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3/31/13 9:25 P

Strength training. This is a good reminder that I need to do it more, it made huge changes to my well being both mentally and physically in the past.

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3/31/13 9:17 P

Running helped in the past but now I use the elliptical. There's no one activity, you need a balance of cardio and strengthening, plus stretching.

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3/31/13 7:13 P

Walking. It' s doable for me .

Edited by: JGMARIE80 at: 3/31/2013 (19:13)

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3/31/13 2:26 P

I'd love to say running, since that is what I am into, now, but honestly it was the elliptical machine that got me in shape when I first started working out. Once I could be confident on that, I moved to the treadmill, and now I'm running on tracts and signed up for my first run!
Thanks, Elliptical! :)

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3/30/13 7:14 P

I would vote strength training as well... I really do like the challenge and the results - all while rocking out to great music on my ipod.

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3/30/13 7:14 P

I hate running, so I rollerblade. I got back into it last summer after 10 years and I'm really glad I did. It's so much fun and (bonus!) it works your inner thigh muscles more than running does.

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3/30/13 6:35 P

Strength training! Without it I don't think I would have lost as much weight as I have.

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3/30/13 6:28 P

Zumba! I've been going to two or three classes a week for a year and a half now. I've NEVER stuck with any other exercise for more than a few months before.

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3/30/13 6:06 P

Jogging, walking was getting too slow for me.

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3/30/13 5:40 P

Weight training and cardio, especially running!

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3/30/13 5:34 P

I hated doing cardio until I discovered Wii Just Dance games, now I do cardio everyday almost.

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3/30/13 12:56 P

Variety has been a key for me. My mind gets bored doing the same exercises over and over. So I have a collection of DVD's that vary in styles and intensity. I mix it up based on how I am feeling that day and/or what I think I need on any given day. That variety keeps my mind active and helps me avoid getting into a rut and losing the spark.

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3/30/13 5:51 A

Walking the stairs at my gym there are floor stories in the Y center I go. It dates back to when young men really did stay their. there are two passages of stairs in the back we use for walking/running up and down. The time has made me walk with better posture which has eased my back pain.

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3/29/13 6:00 P

step aerobics

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3/29/13 4:43 P


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3/29/13 12:22 P

For me it was my Leslie Sansone and BeachBody DVDs at home. I was going to classes but driving there and having to be there at a certain time was kind of a hassle. Being able to do the workouts at home, on my own time, whenever it worked for me, on my laptop so I could do it anywhere - that kept me consistent and got me the results I have and hope to continue to see.

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3/29/13 9:46 A

Insanity by Beachbody...I lost 20 pounds very quickly doing it.

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3/28/13 9:16 P

group power weight lifting class.......Love it........ emoticon would recommend it to anyone.

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3/28/13 3:06 P

Toning: present participle of tone (Verb)
Give greater strength or firmness to (the body or a part of it): "exercise tones up the muscles".
(of a muscle or bodily part) Became stronger or firmer.

So yes, while my strength training exercise helped me burn cals and lose fat helping to define my arms muscles, I would definitely say that my arms muscles are stronger and more firm due to strength training.

Edited by: KKENT4950 at: 3/28/2013 (15:06)

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3/28/13 1:46 P

"Toning" happens when one loses enough fat to let the muscles be defined. It is more related to what one eats rather than a particular exercise. What helped me most initially was cardio + tracking my nutrition when I was about 60lbs overweight. Once I was down to 10lbs overweight, I benefited mostly from heavy lifting + stricter control of caloric intake. I would say by far the most important factor was control of caloric intake, exercise was only secondary.

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3/28/13 1:07 P

I use the Team Beachbody Les Mills Combat and Pump DVD's at home. They got me through a frustrating plateau I had been stuck at for over two months.

I used to do these workouts at the local gym a long time ago (when I had more time) with awesome results.

emoticon emoticon Glad I can now do them at home.

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3/28/13 12:45 P

I never used to do classes at my gym. Did some intense cardio and weight machines, but never got the results toning wise I wanted.

Now I do classes at my gym and feel much more fit.


Bootcamp - alternating cardio and strength training:. 60 mins of sweat inducing awesomeness.
Have definitely seen a difference because of this class.

Group Power - another 60 min class in which we use barbells, with squats and ab work. It's helped tone my arms so much!

Zumba - great class for the in between days of vigorous workouts. Lots of fun.


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