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N16351D
Posts: 2,349
11/30/12 10:03 P

From the background you wrote, it appears that you know what to do at a gym, and are in the process of making a good plan for your goals. As long as you are there, to add variety and fun, you might want to consider joining a class offered at the gym; maybe pilates, yoga, strength class, stretching, aerobics, Zumba, or whatever else yours offers. They are a heck of a lot of fun and you get cross training, support from others, and with consistent participation, you can make some great friends.

If a class is not for you, then I would work out six days a week, alternating cardio with strength training. On alternate strength training days, I do upper body, then lower body. Each one gets to workouts every other week.

Good luck, and welcome back to "exercise land".



KMS41289
Posts: 237
11/30/12 9:29 P

My main advice is to go easy on yourself to start. When you push too hard and feel like crap, you will quit a workout early and lose seld-esteem. Its OKAY to start slow, once you build up the habit of working out thats when you push. This was hard for me as a former athlete to lower the resustance level etc, but worth it in the end because i built up tge habit of going to the gym.

Remember too that strength training continues to burn more calories after a workout than cardio. I started by doing 30 min of cardio on mon, wed, fri and 10 min of cardio + strenfth training tues, thura, fri.

Ps- sry about spelling, i am on a new tablet



KMS41289
Posts: 237
11/30/12 9:28 P

My main advice is to go easy on yourself to start. When you push too hard and feel like crap, you will quit a workout early and lose seld-esteem. Its OKAY to start slow, once you build up the habit of working out thats when you push. This was hard for me as a former athlete to lower the resustance level etc, but worth it in the end because i built up tge habit of going to the gym.

Remember too that strength training continues to burn more calories after a workout than cardio. I started by doing 30 min of cardio on mon, wed, fri and 10 min of cardio + strenfth training tues, thura, fri.

Ps- sry about spelling, i am on a new tablet



TACDGB
Posts: 6,102
11/30/12 8:05 P

Cardio is good for your heart and lungs. Strength training is good for your muscles and joints. Just remember that you can't out train a bad diet.



BUBBLEJ1
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Fitness Minutes: (20,943)
Posts: 2,801
11/30/12 7:45 P

Unfortunately your boobs will do what they like. Breasts are mainly fat, so when you lose fat you could lose it from your boobs.

As for the gym, I find that 2-4 days of cardio and 2-3 days of strength work for me. It allows me to burn calories (cardio) and retain muscle (strength) and it is manageable for me.



EIGHTVERSIONS
SparkPoints: (182)
Fitness Minutes: (400)
Posts: 1
11/30/12 7:03 P

Hi! So it's been about 8 months or so since I've been to the gym. I used to go regularly, almost every night, but then I moved back home and got a job so I've been busy. Now I'm a bit more settled and wanted to get back into the game since I feel like I've put on weight since I got home.
I'm a 32 DD with a 26 1/2 inch waist and about 38 inch hips. I'm 5'6 and 145-150 lbs, but never over that. I generally don't eat that badly. I'm a vegetarian, but I get probably more than enough protein as I eat a lot of tofu and meatless products, and I also supplement my B vits.
I used to do 20 mins on the bike, 20 on the elliptical (equalling around 400 cals together) and then various thigh machines and stretches after ward.
Can anyone help me out? I would like to lose about 20-25 pounds, but I want to hopefully keep my breast size from shrinking too much.



 
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