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2/24/13 1:16 P

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It depends on what it is you are trying to achieve - if you are trying to get aerobics exercise to burn calories, then you need at least 15 to 20 minutes of continuous aerobic exercise to get the results of that activity. However smaller increments are good to get you going on. 5 minutes 8 x a day will look good in your tracker, but, it wont' accomplish what 15 to 20 minutes of continuous exercise will do. In this case, small is not better. That of course is just my opinion on what I have learnt in my cardio rehab program. I tend to agree with it. 5 minutes on the tread mill is good, 15 is better - 30 minutes is excellent and you get the burn you need to burn calories as well.

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9/19/12 4:42 P

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I would choose 8 times 5 minutes because that keeps me from getting stiff and clarifies the mind. I do walk at least 40 minutes most days but that no longer lowers my blood sugar. Now I require at least 10 minutes of high intensity interval training on the bike. I think the exercise a person requires is unique to them and changes as they change. This is a new journey for me so I'm not sure.

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9/18/12 12:25 A

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Thanks for linking the video. I suspect that I do most of my walking to exercise my dogs so they are great exercise partners for sure.
I've never had a desk job for more than a few months and, I must confess, I have real trouble sitting still for more than an hour. So if I had to get a desk job I would try to get a standing desk, something that is getting a lot more popular. The other thing I do a lot at home is to sit on an exercise ball and roll around on it as I sit. Even this little bit of movement helps me to not get stiff. For the occasional day without enough time to get a real workout in I would personally rather have 5 minutes 8 times/day.
Fortunately I don't have to chose very often.
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9/17/12 5:39 P

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i enjoyed the video lily spark. cute and informative.

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9/17/12 4:21 P

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Fun question!

I've read in several places (studies--the last one that fabulous video somebody animated where a doctor is giving a speech?) that 30-60 minutes a day of WALKING (more active, if you can) does amazing things. I'll try to find it...

www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUaInS6HIGo

THAT SAID personally, as a middle aged lady who has worked a desk job for almost 20 years, my body FEELS better if I get up and walk around a little bit. I can't do it every hour but I get in a 10 minute walk at 10AM and 2PM. I *always* feel better once that's done (physically). I've worn a HRM and it burns about 33kc each time. In other words: it's not burning many calories. It seems to move the synovial fluid, though!

I like to get about an hour of exercise in a day. Those 2 "work walk breaks" and whatever else if there's time.

Since I got a Fitbit in May, I try to hit 10,000 steps a day -- but don't always. It's another good thing to help me know if I'm moving more or less.

Now, is that 30-60 minutes "enough?" I guess for general health (please see the video if you haven't, it's brilliant).

I've always said I can out-eat any amount of calorie expenditure, so it's "not enough to offset poor eating" in my case :)

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9/17/12 4:17 P

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Hmmmm - I am going to guess it's best to exercise once an hour for 5 minutes. Sitting all day is not good.

What I do is, I take a short 5-10 minutes walk at 6 am before I eat/drink anything. Then I do 15-20 minutes of yoga at home around 8 am OR I park at work & walk 9 minutes to my gym, do 15 mins stregth training and walk back to the office. Around 1.00 I try to run an errand on foot for another 12-15 mins. At the end of the day around 4-4.30 pm I take the hound for another walk of 10-20 minutes. Occasionally I put the hound in the car and meet a friend so our dogs can do walkies together. This is a longer walk through beautiful trails.

Occasionally I do some intervals in the bike at the gym.

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9/17/12 4:01 P

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Assuming that someone has an 8 hour/day sitting job, is it better to exercise 40 minutes continuously at the beginning or end of the day or is it better to get up 5 minutes once an hour during the workday and exercise for 5 minutes. The assumption is that you would exercise at the same heart rate.
Please share your opinion and give the reason and/or any helpful info on the topic. emoticon

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