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JMARISK SparkPoints: (16,188)
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5/20/13 2:40 P

Also, resistance bands and balls are amazing! I take classes using just those pieces of equipment and they are the best workouts every. They're easy to use while sitting in front of the tv too. I highly recommend them. The resistance bands are also great for getting nice deep stretch after a workout.

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5/20/13 2:38 P

I used to use just my phone when I went for a run. I used it to track my distance and time, but htat's all it could do. For christmas, my husband bought me a Garmin watch with a HR monitor. I LOVE IT! I'm able to plug it into my computer and upload all of my workouts. It's a wonderful way to track my progress and I can use it for my classes too, not just for my runs. I've also found that it's more accurate than my android phone.

Good luck!

JENSTRESS Posts: 2,221
5/20/13 10:59 A

First, the previous poster is right. Here are my thoughts.

(1) If you have some fitness balls, SIT on them. Use them as chairs. You will engage your abs the entire time, as you have to keep a slight bit more balance as you do.

(2) There is a way to figure it out, but we would have to take into account total calories burned as well as total calories consumed.

(3) Yes, it will help your abs engage. However, the previous poster is also right in saying that sit up helps too.

(4) Not only will resistance bands do very well, but you can also do bodyweight exercises, that use your own bodyweight as resistance training. You can do that too!

(5) I don't use anything like that. I'm sure there are apps that you can get if you want to use a smart phone.

(6) I think that is a great start. I recommend a few other things, to be purchased as you can afford them. First, depending on which Leslie video you have, make sure it has a selection of workouts. One that I have has 1, 2, 3 and 4 miles choices, all different workouts, and different times. I don't use it much anymore, but it is nice because they all are slightly different, and some use the resistance band while they walk, others do not. Also, so that you can push yourself slightly harder as you get used to the other workouts. SP has a selection of workouts you should be able to do here as well, and there is a great workout that is also walking by Jessica Smith called Walking for Weight loss, Wellness and Energy. You can get that on youtube too. It is FANTASTIC. She has two different workouts a high energy and a power walk. The High Energy is lower intensity, and she has two people helping. One with the lowest intesnity, and one that amps it up. The Power Walk is higher energy, but still has the same two helpers so you can take it down if you need to. I loved this workout and it really helped me amp up and build up some stuff!!!

(7) I don't have a step counter.

I wish you luck in your journey. Just remember that you can't out exercise a bad diet. Eating lots of healthy, whole foods will really help you lose as well!!! And also remember that making your mind up is the first step! You can do this!

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5/19/13 3:17 P

Hello there everyone it has a while since my last message board post o I am going to post a message with a few questions.

(1) I have heard and read in a lot of places that strengthening up your core is vary important.But what if you have a problem remembering to tighten up your abs while you are sitting.I also would like to know how long dose it take to get in the habit of tightening up your core and abs while sitting.Some times I will think about it and do it for a few seconds but then forget to keep them tightened and relax.How do I keep them tightened without needing to tighten them.

A - You don't really have to engage your core when you're sitting. It's nice, but not really necessary. As long as you're doing some core exercises as part of your workout routine, that's fine. You don't have to sit like you're doing a plank all day. that's excessive.

My advice to people ? Sit with good posture instead. Don't slouch. it's bad for your back. As the mom's of the world have said to their children,"sit up straight and stop slouching".

(2) If a person of normal weight can lose 1 pound a week from walking 10 minutes a day.And drink only water and give up juice and soda. How much would a person 360 LBS lose.Or is there a way of even figuring that out.

A - Where did you read 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. In short, a person can't outrun a bad diet with exercise. In order to lose weight and keep it off, a person has to eat right first as well as watch their portions. If you were to exercise and not watch what you eat, you'd become fit, but not necessarily scale lighter.

IN THEORY, a person could lose 1-2 pounds per week if they watched what they ate and engaged in some regular exercise. That number is not guaranteed. How much a person loses really does vary. Keep in mind, this is not the Biggest Loser where people lose week after week. There will be weeks you don't lose. There will even be weeks you gain ! And that doesn't mean you're doing anything wrong.

The fact is, weight loss is not an exact science. In theory, a morbidly obese person might be able to lose 1-2 pounds per week. So, in theory that morbidly obese person might lose 54-108 pounds in a year. It is possible. Lots of SP members have lost 100+ pounds in a year. Could someone with a lot to lose, lose more ? Yes, we've seen it on the Biggest Loser where some contestants have lost 100-150 pounds in six months. However, this is not the norm. Most people trying to lose weight can't dedicate their entire day to losing. They have jobs to go to, family to take care of, classes to take. If all a person did all day was concentrate on losing weight, yes, a person could lose more than a pound a week. The problem is that most of us aren't living on the ranch.

