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N16351D Posts: 2,349
8/8/12 11:06 P

I work out about 9 hours a week. The activity is a combination of the following:
Strength Class
Aerobics Class
Swimming one mile
Ballet Class
Gardening/Yard Work
and rarely my favorites: snow and water skiing.

N16351D Posts: 2,349
8/8/12 11:04 P

That you recognize that you need to change your mindset, you have won half of the battle of changing your mindset. Introspection comes before outward results. Congratulations on your taking steps to change! Hang in there and be encouraged!

8/8/12 6:14 P

As much as I'd love to feel fabulous in a bikini & try on a smaller size at the store, these things have proven to be non-motivational. When I see my family memebers struggle with health issues however, I want to do everything possible to avoid knowingly putting myself in that position. I feel I'm worth the effort even if I'm the one who has to make that effort. Exercise time is my ME time & when I remember that, and extra 10 min on my run feels more indulgent than hitting the snooze button. =0)

Edited by: RENEESAKI at: 8/8/2012 (18:15)
SHER143 Posts: 1,715
8/8/12 4:09 P

For me, remembering how good I feel after exercising is a great motivational tool. I cannot do the same thing day in and day out; I need variety in my routine to keep my interest "alive and well".


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8/8/12 12:19 P

Only YOU can change your can't wait for someone else or something else to do it for you.

Personally, I find daily exercise to be my ME's my time to wake up, get energized, feel better physically & get myself on track mentally. It keeps my emotions in line, so I can be a calm, patient, fun mom....and gives me the boost I need in my life to "get it done."

If you find exercising to be a struggle or a chore, it just hasn't "clicked" for you yet--and all I can say is KEEP DOING IT. The more you workout, the easier it gets. If you pick a time EVERY DAY to go for a walk, you'll turn it into a lifelong habit in just a few short weeks....and the benefits FAR outweigh the "woe is me" attitude you're shouldering right now. :)

8/8/12 12:41 A

I'm kind of an exercise loner so love getting outside ... walking, easy hiking, swimming, playing softball (ok, that's on a team,) doing yoga (ok, that's inside) and it's always fun trying new workout videos and apps on my tablet. I also do sit-ups and arm weights at home while watching TV or waiting for dinner to cook. So I kinda mix it up but doing the same 6 or 7 things regularly.

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8/7/12 2:23 P

Trying new things is a great idea - but do stick with the new activity long enough for you to feel like you know what you're doing and - if it's a class - comfortable with the instructor and the other people in the class. I do a couple of different strength-training classes with instructors I really like a week, and I really enjoy seeing the same faces again and again. I've gotten to know some of the other regulars, and there are also a few women I know from my kids' school. The social dimension really helps me with my motivation, and it also helps that I've gotten my routine down (what to pack in my gym bag, the logistics of the day, etc.). I might burn more calories lifting weights on my own - but I probably wouldn't be able to get off the couch and out the door. So give settling into a routine a chance - if you're doing a class and the instructor's good, you'll continually progress as you get stronger and more confident.

8/7/12 10:37 A

I agree with everyone who said diet is more important. That said, if you're working out consistently, there is nothing wrong with changing it up at all! I worked out seven days last week, and although my main exercise is running, I also did some walking, swimming, dancing, and yoga. It's all good.

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8/7/12 10:19 A

I would definitely change it up and add variety. Do you belong to a gym? That is how I was able to break through and continue with my exercise. Fortunately, the gym I belong to is in my neighborhood, has a lap pool as well as the usual stuff, and is open most of the time during the week, so I have no excuse not to go get my workout in.

So along with strength training (please say you're doing that along with cardio!), I do walking/running in my effort to train for a 5K race, swimming, Zumba, the elliptical and spin classes. It helps keep the body a bit confused and it keeps me from being bored. So what if I don't burn as much on days when I do walking/running? Swimming burns a TON of calories, so it all evens out.

