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JAMIRBLAZE Posts: 966
7/4/13 10:26 P

Walking and swimming are great, but one of my favorite light activities to do is put on some music and groove. I'm sure that I look silly, but it gets my heart rate up and gets me moving.

TOGEMON Posts: 244
7/4/13 10:04 P

I agree with all the other posters - walking and swimming are both great options! You can go at your own pace, start out slow and do what you can. Then you can increase the intensity (and add other activities if you want) as you are ready.

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AZULVIOLETA6 SparkPoints: (65,213)
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7/4/13 2:33 P

For me weight loss is 80% exercise and 20% diet. All of us are different. I could eat perfectly for weeks at a time and I would not lose anything if I was not also exercising.

Walking is a great start. When I started exercising after a long illness, swimming was a good choice for me because it was non-weight-bearing. It is also cool and refreshing, which is great if you are out of the habit of sweating or if you are living in a hot/humid climate. Plus it is very easy to measure how far you have gone in laps or lengths and increase that incrementally. I went from bedridden to swimming a SLOW half mile three days a week to being someone who works out hard for at a least an hour six days a week. It took me a year to really build up muscle mass and endurance again.

Good luck!

LEAH_ASHLEY SparkPoints: (13,891)
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7/3/13 3:32 P

Hi!
One of my favorite things is walking... Finding somewhere with a beautiful view and just walking, discovering, thinking.. It can give you time to reflect internally, or just be transcendental and enjoy the nature around you.
But when it comes to exercise, I'd say find something that you DO love and enjoy doing.
Best of luck to you,
Leah Ashley

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 56,657
7/3/13 7:09 A

Hi Chris

When it comes to weight loss, the majority of your progress comes from diet, not exercise. So don't feel like it's inevitable that you'll gain the weight back if you can't exercise. As long as you're careful with your food choices, that's what matters most.

As far as exercise goes, I think light walking is a great start. Once you get into a regular routine and start feeling stronger, then you can add more activities when you're ready.

Coach Jen

CHRISFROMCT Posts: 182
7/3/13 7:01 A

I recently went thru chemo and haven't been particularly active since. To be honest, however, I've been fairly sedentary for quite some time.

I'm eating fairly sensibly, but without increased physical activity I'm not going to be able to keep off the weight I lost over the past couple of months - 15 pounds. It kind of felt like a new beginning to shed a few pounds.

I'm 5'7" and weight 193 pounds. During the winter I weighed 210 and losing those pounds gave me a little spurt of energy, once I recovered.

I'm in the northeast; it's been hot and humid. Any suggestions on how to build a light routine that will burn some calories .. .. .. and be built upon as I go along? Is walking enough to get me started?

My doctor has given me the go ahead to do whatever I feel up to. Because I've been sedentary for a long time, when I think of exercise, it kind of makes my hair curl, but I think losing some more weight will be a very good thing for me



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