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_HEATHER_LOU SparkPoints: (2,045)
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2/28/14 8:51 A

Thanks for the motivation! Hearing your encouraging words has helped out a lot! I know that this is going to be a process and that I'm not going to see results over night, I just have to remember that daily!


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2/27/14 10:35 P

Get lots of sleep and make sure you are eating the right foods. Like others have said start out slow and build up. Decide this is a life style change versus a get quick fix.

2/27/14 3:19 P

I'll second what has already been said and add that if you are struggling with energy levels, you may want to check your nutrition. If you are eating sugar or simple carbs at all they can cause your "energy level" to spike and crash.

About 6 years ago when I first started training I used to eat a bowl of Cheerios before going to the gym to train with a PT for an hour. After literally passing out on the poor man (I still know him and we still laugh about this), I learned to eat a complex carb like oatmeal instead.

Everyone struggles at the beginning. Also, most people who are more advanced and want to get better struggle at their own level too. I've been training for years and pushed myself so hard today I thought I would toss my protein shake!

All progress at any level is in the struggle.

ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (200,147)
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2/27/14 3:08 P


Here's why you can't beat yourself up because you can't perform a particular exercise in a workout DVD. The people in those videos practiced those routines for weeks to make it look good. If you were to take a Zumba class, you're not uncoordinated because everyone else seems to "get" it and you don't. Some of those people may have been taking that class for months. they know the routines.

If you keep practicing a workout, you WILL get better with time. But you really have to give your body time to adapt and adjust to the new routine. As Zorbie said, if you keep doing the workout, you will need fewer and fewer breaks.

Three words will help you.

practice practice practice.

_HEATHER_LOU SparkPoints: (2,045)
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2/27/14 2:10 P

I'm 24 years old, 5'2" and I weight 158. I use an app called workout trainer and I've just been doing some of the beginner workout on the app. I think a lot of the problem is frustration. I'm the type of person that wants to see results right away which has been the leading cause of my start, stop, start, stop habit of the past. But, if there are any other tips you could give me to help with boosting my energy level that would be great!

Thanks again!

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2/27/14 1:49 P

Hi, Heather !

What are you trying to do ? Perhaps that's the problem. If you have been very sedentary and now you're trying to exercise for an hour, it's no wonder you have no energy. You have to slowly ease into a routine so that with time, any exercise will become a routine.

Do you like walking ? Why not start your exercise routine with a daily 30 minute walk. Studies have shown that taking a 30 minute brisk walk each day can reduce a person's risk for cardiovascular disease by over 30%. If you can't walk for 30 minutes, then walk for 10 minutes. You can break your workouts up into shorter segments and still get all the health benefits. So, if 30 minutes seems like too much, then take three 10 minute walks spaced out through the day. You can start with a 10 minute walk too.

Perhaps the reason you can't stick with an exercise routine is because you're trying to to doo much too soon.

A little more information would be helpful. How old are you ? How tall are you ? How much do weigh ? How much are you trying to lose ? How active is your day ? What sort of exercise are you trying to do ?

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2/27/14 1:44 P

keep at it and you won't need breaks so often. When I first started going to the gym, I took classes and my goal would be to *not* be the first person to take a water break. Pretty soon I could do the whole class without stopping. Now I can run 3+ hours nonstop and my first time working out 14 years ago, I didn't make it 5 minutes before literally blacking out.

also, make sure you start off very low intensity and build up.

Edited by: ZORBS13 at: 2/27/2014 (13:45)
_HEATHER_LOU SparkPoints: (2,045)
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2/27/14 1:41 P

I have exercised and dieted for the past two years (since I got married). I just was never motivated enough to keep it up. I'm finally motivated but I need help. I have no energy to workout!! I start my workouts and within 1 minute I'm ready to just call it quits. I have no energy to keep it up. I stop and take little breaks along the way but I haven't been able to finish a workout yet. What can I do to increase my energy level?


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