Post # 1
Okay here’s a little bit about me.
I’m not in shape at all. I’m definitely overweight. I do have a more muscular body (thighs). I am 5’5″, I weigh 200lbs now and medically have been told a good weight for me would be 170lbs.
I would like to get in a low stress/ easy/ fun workout routine. Usually I try to do too much too fast and I give up easily, or get bored easily. I am using a calorie counting app too. It says that I’m supposed to eat 2400 calories to maintain, so I’m eating 1900.
I CAN’T run – I have joint problems that makes it really painful.
I have a treadmill at my house, but no access to a gym. (poor college student)
I also do a zumba class on Mondays for an hour, but I can only go to Monday’s classes because of scheduling conflicts.
I also want to do strength training also. So what are some suggestions for toning? Should I pick a day each week to tone a certain body part… like Mondays are arm days.. or should I just tone my whole body like 2-3 times a week.
What works best? I would like to get into a fun, but a scheduled weekly routine.
I just want to get healthier – eat healtheir foods and move more. More of a lifestyle change rather than any crazy routines.
Post # 3
Get yourself to the pool. You can do classes, lengths, sports like volleyball and just bop around. Swimming is fantastic for slenderizing and toning.
Good luck! It’s never easy but being healthy is so worth it.
Post # 4
Have you considered DVD’s? Jillian Michaels circuit training “30 day Shred” and “Ripped in 30” are short high intensity workouts that do wonders.
Post # 5
@Mollytov: I don’t have any access to a pool. That would require an expensive gym membership. We don’t have any neighborhood pools.. they closed due to the economy. 🙁
@PrincessBrideSuzy: I have tried Jillian’s videos, however I think some of her video’s are too intense for me. I’ll do one and then be so sore the next week that I won’t feel like working out for a while. I think I need to be in a little bit better shape before I go back to Jillian.
Post # 6
Exercise- Get outside instead of the treadmill. Walk. Walk. Walk. My Honee lost 15lbs by us just walking 4x a wk for an hour @ a local park. Park your car @ the back of the parking log. Do as much walking as possible. Also if you like Zumba, go find an inexpensive video and dance your heart out.
Strenght Training- I would get a small dumbbell set and bands from Kmart for strength training. You can find fitness routines on You Tube and the web.
Calorie Intake- I would confirm w/ your doctor what should be your daily intake. 2400 is much higher than the recommended 1800/day.
There’s several threads under fitness where everyone encourages one another. Check them out.
Post # 7
Zumba is great!! Well done!! Yesterday I started the 30 Day Shed by Jillian Micheals. The first time I did that video, I lost 15lbs, and really toned my body. I highly suggest getting it. (It cost $11, and is a 20 minute work out.)
Also, check out http://www.sparkpeople.com. Its 100% free, and it has a lot of workout videos on there and great tips/support.
Post # 8
along with the 30 day shred i like the last chance workout dvd
Post # 10
Find activities that you enjoy that will give you a workout but won’t feel like a workout. That’s what I do. I enjoy walking and walk several miles per week. Sometimes in the park, mostly around the neighborhood, and sometimes at the high school track. I love to dance so I take a dance class once per week. I like to ride my bike so I’ll ride through the neighborhood or through the park every now and then. It never feels like a workout. It just feels like fun. Maybe you could play softball, volleyball, or some other sport you enjoy. You like Zumba so you may like salsa dancing or some other type of dancing. You don’t have to take a class. Go dancing with your friends! My advice is to have fun.
Post # 11
@2ndtime: Thanks for the advice 🙂
Post # 12
I am also working on getting healthier. I’m using the MyFitnessPal app, and it’s helped me tremendously with my eating habits. Today is my 20th day logged in and I’ve only gone over my goal cals 3 times. 🙂 Which app are you using?
Anyway, as for workouts, I have also had a hard time. Between scheduling, and also having some limitationsn from my back problems and knee problems, I struggle. One set of workout videos that I’ve found that are fun, low impact, and relatively easy to stick to are the Leslie Sansone Walk Away the Pounds videos. I know these are not “in” right now, like the Jillian Michaels videos & such, but there’s a group of women at work that have started doing them on lunch break, and I already had a few of them at home, so I’ve gotten back into them. They give you a good workout, while not leaving you discouraged that you won’t be able to keep at it.
Post # 13
You might also want to try pilates. I really liked it for toning and it was low impact and doesn’t affect my asthma.
Post # 14
@soon2bS: I’m using Fat Secret for my app. I used it back last summer for about a month and with that and excercise I lost nearly 10 pounds, and I have kept it off. Congrats on being on your 20th day!! Thats where I usually start to loose it… I’m hoping to go longer though! Keep going don’t give up like me! haha
Thanks for the advice with Leslie Sansone! I think I have a couple of her videos packed away and I completely forgot about her!
@MrsSaltWaterTaffy: Thanks! I should try adding some pilates to my workouts!
Post # 15
I second the Pilates suggestion. I went to a Pilates class a few years ago with a co-worker and we began seeing results almost immediately. It’s a (very) low-impact activity that you can easily adjust to your ability level, and there are tons of dvds available.