How much exercise do you actually do?

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How much exercise do you do and how much is enough?

I remember a few years ago we were being told 20 minutes 3 times a week but the recommendation seems to be growing all the time. I hear 150 minutes per week (ie 5 times 30 minutes) and then I hear 5 times 60 minutes. Is it possible to keep it up?

What do you actually achieve? How do you feel about it? Do you feel under pressure about it or satisfied? Hate it or enjoy it?

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♏*PHOENIX*♏ - posted on 08/08/2011

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What helps is slowly cutting it out, or replacing it with something similar or better.

I use to eat herseys bars (and would eat the whole thing…Chocolate is my crack…HAVE to have it), but now I eat chocolate bars that have 75-90% cocoa in them and yes they are bitter with not so much sugar and others sweetners, but im still getting my choco fix….and I limit myself anywhere from 2-3squares aday.

I have replaced pop with carbonated water and then add juice, sometimes I will crack open a pepsi but I will take 2good drinks and poor out the rest(I know very wasteful, but I need my fix of pepsi and I don’t want all the cal’s)

And I use to get Starbucks everyday…Grande White chocolate Mocha with peppermint syrup, but now I get them a few times a month and get fruit smoothies in place..and it is hard and took some weaning on my part, but im doing pretty good

Mrs. - posted on 08/08/2011

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Unless you have food sensitivities or allergies, my advice is eat what you like, when you are actually hungry and stop when you are actually full. After awhile you will start craving the things your body needs and addressing the emotional triggers that "make" you eat junk.

I know not everyone is an emotional eater, but if you are feeling a compulsion to eat that you find hard to stop....my ex-OCE/Bulimic self spidey sense is tingling that it might be an issue.

I hate to get all pushy with any self help book...BUT...
The only one that was ever really helpful to me was When Food is Love by Geenen Roth (and Breaking Free from Compulsive Eating). I've followed her guidelines and suggestions for over a decade and I no longer have to worry about any compulsive need to eat sweets (or whatever your food of choice is).

Anyhow, it is my two cents on the whole "how do I avoid junk food thing". I don't crave it, I'm allergic to most of it...but I just don't crave it anymore.

Kate CP - posted on 08/08/2011

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I've got a five year old and a six month old who's crawling.

'Nuff said.

MeMe - Raises Her Hand (-_-) (Mommy Of A Toddler And Teen) - posted on 07/02/2012

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I simply walk every day I can. I fast walk with my son in his stroller and my dog on the side, I try to get out every evening and do 2.5km. I am also a very high energized person, anyway, so I also run up escalators (never ever stand and ride), if there is someone in front of me standing, I say excuse me and walk by them (unless they are too big, then I have to wait). I go up and down 3 floors of stairs and one set of escalators, at least 10 times Mon-Fri.

I also watch what I eat. I eat very healthy, rarely do we eat bad foods (take-out, processed/boxed/premade foods). I take less at supper, than I give my almost 14 year old girl and eat a very light snack at night, if at all.

This has worked great for me. I lost 60lbs last year, after having my son. I am now at a great weight and don't lose a lot but I don't gain, which is the most important for me. ;)

Good luck! Oh and I realize this thread is old. I just thought I would give me experience, too. ;)

Julie - posted on 08/17/2011

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I do a two hour taekwondo class once a week and a one hour body pump class at the gym. On a good week, I'll get to the gym at least once more - sometimes for half an hour of cardio and half hour of weights, sometimes for a body balance class. During holidays, I'll get to the gym up to four times a week. I'd love to do more, but I've got a busted knee that I've had four operations on and been declared unfixable, a back injury, and a string of other injuries and health problems. On holidays I can manage 4 x 60minute workouts, but when I'm not on holidays, I work as a nurse and am on my feet the whole time and exercising twice a week is painful. But I persist with it because I want to lose weight and because I love exercise.

