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Old 09-12-2005, 03:50 PM   #1
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Question New to exercise

I know this is terrible, but i have really let myself go since i had my son 4 years ago....i have put on so much weight i cant stand myself and my hubby doesnt dare say anything about it either so i havent really felt the desire to lose the weight.....Well my son just started at Pre-K and i am a member there also for the pool, gym ect....This Wed, is his first day and i plan to use the gym while he is in school...My question is how should i start out, treadmil, bike??? and how long he is in the school for 3 hours....I am not sure what to expect..i really need to lose the weight i am only 5'1 and i am at 170, arghhhhh....i cant stand it anymore...thanks alot!!

 
Old 09-12-2005, 04:51 PM   #2
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Re: New to exercise

If you have access to a whole gym, start with a little strength training and a little cardio. For strength training, do things like rows, presses and squats. It will give you a whole body workout that way and you can tone and build some lean muscle which will help you to lose weight. Then whatever kind of cardio you enjoy doing; treadmill, swimming, bike, eliptical. Anything that keeps heart rate up for about 30 minutes+ at a time. If you can keep a schedule of 3-4x a week, you should see some great results. But make sure your diet is clean too. You can work out till the cows come home and not lose a pound if your diet is crap. It makes a big, big difference. Good luck and have fun.
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Old 09-12-2005, 04:56 PM   #3
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Re: New to exercise

thanks i figured i could start with walking then the bike, i will go 3xs a week for 3 hrs each time, not saying i will work out the whole time but i am gonna try and also cut back on my eating......

 
Old 09-12-2005, 05:36 PM   #4
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No, no, no, please no . 3 hrs is toooo much for one session. An hour, to an hour and a half tops. If you go for too long you will run the risk of burning *too many* calories at one time which will make you lose muscle and muscle tone, which drops metabolism, immune function, makes you tired and all kinds of bad stuff. In this case moderation is definitely necessary for best results.
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Old 09-12-2005, 07:18 PM   #5
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Re: New to exercise

Congrats on your desire. I waited until I was 48.

Start small and make gradual but steady increments. Be sure not to overdo it to the point of burnout or injury. If you are real stiff the next day, you might back off a bit. A steady progression is preferable to being on the sidelines.

Vary the workout between several activities - it will work more muscles and be more fun. Let us know how you are doing.
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Old 09-12-2005, 08:54 PM   #6
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Re: New to exercise

If you are new to exercise, I would suggest 3-5 days a week for a duration of 20 to 30 minutes. My wife also felt the same way you did and she sought the help of a dietician and she lost 30 pounds in 14 weeks. It's more healthy "they say" to lose an average of 2 pounds a week. Keep in mind that diet also plays a part. GOOD LUCK!

 
Old 09-13-2005, 06:43 AM   #7
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Re: New to exercise

thanks for the replies, i appreciate it.....

 
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