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weight loss question

Ok so i am trying to lose weight. I have cut down to 1200 calories a day and i am trying to exercise but here is my problem...I am really over weight and out of shape. My mom gave me an exercise bike which i have been using everyday but the problem is that after about 7 mins i am REALLY REALLY sore and out of breath...so i have started doing 7 mins in the morning then again after lunch then again after dinner. DH says that i need to be working out 30 mins in a row every day.....so is what I am doing ok or do i need to really power through and do 30 STRAIGHT mins?

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 10:16 PM on Jan. 9, 2011 in Diet & Fitness

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  • Until you build up a little bit of stamina and strength I think what you're doing is perfect. The only thing I would do is maybe after a week or two add a minute or two or add a new exercise or even a little arm movement with what you're already doing. Just keep doing what you're doing and add a little here and there when you feel ready to do something new. And remind your husband that babies do not get up and run the day they're born. You're starting from ground zero to over do it for you right now would hurt your body more and discourage your mind. Work at your own pace and push yourself only when you feel ready. Good job! You're doing great!
    BUTTERCUP777

    Answer by BUTTERCUP777 at 10:30 PM on Jan. 9, 2011

  • 30 straight minutes a day is recommended, but you really do not want to stress out your body. Overworking your body can be detremental to your success in losing weight, as it can lead to you actually injuring yourself. However, there are ways to avoid doing that even with a 30 minute straight workout. The key to that is taking small 3-4 minute breaks within that 30 minutes to ensure that you're allowing yourself that time to recover. Make sure to as well drink plenty of water. Not energy drinks, not powerade drinks, or anything of that nature. Your best fluid to intake while excersising is water. The water hydrates your body as you workout, which allows you that extra boost you need to continue.

    My suggestion is to plan a 30 minute workout as well as one 3-4 minute break in between. (Continue)
    JazzlikeMraz

    Answer by JazzlikeMraz at 10:34 PM on Jan. 9, 2011

  • (Continue) Take a minute to walk around the workout area while drinking water. Slowly bringing your heart rate down and bringing your breathing back to a steady and regular pace. After you've hydrated yourself again you go back to your workout and continue the remaining minutes left on your 30 minute workout. By doing that you're allowing your body to recover and reducing your risk of over working your body.

    Becoming sore during and especially after a workout is apart of working out. As you're working your body in new ways for long periods you're actually tearing and building muscle mass. Which is a good thing to help strengthen your muscles. You're as well using your joints and other bones in new ways, which can cause them to become sore. However, limiting yourself to 7 minute periods three times a day isn't giving you the type of workout you really need.
    JazzlikeMraz

    Answer by JazzlikeMraz at 10:36 PM on Jan. 9, 2011

  • I think you're doing good! Maybe try upping it a few minutes each time until you can do 30 mins in a row
    Ashlynnsmommy07

    Answer by Ashlynnsmommy07 at 11:52 PM on Jan. 9, 2011

  • its good to start out slow for how ever long it takes, each week add another 1-5 mins of time to your daily exercise til you reach 30 min. 30 mins is ideal, but the more you it the more you reach your stamina and the longer you can go, by just adding another 5 min each week. But you also might try other exercising besides using exercise bike to get your legs, hands, stomach, etc, in shape too.
    brieri

    Answer by brieri at 2:17 AM on Jan. 10, 2011

  • Start out slow and work up to 30 minutes a day! Then once you achieve that, you can add minutes!!! If you don't take it slow and work up to the 30 minutes you will get frustrated and stop!
    chrissy

    Answer by chrissy at 8:31 AM on Jan. 10, 2011

  • LOTS of good advice here! BTW, I want to add...if you're "really overweight", 1200 calories might be too low...you don't want to go below your BMR and have your body go into starvation mode....1400-1600 is a decent caloric intake =)
    mainemusicmaker

    Answer by mainemusicmaker at 11:50 AM on Jan. 10, 2011

  • you need to push yourself to get where you wanna be you cant get lazy and stop because your sore, because your GONNA BE SORE no matter what , the more it hurts the more you know its working run for like 10 minutes up and down the stairs or up and down the street , do sit ups and jumping jacks , do the thing where you walk up and down on one step but you dont go back and forth i forget what the things are called but yeah just turn on an excersise channel if you have one !
    HavensMommy731

    Answer by HavensMommy731 at 12:32 PM on Jan. 10, 2011

  • you've already been told everything i would say! i think you need to start out someplace, and if you can't do more than 7 minutes, don't... work your way up and do what you can. i also agree that maybe you could bike for 7 minutes and then walk for another 5... build up your stamina... if you try to push for 30 minutes and can't do it... you're more likely to give up... do what your body will let you.
    asil

    Answer by asil at 2:33 PM on Jan. 10, 2011

  • I think you are doing great with sticking with what you are comfortable with. If you push yourself too hard, you set yourself up for failure. Exercise is exercise. As long as you are doing something, that's going to make a difference. Eventually, the soreness will subside and you will build your endurance gradually. Tell him that pressuring you to do more is only making it more difficult.
    beshka76

    Answer by beshka76 at 2:35 PM on Jan. 10, 2011

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