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    • BBH123
    • By BBH123 6th Sep 17, 8:11 AM
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    How to break the exercise inertia ?
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    How to break the exercise inertia ? 6th Sep 17 at 8:11 AM
    I can see how easy it is not to exercise.

    You commute to work in your car, sit down at a desk all day with the most walking done just across the office to the photocopier. You eat a sandwich at your desk and dont move all afternoon until you get in your car to go back home.

    You are then shattered from a days inertia and lack of fresh air, walk to the kitchen to make a bowl of pasta and then to the sofa for an evening telly. Up to bed and it all starts again the next day.

    Weekends are spent doing chores and shopping ready for it all to start again the following week.

    You have to be really motivated to build exercise in your routine and not many people are prepared to be at the gym at six am or 8pm.

    I realise a sedentary life is no good so have just joined a walking club to break this cycle. 8 - 10 miles a weekend is better than nothing.
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    • dixon-bainbridge
    • By dixon-bainbridge 6th Sep 17, 10:01 AM
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    Excuses, excuses, excuses. Everyone gets the same 24 hours in their day and you can get a decent bit of exercise in 30 to 45 mins, so I always find it amusing when people say there isn't time - make time!

    You don't need to go to a gym - get out of bed 30mins earlier then normal and go for a brisk walk, HIIT workout, yoga.. whatever. Your exercise for the day is done and dusted before you even get to work.

    Do you need to commute by car? - Walk or cycle?
    Are you forced to eat your lunch at your desk? - Get up and go for a walk or run
    Be more organised and meal plan - you can cook decent nutritious meals in 15-30 mins (check out Joe Wicks).
    Just don't turn the TV on!

    If you are stuck in the routine you state then make small steps to change it. The weekend walking is a good start. Start off getting up early one morning, increase that to 2 days etc.

    Ultimately, it's your health and you are the only one that can do something about it.

    PS. I'm also an office worker who does long hours.
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    • ska lover
    • By ska lover 6th Sep 17, 1:30 PM
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    I don't understand this whole 'make time' thing. It is one of those catch phrase sayings that don't actually offer a solution.

    Cutting down on sleep, in order to get up earlier to exercise is not healthy.
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    • Money maker
    • By Money maker 6th Sep 17, 1:34 PM
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    Yes it is. You can cut half an hours tv in the evening and go to bed half hour earlier to rise half hour earlier. Whats not healthy?
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    • By ska lover 6th Sep 17, 1:47 PM
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    Yes it is. You can cut half an hours tv in the evening and go to bed half hour earlier to rise half hour earlier. Whats not healthy?
    Originally posted by Money maker




    That seems a different topic - You are talking about adjusting sleep pattern, going to bed earlier and getting up earlier- that's not actually getting less sleep - it is just adjusting it - and there actually seems to be benefits to going to bed earlier

    The previous poster had suggested just get up earlier- cutting down on sleep

    As I said, cutting down on sleep is not healthy. Adjusting sleep timings is not the same thing


    There are so many different types of lifestyle not just sitting in front of the Tele of an evening. For many of us, downtime doesn't happen at 5pm.


    For example, how would anyone suggest a nurse on shifts 'finds time' - finishing at 9.30pm, drive home, eat something, shower, in bed by 11.30 if lucky, and back up at 6am to be back on the ward by 7.30am?


    I just think that phrases like ''find the time'' whilst being told I need to ''watching less TV'' (I don't even own a TV) by a complete stranger who knows zero about my lifestyle, completely laughable, if I am honest
    Last edited by ska lover; 06-09-2017 at 2:10 PM.
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    • Kantankrus Mare
    • By Kantankrus Mare 6th Sep 17, 2:14 PM
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    Everyone can fit a half hour walk into their day surely?

    If you are an office worker, Im assuming you get an hour or half an hours lunch break? If its an hour.......then there you go. Half of that can be used to go for a walk. In my industry (catering) I get a 15 min break all day so that is used for purely eating but Im on my feet all day .
    I will occasionally walk home which is exactly half an hour. I understand if its a long commute this isnt possible.

    After evening meal.......make it a routine to get half hour walk in before you switch the telly on. It takes the time that Coronation street is on.
    There are umpteen exercise routines on you tube so choose one you fanvy and give it a go.
    Yoga is something that needs little equipment and is so beneficial.
    There really is no need to not do ANY exercise.
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    • ska lover
    • By ska lover 6th Sep 17, 2:28 PM
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    Everyone can fit a half hour walk into their day surely?

