed to hear, off to go do W2D2!

:) Room641-A
over 4 years ago

Wow, that’s great! I had just gotten into week two about a week ago but I tweaked my knee, and I’m really missing it. Two miles is incredible :D

:) RosieMBanks
over 4 years ago

Good for you – that sounds fantastic! I am thinking of doing a C25K but with swimming instead of running.

:) ElsaM
over 4 years ago

This is really inspiring and encouraging, danila. I’ve never seriously considered the c25k before, but you might have tipped the balance today.

:) danila
over 4 years ago

I decided to do c25k after reading an answer on askme. The answer said to focus on functional workouts if you’re not always motivated by regular ones or the idea of working out. I thought that made sense for me because the gains are measurable. I didn’t know how to set functional goals for myself because I didn’t know what I could expect to be capable of. C25k is about building endurance in a steady but relatively quick way. I now truly believe I can go from spending all day laying around or sitting at a computer and never, ever running to running a 5k/3.1 miles after 9 weeks. I’m more than halfway there.

A swimming version would be awesome, just awesome.

:) Room641-A
over 4 years ago

There is a swimming version!

0to1650: http://www.ruthkazez.com/SwimWorkouts/ZeroTo1mile.html

I did this about two years ago and it was fantastic. I got close to a mile, but pushed myself way too hard and ended up needing RC surgery. (That’s because there were a number of underlying degenerative issues, not because of the program itself.) I highly recommend it. It looks like they even have an app now.

:) sizo
almost 4 years ago

hello

:) sizo
almost 4 years ago

hello

over 4 years ago

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lbuchanan has a tip for the Exercise rule.

Heart.half.16 5 · 4,085 pts

The hardest part of exercising is making yourself commit to it. You will have no idea how good you feel when you are done.

:) elibeli1
over 4 years ago

Absolutely! Most of the time I feel 100% better after exercising, but I seldom think of that when I’m trying to persuade myself to do it. Thanks for reminding me!

over 4 years ago

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nakis has a tip for the Exercise rule.

Heart.half.16 8 · 1,663 pts

Wanna a god way to exercise and have fun? Try Geocaching!
www.geocaching.com

:) sizo
almost 4 years ago

hello

:) sizo
almost 4 years ago

hello

over 4 years ago

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msmaggie has a question about the Exercise rule.

Heart.full.16 10 · 2,405 pts

Does anyone use a “device” to track activity? Like a pedometer or anything more advanced? I have a cheap pedometer I wear sometimes, but I’d been considering other options as a healthy living reward. Any experiences with technology and activity levels?

:) Kimberly W
almost 5 years ago

I have a fitbit that I’ve been using for a year. I really like it. It definitely helps me to be more active and more aware of how active I am. It also tracks the quality of my sleep which is a nice bonus.

:) SarahM
almost 5 years ago
Was contemplating to get a fitbit but was not sure about it. It is quite expensive! But if it helps to motivate!
:) Lyman Reed
almost 5 years ago

On my Android I use Endomundo.

:) BrandiAKArecyclequeen
almost 5 years ago

I use a Fitbit as well. I actually found this website through a link on Fitbit. I enjoy using it, and I also like the fact that it tracks my sleep as well. They have some cheaper versions that have just come out!

:) spratlas
almost 5 years ago

I use Noom on my Android phone. It’s got a really simple way to track food, exercise, and a built in pedometer. The thing I like most is that it is set up as a “coaching” app, so for example it monitors how much you actually walk then ramps up your goal…I find it depressing when I know I am supposed to walk 10,000 steps in a day and I can barely manage 20% of that…but when Noom decided my goal would be 2,500 and I could meet and exceed it, it was motivating for me. I like it, but of course it depends on whether you carry your phone around with you all the time (I do).

:) msmaggie
almost 5 years ago

Thanks for the info, everyone! I don’t carry my phone, so I definitely want something I could tuck away and wear all the time, perhaps even in shower/pool. I will stick w/ my pedometer and keep saving for a motivational treat when funds allow.

:) BrandiAKArecyclequeen
almost 5 years ago

FYI, it’s a little pricey at $100, but Fitbit are coming out with a new version very shortly. This one slides into a bracelet and you can wear it in the shower: http://www.fitbit.com/flex

:) BrandiAKArecyclequeen
almost 5 years ago

@Kimberly, I added you as a friend on Fitbit. Kudos to you for being so active! It’s something that I am working on.

:) Kimberly W
almost 5 years ago

Thanks Brandi! It’s taken me a while to build up my activity. Having the fitbit to help me be aware of it has really helped :-)

:) 4sqtr
almost 5 years ago

Caraqueña

:) 4sqtr
almost 5 years ago

Caraqueña

:) thehussey
over 4 years ago

I have a FitBit too. I love it! Very motivating. It is pricey, but I think it is a great value considering the amount of information you can get and store on their website.

:) Kimberly W
over 4 years ago

Hi Tasha – I sent you a fitbit friend request :-)

:) thehussey
over 4 years ago

Awesome! Thanks.

:) Kandito
over 4 years ago

Have a fitbit & love it! Great motivator and the connection to other supporting apps is very cool!

