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SIRENSINGTOME SparkPoints: (660)
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4/12/13 3:02 P

Thanks for the suggestion! I'm definitely going to try out that video! :)

SIRENSINGTOME SparkPoints: (660)
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4/12/13 3:00 P

Thanks for the suggestions! I definitely have the diet part down already. I was a little confused about it at first, but after doing a bit of research on what I should be eating, I've went out and bought all healthy groceries and threw out anything that would tempt me. On the brightside, I LOVE healthy food,so I think sticking to a healthy eating regimen should be the easiest part! After all these replies, I think I know what I need to do now as far as the exercising goes too! I'm feeling really confident about it!

1NANNY4 SparkPoints: (2,755)
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4/12/13 1:35 P

I love to walk but can have no impact exercise due to knee problems,but Leslie Sansone has an awesome 3 mi. walk/fit dvd called WALKAWAY THE POUNDS!!! It's terrific,great for beginners and it has 1mi.,2mi,then 3mi. you can stop if you need to and she tells you when you've completed each mi. Low impact and fun also not expensive..I'm 57 and it's not hard for me ,also 150 lbs. overweight when I started and 2 wks. later and 15 lbs. lighter now!!!


ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (198,623)
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4/12/13 1:01 P


If you're new to exercising, you may not want to start with Insanity. That really is a very intense form of exercise. You may find yourself frustrated quicker than you think. Don't buy into the hype of the late night infomercials ! When it comes to weight loss what matters most is 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, you can't outrun a bad diet with exercise. Yes, exercise is an important component of our long term health. But, if you're not eating right, you won't lose weight.

I was a yo yo dieter for longer than you've been alive. I used to think that as long as I exercised, I could eat whatever I wanted. I always thought that as long as I'm burning off those calories, that's okay. Well, it's not okay. What happens when you can't exercise ? What happens if you get injured ? And we all get injured. Which is the point, exercise can only do so much. If you want to take the weight off and keep it off, you need to do your best to learn to eat right and watch your portions.

Exercise is very important. A good exercise program can help you shed inches. It can help give your body some definition. It can do lots of other things too like decrease depression, decrease blood pressure, decrease cholesterol, decrease resting heart rate, increase immune system, etc...

What to do for exercise ? What you do like ? Because exercise should be fun. Because when we enjoy doing something, we look forward to doing that something each and every day. Do you like to dance ? Try zumba ! Zumba is a Latin dance based workout that can be done at home with DVDs.

And you don't have to buy any DVDs. You can find lots of great workout DVDs at your local library. Don't waste your money buying a product you won't use. Instead, go to the library and try different workouts. Keep doing them until you find one you really enjoy !! A person can waste a lot of money on diet and exercise equipment they don't need.

Do try to walk when you can. If your neighborhood isn't safe, go to your local mall and walk inside the mall. Go some place it is safe to walk. walking is wonderful cardiovascular exercise. Check out the gyms in your area. There are many gyms that offer rates of $10-20 per month. Lots of deals out there. see what's available.

But like I said, you don't have to buy any workout dvds. You can borrow them from the library. You can even find tons of workouts on YOUTUBE for free !! You can do the Spark People videos too. Coach Nicole has a bunch of workouts you can do at home. try some of those.

RUFUSRIO Posts: 234
4/12/13 11:17 A

I'm 20 as well, if you have the option of purchasing a treadmill I would say that's been the most effective way for me to exercise because it's right there and I can just hop on at any time of the day with my iPod in tow. If not, have you checked OnDemand's fitness section? There is a vast array of workouts to choose from. If you don't have OnDemand, I would start out with the exercise DVDs that you mentioned and then when you find a "style" or "program" that is right for you, check out Amazon for exercise DVDs (they frequently have them for sale, sometimes up to 65% off)! Best of luck to you! You've got this!!!

SIRENSINGTOME SparkPoints: (660)
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4/12/13 10:15 A

I've heard a lot of people say that's a good DVD to start out with, so I will definitely. check it out! Thank you! And I'm glad I'm starting it now too. At the rate I was going, I would've been morbidly obese by forty so I'm glad I'm finally stepping up and changing my ways for the better. :)

SIRENSINGTOME SparkPoints: (660)
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4/12/13 10:09 A

Great suggestion! Thanks! :D

KMFITZ721 Posts: 89
4/12/13 9:13 A

Most of us have no idea what we are doing. I found Leslie Sansone DVD Walk Slim. It's a 4 mile workout that you can break down into how much you can do how much you are physically able. It's a great starter workout. Be proud you are doing this when you're 20. I waited until 40 to finally get into shape and lose weight and wish I would have done it much sooner when I had less bad habits to break and excuses not to.

