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I have arm weights now too and am doing chair exercises as well ... the more active and sweaty I can be the better. I'm looking forward to having a membership to the YMCA and going swimming I plan to try water aerobics as well as doing some strength training there. My husband wants to join up with me and go so I'm looking forward to that. I just have to wait for payday and still have to buy myself a swimsuit so we're planning a trip to the big city to get one. I don't know my size so I'll have to go into a store rather than order online I tried to measure myself but I just don't know.

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for me I've been upping my dog walks but that hasn't amounted to much just 25 minutes.
I bought myself some ankle weights to add to my body and wear around the house I feel light when I take them off and asap I plan to join the ymca and go swimming first I need a swimsuit.

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At the very beginning ... I just started walking thru my house door to door. I kept increasing my laps, till I felt comfortable enough to walk the field across from my house. I also used to count house work and increased the amounts of minutes I could do it without taking a break.

Now, many years later, I set baby goals - my current one is 10 minutes a day.


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so cute kidlet so loves it!!! bet that helps keep you doing it too!

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Hi all

My doctor told me to just start walking. Her goal for me was 2-3 miles a day lol I thought she was crazy!! The actual hardest part for me to mental, I don't want to do it, I hurt I live in the PNW it is wet outside right now, I can't afford a gym...see all the negative ways I can convince myself not to do it. But I drive by this amazing park on my way to and from dropping kids off at school. My youngest grandson who stays with me everyday loves his stroller and getting out. So I just started stopping at the park and walking the trails everyday after I drop the big kids off at school. Rain, shine, fog and cold. Now my grandson reminds me on the way down the hill to drop off and oh goodness if we can't stop for some reason....he lets the whole world know! I started with 1/2 mile the first day, thought I ok that wasn't so bad but no frickin way will I make 2 miles! Well day 2 I accidentally got mixed up on the trails and ended up lost and walking 2 miles before I figured it out! I think I shocked myself but I was so proud of myself, and I didn't die lol wasn't even hurting as much as I thought I would, but yes I was sore. Now 2 miles is my daily walk and that was only after 3 weeks! Except I got a nasty cold and didn't go most of this week because my head was just so full. Curious to see how it is going to feel tomorrow.

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SLOW MOTION IS BETTER THAN NO MOTION

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when I restart, again, I start with 1 min a day, goal to build to 10 mins a day. I can generally do more but I set a timer... and I start with walking or housework. movement is movement... as I feel better, I add more sessions, longer minutes and quit using the timer... eventually, found the pool and love water classes - water aerobics, deep water and water Zumba... it's the funnest. I also love using the computer videos on the net. there are a lot of fun ones and variety. helps to have someone to follow. I can't stand doing old calisthentics from like grade school, but have a riot doing fun stuff... so that is the key for me... making it fun, or dance or games...

gl all :)

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slow and steady i have COPD also so i started with chair exercises. building up to a recumbent bike than a stationary bike.........a quote for you to remember is this:::::
SLOW MOTION IS BETTER THAN NO MOTION.......

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I am new here. At 328lbs and in consistent pain. Last couple months I have focused less on the task of loosing weight and more on strengthening muscles in hopes of reducing my daily aches and pains. In that time I have gone from Bench pressing 75lbs 6x to 85lbs 3 sets of 12, started with a 3 second plank to now holding it for 40seconds. Barely being able to do a squat to being able to do 20. I do think I ache less altho sometimes hard to tell from the workout soreness. Next week I plan on tackling the diet factor of my pain by taking control of my person food shopping again. Our local Fred Meyer has implemented the clicklist app for order/pick up and it has enormously reduced my anxiety about grocery shopping allowing me to now get groceries on a more regular basic. This allows me to focus more of my diet on those fresh fruits and vegetables I have been avoiding because they are parishable. Anyway, this is where I am at

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I started out by walking to my mailbox.