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Maureen - posted on 07/02/2012

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the older you get the less muscle mass you have. women that weight lift don't bulk up they just tone and muscle burns fat! try weight lifting heavy (not 3 or 5 lbs) 3x a week and cardio something you enjoy 3x a week. track your food they have free apps out there or on the computer. I have 6 kids and have lost 60lbs I had a long time of people not noticing but I kept at it. don't give up you will feel better when you have more energy for your kids..a healthy mom makes a happy family!

Stifler's - posted on 08/29/2011

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I'm starting to actually use my elliptical trainer again. I need to get my money's worth and I wouldn't mind not being jiggly anymore. I only did 10 minutes today but I am going to try for like 2 or 3 more minutes everyday.

Krista - posted on 08/28/2011

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I try to do at least 30 minutes of a workout video every day. I had been running in the evenings when both kids were asleep, but I'm finding that the sun is setting so much earlier already that I had to quit. My workouts are high intensity intervals and have been working great. I've lost over 30 pounds in three months and I'm smaller than I've been since high school. I'm on maternity leave for the next year, so it's pretty easy to find time to workout right now...either while the kids sleep or with them hanging out watching me. What I worry about is keeping up with it once I go back to work. I know I don't want to go back to buying loose, flowy tops to try to hide my muffin top, so I'm gonna have to find a way to make it work!

Sherrie - posted on 08/28/2011

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I do jillian michaels video for 20 minutes 3 times a week and for me thats good.I was a size 10 in may now i'm a size 3 granted I take a supplement 3 times a day But i'm 42 mom of 6 kids two grandchildren and I work fulltime so for me thats enough to exercise 3 times a day

Lorna - posted on 08/28/2011

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I was told 30 minutes a day 5 times a week. You can also break it up into 10 minute segments if you want.

Last October I did the Couch to 5K program, finished my first 5k in January, then started p90X. Now I am training for a half marathon, doing a p90x/Insanity hybrid. Love the hybrid and can't wait to lose the rest of my mush mush! Always looking for accountability partners to keep me on my goals.

Sherrie - posted on 08/22/2011

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I do juallian michaels 20 min workout 3 times a week for twenty minutes and it works

Sarah - posted on 08/16/2011

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Does chasing after a toddler count? Besides that, I don't do anything. I HATE to exercise. I bought that P90X program last year & I've only done it a handful of times. I've been thinking about joining a fitness center, but I don't want to pay the money. I NEED to start doing something, because I'm incredibly out of shape & I eat like crap. Blah.

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Well good onya Tara! I did just one zumba class and felt a bit pressured to perform, so I went back to working out at the gym quietly on my own. I have a really bad sense of left and right, so I can't really cope with dance classes!

Stifler's - posted on 08/15/2011

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I'm too embarrassed to do Zumba at the gym lol my mother's group all used to go and I'd refuse to go to mother's group that day

Tara - posted on 08/15/2011

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Hmmm funny story....

I saw this post a few days ago, I didn't reply cause I thought, well I don't exercise at all. But...I do, but not enough. So I signed up for Zumba classes at the gym starting in the fall. I chose Zumba cause I love to dance.



See I thought I was doing pretty good. I'm 37, have 6 kids, one who will be 18 next month and a toddler. I am 5 feet fuck all. I weigh 125-128 depending on time of month. I used to be be 115 and healthy, toned, happy and strong as an ox, a small ox but a small strong ox. :)



This past weekend I went to a party and danced a lot, I mean a lot. I was so sore the next day. So while my cardio could handle it really well, my joints and muscles did not.



So first Zumba and then back into dance classes, the kind where you perform at the end of the year. I can't wait.

:)

So thanks to the OP, I am now on my way back to a healthier, stronger, sexier me.

Kathleen - posted on 08/15/2011

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I have a 3 year old....so...I have activity pretty much all day everyday. However, I do think it's 30min 3 times a week or so my doctor told me.

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I am also restricted as to what I can do as I am bf Poppy and she won't take a bottle...I would love to try zumba, but I need to take a class I know I won't do a DVD or computer game more than three times because I am a bit rubbish like that...whereas if I go somewhere I feel like I have to go even if I don't want to.

