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How’d you get your exercise in today?

I don't know about the rest of you, but I know that back in the winter, when I was really trying to build up muscle strength and doing pushups and other bodyweight exercises, my lung stamina really improved. I need to start doing that. 

I did 12 pushups this morning before I got out of bed — just rolled over and did them on the mattress: no cold floor, no excuses, just get 'r DONE.

Who wants to challenge me to keep it up? 

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  • Jen

    I went to the gym today – lifted weights and rode the recumbent bike for 20 mins.

  • Kathy P

    Ugh, I'm struggling w/ getting exercise in. Life has been crazy!

    BUT – I plan on getting some in this weekend! My dd is home for the summer and we are going up to the city w/ our cameras on Saturday. She found an event w/ a mural project, then we'll spend the rest of the day traipsing around the city. We'll take public transportation which always means lots of walking!

    I usually get some walking in most weekends, even if it's just to go walk around the local farmer's market for an hour or so. And I get to sample fruits and veggies – so I call that a win – LOL!

  • K8sMom2002

    Oooh, Kathy P … that sounds really fun! I do love exploring. And the farmer's market is a win-win: exercise AND good nutrition!

    Jen … good for you! Recumbents aren't my thing … however did you get used to it?

    Got my 5K steps in yesterday … even though it took me until 11 o'clock. I wonder if all Fitbit wearers out there take a look at their steps and say, "oops, 400 more to go, I'm not going to bed until I get this goal met."

    I also used the exercise bike … whew! I can tell I've been away for awhile. But I will get better.

    Need to set the alarm for an hour at the time and at least get up and move a bit from my desk. Sitting IS the new smoking, after all!

  • Jen

    Idk, I prefer the recumbent.  Been using them for years.  Mondays I get my cardio by going to a Zumba class and Fri I go to a spin class (we get out of the seat enough that the upright bike doesn't bother me).

  • K8sMom2002

    I've been trying really hard to remember to get up out of my desk chair and MOVE. But yesterday I cried uncle and downloaded an app for my desktop — it's called Healthy Habit, and it will prompt you as often as you like to get up and move. It darkens the screen for however many minutes you decide and however frequently you decide — or you can be really bad and click "skip."

    But today I've been good and mostly obeyed its back and call. I've done one minute body-weight exercises — jumping jacks, pushups and squats, and I've come back to the computer feeling infinitely more refreshed. It also seems to banish the munchies.

  • K8sMom2002

    I have discovered that 50 jumping jacks = 100 steps on my Fitbit. Who's with me on cranking out some jumping jacks? Proper warm up first, of course!

  • Jen

    Due to, um, bladder discomfort during regular jumping jacks (never had an issue til after I had kiddo #4), I have to do modified jacks.  I either jog in place or do  jumping twist while doing jumping jack arms.  I have modified them to low impact in the past by putting one leg at a time out to the side/back in again with jumping jack arms.

  • K8sMom2002

    I've been battling a lovely case of The Croup, which has really messed up my asthma. So exercise is on hold until I'm over this. 

  • Kathy P

    Hope you are feeling better by now!

    It's so hot here! We skipped spring and went straight to broiling summer! Ugh! Heat makes it harder for me to get exercise in. But I have been managing to get my step goal most days.

    Tomorrow, I'm going to hit the farmer's market – that's always good for getting steps in!

  • K8sMom2002

    Today, finally, finally, the fatigue is lifting from my bout with pneumonia. I actually walked to the mailbox today!  And I'm finding myself not feeling so exhausted after just moving around.

    My regular exercise routine is coming, folks! Yay!

  • Jen

    So….it's been just over a week.  Anyone else exercising?  I managed to get to the gym 2x this week (weights and zumba/spinning).  I know it's warm out, so that can make it tricky with asthma sometimes.

  • Kathy P

    I got a lot if walking in yesterday. Then I started cleaning and flared my allergies. Ugh!

  • K8sMom2002

    I hate that, Kathy P! If only we could avoid cleaning! 

    (Well, actually, I sorta have — I've put off cleaning the oven until my lungs got strong enough to withstand the fumes of the oven cleaner.)

    I'm gradually working up to a good starting point for exercise. I can do jumping jacks again — 50 at a time, though it winds me. And I can walk for 15 minutes if it's cool and not too humid. I haven't tried the bike again yet, but hopefully this week I will. And Tuesday AM I intend to get in a walk with my walking buddy — she's a natural born power-walker and we can easily get in a 5K in under an hour.

