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CROWLEY123 SparkPoints: (0)
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8/13/12 9:47 P

If you can't get out easily, I would certainly recommend exercise DVDs, and there are so many to choose from you are sure to find something that suits you. I know several people that like the walk-away-the-ponds series, and there are several different workouts that will help you get your heart rate up and help you burn calories and build cardio strength.
You can also find tons of workout videos, free, on this site, you can try all kinds of things to see what you enjoy doing.
Good luck, I'm sure you'll find a way to make it work.

Edited by: CROWLEY123 at: 8/13/2012 (21:48)
ZRIE014 Posts: 75,716
8/13/12 9:30 P

walking can be fun, but at what speed are you doing it. the faster and longer is better for your heart.

STEPHANIE138 Posts: 65
8/13/12 5:46 P

When I first started working out again, I used the Leslie Sansone videos. I didn't use them every day, but they were a good filler and with the different videos, I could stack the miles to get in a moderate workout. If I didn't have a lot of time, I could still do a mile. It is better than nothing at all.

Maybe you can try some other aerobics videos, too. Check out the library or video store. If you have netflix, or on demand, they have some stuff. I have two left feet, but after I do them a few times, I can usually keep up. I am in my house, so no one can see me looking like a fool. There are a few that I find to be really fun.

Walking has always been my go to exercise. I can vary the intensity, terrain and time spent. When the kids were little, I threw them in the stroller or wagon. Pushing/pulling a little extra weight doesn't hurt. When they got a bit older, they got a barbie jeep for Christmas. I put them in it and chased them around the block. We also took a lot of walks around the neighborhood and in the park when they were small. We were slow, but we moved.

MCROW3 SparkPoints: (4,326)
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8/13/12 5:27 P

Nutrition is greater than execise. Get your nutrition in order, then exercise whichever way fits into the schedule. Walk 10 minutes a day if you can, do more. If you can, do some strenght exercises.

EEJAYBEE Posts: 261
8/13/12 5:23 P

Thanks- that's really helpful advice- especially the stuff about intensity. I hadn't thought of it that way- I'd got rather fixated on heart rate... I get into a vicious circle where I think I have to diet plus do some horrible high-intensity exercise (such as running or aerobics (I have NO coordination!).
I hate these activities, so sooner or later I drop off the "exercise wagon" and shortly after, off the "diet wagon" too. Now walking as part of a healthy lifestyle- THAT I could do...
will try some strenght training too.

BRITOMART Posts: 8,305
8/13/12 11:11 A

I find the Leslie Sansone dvds work fine for me; I can adjust the intensity of my pace, motion, etc., to ensure I'm in the cardio zone (via hrm, I don't trust my perceived exertion! I'm lazy). She's a real chatterbox, but some of the later ones offer the option of music only, and even when I'm listening to her, a lot of what she says is good reminders.

I know that when Coach Nicole reviewed one she couldn't get her hr up, but it wasn't one of the 'advanced' workouts, and, well, I'm not at Nicole's level of fitness.

It's certainly worth a try! (I like exercising in my own home, whenever, without having to get dressed up)

Having said that, I would second Dragonchilde's comment about weight loss being more in the kitchen than the gym...I would ALSO suggest adding strength training to your plan; if you have more muscle, you'll burn more calories--not to mention be much more able to deal with your offspring!

Edited by: BRITOMART at: 8/13/2012 (11:13)
DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (61,458)
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8/13/12 10:06 A

Remember that losing weight isn't about the exercise you do; the exercise you do complements your weight loss, and makes the process easier, but the real weight loss happens in the kitchen. What matters is creating a healthy deficit through a combination of diet and exercise, which ideally will be about the same deficit no matter your intensity. Intensity will determine how long it takes you to reach your fitness goals, but really that's it... if you burn more calories each day, you have to eat more to support your body's needs.

Focus on creating a healthy deficit with the tools you have; enter the exercise you're doing, and adjust your diet accordingly... what matters is THAT you move, not HOW you move.

OAKDALE41 Posts: 973
8/13/12 8:41 A

If you can find the time to do any kind of exercise that is great!! It is hard with little ones. My saving grace when my kids were that little was a running stroller. I would plop them in the stroller and walk in the summer. Winter was much harder for sure.

MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 15,457
8/13/12 6:56 A

Walking is moderate exercise, and it is unlikely to get your heart rate into the upper end of the cardio zone.

But your heart rate is irrelevant to weight loss. What matters is the total calories burned and consumed, not what your heart rate is. Of course, getting your heart rate higher will allow you to burn the same number of calories in less time, and also has health and fitness advantages.

Adding some hills to your route, or carrying some extra weight in a backpack or weight vest, is a good way to add intensity to your walking.

Another option is to gradually add some running to your walking, such as through a Couch to 5K program.


EEJAYBEE Posts: 261
8/13/12 6:24 A

I have always loved walking, but now I have small kids it is hard to get out for long hikes. When I go for a quick walk locally, I struggle to get my heart rate up. I have never tried any of the "walking" DVDs. How can you lose weight if it's not increasing your heart rate? Or are the DVDs more like runnig than walking? Would you recommned trying a walking DVD? (It would certainly solve my problems with finding a babysitter)

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