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4/5/20 12:50 P

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Any movement is helpful and necessary!



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4/5/20 8:21 A

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My FitBit Charge 2 doesn't get me to move more either. I do love the data though!

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4/4/20 8:50 P

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I love my tracker! I have a Garmin Vivoactive. I got it specifically because it has a GPS and tracks cycling. It was on sale after Christmas when I bought it for half price at Best Buy and when the battery started draining stupid fast I sent it in and they replaced it for me for free even though it was past the year warranty. So I have only good things to say about Garmin.

I don’t think it helps me move more but I love analyzing the data. I also keep track of my fitness in an old school journal which I’ve done for years before I got my watch.

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4/4/20 1:27 P

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As usual, when it comes to tech, I went overboard and bought a Garmin Fenix watch that does everything but scratch your back. I use it to track hiking time/distance/speed and it has the nice feature of giving you both the stats for total everything and also pulls out the 'moving' time only which I do use. I also use it to count steps and that's about it. The GPS and all the rest are kind of wasted on me. I think it originally retailed for around $500 (I got refurbed for less), but for the most part, the $50 Vivofit that I had before that worked quite well and didn't need charging (Just a new battery every now and then.) The one saving grace with the Fenix is that it vibrates when it's time to move which is great because I can't hear the audible only warning of the Vivofit. So bottom line, I like the trackers just because they give me a day over day comparison and remind me to move, but they sure aren't a necessity and they're not for everybody. Live and learn? My problem is that I usually have to learn things repeatedly.

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4/4/20 7:49 A

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Great points, Niteman. I maybe didn't do a good job explaining myself. I guess what I was getting at is a FitBit is a tool that many of us use to show how active we are. Some people use steps like I do. Others, like JERF, have a baseline step goal and we all know JERF is moving. A lot.

My cousin and friend don't. It makes me sad because I love them and know they maybe aren't as healthy as they could be.

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4/3/20 4:59 P

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That's why there are so many kinds of automobiles. No one brand or model suits everybody. Same with exercise programs and diet plans. Find the one that suits you. One of the things I've discovered with exercise for me is that I absolutely must approach it with a very, very gradual rate of increase over time. Furthermore, attempting to control body weight with exercise in the long term will usually fail for a variety of reasons. Good eating habits combined with increased activity is what did it for me. I've finally got it down to a pretty finely tuned daily regimen that works for me. That's what each of us has to find for ourselves. You can start down a well-traveled path, but most people end up making detours or taking shortcuts to reach that happy plateau of goal weight maintenance. One size does not fit all, but that's not a reason to try remaking the wheel. I've used the tried and true by tweaking it to suit my nature. (BTW, old men with giant prostates don't do 100-mile bike races.) So whatever form it takes, keep moving.

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4/3/20 6:35 A

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JERF, I do agree with you. Moving is indeed key. I know yyou are very active, even at 5,000 steps. I think too many people equate steps with exercise. Of course, that isn't necessarily true.

I have a cousin and friend who are morbidly obese. They have FitBits and have had them for several years. Has their weight changed for the better? Nope.

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4/1/20 8:48 A

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Moving is good! I don’t think it has to be steps though. Any cardio that gets the heart rate up and gets you some fresh air is a good thing.

I used to make an effort to get 10,000 steps everyday but then found when I did that consistently I didn’t have the time or energy to strength train, bike or do yoga. So now I try for 5000 steps a day + another type of exercise. Yesterday I only got 3,066 steps but I went for a 17 mile bike ride.

My sister started walking 2 hours a day when her daughter started school and very quickly f****d up her knee and foot from overuse. She had to cut back on walking and is trying to bike more now.



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JERF - Just Eat Real Food

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I eat mostly vegetables, fats, meats, some fruit and dark chocolate. Unprocessed and preservative free food. And it's changed my life!

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4/1/20 6:09 A

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Uff da...sorry about that tumble and hurt camera! Not fun.

