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How many hours of exercise do you get per week?

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0 - 1 Hours
  26% 70 votes
1 - 2 Hours
  15% 41 votes
2 - 4 Hours
  19% 51 votes
4 - 6 Hours
  16% 44 votes
6 - 10 Hours
  15% 41 votes
10 - 15 Hours
  2% 7 votes
15+ Hours
  5% 14 votes
268 total votes.
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  • (Score: 2, Insightful) by fustakrakich on Thursday September 26, @08:14PM (3 children)

    by fustakrakich (6150) on Thursday September 26, @08:14PM (#899291) Journal

    I don't want people to think I'm jogging.

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    • (Score: 2) by FatPhil on Friday September 27, @11:33AM (2 children)

      by FatPhil (863) <{pc-soylent} {at} {asdf.fi}> on Friday September 27, @11:33AM (#899522) Homepage
      Does walking to my local and back count?
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      • (Score: 3, Insightful) by dltaylor on Saturday September 28, @09:58PM (1 child)

        by dltaylor (4693) on Saturday September 28, @09:58PM (#900062)

        of course, and add in all of bicep curls lifting the pints (Imperial pints are heavier than the weak US version).

        • (Score: 3, Funny) by c0lo on Monday September 30, @04:27AM

          by c0lo (156) on Monday September 30, @04:27AM (#900681)

          and add in all of bicep curls lifting the pints

          That's not the most notable part of effort, as the time the pint gets lighter is negligible.

          Howevs, carrying those barrel equivalents to the toilet while clamping shut your sphincters muscles until the moment... oh, man, that's quite a serious expenditure of calories.
          And after, what an exhausted man can do?

  • (Score: 3, Funny) by The Mighty Buzzard on Friday September 27, @03:30AM (3 children)

    Lately it's 40+ hours. Churches don't turn into houses on their own and the riding mower is in the shop. It's really cutting into my vidya and nap times.

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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday October 10, @10:11AM (2 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday October 10, @10:11AM (#905136)

      Vidya is a Sanskrit noun meaning "right knowledge" or "clarity". It is frequently used in Hinduism implying the Puranic conception of knowledge and learning.

      bigod, that troll was so subtle I had to google to understand it.
      Well Done You

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday October 10, @10:23AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Thursday October 10, @10:23AM (#905141)

        The word Puranic literally means "ancient, old", and it is a vast genre of Indian literature about a wide range of topics, particularly myths, legends and other traditional lore.

      • (Score: 2) by The Mighty Buzzard on Thursday October 10, @01:40PM

        More of a pun than a troll nowadays, being as it also means "video games" in the modern vernacular.

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  • (Score: 4, Touché) by dltaylor on Friday September 27, @10:25AM (2 children)

    by dltaylor (4693) on Friday September 27, @10:25AM (#899503)

    I often park a long walk from a store while shopping, or use stairs instead of an elevator, which burns a few extra calories.

    I will do some trails (3 - 8 km) when visiting State and National Parks.

    I have broken up ice and shoveled a clear path for guests on a long (100+ meter) driveway.

    I do not do anything at a gym.

    • (Score: 2) by Freeman on Monday September 30, @06:38PM

      by Freeman (732) on Monday September 30, @06:38PM (#900911) Journal

      Not sure a long walk from the parking lot to the store really counts. At least, not where it counts. Now, if you're on a mission in the store, and just go, go, go, sure, that might count along with your long walk to/from the parking lot. A leisurely stroll from the parking lot into the store and back out, isn't going to do you a whole lot of good. Always parking up front and minimizing your walk time, sure isn't going to do you any favors, though.

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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 19, @03:23PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 19, @03:23PM (#909266)

      Came here to ask this too (definition of exercise).

      My arm/elbow and jaw muscles get an extreme workout as I shove glorious fatty foods into my mouth every minute I am awake.

  • (Score: 2) by WizardFusion on Saturday September 28, @10:29AM (4 children)

    by WizardFusion (498) Subscriber Badge on Saturday September 28, @10:29AM (#899859) Journal

    I walk to work and back

    • (Score: 3, Funny) by c0lo on Monday September 30, @04:31AM

      by c0lo (156) on Monday September 30, @04:31AM (#900683)

      I carry the back with me most of the time, no need to walk to it.

