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Old 02-07-2018, 02:57 AM
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Default Work out gurus I got couple questions ??

First let me state I am NOT looking to run a marathon, this is just for "normal exercise " routine

I am 55 yrs old and have a goal of getting rid of 25lbs and keeping it off

Have an older treadmill, looking to get a new one when I have time (mine has a broken bracket in one spot and while still works I realize its days are numbered )

Right now a lot of work out time is just not there, my routine day this time of year (tax season) has me up at 5 am and breakfast of 3 eggs and 2 pcs of sausage I cook myself and I am at my office by 6-6:30 am and I am not home until at least 8 or 9 pm quick lunch at my office which a lot of days consists of 3 boiled eggs and some fruit (changing my diet as well some you can tell)

I have started back about 3 weeks ago walking on treadmill but have to admit I get bored as hell but try and do 30-45 minutes every other day which is 1 1/2 to 2 miles plus . Like I said I gradually getting back to my previous workout of 4 miles on treadmill every other day

I also have started walking around my neighborhood at 5 am as well, one time around is 1.6 miles with a LOT of up and down hills, yes my legs can REALLY feel it

HOwever due to cold weather when I walk outside I am barely breaking a sweat, inside I have a heavy sweat but it appears I am walking at about the same pace when outside since I appear to cover approximately the same difference


My question is when walking out side compared to inside is breaking a heavy sweat that much better . I know as weather warms I will sweat more and should be walking a lot further as well

WIfe suggested I get one of those fitbits or something that gives me heart rate, my Dr says ANY exercise is good and just keep it ROUTINE and gradually build myself up to about an hour each time I walk.

I have done an hour, not that out of shape but just do not have the time next few months and figure at least 30 minutes is better than nothing . Sundays I doing a solid hour of walking

Now like I said I am not training to run a marathon just wanting to be my weight back down to around 230 and keep bp down ,

Main thing is I am done with junk food, not hard for me to do .
Old 02-07-2018, 03:16 AM
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I run 5.5 miles Saturday and Sunday and lift weights 2 days a week. I'm 44 yo. Took the month off in January from eating processed food, sugar, fried food and limited alcohol and dropped 11 lbs. the hardest thing for me was finding good food all the time which I wasn't a 100% on. After 31 days I am keeping it going because it's a habit now and that 11 lbs on me was a game changer. Another 5-6 lbs and I'll be where I need to be.
Bottom line at my/your age is you can work out all you want inside or outside but if your diet sucks it won't matter.

Good luck as it is hard at first.
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If you are in the office working all day from 6 or 6:30 until 8:00 or 9:00, then a routine of working out for a half hour or 45 minutes every day is bound to fail.

If you are in an multi-floor office building climb the stairs a couple of times a day. Five or more flights is a halfway decent cardio workout that takes but a few minutes. Better yet, find a job with fewer hours if getting in better shape is that high of a priority. We can not do it all!
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6:00 am - 8 or 9:00 pm..... Damn thats a tough schedule.....

I wasn’t a believer until I tried this, P-90X…. If you can devote 45-60 4 or 5 days a week it works….. Go at you own pace, when I first started I thought I was going to die after the warm-ups, took me a few week to get accustom to it…. Went from 235 to 185 in a little under a year, just be diligent and eat right… (Cut out most of the junk food)….
You can probably find the DVD’s on EBay…..

A few other things you might need:

- Misc. dumbbells 10 – 50 lbs or you can get ones that are interchangeable.
- Pull-up bar.
- Rubber mats.

Good luck to ya…..

PS: I was 52 when I started this, so age doesn’t really matter that much. But just make sure your doc says your ticker is okay for any strenuous exercise routine….
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T. That’s me! I get SO bored running. It doesn’t matter if I’m inside or out, just flat out boring. A friend of mine turned me on to Orange Theory. I absolutely love it. I’m in and out in an hour and burn anywhere from 800 to 1000 calories. It’s fast paced and with a coach telling you what to do, I don’t have to think about anything. I’m in the same age range and a similar field of business as you are and have to think all day. My goal was 2 days a week but have found myself going 4 to 5 days. You have to pay for and book the class in advance which I need because I can justify just about any excuse but am too cheap to lose out in a paid class. Good luck
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Originally Posted by SeaJay View Post
If you are in the office working all day from 6 or 6:30 until 8:00 or 9:00, then a routine of working out for a half hour or 45 minutes every day is bound to fail.
This.

