Are You Getting Enough Exercise?

@Rallon (442)
United States
October 22, 2010 3:36pm CST
I recently started working out and doing daily exercises. I can't believe how badly out of shape I had let myself get! Now I am doing a lot better and am sticking to a scheduled workout time and schedule. I feel a whole lot better already and plan to kick it up a notch! Do you work out and exercise? How much time each day or week do you devote to it? Has it helped you feel healthier?
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@MsTickle (24983)
• Australia
31 Oct 10
I'm out of shape and very overweight due to osteo-arthritis. I've been trying not to sit so much but movement is so painful sometimes. I've begun to walk in the early morning and the first day was good but today was very uncomfortable with my back and hips aching dreadfully. I'm only doing 20 minutes, about 1.5 klms but if I keep going things should improve. At least I hope they do. I don't know what I will do if I fail to see a result.
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@Rallon (442)
• United States
31 Oct 10
20 minutes is still enough to make a difference! Just try to do it a few times a week and that will be enough. Sorry to hear about the pain you are experiencing. Hope you feel better!
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@MsTickle (24983)
• Australia
31 Oct 10
I went again this morning. There was not so much discomfort this morning. I did an extra 5 mins and an extra kilometre!
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• Canada
22 Oct 10
I was in pretty good shape, rollerblading around 50k a week, (half of that uphill lol) and then I ended up wounded. I am not allowed to exert myself at all right now, and afte 6 weeks of this I can feel that I am not in the shape I was. It's very frustrating!
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@Rallon (442)
• United States
22 Oct 10
So sorry to hear that! I hope you make a quick recover and get back to rollerblading! I don't know how to rollerblade but I know it burns a whole lot of calories. I have bad knees so I don't think it would be to kind on them if I tried. I used to like to snow ski but I can't do that anymore either. GET BETTER SOON!
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• Canada
23 Oct 10
Thank you! I'm going stir crazy with 0 exercise! I've never been one of those super-fit people, but I do need to exercise or I feel like crap lol.
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@emarie (5453)
• United States
22 Oct 10
I was really out of shape. I still am. I started a schedule with my wiifit at home and some weights. It was something I already had so I didn't have to buy much. I started with 30min when I get up of step aerobics or free run (basically running in place). Then I'd do about 20min after breakfast of some strength training. And I'd do the same at night with a total of 1hour 40min. a day. I was doing well, then I twisted my back and threw it out. So I've been out of commission for about a week. But since I'm starting to feel better I'm going to start back on again. My husband said I pushed myself way too much in the beginning, so he told me I should only do an hour total, including aerobics and strength training.
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@Rallon (442)
• United States
22 Oct 10
Hey, I am doing the Wii Fit too! It is a lot of fun to do along with friends. I don't think it burns as many calories as it says though. Still, I do it about 3 times a week. I really think it has helped with my balance! Wii Fit rocks!
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@emarie (5453)
• United States
24 Oct 10
I try to do the wii fit every day. I don't think i burn as much as it says anyway which is why i try to aim higher and just do other things. you can add minutes of things you do with the wiifit credits. i have the jenny mccartney my shape thing with the camera but i haven't tried it yet mostly because i'm busy. i think it just helps people get up off their butts. and anything that does that is a good thing. since i don't like going outside walking by myself (because i don't like the neighbor hood at night or in the early morning) its a good safe way to do it.
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@Memnon (2173)
22 Oct 10
As a routine I cycle 6-10 miles to work. More recently I have not, as I have worked a lot of overtime, and, frankly, want to get home at the end of the shift rather than spend 45 minutes cycling! I do feel less fit for it, but with a 12 hour shift, 45 minutes each way does not leave much in between if you are not having many days off. As the weather heads for winter I usually cycle less as it's more inclement. So I will probably wait Christmas out before any determined efforts to get back into a cycling routine.
@Vegtamr (82)
• Italy
22 Oct 10
Right now I must admit I'm quit out of shape... ^^" I have to spend most of my time in front of a computer and this is not very good to my health. Only during the weekend I can find some spare time to do something: usually I go walking or hiking on the hills around here... if the weather is good, of course. Otherwise, the best I can do is walking for 10-12 km: not really much, but I have very few time.
