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Offline Smilesbetter

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Where to start?
« on: November 18, 2014, 09:08:03 AM »
Hey,

Well to be honest I've never really exercised much, other than this last summer cycling to get to places. I broke my wrist last year and ankle this year, and didn't get physiotherapy for either so I'd like to do some exercises to help them if possible. my wrist has been playing up a lot recently, especially if I knit even if I only do a few lines once in a while.

Also I'd like to know some exercises I can do in my flat over winter, as it gets really snowy here so I won't be able to cycle or get out as much (No complaints, I love snow). I'm kinda lazy and give up pretty quick if I can't figure out how to do something. I'm not looking to get all muscly or anything, i'm pretty skinny but I'd like to tone up a little and perhaps be able to carry the 15kg bags of cat litter home without pulling a muscle in my back as has happened the last few times (Thankfully its good stuff and lasts a long time).

So really what I'm asking is, are there any good starter exercises and things? I'm a total beginner. Do any of you maybe know of some inspiring YouTube workout shows or anything perhaps?

Finally, I am on my second day of paleo eating, after having attempted it disastrously before. My reason for going paleo is I want more energy, grains made me super tired all the time (Hopefully the reason I am lazy haha, so that now I can get rid of laziness!). Is there any exercises to help me build up my energy a bit? Perhaps something to wake me up in the morning a bit?

I realise this whole section of the forum is about exercises, but it seems like everyone is really advanced and knows all the terms and things, I don't know the individual names of my muscles and I don't really know what makes an exercise cardio and what makes it the other thing. I could do with a Dummys Guide to healthy exercise & keeping fit haha.


Offline Mari

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Re: Where to start?
« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2014, 02:46:37 AM »
If you want to work out at home, I would recommend yoga, bodyweight training and perhaps kettlebell exercises (then you would hace to buy a kettlebell ofcourse). There is a lot of tutorials in youtube. It would be best if you could first have someone to teach you the movements but I think you can handel it on your own if you pay atention to correct  form of each movement.

I could do as home workout e.g.:
- squats, or pistol squats if regular are too easy
- push ups
- handstand hold or exersises that prepare for handstand (find tutorials in youtube)
- "superman" (google)
- sit ups
- blanking
10-20 reps of each (or as many as you can do), holds as long as possible, 1-3 rounds.

Is this any helpfull? :)


Offline Mari

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Re: Where to start?
« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2014, 03:58:16 AM »
E.g. here is a good yoga video for beginners: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=W0FxPT0O0SA This is pretty similar to what we usually do at yoga classes. :)

Offline WholeFoodMan

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Re: Where to start?
« Reply #3 on: November 21, 2014, 05:57:03 AM »
Cardio is endurance based, running, cycling, swimming.

I think what you really need is strength training. Put your self through a Starting Strength program for a year and this will get you more tone, build more strength. In other words, lift weights. This will require you to join a gym(not planet fitness), one that uses power racks. My recommendation might be more complicated an answer than you wanted, but I believe that is the answer you need.

Offline Indy452

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Re: Where to start?
« Reply #4 on: November 21, 2014, 06:49:35 AM »
I think you need to someplace that has structured workouts you do with a group rather than on your own.  I will almost always slack on any exercise I have to do on my own, but in a structured workout facility that I pay to attend and sign up for I will almost always give it my 100%. Plus I feel i need to get my moneys worth and attend at least three times per week.

Yes, you will be sore but thats part of getting your body back in business...It gets better after a couple of weeks.  A body in motion...remains in motion.

Best of luck..


Offline Mari

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Re: Where to start?
« Reply #5 on: November 21, 2014, 08:16:27 AM »
I agree that weight training would likely be good for you if that is possible. Or maybe you could try Crossfit? At least I like it very much, and it develops many areas of physical condition. :)

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Re: Where to start?
« Reply #6 on: November 25, 2014, 09:19:34 AM »
Ps. I want to remind that any exercise is better than nothing.  Don't  feel overwhelmed with different training programs. Do what you like and add the amount of workouts little by little as slowly as it still feels nice and inspiring. :)