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Hello Turtles! After looking over your comments, it looks like I am a Turtle-contender! At 55 years old, with bad knees, wobbly ankles, osteoporosis, and old surgical scars that flare-up from time to time (not to mention a sedentary job), I am ready to just be a turtle.. I am in no hurry to lose this weight and sacrifice my bod' for too much pain! No pain, no gain is just 'hot air'! You can TOO be in good shape with a healthy program of walking and low-impact exercise!
It's sure hard to admit to the many years that have piled up, but I feel I need to respect my body and not push over the limit. Doing that only leads to potential injury/damage, which in turn will negate alllll the hard work!
Right now, I get my cardio on the treadmill (but it's too temtping to go overboard there), and my resistance training at the Curves circuit. Stretching is a huge part of the picture too. I'm just not graceful enough for Yoga or any sort of dance exercise! I'm thinking of getting a Ball, but DH might yelp if I bring anymore fitness equipment into this house! ha!
Thanks for listening, and I do plan to participate here with you Nice Turtles, anticipating that I have a new level of fitness & weight loss just ahead for me!



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Eve,

You have only been at this for a month and you have been very successful in your weight loss to date. I wouldn't let one week without a weight loss cause you to think you need to change something. Turtlling is all about establishing healthy and sustainable habits. Your lack of a loss this week could be nothing more than weighing at a different time or circumstance or having more undigested food weighing you down or being more hydrated this time when you weighed or any one of a number of other things that are really irrelevant to reducing body fat.

As for your exercise routine, if you are getting bored with it then by all means you should change it up just to keep it interesting and enjoyable for you.

Edited by: NANCYJAC at: 2/13/2007 (20:33)
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Eve, they do say if your routine is the same, your body gets used to it so you need to change what you are doing. Are you also doing strength training exercises? You are supposed to lose more weight if you have more muscle too from strength training.

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rosy.. i do the cardio in between too..plus i do 20 mins on each of these , two before the circut and one after wards.. cross trainer or elliptic.., stationary bike, treadmill.. but i am thinking need to mix up or something.. i am keeping my heart rate up..soooo maybe i need a cool down period.. who knows..?
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Eve, on the circuit training you are doing, do you only do the machines or do you also do the cardio stations in between machines? I originally was only doing the machines and then I added the cardio stations and increased my time and that seemed to help me. You can also pick up the speed at each machine and get more reps in in the 30 seconds or whatever time is on each machine. I need to get back to it but can't go to the gym now for awhile.

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i too enjoy the elliptic..or however it is spelt..but the going backwards messes me up..
spinning or cycling class i reallly enjoy..i missed yesterday because my weeks schedule is changed so i will go sun tues thrus this week..might do saturday too...but usually is mon/wed/fri..
i have been lazy on my circut training this past week, maybe that's why i didn't lose any weight his week....didn't gain but didn't lose..mind u my weight on sunday was 185.. but report day..tuesday was 187.. and its not right to lie. tempting but the only person i wud lie to was myself..
i think i may have to change my workout.. i am getting bored of it.. increases weights but still nothing really happening..
any suggestions?..i do basically a curves circut.

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Good job T4C. Keep right at it and you will for sure be seing that goal.

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Today is 19 minutes. Will work my way up one minute at a time just to get in the habit of daily exercise. Need to be in the habit... Then in March I will do 35 m. a day plus work in strength training and core exercises. It's going okay so far! gradually everything will build up (over the next six months) until I'm doing 60 minutes of cardio per day...Once I reach my ultimate goal I should, theoretically, be able to scale back my cardio time to 30-45 minutes at least 5 times a week and the other stuff 2-3 times a week.

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I am a dyed in the wool elliptical lover! That's what I use when I work out and it's the bomb! You will really get a good cardio workout all over, but it's so gentle to the joints. I wish I had one at home.....

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emoticon T4C...getting back on track. I think the more fit you are the pounds will automatically start coming off. Just be patient and like the rest of of turtles, crawl along. I too think the elliptical is good exercise and no strain on knees.

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Hi everybody, I'm trying to utilize all the tools so I'll jump in here as well. I too have an elliptical trainer. I bought it for my birthday last year. I've only used it hit and miss...just a few times when I first got it, five days a week much of the summer, then skipped a months, then a couple of times a week, then every day, and now I'm starting over again. I've been inconsistent for sure! Not very turtle-like of me. I may not have lost any weight in the last year but I've definately become healthier.

