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  • I found this to be helpful as I was very sick for a couple of years/totally inactive. Wanted to jump back into regular activity right away, was disappointed when I didn't have the ability to do that. It was not possible for me to sit on the floor and then stand by myself. This was a reminder to take baby back up to where is was slowly.
  • I LOVE the reminder of baby steps! I only released .4 lbs. the week. The lowest amount since starting March 16, 12. BUT I can do a 10 K, (I couldn't even walk a mile when I began)! I wear 2 sizes smaller & I am a happier, healthier woman! All thanks to Spark People & my continued desire to learn!
  • Great reminder! I'm doing great on my workouts, but I have one problem - I have asthma. After dealing with the breathing problems for 30 years, I finally decided to go to the dr to see what I could do about it. I get so frustrated when i can't do as much as my neighbor. I feel like I'm strong enough and capable enough to follow through on something, but then my breathing reminds me that I have to take it to my level and only do what my own body will allow me to do. I may be able to do as many reps or as long a distance, but it just takes me longer. ... And that's okay :) Thank you!
    I enjoyed this article because I used to exercise on a regular basis and I had a personal trainer, so my exercise regime was varied and I think I got the most out of it that I could. I also enjoyed going to Zumba classes. Then I found out I had a collapsed vertebrae, herniated disc and scoliosis. Needless to say, my workouts came to an abrupt halt. The most exercise I could do was to walk the dog for 30-40 minutes, but even that gave me back pain. I changed the athletic shoes I was wearing to meet my Physical Therapist's guidelines. In the last 4 mos., I have packed on more lbs. and decided I had to go back to the gym no matter what. I went back two days ago, did 18 minutes on the elliptical and 20 mins on the recumbent bike. I am very sore today, and getting frustrated that I cannot do what I used to do. Reading this article made me realize I did too much too soon. I should've gone a lot less on my first night back.
    Thanks for the reminder. I'm currently on restrictions due to surgery and have recently been given the OK to start walking again. Can't go to the gym until the 9th. I was planning on jumping right back to the routines I left behind in October but I will take a few weeks to work myself up to that pace. In the meantime I am walking.
  • This article convinced me that this is do-able. I weigh nearly 300 lbs and most exercise routines are nearly (if not totally) impossible for me to do. This clearly written article, the great tips and the comments of others are motivating me to get started. Thanks :)
  • I enjoyed how concise and well written this article is.
    This article came just at the right time. I am getting "back on track" again and I know I shouldn't expect to be at the same fitness level as I was in November. I've been consistent with walking for the past two days and I just stocked the refrigerator with healthy options and took the time to prepare my lunch in advance to bring to work. Thanks for posting these words of encouragement. We all need them from time to time.
  • TDL5685
    I actually enjoy the soreness. It lets me know that whatever I did must be working and you can actually feel the muscles that you excerised because those are the ones that are complaining.
  • LEAN04
    Enjoyed the article, it really answered a lot of question.
  • I wish I could get 8 hours of sleep every nite, but having a 2 year old - it's kinda hard!
  • I think being consistant with working out keeps soreness at bay, If you do a little something every day your muscles will stay limber. I also do a stretching workout once a week. It's relaxing and makes me more flexable. I've lost nearly 100 lbs. with this regiment.
  • I still trying to get my 6 - 8hrs sleep every night. But whenever I got enough sleep, tomorrow morning I felt so good. By the way, great ideas to begin fast break!
  • RONIE11
    this is fate that the article should show up today. I upped my routine last week so much that I'm a bit useless this week I'm not sore I just don't have any energy to push myself.
    I needed to go a bit slower so now I"m back to where I was a few weeks ago.. thats ok at least I know I can build back up to it and now I know how..
  • I could really use to make an effort toward the "8 hours of sleep" fast break. It's probably the weakest point of my health and fitness. No wait, it is.

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