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JADOMB SparkPoints: (106,132)
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3/29/12 1:31 P

Start slow and small, doing it only 2-3 days per week so you don't get stiff and sore and disappointed, then stop. Walk before you jog, jog before you run. Do simple exercises that you can find on this site that you can do easily and condition your body to do more later. It took time to get out of shape, it will take time to get back into shape. Don't rush it. Keep the faith

ANGELCITYGAL SparkPoints: (30,182)
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3/28/12 11:05 P

Since you mentioned the subway, it made me wonder: Could you get off the subway one stop earlier and walk a little further? Or are the subway stops too far apart? I've had friends that did so with bus stops... got off one stop early then two, then three. This helped them gradually add more walking to their day without really changing their routine.

Anyway, congrats on your commitment to your fitness!

MARITIMER3 SparkPoints: (128,140)
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3/28/12 10:43 P

Start small. Plan to exercise 10 minutes at a time, 3 times a day. Do some Strength Training, some cardio. Once you can do that comfortably, work up to 15 minutes at a time.

CJCJCJCJCJ Posts: 3
3/28/12 9:35 P

Thanks to everybody - I'll try the short videos and 15 minutes in addition to what i usually walk to and from the subway for work, and increase slowly. Thanks!

CMDM08 Posts: 48
3/28/12 12:10 P

My 15 year old daughter is 279 lbs and her doctor wants her to loose weight yet she says that she is not to do any walking until she is under 200 pounds. So I got us a membership at Anytime Fitness and when I told them what the doctor said and they didnt understand that. So all that i can say is to start out at a pace that feels comfortable to you and than add more time to as you feel you can handle it. we use the treadmill and the bike and also the weight machines as often as we can go. Also look on the treadmill and see if there are any setting like "fat burner or calorie burner" they are great. but do this when you feel that you are ready.

KELLYGAGA SparkPoints: (3,783)
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3/28/12 9:37 A

I am 100 lbs overweight and my knees are wrecked. I find that starting off with 15 minutes of walking and then adding a minute every day after that helps get your body get going. After a month you'll be up to 45 minutes! Plus with walking, you can start out slow and build up your pace.

ZORBS13 SparkPoints: (105,260)
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3/27/12 11:37 P

Try the 10 minute spark videos.

BABYCAKES1984 Posts: 910
3/27/12 10:51 P

Walking...start with 10-15 minutes and add 5 minutes every 3 or 4 days. I like Leslie Sansone's 1 mile walking DVD too for beginning. I would suggest some of her DVD's. You can work at your pace. Good Luck!

CURLSUSIEQ Posts: 1,609
3/27/12 10:19 P

try to find an indoor pool. walk in the park, in the mall, in your neighborhood.
get up and dance to something you like...even for 6-8 minutes. keep it up; think of anything moving you like to do and make it happen. bowling, tennis, frisbee, shopping. yes, even shopping without spending $, is better than being a couch potato. emoticon

KHOLDBURG Posts: 31
3/27/12 10:02 P

I would really recommend walking as well...

Plus, if you have a pool or can afford a gym membership with a pool and start aqua-aerobics it's a great workout using the best resistance that there is WATER!!! 12 times more resistant than exercising on land!!! But still low impact.

AKINVA Posts: 58
3/27/12 9:35 P

I would definitely recommend walking at first. It'll get you moving and it's fairly low impact.

CJCJCJCJCJ Posts: 3
3/27/12 8:43 P

I'd like suggestions on how to start exercising from less than zero - 50 pounds overweight, low stamina, and a bad knee. Are there any 15 minute routines to start me off?

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