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DEANNA0725 SparkPoints: (22,611)
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10/7/13 12:45 P

I think that walking will be the best way to start. Not only are you getting in some exercise minutes, but it gives you time to stop and smell the roses as I say. Nothing beats walking and seeing the birds in the sky, the squirrels running around, the leaves on the trees changing color and the best sounds of all compliments of Mother Nature.

AGILEDOBE Posts: 428
10/7/13 11:09 A

I agree with everyone else, i just started exercise 3months ago & didn't really monitor my diet until 6 weeks ago. Listen to your body and workout till you start to feel the strain, then stop for the day. The next week, try to go a little further. At first I was only able to walk the treadmill 15 minutes, now I'm up to 45 minutes. I do weights for upper body every other day, followed by a high protein snack about 30 minutes later. Your muscles need a day of rest between weight workouts. I also do a few minutes of stretches while still warmed up After the treadmill cool down period and I listen to oldies to dance for a few minutes which for me is also cardio since I am out of condition. Just mix it up and reduce your calorie intake. Diet is most important to weight loss, and exercise is for toning as you lose.
SP is great but you must log everything that you eat and weigh portions as much as possible.
Check to be sure you are eating balanced, ie 50 % carbs, 20 % protein and 30 of fats.
Dpn't expect changes overnight since the situation didn't occur overnight...good luck

Edited by: AGILEDOBE at: 10/7/2013 (11:12)
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JESSAELINN SparkPoints: (18,092)
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10/7/13 9:55 A

I've lost almost 50 pounds doing 30 minutes of cardio, 5 days a week, 20 minutes of weight training at least 2 times a week.. So start with your routine, it sounds good, but add weight training. Lean muscles that are acheived through weight training more readily burn fat. The main goal to have is to watch your food intake, since 80% of weight loss is what you eat. So start with small changes in your diet, allow yourself a little breathing room once a week, but no more than a few hundred calories extra. The reason I say that is because if you refrain from all "bad" food, it is often too difficult for a lot of people. It usually ends up being too hard. What happened with me in the past is I've given up, ate horrible for a day or so, then because I enjoyed it so much, I just kept on eating it becase I just couldn't give it up completely like I thought I should do. So now? I choose not to be so hard on myself so that I don't just give in like before. For example, if I've had a really great week keeping in or very close to my calorie range, I give myself that ice cream, or the french fries, etc. Just for the DAY, or for ONE MEAL not as a usual daily habit. I hope that helps!

ONLINEASLLOU SparkPoints: (58,031)
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10/6/13 10:03 P

I agree with setting modest goals in the beginning. I started out 6 years ago with the goal of 15 minutes, 3 times per week. Now 6 years later, my weekly goal is 150 minutes (30 minutes per day x 5 days per week). While I sometimes do a little more, I find that if I push to hard, my body feels a bit battered and the over-exercise becomes counter-productive.

For what it is worth, I do exercise DVD's at home. They are easy, inexpensive and there is a wide variety of styles available.

"Aim for progression, not perfection." -- SP Coach Nancy

"There is hope for me. There is hope for all of us." -- llou
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10/6/13 9:25 P

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CALLMECARRIE Posts: 1,598
10/6/13 9:05 P

In my opinion, walking is the ideal beginning exercise. It's not sexy, but it's effective. It sounds like you're off to an ambitious start, which is OK if you're already pretty fit, but don't fall prey to the common mistake of exercising too hard at the beginning. Slow and steady wins the race, as my doctor told me.

"I owe everything you see here to spaghetti."

-Sophia Loren
ALANASHER1 SparkPoints: (896)
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10/6/13 8:11 P

HELLO THERE IM A BEGGINER I STARTED 3 DAYS AGO ON SPARK IM AIMING TO DO 360 MINUTES FITNESS PER WEEK . 3 TIMES A WEEK 30 MIN CARDIO FOLLOWED BY 30 MIN STRENCH EXERCICES IS IT OK...OR IM SUPPOSED TO DO MORE .THANKS FOR UR HELP.

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