anything is better than nothing! I would suggest finding different ways to do this...outdoors, on the treadmill, walking DVDs, walking with friends, parking farther away from the store entrance...hopefully that way you won't get bored. If you have a laptop or portable DVD player, that can help when you're treadmilling away! If your doctor okays it, try adding wrist and/or ankle weights once you feel like you've reached a comfort level and need something to push you farther.
I find that when I've been on a treadmill kick, I get to a point where I can really tell that my core needs strengthening! Again, if your doctor okays it, some core exercises can help a LOT. Something as simple as tightening your tummy muscles for 10 seconds whenever you think of it during the day (or whatever time works for you, gradually increasing it) can help a lot.
Good luck on your journey!
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289 9/18/11 9:14 P
thanks for the information, i will be walking and starting out small.Lets see what i can accomplish:-)
8/14/11 9:09 P
Determine how many calories you want to burn and that will help you determine how long to walk
You should definitely build up a solid base of walking before trying to run. Not only does this build your fitness, but it also helps the leg muscles and tendons get used to the impact of walking.
A "solid base" should probably be about 2-3 months walking. But you can gradually increase the intensity of your walking by gradually increasing the speed to 3.5-4 mph, and perhaps adding a little bit of incline as well. If you keep working out regularly, you will find you fitness, and what you are able to do, increasing.
Note: This calculation assumes that the energy content of body fat is approximately 3500 kilocalories per pound, meaning that every 3500 kilocalories you remove from your body - either through dieting or exercise - is worth approximately one pound of lost weight. This rule of thumb does not take into account individual differences in metabolism, which can affect the amount of kilocalories you burn and the amount of weight you lose with exercise. This calculation also assumes that your intake of calories from the food you eat is unchanged. You may lose significantly more weight if you combine diet with exercise.
This is just my experience but, I have found in the past that the benefit from walking or just starting to do anything is far greater than the caloric burn. It seems that just doing something always inspires me to eat healthier, to make sure I take my vitamins regularly, to make myself be more energetic, and in general just have a more positive mentality. So, my two cents worth is just feel good about what you are doing, listen to your body, and get ready to just feel a whole lot better about yourself!
8/14/11 2:55 P
If you're pretty new to exercise, I'd recommend starting slowly and sticking to walking for a while (more than a few weeks) before trying to add jogging to your routine. You might consider setting a goal like walking a 5K (we have training programs on the site), and then could work in some jogging as you become more fit.
Hope that helps,
8/14/11 2:31 P
Weight loss is 80% nutrition, so you need to concentrate on that to lose. You cannot out-run a bad diet.
As far as the treadmill, do the best you can for as long as you can. As your endurance improves, you can go longer and/or faster.
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378 8/14/11 1:23 P
I have some health problems so the doctor said walking or jogging is pretty much all I can do. But that's ok. I can do it. I am going to start out at 2.5 mph and work my way up to jogging after a few weeks when I am able to. How long do you think I should start out doing this? I am a sedentary person. I get tired very easily. I tried to jog for even less than a minute and felt like I was dying. It is ridiculous. I am only 24!!! I am 5 ft 4 in and 185 lbs. I wanna lose about 50 lbs.
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