By cookiemonster515 Latest Reply 2011-01-22 22:31:39 -0600
Started 2011-01-22 09:30:34 -0600

how much should i start with?

7 replies

jayabee52 2011-01-22 10:48:53 -0600 Report

As my Good friend Ray would say, "Baby steps". Start small. work up to what challenges you and increase it a little perhaps every week. You don't have to be winded or ache from overexertion when you're done. One of the best exercises is walking. You can start out with 5 min and increase it the next week to 7 min. As you get stamina built up you can increase it more.

My stamina right now is the pits. I am working to increase it. Eventually I want to go dancing, which gives you a cardio workout and you're having so much fun ("the most fun a couple can have standing up! LoL!") you're nott really aware you're excercising.

Doing some weight bearing excercises may also be beneficial. Something as simple as doing soup can curls. Or lifting a ½ gal water jug. It needen't be expensive, and you really don't have to join a gym.

mkhojh99 2011-01-22 10:26:28 -0600 Report

I walk on my breaks at work and choose to eat like carrots while walking 1 break and a hotpocket or something hand held the other break. We get 2 12min breaks a day. I have not walked during a break before this week and let me tell you it kicks my butt bad but I keep walking…just slow paced nothing major. I wanted to start small and work my way up.

MewElla 2011-01-22 10:29:00 -0600 Report

Good for you. Sometimes the hardest thing is to just get up and do it. I am proud of you. Keep on keeping on…

mkhojh99 2011-01-22 22:31:39 -0600 Report

thanks…I am a little active but not daily…so my work has this walking tracking thing for 4 weeks…and since I am working with a assessment team now I thought well might as well start now. I live with my parents and take care of them…they are not in good health so I mow and of course snow removel so am a bit active…but now much more…

MewElla 2011-01-22 10:09:00 -0600 Report

For me, it started with a total commitment to do exercise everyday, although I really had not done so previously. I was into the "let's put one foot in front of the other one" and get moving. At first, it was hard, I was tired and hated doing it. But everyday endurance and strength came and I pushed my "baby steps" a little further. Really have to be motivated to do a little bit everyday. As I continued, I started losing more weight (now 70 lbs) it will be one year Feb. 11th and I walk 5-6 miles each day. Good Luck and keep us posted…

Kaiyle 2011-01-22 10:02:19 -0600 Report

Getting started takes motivation. Try these tips to get you started in taking control of a more active daily life:

1. Make exercise a daily habit.

2. As little as half an hour of exercise a day can improve your heart health. Remember exercise does not have to be vigorous, a brisk walk is great for your health.

3. Aerobic activities like walking, running and swimming help keep your heart healthy.

4. If you can't commit to daily exercise, try splitting it up into manageable chunks of time. Short walks, taking the stairs, physical movement throughout your day can add up.

5. Remember that successful weight loss depends on burning more energy than you consume.

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