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i have a recumbant bike. My wt is 285lbs. i have it in front of tv. I do water classes 2 or 3 days a week. i have arthritis in my knees but keep moving much as I can. I bought a lawn mower like the old ones. I do a little at a time of pushing it. And cutting back on food. i just started again after many times trying to lose wt.

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Sherry, that sounds great! I've never heard of seated Zumba. I too have a bum knee that won't let me do anything. Once pool season is over I'm going to have to figure something else out. Right now I'm doing pool aerobics.

I was beginning to panic as to what I might do once we closed the pool...

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Last year in my 330s I had worked up to doing (highly modified) Zumba with a wonderful Christian lady as my leader.

I injured my knee (oddly enough by hyperextending while putting on socks! Can you believe it? SOCKS!) and not only did I put back on 54 pounds in 9 months, I lost ALL of my built up exercise stamina.

If I had access, I would absolutely do water aerobics. Two weeks ago I just thought I wouldn't be able to do anything whatsoever. Then last week I started getting up every hour at work and walking 200 steps. In the ladies' room I would do 10 squats or wall push-ups. I have some 5-lb weights at work for arm exercises.

I found my exercise band and plan to use that. And I was invited back to my Zumba class, to do it SEATED.

So I guess we may have to be more creative than those that can just pop in a Jillian Michaels or a Cize video - but we have to MOVE however we can.

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When I was 410 I could hardly walk. I actually started by doing the dishes even when I had to do them sitting down. I wanted to swim but couldn't walk that far. I started with a peddle bike for my arms and legs. Then I used to the walker to walk half a block and kept adding on. I used my walker to get in the pool at the gym until I could do it without. All this took time but really went faster than I expected.

I think the first thing is just stand up and move more. Don't ask someone to get things for you. Do it yourself. It's so hard but gets ya movin'.

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8/5/15 9:22 P

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Walking for 30 minutes , water walking and pole-walking in the hills are all terrific ideas . The last one is like hiking with assistance.

I would also suggest dumbbell exercises with baby dumbbells such as one-pound , two-pound and three-pound dumbbells - for all parts of the body.

water aerobics are great fun.

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First I have to say this is a great thread!

I'm currently doing water walking and jogging because one of my knees is shot. I was told I need a replacement but I'm hoping that losing a few hundred pounds will help. ;)

I've also done the walk away the pounds dvds and they are great!

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-Start slow. 5 minutes of walking is better then no walking. Let your body adjust and then add to it the next week.

-Find something you enjoy, could go to a farmer's market, or store to walk. I find that if I am shopping I don't notice the walking so much.

-If possible go to water aerobics class. The Y where I am at offers a water walking class, you walk laps in the pool. So cool in my class there is a lady who needs a cane on land, but in the water she is fine. They also offer a just my speed class, it's light aerobics. Most of the folks in the morning class are older and very comfortable with their body. Makes me not so self-conscious, it's nice to have the direction from the instructor, and the companionship of the others in the class. You can do so much more in water then you can on land. Great for knee and back pains. Helps strengthen your mussels and in my case decrease the pain.

---Most importantly focus on what you can do, not what you can't. It may not seem like much, but it's a start!


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Definitely Dusty, much thanks to you and this team for always being so supportive no matter how many times I fall or disappear!

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Hi Zenya!

I know! Sometimes just doing "normal" things, shower, cleaning up etc. is exercise for most of us at the beginning:)

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This thread has been awesome, at nearly 400 lbs I struggle with simple workouts as well. Everyone is so great!

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A couple years ago I was right about 400lb. I started going to a gym a couple blocks from my house and just riding a recumbent bike.

The first time I think I was only able to do 5 minutes or less before I had to stop. The next time I was able to go 6 or 7, then 10, then 15, then 20, eventually getting to 30 or so.

After I was at 10 or 15 minutes I started doing 10 or 15 on the bike, then doing 20 minutes of strength training (light weights, multiple reps, no or very brief breaks). After a few months I was doing 30 bike, 30 weights, then 10 or 15 more on the bike.