GOING-STRONG Posts: 7,019
8/7/12 12:11 A

You are doing great.. Try and change your workouts a bit every now and then so you don't get bored. I found as my fitness improved that walking/jogging outdoors was very motivational. Depending on the weather in your area you may want to give that a try. Best to you on your continued journey to health and fitness.


8/6/12 11:02 P


I'm glad you asked the question you did. I have had the identical dilemma. I keep going back to the elliptical be size it gets my heart rate into cardio range much faster and I burn more calories. About two weeks ago I decided to shake things up. I'm slowing down on the elliptical, adding walking/hiking/videos, increasing my time and trying to do more ST. I will focus one day a week on improving stamina. Changing it up keeps our bodies guessing and promotes better health overall.

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8/6/12 5:39 P

I think willingness is key - just finding a bit of willingness, and immediately acting upon it, to counteract old, ingrained, unhealthy habits. I don't view exercise as a punishment for over-eating, or an antidote to overeating, or even as a main weight loss tool. I see it as a way to gain strength, to rid myself of some anxiety and depression, chase down some endorphins, spend time with friends, challenge myself.....I do most of my exercising, except for strength training (which I highly encourage you to add), outdoors. To beat the heat, I often go early in the morning or sometimes in the evening. Exercise tends to be something we HAVE to do, until we WANT to do it (and trust me, if you stick with it and find activities you enjoy, you will crave it - I promise).

ANDI571 Posts: 10,456
8/6/12 3:42 P

Most of my weight has been lost through portion control and not exercise. Other than walking, I just don't enjoy it. But that said, I do try to keep moving, even if it is housework. Just getting up through commercials or whatever it takes to keep the body moving. I am sure I would have lost faster to have put more into it, but our food and our exercise has to be enjoyable to be a lifestyle. Small things add up, so don't be to hard on yourself.

KERIANNA77 Posts: 63
8/6/12 2:19 P

I totally agree with FRENCHIFAL- don't kill yourself at the gym, especially doing something you don't enjoy! There are so many options out there for fun ways to do 'fitness'! Make it a goal to try something new once-a-week or so to broaden the horizons, so to speak. It's also a great way to prevent workout boredom and to keep your muscles guessing!

8/6/12 11:14 A

There's a lot of great advice here, I just want to chime in to agree with SalonKitty.
Don't pay attention to the "calories burned" shown on your cardio machine! They are not accurate.

For example, I did intervals of running and walking today on the treadmill (Couch to 5k). When I put the number of minutes I went at each speed (I do use the speed from the treadmill), walking and running, into my Fitness Tracker, it tells me I burned 280 calories. The treadmill itself was telling me over 380! They are not accurate, even if you put in your weight and age into the machine's computer. There have even been studies done to show this. See the article here:
(if that doesn't work look for the Top 4 Cardio Machine Myths, myth #2)

Instead, enter the same exercise/minutes into your SparkPeople fitness tracker.

But again, everyone else here had great advice on all the reasons it's a good idea to change up your exercise routine. Don't stress so much on just "max calories" burned each day! Have fun & get moving.

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8/6/12 10:44 A

I agree with most of the posts's a combination of factors that will really help you lose weight and get into a healthy routine. As long as the elliptical isn't your only healthy choice, you'll see results.

Having said that, you don't want to live a deprived lifestyle, or force yourself to do things every day. Yes, having a routine and good habits matter, but so does your happiness and outlook! Try setting other goals besides calories burned. Try walking 10,000 steps a day, or walking/jogging 3 miles a week. That way, you can focus on more positive numbers that will lead to sustainable habits.

I had this mindset for a long time...I wanted to lose weight NOW and I was really frustrated when I would kill myself all week and only lose one or two pounds. Don't kill yourself! And don't do something you don't enjoy. Even if it feels like you're "cheating" yourself right now by burning fewer calories, remember that you're building healthy living habits for the long term. And at the end of the day, you don't want to kill yourself by doing something you hate, and then when the weight finally comes off go back to your old habits and gain it all right back! I've been there and done that too.