• India
24 Oct 10
I recently bought an orbitrek and doing exercise in this. I really feel that my hip getting shape and I feel strong and healthier. I worked out in this for at least 45 minutes and I have burned at least 1000 calories per day. But I don't know how much to burn per day.
@Rallon (442)
• United States
24 Oct 10
Awesome! 45 minutes a day is a good amount of time commit to staying healthy and you are no doubt feeling the positive effects from it. That's a lot of calories burned each day! Keep it up!
• India
25 Oct 10
Thank you for your comment Rallon.
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@ratyz5 (7829)
• Philippines
23 Oct 10
I am not sure if I am getting enough exercise but, I do spend a good amount of time doing it in the morning before going to work. So, let's say I spend forty minutes each weekday morning before going to work. I started doing that when my colleagues just joked about it. They said that I should be doing that so that I'd get noticed or something. Somehow I gave it a shot, not because I wanted to get noticed but, they also mentioned that its for my own good which is in fact true. However, I recently got sick so, I wasn't able to do my morning routine for this week. By the time I get better again, I'll continue because it does make me feel better and complete.
@Rallon (442)
• United States
23 Oct 10
You definitely shouldn't work out when sick because that can lower your immune system even further. From everything that I have read about working out, when we over-do it with exercise free radicals are released and can damage our bodies. So it is important to take some vitamins to counter them. Antioxidants seek those free radicals out and bond with them so they can't do any harm. Hope you feel better!
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@ratyz5 (7829)
• Philippines
24 Oct 10
Well, we do get to eat somethings in the morning with antioxidants so, I guess I'll continue on doing that. I really don't want to over do it 'cause I might get tired even before I start work so, I guess that's why I just keep doing the sets that I do every morning. Thanks! I really do wish to be better again. (^_^ )
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
23 Oct 10
I do take a long walk every day and when I go shopping I carry a lot of groceries, so I get exercise that way. I do not have a scheduled workout a day, I do try to lift weights three days a week. I am losing inches on my legs and arms, and the top part of me, and my hips, but that damm waist of mine refuses to lose anything.
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@Rallon (442)
• United States
23 Oct 10
Like the saying goes, "A second on the lips but a lifetime on the hips!" My goal is to lose about 20 pounds, but I'm not really concentrating on that so much as I am getting into a routine of working out. Where I am most impressed with myself is my change of diet! I am eating much more natural foods these days like fruits and veggies. I am trying to cut my intake of meat to just 2-3 times a week and sub it out for fish. It has been a little difficult to do but I have also found that substituting ground turkey for red meat is really unnoticeable to the taste.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
24 Oct 10
I love chicken and some fish, but since I am alone it is hard to get a small fillet of fish here where I live. So for me it is usually canned tuna or canned salmon and with the later I do not like picking out those bones. I do not think it is that meat is evil, unless it is very fatty meat and meat that has a lot or antibiotics, etc in it. I do try to get meat that is from cows that are grass fed, but really have to hunt for it. Our store sells chicken that is free run as well as eggs.. And with ground turkey and chicken, if you have spaghetti sauce or use it in chili, it is not noticeable. In fact, I do not like pork that much, so I will try to disguise it so it does not taste like pork putting a lot of spices with it. With me, I would rather have ground meat or poultry mixed with sauce and vegetables or a small steak or small br*st of chicken mixed with sauce, veggies, rice, or pasta, etc. or a small steak, etc on the side besides the veggies, pasta or rice, rather then have a big steak that takes over half the plate. Not intending to become a vegetarian soon. I believe in moderation.
@jambi462 (4598)
• United States
23 Oct 10
I don't think that I am getting enough exercise as of right now. I go to college on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays and I try to play basketball for like an hour on those days. Then Thursdays are my day off and I usually will end up driving all day or just hanging out with friends but I know that I need to start incorporating at least a little bit of exercise on Thursdays as well. Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays are generally my work days. Sometimes I get suckered in to working doubles on my work days though and get stuck at the restaurant I work at for 11-14 hours. That doesn't usually allow me a whole lot of time for exercise and I'm usually pretty beat after working that long and being on my feet all day. Like Thursdays though I know that there is easy methods for me to use to get in at least a half hour of exercise on my work days as well. For a while I was thinking that working hard at my job would count as exercise but my girlfriend recently went to a wellness center and a specialist told her that working doesn't really count as exercise because it doesn't raise your heart rate for an extended period of time.