    • (Score: 2) by stretch611 on Sunday October 06, @04:48PM (1 child)

      by stretch611 (6199) on Sunday October 06, @04:48PM (#903410)

      Its a great thing to work from home!!!

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      • (Score: 2) by DannyB on Monday October 07, @08:58PM

        by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Monday October 07, @08:58PM (#903844) Journal

        Noooooooooooo! I have a grueling 10 minute commute to work with 5 (formerly 3) traffic lights. Despite that misery, I like keeping home at home and work at work. Including not having a company phone. People do have my number so I could be reached in the event of a catastrophic event, such as a Windows Update.

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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday October 10, @10:16AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday October 10, @10:16AM (#905138)

      A twit at work who is at least twice as heavy as she should be always takes the elevator. Go figure.

  • (Score: 2) by Runaway1956 on Sunday September 29, @04:45PM (10 children)

    by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Sunday September 29, @04:45PM (#900389) Homepage Journal

    I've never exercised for the sake of exercise. Instead, I've lived an active life. I have "exercised" more in a single day's work, than some have exercised in a month.

    BUT - I no longer do the jobs that I used to do. Hmmmm. Maybe I should start exercising for the sake of exercise. Two or three minutes of somewhat strenuous activity counts for diddly-squat in terms of exercise. If you don't get the heart beating rapidly, and maintain that for 20 minutes or more, it just doesn't count.

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    • (Score: 2) by c0lo on Monday September 30, @04:35AM (9 children)

      by c0lo (156) on Monday September 30, @04:35AM (#900685)

      If you don't get the heart beating rapidly, and maintain that for 20 minutes or more, it just doesn't count.

      Now that sex is off the table... I have to ask: do you think the effort after, to get yourself back on your feet from from under the table, counts?

      • (Score: 2) by Runaway1956 on Monday September 30, @05:09AM (5 children)

        by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Monday September 30, @05:09AM (#900692) Homepage Journal

        ??? After sex? So, you were doing it on the kitchen table? Try the clothes washer next time, you won't fall under it.

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        • (Score: 3, Funny) by c0lo on Monday September 30, @05:25AM (4 children)

          by c0lo (156) on Monday September 30, @05:25AM (#900696)

          So, you were doing it on the kitchen table?

          Kitchen? No, you silly.
          On the periodic table of elements. It broke, though, so we needed to do it under.

          • (Score: 2) by Runaway1956 on Monday September 30, @05:32AM (3 children)

            by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Monday September 30, @05:32AM (#900699) Homepage Journal

            Well, that's a near guarantee that she will miss her next period. I hope that was your intention.

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            • (Score: 3, Touché) by c0lo on Monday September 30, @05:35AM (2 children)

              by c0lo (156) on Monday September 30, @05:35AM (#900700)

              Well, that's a near guarantee that she will miss her next period.

              Non sequitur.
              In fact, as you grow heavier, the periods just become longer. A thing with orbitals and whatnow, don't strain you mind with it.

              • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday October 22, @04:38AM (1 child)

                by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday October 22, @04:38AM (#910173)

                <insert yo mama orbital joke here>

                • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday October 22, @12:00PM

                  by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday October 22, @12:00PM (#910261)

                  "Houston, we don't have liftoff."

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday October 10, @10:21AM (2 children)

        by Anonymous Coward on Thursday October 10, @10:21AM (#905139)

        Fine, deny your Life Partner sex, but, did you have to announce it in public on an internet forum?

        TMB, you should dump c0lo for someone that appreciates your uniqueness

        • (Score: 2) by c0lo on Thursday October 10, @11:52AM (1 child)

          by c0lo (156) on Thursday October 10, @11:52AM (#905159)

          TMB, you should dump c0lo for someone that appreciates your uniqueness

          I think you're very very confused for reasons that escapes my knowledge (and I really like it this way, don't feel compelled to tell me why)

          Here's how it hangs: by his own admission [soylentnews.org], TMB is bound (at least sentimentally, but very likely not only... whatever float his boat, really, I'm not judging) in his neck of the woods by his beloved financial overlords and thus he really-really can't give a fuck.
          Any other point in regards with TMB's sexual life becomes moot.

