Since my diag last month, I've been going on walks more consistently (with and without the dogs or hubby). Average speed about 2.3-2.5mph. Usually do about a mile to 1.25miles. So about 30 minutes. Been doing one walk in the morning and one in the evening with hubby to unwind.
So feeling good but looking at getting some ideas for what I can add. We have an exercise bike and I use that when our lovely Oregon weather is well, Oregon weather. lol I have a regular bike as well but been a while since I rode. Mostly because something with my knees makes it hurt. For both bike types.
Not quite up to jogging/running JUST yet. Mostly because there is a piece of gear which I have yet to have ever been able to find that can help. The bane of my workout existence: a proper fitting sports bra. Busty girl here and you just can't seem to get one unless you are under a C cup. At least not one that isn't just a glorified spandex tank top. So, no support. Running actually is quite painful to the chest, neck and back because of this.
I've been looking at possibly doing some swimming or other kinda low impact things. I need to get my body more strengthened and maybe tone up around my knees so the pain is lessened? I'm considering yoga, taichi, some weight training (we have a weight set), etc.
Now here is my dilemma: do I look at a gym membership or not? I've had these in the past. I've taken like health classes in the past for college where I had a gym membership. But I found it to just be wasted money for me. Could never get on the equipment I needed/wanted either because of wait times, out of service, or just lack of desire. I don't want to waste money again paying a lot for one either. 30 minutes with a trainer who just tells me the cookie cutter stuff isn't helpful. I *know* I need to lose weight. I *know* that I should be doing X amount daily. Not helpful. What I want is to work with someone who I can actually ask, "Hey, so this is hurting my knees. Is there something I can do for that or another exercise I can do?" Never really had that kind of help before.
My goals right now: get my time down some on my walking speed. 26-ish minute mile plus is okay but I would like to do a little better. Would like to add some flexibility but not sure if yoga would be good and even with that, where to start? Any good YouTube vids out there that are for absolute beginners? Does it take into consideration injuries? Finding something I can add to my current routine that isn't so much out of the way or awkward to add. Like on top of my current 2 miles walking but not like where I become a gym rat. Would like to add some strength training but not even sure where to start. It's been like 20+ years since I did any real strength training aside from the sporadic gym memberships over the years.
So what do you all do to get more active? Any good apps out there or videos you like? I added myself to a few challenges from MyFitnessPal/MapMyWalk and have been enjoying them somewhat. They give me something to work towards and I like the whole competition thing. Right now, things like squats are not doable due to knee injuries. Not really a mobility issue per-say, but painful. Coming from being pretty well sedentary because of work so not at the I can run a 5k or do a triathlon. lol
My weight is fluctuating from around 152 to 159lbs right now. So BMI is overweight. But hey, I am down from 200-210lbs like last year to 2 years ago. I should get down to like 120 but I'd be pretty happy at like 135 honestly. From the weight loss I already have had there is some skin hanging around my midsection and arms. Then the large bust thing.
What are some of your favorite things to do for fitness? How did you go from being no activity to more? I've kept motivated and increased my activity in the last month but I'm afraid of losing it now. How do you cope with or push through it?
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