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GEEKLING
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12/15/11 4:47 A

"Another one that I think of right off the bat is Leslie Sansome she has a variety of walking-based videos that you do inside right in front of the tv. I have one where you can do 1, 2 or 3 miles and there is also a separate leg workout that you can add on.

Do you have Netflix or access to a local library? I would suggest checking there for videos and trying them out first to make sure they'll work for you rather than buying them. "

I've read a lot about those walking videos here on sp. So decided to check them out.

Just adding that, you don't need netflix or a treck to the library (even if a treck to the library for other purposes are always recommended) you just need an internet connection if you want to try those out before you buy.

The beginner 15 minute video (and a couple more) is available free on the site at:
www.walkathome.com/try-walk-at-home/



LOVESTOLAUGH83
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12/14/11 9:29 P

Wow!

I've gotta be honest..I didn't realize that I would get this much help and support here. I'm really surprised! thanx!

I decided to do 2 of the 10min vids (as much as i could do) and do some crunches tonight! i would have done nothing if i didn't get such a quick and helpful response from you guys! I really appreciate it :)



JENNYLG12
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12/14/11 8:56 P

I'm recovering from a c-section only a year and a bit after my first one and I find the exercises on here great and the demos easy to follow. I choose ones with no weights or equipment. They have a lot to choose from, I also started out with 1 set of 10 reps and will work up from that.



CHEETARA79
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12/14/11 8:51 P

If you're having trouble following an exercise video, just march in place till you catch your breath. Then try to mimic the arm movements while still marching in place. Eventually you'll get the hang of it and you'll be able to do the choreography!

Don't neglect strength training either. There are lots of exercises that can be modified for people with different physical abilities. For example, you can do wall pushups instead of regular pushups. Squats, calf raises, crunches, leg lifts, etc. might also be an option for you.

Don't give up! Every little bit counts.

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BLAIZE
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12/14/11 8:43 P

You can walk in the winter. I live in S Korea where we have highs of 20*F My family and I walk everywhere. I actually get hot walking and have to unbutton my coat sometimes from the heat that my body is producing. emoticon



HOLISTICDETOXER
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12/14/11 8:07 P

Just to throw this out there- give outside walking a try, but if it doesn't work, it doesn't work. If your balance isn't great, and the roads, sidewalks or trails are icy, you could fall. A fall isn't the end of the world, but it can hurt! (However, I actually do know a very healthy person who was SEVERELY injured after slipping and falling on ice while out for a walk... I recommend you bring a cell phone with you just in case!)



LOVESTOLAUGH83
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12/14/11 7:56 P

Your the second person to say that...I guess maybe I'm using the cold as an excuse.

I'll give the walking a shot. I just know that i won't wanna wake up in the morning before work and walk in the freezing cold, even with a coat and hat and gloves on and i don't want to set myself up for failure.

I took a look at the exercise vids here and I think it's more sensible for me to roll out of bed and do the some of the 10-min vids here. If it's something i can do right here in my room and needs no equipment then there is absolutely no excuse for me not to do it!

I'll try to do the walking thing when I'm off for the day so I can wait until around mid-day when the sun is out and it's a little warmer. :)





LUANN_IN_PA
Posts: 15,536
12/14/11 7:43 P

"Unfortunately it's winter here so it's very very cold so walking isn't an option"

It IS possible to walk in winter... I do!
All you need is a coat, gloves and hat.



LOVESTOLAUGH83
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12/14/11 7:37 P

Oh, I'm new here and i didn't even know they had workout vids here! that's great! I'll give it a look and I'll give Leslie Sansome a look as well.

Thanx for the good ideas guys!





SERGEANTMAJOR
Posts: 6,352
12/14/11 6:22 P


The most important part of any weight control programme is nutrition (diet) which is 80% of the formula, exercise only provides 20%. In order of importance strength training is more important than cardio as exercise.

To develop a strength training programme invest in an inexpensive set of resistance bands. Walmart sells an adjustable three band set with handles and DVD for $15. As your strength improves so will your balance and ability to do other things such as cardio. You can use the Leslie Sansone DVDs for cardio but you can also walk out of doors even in the winter if you dress properly. I live in Minnesota and people here run and walk and even bike all winter long. Many of the members here on Spark live in Canada and they also walk, run and bike in the winter. Check my blog "The Case Against Hibernation" for clothing tips or search for the previous forums on winter running and walking.



SLEEPYDEAN
Posts: 1,947
12/14/11 6:06 P

Have you tried any of the 10 minute Sparkpeople cardio workouts that are found under the Fitness videos section? Many of them have modifications so you can make it just right for you.

Another one that I think of right off the bat is Leslie Sansome she has a variety of walking-based videos that you do inside right in front of the tv. I have one where you can do 1, 2 or 3 miles and there is also a separate leg workout that you can add on.

Do you have Netflix or access to a local library? I would suggest checking there for videos and trying them out first to make sure they'll work for you rather than buying them.



HOLISTICDETOXER
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12/14/11 6:06 P

You can do a Walk Away the Pounds DVD in your own house! It's very easy and you don't have to go outside. You don't even need to wear running shoes!



LOVESTOLAUGH83
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12/14/11 5:57 P

Hello Everyone,

I'm 300lbs and find that the exercise routines online and on exercise tapes are too much for me (I'm not very flexible and i lose my balance easily). I was wondering if there were any exercise routines that are specifically made for someone who is morbidly obese?

Searching through the threads I've seen that for people of my size walking,swimming and bicycling seem to be the best bet. Unfortunately it's winter here so it's very very cold so walking isn't an option, i don't know how to swim and i don't own a bike (even if i did own a bike it's crazy cold)

For those reasons i need some exercises that i can do at home that are possible for me. I find myself growing discouraged because either i can't keep up with the videos or i simply can't successfully do the exercises they are doing. so suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Even if it's just a few types of exercises i could do when i wake up in the morning that would be great!

also if you could point me in the right direction for vids or tapes of exercise routines for someone my size that would be great too :)




 
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