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mdnitewind

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excercise will be the difficult part
« on: January 27, 2008, 08:22:01 AM »
Does anyone know if it really is as good if you exercise like in two or three small increments that add up to 20-30 minutes a day, or if it is better to do the 20-30 minutes all at once?

I started having trouble exercising even back before I gained weight. I was getting fatigue and muscle weakness. So now, being so fat, it's even more difficult. I can get through the exercise, like walking or I'll dance with my daughter. But it's the exhausted and really drained and fatigued feeling afterwards that I hate. Although for some reason, if I do something more fast paced for a shorter amount of time, like fast dancing or jogging in place for ten minutes, I don't feel as cruddy afterwards. Where as if I go for a 20 minute, average-paced walk, I feel worse after. I am so screwed up. Will I ever figure myself out?

Sounds like most people here are needing to lose like ten or twenty pounds. Is there anyone here who is needing to lose large amounts like myself? And if so, how are you doing with the exercise part of it? This is the part I think most books and diet plans fail to include us huge people. We can't start off doing like 30 minutes aerobics a day, six days a week. We'd be lucky to be able to do like five or ten minutes a day, like three or four times a week. Otherwise, I know for myself, my fatigue will get so bad it will interfere with my work and getting stuff done around the house.

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Re: excercise will be the difficult part
« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2008, 12:39:11 AM »
You can absolutely do small bursts throughout the day - it's what humans did until this generation, I think, and it was called "life" when you walked from one errand to another, worked outdoors, shoveled snow and mowed your own lawn, etc.  It's not natural to sit all day except for one period of 30 minutes.  For some the longer periods work well and it's easy to schedule them in.  But short bursts can be great for the mind and body particularly if those shorter bursts make you feel so much better than a longer period.  And yes, you do not have to start with intense exercise - make it convenient, realistic, possibly even enjoyable with some upbeat music, etc.  You seem to have a great attitude about how this process has to fit who you are and what you're looking for.  And it has to be sustainable in the long run for you - it all makes good sense to me.

We've at least one client lose over 250 pounds and she's kept it off.  The good news is that the more weight you have to lose, often the faster if comes off, at least initially which is very motivating. 

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Re: excercise will be the difficult part
« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2008, 05:14:28 AM »
I just wanted to add that I think beginning with small, attainable exercise goals is the best way to go as well.  Once you begin to feel the benefits of it, you will WANT to do it.  Believe it or not!  I have made exercising like brushing my teeth - it's something I do every day now and have done for about 5 years now.  I also think it is very important to just be moving around - something I have trouble with.  Any time you are moving is better than being sedentary.  I had gotten in the mindset that just because I exercise 6 days a week I could sit in front of the tv all evening - nope!  I was recently to the dr's for a physical and I was discussing with her my desire to lose 15-20 pounds.  She told me that exercising is great and is important for heart health and what not, but it takes a lot of exercise to burn even just 200 calories.  My walk(speed walking at 4.5 mph) on the treadmill for 45 mins. only burns 225 calories.  She said much of it boils down to calories and moving around as much as possible. 

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Re: excercise will be the difficult part
« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2008, 01:50:13 PM »
I thought it might be good to bring this post up again
as there are many good points.
I never would have thought I would want to exercise!
Starting in small bursts was best for me too!
I'm starting my fifth week and finding that I want to
add more now, and my weight definitely goes down
faster when I exercise twice a day.  Stairs are still
difficult on my knees (as I live in a rancher) but I
do take them when I have my weekly 1 hr. walk at the
park.  Crunches are next .. OH NO! :D
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Re: excercise will be the difficult part
« Reply #4 on: May 22, 2008, 03:17:18 PM »
[color=red]Now that I am back on SPD I am finding it more difficult
this time because I am having this severe lower back
pain starting at ovulation until my menstrual cycle begins.
I just haven't been able to get on the gazelle.  :-[
sigh -- never thought I'd be sad about not exercising!
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Re: excercise will be the difficult part
« Reply #5 on: May 22, 2008, 08:07:11 PM »
Hi!

I have about 70 pounds to lose. I have been working with personal trainers for years, and all of them tell me that it is perfectly OK at the beginning to break it up into 10 minute blocks. The important thing is to do it!

I also hate the cardio portion, but I love lifting weights. The cardio part not only burns calories, but it helps with insulin resistance, ups the metabolism and helps stress.

Let's get through this together!

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Re: excercise will be the difficult part
« Reply #6 on: May 22, 2008, 08:14:08 PM »
[color=green]Thanks blonde1954!
I'm going to give it a try Friday night, and start slowly (again)
I have been walking the four floors of our building.
thanks for the inspiration!
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« Reply #7 on: May 23, 2008, 06:46:07 PM »
Hey Lil!  long time no talk!  I agree with the previous post - baby steps are better than no steps.  Don't forget to give yourself credit for small things that make a large difference in the end.  Every little thing you do will amount to a big reward!

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« Reply #8 on: May 24, 2008, 10:33:57 AM »
[color=green]Thanks Lisa; you're always so sweet (and smart, and funny, and encouraging...)
I have to say that this back pain has been discouraging to me.  Makes me feel old.
I've always been so grateful for being relatively healthy, and when I finally take
the step to eat right and exercise BAM!  I'm a little worried it might be something
serious, so I appreciate your thoughts/prayers.......
Have a great weekend!  It's gorgeous here in Maryland today!
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Re: excercise will be the difficult part
« Reply #9 on: May 27, 2008, 08:56:12 PM »
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« Reply #10 on: May 29, 2008, 09:24:35 AM »
Omigosh, somehow the thought of that makes me laugh out loud
(and the falling on the floor part probably applies too)......
maybe, we'll see.  My back is just starting not to hurt today (after more than a month) and I really want to try the gazelle again this weekend.  I'll look up the  bendewr ball though....
you see how you have the marquee moving across the screen?  That's what it will probably
look like if I try it :D
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« Reply #11 on: May 29, 2008, 02:11:34 PM »
Those exercise balls are great for strengthening and stretching the back. I do not have back trouble (my trouble is my neck from several whiplashes), but I use mine all the time. They are also very popular at the gym. I got one at Target, and it even has a DVD of the ball workout.

Give it a try!

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« Reply #12 on: May 30, 2008, 09:26:40 AM »
That's right -- they advertise them on TV. I was confused between the two.  ???

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Re: excercise will be the difficult part
« Reply #13 on: May 30, 2008, 09:31:17 AM »
[color=green]These are the times I wish we could get together ... and laugh alot!
Have a great weekend.
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