Basically, I just kind of eased into it. I think I ended up losing 40 or 50 pounds in a 5 month period. Maybe a put more. (Sadly, I've put most of that back on, but that's a story for another thread.)

My knees aren't in the greatest condition so treadmills and ellipticals and their ilk are just torture, but I found the bike to be tolerable. I just made sure to have a great selection of music on my ipod and got to where I almost enjoyed it after a while. :) Your mileage may vary however.

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First find an exercise you enjoy. I like Leslie Sansone walk aerobics. I can do 5 miles with her and I weigh 303! Next remember that everyone is at a different fitness level. So first start your exercise then the minute you get out of breath (you are no longer in Oxygen) reduce your pace or intensity until your breathing becomes back in control. Don't stop! Just reduce your intensity until your not gasping for air anymore. Then pick up the pace a bit. Once your breathing gets "out of oxygen" then reduce your pace again. Just keep doing that and you'll be well on your way!

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The best thing I've found for me is to do anything in the water. I used to just walk laps with hubby, sometimes even coming up with silly motions to do while we walked. Recently, I discovered a fun way to enjoy "workout" time. Hubby and I got a small ball and we throw it back and forth to each other in the pool. Instead of just standing still while I wait for my turn, I jump around and make sure I'm constantly moving. It's helped a lot.

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Angelique, I have been "dance" cleaning as well. I love it. It gets the heartbeat going and gets me moving.


I started out walking as well I was 312 when I started and it was slow going but I looked at it as if I was at least doing something. Anything exercise you do is better than not doing anything. Even if it is in 5 min. increments at least you are up and moving right

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I just joined and found this thread and almost started crying reading these. I am so glad I found this page. I feel really overwhelmed. emoticon

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You can check her out on YouTube. She has several short workouts posted.

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These are all great ideas. From all the great feedback about Leslie Sansone's Walk away the pounds, I think I am going to have to purchase that dvd so i can switch things up once in a while. I started out by just walking on the treadmill and resistance bands. Now I use the elliptical a couple days a week. Wishing I had one at home as I seem to get better workouts on it than the treadmill. I can work harder and faster and for longer as there is less impact. I do know a lot of people who don't like ellipticals. I think the main thing is just to get up and get moving.

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I was 325ish and I started out just walking in my neighborhood. It got easier the more I did it, and now I can run for miles. It was a gradual progression. I would suggest the walk away the pounds dvds (you can find them at wal mart or target) because they are great for beginners and don't have complicated moves.

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I started out at 495 lbs with knees that were supposed to be replaced once I lost a couple of hundred pounds. Just getting to the bathroom was a major difficulty, and put me severely out of breath.

I started waving my arms around in the air. When that got too easy, I held full cans of vegetables in my hands as cheapo weights, and did it some more.

I also flexed my ankles a lot, trying to get back to a feeling of ownership of my legs. I had hated them for so long, because of the pain, that I felt like they were not really "mine" if anyone knows what I mean.

Well, with the help of Sparkpeople and this team, I lost 160 lbs. I did water walking, at the advice of a physical therapist, and it was wonderful for me! But then 60 lbs crept back on, it seemed like I just couldn't stop it from happening.

So, I had weight loss surgery. That was one of the best things I have ever done. But, the year of weight falling off of me is over, and I need to work at it now to use the wonderful gift I have been given through the surgery. At 314 lbs, my knees do not bother me anymore unless I walk around the block twice in the same day. But, my hips have started to be a problem Ugh!

I really appreciate this thread. I am greatly encouraged by all of the wonderful replies. I think the biggest thing I am going to take away is the idea of "dance cleaning" That is fantastic! And my home could sure need it!

At the moment, I am wanting to get a timer (the kind you cook with) to set for 30 minutes, over and over all day long. I have discovered that when I get involved in what I am doing, and don't get up and move, even if it is to go to the bathroom, it is much more difficult and painful to move when I finally do get up.