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I walk round the school and I run around with my son all day but that is the most I do, I know I should do more but at the moment it is really low on my agenda

Jane - posted on 08/09/2011

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I do 60 hardcore minutes twice a week of a mix of cardio and muscle-building officially, but I also count as exercise things such as walking the dogs, sweeping the patio, and other household chores.

I hate the hardcore stuff, but it keeps me in shape to be able to do the milder exercise.

Eva-Lotta - posted on 08/09/2011

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This question is will always be asked - how much should we do? Everyone is different and have different needs. I am faced with this question a lot as a personal trainer.
Lets face it, most of us could probably do more and would feel better for it.
But lets look at it this way: a little bit is better then none at all.
If you are unsure of what to do, I recommend getting your mothers group (if your part of one, otherwise find one) together, share the cost for a personal trainer. You get out with the kids, get fit, be social etc etc.... If you want ideas for what you might be able to do at home, look up a book by Sean Foy Title: The 10-minute total body breakthrough.
The more you do, the quicker you will get results but moving a bit is better then not moving at all! And it has soooo many benefits. I do some exercise at home with my 21 month old around and she thinks it is hilarious to try and push me over or climb on top of me or when I hold her across my arms doing squats or lunges. She loves it, it becomes part of our playtime and she will grow up with a healthy and active mind.
Good luck! :)

Melissa - posted on 08/09/2011

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i do a cardio class wednesdays for 60 minutes and then i do have a very active job where i do a lot of lifting as well. I do walk as well during the week 2-3 times. for 20-40 minutes. Just depends.

Amy - posted on 08/09/2011

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I sure don't have a routine like the original post is talking about. My exercise is life. Stacking firewood in summer - and carrying in tons in the winter, gardening, hauling baskets of laundry up and down stairs, lifting kids, sex...I mean, life happens. If I don't do firewood, we won't be warm. If we don't garden, we starve, laundry also necessary evil. Sex...completely enjoy! lol.

Other than that, I turn on music. I used to bellydance a lot. Not so much anymore. But I do love to dance. Anytime. I just heard about this zumba stuff. Would like to try it. I just don't have time. We also walk 4 blocks to post office - 5/6 blocks to grocery store and back. Not every day, but about every other. I feel no pressure. I am healthy and happy and that's all that matters to me.

I can't ride my bike right now because I'm pretty stuck at home nursing my 2 month old. I do love bike rides though. Just haven't happened all year this year.

Stifler's - posted on 08/09/2011

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I craved Vanilla Coke when I was pregnant! We always had a bottle in the fridge and spares in the cupboard but I usually only had one glass a day. I don't know why I like coke so much when pregnant when I don't even drink it any other time! I haven't even bought normal coke since Renae was born.

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Emma, I got my Pepsi addiction when I was pregnant with J. I never drank that stuff before, then suddenly they said not to drink much caffeine and I craved it ALL THE TIME!!!

Unfortunately, it didn't go away after J was born, I still crave it all the time. To control it, I only put one can in the fridge at a time (I don't like it with ice, but it has to be cold) so I don't go drinking 2 or 3 in a single day....because if they were cold, I'd drink them.

I can't drink the diet ones. Artificial sweeteners give me headaches.....and they're a little scary, but I think it's hyped up.

Stifler's - posted on 08/09/2011

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I drink Pepsi max lol but I don't like softdrink that much. Unless I'm pregnant and then I am suddenly addicted to coke.

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I go on a 4 mile bike ride with my son most mornings, if we are up and about before it gets too hot.
I don't do any team sports, that does sound like a lot of fun, but I'm not sure I could fit it into my schedule. Most of them are played on weekends here and we are usually gone then.

Thanks for the replies about eating junk. I don't think I could completely cut out my 3-5 weekly Pepsi's (12oz cans)--I love them too much....I could never drink them then not go to the gym that evening, but I guess they are worth the extra time to me :P I do drink them in moderation, I think--I would drink it everyday if there were no repercussions.

