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USFGIRL11's Photo USFGIRL11 Posts: 179
7/12/18 9:02 P

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Try something you enjoy. For me it’s yoga and walking on the greenway. Once you get the exercise bug you’ll want to do something that makes you feel powerful, like strength training. I’m trying to challenge myself to try new things, like the foam roller and kettlebells. It doesn’t have to be an exercise video either. I also dance to music while cleaning house.

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7/12/18 2:04 A

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I'll just echo what others have said and I'll add an emphasis on walking. Just walking alone will take you to pretty nice levels of fitness and it's easy on the body and a great way to start small and work your way up. My five minutes every other day has ballooned into more than an hour a day on most days. It's always some combination of videos, Gazelle, or outdoor walk/jog/hike. The main thing is that I've grown to love it and it's a habit that's very easy to work up to and maintain. Best luck with your goals, no matter how you get there!

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7/11/18 9:33 P

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You are doing great with losing weight and you might want to just start focusing on moving more. Buy a pedometer (lots of inexpensive ones out there) and work up to getting 10,000 steps/day. As Coach Denise mentioned, getting the food in line is probably the best way to go at first.

Find ways to walk more....park far away from the stores, be inefficient in doing errands so you get more steps. As you make exercise part of your day it becomes a welcome habit.

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7/10/18 5:58 P

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I took a quick look at your Spark page-- you've got 3 kids. You could consider some things that count as exercise, but are basically playing with your kids. Like, shooting some hoops, or riding a bike, or playing tag or badminton or something in the yard. Stuff like that. Gets you up and moving around, the kids would probably love it, doesn't seem so much like "exercise".

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7/10/18 6:19 A

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Congrats on the weight loss! My suggestion, in addition to what Coach Jen shared, is a time goal. It is recommended to get 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week. That is 30 minutes 5 days a week.

That isn't a lot of time but if you are at basically 0 minutes right now, it could be overwhelming. However, you can work towards it. Maybe strive for 5 minutes a day or for 2 or 3 sessions a day. (Eventually, you can break your sessions into segments as short as 10 minutes; cardio should get your heart rate into the work zone.) Once the 5 minutes gets manageable, increase the time. Over a few weeks, you will have a habit of exercise.

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7/6/18 11:03 P

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The majority of weight loss comes from our nutrition intake, so it sounds like you are doing great there!

For exercise, I would recommend trying a variety of things to see what you might actually enjoy or at least like doing. If you enjoy it, you are more likely to continue to do it and feel more motivated as well. Perhaps you just haven't found something that you like. You can try taking some classes or even asking some friends to do a class with you, go for a walk, etc. Having more of a buddy system can work well, especially since they can help motivate you as well because you don't want to let them down.

Also, if you are new to exercising or it's been a long time since you last exercised, it would be a good idea to keep your workouts on the shorter side and increase your time as you continue to exercise and your body allows.

You can do this!

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7/6/18 6:27 P

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I am a lazy girl when it comes to exercise and I really am not motivated at all to exercise. Where do I begin or how can I get moving? I am currently down 12 lbs since March of this year but that is only from healthier eating habits. I feel that if I add exercise in I would loose quite a bit more. Please help! emoticon

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