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I STARTED OUT @ OVER 390 POUNFD WITH WALKING AS MUCH AS i COULD...LOTS OF PAIN AND NUMEROUS RESTING STOPS. NOW i AM DOING A TRIAL GYM PASS AND DOING RECIMBENT BIKE AND SLOW TREADMILL WALKING NO INCLINE OR RESISTENCE YET. GOOD LUCK ON YOUR EXERCISE, IT IS JUST A MATTER OF SLOWLY MOVING. emoticon emoticon

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I started at 396. I do the EA Sports Active 2 workout on the easy setting. I do the easy challenges on my Striiv Smart Pedometer. I don't have a treadmill, so I just walk around the house or jog in place while watching tv or listening to music. When the weather gets warm enough to go outside, I plan to start walking outside.

I have done the Walk Away the Pounds videos in the past. When I was recovering from a broken ankle I did the Sit and Be Fit videos, which are pretty good in spite of the goofy name.



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I know my approach won't work for all, but I just jumped right into workout DVD's with both feet. I typically use Leslie Sansone videos, I could do them even at 370 (and I have asthma) with very little difficulties other than feeling a bit winded at first. Her workouts are generally pretty simple and have modifiers for all of the movements, just in case you need to take things a little slower.

However I do have to go along with those who talk about water aerobics. It is way easier than most would think and it has the added bonus of being gentle on your joints, which is awesome if you have knee trouble (like me) or some other type of joint pain.

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I didn't weigh myself at my heaviest weight. I started with Tai Chi, which is gentle, and gets the body moving. I went on short walks and at that time was walking with a walking cane. After a year of Tai Chi and walking, I was carrying the cane and walking an hour a day. Since then I use light free weights, the Swiss ball, walking and a stepper platform used in step aerobics, and carefully chosen no-impact light aerobics on videos and DVD's. My philosophy is to keep moving for as long as possible. The more you move, the more calories you burn. Sweating is great, but not necessary.

Kate

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I started at 425.

I plugged my Wii up, did some cardio boxing, and walked on the treadmill a few minutes at a time and gradually increased. I also did the Walk away the pounds videos, and used resistance bands and small dumbbells.

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Hi:
I started out at 400 pounds. I marked the weight as 398 thinking like the stores of pricing merchandise at 1.99 somehow playing mind tricks of it costing less.
I started out walking from the back door to the mailbox; gradually adding a few more steps. I manage now to climb up ladders, etc. I too get bored just doing plain excercises. From one of the srticles I read any moment counts works best for me. So housework, cleaning shelves, going through the attic, like this summer I managed to put up a stone wall on the front porch. I mixed small batches of cement so I knew I get it used up before it set up. LOL I guess I'm from the old school I got to do something. Over our winter break time I been moving book shelves and going through clutter piles. And I did do what someone else suggested on here to try. I dragged the stationary bike in front of the Tv and heavens I did five minutes on it before begging for a time out. Now to get a good kick in the rear to keep going. Thanks for the pep talk I needed to read it.... emoticon

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I started at 350 and began exercising by walking slowly on a treadmill at the gym. I get bored so easily, so now my routine has evolved to include 30 minute circuit training, belly dancing, zumba, wii fit, SP videos, climbing bleachers, and puppy walks. I usually end up doing a different activity each day just to keep things fresh.

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i ride my recumbent trike. it takes the weight off of my knees and has allowed me to slowly get into better shape. alec emoticon

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I am starting at 377 and have knee issues and chronic pain. I walk with a cane when I leave the house because of instability.

I am going to have to start with chair dancing, and some of the seated exercises that I was not aware was on SP until yesterday. I have limited funds so pools and gyms are out of the question.

Depression and chronic pain go hand in hand and I have been there many times. Most of all, you just need to take baby steps and even ppl with lots of mobility issues can improve.

Thanks for posting, its nice to know we aren't alone sometimes.

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I started at 350

How I started:

I took walks around my neighborhood, roughly 30 minutes or so. I also did Leslie Sansone Walk Away the Pounds DVDs. I highly recommend Walk Away the Pounds for everyone to use! Leslie takes it slow and gradually builds you up!

