How much do you exercise?

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   Posted 5/1/2006 7:21 PM (GMT -7)   
I was thinking today about how many ailments could be alleviated either entirely or somewhat by regular exercise.  I'm always feeling my healthiest and most energetic when I'm getting in a solid 30-60 minutes of good, heart-pumping exercise at least five or six days a week.  Y'all?

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   Posted 5/1/2006 7:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Well because of my joint pain, I can't exercise like I used to. My hubby and I usually take a nightly walk/jog for about 45 minutes with the dog before dinner. I used to go to the gym however I don't do that anymore. I feel bad that I can't do what I used to but good that I try and push myself to do what I can.
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   Posted 5/2/2006 7:39 AM (GMT -7)   
I have been feeling like absolute garbage for the past 4 or 5 days (my guts are not happy). In those days I have not exercised one bit... Could there be a connection? Prior to this, however, I don't exercise that much anyway. I go for evening walks, but only a few times a week. Maybe I should get my butt in gear and step it up.
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   Posted 5/2/2006 8:32 AM (GMT -7)   
I've been trying to get back into walking just to slim up some. When I was in Ireland, I reckon I was walking 3 miles a day 4 times a week and 1.5 miles three days a week (amazing what a lack of a car will get you motivated to do). Didn't help my gall bladder problems any, but I did get down from a tight 14 to a comfortable size 12. And I was only there 3.5 months. (Of course, I did have that gall bladder attack that lasted three weeks and I subsisted on a single bowl of Corn Pops and an occasional mug of cream of chicken soup a day for all three weeks because I was too sick to eat anything else--I lost a bit of weight right there.)

I'd eventually like to get back to that level; now that we have a treadmill I don't have much of an excuse not to walk. Last week I walked a mile 6 days and just a half mile on Saturday. This week I'm really trying to push up to a mile and a half, which is what I was walking summer-before-last everyday out in the noon-day heat and everything. I'm taking a half mile on the treadmill in the mornings and a mile at lunch over in the mall. I'm also trying to do a few flights of stair climbing throughout the day to get me out of my chair--I'm way too stiff lately to be so young.

I will say that when I have diarrhea, I prefer to be up and moving around because something about sitting down makes the need to go worse.

I have noticed that a few people on here swear by walking/running several miles a day to keep them from getting constipated.

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   Posted 5/2/2006 11:53 AM (GMT -7)   
at least 60 minutes minimum 5 days a week, exersise promotes healthy bowel function among a million other positive things, like keeping depression at bay, and as we age our muscles and bone weaken and this keeps them healthy and strong as well.

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   Posted 5/2/2006 5:10 PM (GMT -7)   
I have 1.5-2 hours of volleyball two to three times a week, plus all weekend tournaments on some weekends (10 hours of straight volleyball) and then weightlifting in school 2 or 3 times a week. On days I dont have volleyball or weightlifting I run 3 miles and do Pilates. On Sunday, I typically do absolutely NOTHING ahaha its my day off. I still, however, am a little overweight (150 lbs on a 5'10" frame...bleh) and my D is just as bad. Idk what to do! lol I eat relativley healthy, but have a huge sweet tooth but I try to limit myself. Im just frustrated! lol but yes excericise is SOO good for you and a great stress buster! :)

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   Posted 5/3/2006 7:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Overweight? Girl, you're all muscle doing all that exercise! You make the rest of us look bad. :-)

Try being 175lb and 5'6". If I got down to 150, I'd think myself pretty trim. If all our actresses and models and other "ideals of feminine perfection and beauty" didn't look like refugees from some third world famine, then you'd recognize that you are a trim, well-toned woman who is PERFECTLY NORMAL. It's everyone else who is underweight (which is actually a lot unhealthier than being overweight, especially for older folks). And, besides, skinny women very rarely have boobs of any decent size. You'll appreciate having some when you go to get into your prom dress or wedding dress.

I agree with you on the sugar tooth thing. I got mine stirred up at Christmas and I thought I was never going to get it beat back down. It is true that the more sugar you eat, the more you crave it; that's why it's hard to get off it. I'm back down to a low to moderate sugar consumption again and I don't crave it too much. I have read that even if you drink diet colas, they taste like real sugar and they make you crave real sugar, so the best way to back off your sugar intake is to drop all kinds of sweetened drinks. I like to keep a rich, imported chocolate bar handy; it only takes a few bites before I get full of it. Most people can only tolerate so much really rich food, so it's better to eat a few bites of that than a lot of candy--you'll get less sugar that way.
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