If it helps, I slipped on some ice this winter and landed hard on the knee I had cleaned up in January. It was in front of a school and the kids were just arriving. I can honestly say the pain was worse than the audience.

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4/1/20 2:25 A

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Yeah, I stay in most of the winter... I have a Gazelle stepper for those nasty days. My worst encounter was with a telephone pole and its guy wire. I thought I had stepped over the wire and hadn't, so ass over tin cup I went. Scared the crap out of me but I was mostly alright excepting a sore knee and a bruise. After regaining my composure and recovering from the embarrassment of doing it at a busy intersection I realized I had banged my camera which has a pretty expensive detachable viewfinder and the part that broke off and went down a sewer drain... talk about adding insult to injury. I scabbed it back together and it worked but was pretty flimsy after that. It is apparently a common thing because I got one off of a fellow on eBay who had used a 3D printer to make his own version of the part and he sold it to me for less than half price... so not all bad. Now I still have the old one for backup, should I need it. But yeah, watch your step out there.

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3/31/20 6:04 A

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LOL @NITEMAN3D Yes, life is dangerous. You might just get nailed by an Uber driver while you're out. I guess I could too but I have enough problems tripping on the degraded sidewalks or slipping on ice. Let's just say I may have to spend a bit less time outside in the winter.

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3/27/20 4:04 P

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I don't have any replacement parts yet, but there is precious little cartilage and lubricant left in my major joints, so I too get to the point where ache from exercise crosses over into pain territory and it also seems to be somewhere around 15k, so I try to maintain an average around 12k and that seems to work. I'm glad for this study since it gives me a little sense that the extra three or four thousand steps have both a fitness and possible longevity payout. Of course, I've seen no studies to quantify the additional risk faced by an old man out wandering around on public streets and pathways for an extra million steps every year. There has to be some increased risk of getting hit by an Uber driver, right? Hopefully, it's a wash and in the meantime I keep myself entertained for a little longer each day.
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3/27/20 2:40 P

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"I was glad to have some validation that my extra effort was actually worth it for me"
Good that you found that then!

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3/27/20 6:15 A

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I am glad you got your validation!

I used to have my step goal set to 15k. Then, I had knee surgery in January; it was due to arthritis from 2 old impact injuries from years ago and nothing to do with the steps. Once I got out of the 2 week recovery stage where my step goal was maybe 5k, I set it to 10k and it's stayed there. Most days I still get a lot more than 15k but it's given me permission to take it easy if I get less than 15k. Psychologically, it's been quite freeing and a tad easier on my body.

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3/27/20 12:43 A

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Well, some aches and pains are unavoidable as we age and some are the result of unaccustomed exercise, but if it's due to pushing so hard you injure yourself, then that's just common sense kicking in when you back off a little. Furthermore, I stated at the outset that it's a 'study' and they are surely not etched in stone, to begin with. I was commenting on my particular case. I used to do 8500 steps a day and have gradually built up to an average of around 12k, so I was glad to have some validation that my extra effort was actually worth it for me or anybody else that's interested. The world is filled with choices and weighing some expert opinions on various subjects is something I tend to do. Whatever you're comfortable with.

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3/26/20 6:21 A

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Well, I have to disagree there. More steps aren't necessarily better. You can get too much of a good thing. I have had to back off a bit because I had constant aches and pains.

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3/26/20 2:00 A

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My point wasn't that walking is good, but rather the more steps, the better.

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3/25/20 1:48 P

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Seems a waste of money to continue studying something that always comes up the same! I don’t think there’s ever been a study that encourages us to sit on our behinds!



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3/25/20 11:01 A

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Move it or lose it!

That has always been true.

"We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand."
~ Randy Pausch

"There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when circumstance permit. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results."
~ Art Turock

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3/25/20 5:53 A

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Go figure. Getting off your butt is good for you. Maybe one positive outcome for the current pandemic situation will get more people in the habit of moving.

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3/25/20 4:43 A

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www.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases/high
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Certainly not etched in stone, but it makes me feel better about getting my steps in every day.

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