I went to your Sparkpage and did a little research on you. I know you have a very responsible and hectic job which leads to a great deal of stress in your daily life. You also admit to being a "stress eater" I think the term was. I applaud you for coming to Sparkpeople and joining us on your journey to a healthier lifestyle.
As to your question regarding cadio vs strength training. It's not an either/or situation. At your fitness level it's a BOTH situation. Primarily you need to improve your overall physical fitness through both exercise and diet. On this message board we will concentrate on the exercise portion.
Considering your fitness level and age, I would suggest the following: A cardio warm-up of 10 minutes +/- to get the blood flowing, followed by a light full-body strength training routine. This type of routine can be done using machines if you are at a gym or light dumbbell weights if you are at home. If you want to see some exercises, go to the fitness tab under Articles and Videos to show you some basic routines.
Follow your strength training with another 20-30 minutes of low impact cardio exercise. You can alternate using the bike, walking either outside or on a treadmill, and an elliptical machine if you have one available, or take a class. Remember, you are just in the beginning phases of regaining your physical fitness, so take it slow and easy. Naturally, your brain will want to progress faster than your body is ready for, so hold back the reins and take the time to build up your fitness level slowly.
If you would like more information, you can visit my blog or direct your questions to me by email.
Good luck, and JUICE to you.
Nothing tastes as good as healthy feels and looks.
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