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DRTOVAH SparkPoints: (52,789)
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8/21/13 4:10 P

start right now. Walk if you can.

If not able to walk for whatever reason, then there are even chair and desk workout videos on spark.

SANDERS6466 SparkPoints: (32,469)
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8/21/13 1:46 P

My advice to myself.....is today. :)

“There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth...not going all the way, and not starting.”~Buddha.
RLLANO Posts: 22
8/21/13 1:38 P

I'd say find something you like to do! Whatever your fitness regimen, you have to like it or it'll eventually go away. I love playing hockey and soccer so I try to play every week or so. Find something active that you like to do, and it'll make it much easier.

Also be sure to include weight training. If you can now, great, if not, make sure you have plans for it. It will help a lot toward body composition. If you've never trained with weights before, it's definitely worth it to get a trainer (make sure its a good trainer, too). He/She can show you how to do everything properly and safely and design a program for you geared towards losing fat.

BANDOMOM1 SparkPoints: (3,254)
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8/21/13 12:38 P

I started walking, now I can run. I started with Zumba once a week, now I do 3-4.. I started 10 min.on my cycle bike, now I do 45min. I started kettlebells for strength and now I will start a bootcamp class.. You have to simply start slow... Good Luck..

KNUCKLES145 Posts: 13,662
8/19/13 7:58 P

if you have a pool available, water aerobics and even just water walked is a good starting point. try setting reasonable small goals for yourself.

All the so called "secrets of success"will not work ... unless you do.


KURS10B Posts: 4,786
8/19/13 7:45 P

Walking is a great beginning exercise that just about everyone can do. Even if you aren't fast and you cant go very far at first, every little bit helps. Once you have a good base, find something you enjoy doing. If you need the structure of a gym and classes, then do that. If you can do it on your own, hit the library and try out an assortment of DVDs. You can get walking, yoga, kickboxing, strength training, etc and find out what you like before you invest a lot of cash into something you cant stand. A stability ball, some bands (or weights) and a yoga mat are fairly inexpensive and easily stored out of the way.

PERFECTVELVET SparkPoints: (61,080)
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8/19/13 3:55 P

We all started from scratch! Dragonchilde is right; start with what you can do, but let me add start with what you love! I personally hate to go to the gym and walk on a treadmill, but stick me outside on the sidewalk and I'll walk all over the place! If you hate the gym, don't go to the gym. Do what you love, and it won't feel like a chore!

Keri ~ Springfield, Illinois

"FAR more often than not; YES it is your fault, and YES, it was preventable. Just fess up and take charge of your health, your future... your life. Remember, you’re not a failure until you start blaming someone else." - Sean Patrick Flanery
DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (58,358)
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8/19/13 3:08 P

Start with what you can do. Can you walk? Then walk! Even walking for just 10 minutes a day is a great place to start. As your fitness level builds you'll want to include a full-body strength training program, as well.

Heather
Writer, mother, wife, and breadwinner. I love to run, but running doesn't love me, so I'm switching to my low-impact bike.

I'm not pregnant, just fat: My blog.

fatnotpregnant.blogspot.com/
WEASEL45 Posts: 2
8/19/13 2:41 P

Newbie here, with 170 lbs. to lose. Would love to hear from people who were successful at starting exercising from scratch.


Thanks,
David


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