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11/1/13 8:25 A

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I find the "workout generator" on this site very helpful (find it under fitness in articles and videos). You can put in your level, beginner or advanced, select which type of exercise you want and how long you want to do it and they will give you suggested routines.
Keep in mind that you do not have to use weights to start out with, you can create resistance yourself with just your body.
Also I find that, for me, many of the workouts don't take quite as long as they say.
The Coach Nicole videos are good too. There really is lots of great stuff on this site if you take the time to look around.

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11/1/13 7:17 A

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I don't know about anybody else... but when I started, I was used to doing nothing at all. So I started with walking. It's free, readily available just about any time, and all you need is a pair of decent shoes. At first my goal was 10 minutes a day, every day. Didn't take long before I was exceeding that, doing 20 minutes a day. Progressed to including a short hill. Once a week or so, I'd just keep walking til my legs were tired and I was ready to quit. Sometimes made it 50 or 60 minutes.

Over a period of time, I've added stuff, changed stuff up, done videos when the weather's bad, etc. But start where you are, and choose something that's a bit of a challenge but do-able. Just like changing your eating habits-- you want to start small and build a firm foundation. As it becomes easier or more routine, you can then add time or try something that's more of a challenge.

For strength training, there are a lot of demo's and videos here on Spark-- many of the videos are short (10 minutes or less) and require no equipment. Coach Nicole is really good at mentioning modifiers to make things easier.

I don't think it's realistic to think someone would go from being a total couch potato, to doing Insanity or something like that, overnight. There may indeed be some people who could do it.... but for a lot of us, it wouldn't be something we could sustain for more than a week before giving up.

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10/31/13 10:42 P

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So I am browsing through a lot of workout tips and exercises and I won't lie as someone as new as I am it can be very intimidating. I am looking for a realistic place to start. A goal that I can try to achieve that won't have me gasping for air and feeling like i'm about to keel over on day 1 of a workout routine. Where did everyone else seem to find a good starting point?

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