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5/1/18 6:45 A

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I agree with Coach Jen and Cheetara: Do see your doctor first.

As for when to stretch, it's actually best to stretch after your workout, once you start that. Stretching cold muscles could cause injury. Think of stretching cold muscles like taking a frozen rubber band and then pulling it. What happens? It shatters.

To prepare your body, it's best to do a warm up to slowly prepare yourself for exercise and to avoid injury. I usually do a 5 minute warm up.

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4/30/18 12:45 P

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I agree that the first place to start is with your doctor since you've been inactive for a while. Once you have the "all clear", starting with walking for 5-10 minutes, 3-4 times a week and slowly building from there is a great place to begin. If you start with small amounts and do it consistently, even if you're doing 5-10 minutes a few times a day, you will quickly build endurance.

Hope that helps,

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4/30/18 12:09 P

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Have you been cleared by a doctor to exercise? Start with that and ask the doctor for advice as well.

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4/30/18 11:32 A

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Hello all,

I have fallen into the Netflix Hulu vortex and have not been very active for about a year. For that, I've gained about 40 lbs.

My concerns today are that I have been inactive for so long that it is painful to take a walk around the block. I'm scheduled to go on a work outing next month and we'll be walking the site (which is big) how do I get myself prepared? Do I start stretching first or do I take small walks every other day to get my bod used to movement again? Please help, I need to get healthy and I don't want to embarrass myself on my work trip.

Thank you

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