Edited by: KMFITZ721 at: 4/12/2013 (09:14)
CHEETARA79 Posts: 3,915
4/12/13 7:28 A

When I started Spark, I did the 28 day bootcamp challenge. It was a lot of fun and a great way to get started with regular exercise. You do a 10 minute exercise video every day plus 30 minutes of cardio 5 days per week. To find the bootcamp challenges, click Community at the top then Challenge Central.

SIRENSINGTOME SparkPoints: (660)
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4/12/13 4:02 A

Thanks so much for the advice! I guess my problem is thinking that if I don't do hard core exercises everyday that I will never lose weight. I just need to calm down and realize that everyone has to start somewhere! I really appreciate the support and will be trying some of the suggestions you and the other member posted. Thank you both!

4/12/13 1:13 A

First of all, congrats on deciding to start exercising! There are a lot of things you can do from home (besides walking outside). It sounds to me like you don't have a lot of experience exercising so why not start with online videos and DVDs that give you a work-out and instructions on how to do the exercise properly. There is a lot of stuff here on Spark to start off with (you will probably need to get yourself some light weights), there's also videos on you tube and of course you can buy used DVDs online. A great option if you don't have a lot of money is to go to your public or school library -- almost all have a pretty extensive workout DVD section.

The Jillian Michaels 30-Day-Shred is tough but a great overall workout -- just start off with no weights and see how you do from there. You can find it online.

Rodney Yee's Power Yoga (although I don't recommend doing this DVD is you have never taken a yoga class before)

Also, it really depends on what kind of activities you LIKE -- because those of the ones you are going to stick with! So if you like to dance, try a Zumba video, if you like lifting weights try the 30-day-shred (above), if you like like yoga try some power yoga videos (I say Power yoga only because I know you are trying to burn calories and some slower yogas are great for strengthening but not so great and getting your heart-rate up).

It sounds like you do not have access to a gym. But if you do, then your whole exercise world changes of course. There's all sorts of classes and exercise machines (bikes, treadmills and ellipticals are all good places to start), trainers to talk with, etc.

And while you just said you can't walk because you live in a bad neighborhood, I would like to suggest walking somewhere else -- is your school or work in a better neighborhood? Is there a park that you can drive to during your lunch break? Walking is a good way to start exercising if you've never done anything else.

Basically instead of thinking about why you can't do something (like walking outside), it might be helpful to start switching the way you think about exercise: This is what I WANT to do, so how can I make it work for me?

You're going to do great!

WHOLENEWME79 Posts: 950
4/11/13 11:37 P

I'd suggest starting off with something you find interesting or easy. For example, I walked on my breaks at work to start- 10 minutes on both breaks, and 15 minutes at lunch. And that was it. Just by doing that and using SP to track my food I lost 20lbs. Once I found I needed more of a challenge, I incorporated workout DVDs (SP's Coach Nicole, Belly Dancing, etc) and hiking, as well as more walking.

You want to find something you can live with- Because a healthy lifestyle is a permanent thing. You want to switch it up every 6 to 8 weeks because you want to keep you body guessing.

The Insanity workouts might be tough, but no reason not to start with them- You can modify them, or take breaks, if you need to. And of course, repeating weeks is fine. They are great workouts!

Best of luck.

SIRENSINGTOME SparkPoints: (660)
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4/11/13 10:07 P

Hey there! I'm a 20-year-old female and I've been moderately chubby my entire life. I've told myself I was going to lose weight a million times and it never lasted a day. It wasn't until I looked in the mirror the other day and began sobbing that I really knew I'd be able to do it this time. I have the will power to diet and exercise, but I have absolutely no clue what I'm supposed to be doing. I think I have the diet part down, but I really need help figuring out what exercises I should be doing to effectively lose weight. I have the Insanity workout, but I think that may be too intense for me starting off. Can someone help me figure out a good, effective workout that I can do each day from my home? Walking/running outside isn't an option since I live in a bad neighborhood.

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