Focus on cardio, strength training, nutrition, and STRETCHING (didn't see below, and it is SOOO IMPORTANT!) as an investment in your future...a slow growth account...rather than a mad dash to the finish line so you can be done!

8/6/12 8:52 A

takes 30 days to make something a habit. try one thing at a time. less overwhelming

MBENSON4213 Posts: 13
8/6/12 8:05 A

Going back to CLASSICVIXEN's post - very good points. Thanks! I will share ideas w/my classes.... we all motivate each other. As for the yoga recommend, pilates is the same way! Laying on the floor, it seems it would be just a gentle workout, but 1 & 2 days later you are feeling that 'good kind of sore' in the core, glutes, quads, hams, & back. :)

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8/6/12 12:02 A

Congratulations on starting! Age is just a number Age is just a number Age is just a number...

EWL978 Posts: 2,021
8/5/12 10:57 P

I"m just getting started and have yet to get off my duff and do ANY kind of exercise...this afternoon I checked out a dvd from Leslie Sansone and I'll be doing her 1st set of walking exercise starting tomorrow am... Now for me, that's a big deal. Once I get started, there's no stopping me... I'm expecting that to be a new way of life for me...but it seems overwhelming right now to even, at 78 years of age, get started. My doc tells me I need to move around, but it's going to be "different". I'll report back after a few days. emoticon

Edited by: EWL978 at: 8/5/2012 (22:57)
SUEJENN Posts: 837
8/5/12 5:38 P

My daughter has introduced me to Mind Over Mood. It is a book she is working through with her counsellor. The process can be used to change your internal self talk which it the stuff that usually gets us off track.
I have a hard time keeping cardio interesting as well so I started using the Sprint 8 format. (See Mercola) It keeps me focused and I feel much better. There is this young woman at the gym who uses the elliptical to burn off what she has eaten that day. She is gradually gaining weight!! She doesn't realize that her body accommodates to the activity and that she needs muscle to burn calories efficiently. I can use multiple machines or exercises with the Sprint 8 program.
Strength training is my true interest. My trainer will show me the muscles involved in each exercise and tell me what we are doing in any one session to be able to accomplish my goals. That was when I am doing as exercise I can focus on the feel of the muscle and adjust my position to get the results I am after.

8/5/12 4:40 P

I'm the opposite of SeniorSwimmer. Cardio is a chore for me whereas I love strength training because I feel strong and can do the exercises as a circuit. I'm easily bored by cardio (think machines) so the only fun cardio is dancing or hiking with friends. I know I have to change that mindset!

8/5/12 4:16 P

I like the topic "changing your mind set." I'll be 67 years old in one week and, oh boy, old habits sure die hard. I also have severe clinical depression and PTSD (No, neither of these can be fixed by changing my mind set.) LOL

I use a wonderful program offered for free at my local Y. It's called ActivTrax and it creates and changes your workup each time you enter your results for the prior work-out. You can also go into your account and change the type of things you do. It's a great improvement for me compared to what I used to do. I've had several personal trainers over the years who cost me beaucoup bucks. Most of them weren't worth much and were terribly unreliable.

Due to the medications I have to take, I have a horrible problem with temper tantrums. Sometimes I just explode. Believe me, it takes just as big a toll on me as on the person who happens to be around when I go bananas. These medications all have warnings about this type of thing happening so obviously others have shared this experience. (And I always apologize unless it's a situation where that would be inappropriate.)

No matter what my age, I love to learn. I've never had much memory due to neurological damage I suffered as a child. Heck, I still love to read even if I can't remember much. (Sometimes, I take notes.) I have a brand new Kindle Fire waiting for use as of next weekend on my birthday. I can download books, etc. and take notes as I go. I'm pretty tech savvy for my age group but I am excited to learn more.


