Exercise! - Question about Minutes!!!

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10-20-2006, 03:55 AM
I'm kinda new at all of this...so here is my question.

For those of you that have minutes that are your goal for the month/year. Exactly how are you calculating all of this up?

Just wondering! I would be interested in trying this!!

Thanks Girls!!

Misti in Seattle
10-20-2006, 08:09 AM
I use an Excel database

10-20-2006, 01:24 PM
I keep track of it on a ticker from www.tickerfactory.com.

At the beginning of the month, I estimate the number of minutes I want to target by looking at the number of days in the month and comparing them to my exercise plan. For example, if my plan is to do 45 min cardio 6x per week and 45 min UB or LB weights three times a week, my weekly total is about 400 minutes, or for 4 weeks in the month, 1600 minutes. Then I add additional minutes for the other few days in the month beyond the first 4 weeks to get my final goal.

Then I set up a tickerfactory ticker, and just add every day as I go.

10-21-2006, 06:44 PM
I think I understand this. ( Gosh.... I'm such a ditz! But I'm a ditz who is serious about weight loss!!)

So.. If I say that I want to walk at least 20 mins everyday. Then take that and multiple that times the days of the month and let that be my goal?

Thanks sooo much for being understanding!

10-22-2006, 09:00 PM
Exactly. Especially at first, you might want to build in some rest days. Let's say you wanted to do 20 min and the month is 30 days. 20X30 is 600 minutes, but if you miss even one day, you fall behind. You might want to, instead, think of 20 min 5 of 7 days... maybe that's 21 or 22 days total. A goal of 450 might be more reasonable to start.

I've been tracking minutes for about a year. I have never liked to exercise and found this was a great way to keep myself accountable. I commited to doing my best to meet whatever goal I set, and haven't missed one yet (though I don't really go far over). I tried to set goals that are reasonable FOR ME each month. I've built endurance and ability over time, so my minutes have increased, but some months I have more time. If you look in my sig you'll see that when I had more time in the summer, I did more, but I cut back for my busy fall.

Did you know there's a forum on 3fc for people who start around or above 300 pounds? We're here:

We have this great exercise thread (stickied at the top of that page) where we not only set our own individual exercise minute goals, but also track group points! We are working on a goal of exercising 200,000 minutes this year!!!! I invite you to join us!

10-23-2006, 12:09 AM
I will consider it! I'm still kinda new to this place and I've not gotten to look at all of these places!!

For November ( this might be kinda small) But I'm saying 330 minutes!!

And for the last little bit of October I'm going for 90 minutes! That is 10 minutes a day from now on!

Wish me luck girls!

10-23-2006, 08:27 AM
Good luck! I personally like to set goals I'm likely to meet, but then I do everything in my power to meet them. Don't worry if it seems low. It's a start! you can build from there.

10-30-2006, 02:50 AM
Thanks so much!! I am going to do the best that I can to stick to my goal!!