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LESMUM Posts: 4
12/31/12 8:41 A

thank you for your reply. I am already watching what I am eating, but have not yet started tracking calories, which I plan to start doing next week, when life returns to its normal routine.

My doctor is the one who suggested walking to increase endurance and capacity of breathing. I would just like to use it as part of my exercise programme and the
get most benefit from it, both from a health point of view and also as a calorie burner. At the moment it is the only form of exercise I do.

Again, thank you for your interest in helping me.

LESMUM Posts: 4
12/31/12 8:35 A

thank you for your advice and encouragement.

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12/30/12 12:04 A

Hi LESMUM,

Weight loss is primarily from what we consume (or don't consume) which is why tracking calories is a must when it comes to weight loss. That being said, with a history of emphysema have you spoken to your doctor about what exercises he/she would be of most benefit to you and your medical condition. If not, that may be a starting point. Remember any exercise is better than nothing so never underestimate the power of walking.

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TACDGB Posts: 6,132
12/29/12 10:47 P

exercise is about working out smarter not harder. So I would increase the speed for a few minutes go back to the same speed and then increase the incline. Every day I would add a minute to your time until you get to a place where you are working out for 45 to 50 minutes. Good 4 u for doing this. Your body will thank you. With your breathing issues walking according to that. I have arthritis so I use my treadmill according to my knee and how it feels that day.

LESMUM Posts: 4
12/29/12 10:40 P

I am 63, 30 pounds overweight and have emphysema. I can walk my treadmill for 30 minutes at 2.5 speed and 2 (out of 10) incline. I want to improve my endurance and lose weight,but don't know the best way to go about it.

Do I stay at the same incline and increase speed? Try to put in more time(difficult)? Increase incline and stat at the same speed? Etc.etc.

any input would be appreciated as I am new to the whole idea of exercising daily and want to do what is best to help me maximize my endurance, get fit AND lose weight.


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