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ONLINEASLLOU SparkPoints: (73,365)
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1/1/14 12:59 P

I started with Leslie Sansone's DVD's in my home. Her DVD's involve walking (marching) in place and doing some mild movements with the arms. She has some that are "beginner" level and others that are better-suited for "intermediate" level exercisers.

To preview short clips of DVD's for free, you can go to They have several Leslie Sansone DVD's and you can preview them to see if it is something you might be able to incorporate into your life.

As I became more fit, I have branched out and use other DVD's by lots of different people. I find that I can pop one in the DVD player and hit "play" -- as soon as I get home from work and I am done quickly (10-15 minutes per "mile" pace.) Safe, private, I don't have to be out at night, drive to a gym, etc. It's quick, easy, and inexpensive.

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1/1/14 7:58 A


Welcome to Spark People ! I agree with the others. If you've been sedentary for a very long time, you might consider starting with a daily walk. If you're in reasonably good health, you might start with a 30 minute walk. If that seems too much, you can break your workouts up into shorter segments and still get all the benefits. So, if you can't walk for 30 minutes, then walk for 10 minutes. three 10 minute walks spaced out through the day still adds up to a 30 minute walk.

Don't try to do too much too soon or you will end up inured, fatigued or frustrated. Remember, you didn't gain the weight overnight. it's not coming off overnight. So, if you haven't exercised for a very long time, you need to SLOWLY ease into a routine so that your exercise will become just that, a routine.

As your body adapts to a regular walking schedule, you can slowly add in other activities. If you'd like to workout inside because of the cold, check out the fitness section. Coach Nicole has a bunch of short 10-15 minute workouts that can be done at home. Try a couple and see how you feel.

1/1/14 7:47 A

I think setting a goal to go for a short walk, 20-30 minutes 4-7 days a week is a great place to start. I like to go for my walk after I drop my son off at school because I'm already dressed for the weather at that point and I always feel great after I go. Find a time of day that works best for you. Then once you get into the habit of walking daily of you can adjust the length of the walk or the speed to make it more challenging.


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12/31/13 4:58 P

You could try just walking for 20-30 minutes. There are also a lot of workout videos that will give you an option of doing the workout as the lead person is doing it, or following one of the people behind him/her that are doing an easier version of the exercise.
When I started working out again a couple of year ago, I started out walking and then gradually moved up my speed until I was eventually running a couple of miles per day. Of course I ran in high school which wasn't so long ago.

FLUFFYME2013 SparkPoints: (112)
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12/31/13 4:37 P

What's the best workout to start with. I haven't worked out in years and I don't want to over do it but I want to get a good workout in. Something to easy my body back into. Anybody have any ideas please share with me. Thanks.

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