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Exercise

Monday, July 01, 2013

I decided no more excuses with exercise so I went to a class this morning.

Zumba.

Okay, so probably not the brightest choice for someone who had not exercised in a loooong time. There's always an excuse. I don't feel well. I'm too busy. The problem is I think I've internalized this so much that I'm afraid to exercise. What if I overdo it and die? Seems like a silly question, but I do think it. Part of having anxiety. It's hard for me to tell the difference between my body telling me to stop and my mind telling me to stop.

Well, I went and I was terrible at it but I'm proud of myself anyway. I'm not sure I will go back just yet. The workout was too strenuous for me as someone getting back into fitness. I'm a little shaky now. I'll likely find something a little less aggressive - even if I adapted the workout to be more low impact - and work back up to it. My goal is to get fit, not ruin myself in the process.

My words for the day: Stay active, but stay smart!
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FAVALL 7/3/2013 4:15PM

    I started my exercise journey with Zumba classes, too. I'd stand in the back and move as much as I could. Overtime I've improved in abilities but I've always had fun at the classes. Never hurt myself or regretted going. At my weight, a Zumba class of 60 minutes burns 700 calories. I'd have to walk fast for 4 hours to use that many calories. It really tones the middle and side sections. The time flys and I have a blast.

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1STATEOFDENIAL 7/1/2013 9:45PM

    Instead of asking yourself 'what if something goes wrong' you asked 'what if everything goes right'? Starting off with Zumba is rough, but at least you know that doing some high-paced exercise isn't going to do serious, permanent damage. I suggest going to more classes and sticking with what you can do. If you need to slow down, modify a movement, or completely stop for a minute to rest, YOU CAN DO THAT. Every single person in that class was a newbie at one point. They all know it's hard at the beginning. Work at your own pace but challenge yourself enough to feel it but not enough to hurt yourself. Then talk to other people in the group and make some new friends to help you out. If you don't understand a move or need some advice, after class talk to people about it.

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SNOOPY6180 7/1/2013 9:09PM

    Good for you for trying Zumba! Good for you for not following the excuses!

And yes, every little thing can help, so if you're worried about overdoing it, just start gradually with like 10 or 15 minutes and gradually move up so you don't do too much too fast.

YAY YOU!!!

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AKATHLEEN54 7/1/2013 10:33AM

    Well you did go so that's great!! Maybe try some of the Sparkpeople videos. Coach Nicole and the other fitness coaches are great and they offer different levels during the video depending on what your level is so you can workout at your own pace. You can even stop if you are tired or feel like you are overdoing it and it is in the privacy of your own home. You have the right idea though.... get fit, but don't hurt yourself. You just need to find something you enjoy and that you can do at your own pace. emoticon emoticon

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