          • (Score: 1) by Sulla on Thursday October 10, @08:14PM

            by Sulla (5173) Subscriber Badge on Thursday October 10, @08:14PM (#905365) Journal

            Part of his SN contract is that moving to a different state will cut his pay by a significant percentage

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  • (Score: 2) by JoeMerchant on Monday September 30, @01:54AM (8 children)

    by JoeMerchant (3937) on Monday September 30, @01:54AM (#900649)

    Does riding an electric bike count? Even if you don't pedal? How about parking in the furthest corner of the parking lot at work and then taking the stairs? Do you have to break a sweat? What about doing work in a hot/humid environment that doesn't involve much cardio or static muscle tension, but does produce a ton of sweat?

    For the past month, I've had some nasty sinus thing with associated body aches - low grade, but enough to make me tired all the time, more than if I exercised vigorously - do I get a pass from working the stairmaster for that?

    • (Score: 2) by c0lo on Monday September 30, @04:37AM

      by c0lo (156) on Monday September 30, @04:37AM (#900686)

      Does riding an electric bike count?

      If you actually mean "running a count of electric bikes", it may... depending on how many ebikes you need to count.

    • (Score: 2) by Runaway1956 on Monday September 30, @05:13AM

      by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Monday September 30, @05:13AM (#900693) Homepage Journal

      What about doing work in a hot/humid environment that doesn't involve much cardio or static muscle tension, but does produce a ton of sweat?

      Sadly, no, it doesn't count. If it did count, I could claim more than twenty hours per week of exercise.

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    • (Score: 2) by Freeman on Monday September 30, @06:45PM (5 children)

      by Freeman (732) on Monday September 30, @06:45PM (#900917) Journal

      Riding an electric bike that does the hard work for you, won't do you much good. If you literally don't pedal, it's not any better than riding a scooter. Depending on how long the parking lot is and how many stairs you climb, it can definitely be helpful. Certainly better than parking up front and taking the elevator. Working in a hot/humid environment will likely help you burn some calories, but you're more likely to just get dehydrated. Also, make sure you replenish the salt/enzymes you're sweating out!

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      • (Score: 2) by JoeMerchant on Monday September 30, @07:02PM (4 children)

        by JoeMerchant (3937) on Monday September 30, @07:02PM (#900928)

        Riding an electric bike that does the hard work for you, won't do you much good.

        Plenty of research (no doubt funded by e-bike makers) says otherwise.

        I've got a bum knee, just pedaling with no resistance inflames the tendons, so all I get from my e-bike is a bit of neurological exercise going through the acts of riding, dodging obstacles, etc. But, they say that the people who use pedal assist are still getting the bulk of the exercise benefits, possibly more so because they do it more often than they would without the assist.

        • (Score: 2) by Freeman on Monday September 30, @07:09PM (2 children)

          by Freeman (732) on Monday September 30, @07:09PM (#900935) Journal

          Swimming / pool exercises aren't as hard on the joints. Most people don't have a nice pool in their backyard, though.

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          • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday October 10, @10:13AM

            by Anonymous Coward on Thursday October 10, @10:13AM (#905137)

            just get a hammer or knife
            using a swimming pool on joints is just nuts it will just crush the lot
            idiot

          • (Score: 2) by coolgopher on Tuesday October 22, @04:39AM

            by coolgopher (1157) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday October 22, @04:39AM (#910174)

            Maintaining a backyard pool provides plenty of exercise too...

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday October 03, @03:03PM

          by Anonymous Coward on Thursday October 03, @03:03PM (#902292)

          If you make an effort to ride hard and fast, you can get quite a good core exercise from just balancing on the bike. You would have to check your heart rate to determine if you got any good cardio in though. It's too bad that we don't have a good way to restore cartilage and repair joints yet as that would allow so many to have a much better quality of life.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 30, @06:30AM (3 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 30, @06:30AM (#900711)

    Most adult land mammals shouldn't need to run fast for more than a total of 10 minutes a day.

    If you're being chased by a predator you've either escaped in less than 2-10 minutes or you're dead and in no longer need of any exercise. If you keep getting chased then you probably will die soon for the greater good of the herd/species.

    If you're doing the chasing and you need to run for hours every day to catch food[1] you're doing things wrong.

    See also: https://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/15/how-1-minute-intervals-can-improve-our-health/ [nytimes.com]
    https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/expert-answers/exercise/faq-20057916 [mayoclinic.org]

    [1] This of course does not apply for cases like War where the predator and prey species are the same and thus have similar running speeds, and the immediate goal is not food...