If you get a chance friend member INDYGIRL. at her highest weight, she weighed over 460+ pounds. Two years later, she's lost half that weight. She didn't need the ranch.

(3) When it comes to time on the computer I always use a computer chair. If I switch it with a flat bottom chair or even with my fitness ball will that help keep my core engaged or is it keep my abs engaged oh well.

A - You're fixating too much on how you sit. Just try to sit with good posture, don't worry about engaging your core. Once you start a regular exercise program that includes some core strengthening exercises, how you sit will feel more natural. Don't over analyze. Start with the simple stuff first.

(4) If you can not afford weight or a weight set is it true that a resistance band or tubes would do just as good.

A - YES ! Using resistance bands is a great way to strength train !!


(5) when it comes to fitness trackers and GPS enabled devices and things like fitbit dose anyone ever just use there androids or smart phones.

A - Depends on the person. When I lost weight, I didn't use any of the above. I knew I needed to be more active, so I increased the amount of activity I did. You can use Fitbits or Iphone apps. there are lots out there to help you become more active. But that's the point of these APPs i.e. to help you be more active. It's really on you to decide what you need to do to get moving.

(6) I have a few resistance bands and 1 fitness DVD a Leslie Sansone walking DVD.I also have 2 fitness balls.and 1 pair of hand weights.Is that enough for starting out.IF not could someone give me a few ideas please.

A - That's fine ! You don't need to do a lot to start a regular exercise routine. Start slowly, don't try to do too much too soon or you will end up frustrated, injured or burned out. You want your exercise to become a routine. Thus the need to slowly ease into a routine.

(7) By the way I do not own a step counter do I even need one or can I use my android cell phone.Or if I do need a step counter which is a good one.I am not looking to sped a lot of money but I would rather pay a little extra to get a good one rather then buy one every few months.

A - There are lots of walking APPs you can use that can help you track your steps if you'd like. Why not start by taking a 30 minute walk each day ? Don't worry about how many steps you're taking, just get out and walk. If 30 minutes seems like too much, then start with 10 minutes. Taking three 10 minute walks spaced out through the day still adds up to a 30 minute walk. You can break your workouts up into shorter segments and still get all the health benefits.


If anyone could give me some ideas or answer these questions I would really appreciate it.Thank you and god bless.

Today is always a new day!(And what a good day it will be too!)

Now... I have one last thing you need to think about. When is the last time you had a FULL physical ? If you haven't been to the doctor in a long time, you should make an appointment. before you decide to lose weight or start exercising, you should talk to your doctor. There are important things you need to know such as blood sugar, blood pressure, cholesterol, etc... If you're diabetic, that's going to effect what and how you eat. If you have high blood pressure, that may effect what you do for exercise. The road to good health should always start with a trip to the doctor. And don't be afraid to talk to your doctor, they are there to help.

Mostly, can't emphasize enough the importance of starting slowly. Be patient with yourself and your body. And definitely "friend" member INDYGIRL. she's come a long way.


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Edited by: ARCHIMEDESII at: 5/19/2013 (15:25)
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5/19/13 12:27 P

Hello there everyone it has a while since my last message board post o I am going to post a message with a few questions.

(1) I have heard and read in a lot of places that strengthening up your core is vary important.But what if you have a problem remembering to tighten up your abs while you are sitting.I also would like to know how long dose it take to get in the habit of tightening up your core and abs while sitting.Some times I will think about it and do it for a few seconds but then forget to keep them tightened and relax.How do I keep them tightened without needing to tighten them.

(2) If a person of normal weight can lose 1 pound a week from walking 10 minutes a day.And drink only water and give up juice and soda. How much would a person 360 LBS lose.Or is there a way of even figuring that out.

(3) When it comes to time on the computer I always use a computer chair. If I switch it with a flat bottom chair or even with my fitness ball will that help keep my core engaged or is it keep my abs engaged oh well.

(4) If you can not afford weight or a weight set is it true that a resistance band or tubes would do just as good.

(5) when it comes to fitness trackers and GPS enabled devices and things like fitbit dose anyone ever just use there androids or smart phones.

(6) I have a few resistance bands and 1 fitness DVD a Leslie Sansone walking DVD.I also have 2 fitness balls.and 1 pair of hand weights.Is that enough for starting out.IF not could someone give me a few ideas please.

(7) By the way I do not own a step counter do I even need one or can I use my android cell phone.Or if I do need a step counter which is a good one.I am not looking to sped a lot of money but I would rather pay a little extra to get a good one rather then buy one every few months.

If anyone could give me some ideas or answer these questions I would really appreciate it.Thank you and god bless.

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