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AZULVIOLETA6 SparkPoints: (0)
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10/20/13 3:49 P

I think that swimming is a great place to start because your body is supported, it is not-weight bearing and hence you are unlikely to injure yourself. It is also cool and soothing to be in the water--if you are not used to sweating, other exercises can feel overwhelming at first because of getting too warm/sweating.

30-minute gentle walks are a great idea too, just until you get a good sense of where your fitness level is at.

CICELY360 Posts: 4,140
10/19/13 10:09 P

Slowly. I suggest Walk Away the Pounds.

GPHOENIX Posts: 2,839
10/19/13 7:58 P

Begin slowly. be kind to yourself, celebrate your milestones. pick an activity that allows you to also be social. Walking with a friend, take an exercise class. Enjoy yourself.

KNUCKLES145 Posts: 16,053
10/19/13 12:02 P

you may find that you have more strength than you realize. My son is severely physically disabled and taking care of him every day can give me a work out :)

I agree with walking. maybe ask friend to walk with you.

DIANE7786 Posts: 4,855
10/19/13 8:16 A

My suggestion is you find your current fitness level with Sparks Fitness tests. Keep records of your progress. Here's the link:

It's best to start slow so you don't hurt yourself or burn out. Yoga is great for stretching seldom used muscles and building strength. A balance (fitness) ball support and cushion makes exercises like pushups and crunches easier and just as effective. Sparks has a lot of great videos. Once you commit to exercise you'll be surprised at how quickly you progress.

DEESHAREE SparkPoints: (60,954)
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10/19/13 7:50 A

I suggest Leslie Sansone. She got me on the right track... All the best to's a video for you from You Tube... Leslie and her 2mile walk... Take a look...

ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (195,824)
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10/18/13 12:04 P


I agree. Don't try to do too much too soon. You want to slowly ease into a routine so that your exercise will become just that, a routine.

Walking is wonderful cardiovascular exercise. Cardiologists will tell you that taking a 30 minute brisk walk each day can reduce your risk for heart disease by over 30%. Not bad for a daily walk.

You might want to check out the fitness section too. Coach Nicole has a bunch of short 10-15 minute workouts you can do at home. She even has a cardio chair workout if you find it difficult to stand for long periods. Also, if you find it difficult to walk for 30 minutes, then walk for 10 minutes. you can break your workouts up into shorter segments and still get all the benefits. Walking for 10 minutes three times a day still adds up to 30 minutes.

Take baby steps literally and figuratively.

DIANERICH1957 SparkPoints: (29)
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10/18/13 12:02 P

Thanks for the suggestions!!

ZORBS13 SparkPoints: (191,665)
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10/18/13 11:58 A

Start with something simple, like walking for 5-10 minutes, and use the Spark generator to get a bodyweight strength routine that can be done at home without equipment.

DIANERICH1957 SparkPoints: (29)
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10/18/13 11:49 A

I have been caring for an invalid parent for the last 7 years. I haven't exercised in that length of time.

What do you all recommend for starting out? I would like to do both cardio and weights, but I do not have access to gym/weight set other than hand weights.

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