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4/13/13 10:39 A

I tried Insanity at the beginning of last summer and I was already in pretty decent shape, and it was still a challenge for me (which, I mean, I don't think it would ever NOT be a challenge for anyone!). It is a great suggestion to start out doing something else to bring your activity level up higher before jumping right into something so intense like Insanity. Plus, it's getting nice out! Go out for some nice long walks and enjoy spring :)

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4/12/13 7:00 P

thank you for your advice ARCHIMEDESII. I will start with walking and swimming for the first month or so and then gradually take it up a notch.

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4/12/13 3:27 P

If you've been sedentary for a while, Insanity might not be the best place to start your exercise routine. Instead, why not start with a daily walk ? Doctors will tell you that a brisk 30 minute walk each day can reduce your risk for heart disease by over 30%. Not bad for a daily walk.

Oh, if you do decide to purchase Insanity or one of the other late night fitness products, don't pay full price. You can find it discounted on amazon or even ebay. You may even find it for cheap on Craigslist.

And check your local library too. Your library is not only a great resource for books, it's a great resource for DVDs too. See if you can borrow Insanity from your library before you spend money.

For now, why not start your exercise routine with a daily walk ? Coach Nicole has a bunch of short 10-15 minute workout videos posted in the fitness section. Try a couple of those too. Don't try to do too much too soon or you'll end up frustrated and burned out. You need to slowly ease into a routine so that your exercise will become just that, a routine.

Remember, exercise should be fun. Because when we enjoy doing something, we look forward to doing that something each and every day. Thus the reason we start out slow and try different things to see what we like. Don't do something because someone told you that something burns a lot of calories. Do something because it's something you enjoy.

What you do for exercise depends on what your fitness goals are. You really can do anything you want from bowling to cycling, walking, swimming, skiing, hiking, dancing, martial arts, tennis, soft ball, running, racketball, golf... it's all good.

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4/12/13 2:52 P

Hello there!

I recently heard about Insanity from my coworker and am interested in starting the program. But looking at the videos-it looks like a person has to be in a decent shape to start the program. To be quite honest, i have not worked out AT ALL since the past 18 months and do not have much stamina. So, do you all recommend that I should first build up my stamina and then start the program? Or should I just bite the bullet and start ASAP?
I am not trying to make excuses, I just want to be realistic before I buy the DVDs.


ps: I posted this in the insanity group as well but haven't heard back yet, so figured I should ask over here as well.

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