Post # 1
I am so out of shape. I’ll admit it, Fi and I recently quit smoking, and I got on the elliptical today for the first time in months. 7 minutes was all I could do before I started getting a weird cramp in the middle of my arch on my left foot. I’m sure I’ll be able to work up to more… I just can’t believe how little I can do.
Someone please tell me a success story about building up to more exercise! Thanks!
Post # 3
Dont worry, the other day my husband and I tried to run like 3/4 mile together and after just a few minutes, I was out of breath and so was he! We are just getting older I think 🙁
Post # 4
That’s ok! I am a former varsity athlete from a Division 1 college and I can tell you from experience that you need to start slow and build up. Have you thought of using the bike instead of the elliptical? The elliptical isn’t always a natural way for running and you can hurt yourself that way. Try a stationary bike and playing with the resistence. When you start building up your cardio ability and your muscle strength, get off the bike, get outside and start walking. Walking is awesome for your whole body. Once you start getting in 45 minute power walking sessions, try jogging!
Just remember, you have to start from somewhere.
Another recommendation is to start a fitness journal. Each time you workout, enter the date, time, what you did, how long you did it for, HOW YOU FELT (this is very important), and one reason why you are glad you did the workout (I find this helps when you are not motivated… read through your old reasons when you just don’t feel like doing it and that may give you the extra oomph you need).
Post # 5
@MrsLongcoatPeacoat: Great job for starting!!! You’re really supposed to start at 5 minutes and build from there so that’s great! One tip is put your feet flat on the elliptical pedal. I tend to stand on my toes without even realizing it and that can make your foot cramp.
Post # 6
@MrsLongcoatPeacoat: That is a good start what I did before got pregnant did add 30 seconds to a minute every day of use. It gets easier each time you use it.
Post # 7
Don’t worry. I did it in 5 minute intervals because I got so winded. 🙂
Post # 8
ohhhh…I want an elliptical sooo bad! Fiance and I go running, and we run for like 2 blocks and then we’re like, “omg, I’m so tired, I can’t do it anymore…”
Post # 9
I was completely sedentary for YEARS. Finally my belly started to catch up with me 😛 I started walking, slowly I got bored with that. So then I used the elliptical, then I did a few work-out videos, now I ran 7 miles on Sunday. I’ve worked my way up, and it’s a constant struggle to convince myself I DO need to work out because I wasn’t a ver active teenager, but now I’m more active in my late 20’s (and don’t have as good of a body as I did, BUT…whatever haha). You can TOTALLY do it. If I can, YOU can!
Post # 10
I just started running recently and signed up for a 5k in late September. Starting any kind of regimen takes patience and most of all, dedication. Some days I feel like I can run forever and feel amazing, others I start to lose it after like 3/4 mile and am ready to give up. The important thing is that I’m getting out there and doing it, so good for you for starting – just don’t get discouraged!
Several friends and I have signed up for dailymile.com. It’s like Facebook but for exercise. Highly recommended 🙂
Post # 11
When I was working out with the elliptical I just started really slow. No incline and definately a walking pace until I got up to a jogging pace. Then my elliptical broke and so now I’ve been swimming 5 days a week.
Post # 12
@Mrs. Louboutin: What a great idea; I never thought about a fitness journal!
@MrsCoachBtoBee: Wow, I can’t believe I’m ahead of the curve; thank you! I will have to keep an eye on how I place my feet.
@Sassygrn: I like the idea of adding 30 seconds… That’s completely do-able.
Everyone else, thank you for commiserating! It’s so encouraging to hear what everyone else went through!
Post # 13
Oh, definitely don’t be hard on yourself! I used to be in the WORST shape and got out of breath so quickly.
If you keep at it, you will absolutely get in better shape quicker than you think! Set realistic goals and that will keep you on a slow and steady uphill road. 🙂