@Rallon (442)
• United States
23 Oct 10
Yes it is very important for heart-health that we all get 20-30 of elevated heart rate each day. It is too bad we all have to work so much which leaves very little time to maintain our bodies. It is though we are all slaves to our jobs and it is costing us big time on our health. I'm glad that I have been able to squeeze in exercise time recently. I hope that there are no scheduling conflicts for me any time soon because I am really enjoying getting back into it. Hope you find the time too! Try not to work so hard!
@jambi462 (4598)
• United States
24 Oct 10
I completely agree with you on how we are slaves to our jobs. It takes away a lot of time from what people not only want to do but also what they need to do to be able to live a healthy lifestyle. A lot of the time when you are working you have to work long hours without food and sometimes you are so busy you don't even have time to drink water in hours! The world we have set up slowly becomes less and less healthful for us, and it is up to us to not only condition our bodies but to be aware and educated on what we are also putting into it.
@derek_a (10902)
23 Oct 10
My intention is certainly to get enough exercise and for me, that means more exercise. I am getting more than I was a few months ago. For me it is better to walk more. I used to go regularly to a gym as part of my heart-attack rehab. program, and as I got fitter I was finding I needed more and more to gain the same sort of results. I decided to lessen my exercise and started walking every day insteand, but then we moved into the countryside and instead of walking to the stores, that I used to do, I need to take the car, or I'd be out all day! So what I need is to schedule in a walking exercise just to walk, not to go to the stores. and that is not so easy to motivate oneself with! _Derek
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@derek_a (10902)
24 Oct 10
Thanks for responding. I wouldn't mind living to around 120 too, but I would want my brain to be working properly and my body to feel OK, so yes, it is important to watch what I eat and to get into good exercising habits. _Derek
@formidexo (1351)
• Canada
22 Oct 10
Good to know that you are back on track with an exercise routine. I think many of us spent way too much time on the internet and neglecting exercise which is so important. Even a daily 30 minute walk is better than nothing. Good for you!
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@Rallon (442)
• United States
22 Oct 10
I read that walking was actually the best exercise one can get! I love to walk but soon it will be too cold out for long walks. Wah!
@formidexo (1351)
• Canada
25 Oct 10
Don't let the cold stop you! Walk swinging your arms as you watch your favorite program. Go to an indoor shopping center if they have them there and walk in it for half an hour. Where there's a will, there's a way! Just do it!
@nangisha (3504)
• Indonesia
12 Nov 10
Hi Rallon!. Recently I don't feel I had enough exercise because I don't do many activity that make sweet. Recently all activity I did just made brain tired not my body. I really wanna to spent time in the gym to keep in the shape and take my power back. Without regular exercise its really easy to get tired and catch by flu especially in this kind weather.
@Rallon (442)
• United States
12 Nov 10
Yes, exercise definitely helps out our immune systems by making it stronger. Overdoing it though can actually strain our immune systems, that is why it is so important to get adequate nutrition when working out; taking vitamins fights this effect. Exercising in the winter also fights the effects of depression that results from decreased sunlight during those months. Thanks for responding and have a great day!
@shaggin (37313)
• United States
2 Nov 10
I dont exercise much at all. When my ex and I split up I was lonely and bored and wanted to look better so I would feel better about myself so I exercised a lot. Almost every night. Then I got tired of it and slacked off and can see a big difference in how my body looks. Today I ate so much halloween candy that I was like ok I have got to get exercising again or I will be paying for having eaten all this candy.
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@Rallon (442)
• United States
2 Nov 10
Yes it can sometimes be easy to get discouraged about exercising because of various obstacles in our busy lives. It is much easier to stay committed if a daily routine is established. Focus on having fun with it and think of the health benefits instead of looking at it as exercise or a weight loss program. That way it doesn't seem so much like work. Dancing is a great way to stay fit and have fun at the same time too! Thanks for commenting!
@chertsy (3804)
• United States
25 Oct 10
I think I am. Ever since my Basset hound stopped limping and enjoy walking again. We have been walking longer distances. She loves it, and so does my kids. Since doing this and dropping junk food from my diet, I have lost 10 lbs. It helps when you have a hyper active dog dragging you all over the neighborhood. We go for our walks in the late afternoon, sometimes a lot sooner. Just depends on when I want to go for a walk. We do it every day, unless I have been really tired and the walk is cut short. These walks also helps my dog, if she doesn't get her walk. She gets to excited during the night and wants to play. It's not fun to having a 50 lb dog want to play fetch at 1 in the morning.