    If you are an office worker, Im assuming you get an hour or half an hours lunch break? If its an hour.......then there you go. Half of that can be used to go for a walk. In my industry (catering) I get a 15 min break all day so that is used for purely eating but Im on my feet all day .
    I will occasionally walk home which is exactly half an hour. I understand if its a long commute this isnt possible.

    After evening meal.......make it a routine to get half hour walk in before you switch the telly on. It takes the time that Coronation street is on.
    There are umpteen exercise routines on you tube so choose one you fanvy and give it a go.
    Yoga is something that needs little equipment and is so beneficial.
    There really is no need to not do ANY exercise.
    Originally posted by Kantankrus Mare



    Do you work part time? I ask because anything over six hours of work, your employer could be breaking the law by not giving you 20 minutes at least, as I understand it. A full time worker should be getting more break
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    • By Money maker 6th Sep 17, 2:43 PM
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    I just think that phrases like ''find the time'' whilst being told I need to ''watching less TV'' (I don't even own a TV) by a complete stranger who knows zero about my lifestyle, completely laughable, if I am honest
    Originally posted by ska lover
    I don't think these phrases are addressed to you personally, shrugs.


    Having seen many elderly people who have no option but to sit down and watch TV all day, I don't want to get there yet, but horses for courses I guess.


    I motivate myself by wanting to get fit, keep healthy and keep my body in as good form as possible. I use classes as I find they motivate me the most, OP. It is time consuming but as they say, you're a long time dead.
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    • ska lover
    • By ska lover 6th Sep 17, 2:57 PM
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    I don't think these phrases are addressed to you personally, shrugs.


    Having seen many elderly people who have no option but to sit down and watch TV all day, I don't want to get there yet, but horses for courses I guess.


    I motivate myself by wanting to get fit, keep healthy and keep my body in as good form as possible. I use classes as I find they motivate me the most, OP. It is time consuming but as they say, you're a long time dead.
    Originally posted by Money maker

    Yes you are right, I know it's not about me personally, however I was just making the point that we all have completely different lifestyles yet the ''advice'' is always the same - to find time. It can be off-putting and not very inclusive to people who have a less flexible lifestyle. You did actually address me further up and tell me to watch less TV per evening- It's like a lot of people think there is a 'one size fits all' solution - and I would love to hear practical advice and programmes from shift workers, busy parents etc.


    Glad to hear you are doing well with your motivation, I wonder where is mine?
    Last edited by ska lover; 06-09-2017 at 3:04 PM.
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    • dixon-bainbridge
    • By dixon-bainbridge 6th Sep 17, 3:14 PM
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    I don't understand this whole 'make time' thing. It is one of those catch phrase sayings that don't actually offer a solution.

    Cutting down on sleep, in order to get up earlier to exercise is not healthy.
    Originally posted by ska lover
    In my reply I offered several solutions - getting up earlier, going for a lunch walk, meal prepping etc.

    I didn't say they should cut down on their sleep, I said they COULD get up earlier. They can always go to sleep 30 mins earlier.

    Yes you are right, I know it's not about me personally, however I was just making the point that we all have completely different lifestyles yet the ''advice'' is always the same - to find time. It can be off-putting and not very inclusive to people who have a less flexible lifestyle. You did actually address me further up and tell me to watch less TV per evening- It's like a lot of people think there is a 'one size fits all' solution - and I would love to hear practical advice and programmes from shift workers, busy parents etc

    Glad to hear you are doing well with your motivation, I wonder where is mine?
    Originally posted by ska lover
    My reply was directed at the original poster who clearly stated they are an office worker and spend their time in the evenings watching TV, so I'm not sure why you have taken exception to it.

    That seems a different topic - You are talking about adjusting sleep pattern, going to bed earlier and getting up earlier- that's not actually getting less sleep - it is just adjusting it - and there actually seems to be benefits to going to bed earlier

    The previous poster had suggested just get up earlier- cutting down on sleep

    As I said, cutting down on sleep is not healthy. Adjusting sleep timings is not the same thing


    There are so many different types of lifestyle not just sitting in front of the Tele of an evening. For many of us, downtime doesn't happen at 5pm.