  • Kathy P

    I got my steps goal in on Sunday too! I walked around the Farmer's Market. Something is really flaring my allergies though, so I'm needing to be kind of careful to not overdo it.

  • K8sMom2002

    Did you find any tasty treats at the Farmer's Market? 

    No exercise for me today, I'm afraid. But maybe I'll take a walk after work.

  • K8sMom2002

    I got my steps in today! I walked with a friend this AM while it was cool(er — gosh it's hot and muggy even at 10 AM!). I feel all smug for getting it done. 

    It will be time to try out the exercise bike soon!

  • K8sMom2002

    Got my steps in yesterday — wowza, picking up a kid on a hilly university campus = lotsa steps! I had over 8K even riding/driving in a car 6+ hours yesterday. 

    And today I got with my walking buddy and got in two miles. We were trying to walk early while it was cooler, but even at 9 AM it was hot, and the humidity was terrible! When I got back in the car at a little before 10 AM, it was already 82 degrees. I think we'd have to walk at 7 AM not to be covered in sweat from just a brisk walk!

  • GigiGibson

    I was doing 2-3 days per week at the gym for at least an hour, 30 minutes on stair climber then weights, as heavy as I can manage. I haven't been in almost two weeks now, I am dying to get there! Maybe Saturday!!!

  • K8sMom2002

    Maybe! I know that even this long after my bout of pneumonia, I'm going pretty slow. But I'm much stronger now. No exercise outside today because of thunder boomers … but maybe this evening after work, I can hit the exercise bike. 

    You know you need to start using the bike again when your DH begins using it as a clothes hanger! 

  • Jen

    Gigi – were you able to get to the gym today?  I know it makes such a difference for my mood when I get to work out. 

  • GigiGibson

    Hi Jen,

    yes! I managed an hour and a half. I ended up needing my proair and hour and hour and a half later but it worked and here I am five hours later on my way out to dinner. I'm staying on top of it to the minute and it's giving me some confidence that I can stay ahead more than behind this thing. 

    Thank you for your care, have a good night!

  • K8sMom2002

    Gigi, that IS awesome! Over the weekend, about the only exercise I got was a bit of light gardening — and I do mean light!

    But hopefully I can mend my ways!

  • Jen

    Anyone exercise today?  I hit the gym mon and weds this week and will do so again tomorrow.

  • GigiGibson

    Yay jen!!! I have to do mine in the evening since I am up at 530 for work. I did throw around the hand weights last night and as soon as this sore throat is gone I am hitting the gym. Will probably work with my yoga ball today. I did walk a little outside earlier this week and did some crunches and squats. I'm trying but boy I got so weak!!!

  • K8sMom2002

    Well … little by little, that's how I'm getting it in. 

    I did do a BIT of exercise yesterday. I went walking with DH, and I got my 5K steps in (I know, I know, I'm supposed to do 10K to be healthy). Plus I did some exercises with my DD. She's working on her toe-touches for cheer, and so we had to research exercises to help her. She's extremely flexible, but she's always been nailed to the ground when it comes to jumps. So last night we did lots and lots of leg lifts that made my core really ache and my quads ache even worse. 

    I don't guess there are any cheer coaches lurking here, huh? Because I would never be mistaken for a cheerleader (unlike DD, who is the very cover model for one, down to the ponytail's-gotta-be-super-perky insistence.) I'm so outta my league here. 

    Gigi, what kind of hand weights do you use? And what kinds of exercises do you do with your yoga ball? 

  • GigiGibson

    I usually do the little barbells with 15-20 lbs but all that's in the house right now is ten pounds. I think the garage is clean enough to venture up stairs for heavier stuff. My left shoulder is full of scar tissue from a wreck if I don't do weights of some kind it starts rolling in and hurting up my neck. Even the ten pounds put it back to rest. The today ball I use for crunches and core and buttocks. While watching tv sit on it and lift opposing arm and leg. Hold it for a minute then switch. For buttocks lie on back with the back of your legs and heels on the ball. In one move bend knees and roll the ball toward your back and do a bridge pose, hold then roll back down. Most of all I like to stretch on it, nice backbends!

  • K8sMom2002

    You put me to shame, Gigi! I "wear out" just lifting a jug of milk, much less a 20 lb barbell. I shall have to get with it to keep up with you!

    Thinking about the yoga ball and maybe that would help. A coworker had one of them, and I tried it — nearly busted my backside because it's very tricky to use, especially when you don't have much coordination like yours truly! 

