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LARISSA_NY Posts: 200
4/12/14 8:32 A

In order to lose weight, you have to move more. Doing that in a healthy and sustainable way means working with your body where it's at right now. If chair exercises are what you can do, do them! They won't melt pounds off you, no, but they're not really meant to. They're meant to get your body back in the habit of moving again. Laying that foundation will help you a whole lot more in the long run than taking off a couple of extra pounds now will.

RUSSELL_40 Posts: 16,826
4/9/14 4:40 P

Linda, provided diet is OK, chair exercises, and walking is fine. I started with walking to the mailbox. I lived in a trailer park at the time, so this was 1/4 mile round trip. Now I do 45-60 mins walk/run daily, as well as 3 days of weight training, and swimming, bike rides, and basketball games with friends.. for FUN, not torture.

I lost most of my weight while just walking, and wading in the pool. Any exercise is an improvement on immobility. Just start small, and increase the amount of exercise when it feels right. Push yourself a little, but not too much. As you lose weight, and get healthier, you will find it easier, and will want to do more exercise naturally. Without even trying you will eventually get to a point where you can do a 5K, or bike 20 miles, if you want to, and choose to. The hardest part is getting started, and you did that. Now just keep moving.

Stick to exercise that you find fun, and in a year, you will be surprised at the results.

DMJAKES Posts: 1,635
4/9/14 8:47 A

Lindaann - good for you!!! Chair exercise is a great way to start. As you mentioned, you don't have to walk a mile to get results...just do what you can do, and add a little more each week or so. Make sure your doc is in the loop on what you're doing, and keep it up!!!

LINDAANNB1 Posts: 516
4/9/14 6:59 A

Thanks everyone ! I have started doing chair exercises, have found lots of different ones to try. Also going to try to start walking outdoors now that the weather is getting better. Won't be long walks for sure but got to start somewhere. Will try some short walks to start and go from there.

MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 15,443
4/9/14 4:56 A

Just to put things in context, a pound of fat represents around 3500 calories. A chair workout probably burns 100-200 calories. It is going to take a LOT of chair workouts to lose any weight, IF that is all you are doing.

However, if you combine this with cutting say, 500 calories per day out of your intake, then it can make a useful contribution to weight loss. For most people, weight loss is 80% nutrition, and just 20% exercise.

However exercise is not just about weight loss - it has significant health benefits in its own right. And you will probably find that moderate exercise (chair or otherwise) actually helps with your back and knee issues.

And exercise is not really about what form of exercise your do, but rather just that you do it regularly.


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4/8/14 1:33 P

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Hi, Linda !

Doing cardiovascular aerobics while sitting in a chair or even doing some upper body strength exercises can help you improve your health and fitness.

Will it help you lose weight ? Losing weight is all about what you eat. Good nutrition is what takes the weight off and keeps it off. Exercise is what keeps our bodies fit. So, if you were to do your best to eat right, watch your portions and do some chair exercises, you will lose weight with time.

Every little bit does make a difference. So, if you find that you can not stand for long periods, chair exercise would be a good option for exercise.

TANITHSEH1011 Posts: 217
4/8/14 11:00 A

Awesome to hear you are already losing weight! Nutrition is by far the hardest part of this journey.

If you haven't been moving around much I don't see why chair excersise wouldn't help, after all any movement is better than no movement. take it a bit at a time and when you can do more than go for it!

Life isn't a race it's a journey!

LINDAANNB1 Posts: 516
4/8/14 10:24 A

I am doing well with the food part, I have lost 20 lbs since March 10th, have decided it is time to add exercise as well.

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4/8/14 9:50 A

Chair exercises are an effective way to improve fitness and burn calories, but if the only change you make in your life is adding exercise, no, chair exercise does not equal weight loss. That's because it's common to believe that fitness is the answer to all our weight woes. And why wouldn't we? We're inundated with informercials, advertisements, and television shows that tell us all we have to do is exercise with this program, use that machine, or do this routine, and we'll lose weight.

Exercise is just one aspect of healthy living, and it's actually the least important when it comes to the bathroom scale. In fact, exercise can trigger weight GAIN in certain ways (although not real fat, and not in a bad way, it's how our body is designed.) If you want to lose weight, yes, exercise; it's critical for good health, and will definitely make your job easier. But look to the kitchen for the real weight loss, because 80% of your progress will be made through nutrition.

MLAN613 Posts: 18,591
4/8/14 7:56 A

Exercise can be a great tool in the healthy living process. And chair exercises are great for people with limited mobility.

However, as the previous poster mentioned, you CANNOT out exercise lousy food choices. Healthy living is 80% nutrition, 20% diet.

So, I do encourage you to get moving any way you can but do start getting your food choices under control.

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4/8/14 7:55 A

You can't out exercise a poor diet.

LEC358 SparkPoints: (11,135)
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4/8/14 7:53 A

You will, but diet/nutrition is by far and away the most important part of weight loss. You can't out exercise a bad diet.

LINDAANNB1 Posts: 516
4/8/14 7:29 A

Just wondering, can you really lose weight doing chair exercises? I am very obese and have knee and back issues. I have decided to start with chair exercises but am wondering if I will really burn calories doing so ?

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