Corinne - posted on 08/09/2011

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I try to do 90-120mins 5 times a week. I was a dancer before I had the wee ones and was ridiculously fit, now I'm a (British) size 10-12 and feel huge. I usually do 1hr of warming up, kind of aerobics with lots of stretches thrown in; followed by about an hour of working on routines or ballet, or tap, or street, whatever takes my fancy. I love working out til I can barely walk, guess I'm a bit of a sadist :)

Sal - posted on 08/09/2011

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and i just have to stumble from the bed to the kitchen via the laundry, sadly i'd never get the bike in the house, it does sound like a great way to start the day though

Krista - posted on 08/09/2011

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I started riding to work about 2 years ago and it has really been fantastic. It's about 35 minutes each way, so that's getting me 3.5 hours a week without losing any time out of my busy schedule. And I arrive at work in a euphoric state which can last well into the morning.

I'd love to do that. Seeing as I'm 70km from work (43 miles for you Yanks), it may be problematic, though.

Stifler's - posted on 08/09/2011

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It's exercise for me because I have to constantly pull my 18 month old off the vacuum cleaner.

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I reckon the best way for working mums to get exercise is to do it on the way to work. I started riding to work about 2 years ago and it has really been fantastic. It's about 35 minutes each way, so that's getting me 3.5 hours a week without losing any time out of my busy schedule. And I arrive at work in a euphoric state which can last well into the morning.

Apart from that I sometimes go to the gym and do cardioa/weights for an hour, go on a bike ride or walk with the kids, or play a bit of soccer with them at the park.

Actually - soccer at the park is by far the hardest workout of all, and the most fun.

Do any of you do a team sport yourselves?

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Yeah Emma - vacuuming is definitely exercise! I totally heat up when I do it, but maybe that's because of the hot air being puffed out by the machine.

Becky - posted on 08/08/2011

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Other than chasing my toddler and preschooler, pretty much none. Although, it being summer, I have been more active, just getting out with them. But I don't have any sort of exercise routine. I've tried at different points to start one, but I am horribly undisciplined. I was doing really great at going to the gym regularly back before I was married, but then I had to stop because I injured my knees, and have struggled to get back into it since then. Of course now, being pregnant, parenting my 2 crazy boys and maintaining our home doesn't leave me with any energy for extra exercise.
I eat a fair bit of junk, - I'm a chocolate addict! But I generally manage to maintain my weight. Although the weight I maintain it at is overweight. :( After this baby, I am determined to get down to a healthy weight and to be more active. With 3 children barely 4 years apart, I don't imagine I'll have much choice regarding being more active! ha!

Sal - posted on 08/08/2011

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ohhh thanks emma, i never thought of vaccumming as exercise....i am vaccuming all day everyday it seems..and i have to get fire wood, and even cut it sometimes, lots of gardening, so i'm active just not "exercising" as such

Stifler's - posted on 08/08/2011

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LOL @ Krista. I eat whatever I want within reason. Small portions like a Freddo frog instead of a whole block of chocolate etc. If all else fails... bigger pants. I find that I maintain my weight with my thrice weekly walks. Ineed to bust out my cross trainer but I can't find somewhere to put it so that I can see the tv.

Stifler's - posted on 08/08/2011

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Haha not much. I try to go for a walk to town at least 3 times a week. That's about 4km there and 4km back. I would like to go every day but I can't be bothered. It makes me feel good to go for walks even if it's not really strenuous exercise. Vacuuming etc. is kind of exercise. I really need to eat better.

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Rebecca... it certainly has it's advantages. It was definitely a disadvantage when I was in my late teens and sick for 3 weeks.... I got down to 78 pounds! Since I'm 34 and not nursing anymore I've cut down on the amount of crap I consume. ;)

Mrs. - posted on 08/08/2011

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Teresa, sometimes when you talk about your body and metabolism, it sounds a lot like my brothers when they were teens. Eat what you want, never gain weight and if you get a bit ponchy...just back off the Twizzlers for a bit.

