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WADINGMOOSE
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6/26/13 2:30 P

My LEAST favorite moment when I'm exercising is when I start to sweat. It lasts about 30 seconds or so. I get uncomfortably hot and think, "man, the air conditioning in here mustn't be working right." There's this icky feeling to my skin as it starts to try to cool itself off. I'm fairly certain this is why I'm happiest in an arid or semi-arid climate because humidity makes me UNhappy.

But then I get past that 30 seconds and I've started sweating. Since I'm working my way through the C25K program, somedays that sweat is dripping off me and I'm surprised the person on the next treadmill hasn't left in disgust. I also attribute this to some of the higher humidity levels we currently have.

Anyway, in those 30 seconds, I feel like I'm working too hard. Harder than I worked in my last training session. And there's a part of me that dreads the rest of the workout.

When you said that you get tired after 2 minutes, I wonder if this is what you're feeling. That uncomfortable feeling when your body starts to work to cool itself off. Not that I'm advising working harder, but maybe just trying to work through that feeling, letting your body start to work the way it's supposed to and cool itself.

Because the BEST feeling for me is when I'm done my workout and my clothes are soaked with sweat, my hair is flat and starting to curl up and I know I put in a great effort.

And then I see one of the trainers at the gym wearing a "sweat is fat crying" t-shirt and I walk out smiling.

It's also hard to tell what "losing your breath" means to you. Are you starting to get winded? That's ok and desirable. Consider the talk test - you're out of breath but still able to talk to someone, you're at the right intensity. If you can sing? You're not working hard enough.




AMYRYLE
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6/26/13 11:17 A

Whenever I have gone for several months w/o exercise, I find I can get a good work out from the Wii Fit. It has fun balance games, easy yoga poses, strength training that I find challengins, and even some simple cardio like stepping or more advanced cardio like hula hooping. You may want to find a chair exercise DVD, where you sit the whole time, but work mostly your arms and legs. That might help build your endurance past 5 minutes before losing your breathe. Hope these ideas help.



NIKKILYNNG
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6/26/13 10:27 A

I actually found this advice to be pretty helpful. Cause the fact that you can get to five minutes seems like a miracle to me. I did twelve jumping jacks and thought I was gonna pass out. That's like 30 seconds. But I really can't wait to try some of the techniques that were offered on here.



MLAN613
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6/25/13 4:29 P

Absolutely. Exercise that you find fun is something you will stick with long term. I took a boot camp class and we played dodgeball sometimes for cardio. I also agree that group fitness classes can be fun. And a good instructor will give low impact alternatives, especially if you let him.her know you're new.

Edited by: MLAN613 at: 6/25/2013 (16:30)


CATHWREN
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6/25/13 3:27 P

If you are seriously out of breath after 5 minutes, check that you aren't working too hard. If you don't think you are working too hard, you might want to check with your doctor about whether you may have exercise induced asthma. I have it and have had to start extremely slowly and build up to more exercise. It can be done but I can't push it too hard or I end up with an asthma attack.

He had me on a treadmill and to walk (running is out of the question for me) until just before I felt an attack coming on (about 5 minutes). Then we dropped back to 3 minutes. After a couple of days at 3 minutes I added a minute and did that every couple of days until I was up to 20 minutes. It is frustrating because I feel like I'm at what a "normal" person would be starting out but it was the only way to get going.

This doesn't really address your original question but your description of your experience sounded so much like mine that I wanted to mention it.

Good luck...



MAIM138
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6/25/13 2:22 P

If you have any devices or apps or are looking at a treadmill display, you can set little games in your head. Think... "I want to get to x calories burned by x minute." or "I want to reach the mile mark by this time," etc.

If you have a heart rate monitor, try doing different exercises for one minute each and see which ones burn the most calories. Different things like squat and press, jumping lunges, jogging in a circle around your living room, jump rope, bicycle crunches, etc. -- see how many calories you can burn in a minute then try to beat it. Or, see how long it takes you of doing x to burn 100 calories. Stuff like that.



MEGAPEEJ
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6/24/13 1:42 P

Can you set mini-goals for your exercise? If you can only do 2 minutes before having to stop, aim to do 2 mins 30 seconds - you can do anything for 30 seconds, right? Maybe after a few more times, go to 3 minutes. If you're really having trouble hitting 2, ease up on the intensity a little bit. Let your body get used to exercising for more than 2 minutes at a time, and then you can up the intensity when it can handle it a little better.

