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NEVER2LATE111 SparkPoints: (1,090)
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2/27/13 8:00 P

Wow thanks so much for sharing. Today we officially started to work out and I am doing both cardio and strength training. We are going to start slow and easy because I ma in pretty bad physical condition. My BMI is 42.4 and I did some bicep exercises with 3lb weights and it felt like I was lifting a lot more. My arms are the weakest part of my body :( So I am back on track so to speak. The goals she assigned me are to have breakfast every day, drink a minimum of 32 oz water and no eating for at least 3 hrs before I go to bed. Thank you for your words wisdom. Soon I will be tackling tracking my diet and exercise which I know are very important to do.

CILER11 Posts: 265
2/27/13 10:43 A

Find what works for you. The most important thing is to find something you enjoy and can maintain. Add to that as you can. The last thing you want to do is overwhelm yourself and give up. Do what works for you and just nod politely and smile when everyone "tells" you what to do. :)

RMO1408 Posts: 5
2/26/13 9:24 A

I agree with everyone else on here. Find what works for you. Each body is different and will react differently. Im 5'3 and started at 239lbs, I've lost 28 lbs but still have a loooong way to go. Read as much information as you can then apply what you think you can stick with. I love walking/jogging outdoors, it helps me relax so I know I can do 40 min two or three times a week. Some weeks Im too busy so I do a good gym session where I mix strenght training and cardio. The most important thing you can do is just do SOMETHING and eat healthy. Good Luck!!!

WHOLENEWME79 Posts: 950
2/25/13 8:00 P

I am one of the 10000000 opinions out there.

I do both and give them equal weight. I know I need lean muscle mass to help my body burn more calories (since it is metabolically active), and I like feeling stronger. It gives me more confidence and I find I am more energetic in general. I also do cardio, usually 30-40 minutes 3-4 times per weak. I do cardio because it helps with my heart health and I appreciate the calories I burn during the work out.

BETHS60 Posts: 566
2/25/13 1:56 P

I noticed on your sparkpage that you are working towards sanity, serenity, and good health.

This is probably a time to take a deep breath and relax. Nothing bad happens if you throw a little weight training in with your cardio. The only bad things that can happen starting to exercise are

1. Letting the information overwhelm you, so that you don't start.
2. Injury.

So I agree with everyone else. Do something you like. See how it works. If you get bored, or don't like it, try something else.

Just don't try running a marathon on your first day or get into a cage match, or try lifting weights that are heavier than your car.


ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (197,019)
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2/25/13 12:22 P


Unfortunately, there really are a lot of different opinions out there. When I work with a client one of the first things I tell them that if I were to put them into a room with 15 personal trainers and asked them to create a program that would help me be more fit, I'd get 15 different workouts. So, I'm not surprized you're getting conflicting opinions. Who's right ? It depends on the person and their needs.

I will say that when it comes to weight loss, what matters most is what we eat. Good nutrition is what takes the weight off and keeps it off. Exercise is what keeps our bodies fit and healthy. Any good trainer will tell you that you can't outrun a bad diet with exercise. If you want to take the weight off, you have to eat right first. What a person does for exercise really does depend on their fitness goals. There are members here who will tell you how they lost 100+ pounds just by walking and watching what they ate.

My personal opinion is that a person should do some cardiovascular exercise and some strength training. Both are necessary for overall good health and fitness. One is the compliment of the other. You want to get some regular cardio and that could be as simple as taking a daily 30 minute walk. And you want to do some strength training. If you're already working with a person trainer once a week, that's a good place to start.

You want to slowly ease into a routine so that your exercise will become just that, a routine. don't try to do too much too soon or you will end up frustrated, burned out and injured.

Slow and easy really does win this race. I know things seem overwhelming right now, but that's why you need to start with the simple things first. every little bit really does make a difference. You have to believe that because it's true.

IROCK40 SparkPoints: (6,743)
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2/25/13 10:34 A

I know the feeling. You need the "answers" but as everyone has said there is no right or wrong answer. Don't let the need to know exactly how to get to your goal keep you from taking a step towards it. Trust that the right answer will come as you move down your path. So many people let the "I don't know how" to get there keep them from even starting. I started by choosing to do 10 minutes everyday. This site as many 10 minute videos that you can do anywhere. Doing something is always better than doing nothing.

I highly recommend SparkCoach on this site. It is a daily check in program that walk you through many of the mental and physical challenges we go through when trying to lose weight.

You can do it! One step at a time. Make one small choice and be sure to celebrate it, you deserve it.

2/24/13 9:44 P

My philosophy is "The best workout plan is the one you stick with." Get in there and try everything. Do a little cardio. Do a little strength training. Find out what YOU prefer and what you can see yourself doing for the rest of your life. As long as you're doing SOMETHING, the weight will come off!

SLIMMERKIWI SparkPoints: (246,790)
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2/24/13 8:55 P

I totally agree.

I have lost a fair bit of weight, mostly by watching my calories and getting some exercise in. I USED to go to a 1hr Pilates Class taken by a qualified Physiotherapist who is also a qualified Pilates Instructor. That was really good because it helped with a lot of physical stuff - pain, posture, breathing, etc. The rest of my exercise has mainly been walking inside my own home - mainly because of skeletal issues. I put all my groceries and laundry away one at a time, and a good pace - enough to elevate my heart rate a bit. The thing is, I don't do anywhere near the amount of exercise that is generally recommended, BUT I have still lost the weight.

The fact is, if you find something that YOU enjoy, then that is the best exercise! It is one that you will be far more likely to stick to, and if depression is a factor, then it will help to lift that, too!

Good luck,

Edited by: SLIMMERKIWI at: 2/24/2013 (20:56)
2/24/13 8:53 P

My motto for this year is "Little by little, step by step, day by day".

So I would just tell you to start. Do something. If you elect to do cardio only, then do cardio. If you choose strength training, then concentrate on that. After 2-3 weeks listen to your body and see if you can incorporate small steps of the one not chosen.

You don't have to do everything all at once.

How do you eat an elephant? Bite by bite. emoticon

SP_COACH_NANCY SparkPoints: (0)
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2/24/13 7:23 P


It can be overwhelming because of the various viewpoints, however, weight loss is not a black and white science...more gray than anything. My take is to do what is right by you. I personally believe that cardio and strength training are both important avenues and one does not trump the other. But do what is right by you. Remember healthy living is a life-long journey so you have time to determine what works best for you.

Take care!

Coach Nancy

NEVER2LATE111 SparkPoints: (1,090)
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2/24/13 6:44 P

My sponsor from Overeaters Anonymous recommended this site to me. I joined and due to a relapse in my eating habits triggered by stress and lack of motivation I haven't been doing what I know has to be done. I joined a gym, Weight Watchers and got overwhelmed by so much information from too many different sources. Some say that I should do only cardio and leave strength training for when I lose weight to tone. Some say that I should combine the two and alternate and others say do both each time I work out. I have a personal fitness consultant and also another consultant at the gym and they both say since I am soooo overweight 5'2" 222 lbs then I have to do cardio only for a while to lose weight. However I am really not sure who is RIGHT? Depressed and frustrated but need to make this happen this year for so many reasons, one including I'm tired of feeling, looking and living this way :(

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