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JENMC14 Posts: 2,766
12/5/12 11:11 A

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/exercises.asp
?exercise=141


THis is what a plank looks like. You can modify by going to your elbows and/or knees until you can work up to a full plank. There are also side plank variations. You can find demos here on SP in the fitness tab.

I am 5'4".
Starting Weight (4.6.11) 164.6
First Goal 130 - Reached September 2011
Lowest weight: 116
Gained back 40 or so pounds and now getting back to it.
SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 60,339
12/5/12 10:53 A

The previous poster has given you some good advice. Here's a link to a demo for planks:

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/exercises.asp
?exercise=7


Hope that helps,

Coach Jen

"You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call "failure" is not the falling down but the staying down." Mary Pickford

"No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everybody on the couch."
FLUTTERBY727 SparkPoints: (5,459)
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Posts: 28
12/5/12 10:26 A

Thank you :-)

What are planks? I've not heard of that

JENMC14 Posts: 2,766
12/5/12 9:55 A

Do whatever exercise you enjoy and can safely do. Whether or not it's "enough" isn't really an issue. Weight loss does not come from exercise (alone). Your diet must be in check. Start with walking, work up to something more intense. Definitely be sure to do some strength training. If you'ren ot comfortable jumping into thte world of heavy lisfting, start with some body weight stuff like squats, push-ups (there are several beginner modifications you can do), planks (also has modifications), calf raises, lunges, etc.

I am 5'4".
Starting Weight (4.6.11) 164.6
First Goal 130 - Reached September 2011
Lowest weight: 116
Gained back 40 or so pounds and now getting back to it.
FLUTTERBY727 SparkPoints: (5,459)
Fitness Minutes: (0)
Posts: 28
12/5/12 9:08 A

For over a year now, I have been working full time and going to school full time. I literally only had half a Saturday and Sunday to myself, and a good portion of that was spent working on homework. Once I'm done working at the end of the month, I will have time to myself. I can't even remember what that's like, lol. My question for you all is - how do I ease back into exercising? I don't want to jump into it, because I know I'm not currently healthy enough to do that. Inactivity takes it's toll, especially since it's been this long (Oct. 2011 - Dec. 2012 is a LONG time). I know I'm starting with walking, but I remember that was never enough for me because my body tends to hold onto weight.

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