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APPRIL Posts: 2,239
1/12/13 9:13 A

Leslie Sansone has walk away the pounds videos on youtube. There's a 5-minute one and a 15-minute one you can do in small spaces to get you started. There are longer videos also.

I started doing only 5 minutes of the 15 minute video, then did 15 minutes legwork only, then built up to doing it all.

Edited by: APPRIL at: 1/13/2013 (08:41)
BAM0827 Posts: 3,023
1/11/13 12:45 P

Congrats on getting the eating where you want it to be - that is a huge step.

Do you have stairs in your house? Maybe you can go up and down a few times - maybe 3-5 to start and then continue to increase the reps or maybe do 3 times a few times a day. I see many people with a desk job suggest they just take a 5 minute walk every hour or couple of hours.

I haven't looked in a long time but our cable On Demand used to have a fitness option. They were 15-20 minutes in length, had a variety of options for interests and fitness level. Maybe there is a low impact aerobics on there you can try. Have you looked into Spark's free videos? Maybe research some videos and see if your library has them. I have a few dvds that I bought and don't like so they go to waste. If I checked them out (for free) first then I may not have bought it. Library is also a way to keep getting a variety since you (eventually) have to return them.

It might get boring but even walking back and forth down a hallway is moving. :)

Good luck in finding something you like! You will!

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1/11/13 12:30 P

I suggest a physical from your doctor, at which time you can ask him/her about water aerobics, chair aerobics and short bouts of walking. Also seated strength training.

KANDOLAKER Posts: 1,902
1/11/13 10:13 A

I agree completely with the previous posts. The walking video idea is great, if you do not have an indoor mall or school close by. I would suggest getting a pedometer and making goals for how many steps you want to reach for each day. All the best to you!! (And, you can get more steps in by parking further away from the door, making more trips to the water fountain, etc.)

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1/11/13 10:06 A

Hi, Linda ! The most effective exercise you can do also happens to be the simplest, take a daily walk. If you find it difficult to walk for too long, then walk for 10 minutes. No one says you have to exercise an hour to be healthy. you can break your workouts up into shorter segments and still get all the health benefits.

So, if you've been very sedentary for a long time, start slowly by starting with a daily walk. Three 10 minute walks spaced out through the day still adds up to 30 minutes. Now, if you don't want to walk outside, you can walk inside. Go to your local mall and walk around the mall. Many people mall walk. And if you don't want to walk at the mall, Leslie Sasone has a wonderful series of DVDs called Walk Away the Pounds. Go borrow one from your local library. they're fun and a good workout.

Don't try to do too much too soon. Slowly ease into an exercise routine so that it will become just that, a routine.

LINDAANNB1 Posts: 516
1/11/13 9:47 A

I am looking for an exercise plan that I can do. I am about 150 pounds overweight, I have a deskjob which means I am not very active at all. I am getting on track with eating and drinking water but I definitely need to start moving, I just need some good ideas.
I know walking is a good one but I am looking for indoor activities for those days that are really cold, icy and snowing. We don't have a gym or an indoor pool in our area so that is out.
I have not done any real exercise in quite some time.
Any suggestions ?

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