My BP was high enough my doc wanted to medicate me to barely borderline now. That's just from exercising here and there--what if I do it daily?? Also, I noticed my heart rate recovery time is vastly improved. And my knees, which have been bothering me since I got up over 200 lbs. do not hurt after using the elliptical.

You are all such good examples of turtle exercise. You stick to your programs and do your best. I'm going to start doing that too. Forget my lbs. goal and all that. I'm going to start concentrating on fitness goals. Making a plan and sticking to it, turtling away.


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That's great news, Nancy! Isn't it great that these wonderful bodies respond so well when we take care of them like we should? It still blows my mind that I can feel this GOOD after feeling so bad for so long. Thanks for sharing your good news with us.

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Did something after my workout today that I hadn't done in a while. After 30 minutes of circuit training I jumped on my exercise bike to use it as a cool down. It has a built in heart rate monitor so it lets me see what heart rate I was sustaining during the ciruit training and then monitors it as I cool down. Today I got my heart rate all the way up to 185 (130 is the bottom of my training range) and it took a full 20 minutes of just leisurely pedaling my bike before it dropped back down to below 130. For me this is a good sign that my metabolic rate is continuing to improve from the damage from the HT.

Edited by: NANCYJAC at: 2/1/2007 (16:07)
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I used my exercise ball over the weekend and put on the routine from SP which is good. It was a fun workout and I could feel the effects in the abs! Amazing. Yesterday back to the gym (YEAH!)...15 minute stretch, 20 minutes strentgh training with dumbells, 15 minutes with ball and 25 minutes on elliptical. Good workout!

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nancy i had one of them thar "sweating to the oldies" and either it is up in the attic of my house in tennesseee or i loaned it out and never got back.u know how that goes....
will keep eye open for u..
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i just looked on e-bay.. they have lots of them there.

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Thanks Eve. I'm specifically looking for the Sweatin to the Oldies one (or actually I think there were maybe 2 or 3 different ones in that series) because I love dancing and jumping around to that music. I have a dual player...DVD on one side and VCR on the other.

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nancy i have a richard simmons.. tone and sweat.. that is with that stretchy rope.. and i really like it..i get mine from second hand stores.. i will keep eye out for any of his tapes for u..usually cost me a buck..do u have vcr? or dvd.. richard simmons usually vcr..
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Cardio is exercise that elevates your heart rate significantly above its normal resting rate. Strength training, strengthens muscles and/or improves muscle endurance. There are a few forms of exercise that do both, such as circuit training which involves enough resistance to strengthen muscles but is also done at a fast enough pace to increase your heart rate into cardio training range.

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No all of those are considered strength exercises. Cardio would be like walking, treadmill, elliptical, steps, something that gets the heart rate up.

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But arent they supposed to be cardio?? I think im confused. what is cardio?

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Karebear, if you go the the My Home tab, you will see in Fitness in black letters right next to the Nutrition. Click on Fitness and down below the date on the right side you will see "Add Strength Exercises". Find the ones you did and double click them and they will add to you list. Then after you have selected all of them, put a check mark in the box in front of them on the Fitness page.

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I just did a few excercises from the SP excercises until i get a video of my own. I dont know how to record them. WHen i browse for them i cant find them. I did Hip Flexor, Banana, Modified side plank, cruches, reverse crunch, and dolphin pose. But i cannot record them??

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This is the 2 disk set I have:

http://www.beachbody.com/jump.jsp?itemID
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well the only thing i have found is a big set with alot of different things or a 4 disk set with bands and soemthing else with it for 60.00. i didnt find a 2 disk set yet


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Yes it is a bit pricy, but if you watch their website, they often run specials. I think when I bought the 2 disc set a few months back, I paid just over $40 including shipping. I think the 2 discs have a total of 7 work outs so that is really only $5 and something per workout. You can get single work out tapes at Wal-mart for $10-15 each, so in the long run the Turbo Jam set is a better value. Beware of the ones they are selling for less than that, there is usually a reason (i.e. they aren't very good). I usually do the Cardio Party workout and the Turbo Sculpt for strength training now. But when I first got them, I did the shorter 20 minute workouts because there was no way I could keep up that kind of pace for 40-45 minutes which are what the longer workouts are. Some of the other work outs either target specific areas (like abs) or go at a bit slower pace and focus on teaching you the proper form to get the most out of the movements and reps without causing injury.