Hope you have found something that helped you since you posted on here awhile ago!

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While I don't recall the original post mentioning anything about mobility problems, my answer is based on that because I know from personal experience what kind of problems that can lead to and maybe it could help someone facing those problems.

In that case:

I would first take an inventory of what kind of shape I am in. At my highest weight I was having all sorts of problems that I still deal with on some levels that can greatly affect an exercise routine such as back pain, foot pain and knee instability/pain.

I would start out with seeing a doctor and if those things are issues or if there are any other mobility issues I would ask if getting physical therapy is appropriate. I've had physical therapy at different times, first for my knees, then my feet and finally my back. I recommend it greatly if mobility is an issue because strengthening key muscles can help enormously, not just with managing pain but preventing injury in the first place.

Then I would I would build from there. Aquarobics is a great way to get exercise that is easy and low impact. It increases flexibility and stamina. It's amazing how much you can do under water that you can't do on land when limited by obesity, arthritis or other problems. It's also great for building strength in some key areas including the back and the core. It's gentle on joints. It's a great way to start out. These classes can be offered at or through gyms, physical therapy clinics and even hospitals sometimes.

When you're ready, a recumbent bike is great. It's non-weight bearing and the seat is way more comfortable than a regular bike seat. If you're not familiar with what that means, it simply means that the seat is a chair rather than a regular bike seat. That's what I use. Using one with a display and a heart rate monitor is good if you are out of shape. You can add resistance and speed as you get more fit, but starting out without slow and without resistance and even for a few minutes is perfectly fine. I first started out only able to do three minutes. Now I do 30 minutes and could do more if I chose to.

Once weight-bearing isn't an issue, I would gradually increase walking. Right now I only walk to my mailbox once a week. That's approximately a tenth of a mile or so out and then another on the way back. I will increase it once I know that my feet are strong enough that I won't be risking injury.

I do resistance band exercises and gentle calisthenics too, and those that require getting on the floor I do in bed because I can't get on the floor and easily get back up again.

I think it pays to start out slow and build from there. The payoffs are worth it!

For someone without mobility problems, I would start with getting a pedometer and walking and mixing it up with strength training on alternate days. I would probably use Spark's workout generator for ideas if I didn't already have a routine picked out.

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I started very slowly. I have an elliptical and I started off doing 5-10 minutes at a time and I have worked up to 45 minutes now.

Just take it slow don't push yourself and you will be amazed at the progress you will make.

Best of luck and keep us posted on how your doing.



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I tried to just dance around the house and my husband said I was crazy. I asked him to join me but he rolled his eyes and said one crazy in this household is enough. LOL he does encourage me but wish it was more. I so get more encouragement from the group chats. Thank you all.

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Woo Hoo, Sherry you studmuffin!!! :-)



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So glad to hear a few of you talking about "dance-cleaning", I do more on the weekdays, but sometimes I fear someone is going to Skype me and some poor sap is going to view me shaking my tuckus while picking up toys in the living room, or something.

It might sound bad that 15 minutes in I can break a light sweat, but I figure if I am not sweating, I am not working hard enough.

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I can't wait to get to know some of you better. I feel right at home in this group.

Thank you for your courage, and I hope I can encourage just one person the way you all have encouraged me. :)

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I talked earlier about my bad knee and thought only water exercise was the answer. But I'm walking a little each day. Not far but I will say more walking then I've sone in the last year. I even thought to myself "you can't do this" but I am. Sooo, thanks for the encouragement. Who would have thought me walking. I do at times use a cane for support but I'm still moving. Woop Woop

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ok so I have torn my right calf muscle last week on the treadmill ouchie!!! :( So I tried the SP chair cardio. Yay can do it with no leg pain. I'll be doing that until my calf heals. So do check out the SP video stuff, you may think chair workouts won't do much but it got me breathing hard and heart pumping!!

And Dance-Cleaning sounds like fun....

