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PETIEBUMP SparkPoints: (1,078)
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1/5/13 6:06 P


WOW, there is so much to take in! Right now I am trying to figure out everything nutrition tracker has to offer.

Next weekend, I am getting a treadmill and will start walking 30 minutes a day - 5 days a week. My son is putting together a folder of songs on the Ipod for me to walk to. I'm pretty pumped to get started! I live in the county and my roads aren't very safe for walking on - no sidewalks, posted speeds of 55, but we all know how well that works, a lot of free running dogs - and the list goes on.

I look forward to working out with all of you!

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FITGLAMGIRL Posts: 2,044
1/5/13 2:33 P

I agree with the others as to focus on exercising, not necessarily a number. I would aim for 30 min of exercise 5 days a week and this would be at moderate pace. That should get you close to 1100 calorie burn. What activities do you plan on doing at home?

When I started out I walked the first 4 months of my fitness plan. I usually tried to walk for at least 30-45 min 4-5 days a week. That was a good start for me and then gradually added machines and weights at the gym.

Good luck!



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MALASIL Posts: 66
1/5/13 2:25 P

A conservative estimate says we burn 100 calories per mile of walking. Five 2-mile walks would get you to 1000 calories. A brisk walk is approximately a 15-minute mile. That's five 30-minute workouts, or 2.5 hours for the week. Completely doable!

UNIDENT Posts: 33,498
1/5/13 1:14 P

Definitely don't worry about the fitness goal your first week.

Do whatever exercise you want to do and track that. After a week, you'll see how many calories that's burned, and you can manually set that value as next week's goal.

If you've never exercised before, perhaps start with a 10 minute walk daily and see how you feel.

Deb, in New Zealand
JMCROF SparkPoints: (7,473)
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1/5/13 12:18 P

I agree with Bubble. Start off slow instead of trying to hit that kind of goal starting off. Don't burn out before you even get started.

BUBBLEJ1 Posts: 2,980
1/4/13 9:40 P

The tracker just gives a number based on average calorie burn for however many times a week you said you would workout. It can be changed, and I can give you instructions if needed.

1000calories could be a lot to aim for your first week. I am struggling to meet 500 this week (out of routine, thanks gym holiday hours!!) and I like exercising. For the first few weeks I would just exercise and see how many calories you burn rather than aiming for a specific number. Try a few things out and see what you like to do.


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JENNIFERSTERN SparkPoints: (881)
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1/4/13 9:04 P

Hello all,
I know "you" have the answers. I am trying once again to start this program. This time Ill try ti incorporate the fitness program. The trackers says I have to burn 960 calories. What do I have to do, at home, to accomplish this?
Thank you

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