(Closed) Workout routine for a couch potato? Can anyone help me?

posted 7 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
1150 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

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
186 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

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 # 6
2550 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

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.

Good Luck!!!!!

Post # 7
230 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

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
1529 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

along with the 30 day shred i like the last chance workout dvd

Post # 10
2442 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

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 # 12
648 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

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.  ๐Ÿ™‚   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. 

Good luck!

Post # 13
18637 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

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 # 15
35 posts
  • Wedding: March 2012

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.

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