Edited by: HESTEROONIE at: 8/6/2012 (11:40)
GIGGLGAL76 Posts: 111
8/5/12 1:55 P

Do you enjoy the exercise you have chosen? I ask this because, although I also enjoy other activities, I have been primarily a runner/jogger for the last 6 years. I still love the way I feel and the way my body feels after a run. I don't get sick of it (not even on the treadmill in the winter - I just bring a book) and I don't have trouble with sticking with it: I have not jogged under 20 miles in a week since Christmas week, and it is usually 25-30. If you do what you and your body love, if you challenge yourself and keep your workouts slightly difficult, burning out is not an issue. As to your calorie mindset question, don't worry about it. What would you be doing otherwise? Even if you have a day where you don't burn as many calories during exercise, that cardio has immense mental and physical health benefits, so it is always worth it. The other thing you can do is approximate how much walking or hiking you will do and put it into the calculator before you go, so you know how much you want to do in order to reach your goals.

ILOST150POUNDS Posts: 1,662
8/5/12 1:02 P

What helps me is to remember how far I've come. I know that exercise can get boring, even if you add variety. I still vividly remember when I couldn't walk to the mailbox very easily - that keeps me working out even when I am bored or don't want to.

I totally agree with trying new exercises and routines as you never know which one will make you feel motivated!

SUSANBEAMON Posts: 11,550
8/5/12 12:44 A

Cardio may be good for loosing calories, but weight training gives you more (heavier) muscles that in turn burn more calories just for maintenance. That's why men can eat more than women can and stay the same weight, all those muscle fibers. The best exercise program combines cardio and strength training.

CDRFLORES Posts: 102
8/5/12 12:24 A

CLASSICVIXEN has some great points!
I too struggle with mindset.
I have been reading The Spark, which I suggest if you haven't already read it.
Unlike many books for weight loss, it has provided me new ways to train the brain so that I can keep going no matter what setback or disappointment I have along the way.

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8/4/12 11:11 P

I changed my routine to full body weight training M-W-F and Cardio HIIT T-TH-Fri. 1 hr max in the gym. Routine changes every week and gains are much better. Body feels great.

8/4/12 8:01 P

Any good trainer will tell you to change up your exercise routine every 4-6 weeks so your body is challenged. I've taken that advice and it worked for me. I get bored with the machines so I'll do the elliptical then switch to a treadmill (so utterly boring!), then do the bike. If there's a video that looks fun then I'll try that. I even mix up my strength training routine by looking for new workouts here and at other sources. I don't worry about the calorie burn because I know it's not always accurate. I just do what I can do and try to improve each time.

BUBBLEJ1 Posts: 2,981
8/4/12 4:55 P

I burn 550cal at a spinning class and 400 at a boxing class. Is one better than the other? Nope. I like boxing better, so I do that more often even though I would burn more calories at spinning.

So, do the one that you like doing! Ignore the calorie burn, what do you like best! I like weight lifting best of all, that that has a tiny calorie burn, but I love it so I'll do it!

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8/4/12 3:05 P

Definitely change it up. Long ago (in my thin & fit days) I took spinning classes 4 - 5 x a week. It got to the point my legs weren't affected by it anymore. So I tried to run and thought I was going to die - my cardio and breathing were fine, but my legs weren't used to running.

Switching it up is going to give you the best results. Maybe you'll just have to take a longer walk than the time you spend on the elliptical.

Maybe getting yourself a heartrate monitor will help put your mind at ease.

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8/4/12 2:16 P

I agree

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8/4/12 12:49 P

Undent is absolutely right about using a weighted vest instead of ankle weights. Using ankle weights for cardio exercise can tear up your knees in a hurry. Strength training leg lifts? Great. They can strengthen your joints. I wouldn't even use them to walk.

