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Old 03-21-2013, 05:20 PM   #21
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Yep...I can go for the attitude of "do it at the speed you will keep doing it" at. But...in reality...I agree with this...but....sometimes you just have to get off your butt and do it. I don't like dieting....but whether I like it or not....just suck it up and do it. I fully believe in doing the activity that you like the best...or, as I used to tell my PE students....the activity you dislike the least. Sometimes you just have to do what is good for you....no matter how much you don't want to.
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Old 03-21-2013, 09:32 PM   #22
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My walk-behind lawnmower is a merciless pacesetter. It has a 42" deck and mows at 4.5 MPH. I just hang on and keep the operator presence lever depressed. Early this season it will have 1000 hours on the hour meter.

It takes me about 3.5 hours to mow my front yard. I can do that in one session when the weather is cool. When it is 95 degrees, I break that into 2 or 3 sessions. When it is 95 degrees I can sweat off up to 10 LB during a session. The mowing season here is March through November.

The mower is also an excellent physical therapy machine. Since I've had the mower, I've had a broken ankle and a knee damaged in an auto wreck. Both required surgery. I recovered quickly and fully using the mower.
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My dad was a fast walker. I used to tell him that he didn't need to, he should slow down. His reply was always along the lines of "I enjoy a brisk walk. And I know the day will come when I won't be able to choose to walk briskly. Until that day comes I am going to make the most of it". For me that was good advice. So now I walk at a brisk pace, and will for as long as I am able to. DW does as well.
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It takes me about 3.5 hours to mow my front yard.
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not much excercise to cut my grass, I sit on the lawnmower. what do you posters use to keep track of your blood pressure and heart rate? and what is the aerobic zone?
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not much excercise to cut my grass, I sit on the lawnmower. what do you posters use to keep track of your blood pressure and heart rate? and what is the aerobic zone?
Good place to start for answers... Target Heart Rates. Just search "target heart rate" - lots of sources.

Heart rate monitors are pretty cheap (watch & chest band), $50-$100 for a basic model. But they're not required by any means. FWIW even the most basic HRMs have alarms you can set at whatever level you want to let you know when you are below target (ie, series of spaced single beeps) or above target (ie, CONTINUOUS beeping).
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Now you’re ready to determine your target training heart rate. As you exercise, periodically:
• Take your pulse on the inside of your wrist, on the thumb side. [While walking, I find it easier to get a pulse on my neck - carotid artery]
• Use the tips of your first two fingers (not your thumb) to press lightly over the blood vessels on your wrist. [Neck]
• Count your pulse for 10 seconds and multiply by 6 to find your beats per minute. [Or count for 6 seconds and multiply by 10 - easier IMO. And a precise number isn't all that important]. You want to stay between 50 percent to 85 percent of your maximum heart rate. This range is your target heart rate.

Your maximum heart rate is about 220 minus your age.
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There are a couple main theories on max heart rate and target heart rate out there. Midpack notes the most commonly used (simpler) max HR calculation. If you are interested, here is a calculator for you to try.

http://www.runningforfitness.org/cal...bmit=Calculate

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I want to thank all you posters for the great information.

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not much excercise to cut my grass, I sit on the lawnmower.
Getting a bit more exercise is precisely why I use a walk-behind mower and don't pay the neighbor kid/service to do it for me. I also find that I know the yard better - spotting weeds and other problems as I walk the yard each week.
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