Right now my main cardio is walking! I do 2 miles in the morning and I try to do 2 miles in the evening as well. And i'm starting to find myself ready to jog! Your body will tell you how much you can do!
One thing I suggest is when you hit the one mile mark to do 25 jumping jacks to give a little extra cardio push!
current weight: 180.0
Fitness Minutes: (4,045) Posts: 45 1/4/12 9:27 A
well right now i'm around 200 pounds and im trying to get to 150 or less. I walk about 2 and half miles a day at about 17 minutes a mile burning 350 calories. i just want to make sure I'm burning enough calories to lose the weight. I think SP calculated all that math for me, but i'm not sure.
THROUGH CHRIST ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE! LET'S GET IT!
current weight: 178.0
Fitness Minutes: (2,946) Posts: 16 1/4/12 7:54 A
I am not an expert with the credentials of someone who has been educated in physical activity and diet. My response stems from my own personal experience in losing a great deal of weight. I was once 332 pounds and am now 131 (up from 117!).
Walking is definitely enough to count as "cardio" if it is done as a power walk--proper posture, quick and determined, and for a good amount of mileage. I urge anyone who is starting out with weight loss to ultimately look at the long-term benefits of starting with a walk as their cardio. Over time, you will be able to build upon this to continue getting results.
I do not get very good results from walking anymore unless I do about 6 miles which generally takes me an hour and a half, sometimes a little less. I definitely did in the beginning though. With my new routine, I am going to walk on my "rest" days because I know the benefits are there. Your body "graduates" to different levels of physical activity. If you asked me two years ago if I would ever run, I probably would have felt bad about myself because running more than one minute was exhausting!
I do want to mention it is best to start strength training in the beginning. I did not and so my skins elasticity is not that great. You can find some beginner routines online. I even think fitness magazine has a section with various kinds of strength training routines. I urge you to do this! You do not want to make your goal and then look in the mirror discouraged. That is what happened to me; I started putting the weight back on. I am excited that I am catching it sooner than I ever have before as not to shoot all the way up again. To me, that is the best feeling in the world for it means long-term commitment.
Let me know how the first week goes! And, no matter what remember the best thing you can do it get up and go do it! Even if your body is fatigued, a half hour is better than nothing! Eventually, your body will crave the exercise and your outlook on life will improve! Exercise is the most important thing we can do for ourselves as the benefits extend well past the appearance of our bodies!
Fitness Minutes: (4,045) Posts: 45 1/3/12 8:00 P
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