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ONLYGIRL Posts: 2,071
3/24/12 12:54 P

Optimal fitness routine is anything you will DO on a regular basis!

Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we're here we should dance. ~Author Unknown

" I THINK I CAN, I think I can, i think......... I KNEW I COULD, I KNEW I COULD!"

Whether you think you can or you think you can't you're right.
Henry Ford

Food is not love........
SHIRLMIDD SparkPoints: (10,860)
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3/24/12 12:31 P

Thank you all for the tips. As a lifetime exercise hater I find that I am enjoying it nowadays! emoticon

Nothing tastes as good as thin feels!
TENNISJIM Posts: 11,750
3/24/12 6:40 A

Don't forget your diet

3/24/12 6:39 A

"Sculpting Her Pefect Body"

please know this: lean muscle burns fat. Also, you will never have ugly buldging manly muscles because you don't have the testosterone to get them so don't be afraid of weight training like some women are.


TACDGB Posts: 6,136
3/24/12 12:19 A

working should make you break a sweat. Finding something that you like helps too. Remember that working out is only 10% of the plan. 80% is about what you eat and the other 10% is genetics. Sounds like you are doing the right things. Keep up the good work.

CROWLEY123 SparkPoints: (34,393)
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3/23/12 9:11 P

I agree! Find something you like, and stick with it!

There is lots of good info in the articles on this site, and tons of options out there for you to choose from.

Have fun, good luck with all that you try and ENJOY!

~ ~ Terri ~ ~

My goal is to have more fitness minutes than SparkPoints!
I strive to be a body in motion, each and every day.
SPIFFDEB SparkPoints: (28,059)
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3/23/12 7:44 P

My first thought is to make sure you do something you like! For me 30-60 minutes of cardio 3-4 days a week and weight training 2 days each for an hour seems to be the magic ticket.

" You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.' You must do the thing you think you cannot do. "

"The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up."
SHIRLMIDD SparkPoints: (10,860)
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3/23/12 7:08 P

Hi, I'm Shirley & am 53 & have been serious about losing weight since January. I have type 2 diabetes & want to prevent future complications, & of course get healthier. I have lost 14lbs so far & need to lose about another 86 but have plateaued & am trying to re-invigorate my exercise routine in a bid to crank up my metabolism & weight loss. I have been doing zumba, kettlebell workout DVD's plus walking every day with the dog.

I have been searching on Spark to find out what I need to do to get an optimal balanced workout routine but can only find articles about separate types of training. Can anyone advise me what I should be doing, how long each workout should be, & how often I should do them? At the moment I am doing only what I think is right. I would like to be more certain that my workouts are giving me the best benefit. I have access to Zumba, Aerobic & Kettlenetics DVD's. I have a rowing machine & ski glider in the garage that I use intermittently. Any help would be gratefully received. emoticon

Nothing tastes as good as thin feels!
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