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8/4/12 12:39 P

I do fairly well with about any cardio exercise, but strength training - UHG! I feel so much better when I make myself do it, but how do you make yourself do it time after time? It's so incredibly boring. I'm sure it's that mindset thing that I have yet to master. I wish I could enjoy strength training as much as I do swimming. I wouldn't have to "make" myself do it. I'd want to.

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8/4/12 12:17 P

It's all a matter of a "glass half full versus glass half empty" type of thinking...if you view exercise as something icky that you have to do, even when you don't want'll find all sorts of excuses for not doing it.

However, if you start viewing it as a great part of your day--you'll adopt healthier habits. I don't know why Americans are so resistant to's ridiculous & childish.

Daily exercise makes me feel FANTASTIC! I feel awesome physically (and having lost 60+ lbs, I can tell you--I look pretty damn good too!)...and it makes me feel energized & ready to face the day. Mentally, exercising every day has replaced antidepressants for me...I feel ready to take on anything & my brain is calm & anxiety-free. Really it just makes me feel happy & all-together.

According to my doctor, my high cholesterol & pre-diabetes issues are GONE...and she said it's all thanks to exercise. Diet plays a very small role in how healthy one stays, according to my doc. Exercise is like a magic bullet--it makes everything better....physically, mentally, emotionally.

If changing your life for the better isn't convincing enough--what is?!? Make working out a brush your teeth daily. Exercise daily too. No fancy expensive anything needed--no gym membership, no special clothes...just a t-shirt & tennis shoes & the pavement outside. Make it happen--no excuses. You'll be AMAZED how your life changes for the better!

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8/4/12 11:51 A

It's really difficult, partly because you're trying to change habits that you've had, maybe for years. I think one key point is to really believe that you are worth the time, effort, energy and money that it will take... I'm not trying to sound like one of those cigarette ads, but you really are worth it. Stop putting yourself last. Make healthy food choices, take time to exercise even if it means that something else doesn't get done.

EGRAMMY Posts: 13,491
8/4/12 11:03 A

My support system is the key for me. Hubby, granddaughters, grandsons, friends are my help.

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8/4/12 7:45 A

Variety is good for exercise because the point is to get your tail moving, right? Your mind can't get bored cause you may give up too soon! Plus, your body gets used to using only certain muscles if you only do one kind of exercise, so your body will hit a plateau and you'll sweat your tail off....and it'll seem like you're doing it for nothing. Variety and circuit training do the most good for your body. The elliptical is especially good for your heart.

Ok, about changing your mindset...this has been my biggest goal for years. I've finally gotten myself to quit looking at the bathroom scale each morning. The purpose of being healthy isn't any number - it's based on how you feel and how much life you live. When I'm not eating healthy enough, I'm tired and I don't do as much with my kids as I'd like. The healthier I eat, the more I enjoy everyone in my life.

1. Read everything you can - subscribe to many e-newsletters so when you open your email each morning, you have a bunch of choices, pick one and read it and learn something, learn the reason behind certain healthy choices (makes it easier for me to follow that rule, plus I forget rules over time, so it's good to have a reminder).

2. Let yourself off the hook. This is not an ALL or NOTHING deal. Healthy living is not done overnight nor can you be a Diet-Nazi and expect success. It's done for the rest of your life. Allow yourself the 80/20 rule where 80% of the time, you make healthy choices and 20% of the time you have a temptation.

3. Don't always believe that the fewer calories you eat, the better. Most times, our bodies are needing more calories so it doesn't think it's starving. Just make them healthy choices, especially protein (nuts, fish, pork chop, lean steak) and fatty fibers (like avocados)...your body will thank you for the nutrients. What I've read, our bodies need more produce than it did 50 years ago because of the soil (so we're getting less nutrients in our food), so aim for 5 to 9 veggies a day (really, you could do nothing else but follow that rule, and you'll meet with weight-loss success).

