Did you exercise TODAY?

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(Hello there, Sir Boss Gods-- sorry if this isn't the right subforum, but I couldn't quite think of another that might be better. Please do move it if need be, or delete it outright if it's just totally d-u-m-b. Or if there is another thread like this, you know, just blow this one to smithereens or something...)

In the spirit of the other threads that are all about stuff going on TODAY, I am going to start one about exercise. I desperately need to exercise, to lose weight and to stop feeling like a zombie slug, and if I am obligated in even some small way to others, I am more likely to do it.

I'm thinking that just simply stating whether or not we have exercised that day would be enough, though I suppose it might be nice to hear *what* people are doing. Maybe we could start out stating our goal, too.

My goal is to lose 45 pounds, to be able to ride my bike long distances and to be able to climb mountains again without almost passing out (in particular I plan to climb Mt. Washington with my daughter by the end of summer). All of that will contribute to better health and much better self esteem. :D

Today I didn't exercise, but I did work (cleaning houses) which is some kind of workout.

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I walked, but only for 20 minutes.

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I aspire to exercise. Instead I spend all day talking to a toddler and basically sitting down. That's what I did today. But I have exercise related shit laying around that I need to make use of because I spent a shit ton of money on them. (or what to me equals a shit ton) So hopefully this will help get me motivated!

I want to be in bathing suit shape by the summer and I would like to either tone up, or lose fifteen pounds, I don't care which.

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I walked for 40 minutes on my friend's land, which includes a hill we call "Heartbreak Hill." I also planted a couple of blueberry bushes, which involved some spade work and hauling around of stuff in a wheelbarrow.

Don't knock walking for 20 minutes, Malachite. That's better than no minutes, and if you did that every day you would be walking over 2 hours each week.

dedoubt, if you can walk out of your house and down the street for 10 minutes, and then turn around and walk home, you've walked for 20 minutes. It's an excellent start to an exercise program and it doesn't take much time out of your day.

I will check back tomorrow night to see if you do it. *wink*

olga

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Yay! Three of you! I agree with olga about even a small amount being better than none. 20 minutes of walking is still getting your body moving. And T.E.-- take that toddler on a walk. Those can be some of the most brutal workouts. Run, walk, run, walk, dash into street, run, walk, stop look at ant, walk, run... :)

dedoubt, if you can walk out of your house and down the street for 10 minutes, and then turn around and walk home, you've walked for 20 minutes. It's an excellent start to an exercise program and it doesn't take much time out of your day.

I will check back tomorrow night to see if you do it. *wink*

You are very right, and I will do that at the very least. I have a gym membership that I am planning to use, as well. Starting out small, working up to an hour a day.

And thank you for checking back-- I really, really need that. Every person that I am accountable to gives me more motivation. Even my kids are in on this. My daughter asked me to walk half a block to the park, then had us walk around the statue there a million times, then she kept me going way far down the road, and it was so much fun!

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A walking buddy helps immensely. I've been walking daily for 6 years, and I did the first year by myself. Then Carolyn joined me and it has made it much easier for me to keep doing it. If it's a rainy, sleety day I will try to weasel out of it----and she doesn't let me!

I'm glad your daughter is such a good coach!

olga

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HURRAY!

I was just about to write a big bitch blog about feeling frustrated with my lack of exercise.

However, I am also happy to be able to report here:

I did a 45 minutes Walk at Home low-impact aerobic set. (I 'borrow' the videos on youtube).

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I had sex this morning. Which I hope counts. I'm gonna put some tents up later too, which will be physical, and I'll try to get 20 mins of walking in.

Mal and everyone else:

20 minutes is enough to make a big difference to your health.

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What a great thread. Hi OP, I'll jump in and try to be encouraging.

I love that video Titania.

Unfortunately, I did no exercise. Unless you count walking up and down the back stairs a zillion times (carrying laundry, children, drinks, hats - we're forgetful when we go into the yard) There's 10 stairs. I'm counting that.

OK, no I'm not. I should do some yoga before bed or something.

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I'll take a 30 min walk down the hill and back this evening.

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Titania, sex definitely counts (at least the kind of sex I enjoy).

I walked for 18 minutes. I walked for ten minutes one way, and apparently walked back faster. Oh well, it's just as well, my shoes are squeezing my feet and it's frickin' windy & cold outside.

Now to finish folding the laundry (does that count?).

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Dedoubt, folding laundry is a little upper-body work. If you want to have some fun while you watch TV, get a couple of cans of corn or tomatoes out of your pantry and do some arm lifts with those 1-pound weights.

Hooray for the 18-minute walk! If you haven't watched Titania's video, please do. The guy makes a really good case for just a half-hour of exercise every day.