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DANCE-CLEANING.....I LOVE it!!!!

I am going to add this to my movement repertoire......! :-)

I also do a lot of arm raises and arm twirls (like wings of an airplane...only twirling! lol) while
I am sitting at my computer/sewing machine table. I agree with Angelique: ALL movement is fruitful!!

OK: I'm off to go visit a bunch of glorious art work and artists: it's one of the two annual Open Studios times in my area..SO FUN!! SO INSPIRING!!! :-)

:-)

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I just joined SP, and this is really the first group I have seen that I feel like I can REALLY relate. I lost 6 pounds before joining just from moving in 15 minute increments. I have dusted off my MP3 player and started what I call "Dance-cleaning". My kids laugh at me (ages: 3 and 1) and join in. They get a kick out of seeing me move, and I feel I am teaching them to that moving is fun!

I have a feeling this is going to me my "main" board. Thank you for your courage, and I look forward to seeing less of me :P

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Hi, SparkPeeps:

I have some things to share on this important topic of exercise, because it has been so hard for me, for so long, too. It is JUST NOW getting better and easier for me, over my last two weeks with SparkPeople!
1. Being still, not moving, is something that, for me, I realized a long time ago, regulates feelings. Yes, that's right: the "f" word. When I am NOT moving, I am NOT feeling as many emotions. Since I am a survivor, and have dealt with a LOT of feelings and emotional flooding since I started to deal with it (finally!) at age 30, I found out, through journaling, that a lot of my inability/deep reluctance to exercise was about controlling and minimizing my feelings. I don't know if this makes sense or rings true for anyone else, but I wanted to mention it in case it is helpful. Yes, of COURSE I know that moving and exercising actually HELPS us PROCESS big feelings better, in the long run, but to begin, one has to "get over the hump" so to speak, of everything inside "getting moving, flowing" again.
2. For funky knee joints, which I also have, I am doing water walking in my local lap swimming pool---it is super fun, and gives fantastic cardio and strength-building exercise with virtually NO joint pressure, 'cause the water lifts us up as we go along, relieving the 85% of the weight of gravity. WOO HOO!!
3. On days when my joints feel OK, I just walk up and down my outside stairs 10X per day. There are 14 steps (I live upstairs) and this very simple exercise feels really great to me.

Blessings, All!! :-) I hope any of this is helpful

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I don't have any sore/bad joint and to keep it that way i use an elliptical machine and resistance bands.

An elliptical has no impact whatsoever and can be set as easy or hard as you want.

Resistance bands can be used while sitting in a chair and can even be used for cardio if done fast enough with lite weight resistance. And if you have a sore joint just don't excercise that particular joint.

There are several videos here that dont involve any equipment at all while sitting in a chair. Many which can be done while reading a book or watching tv.

At my weight ANY movement is exercise.

Don't have time? We all watch at least one tv program daily... commercials are a great time to stand up/sit down 10 times. Or. Walk in place with arms moving too for the whole commercial.

Too tired? I came to the conclusion i was too tired to not exercise/move.

I came up with many sound reasons why i shouldnt exercise each day.... but a very good reason finally led me to do it.....i wanted more energy and to lose weight.

It's the biggest and most important decision we make each day. The feeling of pride we feel after completing just a little bit is fantastic and motivating. It gets to be habit forming.

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I am truly amazed at how much everyone really cares about each other. I too am having struggles with exercise. I have a very had knee and walking isn't easy for me. The most exercise I get is at work walking from the car to my desk and to the copier then the fax then the bathroon and finally the break room not all in this order mind you...LOL Water exercise sounds like the best idea. No stress on are bodies. I want so much to succeed. I know to succeed I have to keep moving however and whatever it is. I have to just move. THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR SHOWING WHAT A GREAT BUNCH OF PEOPLE SPARK PEOPLE REALLY ARE.

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Thanks Della!

I think it's sooooo important that those who couldn't exercise or could only do a few minutes at a time at first and now are doing so much more for longer to let others know not to be discouraged!