4. Revisit why it is you're losing weight. I personally enjoy journaling. It helps me figure out how I feel and often I come up with my own solutions when I write it out. So, answer the question, "Why are you wanting to lose weight?" or better yet, "Why are you wanting to be healthier?" My mind tends to get focused on numbers, so I no longer allow myself to focus on weight-loss but on health-gain. Make yourself journal on health-gain goals and ideas, and over time, your mind will adjust itself to focus on that instead.

5. Yoga. I love yoga. I keep reading that yoga gets you more comfortable with your body and you learn to listen to your body more. You learn when you're getting uncomfortably full, so you stop eating sooner. You learn to eat better because you listen to your body react to naughty foods and you don't like that feeling, so you refrain from eating those foods. You're more in tune with your body and respond to it. You also learn to appreciate your body instead of look at it's flaws. And you'd be amazed - certain kinds of yoga will make your body hurt for DAYS.

Good luck. And take care of your body. It's with you for the rest of your life.

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8/4/12 5:21 A

I never trust those "calories burned" monitors on the cardio machines, anyway. The elliptical in particular is always MUCH higher than any of the other machines, and it never made sense to me.

I agree with the people who have said be most concerned with your diet, and that working at a steady state on the cardio machines isn't the best. It's great to change things up all the time, in order to "trick" your body.

I also like KGWINDER's post about functional fitness and the importance of proprioceptors. Interesting stuff!

KGWINDER Posts: 1,503
8/4/12 2:36 A

When you work out on the same machine all the time, there is an area of the brain - area 6 -that makes the movement a routine (much like the difference when you skipped rope for the first time vs. doing it where you don't even have to think about the movement). Basically the same muscles are being used in the same way and your brain doesn't have to do body mapping as much.

When you are walking and hiking over a changing terrain, all the muscles have to work harder for balance and coordination. You are developing more functional muscle use when many directional stresses are being engaged. This type of changing pressure also does a great job of building connective tissue (bones, tendons, ligaments)

But you are also remapping your brain by having the proprioceptors work with your muscles. Your brains ability to sense where each muscle is will improve and the benefit of this besides warding off dementia by giving you head some exercise is improved reaction time, balance, and better fine motor coordination. Exercise is not just about building muscle, but also increasing your nervous system's ability to sense and communicate to the body. If you're unfamiliar with proprioceptors this link will help explain. There is growing evidence that recovery after stroke and other injuries is quicker in those with well "practiced" proprioceptors.

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8/3/12 9:36 P

Cardio is great, just change it up!!! Your calorie burn wont be the same but if you go for a fast paced walk, or long swim session, you will burn tons of calories! ST burns more calories in the long run....DONT forget about that!!! Lots of are doing great, keep up the hard work, just dont use the same machine daily!!!

HOLLYM48 Posts: 18,777
8/3/12 7:00 P

Working out on the elliptical everyday is not recommended since it is hard on the leg muscles and arms too if you are at a higher level. Use the elliptical every other day and walk/hike in between days so you have the variety and enjoy the great outdoors while you are at it. I have to keep telling myself this as well but I really wish it would get below 90 degrees outside so I could enjoy the walk a whole lot more.

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8/3/12 6:52 P

Good point. And besides, think of all the people you could accidentally knock out cold if you are jogging along not paying attention. You could leave a trail of unconscious people all along your jogging route. Possibly bikers as well. Picture that.... teehee

UNIDENT Posts: 33,498
8/3/12 6:41 P

While the theory is sound, please add the weight you've lost to a weighted vest, not your ankles.

If you're significantly overweight now, look at your ankles. They're not carrying five pounds just there. They're supporting the bulk of your weight in your torso, hips, thighs.

Adding ankle and wrist/hand weights increases risk of injury. If you want to add weights, add it to your torso.

