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DIDS70 Posts: 5,368
1/4/13 9:22 A

I agree that you can't out exercise a bad diet. But, I LOVE EXERCISE (one of the mantras I need to repeat to myself all day today). I may not love the act of doing it when I am doing it, but I love how I feel 5 minutes later. I love the fact that I have real energy and sleep much better.
I love tabata, surge, burst, or HIIT training. It is so fun and I am done in 12-20 minutes. I find workouts all over the place and have three sets of DVD's. I don't do cardio in the sense of treadmills, ellipticals or power walking. When I walk, it is to enjoy nature. I may walk faster than a normal walk, but not a power walk. We have some metro parks in the area and they have beautiful walking paths. I get cardio in my surge training by doing bicycles or running in place.
Get your kids involved with you in the kitchen. If the kids help you cook it, they won't have a problem eating it.

TACDGB Posts: 6,136
1/3/13 10:49 P

welcome and good luck in this. I would start by walking and then add strength training. Your diet has to be right as you can't out train a bad diet. Exercise has so many health benefits to it.

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1/3/13 5:53 P

A mixture of cardio and strength training would be ideal.

My advice is just to start one, either one, and then eventually alternate your workouts with another video or activity. Variety is important so you don't get bored, and also to avoid injuries from doing the same thing over and over every day.

Best wishes, and welcome to Sparkpeople, Stef! :)

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1/3/13 5:35 P

Hi Stef,

Expending more calories than you consume is the way we lose weight, however, exercise offers so many more benefits to our health than just losing weight--our body's become more insulin sensitive, we can experience a drop in blood pressure, we sleep better, we gain more energy, etc.. In fact according to Alex Hutchinson's book (which I highly recommend) Which Come First, Cardio or Weights? changes within the body happpen immediately following any type of exercise, whether you select cardio or strength training. And know that 10 minutes can be a huge benefit so if you that is all the time you can find, anything trumps nothing.


Coach Nancy

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (61,289)
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1/3/13 5:21 P

Exercise is actually not the best way to lose weight. :) while it IS critical to healthy living, it doesn't matter so much what kind of exercise you do, only THAT you do it (and make sure it's a balanced program with cardio and good, quality strength training).

What helps you lose weight is the food you eat. You simply can't out-exercise a bad diet!

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1/3/13 5:15 P

Hello all,

Firstly im new here and have 50lbs that Id like to drop before summer.

I am FT working single mom but have decided to just deal with early am workouts.

I have had a hard time dropping lbs and am wonderingnif I should do more cardio or weights to start? Im thinking turbo fire or chalean extreme. I can walk five days a week.

Any advice appreciated.


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