Also, do you have good sneakers or other shoes that you can walk in? I know what it's like to have feet that hurt, and I'm a real wuss about foot pain. Anyway, you can call April 1 the first day of your new regimen. I started on March 23, 2006, and I can't believe it's 6 years already.

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I'll have to buy some cans of vegetables-- that's a great idea! I did watch that great video, and it was really inspiring (though some of it moved too fast for my tortoise brain).

Also, do you have good sneakers or other shoes that you can walk in? I know what it's like to have feet that hurt, and I'm a real wuss about foot pain. Anyway, you can call April 1 the first day of your new regimen. I started on March 23, 2006, and I can't believe it's 6 years already.

I do have better shoes, but couldn't be bothered to look for them (naughty daughter went off with them). After that walk, I will be sure to remember. Thanks for the idea about this being the first day of my new regimen. I'm really enthusiastic about making some changes in myself, and going one day at a time to reach my goal. I'm seeing my family in three months, and old friends, and I want to look and feel better.

Congratulations on your 6 years! :D

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I walk something pretty much every day. I go to the shop if I need to, or go somewhere and walk around (such as the park, or the town centre). I usually go with doing a little bit at a time, and spreading it all through the day. That is what works best for me.

I find with my pain I can only do light exercise, but if I don't do that light exercise then my pain (and my anxiety) get a lot worse.

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Smooth and I walked for thirty minutes today.

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Hey, everyone is walking!! I walked for 35 minutes with my friend Carolyn and the doggies. It was raining, so we cut off one loop of our walk, but tomorrow we will add it back in if the rain has stopped.

Titania had sex AND a half-hour walk!! Two thumbs up! :)

Dedoubt, the video does move kind of quickly, but I think he makes his point in a way that is so encouraging and non-judgmental. Plus, the drawings are a riot! I'm glad you have good shoes to wear when you walk tomorrow.

olga

I walk something pretty much every day. I go to the shop if I need to, or go somewhere and walk around (such as the park, or the town centre). I usually go with doing a little bit at a time, and spreading it all through the day. That is what works best for me.

I find with my pain I can only do light exercise, but if I don't do that light exercise then my pain (and my anxiety) get a lot worse.

I think it's interesting that people with anxiety find it is lessened when they exercise. I'm glad you are doing something that is within your capabilities.

olga

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I went roller skating for a few hours probably totaling an hour of actual skating. Haven't been exercising at all lately. Need to try to stick to my daily walks, too.

Wish I could rollerskate more often.

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I did a 10 min + 10 min today while I was at work.

ETA: Also learned that 14 down-and-backs makes a mile. Someone at work already had that figured out, which is good to know.

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I'm going to walk for twenty minutes and do fifteen minutes of an aerobics video, fifteen minutes being all I can do right now. I also have a goal of starting to use the stairs rather than the elevator to my flat. I'm starting by seeing if I can do three flights then using the lift, then four, then five etc.

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I also have a goal of starting to use the stairs rather than the elevator to my flat. I'm starting by seeing if I can do three flights then using the lift, then four, then five etc.

You could stick some gums in the mechanism and then you will *have* to walk... I should probably move my room to the third floor, then I will have an extra flight to climb every day.

Does arguing with an almost 13 year old count as exercise? Because I am exhausted... :(

Today I will be working (2 hours of driving & 3 hours of housework), and when I get home I will be going for a 20 minute walk. Maybe more, but right this second I am too tired to contemplate that.

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Arguing with an almost-13-year-old is a good argument for vigorous exercise-----to rid yourself of the anger and anxiety! Seriously, one of the best things about walking is that you can be alone with your thoughts. I hope your day isn't too tiring and that you can enjoy your walk later in the day.

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Till my legs ached, but unfortunately that's just going up and down one flight of stairs, once.

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I think I'm about to walk the little one to her preschool just so we can see how long it takes to get there. It's only like, two blocks away, but we're walking back too! Sigh. We need more exercise! I'll get her some exercise, let her run around the yard while I sit and watch I guess. I could run around too. We could both go crazy in the front yard. STAY AWAY FROM THE STREET!

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Okay, reporting in! We walked for 40 minutes today and I got my Sweet Baboo to join us! Hooray!

C'mon, let's hear what everyone is doing.

olga

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Hi all. Well, my body moved a lot at work (and driving an hour to & fro- that's tiring!), but I did not get out for my walk. I did walk around Lowe's carrying a 25+ pound bag of soil, though. Maybe I should walk around the house carrying it for awhile...

I don't feel discouraged, though. I know that I can continue on with my plan tomorrow, and that I was active today, just not how I had planned.

olga, that's great that Baboo joined you-- does he often?

Hurrah to everyone else that is getting moving!

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