Can physical activity come from every-day chores?

Physical activity is something I have to work on. I don't get a lot of physical activity at work. The most activity I get is carrying things to and from my car. If someone lives on the third floor of an apartment building, I get a little exercise. I don't get as much exercise as I would like to at work. At home I get some on weekends. We have a garden. We put a new roof on this year, so we had to clean up the yard. We have been spending the last couple of weekends trimming trees and picking up shingles and other things to get the yard ready for summer.


Does even a little bit of activity help?


I have a friend who lives about a half a mile from my house. Sometimes we will walk over there and walk back. Even though it's not very far, ,it's enough to get re-energized a little bit. In wintertime it's pretty hard to walk out there. In the summertime, we try to do it more.


Can you be active and spend time with your son?

I try to spend as much time as possible with my son. I need to do things that will include him whether it be bike riding or walking or whatever.


Do you rely on a support group?

The support group helped me watch what I was eating and get more active. I was doing well. When I got away from that group, I started doing poorly again. It's more fun to do it with a group and to have somebody I can always call if I'm having a really bad day. They can give you some encouraging words. I find I really need a support group. It's the support I need more than it is what is actually going on at that meeting. It's being accountable to somebody.