    For example, how would anyone suggest a nurse on shifts 'finds time' - finishing at 9.30pm, drive home, eat something, shower, in bed by 11.30 if lucky, and back up at 6am to be back on the ward by 7.30am?


    I just think that phrases like ''find the time'' whilst being told I need to ''watching less TV'' (I don't even own a TV) by a complete stranger who knows zero about my lifestyle, completely laughable, if I am honest
    Originally posted by ska lover
    As above. I was replying to the lifestyle of the original poster - I'm confused why you are bringing up nurses and shift workers - that has nothing to do with the OP's situation.
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    • By thriftylass 6th Sep 17, 3:29 PM
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    I can see how easy it is not to exercise.

    You commute to work in your car (too far to bike occasionally?), sit down at a desk all day with the most walking done just across the office to the photocopier. You eat a sandwich at your desk (which takes only 5-10 min, get up and leave the office for the rest of lunch time? makes me so much more productive in the afternoon) and dont move all afternoon until you get in your car to go back home.

    You are then shattered from a days inertia and lack of fresh air, walk to the kitchen to make a bowl of pasta and then to the sofa for an evening telly (go for a walk right after dinner before the telly goes on or a jog before tea?). Up to bed and it all starts again the next day.

    Weekends are spent doing chores and shopping (all 48hrs?) ready for it all to start again the following week.

    You have to be really motivated to build exercise in your routine and not many people are prepared to be at the gym at six am or 8pm.

    I realise a sedentary life is no good so have just joined a walking club to break this cycle. 8 - 10 miles a weekend is better than nothing.
    Originally posted by BBH123
    Well done on joining the walking club, good start. I work full time, commute in a car and have the kids after work. I sometimes take the bike to work and am lucky enough to have a gym across from my work where I spend 30 min of each lunchtime. It is possible but I also totally get how hard it is to get started and not make time but just find the time that is already there.
    Last edited by thriftylass; 06-09-2017 at 3:32 PM.
    • ska lover
    • By ska lover 6th Sep 17, 4:16 PM
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    I'm confused why you are bringing up nurses and shift workers - that has nothing to do with the OP's situation.
    Originally posted by dixon-bainbridge

    What exactly are you confused about, other people are talking about their own situations and lives - it is how folk generally support each other.


    I was - as I said above, looking for any advice from people in the same situation.


    I haven't taken exception to anything you have said, you do realize that two of the three posts of mine you quote, I was responding to someone else, as in why I had quoted them in my own posts
    Last edited by ska lover; 06-09-2017 at 4:18 PM.
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    • By ska lover 6th Sep 17, 4:24 PM
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    I didn't say they should cut down on their sleep, I said they COULD get up earlier. They can always go to sleep 30 mins earlier.

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    Originally posted by dixon-bainbridge

    The highlighted bit in red, is a back peddle, sorry but it is additional information and not what you said in post your post - number two, hence me saying it is unhealthy to cut down on sleep in order to exercise as that is what you had implied. There was no mention of adjusting sleep patterns and going to bed earlier, just 'get up earlier'


    I don't like to see people giving out bad health advice, which is what you were doing.


    Now, you say you meant something different - maybe you should have specified to avoid misunderstanding - i.e say exactly what you mean.
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    • By dixon-bainbridge 6th Sep 17, 4:34 PM
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    The highlighted bit in red, is a back peddle, sorry but it is additional information and not what you said in post your post - number two, hence me saying it is unhealthy to cut down on sleep in order to exercise as that is what you had implied. There was no mention of adjusting sleep patterns and going to bed earlier, just 'get up earlier'


    I don't like to see people giving out bad health advice, which is what you were doing.


    Now, you say you meant something different - maybe you should have specified to avoid misunderstanding - i.e say exactly what you mean.
    Originally posted by ska lover
    It's not a back peddle at all. Perhaps I should have explicitly said, but I thought it was pretty obvious that to get the same amount of sleep you'd need to go to bed earlier for the same amount. It's common sense.

    And actually thinking about it why would it be be unhealthy anyway? Is 7.5hrs sleep with 30mins exercise worse then 8hr sleep and no exercise? Surely the benefit of the exercise is more beneficial then an extra 30 mins in bed? Genuine question.
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    • By ska lover 6th Sep 17, 5:25 PM
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    And actually thinking about it why would it be be unhealthy anyway? Is 7.5hrs sleep with 30mins exercise worse then 8hr sleep and no exercise? Surely the benefit of the exercise is more beneficial then an extra 30 mins in bed? Genuine question.
    Originally posted by dixon-bainbridge


    For some it wouldn't be a problem, but for others it would.