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@Rallon (442)
• United States
25 Oct 10
Playing with our pets is a great way to get exercise for both us and them! I love to take my dog to the park and walk him around. He gets so excited when he realizes that is where we are going! He is a Feist so he is about half the size of your dog. I have too have been trying to eliminate junk food from my diet. I have been doing very well at it except I have a soft spot for Little Debbie oatmeal cream pies. They put them right at the front of the store so as I cannot walk by them without seeing them on display. How rude!
• United States
25 Oct 10
Sadly, I do not get much exercise as I used to since I was physically hurt in an incident, which left me an injured knee. I have to depend on eating healthier food to keep myself in shape. I do not have the money to knee surgery anytime soon, but whenever I get one, I might be able to get my exercise again.
@Rallon (442)
• United States
25 Oct 10
Too bad about your knee! Hope you make a speedy and full recovery! My knees have been bad for years and it is a major obstacle when it comes to staying fit. I try not to take to much pain medicine and just rather deal with it. I find myself doing the exercises that have low impact on the knees and it works out well. I typically avoid jumping jacks and leg squats. Tae Chi seems to have helped stretch them out so they haven't been doing quite as badly lately. You should give that a try!
@bellis716 (4806)
• United States
24 Oct 10
The physical therapist said I was in very good shape for my age. Then, I had to be hospitalized twice this summer. After I got home, I found that I had lost a lot of strength. I was just getting back into the swing of things when I broke out with shingles. The eruptions have started to heal, so I'll be trying again to get a routine going. It'[ll be easier if my neighbor comes through with her promise to walk with me.
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@Rallon (442)
• United States
24 Oct 10
Sorry to hear that! My friend also had shingles last year and it was a major pain. He got very weak and was constantly miserable. I hope you don't have it for very long and that your neighbor comes through for you!
• United States
24 Oct 10
No, I'm not getting enough exercise and that was made clear today when I did a little bit of running. Running use to be a breeze for me, but now I run like a fat person. I know I'd feel better if I'd exercise, but it's boring.
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@Rallon (442)
• United States
24 Oct 10
As commented on before in this discussion, exercise can be fun if you simply do what it is you like to do! Instead of just running down the street or around in the yard, try playing a game which has running in it. That way you're not concentrating on the exercise part but instead on the game itself. It makes time pass quicker and can work muscles not usually used. :)
@cerebellum (3871)
• United States
24 Oct 10
I try and do some exercises every day, even if it is only for 10 minutes. I usually do a half hour or hour but some days I just can't. I am disabled and there are a lot of exercises I can't do. I have not gotten a diagnosis yet, but the doctors all agree that exercise is beneficial. I have difficulty walking now, and it would probably be worse if I didn't exercise!
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@Rallon (442)
• United States
24 Oct 10
Sorry to hear that you are not well! Glad you are still able to do some exercises though. I know it can be tough when pain is a factor. Hope you find out what is going on and best wishes to you!
@reckon21 (3487)
• Philippines
23 Oct 10
I just did some stretches every now and then but don't have much proper time to do the usual exercises because I'm quite busy nowadays. But I really missed going to the gym and I plan to at least enter the gym again maybe twice or three times in a week. I will plan for it next week.
@Rallon (442)
• United States
23 Oct 10
Good for you! Hope you are able to find the time to work out. It can be a hassle sometimes trying to make it to the gym. Luckily, I have a decent amount of weights and work out equipment in my home, so I don't go to the gym. I kind of like the privacy too because it allows me to concentrate more.
• United States
23 Oct 10
I get bored with conventional exercise, so recently I've lost 40 pounds by just dancing around to my ipod and counting my calories. I can dance around like a loser to my ipod for a half hour and it'll feel like 5 minutes! Way better than the treadmill if you ask me!
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@Rallon (442)
• United States
23 Oct 10
Very nice! Exercise can be fun if we do the things that make us happy that also offer cardio. Dancing is a very good way to stay fit because it burns an enormous amount of calories. Very good for staying limber too!