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I’m trying to keep up my New Year’s resolution of exercising, but I’m struggling! I can’t easily leave the house to participate in classes or go to the gym, and I don’t have anyone to encourage me or hold me accountable for exercising at home.


I know I’m not the only one feeling like this! Would anyone else like to become long-distance workout buddies on this website?


- What motivates you to exercise?


- What are your goals?


- What exercise activities do you enjoy or find work the best for you?


If you’re interested, let’s encourage each other and share our accomplishments. Maybe this will help motivate positive change in our lives.

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The breath holding is something I have to be mindful of when I am working out, it helps me to always keep my mouth open when I'm exercising. It's surprising how some difficult tasks are much easier when you remember to breath properly - inhale on the easy part, exhale on exertion.
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cwillie, never heard of fitbit. I'll google it. Thanks.

I forgot that one of the side effects I get from exercising is a headache. I forget to breathe. Tonight, as I was exercising at 9:15pm, I kept noticing I was holding my breath as long as I could. I had to force myself to let go my breathe, breath in deeply, breathe out. Back to holding it again... Upper shoulders were definitely tight/tense from stress... It feels a bit loosened. It's an hour later and I feel a good kind of exhausted. My body wants to go sleep now...
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Hi Book! I used to roll my eyes at people who had one but I've been surprisingly pleased with the Fitbit I got for Christmas, I like the little reminders to get up and move every hour and the challenge to get my 10,000 steps each day. Just getting out of my chair and moving makes me more likely to add in a few other exercises while I'm up too.
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I came over here to check out some of your exercise stories. I'm suppose to be exercising (along with my new meds) to improve my health issues. Unfortunately one month was wasted. I have 2 more months to become 'active' or I will fail the next lab work...

PBear, you reminded me that I downloaded a chair exercise app in my Kindle when I was trying to get in shape last year. I will re-download it. My problem is that I don't want to nor have interest in exercising. It's going to be difficult to stay on track... By the way, those warm up exercises you linked up - is one of my favorite go-to ones...except I tend to rush it and … skip a few numbers to 'get it over with.'... And you're right, I should just aim for 3 minutes (ugh, I just tried 5 min. before coming here and I was huffing and puffing). Since I did my 3 minutes, I'm done for today. =)
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It's always nice to get exercise doing something you enjoy.
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Gardening is a great motivator, because just moving around and going outside is beneficial exercise. imo.
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Good Going Snoopy. Glad the shoulder thing went away.

I am still exercising everyday. I do not even let myself not think about doing it.
It has become natural to ride 3 hours in the evening as I do some computer work.
Then I still vibe, only not so much everyday, but at least 3-4 times a week. time has been lacking.

Come on everyone the new year is approaching, we can go into this new year feeling better than we did the last.
Polarbear- are you still utilizing your standing desk?

Where'd everyone go?

As Snoopy said, " Let's DO this!"
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OK, just getting back into using the kettlebell a bit in the morning after getting dressed. (Was sidelined for awhile with some mysterious shoulder pain that went away.)

Anyone else exercising? Let's DO this!!
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I just turned my regular desk into a standing desk by putting a low step stool on top of the desk and then put my laptop on it. Now, I can stand to work on my computer and exercise at the same time. I work from home so no one will be staring at me while I wiggle my hips and kick my legs. ;D
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KLS, that’s a fantastic idea to watch virtual walking videos while exercising! You might find it difficult to walk every day (I did!), but keep at it and you’ll change your habits. But also be kind to yourself If you miss a day or two. We are cheering for you!
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My activity level plummeted after moving my mother in with us and I have only recently cleared out the boxes from the room that has my treadmill. I was a daily outdoor hiker/runner and gym goer until a couple of years ago, and now I am struggling to get back to a routine. I have a large screen TV in front of my treadmill, which I play YouTube Virtual walks/runs/hikes. I simply choose a location on the planet that I want to visit and go there virtually. My goal this week is a simple 5k treadmill steps each day. My plan is to increase the steps each week until I have somewhat of a predictable routine with my new job as caretaker.
I would love an accountability person/group that I can "virtually" walk with and share my progress and setbacks.
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Well it is wood cutting season around here so that will be my new addition of exercise.

You are doing great PB.
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Hi Angeleyes - you did the hardest part - getting started. Now, just have to keep going, slowly and at your pace.

Everyone else, found 2 videos I want to share. Both are chair exercises.

The first one, about 4 minutes, is from at guest on Dr. Oz show, for people who sit too much at work. Very good exercise. I like it. Here is the link.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNuehyeIKkw&list=PLqichs-3_nZQAjJrP4hoJDV0f0GDVPtMZ&index=11&t=0s

The second video, also about 4 minutes, is a "Can't Stop the Feeling" in my Body Chair Yoga Dance with Sherry Zak Morris for senior. Looks very fun. Here is the link.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GS1CWDIkYU
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Hello exercise buddies!
My exercise table is finally cleared off! Only my self-traction device remains, and I'm gonna need that, lol!
I did some of my physical therapy exercises on the table last night and it was easier than doing them on my bed. But then I tried my old abdominal exercises - wow! They were really difficult, but it's been about 4 years - since I started caring for my dad - since I've done this.
Looks like I'm more out of shape than even I imagined, and I'll have to go slowly so I don't end up in physical therapy for something else.
Glad we have this support here!
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Well, that looks like fun exercises, watching a group in a happy video can be a good motivation. That was so nice asking others to join you, Polarbear!
Of course, both my hubs and I will be trying these videos as soon as I am able. I can coach him sooner though.

