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OLGA18 SparkPoints: (12,401)
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6/5/13 3:10 P

I agree that the fitness videos and plans here on SP are excellent. You can watch demo's which are really helpful to show you proper form. I use them almost every day.

LEC358 SparkPoints: (9,740)
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6/5/13 3:04 P

Check out the videos in the fitness section here. They're a good place to get started

SIMONEKP Posts: 2,561
6/5/13 1:57 P

Changing the routine is effective.

MARLAMICHELLE SparkPoints: (2,560)
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6/5/13 12:30 P

Okay guys :) and I'll definitely do some strength training now, but what sorts of training is newbie friendly?

MATTHEW0498 SparkPoints: (31,975)
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6/5/13 10:28 A

You might want to try mixing it up, perhaps doing the elliptical and incorporating some strength training. Don't go crazy but don't let your workouts get too easy either.

TORIAMAE Posts: 1,080
6/5/13 10:13 A

The most effective exercise is the one that you do. So, if you consistently feel like junk after you work out, scale back. If you are able to consistently do the same workout for a while and feel like "maybe I could do more" go for it!

It sounds like you are just getting started, so if it were me, I'd build up the habit and increase a little at a time.

LISS741 SparkPoints: (27,095)
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6/5/13 9:20 A

Highly recommend some strength training. Another SP member told me about that about a month and a half ago and let me tell you I have seen a big difference in the scale since I started incorporating that. Good luck!

LEC358 SparkPoints: (9,740)
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6/5/13 9:13 A

Sounds like you're making great progress. The rule of thumb for running is to increase your distance by 10% or less. Also, adding more strength training might be a good idea.

MARLAMICHELLE SparkPoints: (2,560)
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6/5/13 8:59 A

So I started going to the gym on monday. I usually walk/jog a mile (indoor track; I walk a lap, then run a lap since I heard interval training boosts your metabolism), do about 20-30 pushups, 3 sets of Flutter kicks (military stile) and then use a stationary bike for 20 minutes.

The first day everytime I sat down it felt like I couldn't get up (because i'm super out of shape) but now I can't feel it after my workout. I build up a sweat and when I stop I'm tired and stuff but 20 minutes later I'm back to normal.

Should I go ahead and like, "up" that? Or is it too early? I heard that if you work TOO hard you can actually hurt yourself, so i wanted to be cautious. What do you all think?

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