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CILER11 Posts: 265
4/11/13 3:05 P

Peanut butter and nuts can help boost your calories. As per your previous question I do both classes, run/walk plan, and strenght training. I like to mix it up so I don't get bored.

JCWIAKALA Posts: 347
4/11/13 1:14 P

If you go over your weekly exercise minutes consistently, you need to update your minutes to reflect your actual activity level. You may be rewarded with a higher calories range. :)

If you're having trouble eating the minimum calories for your range, try to find some nutritious foods to fuel your body. Peanut butter (or any nut butter) is a favorite of many. Cheese is a good one. Nuts and dried fruits (like a trail mix) are high in calories and nutrients. The other day I had a glass of chocolate milk after a run since I was low on calories for the day.

VERLIS SparkPoints: (2,848)
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4/11/13 3:02 A

Thanks for all of your advice. I have improved my diet slightly. I cut out mindless snacking junk food fried foods and sugar. Problem is I am a major carb eater. I switched to whole wheat bread and pasta but I know it's not the same as eating healthier. I also incorporated more fruit and a lot more water. I will update my fitness goal and calories. I am constantly over my weekly exercise total. The only problem I have is that I eat my minimum calories but I'm still full. I'm not sure what I would eat with more calories that was still healthy.

BUBBLEJ1 Posts: 2,981
4/11/13 1:13 A

Do what you like to do. If you enjoy both, then mix it up and do both. I do 2 classes a week, 2 runs a week, and 3 ST sessions a week because that is what I enjoy and will stick with.

UNIDENT Posts: 33,498
4/11/13 12:48 A

As Nancy said, it's not what exercise you do, but THAT you exercise that will help you along. But weight loss is more in the kitchen than in the gym.

So balance your running and gym classes in whatever way makes you happy. :)

The question is - if you're new to these, did you update your fitness goals on your spark fitness settings? If you didn't and you're still eating as per old goals, that might be why you're not losing.

How long has your weight stayed the same? It's normal for weight loss to not really kick off for up to 6-8 weeks after starting a new healthy lifestyle.

SENNAIRA SparkPoints: (12,688)
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4/10/13 6:56 P

I would alternate between the classes and running. Try the stair master too..burns lots of calories and is good for your glutes/quads/legs

And can't outrun a bad diet. Revise your diet..try adding more veggies/fruits..and reduce sugary/salty and processed foods

Edited by: SENNAIRA at: 4/10/2013 (18:58)
JCWIAKALA Posts: 347
4/10/13 5:35 P

I don't think your reasons for not being a runner are valid. Height has nothing to do with it, many runners has asthma and have found ways to cope, and good shoes can fix the flat feet problem. I'm not saying that you should become a runner, but I am saying that you can do whatever you want to do. If you love classes, do classes. If you love to run, go for it! If you want to play any xyz sport, do it! Don't give yourself excuses, go out there and become the person you want to be!

SP_COACH_NANCY SparkPoints: (0)
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4/10/13 5:16 P


When you focus on doing what you enjoy your are more apt to keep on doing the activity regardless of the calories expended. That said, weight is more than just exercise you must balance it out by following a healthy balanced diet that includes all varieties of foods. But don't forget about strength training, too!

Coach Nancy

VERLIS SparkPoints: (2,848)
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4/10/13 4:37 P

I am new to exercising reguarly and I feel like I have got a good start in scheduling exercise. I am a student so I have a free membership to a gym that is affiliated with my school. I started off with group fitness classes because they are fun, they last an hour, and its been great in terms of accountability. I have been doing yoga, kickboxing, and step aerobics. Lately I have put in some running with couch to 5k because I want to be ready to do one maybe by fall or winter if thats not too ambitious. However my weight has stayed the same and hasnt decreased.My question is should I be doing more running than classes or more classes than running? The classes seem to burn more calories and I am never going to be a runner ( I have flat feet, asthma, and I'm short). But if that will help more than my kickboxing and step aerobics I will do it.

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