For me, right now, I can gently walk the length of our house. (Tiny house, Lol.)

I stretch in bed a lot, kick my feet around to keep moving. It is not as bad as it sounds. Some days, I get up and go to the store.
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Send- you're funny. :D
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Thanks Polarbear!
I had no problems at all watching that program all the way through.
Now I am watching "Walk a mile at home", love the beat!

I started a new exercise program.
Everyday I do diddly-squats.
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I'm doing my warm up exercise right now. Anyone want to join me... Just 5 or 10 minutes... or as long as you can.

Here's a link to an easy 5 minute cardio warm up exercise video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0mMyV5OtcM
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Thanks polarbear🌈, agree you're right, (& kind to let me know). Feel better already:)
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WOW.....I am impressed with all of you! I used to be an avid walker and golfer until 10 years ago when my care giving began. After my dad passed away in May I just knew I would get back to it. MAY.....I've walked a handful of times. Texas summers are way too hot but now I have no excuses. Mom, dad, and sister are gone and I need to get back to it. I'm glad I read this post. Here's hoping I can get on this train with you! Good Luck and God Bless
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Tiger - don't be so hard on yourself. I do skip exercising here and there too. Lately, I do mostly stretching and arm/shoulder joint exercises. Haven't done a really heavy workout where i break a sweat.

Just do a few minutes (2 or 3 minutes) of light exercise just so you don't skip it altogether. It's harder to start again from zero, but if you do 2 to 3 minutes daily, it's easier to make it to 5 or 10.
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Hi all, sad to admit: a few weeks ago, I lost motivation, & have barely exercized since. (Haven't gone to the free exercise classes either). I'm hoping by admitting this, it'll change somehow. Congrats to u guys for doing well.
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Hi Polarbear!
An exercise table is very similar to a padded massage table, but it's wider and much lower, with no protruding head/face rest. Just a padded rectangular elevated table (~20 inches high) that's sturdy. Mine is oversized at about 65" x 40" - so I don't accidentally roll off the edge, haha! Most of them are narrower, and not only fold in half for storage, but fit on a wheeled cart to roll out of the way easily if you need to use your living room for company!
I had trouble exercising on the hard floor, so for a time I used a thick mat. Then I had trouble getting up from the floor. I'd used an exercise table in physical therapy before, so we purchased one.
Oakworks makes some good ones, but shop around as they don't sell 'direct' - you'll find a lot of different styles , sizes & prices out there + other companies who make these tables.
If your doctor will prescribe one you may be able to get some help paying for it, or at least use money from a medical expense account if you have one of those.
I'm clearing out a file cabinet now so I can then use it get the papers off my exercise table. Doubt I'll ever need my 10 yo utility bills anyway, haha!
Glad to be here in this group - it'll be great to have others to keep us motivated!
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Angeleyes and Mort1221 - Welcome! So glad you're joining the group.

Angeleyes - yes, do clear off the table so you can use it to exercise. Just curious, what's an exercise table?

Mort1221 - very good and specific goals. That's how goals are achieved. They must be specific and measurable. Good job!

I'm off to do my 15 minute exercise.
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Hi! This weeks goal: Consciousness - how am I moving/thinking and acting through out my week. I will pay attention to how I am caring for myself.
Movement: 10,000 steps I walked with a small incline on my treadmill today, I am at 3,108.
Water : 90 oz is my goal for today!
I already wrote down what I will stick to eating today.
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Just started physical therapy for a knee injury but want to join you all for some motivation to improve my strength & lower my weight. Have an exercise table that's been collecting random stuff - time to clear it off & start using it again!
You guys inspire me!
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I’m up to 5 or 6 days a week walking or air gliding at least 1500 steps (20 minutes). To my younger active self, this sounds like nothing! But, it takes discipline to get moving when you don’t leave the house often.

Thats my achievement last week: 6 days with at least 1500 steps. 💃🏻
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Yay PB and Snoopy.
Progress!
Keep at it.
Ya'll are doing great!
Getting stronger.......
🏋️☺️
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Yay, Polarbear! Sounds good, keep going!

Continuing on with the very brief kettlebell routine after getting dressed. Today I noticed a bit more definition in my arms. Hooray!
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Hi everyone. Hope you all are doing some form of exercise.

My shoulder pain is 80% gone, but the 20% still lingers. I've been doing arm exercise to strengthen the shoulder joint.

It hasn't been hot enough to hit the pool for a week now. I do like the cooler weather though.

One of the exercises I do when I feel lazy is when I sit at the desk, I will stand up and sit down about 20 times or so, just to get my knees and leg muscles to bear weight. I notice that if I don't do weight bearing exercise, I will have pain in my knee joints, but it goes away after I exercise the knees. Gotta keep those knees greased up and working. I see people who need knee surgeries. Boy, it's painful, before and after the surgeries. Ouch!!!

What are you all doing for exercise?
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