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That turbo jam pack if fairly expensive is there just one movie out of it that u do the most?

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I use to have Sweating to the oldies years ago and I really like it, but somewhere along the way it got lost. Let me know if you find it and where because I would like to replace mine. I also have a Billy Banks Tae Bo DVD that I really like. I have another set of DVDs I love called Turbo Jam that include several different work outs for both cardio and strength training. They are available only from beachbody.com. Ones I don't like are the ones that have a lot of floor work and a single blonde airhead sexy baby talking down to you. Not only are they lame as far as workout intensity, they are boring as all get out. Avoid those like the plague LOL.

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I dont have a excercise video yet but want to buy one. I was thinking that something like either "Sweating to the oldies" or Taebo.... Any opinions on those? Im not sure....

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I did my Turbo Sculpt workout yesterday. Having a thunderstorm this morning and according to the weather forcast it is suppose to be rainy and cold for the next week straight, so no walking/running for a while. I guess will be doing my exercise bike and DVD workouts for this weekend and the coming week.

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DJ.. i also have an exercise ball.. paid 2 bucks for it.. and its fun..i get most of my equipment for working at home from second hand stores. workout tapes for a dollar, ab roller ..well that was free, someone was throwing it out on garbage day so i picked it up before the truck run..LOL

someone's junk is someones else treasures i reckon..
my gym only closed on sundays. and open this monday, reckon they don't celebrate MLK .. but post office does..LOL
i did make it to gym this morning.. back now
slow but sure.. turtling....
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Hi Eve...

I can't because the center where I go is closed on weekends and will be closed Monday for MLK day. But I bought an exercise ball yesterday and will be using that on days off from the gym. It sure is a fun piece of equipment to use and quite inexpensive!

Have fun watching the game.

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this is eve.. and its saturday..do ya'll exercise on sat/sun?..its playoff weekend again.. and i am a new orleans Saints fan..so my eyes will be glued to the tv this evening..maybe i'll do some floor exercise,while watching..
hope everyone has a good today..
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this is eve.. and its saturday..do ya'll exercise on sat/sun?..its playoff weekend again.. and i am a new orleans Saints fan..so my eyes will be glued to the tv this evening..maybe i'll do some floor exercise,while watching..
hope everyone good today..
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No offense, Eve.

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so sorry, Rosy, about ur husband,
i didn't know, i hope i didn't offend you..
God Bless..

nancy.. what u said makes sense about sauna first, thanks for ur input..

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Eve,

I would recommend you exercise first and then sauna. Saunas are dry heat and very dehydrating so be sure to drink plenty of water after. I think if you sauna first and then exercise, your dehydrated state would make exercising more difficult and less effective and you could get faint. To prevent injury, spend the first 5 minutes exercising just gently and slowly stretching all of your muscles.

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No, Eve, I really wouldn't care if DH saw me working out it is just that he is quite ill (terminally) and if he is awake, I just spend my time being with him and doing whatever he might need. Therefore, I would only exercise if he is sleeping.

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eve here..
just got back from gym.. and i feel GREAT.
circut plus cardio for 45 mins.. i think it is goona work..
I also did a sauna.. afterwards really relaxing..
any advice on maybe i shud do sauna first that will relax the muscles so i won't hurt myself.. or on the other hand will i be too relaxed and not keep my heart rate up???
.. Rosy... are u like me and don't want my gentleman friend to see me work out cause i look like a whale flopping around...LOL


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Good for you Eve! Just keep working at it! I bought a couple of exercise tapes at Wal-Mart today but not sure how I will like them. One is "10 Minute Solution Fat Blasting Dance Mix" and one is "Blast Away the Pounds Indoor Walk" by Denise Austin which has 3 complete 1 mile programs. I will have to check them out sometime when my husband is sleeping.