Google "tabata training" or "high intensity interval training" for an even shorter workout. Though coming into that sort of training cold and uot of shape could cause an injury.

But honestly, if I were you, I'd focus on diet and little things (park far away from grocery, walk up stairs, no elevator, etc) til April 16, then devote an hour a day plus post tax season.
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two of most precious things are time and health. It stinks when yuo haven to sacrifice one to gain the other.

This is the busy mans conundrum. I was In great shape til my wife not had our second kid. Now between two kids and a whole lot of work I find time is at a premium.

I think you will be shocked to see your results with diet changes alone.
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Cures boredom. No worries about finding time to work out.


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It is not the sweat that matters - it is all about getting the heart rate into the proper zone (75-85% of max heart rate (for you about 125-140 bpm)) and keeping it there for 15-20 minutes 3-4x per week.
I assume you have a heart rate monitor - if not it is a highly worthwhile investment.
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Originally Posted by LI32 View Post
It is not the sweat that matters - it is all about getting the heart rate into the proper zone (75-85% of max heart rate (for you about 125-140 bpm)) and keeping it there for 15-20 minutes 3-4x per week.
I assume you have a heart rate monitor - if not it is a highly worthwhile investment.
I agree with this and spin classes are worth a try accompanied with proper diet. You'll lose fast and not hard on the joints.



*you can even keep your 101 for the evenings, Tprice.
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Knock out the sugar. If Domino's went out of business tomorrow the world would be a better place.
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The life long myth is that you can drop weight by exercising. You need to modify your diet. 3 eggs and 2 sausages is about 1/2 your caloric intake for the entire day. Download the app LoseIt and start tracking what you eat. Exercise is greatband definitely makes you healthier but you won't lose weight unless you eat healthier.
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Always remember, you cant out exercise a bad diet.
I'm like you, own my own business and i'm married to it. I started exercising a couple days a week and now i'm hooked. I make time for it as i feel 100% better.
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Originally Posted by LI32 View Post
It is not the sweat that matters - it is all about getting the heart rate into the proper zone (75-85% of max heart rate (for you about 125-140 bpm)) and keeping it there for 15-20 minutes 3-4x per week.
I assume you have a heart rate monitor - if not it is a highly worthwhile investment.
Great advice. I'm an avid cyclist and never train without a heart monitor.
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Diet is vastly more important than working out when it comes to desired weight loss.

You don't need to sweat to get a good workout in.

Best of luck, keep it up.
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What works for me at 54 is cutting out sugar and reasonable exercise. I walk an average of 15k steps per day (fitbit) and do push-ups. The push-ups really helped my core strength. I do 200 every other day (4 sets of 50).
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Heart rate training... I will 2nd this.. I do it with my runs around 45 min a day with a 15 min warm up and cool down. Works wonders. My body doesn’t hurt and I feel great
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Being in SC, the weather should be changing for the better by about now. Grab a jacket and gloves and put on 2 miles every day at lunch time. If you can get a pace of 15-16 min/mile, your heart rate will start to increase as well.

Personally, I'd like to see 15 pound off of me by camping/boating season in April. Personal goal is 10,000-12,000 steps a day. Usually consists of at least a 3 mile walk a day + a somewhat active lifestyle. Healthy eating and limiting alcohol (that is the part where I always fail). So far I have lost a few pounds in the last few weeks. Would be better if there weren't so many cans of beer in the fridge calling my name. :-)
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Originally Posted by t84a View Post
The life long myth is that you can drop weight by exercising. You need to modify your diet. 3 eggs and 2 sausages is about 1/2 your caloric intake for the entire day. Download the app LoseIt and start tracking what you eat. Exercise is greatband definitely makes you healthier but you won't lose weight unless you eat healthier.
Three eggs, cooked in butter, is arund 300 calories.
Two breakfast sausages is another 250 calories.
That's 550 calories total. Surely you aren't suggesting op can survive on 1100 kcal/day?

I agree with everything else you say, but eating "enough" food is also important.
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I've always hated exercise for the point of exercise. I too get bored with it. I recently got a heavy bag and set it up in the basement with a tv nearby. I just put on some 20 to 40 minute boxing workouts from youtube and bang away. Its stress relieving and a great workout. I dont find it boring and after a long day at work, I look forward to "beating the bag".

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