Wednesday, October 5, 2011

How Active Are You?

I exercise most days of the week. If I don’t, I just don’t feel like myself, both physically and emotionally. (If you are interested, I plan workouts every Sunday on my Facebook page, and I enter (most) workouts into my DailyMile account.)

The other day, I went for a short walk around our neighborhood with the toddler, and I realized that I used to walk a lot more than I do now.

When the toddler was first born, I walked with him twice a day, for a total of at least four miles a day. I loved carrying him close to me in a carrier. Once he got a bit older, we went on daily outings with the stroller. Our favorite playground has a 3.1 mile round trip walk, and I would often add a few extra “loops” to make the walk a bit longer.

At one point, hubby and I enjoyed evening strolls after dinner, and the toddler was content in the stroller.

The toddler is turning 4 soon, and he has clearly outgrown the stroller. While he loves to run around, he is not into going on “formal” walks. (I did manage to go on a 3 mile hike with him earlier in the summer, but it was not a small feat to convince him and motivate him throughout the hike….) The toddler has an organized sport most afternoons, which means that he gets lots of exercise, and I get little (besides my workouts).

I think I  need to add some more activity back into my daily routine (besides the workouts I do). I used to do sets of pushups, squats, lunges, jumping jacks, etc. I think I should add short bursts of activity throughout the day, especially since I do a lot of work from home and often get so focused on my work that I don’t get up for hours.

Questions: How do you stay active throughout the day? Please share! 

Be well,
Andrea

14 comments:

  1. You know my activity levels goes in spurts. Right now I'm very active remodeling the rv, packing, ect. Normally, though I'm pretty sedentary aside from my workouts and training my clients (I only do that a few hours a week though). I prefer quiet activities like writing, reading, and sitting around. I don't like to clean my house so I remind myself it's a good way to get in some extra exercise. Then I try to walk when I can but it's not every day. I probably should move more though.

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  2. oh geez it's sad how much less active i am now than i used to be. i quit the gym almost a year ago and haven't done more than a long walk since.

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  3. Is your husband's name Andy? So is mine!

    I checked out your recent exercise on DailyMile. It looks like you have a good variety of exercise. That's smart. I had originally wondered if you do much yoga (because you are a detail person and detail people love yoga details) and you do. I'd love to discuss yoga with you sometime--being as we are both detail girls.

    :-) Marion

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  4. I don't have children so I have NO clue what this looks like in reality but I have a friend with a 4 year old who she lets him ride the bike (tricycle?) while she walks or runs - obviously there are lots of interruptions along the way but it seems to work for a few workouts. Again, I could be completely wrong but I think that's what she said :)

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  5. I hit the gym at lunch and on my 2 breaks I go around the block for a walk. Now that we can leave the kids on their own, Jason and I will go for longer walks after dinner a few times a week...

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  6. I do a lot of walking and climbing stairs while visiting patients in the hospital. And sometimes I take walks outside during the day (if the weather is nice) to get some fresh air and sneak in some physical activity. I also work a lot from home on the computer so I totally understand how it can be difficult to remember to take breaks from the computer to get moving for a bit!

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  7. I feel the same way -- I don't go for walks nearly so often as I should. I just go to the gym instead. Still, it's nice to be in the great outdoors at times. I think I fall back on gym routines because I know I can get a high cardio workout in a short amount of time, whereas with a walk, it's less strenuous and takes longer, even if it's ultimately more enjoyable. ;)

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  8. I am very active in the mornings, but during the day I have to make myself get up and move. Between schooling and writing, I sit more than I'd like!

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  9. You know my activity too since we are DM friends.

    Throughout the day I'm not that active, I have a desk job. I do take the stairs if I have to be on a different floor and instead of picking up the phone to ask a colleague something, I often walk to his/her desk.

    Because we have Bella I need to get out everyday for a walk 3 times (weekdays) or 4 times (weekend) and I try to make one of these walks at least 30 minutes.

    Are you able to go for a walk or bike ride when the toddler has one of his activities? Or take a walk after dinner if the hub is home to watch him?

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  10. totally agree that activity is separate from exercise. we're away and walking a ton, I realize I do a fraction of that when home. No strollers for 7 and 9 year olds.

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  11. It's tough with a youngster. We had a "shadow" bike when our son was that age and it was a mini bike that hooked up to the back of my bike and he could peddle if he wanted to or he could just sit and enjoy the ride. It was great exercise for me and he would pedal some of the time as well.

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  12. So, one of the perks of my job is that I stay active all day long. The place I work is HUGE and I probably walk back and forth about ten times, on average, and take about 10,000 steps just in the time I Am there (we wear pedometers because we are in a challenge right now!). IN fact, the pedometer has helped push me to walk even more at work, and instead of using the computer/printer downstairs I will go upstairs just to get more steps! I recommend a pedometer to many of my clients, for motivation.

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  13. When i'm not feeding the baby (sitting and nursing) i have no problem staying active with 3 kids 5 and under. When i worked in corporate i took the stairs, parked far away, and my college classes were always on the opposite end of campus.

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  14. Wow, that's a lot of walking! I should walk more, really. When I was working in SF, I was walking an average of 4 miles a day (3 to and from the office, and then usually 1 or more with the dogs). Nowadays, I maybe walk 1-2 a day, but I have time for more. This is a good reminder for me to make more of an effort!

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