I always wondered what that would be like. Never really experienced it though - at least not in this body.

Charlie - posted on 08/08/2011

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I workout so I can still enjoy what I like in moderation Kelly I dont cutting things out I love ....

Jocelyn - posted on 08/08/2011

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I'm a bartender/server and I work the BUSY nights....that's my exercise lol. And I wear those "walk yourself fit" shoes. On my days off I dance like a maniac to the Wiggles (don't laugh, I sweat my ass off trying to keep up with them :P )
I'm fairly happy with the amount of exercise I get, but starting in Sept I'm going to be taking a fitness class of some sort (I'm thinking a Zumba class and another pole dancing class).

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Exercise? What's that?

Other than walking up and down the stairs to get in/out of the house and other NEED to move around as part of daily life.... I don't. Never have.

Yes, I eat junk. I don't typically eat a LOT... ever, but I have to eat every couple of hours. I balance it out by having a great metabolism.... and if I start to gain weight I just eat a little less junk for a while.

Krista - posted on 08/08/2011

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Do those of you who rarely workout ever eat junk food? How do you balance it out?

I balance it out by buying bigger pants.

Minnie - posted on 08/08/2011

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We don't eat any junk food. Everything we eat we make from scratch.



I am addicted to sugar. Lol. I get over my cravings by eating a very high fat diet- eating a fatty breakfast holds me over until dinner most times, and I don't feel hungry in between. Increasing fat intake reduces my desire for anything with sugar in it. And causes me to actually take in a lot less food. The longer you go without the junk, the fewer cravings you have for it.

Sal - posted on 08/08/2011

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i think i have bought only 2 take away dinners for my family in about a year, like you if i am out and busy i do grab a coffee (but i seriously cut back this winter to maybe 2 a week) or a take away lunch but we don;t usually drink soft drink at home and if i do it is alomost always a coke zero, my biggest weakneses in this is a coffee (home made on water type) and tim tams after the kids go to bed only 2 (usually i am only human!!) or a glass of wine and again i have cut it back to an actual 1 glass at night (again usually) and almost everything we eat i make (bread/pasta/ basic aside but most meals from scratch) but the short answer is i am over wieght, i have always been heavy, but i was always fit and active, i played squash a couple of times a week and walked on the beach most days, but having 2 babies 14 months apart and the sleep deprivation and my hubbies rediculous work hours and the fact i moved from my beloved beach to a place where it wasn;t safe for me to walk by myself left me with no time, peace, opportunity or even the slightlest desire to exercise, and is also why i know i do have to get into it, but that aside my blood sugar is perfect, my chorestrol is perfect and i fall preg with little more than a wink form hubby so i am lucky to have no big health issue from my weight, but i know it is luck and i have to get my self back into shape before my luck runs out..

♏*PHOENIX*♏ - posted on 08/08/2011

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just take your time cutting things out or replacing them, to loose weight at a slow rate (uless you have the gift of high Metabolism ) Or maintain is to take in less cals then then you put in, so if your not working out at all I think you should only take in about 1600cal at the most aday...but dont listen to me...lol you can look it up and find out for sure

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Do those of you who rarely workout ever eat junk food? How do you balance it out? I don't eat much junk, but every now and then I NEED a Pepsi (about 3 times a week actually), or if we're out and busy I'll stop for McD's. In the winter time, I like to drink a pepsi or a hot chocolate while I'm waiting in the car line at school. I think it would be impossible to resist all the time. So I guess, do you all eat as much junk as I do? If not, how do you control those cravings so you don't have to work out?



Because I would LOVE to save some time on my workouts, but I have a hard time fighting the cravings.

