How I am doing it Exercise #1


I get a lot of questions about what specifically I have done to lose weight and get fit… I’m going to write up a few pieces to give the details
This one is about exercise, the first in the series
Alright! We’ve covered nutrition now let’s get into exercise!
So here is the absolute most important advice I can give you…
When you are getting back into exercising after a long hiatus, you need to take it slow. Like really slow. If you jump in too quickly one of two things will happen:
1. You will injure yourself
2. You will be sore and miserable and won’t want to exercise again
So take it really easy in the beginning, and here is how!
Start with just walking for 15-30 minutes a day on the treadmill or a flat road. Walk at a slow pace and build up over time.
If walking is a little too easy for you, I still recommend staying with low impact exercises like:
1. Elliptical. I started with this wonderful easy on the joints machine and did 10-15 minutes at a time about 3 times per week. That’s it. That’s all I started doing when I started to exercise in November of 2016.
2. Stationary bike. Another awesome low impact choice to start with from 10-30 minutes a session
3. Yoga. Of course yoga. Yoga all the time for everyone. I cannot sing the praises of yoga enough. Most gyms will offer a yoga class or you can download one of many yoga apps (I use Gaia) and do it at your own house. It’s amazing and you will love it. It helps your flexibility, strength, balance, chronic pain issues, and is a very meditative practice. Do yoga.
4. Swimming or water aerobics. Yet another way to offload the joints and still burn those calories!!!
5. Start lifting lift weights. I started lifting in December 2016, just doing light weight (like 20-25 pounds for arms) and doing two sets of 10 reps. I prefer to use the machines as opposed to free weights because it is easy and helped me keep good form. Initially I lifted 1-2 times per week. Don’t strain yourself, again start low and slow and build up over time.
6. Get a personal trainer. If you have the budget for even one personal trainer visit, I think it’s a good way to get some guidance on where to start. I don’t personally use them, but I know many people who do and love it.
So that’s a pretty good place to jump off! Try to do the above cardio 3 times a week at first and then work at building it up!


1 Comment

  1. Paula says:

    I have a Total Gym and it is super gentle on the joints and it will work if you’re consistent. I do a workout 3 times a week. It is less than 40 minutes per workout and I actually have muscle definition.


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