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rosy.. ur program seems to make sense to me turtle'ing away.
i joined gym in oct/06.. and i went there and did exercise la..te..da... thinking i was really doing something..and no weight loss or inches lost..cudn't figure out what i was doing wrong...sure the gym people when they sign you up..tell u 20 reps on this machine blah, blah,.. not explaining anything to this dumb old lady..
WELL come to find out.. if i didn't increase resistance and didn't glisten...
since us ladies don't sweat ..we glisten..
then nothing will come of it..my daughter explained the whole thing to me..oh, what we learn from our children..so i spent oct/nov/dec exercising for nothing really..
sooo starting this month jan.. i have been glistening a lot, keeping my heart rate high.. and i am doing like u said ..the circut and inbetween machines.. and doing repeat of circut rather than doing one exercise 60 times split it up to 3 times at 20..
i feel much better off with that kind of work out..
i pick up work out tapes and dvd's from the second hand stores around here.. lots of people buy them and then don;t follow thru and eventually give them away..
i got a denise austin indoor trim walk for 1 dollar.. can't beat that..especially cause the stores i go to have senior discounts 50% on wednesday
some good things about getting old..LOL

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OIC. The ones I have looked at don't have the handles. It is just a platform that is maybe about 18 inches square with foot pads that go up and down as you step.

The Turbo Jam DVDs which are my favorites are only available from Beachbody.com but I think I got my Billy Banks Tae Bo DVD which is probably my next favorite at WalMart.

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Nancy, a Health Walker is not real portable. It can be only folded in half, but still takes up a lot of space. It has the gliders for the feet and handles to use with the same arm workout as an elliptical. About the only difference is you cannot program it, it is just all manual walking and moving arms with no wheel working. There is no pressure on the knees that way either.

Yes, I talked to a friend on the phone a couple of days ago for 1 hour and all the while I kept walking around the house. I know that was better than just sitting in my chair.

I will try to get some kind of DVD today at Wal-Mart. I have to go get a few groceries while my daughter is here to be with my husband as they are calling for bad weather to move in tonight. I won't have to get out then later.

Thanks for you advice.

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Rosy,

Is a health walker one of those portable type steppers with pedals? If so, let me know how that works for you. I've been thinking of getting one of those since I could stash it in a closet or something when I'm not using it so it wouldn't take up the space a full size eliptical would.

As for using DVDs for strengh and cardio, that is the beauty of them. You can do a few minutes or the whole workout or anything in between. When I first started the Turbo Jam workouts I couldn't get through the whole thing so I started with 1/3 (15-20 minutes) and worked my way up.

PS...something else I just thought of because I was just doing it....whenever I'm waiting on anything (like the microwave to ding or I'm on hold on the phone or whatever), I will do some squats or lunges or leg lifts or something while I'm waiting. It may only be for a 2-5 minutes at a time but when you do that several times a day it adds up in terms of improving flexibility and muscle tone. You don't reach a point of muscle fatigue doing it so there is no danger of damage from doing it too frequently, or interfering with other planned exercise....it's just a little extra stretching and toning.

Edited by: NANCYJAC at: 1/10/2007 (22:28)
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Both of you gals are so inspirational. I just love reading about how you are doing everything. Now let me tell you about how I was doing.....similar.

I was feeling my age too (I thought) when in fact I was too heavy, not eating good or anything. I had trouble getting in and out of the car without groaning, could not get up and down off the floor without a lot of effort and holding onto something.

In May last year I joined out local gym and thought I would try doing something about exercising since I am now retired. Our gym has a room call the Pace room which is circuit training and similar to Curves. I started out walking on the treadmill for 10 minutes, doing 1 round in the Pace room and then walking on the treadmill for another 10 minutes. It was a real workout for me and I thought the time would never end and it was only for 30 minutes. Then my feet were bothering me so I went to DR and she said it was arthritis in my ankles and stay away from the treadmill which was aggrevating it. I said OK, I will just do the Pace room. Now in the Pace room there are a lot of machines and also cardio pads in between a lot of them. (hence circuit training..both strength and cardio) Well, I did not do the cardio stations, just the machines which are more strength but at a fast pace so can be considered some cardio. I made it around 2 times 3 times a week for a month. Then in June, they started a weight class and I joined it which ran until December. I weighed in at 198 (I had already lost 2 pounds). I also joined SP in June and started logging both the eats and the exercise.

My weight class ask for our cardio and strength exercise reports and gave prizes. I always won as no one else was doing as much. Then I started going 5 days a week, still just going around twice. Then moved it up to 4 rounds 5 days a week. I worked all the way up to 8 rounds 5 days a week.

I was losing inches, felt excellent, could actually get down on the floor and get up again. No problem getting in and out of the car, could even run up the basement steps without getting out of breath!

In November, I decided I should do the cardio pads in between the machines so I started doing them and only went around 6 times, 5 days a week, because it took longer. I spent an hour a day and even went on some Saturdays.

