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My total cholesterol dropped 30 points since I started sparking 2 months ago! It's gotta be the healthy diet and exercise. Lord may I never go back! Report
Oops! I can't read. Sorry about the question! Ignore! Report
Hi all! I agree that moving is awesome for you, but I have high blood pressure and I get winded very easily and I'm getting light-headed a lot. I literally can't workout for 30 minutes (and I used to be able to do it 2 months ago!). What should I do? Btw I'm 37 y.o. Report
After seeing my bad cholesterol levels drop and my good cholesterol levels go up my dr said "just keep on doing what you are doing" ... which is eating wisely and moving frequently. Report
Hi new here, but love this article. i walk by myself and group fitness. Report
Used to walk sporatically by myself but it was too easy to postpone/procrastinate. Now I walk (regular and Nordic) with two Meetup groups - when others are counting on you to be there, and you have company to walk with, it makes walking easier.

Since April 2010, I have been walking 5 km per day minimum of 4 days a week. I have not lost weight but I can now walk a 12 min km or 5 km in an hour - I was struggling to do 3 km comfortable when I started.

While I have not lost weight I can now comfortably buckle my belt in the third hole - and I have a lot more energy. Walking is now a 'habit' - next is really paying attention to calorie intake. My doctor will not take be off BP medicine until I drop the weight!
Hello,Im very new here at spark people and love the infomation and all the different sights to see and. hear. You mentioned in your artical about vigorous house keeping; I was asking my husband how do we mark that on our Fitness Page. I do get a good work out keeping house: or on laundry day??? is there a point system for thoses days or is that days I just count steeps????
I walked at least 15 miles (sometimes more!) a week for almost a year and did not lose even one pound or feel any different. My weight remains the same 18-20 lbs over goal that it has been for over 6 years (ever since I quite Jazzercise which I had to do at least 5 days a week in order to stay at 120 lbs). The result of my walking program (and yes I wore proper cross trainer shoes--I am not an idiot) was that I developed a pinched nerve AND painful corns. Anybody got anything to say about that? Report
If you can't afford a stationary bike, here is a trainer for under $100 (first on the list) that you can put your back bike axle into. Great for winter time or just exercising while watching tv/reading anytime.
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I liked this article. It is encouraging information on how a healthy lifestyle can affect and prevent chronic illness such as high blood pressure and diabetes. Report
This is a good article. I used to be on meds for high blood pressure, 165/103. My blood pressure was checked on Monday and it was 114/71! And I haven't been on meds for over 3 years! Report
My DH has type diabetes, wasn't too active before because of pain on walking.

His oldest sister also has it and just had her foot amputated.

DH somehow had missed the connection between diabetes and this type of problem.

After back surgery, he took diet and exercise to heart, has eaten all the spark recipes and followed the spark diet with me. He still can't walk too far at one time, but rides his exercycle daily. At his last checkup, his doctor was elated at his A1C of 5.7! Report
Had my annual check-up yesterday and my blood pressure was down to 110/70! Weight decreased from last year, and my doc said " I wish all my patients were as healthy and fit as you!" I may not be at my goal weight yet, but I am definitely on the right track!!! Report
Good article and a great reminder of how the little things make a huge difference. I'm finding that out myself - just started the 10 minute Challenge and already I'm doing more, feeling better and seeing results - just in the 4th day! Thanks for the encouraging article!! Report
This morning I walked to the grocery store in the morning to get marked down groceries. By walking and not driving. I saved a few bucks and got in a 2 mile walk. Report

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