    I am by far an expert, but any literature you read says that with sleep you cant really benchmark it at 8 hours for all - as some need more and some need less, to be able to function well. If you are one of those who function better on 9 hours or more it could really hit you hard. Margaret Thatcher could reportedly work well on four hours, each to their own


    http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/tiredness-and-fatigue/Pages/lack-of-sleep-health-risks.aspx




    I was talking from my own experience like before, when I am on back to back shifts, I am really lucky to get 6 hours per night and I really feel it as I function better on at least eight
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    • By indesisiv 7th Sep 17, 11:18 AM
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    You commute to work in your car, sit down at a desk all day with the most walking done just across the office to the photocopier. You eat a sandwich at your desk and dont move all afternoon until you get in your car to go back home.

    You are then shattered from a days inertia and lack of fresh air, walk to the kitchen to make a bowl of pasta and then to the sofa for an evening telly. Up to bed and it all starts again the next day.

    Weekends are spent doing chores and shopping ready for it all to start again the following week.
    Originally posted by BBH123
    This was me a year or so ago, except you would need to add in the stop in the pub for a pint on the way home into that.

    I started by skipping the pint, thus freeing up half an hour.
    I also started planning meals better, so that I could free up extra time in an evening.

    Now I finish work, go home, eat, then have an hour or so on the sofa relaxing before going out for a run.

    Weekends I realised that even if I run 15 miles on both Sat and Sun you are only talking less than 3 hrs. So I can go out at 8 in the morning and be home by 11 and still have the rest of the day free.

    If I don't get time to do all the chores I just ignore them, whats more important spending 30 mins tidying or getting out for some exercise?

    Upshot of what I have ended up doing is cutting out a bit of pub time, and a bit of TV time to fit it all in.
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    • By YORKSHIRELASS 7th Sep 17, 3:16 PM
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    Speaking entirely about my own personal life here, and not suggesting it would work for anyone else, I rarely sit down and watch telly on an evening. In fact I only watch telly on a weekend.

    Mondays and Wednesday I take a longer lunch break (lucky that I am allowed to do it) so that I can go to the gym. I then work late so by the time I get home and do some chores and see the family it is almost bed time. If I cant do this for any reason I go to the gym before work (gym opens at 7 am).

    Tuesday and Thursday evening I go to exercise classes.

    Most weekends involve an afternoon cycling and a long dog walk.

    I have to say that my kids are nearly grown up, it was harder when they were younger but it is just about making exercise part of your life, part of your weekly routine. Even a bit of exercise is surely better than nothing?
    • MallyGirl
    • By MallyGirl 8th Sep 17, 10:48 AM
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    I find my daughter is the biggest limiting factor, followed by injury
    I walk the dogs every morning for 50 mins or so before I start work at 9. The time before that is spent getting husband and child out of the door!

    I work from home so it is pretty sedentary - lunch hour tends to involve chores or food shopping. I finish around 6:30 and start cooking. DH swans in around 7/7:30 and we eat. I might fit in up to an hour's telly but usually fall asleep during it and then am in bed by 10pm.
    Except on Tuesday when DD has to be dropped across town for band at 7:30 and collected again at 9, or Wednesdays when it is DD's hockey from 7:45 to 9 (transport required), or Fridays when it is her other band from 7 to 9 (again transport required)!!! I am glad she has these opportunities but it makes exercise for myself more of a challenge, especially as they shut the local swimming pool.
    If I ever recover from plantar fasciitis then I can squeeze in runs in the gaps but other than that I am think I might need to get my old bike out, although cycling for the sake of it rather than to somewhere seems odd.
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    • By BBH123 8th Sep 17, 2:11 PM
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    Thanks for your thoughts everyone.

    I cannot do any earlier exerise in the morning as I tend to my ponies but aswell as the walking group I also persuaded a friend to start a regular wed eve walk and we did that this week.

    Ia m hoping the day will come when I enjoy it and it won't seem like such chore.
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    • By ididntgetwhereiamtoday 8th Sep 17, 3:04 PM
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    There's not enough hours in a day when you have a family.
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