Exercise... Where to begin!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Sparkpeople (SP) is full of exercise pages and tips, ideas for strength training and cardiac workouts. You get points for accomplishing these exercises and your progress. It is kind of amazing to me to think when I started this I said to myself, I am NEVER going to look at these exercise pages. They have nothing to do with me and what I am doing. But here I am, and I am looking at the pages and I have to admit that it is kind of fun.

A little background on me, morbidly obese, have been since the sixth grade. Because of a wide variety of chronic medical problems along with my weight, I have a limited walking ability and use a scooter in my home. I track my food intake on SP and enjoy reading the blogs and boards. So you have the picture, but where do I begin with exercise?

Well this morning, I decided I could do what the doctor suggested... DUH. I could start with arm lifts. Cool, I did 15 and pushed to 20. Now I know that is not much but for me it is a step. To think I used to do sit and be fit exercises everyday... well I do not have that stamina now, but I can WORK towards that. Then maybe eventually get to where I can give myself points for those leg lifts and such! Bottom line, I began. So join me, lets start at the very beginning, it IS a very good place to start!

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    You go girl! The best thing is to start small and work your way up. When I started pulmonary rehab I could barely do 5 minutes on the treadmill. It took me 10 minutes to get from the car to the work out room. That was 3 years ago. Now I can do 20 minutes on the treadmill. I have to take pit stops, but it's still counts.

    Start slow and work your way up. With the support of your spark friends you will accomplish your goal.

    Just remember the tortoise beat the hare. You will complete your journey.

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