Cris: I smoke about 500 cigarettes a day and I walkup and
down the stairs to the basement once a week when I do laundry.
Am I doing enough laundry to keep in shape. Derek
Derek: You're not doing enough laundry to stay in shape. If
you did small loads of laundry once per day in a Laundromat
that is 1 kilometer from your home and you walked to and from
the Laundromat each day, it would be a good start, but if
you're willing to give up your laundry time as exercise and
just go for walks each day, that would be better. Buy a heart
rate monitor to monitor
your heart rate during your daily walks. As you become
more fit, your heart rate will drop for the same walking pace.
Physical activity that is below 800 steps in one day (not
stairs, just walking) is considered sedentary. It's
best to consult with a physician before engaging in any physical
exercise, especially if you are a heavy smoker and are sedentary.
You may consider cutting down just a little on the smoking.
Oh -and keep doing the laundry once you've started your daily
walking..- Cris LaBossiere
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