Snow

Exercise-- How much??

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I've always been a very active person. My weight never stopped me. I spent over ten years training, feeding. exercising and running sled dogs (which is a LOT of exercise, believe me.)  and for the last seven years my spouse and I have a farm in rural Alaska. We get our own firewood, hunt, fish, garden, and farm. We have five dogs that I exercise daily, and we raise geese, ducks, turkeys, chickens, and rabbits. A farm life is non-stop, 24/7. I may not be going out and walking a mile for the purpose of walking, but I am always in motion. Pre-surgery I was strong as an oxen, but post-surgery I'm having trouble lifting a piece of firewood over my head. I only had this surgery for health reasons, I need to have my spine fuzed and my surgeon wont do it at the weight I was at. Also, I have rheumatoid arthritis, and my rheumatologist said getting the weight down would help with my joint pain.

I'm still in the weight restriction period of post-surgery, but the two follow up appointments I've had they keep asking if I'm exercising. I don't honestly know how to respond to them. Between a new puppy we got a week after surgery, winter chores (shoveling snow/etc), and regular farm chores, I don't get to sit around. I know I've broken the weight restriction many times already, but I try to listen to my body-if it starts to hurt, I stop.

Anyway... The question I'm trying to ask, I guess, is do I need to be adding in an exercise regimen on top of my daily chore list? Or does chores like carrying five gallon buckets of water 120 yards to the barn, stacking a cord of firewood, and walking the dogs already count?

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It is not necessary to go to the gym or add new exercises if you lead a very active lifestyle. 

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10 hours ago, Res Ipsa said:

It is not necessary to go to the gym or add new exercises if you lead a very active lifestyle. 

That's great to know.  A gym isn't really an option for me anyway- the closest one is over an hour away. 

 

How owe do I respond to the Drs office though when they ask how much I walk/exercise? I don't know how to answer that. Or would it be a good idea to invest in a fit bit or something so I can have a number to give them?

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Go for the Fitbit, it gives you a weekly summary. I just bought a Charge 2 after having two older models. It works better than the other two did.

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11 hours ago, Snow said:

How do I respond to the Drs office though when they ask how much I walk/exercise? I don't know how to answer that. Or would it be a good idea to invest in a fit bit or something so I can have a number to give them?

I suggest that you explain to them the number of hours per week that you engage in physically active work, and then explain how physical this work is. Or you can get a Fitbit which will help document your work. 

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