I also find this is where SparkPoints come in handy - I loooooove getting "points" (even if they're pointless, lol) so trying to get those fitness minute trophies have really helped me fit in exercise as often as possible.



OBIESMOM2
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6/24/13 1:30 P

I do this all the time. If I'm using the treadmill, I try to run longer than the person beside me. If I'm walking or running outside, I try to keep others from passing or lapping me.

you can also do a virtual walk or bike ride. Figure out the distance from your home to some place you've always wanted to go, and walk there. Keep track of your miles and celebrate when you complete the mileage



SJIVERSON
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6/24/13 9:49 A

I make a game out of walking! I bought a pedometer and tried to walk a little further every time I went walking. I track steps walked, how many minutes I walk, and calories I can burn. Just an idea, but it worked for me. Each time I would try and beat my last stats. emoticon



DRAGONCHILDE
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6/24/13 9:40 A

Also if you do the Zombies, Run! games, you don't *actually* have to run. I did the first 20+ missions walking. :)



HEALTHYFOREVER4
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6/24/13 9:31 A

If you like video games, there's a website, Fitocracy, where you earn points to level up based on your exercise! Also, when you get a little more stamina, you could try the Zombies, Run! apps. They have a 5K training one, and it's super fun. emoticon

I used to hate exercise, but now it feels like a game I play against myself. That's another way you could look at it, if it helps. For example, when strength training, I'm always trying to do at least one more rep than I did last time.



KNUCKLES145
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6/23/13 11:17 A

for the past two months I have been hiking a couple of times a week (plain walking a couple of more times per week) with the goal of making it to the top of a local mountain by the end of this month. while going up the steep part, its hike a minute, rest a minute, hike a minute, rest a minute.

I agree with the others that maybe finding something less intense to start with might be better. and maybe find some sport/game that you enjoy doing. I have a good friend who plays pickle ball and loves it. I keep planning on trying it. find somebody to walk with. I do so much better getting in my exercise when I have a friend to walk with.

you can turn anything into a game. just set reasonable goals for yourself :)




SIMONEKP
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6/23/13 10:44 A

try Wii



ROANNE_N
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6/23/13 9:35 A

Have you tried using a Wii? That makes exercise more fun and feels like playing rather than exercising.

I'm also trying to make a habit of exercising. So often I will be all gung ho for a couple of weeks and then I lose interest and quit. I've started reading a book on my kindle called "Surprisingly Unstuck". It talks about making "ridiculously small steps" to begin making exercise a habit. Such as starting out like you are doing - just a few minutes at a time, which will make it a habit and then you can start adding to it. But making exercise a habit, something you do without even thinking about is the first step. It makes a lot of sense.

If you get too out f breath after 2 minutes to continue, then try going slower or doing something easier. I've been looking for a workout partner if you are interested!



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ZORBS13
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6/23/13 9:21 A

One way I made exercise a game when first starting out is that I took all group fitness classes, and the game was to see if I could *not* be the first person to stop for a water break. I could barely make it 5 minutes when I was a beginner..that was almost 13 years ago now.

Edited by: ZORBS13 at: 6/23/2013 (09:22)


YOGAGEEK
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6/23/13 8:42 A

One of the simplest ways to make it into a game is to find someone else who's interested in getting fit and compete against them, or to even join a local sports club. If you don't have anyone else to compete against, you can set goals and reward yourself (with something other than food) for reaching them. For instance, if there's something you're saving up for you can put money aside for it every day that you reach your 15 minute goal.

What sort of exercise are you doing? Unless you're doing HIIT or otherwise training at a vigorous intensity, you shouldn't be getting out of breath in the first two minutes (and if you are doing something like that and hate it so much you quit after two minutes, you're better off doing more moderate exercise). Try scaling it down. Walking at a pace where you're feeling slightly out of breath but can still hold a conversation is great; if you're going slower than that you're not really doing yourself any favours, as you need to push yourself outside your comfort zone. To get aerobic benefits you really want to be doing something like that for at least ten minutes, but if even gentle exercise has you gasping for air in less time then take it slowly and build up to it.



CHOWARD226
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6/23/13 8:28 A

I always love games and i'm wondering if i can make exercise a game and be able to win. I'm just starting out. Seriously 5 minutes of exercise and I'll be out of breath. I don't like to be out of breath. I would love to have a way that I could make a good habit of exercising. I thought about 5 minutes three times a day to begin with but I usually get out of breath in the first two minutes and quit. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.

Chrissy
PS. I cant do high impact yet



 
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