Sal - posted on 08/08/2011

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virtually none unless you count a slow walk with the kidsa nd dog in tow...i need to start but it just seems to never happen, the gyms i wanted to join had no child care (which amazes me when they have mum classes during the day) and the one with a 1 hour a day child care had no shower...so i'd be out all day with no shower as it was about 50 km away, i get on my exercise bike at home and the kids hang off my legs, i go for a walk and it is no more than a very casual stroll...i have decided as soon as the pool open this summer i am buying a season pass and going every morning now that my girls are old enough to be left with my teen son for an hour in the mornings (when their dad is at work) i tried it last year but trying to do laps with either the girls in the pool with me in floats or outside continaully stopping me i only managed about 10 days where i got any actaul exercise worthy swimming done, the girls had a ball though...


ohhh and if it wasn't clear from my answer i HATE exercise and i can find ANY excuse not to.....

Charlie - posted on 08/08/2011

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We are told in Australia 30 minutes daily is what is required.

I go to the gym for an hour at least 4 times a week , I love working out , I feel energised , the only pressure I feel is from myself ...You have to have some pressure behind you or whats going to drive you to wrok harder ??

I also do not drive and walk everywhere with the pram as extra weight.

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Well this past month I have started p90x and that is some extreme workouts (they can be anywhere from 30-1hr work out and that is 5days a week, sometimes twice aday, I also do a 30-40min brisk walk along the beach with my son in his stroller about 2twice a week some days more if the weather is nice.
(I have also started Jillian Michaels workout just to keep it interesting, I just got done with her…and man I have sweat coming out of places I didn’t know I could sweat…lol)

And I expel more calories then I take in.

Before then I would do a work out here and there after my son was born 16months ago now, but before he was even thought of I would do an hr of cardio most everyday, 30min with heels on and 30min without heels and that would be just dancing and it worked and it was fun, because I love to dance!! My legs looked fab-u-lous :-)

When my son is older I will start that again, but its hard to dance in heels with a baby running around, I am afraid I will step on his toes or something….lol


I think exercising should be as personalized as possible everyone is different and their body reacts differently.

I can get muscled easily and gained 2lbs of it with in 2 ½ weeks..that was not my intention but It happened so now I have to lay off the weights and focus more on cardio for the next few weeks.

Mrs. - posted on 08/08/2011

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I've worked out a system that works with my physical limitations to both prevent flare up of my fibro and work around flare ups.

I do 30 to 40 minutes on elliptical two times a week with one 5k run or 5k in 30 minutes, 2 times a week with one day of elliptical. If I have a flare up or throw my neck/back out...I just do a gentle 3 times a week elliptical. I always go back to the running because it keeps me muscular and keeps my immune system going.

As well, I don't have a car so I walk if I can manage on good days instead of taking public transit. So, I guess you could say I get some good solid activity everyday.

It took me a long time to find my body's limits, if I try to push my running to 4-5 times a week, my body will have a blow out and I will be out of commission for weeks. So, even when training for my 5k's I have to keep my training restricted to three times a week. I just up intensity levels and try to achieve a faster time.

In my opinion, I think a lot of people's workouts last too long and there isn't enough working out going on. If you up intensity and speed (or weight with weight lifting) you can get the same work done that many take a whole hour to do. Short and intense, I think, is the best way to go for moms who have a lot to do. That way you can commit for the long run and don't have as much opportunity to use the excuse, "I just don't have time."

I'm also of the opinion that no amount of exercise matters on the waist line if you are eating like crap....but that's another thread.

Rosie - posted on 08/08/2011

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i do a 50 minute zumba class once a week, and try to go on walks with my kids for 30 minutes when the weather allows, and when i feel like it. this week i've walked everyday, other weeks, it might be none or once, it all depends on my mood, lol.
i would love to have an eliptical machine. but money and non place to put it have put that on hold.

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As far as the recommended amount of activity, I hate that. I think it is different for everyone. I maintain by getting 5-10 hours a week, so if I followed their recommendation of 60 or 120 minutes, I'd probably weigh 200+ pounds. And I could never loose weight on that. On the other hand, there are people who would starve on my regimen. The best practice is to talk to your dietitian, doctor, or trainer and come up with an amount that is right for you individually.

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