I went from a size tight 16 down and am now in a size 12. I have lost a lot of inches and 40 pounds and feel great. I still want to lose more, but will do that as a turtle.

By the way, I won the weight class, most pounds lost, most body fat lost (7-1/2%), and attended the most classes. I won a gym bag, a tee-shirt, a box of high protein snack bars, and 2 hours of personal trainer time.

I may not have done so well without SP where I was also doing challenges and logging everything and keeping an eye on what I needed to change.

Now my husband is terminally ill and I am unable to leave the house to go to the gym so I do strength exercises here (SP) with dumbbells and a ball. I also have a Health Walker which is on the order of an elliptical but cannot be programmed. So far doing OK, but thinking of getting into some DVD exercises. Just really never know whenor if I will be able do them clear through. I will not give up though, I will always do something!

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You bet you can, Nancy! You can come to the center with me and I'll watch how you fix things! Sounds like we would both benefit.

Yes, I guess you are right...the message is getting out there slowly and that's a really good thing.

DJ

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Can I come live with you DJ so I can use your Senior center? LOL

But see DJ, we are getting that message out and I find that so exciting. Granted, not to everybody but hey, even if it is one at a time I think it's great. Turtling benefits not only your body, but the way you think in so many positive ways.

Edited by: NANCYJAC at: 1/10/2007 (13:36)
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Hi Nancyjac,

Didn't you find your experience on the elliptical just amazing? I sure did! I've added time and resistance slowly over the months (like a turtle) and it is paying off big time. emoticon

The reason I began at the center..actually there are several. I didn't know if I would stick with it, knowing how I am (or I should say used to be) about
exercising. I didn't want to have to join something and fork over a whole lot of cash and then fink out after the first two weeks and be stuck. At the center there's no fee to join and you can pick what classes or activities you want to be part of. At any rate, if you are involved in anything else you have access to the fitness room free. I don't think it gets any better than that. And I didn't want to be in a room with a bunch of 20 something hardbodies running around either...or mirrors, you know?

If I had the money and the room I would run out to my local fitness store and buy the best elliptical I could find. That thing is the bomb! I have a friend in Canada whose husband just bought her one...$1,600. She is lovin' life and losing inches!

We have a Y here too and a fitness center and they are both very expensive. Once you plunk that money down you are locked in to at least a year. At the center where I go, it's a month to month thing and if you don't go the entire month, they don't charge you for the entire month. There are personal trainers available, water aerobics and really everything that I will ever need. And it's close to home.

I had totally bought into the fact that I felt so crappy because I was getting older. Wrong! It wasn't my AGE at all that was doing it...it was what I WAS doing to my body and what I WAS NOT doing for it...no exercise, sitting on my butt, eating everything that was totally wrong for me and too much of it, not drinking any water, except to take meds. That's not living. But now things are changing and the changes are in themselves amazing motivators to make me want more of this brand new life. Nancy, it's too bad we can't get this message out to everyone who needs it.

DJ

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Mornin DJ.

I just wanted to follow up on a couple of things that your said.

I have to admit that I also thought at first that an eliptical machine was too strenuous for me and that it would be hard on my knees since in some respects the movement mimics stair climbing. But when I thought about it, my knees don't hurt from CLIMBING steps, they hurt from going DOWN them. If I had the space for a second peice of exercise equipment, an eliptical trainer would definitely be my choice.

I looked into some gyms/fitness centers a while back but decided against them. Even the Y and local senior centers are pretty expensive here and by then I had already established an exercise routine at home. The ones here aren't very conveniently located either so I suspect even if I put out the money, I wouldn't use them enough to make it worth my money and my time getting there and back. I agree though that it is a great option when you can get it at low cost and it works well with your schedule.

And I whole heartedly agree with NOT buying into the myth that your body has to slow down just because you are getting older. Ironically, that was exactly what I did buy into when I started experiencing the extreme fatigue from the thyroiditis a few years ago. I assumed it was just aging that was making me tired and that notion delayed getting diagnosed and treated....how wrong I was! I feel more energetic these days than I have in at least the last 20 years.

Edited by: NANCYJAC at: 1/10/2007 (12:26)
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It was difficult for me, too, Nancy. I've given exercise a feeble go over the years but never stuck with it. My husband talked me into walking with him last spring, and I really enjoyed it...don't know why, but I did. I guess it was outside, nature, fresh air, his company. But I developed a Baker's cyst on my right knee (very painful). My orthopedic doc gave me a shot of cortisone and told me to find another form of exercise. He also recommended a book...Younger Next Year for Women, which I got from the library. It really encouraged me to do something, and he had suggested that I try the elliptical since it's low impact and wouldn't hurt my knees.

