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Will intermittent exercise be enough?

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Created October 12, 2012 at 2:42 AM

As I dialed back my cardio work, the effort and cost of going to the gym seemed silly. I've cancelled my membership, and I'm hoping to stay "in shape" by using short bursts of exercise throughout the day. I'm a stay-home mum, so have plenty of opportunity, but they need to be very short routines that I can perform while paying attention to what my kids are doing.?? At the moment I'm doing sets of push-ups/squats/lunges, ??five minutes of pilates ab-work, a minute or two of running up steps, chasing and piggybacking games with the kids, wrestling/towing/throwing the kids around in the pool.?? I'll do a combination of these things about 10 times during the day as well as a 30min yoga routine most nights.?? Will a program like this be enough for me to maintain my strength and fitness??? What improvements could you recommend??? This kind of movement feels very primal, and I imagine it's the sort of way our ancestors would have used their bodies (rather than 12 hours sedentary and an hour of intense work-out) but am I off the mark?

Female 33 160 cm 50 kg BMI 20

Strong, healthy, fit. Lean with the attractive (I think) softness that comes from childbearing and a love of good (paleo) food Recently lost 10kg and REALLY don't want to find them again.??

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This is actually my approach, but I still do the random stuff through the day cause I like to.

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at 02:54 AM

In case this isn't clear, I'm talking about sprinkling all these different movements throughout the day. A minute or two every hour or so. Some days a lot more, some days a bit less.

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on October 12, 2012
at 01:53 PM

Paul Jaminet has an interesting post today on health and physical activity. My read of it (especially if you include J. Stanton's comment) is that Mark Sisson's approach of lots of low and slow, a little sprinting, and a little lifting heavy things is ideal. That is unless you have specific performance goals and don't mind a health vs performance tradeoff.

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on October 12, 2012
at 03:33 AM

The book Body By Science makes the claim that evidence shows 15-30 minutes strenuous exercise 1/time per week is all a body needs for healthful muscle building benefits.

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on October 12, 2012
at 05:01 PM

This is actually my approach, but I still do the random stuff through the day cause I like to.

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on October 13, 2012
at 08:00 AM

Thank you all for your answers and encouragement, and especially for telling me what I wanted to hear! I think the most important thing I've taken from this is to remember to push myself hard in my sessions, and to continue the challenge. Now I'm off to master pull-ups on our local playground monkey-bars. Fun!

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on October 12, 2012
at 05:36 PM

Phil Maffetone has a good article about sprinkling exercise throughout the day. He feels it's very natural. http://philmaffetone.com/slowweights.cfm

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on October 12, 2012
at 04:22 PM

i would include pull ups to my bodyweight exercice routine

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on October 12, 2012
at 03:03 AM

Yeah, in geek speak its called "greasing the groove". Well...kinda. But, in general yes it will work to maintain fitness as long as your making it somewhat challenging when you do it.

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on October 12, 2012
at 03:03 AM

I think it depends on what you were doing at the gym when you were going.

Fitness wise I think that sounds okay and would keep from gaining any unwanted weight.

Strength wise, if you were lifting the heavier weights you may lose some strength but it will only go down to what you maintain in everyday life like lifting the kids etc.

At the end of the day it is different for all of us so why not just give it a go and keep an eye on it.

Good Luck :)

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