Post # 1
I have never felt the desire to excercise, but I know I should. I would like to improve my energy level and my flexibility.
I recently lost 30 pounds, but not in a healthy way. I called it the “intern diet”, pretty much being too stressed and/or not having enough time to eat anything. I am trying to turn a new leaf and live a healthier lifestyle, which includes being more active. I do not like gyms and would prefer to do things in the privacy of my own home.
I tried doing a fitness program on the X-box kinect, I made it through the fitness assessment quiz… 25 minutes of squats and lunges and now I can barely move. I did a lot of stretching yesterday and went swimming in hopes of loosening everything up and tried again today, nope. Still can barely move. You’d think I was 97 and not 27…
So, for the other fitness newbies out there, what do you do for your excercise and what would you recommend to start getting into the habit of excercising?
Post # 3
If you’re completely unfamiliar with exercising in general, it’s a worthwhile investment to set up a training session or buy a personal training package. You’ll need to start slow, set some small goals, and get comfortable using proper form. If you just jump into something you risk burning out or getting injured.
Post # 4
The best thing you can do is keep moving, in any way, shape, or form, and don’t let yourself get lazy. As you start to see results it will become addicting. Don’t forget to add some weight training in so that you can tone up at the same time! It can be easy stuff like crunches, pushups, and using household items to do curls, etc. As you get more comfortable with it, you can start to make it more advanced. You’ve got this!!!
Post # 5
@DaneLady: I agree that working with a trainer would probably be the best option, but it is not really a possibility financially at the moment. Plus I have mild social anxiety issues, so going to a gym class or even working one on one with a trainer is not appealing to me at all.
I’m hoping there might be either internet programs out there, or dvds that are really geared to a novice level that I can do at home.
Post # 6
You could try the Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred video.
Post # 7
I would try yoga! There are plenty of yoga DVDS out there and they will help tone you and relax you.
I also find that smaller yoga studios (if you feel comfy going) can be really empowering and they tend to have an over all nice community feel..at least mine does. Especially beginner classes
Other than that I would take it slow, maybe download some training programs online (ie couch to 5k can be a good one if you want to get into running and it starts really slow)
Post # 8
You can do alot outside. Go for a quick run, map out a route online and do a quick mile. You can always make it longer or try and go faster each time.
Post # 9
If you live in an apartment, they might have an exercise room. If you go late at night (11pm around here) or in the middle of the day, there probably won’t be many people there. Also, get an exercise buddy. Have a friend that you work out with, especially if you do something like walking or jogging outside. It makes doing it easier and more fun.
Some exercise classes are in the dark, too, so if you are interested in class-type-things and social anxiety comes from having people see you (I get it a bit, too) you could look for that kind of thing.
Post # 10
@pixiecat: I NEVER exercised other than dance.
I decided to do c25k. I actually really liked it and I am trying to keep up running (after completing a 5k!!) but now I am more focusing on 30 day shred.
Both are free and 30 mins. c25k is an app and the work out video is available on youtube. Work out video is harder for me because I have to be in the mindset. Running now seems easier mentally.