I tried it and the first time using it after five minutes I was convinced I would never be able to do it...gasp, pant, sweat, jelly thighs. BUT...it didn't hurt my knees. So I continued. That was in August of last year when I had that first hideous round on my friend the elliptical. I am happy to say that on Monday of this week I did an hour on that puppy! I feel that's a pretty fair accomplishment for an old broad of 67!

I know I am doing something good for my entire body, especially my cardiovascular system. It has also helped me to lose a TON of inches on this chubby little body, even tho I haven't lost a whole lot of weight yet. But I have decided at my ripe old age, slow is better...it might just give my memory challenged skin a chance to catch up with what's going on and not leave me with a ton of saggy, baggy chicken skin all over the place.

I am now a firm believer in the benefits of exercise. I have more energy, more stamina to keep going and just generally feel better. And I feel really good about what I am doing. I am fortunate in the fact that our town has a wonderful senior center which is where I go and I only pay $12/month to use the fitness room every day. I go over there at 7:15 every morning after having a very small breakfast and I'm usually in that room all by myself with just the tv to watch. So I put on Turner Classic Movies and watch a good old movie while I work out.

I would heartily recommend the aforementioned book to everyone. It is most encouraging to read that age and weight do NOT have to be totally debilitating and that it is possible to be very, very active up into your senior years...skiing, tennis, marathon running and biking...it just takes a little work. And the benefits are just phenomenal!

Thanks for letting me ramble.

DJ

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Forming good exercise habits was a bit tougher for me than forming good eating habits. I have auto-immune thyroiditis and before it was regulated, my worst symptom was debilitating fatique. Just getting up and showered and dressed in the morning wore me out, so exercising wasn't even an option. But once I was diagnosed and regulated on thyroid hormone replacement meds (a process which took about a year), I forced myself to start exercising. It was sort of like priming the pump. At first all I could manage was to literally drag myself around the block (1/2 mile) and that just wiped me out for the rest of the day. But I forced myself to keep doing it and after a couple of weeks I could go twice around the block at a bit faster pace and my recovering time in terms of exhaustion became shorter. I just kept building on that and now I can do any exercising I want.

I exercise consistantly but not excessively. I've found that too much exercise can actually be detrimental to my weight loss. While I was building my stamina, I found that once my body became use to a given level of exercise intensity, it adjusted to it and my weight loss (i.e. calories burned from exercise) became less.

My husband bought me an exercise bike for Valentine's day last year and I use it most days. Some days I just ride it while reading or watching TV and other days I use it for HIIT (high intensity interval training) by alternating speed and resistance levels. I also walk/run when the weather cooperates. But my favorite is actually circuit training that I do with a DVD. I use to think that circuit training required a bunch of different pieces of equipment like you would find at a gym but actually that is not the case. Circuit training is actually any exercise that works your muscles but at a rate that also elevates your heart rate into cardio range. So with circuit training your are actually doing strength training to improve muscle strength and endurance as well as cardio exercise at the same time.....How cool is that?! Having lost close to 100 pounds so far and being 59 years old, excess flab from having lost weight is an obvious concern, and the circuit training seems to be the most effective with that. I now see bones I never knew I had....LOL.

So exercise wise, a typical week for me might look something like this.

Exercise bike: 5-6 days/week for 20-40 minutes/day. On 2-3 of those days I do higher intensity intervals.

Walking/running: I don't really have a consistant average for this because it depends on the weather and my schedule more than other exercise that I do. When I can, I alternate between running and walking. My 59 year old knees just don't like it when I run too much...LOL

Circuit training: 2-4 times/week for 40 minutes each session. I do this using hand weights and either a DVD called Turbo Sculpt which works every muscles group in the body, or a Tae Bo DVD.

About once a week I'll substitute another DVD called Cardio Party which is a 45 minute workout that is sort of a combination of dance and kickboxing.

So I've found that with all of that, I get a lot of variety which keeps it fun and effective but still only spend about an average of an hour/day exercising.

Motivation without information is useless.

Willpower is nothing more than wishful thinking.

Discipline is practicing something until it becomes a habit.

There is a big difference between surviving and thriving.

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