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Is it bad that I don't exercise? Advice needed.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

This title is misleading.

I hit the floor at 5:45 am, and besides for sitting during the drive, sitting for 30 minutes at lunch, and sitting for 30 minutes at dinner... I don't really get to sit until about 8:30 pm when my little girl is in her crib sleeping and I've gotten all my stuff done.

No, I don't "exercise", but I move all day. I teach music to kindergarten-5th grade. Typical kindergarten lesson from last week had us all hopping like frogs to the steady beat of the song. Exercise? Yes. Did I track it? Nope. 3rd grade had me running back and forth handing out instruments, passing out songbooks, and dancing. This is an all day thing. I get my toddler from daycare, we get home, play chase around the house, read books, play with toys, I cook dinner, do dishes, on and on and on.

My question is: Should I feel guilty for not going for a run after she is in bed? Should I feel guilty for not putting in my 30 Day Shred DVD and running my body to exhaustion so that I don't want to spend time with my husband at the end of the day?

Because I'm telling you, not exercising this week has been glorious. I feel great. I'm losing weight now that I'm tracking my calories again. I added back in some whole wheat bread and pasta, and I'm feeling sustained and full of energy. My mood has improved.

But I DO feel guilty not doing it. Should I?

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    I don't think it's so much about exercise as being active. If you want a way to track it, get a fitbit or cheap pedometer - might even be able to use a pedometer app on the phone. My husband was in the same spot when he switched jobs, wondering why he didn't have energy for the gym. Got him a fitbit and discovered he was logging over 15,000 steps just by doing his job. That's equivalent to almost 7.5 miles, which works take him more than 2 hours on the treadmill.

    If you do mostly walking-type movements, you might want to consider adding in strength training to keep up your muscle mass. More muscle also means you burn more calories at rest. And I love seeing muscle definition and just feeling stronger. emoticon
    2449 days ago
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    Moving is the most important thing. If you have a FitBit, it would be satisfying for you to see all those steps add up. Your reality, right now, doesn't allow for formal exercise. Stressing about it won't change things & isn't healthy...stress is corrosive. You are working hard & doing well. Rest is as important as exercise & you've certainly earned rest!
    2449 days ago
    Well, you can totally lose weight by watching calories alone! With exercise it may be a bit faster, but I find what the exercise does is make a person look smaller than they are- I look more toned and fit into smaller clothes doing exercise than when I don't.
    You need to feel good about what you are doing for you, and if right now all you can do is a video/go for a run once on the weekend for some 'you' time, then so be it! Not sitting around much is beneficial anyways ;)
    2449 days ago
    I wouldn't either - I bet you get tons of steps a day and kudos to you for teaching! That is hard work.
    2449 days ago
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    IMO it sounds you like you are getting plenty of exercise. I wouldn't feel guilty.
    2449 days ago
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