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ALORTA SparkPoints: (7,363)
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9/17/13 12:48 A

A friend of mine uses
You set it up with what you have (do you have a gym membership? what do you have at the house, etc) and your level plus goals, etc. Then it tells you what to do that day and has an explanation of each exercise. He likes it.

WHOLENEWME79 Posts: 950
9/17/13 12:03 A

I like wall push-ups, especially when I was heavier and out of shape. I am also a believer in the squat and lunge for strength training for beginners.

Walking is a fantastic exercise, especially if you enjoy it. Keep up and keep increasing distance and speed.

You may also try some of the videos on SP. I like the Coach Nicole boot camp videos, they are 10 minutes or less, and you can modify them to meet your fitness needs.

Good luck!

TANITHSEH1011 Posts: 217
9/16/13 11:19 P

Just like with your walks start small. If you want to eventually be able to do something like pushups start with a hard incline or even use a wall. Start with your arms extended and palms on the wall then let your body weight rest on your arms then try to bend. If you can only do a little it’s ok it’s still something these may even feel easy, GREAT! Start with whatever you can do then add more as you get stronger. Eventually move to a desk which will give you a greater incline and a bit more of a challenge.

If push ups aren’t your thing (I’m military so they have to be for me) then that is fine, try something else like walking with some small weights, water bottles filled (or part way) with sand work well and are super cheap. You could also change your path to include some hills if you are currently walking on a flat route.

I like dancing as an alternate for of exercise because it’s fun, best part if you don’t need a class or teacher or even other people. Throw some fun music onto your computer of CD player and just move your body around, close the curtains so you aren’t distracted and or worried about the neighbors. Any movement will make your body wake up and will make you feel great.

If you are looking for a new kind of body weight exercise I recommend these sights, they have tons for most levels.

This second website has some awesome stuff but can seem intense, there are always alternatives and breakdowns for beginners.

The important thing is that you are moving. I hope this is helpful to you, good luck and great job!

Edited by: TANITHSEH1011 at: 9/16/2013 (23:19)
JENNILACEY SparkPoints: (81,972)
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9/16/13 11:09 P

You can do a full body strength training program 2-3x a week with 48 hour rest periods between (this is where muscle is repaired and grows).

Introducing a strength training program sounds like a great way to improve your fitness. It is good for not only strengthening your muscles but bones, tendons and ligaments as well which will help prevent injury. Also, when you lose weight, not only do you lose fat but lean muscle and tissue and you want to keep that! Strength training will help combat this lean muscle/tissue loss.

SAMAFIN SparkPoints: (10,727)
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9/16/13 11:02 P

I don't know what happened to me, but I suddenly became motivated about a week ago. I found a good walking partner and we started walking a mile a day. I honestly didn't think that I could do it, because I've been extremely sedentary for a very long time.

I started out at about 350 lbs and am now at 342 (between august 30 and today).

I have looked at the workout generator and found one that I like (One that doesn't have modified push ups, since I don't think I'm physically able to push my body weight up)

I just am curious as to how often I should do the work out and all that.

We are extending our walks to a mile and a half, and then when that's comfortable, extend another half a mile until we reach about 3 miles. I just feel like I could/should be doing more.

I'm tracking what I eat. I'm tracking my specific walks. I've been more active and I have more energy. I just don't know what direction to take.

Advice please?

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