That if you keep at it you will definitely improve!

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It's funny - I've noticed that for some the eating part is easier to get control over and for others it's the exercise. It's hard to exercise and so many of us started in around 340 (I started, this time, at 334) and for me a couple of minutes into an exercise I wanted to die.

Personally, walking is one of my least favorite exercises although it's the easiest one to do. I started out with the Spark videos and couldn't even make it through one of them without stopping 1/2 way into most of them (that includes the chair aerobics video). I can do a pretty solid 30 minutes now and at least 10 minutes solid of strength. It's taken me 6 months and 36 pounds to get to this point. Many have progressed quicker than I and some slower but the key is to truly believe you can do more than what you think you are capable of doing - it's very empowering. And just don't give up - cry, scream, rejoice - whatever along the way but just don't give up. emoticon

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I started out at 331 pounds. I just began by turning on some great music and dancing around the house. It has been great.

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Hi, I started by walking. First to the mailbox then slowly adding steps everyday. It works.

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Great post and really good advice. I am struggling a bit too, but then I keep trying to do 30 mins on the treadmill non-stop. Get exhusted then struggle to do it again the next day hmmm maybe I should break it up a bit as many of you suggest. It makes total sense but then as my mother says "Liz, you only have two speeds... stop and flat out" lol

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I was 325 when I started out, and I got out of breath very easily. I would recommend starting out with something like walking. Do some warming up stretches (you can look here on spark for stretches) and walk at a pace that is challenging, but if you feel like you're gonna die just slow down. Say you'll walk for 15 minutes, or what you think you can do. Then the next time try to add on another minute or so. It will get easier, believe me. When I started out walking a mile was a challenge for me. My ankles and knees hurt and it seemed at the time like it would never get better. I decided to just keep at it and not give up. I can now run for miles and even ran a 10k last month. Another thing that helped me in the beginning was the walk away the pounds dvds. They are very good low impact workouts. You can also get some dumbbells and workout with those. I highly recommend doing some strength training in addition to cardio. The more muscle you build, the better your body burns fat and less likely you are to have injuries. Hang in there and just know you can do it!

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i started out by walking and using the wii fit

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I found that starting to walk was hard for me seeing I have a bad hip that needs to be replaced. But when I was walking everyday I went to a local cemetery & measured by the odometer in the truck what was 1/10 of a mile; 1/5 of a mile......up to 1 mile. I found that walking in a cemetery is alot safer then walking on the road & nobody will really see you if you dont want to be seen. I even played my radio & sang along out loud.......no one complained about my singing & I felt better & the time flew by. After slowly working up 1/10th of a mile every week I was up to walking 1 mile a day before my dr told me that I was doing more harm then good with my bad hip. I felt good walking with a cane but after I stopped & went home I ached so much from not keeping on moving. I am hoping to lose about 50# so I can have the hip replaced in Ocotber 2012. Start slow & work up to something longer when you feel that you can do it.

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Hello, Perhaps if you did not think of it as exercise right at this point in time. It is more increased activity. A 15 minute walk here and there. Some chair exercises or some laying down exercises - what I call floor exercised done on the bed. As your strength increases then move onto exercises. It took me 2 months to even consider beginners Zumba and I still don't get in all steps but I do keep moving.

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I started with water aerobics and from there, did a few minutes walking or on the elliptical. Like everyone is saying, it's all about the baby steps! Good luck!