:) Kandito
over 4 years ago

Have a fitbit & love it! Great motivator and the connection to other supporting apps is very cool!

almost 5 years ago

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sdadawn has a question about the Exercise rule.

Heart.half.16 9 · 303 pts

How can you change a rule?

almost 5 years ago

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aszedi has a question about the Exercise rule.

Heart.full.16 18 · 1,768 pts

Can i do the exercise every morning just at office?

almost 5 years ago

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desjardins has a question about the Exercise rule.

Heart.full.16 11 · 299 pts

How do y’all find the energy to exercise after a full day of work? I have the time (no kids), but all I want to do is just chill out. Please don’t tell me to get up early. :(

:) DoubleLune
almost 5 years ago

Don’t aim for more than you can accomplish with your energy level. Do a lighter workout on workdays, and a heavier one on weekends.

:) ambrosia
almost 5 years ago

Can you do it before you go home? If you belong to a gym, don’t go home until after you have exercised. Or find a class that starts just after you leave work, and do that before going home. Leaving the house after coming home from work is really hard.

:) ElsaM
almost 5 years ago

By making it (modest, regular) exercise a non-negotiable event, I have mostly removed my grumbles and my guilt about avoiding it. I don’t make excuses to myself, I don’t wonder whether I can skip it. It’s happening, so I can either complain or just plow through it.

That said, I count different things as “exercise” on different days. I do physical therapy to control pain from a chronic injury; I lift weights for strength and bone density; on pub trivia nights or library days, I walk ~2 miles; on laundry day, I climb the stairs 5-8 times.

And as predictable as it is, it always surprises me: like so many things, thinking about having to do it is worse than just doing it.

:) ldthomps
almost 5 years ago

Yeah, I found after work classes were great for getting me to leave work on time. And when I missed the instructors and other students asked after me. And I worked out a lot harder than on my own (bootcamp or boxing classes). Full disclosure – I now work out before work, but it’s later in the morning, and so I’m getting to work and home later, which are both fine, too.

:) wetenschapper
almost 5 years ago

Can you do things during your workday that count as exercise? Extra stairs, extra walking? I used to walk to work every day and counted it as exercise most days. Joining a class or scheduling a workout session with friends (so you can’t bail) helps too.

:) gaspode
almost 5 years ago

When I exercised after work I did it immediately. Then I gave myself a reward like a yummy drink or something. After a while, as the exercise became more habitual, I tapered off the rewards.

:) Andrhia
almost 5 years ago

Hit the gym on your way or do it as soon as you get home. If you give yourself ten minutes to sit and unwind, that turns into half an hour, which turns into all night, and whoops! You were just too tired to work out that night. If you don’t give your body that signal “we’re all done for today,” then you may have more luck keeping going while you still have a little forward momentum.

Or exercise at lunchtime, if you can swing it.

:) lauren ipsum (librarina)
almost 5 years ago

I go at lunch, actually, which works out pretty well for me even though I arrive back at the office still all red-faced (even after showering and everything; I turn BRIGHT red and it takes forever to fade). I’ve decided not to care about that.

:) roswyn
almost 5 years ago

I know how you feel! I’m normally exhausted after work; I work in PR and it’s mentally tiring.

I started walking home from work to try and save some money. That gives me about 40 mins of exercise, and generally afterwards I feel like doing a bit more. I’m hoping to start walking /to/ work, as well… that little bit of extra walking will be fun!

The downside to this all is that I live in Dubai, and I can only walk to/from work for half of the year. The rest of the time, it’s just too darned hot.

almost 5 years ago

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Bpakchong has a question about the Exercise rule.

Heart.full.16 13 · 2,356 pts

I will exercise everyday.

almost 5 years ago

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keeganknittle has a question about the Exercise rule.

Heart.full.16 10 · 0 pts

Sometimes I find it difficult to get up off the couch, even though I know I should. What should I do?

:) thehussey
over 4 years ago

Take baby steps. If you are watching TV, just stand up and walk in place or side to side for those 2 or 3 minutes. Most long programs have about 10 minutes worth of commercials throughout. That’s 10 more minutes of exercise you did than the day before.

Another thing I do is dance! Pick two or three of your favorite songs to play to start off and just dance for entire length of each song so it doesn’t feel like you are exercising.

almost 5 years ago

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amysboro has a question about the Exercise rule.

Heart.full.16 11 · 132 pts

I have an injured knee so I’m struggling to find exercise I can do safely within this month, any tips?

:) Brettney
over 4 years ago

See if you have a gym nearby that offers water aerobics! It really helps, and it’s not as bad on your knees.

almost 5 years ago

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mbelle47 has a tip for the Exercise rule.

Heart.half.16 8 · 1,798 pts

The best reducing exercise is to shake the head violently from side to side when offered a second helping (Kay Finch, A binge of Diet Jokes book)

:) Paula Gregovich
almost 5 years ago

Hahaha!! I have never heard that one. I laughed out loud!

:) mbelle47
almost 5 years ago

Yeah, I’m trying to practise it too, lol!

almost 5 years ago