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Is the pandemic ruining your body?   The Healthy You: Health and Fitness Polls

Started Mar-1 by Showtalk; 2229 views.
WALTER784

From: WALTER784 

Mar-2

Walking, sit-ups, bend over and stretches I used to do in elementary school (touch your toes, touch the side of your thighs, etc.)

And of course, going to the local pool for weekend exercises. Sauna, free style swimming and walking in the water.

FWIW

 

Showtalk
Host

From: Showtalk 

Mar-2

Our pools were closed. I’m not sure if they are opened yet or not.  I’m walking and using equipment I have here, but I’m still not getting out as much as imwould like to.  I sit online too much.

WALTER784

From: WALTER784 

Mar-3

Showtalk said...

 I sit online too much.

LOL... Most of us do.

When teleworking, I don't have the 3-hour round-trip commute to and from work (1.5 hours one way)!

And most of that is spent online now! (* CHUCKLE *)

FWIW
 

Showtalk
Host

From: Showtalk 

Mar-3

When you are commuting, even you are sitting while traveling, there is also a lot of extra walking we don’t even think about.

  • Edited March 3, 2021 12:09 pm  by  Showtalk
WALTER784

From: WALTER784 

Mar-3

Showtalk said...

When you are commuting, even you are sitting while traveling, there is also a lot of extra walking we don’t even think about.

Oh, I'm very aware and always thinking about it.

3 stairs down from my front door to the driveway.

5 stairs up to the train station entrance. Then another 33 stairs up to the platform before I get in the train and another 15 to 20 steps to an empty seat where I sit down in the train.

Then 15 to 20 steps to get back out of the train. Another 50 or 60 steps to get to the escalator. That takes me non-stop from the B5 floor to the B3 floor. Then another 40 steps or so to the next escalator that takes me from the B3 to the B1 floor. Followed by another 220 steps or so on the B1 floor to transfer to the local subway entrance which is another 8 or 10 stairs down to the entrance. Once in the subway entrance, it's another 30 or 40 stairs down to the platform before I sit again on the subway.

When I finally arrive at my final destination, I have to walk up another 70 or so stairs to get to ground level and then another 400 steps or so from the subway exit to my company's building.

Once inside the company building, we have a rule... "2 up - 3 down"! What that means is that my company's building has 6 floors. I work on the 6th floor so if I'm going from the 1st floor up to the 6th, I can ride the elevator. But if I want to go from the 1st floor to the 2nd floor... that's "1 up" and thus must take the stairs. From the 1st to the 3rd floor is also "2 up" and thus must take the stairs. So If I want to ride the elevator going up, it has to be 3 or more floors up... otherwise I take the stairs. Same for going down except it's 3 down and not 2!

So internally, if I go from the 6th floor to the 3rd floor... that's 3 down and thus walk, etc. And then even on the same floor, we walk to the toilets, walk to the vending machines, walk to the printer to pickup something you printed, walk to the meeting room (many times on a different floor), etc.

And then for lunch, we have to walk out to a nearby restaurant and that too adds quite a few steps. On the way home, I want to stop by my local watering hole (English Pub) which adds a bit more walking and then back on the train home again.

I used to have the belt clip fastened walking counter that counted the number of steps you took. I would zero-ize it in the morning and then look at the total number of steps I walked that day. On average it was 7,000 to 10,000 steps.

I don't know what I did with that step counter because last time I used it was more than 10 years ago, but I would be willing to say that while teleworking... I don't think I even make it to 2,000 steps per day. To-from the toilet, to-from the fridge, to-from the front door for a cigarette, to-from the mailbox... and then the occasional walk around the block!

So my walking has definitely decreased!

FWIW

 

 

Showtalk
Host

From: Showtalk 

Mar-4

Step counters have become smart phones or fitness trackers. Or I should say those devices have replaced step counters.  Stairs and hills are the best walking exercise. Stairs because you can get all your exercise in one building. Hills because they are often gradual grades so you can get a lot of resistance in without realizing it.

WALTER784

From: WALTER784 

Mar-5

Yes, hills and steps are good, but walking in water also adds resistance as well.

FWIW

Showtalk
Host

From: Showtalk 

Mar-5

How many people walk in water?

Probably not too many.  I walked in the pool last summer as well as some other exercises.  Water exercises are some of the best you can do I've been told.  They helped my back several years ago and again this year.  I should do it more.

Showtalk
Host

From: Showtalk 

Mar-5

You should if you feel able to.  Most people don’t have big enough shallow pools to walk in them. Most don’t have pools at all. You are lucky!

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