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helloo!!!!
well at my highest i weighed in at 359 so i no the angst and fear about exersizing. my dtr and i joined THE PINK method that was aired on the doctors and dr.phil. its basic, eat healthy non processed foods and exersize. at first i was actually scared to try and do the dvds. i had alot of weight to move around. but i kept at it. and i got stronger and kept pushing myself. you have to find a balance of safety and pushing yourself. i , personally wasnt satisfied with doing modified everything for the rest of my life. so i tackled it head on. you must no your own limits for sure, but dont make excuses for yourself to not go hard. its been 2 months , ive lost 35 pounds and my body is stronger and more fit than it has been in years. i do a minimum of 60 min of exersizes 6 days/wk, and i mix it up. im now doing zumba to work different muscles and keep things interesting. my biggest fear was that i would hurt myself, and my next fear was getting on the floor to do the exersizes. the simple act of getting down ther, moving my body to perform the exersizes then get back up again....it took me two weeks to finally say, ok thats it.....i want a stronger fit body more than i want to live in fear and limit myself. so down i went and that was my breakthru. i got down just fine...not pretty...lol and did the exersizes...did some wonderful stretches i hadnt done in years and .......GOT BACK UP AGAIN...all on my own. no help, no leaning on the chair or couch...just me...and now....oh there is no stopping me. i have still over 100 pounds to lose, but i am losing pounds , inches and gaining self confidence. no longer do i shy away from anything. im back to loving exersizing, i no longer make excuses not to do it. yes my friend....its gonna hurt at first to start moving, its even embarassing realizing that by the choices made ur in this place to begin with...ok ...now...get past it....get moving...and always make new fitness goals to conquer and watch the new you soar like an eagle!!!!!!!

God bless.....YOU CAN DO THIS!!!!!!!!

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I started out barely able to go 2 minutes on the elliptical, I can now do 30 minutes without feeling like my lungs are going to explode. Just start small and gradually work your way up to more.

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I started with the chair exercise team... they have many resources and SP now has this center... www.sparkpeople.com/resource/lifesty
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From the chair exercise team, I began doing chair dancing, and found that the older people on the videos were much more able to do these than I was at 49! scary!

Then, we got an xbox w/ kinect (it's like wii but uses a camera to track your movement rather than a remote) and just using the game that came with it have been able to do up to 30 min standing up and moving. At first I had to sit down every so often, but now, I can usually do the 30 min without sitting at all.

I'm not as far along in my weight-loss as the others who have already commented, but I really do see a difference in my ability to walk further and have more stamina than I did 40 lbs ago!

As often said, baby steps... as teh team leader of the Chair Exercise team says - just MOVE! :-)



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My doctor told me to start walking 5 minutes at a time several times a day. Then the next week, I should up it to 10 minutes at a time--several times a day....then each week thereafter, I should add 5 more minutes to the time I am walking until I am walking an hour or more a day 5 times a week.

It's tough getting started but if you're moving, you are lapping the person that is still sitting on the couch!! Good luck!! emoticon

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And SparkPeople has added the Limited Mobility Lifestyle Center:

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/lifesty
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You can also google chair exercises as they have many free online videos. There is even a Chair exercising Team on Spark People.

Baby steps are key. You just need to start even if it is only for one minute. The next day double it, the next double again and again. You'll be there sooner than you think. emoticon



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Yes I started out and still do Water Aerobics. Do you have access to a gym with a pool or a backyard pool whether your own or a family/friends?

Walking is good to. You can start off in your living room with Leslie Sansone tapes. You can start out slow outside even of it is just starting out walking up and down your driveway, graduating to around the block. You might even have a school nearby where you can walk around their track when it is off hours.

I also enjoy belly dancing and have a few tapes and that you can do in the privacy of your own home. I also do tai chi and I am looking into the weighted hoola hoops for exercise.



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I started at 335.6.

:-)

I used to walk 0.5 miles around the block with a neighbor a couple times a week. At night, after dinner, when I felt like people couldn't see me as much.

Eventually I got up to 4 miles and had knee issues, so I switched to water aerobics, which was awesome.

By the time I was 270 I started spin classes.

You can do it! Just start slow, and remember that your food is the biggest factor in all of this.

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Hi everyone! I'm pretty close to 340lbs and I wanted to start exercising. But I have no clue where to start. Everytime I start an exercise regimen, it takes my breath. I have the healthy eating part down, but when it comes to exercise, I'm lost. How did you guys first start taking your steps towards fitness?

Thanks!

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