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LADYSTARWIND's Photo LADYSTARWIND Posts: 5,690
5/7/19 10:08 P

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Walk your acre every day...! Start out small: just part way down or up that hill, and increase it about every 3 days. There's nothing quite like using your muscles for what you want them to do to "get in shape".

That being said, if you get yourself into a regular routine of strength training and walking or swimming before next winter, and keep it up (!) you'll probably find that your SAD is less of an issue.

PS read about DOMS... that's why your muscles are so sore right now. It will pass more quickly by doing light exercise for a few days.... All the best,
patti

Edited by: LADYSTARWIND at: 5/7/2019 (22:12)
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SPARK_COACH_JEN's Photo SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 67,113
5/6/19 3:36 P

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Here's an article to get you started if you're looking for ideas:

www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=10_
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for_the_beginner


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5/6/19 2:02 P

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Unfortunately, no I don't do any sort of routine.

Actually I suffer from seasonal affective disorder and during the winter months I'm lucky to just do the minimum daily tasks. So now that the weather has gotten warmer and nicer, my energy is pretty high so I'm doing a lot more.

I will def look into some strength training for the whole body.

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SPARK_COACH_JEN's Photo SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 67,113
5/6/19 6:23 A

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Do you do any kind of regular strength training? The soreness probably isn't an injury, just your muscles telling you they aren't used to doing this kind of thing :)

If you aren't already, I would recommend starting a full-body strength training routine twice a week. That will include lower body exercises to strengthen your legs and make activities like mowing a little easier (and less painful!)

Hope that helps,

Coach Jen

"You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call "failure" is not the falling down but the staying down." Mary Pickford

"No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everybody on the couch."
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5/5/19 3:16 P

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Yesterday I did some yard work. Our acre yard is on a hill....and I had never really mowed it myself (my dad usually does it). Well now I'm in quite a bit of pain, especially my legs.

Since injuring myself (front of thighs and down my knees to my shins), I was wondering if there was something that could strengthen my legs so that I can prevent injuries like this in the future?

~Rachel~


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