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday October 03, @03:07PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday October 03, @03:07PM (#902297)

      You have a point, but the main reason "exercise for exercise's sake" is a thing is that food is too easily available.

    • (Score: 2) by Rupert Pupnick on Friday October 04, @07:58PM (1 child)

      by Rupert Pupnick (7277) Subscriber Badge on Friday October 04, @07:58PM (#902760) Journal

      But if you get more exercise than the average land mammal, you can keep yourself out of the "no longer needs exercise" category for a longer period of time.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday October 08, @10:36AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday October 08, @10:36AM (#904021)
        Nah you just need to hang around Americans. Then you can stay way below in fitness than the average land mammal and still be out of the "no longer needs exercise" category for relatively longer periods.
  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by VLM on Tuesday October 01, @11:40PM (1 child)

    by VLM (445) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday October 01, @11:40PM (#901564)

    Two discoveries I've made using a heart rate monitor:

    1) Weight lifting is better cardio than cardio itself. Higher heart rates, for longer periods, less (no) joint pain, no tendon/ligament damage. Note that I OHP just under 200 pounds... you can't work up a sweat or get a high heart rate if you're only pressing 20 pound dumbbells because you're not physically dumping enough energy. This is an interesting aspect of weight lifting that is rarely discussed... you don't need to jog once you're big because your heart will get the same workout as jogging once your muscles are strong enough to exhaust you... I used to elliptical but over 45 minutes killed my ankles and knees and I got better cardio from lifting so my doctor was like "well, stop using the elliptical, then, you idiot" although somewhat more politely.

    2) Lots of posts asking if daily living counts. According to my heart rate monitor, yeah, I do like 30 minutes a day of strenuous walking or hard work or some crazy woodworking project requiring brute strength. My fitbit watch thingie reports to the minute, in fact. So yeah, unless you're SUPER ULTRA sedentary, you're probably doing cardio for a half hour a day, sure. I moved over 1000 pounds of salt bags down my driveway, stairs, stacked in basement, filled the water softener, etc, and that got me a couple minutes of cardio level workout, for example.

    Its really late at night for me, I might be pretty spaced out but I believe the above to be accurate-ish.

    • (Score: 2) by arslan on Sunday October 20, @10:34PM

      by arslan (3462) on Sunday October 20, @10:34PM (#909667)

      You can get injured though when you are lifting significant loads and you have bad form or just bad natural posture. Sometimes it develops slowly over the course of time as the muscle imbalance slowly builds up and you get joint inflammation in other parts like your elbows or knees or back. Worse case, by the time you feel it, it is already chronic and because it is over time, it is not easy to self-diagnose.

      I do lifting as well for my weight management. Been doing it for the last 15 years. Lost close to 20kg the first couple years I started without any sort of cardio and been doing it as maintenance ever since.

  • (Score: 2) by EJ on Friday October 04, @06:49PM (1 child)

    by EJ (2452) on Friday October 04, @06:49PM (#902739)

    Does walking upstairs to the kitchen count? If so, I need to change my vote.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday October 10, @10:30AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday October 10, @10:30AM (#905145)

      This whole thing is wildly inaccurate. Rounding errors, ballot stuffers, dynamic IPs, firewalls. If you're using these numbers to do anything important, you're insane.

  • (Score: 2) by stretch611 on Sunday October 06, @05:02PM

    by stretch611 (6199) on Sunday October 06, @05:02PM (#903418)
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  • (Score: 4, Interesting) by RedIsNotGreen on Friday October 11, @10:35PM

    by RedIsNotGreen (2191) on Friday October 11, @10:35PM (#906082) Journal

    Almost every day, wherever I am, I go for a walk and pick up small pieces of trash off the ground.

    I think it is one of the most natural forms of exercise that we have been doing for ages-- walking and bending over to pick stuff up.

    I know it used to be food and other useful things, but now there's more need to pick up trash, so that's what I do.

    I estimate that I did at least 100 pieces today.

    Sometimes I am rewarded with finding cool stuff.

  • (Score: 1) by Ethanol-fueled on Saturday October 12, @12:14AM

    by Ethanol-fueled (2792) Subscriber Badge on Saturday October 12, @12:14AM (#906121) Homepage

    Zero...point...zero.

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