    I hereby appoint you to dog-gnaw me about my exercise habits! Pop that whip every day until I get in the habit.

  • Jen

    Been pretty good re hitting the gym mwf.  Yesterday I even got some walking in.  It was back to school night at dd3's school.  It is usually jam packed with the cars parked throughout the neighborhood.  It's faster to walk. So…walk we did.  I forgot how much I like walking through the neighborhood.  I need to start doing it more often and dragging the family with me.

  • GigiGibson

    I threw around the 20 pound dumbbell last night, did a few squats then breathlessly stretched my hammies

  • Jen

    I went to the gym today.  Spin class was tough!  There was a substitute instructor and she was a drill sergeant!  So much yelling!  Sheesh.  It was a good workout, but the instructor was a tad too intense for me.

  • K8sMom2002

    this thread after @Brian Cushing reminded me on another thread that exercise was important.

    I'm trying to get my steps in, and get exercise in using little ways — 10 push-ups this AM. 

  • Jen

    I've been pretty good about my mwf gym schedule.  But…I'm trying to add more activity into my day.  Besides being on my feet for stuff like dishes/laundry/cooking, I spend a lot of time sitting during the day.  I'm trying to take some of that sitting time (some of it is work time after all ) and do some more chores/projects around the house so that I'm a bit more active.

  • K8sMom2002

    DD just surprised me by telling me she was going for a walk. Amazing. This is the child who never walks if she can help it, and yet still manages to stay very slim. But I want her to get good exercise habits in, because age has a way of sneaking up on you and bashing that figure-flattering metabolism.

    I'm behind on my steps today, and I think for sanity's sake, I'm going to go for a walk — hang supper being late.

  • K8sMom2002

    I DID. It was a nice walk with my DH, which he needed because he likes to rattle on, and I'm so often busy that I cut him short. He wants to do it more often.

    On the flip side, though, I still didn't get my steps in. I won't today, either, but there's ALWAYS tomorrow.

  • K8sMom2002

    Jen, I'm hoping to get in a walk in this evening — I have a dentist appointment that will make everything run late, but if I can figure out supper, then maybe, just maybe DH and I can have a "date walk."

  • Jen

    Those walks should help you get closer to getting your steps in.  How long do you usually walk for?

  • K8sMom2002

    I could have sworn I'd replied to this … when we walk, we walk about a third of a mile, to the closest intersection, and then back. So it's 2/3 of a mile or about 20 minutes. I've tried to get him to walk further, but he's not interested.

    Lately I've been trying to get my steps in with some indoor pacing — just pacing around for a couple of minutes every hour has been helping me get closer to my goal. Yesterday I actually MADE my 5K step goal. I'm trying to do an encore performance again today.

  • K8sMom2002

    I am proud to announce that I have made my 5K step goal three days in a row … and because I knew today I would be sitting a bit more, I went ahead this AM and got in nearly half my step goal. 

    Okay, so full confession — walking up and down the hall to get my steps in isn't the BEST exercise, but it's better than nothing, and it's a start. I do feel better! 

    I'm hoping this bout of vertigo will pass pretty soon and I can feel more confident about walking outside or using my exercise bike again. 

  • Jen

    Cynthia – Do you listen to music or anything when you're doing your steps inside?

  • K8sMom2002

    So this walking-in-the-house thing is really working out! I've managed to make my 5K step goal for every day since Jan. 31!

    I know it's not the SAME as walking outdoors, because it's a level walking path and I don't get up to a great deal of speed, but it's steps, right?

  • GigiGibson

    That's awesome! Maybe I should increase my step goal and start that! Heck I should do the stairs a few times

  • K8sMom2002

    Thanks, Gigi! I was using the steps on my front porch for a bit — just walking up and down them for a couple of minutes every hour. But then I got a bad attack of vertigo, and steps were just not very safe for me. 

    So I thought, hmh, I wonder how many steps I can take if I just walk briskly up and down my hall for a couple of minutes? Turns out almost exactly 250, which is what my FitBit recommends you do every hour. 

    In the AM, I try to walk 10 minutes once I get back from dropping off DD at school. It's a great way to get a head start on my steps for the day. And it seems to be helping my vertigo as well!

    The only problem? My FitBit buddies are now saying, "Hey, you're meeting your step goal … guess you should up it!" Nah … for now I just want to enjoy actually meeting it!

  • Jen

    Maintain for a while, then you can challenge yourself. Even if it's just adding 50-100 steps.