Hi Cando - you have some great suggestions here, but I would def 2nd the Leslie Walk Away the Pounds videos.
Secondly, you may want to try doing every other exercise in the video when starting out and then walk/march in place when not following along. Walking in place until you can get back into step will put you farther ahead than just shutting it off. Aim each week to walk less and do more and more of the video. Take small steps, know you can do it, and believe in yourself.
Take it easy on yourself and just keep moving. Don't beat yourself up about how you look while exercising, but be proud that you ARE!
It might be a matter of finding a type of exercise that works for you. Walking is a great workout, but if you can't do your walking outside try Leslie Sansone's Walk Away the Pounds videos or DVD's. Her beginner DVD's are easy to follow...and trust me...if I can follow them, anyone can! :) I have always had a hard time following exercise videos, but the Walk Away the Pounds are some that I can do.
Keep at it and your endurance will increase over time. Don't give up!! You can succeed!
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4,556 12/30/12 7:14 P
Just wanted to say, I know how you feel! I have done dance classes at my gym that have taken weeks or even months to figure out what the heck was going on. As long as you are exercising, you are doing the right thing.
Have you tried starting with some seated workout exercise videos? Or a walking video? Something that is gentle and similar to everyday movements might help.
I also second the recommendation to be sure you are not too full, but not hungry -- either of those will make you feel worse.
You can do it!
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12/30/12 7:07 P
Something no one has mentioned..
since you are doing videos in the privacy of your own home, no one is seeing you looking and feeling clumsy, so who cares?!
When I first started exercising, over 10 years ago, I had to stop every 5 minutes during a fitness class. One of my first goals was to NOT be the first person to have to stop for a break.
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10 12/30/12 12:50 P
As with anything, the more you do it, the easier it's going to be. Keep with it, do what you can, modify what you need to and once you get used to the moves it will get better. When I started group exercises, one of my first classes it seemed I spent more time trying to figure out the moves and was always way behind or trying to catch my breath. I spoke with the teacher after class and she said, we really don't care what you are doing as long as you are doing something. Each time it's been getting better and the same with happen with you.
Just don't give up.
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4,787 12/30/12 11:26 A
You've gotten some good advice so far. Now it is up to you to follow through with
1. Don't pick DVD's that are too hard for you. Choose something that is closer to your current fitness level. (The Leslie Sansone walking-in-place DVD's are very good for beginners.)
2. Modify the exercises that are too hard for you. Just walk in place and watch the DVD for a minute if you need to take a break to catch your breath. The idea is to build your body up so that you can EVENTUALLY do the whole routine. If the whole routine is easy for you in the beginning, it is TOO easy for you and you won't improve your fitness level by doing it.
3. Resign yourself to the fact that exercise will not always be fun and easy. Every moment won't always "feel good." The feel good part usually comes later -- after you have earned it by doing the work and becoming stronger. As you make the effort, your body will respond and you will become more fit and strong. That will feel good.
I started doing DVD's 5 years ago at the age of 52. Like you, I hated to exercise and that feeling of being out of shape. Now, I am in the best shape of my adult life -- but still struggle with the more vigorous DVD's. I pace myself and focus on making progress, not expecting myself -- or the exercise experience -- to be perfect.
12/30/12 8:59 A
You get past feeling stupid, clumsy and puffed by going back to the dog that bit you. Go back and do it again and again until it becomes a part of you. Be gentle with yourself, be consistent and steady, and don't give up. Every single person you see out exercising or read about on this site started somewhere and sometime. If it is a skill, they had someone show them at the beginning.
"Never give up.Never give up. Never give up." Winston Churchill
I've been there, whether it was a fitness video or a workout class at my gym. The trainer at the gym gave me a couple of tips that might be useful. But first, I should say I'm assuming you're choosing workouts that fit your level of fitness at the moment. If you follow these tips and the workouts are still too difficult, look for a workout routine that's a little less intricate and challenging. Anything is better than nothing, and a less challenging workout will always be more beneficial to one that is too difficult. But that doesn't really sound like the case here, so try this:
The first thing he asked was when was the last time I ate? If you eat too soon before a workout, particularly ones where you're moving a lot (say, ab workouts vs a light walk), the food in your stomach can not only make it difficult for you to move freely, but can also make you ill. No fun. Similarly, if you haven't eaten in hours, your body is fatigued, and you won't be able to perform your best. Look on Sparkpeople for some tips on when to eat, I believe it's a light snack about an hour before your workout, but I don't want to say that for sure- it's just what I normally do. I eat a little bit of protein and some carbs (peanut butter on toast maybe) and drink some water. Try that first.
Second, he reminded me to be sure to stretch out before your workout. Even when you follow fitness videos, they sometimes don't allow enough time for beginners to stretch out their muscles. Sparkpeople has a bunch of quick stretch routines as well. It shouldn't take too long, but be sure not to rush through it or you won't reap the benefits.
The third suggestion I have didn't come from the trainer, but I think it could help, as it helped me with videos and even in classes like Zumba. I sit and watch for a moment. Since you're watching videos, try watching them once through beforehand. Sometimes you get tripped up because you're on the floor trying to do a move, and the instructor tells you to switch, and you get confused, and before you know it they're on another move. This makes you rush, makes you stressed out, and makes it difficult. If you watch it beforehand, you can rewind and watch particularly confusing moves twice before even starting the video. It's time consuming, but you probably only have to do it once per workout video, and each time you do it it will get easier!
I hope this helps!! Good luck!
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5,092 12/29/12 5:22 P
Do the best you can. Modify the exercises so that you don't feel like you're going to pass out. You'll feel a whole lot better when you've finished the workout rather than stopping three minutes in. You won't get any better at them if you keep quitting. What exercise videos are you doing, by the way?