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8/3/12 6:38 P

It's easy to ramp up just a little without changing your routine. And we should if we are successful in losing weight, because... well, take your legs for example. If someone really overweight is walking around, their legs and spine are used to carrying around what would be an extreme amount to a fit person. Ask somebody who is fit and not overweight to pick up and carry an extra 132 pounds all day long, never putting it down, and see what they think of that suggestion. That's what I do every day. Since my legs and spine are already that remarkably strong, why lose that ability? If I lose 5 pounds, why not add a 5-pound ankle weight when I walk? My body won't notice it as a burden, I'm used to carrying it. But my body will still work to support the muscles carrying that weight. As I lose weight, I keep adding weights to legs, arms, a vest, etc, and it's not too much, I'm used to it, right? But my body loses weight faster and faster because of it. When I get to my goal weight, my body will only need to energize somebody less than 140 pounds, but it has to be able to have energy for twice that if I carry a 140-pound backpack every day for a walk and think nothing of it because I'm still used to it. It's cool and easy. No struggling to lift weights at a gym. You're already lifting the weight of your overweight body. Just keep doing it.

Edited by: LJ32920 at: 8/3/2012 (18:48)
SHUFFMAN126 Posts: 205
8/3/12 5:40 P

@ UNIDENT - I'm just happy someone spelled my name correctly in an example emoticon

Edited by: SHUFFMAN126 at: 8/3/2012 (17:46)
UNIDENT Posts: 33,498
8/3/12 5:26 P

Well, think about this scenario...

Suzy knows that walking a mild pace for 3 hours burns a LOT of calories (because hey, anything you do for three hours will). A friend suggests she try doing more intense exercise for 30 minutes, but she sees that the calorie burn isn't as high so she sticks to daily mild walks for 3 hours, because she can.

That's fine for Suzy ... for now.

However, she'll become very adept at walking and soon get less and less benefit from it. Meanwhile, she's not challenging herself to get any fitter at all. Walking at mild pace won't produce any capability to do anything more intensive. So she's going to be stuck.

She'd be far better off doing intense exercise now and then to challenge her fitness and build up her ability to cope with more in future, and leave a couple of days of walking if she really wants to.

Same here. Getting your "maximum calorie burn activity" every individual day is not necessarily setting you up for best fitness and ability to burn more in future. Challenge yourself and get variety.

And be far more worried about your food than which cardio you do. Cardio has the least effect on your weight loss results.

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8/3/12 3:21 P


Don't assume you're not making a difference because the calorie burn doesn't seem to be high enough. There is more to exercise than how many calories we burn in X amount of time. Think of all the other things exercise can do for our bodies such as increasing cardiovascular endurance, reducing our risk for heart disease, increasing our strength, increasing our stamina, improving our immune system as well as decreasing depression.

Don't look at exercise as just a way to burn calories. Think of how a regular exercise program is going to prolong your life !!

Also, as the PP noted, weight loss is all about what we eat. Good nutrition is what takes the weight off and keeps it off. Exercise is what keeps our bodies fit and healthy. In short, a person can't outrun a bad diet with exercise. You have to eat right in order to lose weight.

What a person does for exercise really does depend on their goals. You really can do anything you want. You can walk, hike, cycle, swim, take dance lessons, martial arts, work in the garden, ski, ice skate, etc... it's all good. Do something fun because when you enjoy doing something, you look forward to doing that something each and every day.

JENMC14 Posts: 2,786
8/3/12 2:12 P

While cardio helps us to create a higher calorie deficeit, diet is really the key to weight loss. Make sure you're diet is really dialed in. Then remind yourself that you will not be consistent if you are not enjoying the exercise. You should also throw in some strength training. It can help to break up the monotony of only doing cardio every day as well has help you to hang on to msucle rather than lose it.

8/3/12 2:09 P

This summer, I have been working really hard on getting my cardio time in. I usually hop on the elliptical in the morning. When I change up a bit, say take a walk or hike, I see that the calorie expenditure isn't as high. So then I think I'm not working hard enough to reacah my goals. What can I say to myself so I quit looking at those numbers. I'm afraid I'll burn out on using the elliptical without some variety.

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