Getting Fit

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  1. johnstone1985

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    Hey Guys - totally off topic, but I guessed some of you might have some advice.

    I've been on medication recently which has turned me into a fat slob and trying to find some inspiration to get in a gym and get fit, but don't know where to start. Anyone willing to point me in the right direction?
     
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    The #1 stop should always be at your physician's office, no matter what your age (or what shape you think you are in).

    Get a thorough checkup - and tell you doctor why you're there.

    He'll probably be able to give you some good suggestions to start you off, and you'll be confident that you know your limitations.

    Pecker
     
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    two_fister: yeah....I agree with bibbob, since you were on medication you should check with your doc before you start a workout routine, and when you get the ok make sure you take it slow. I've been working out for a few years now, and one of the things I've found out is that most people(especialy beginers) tend to over do it in the gym in hopes of quicker results. Make sure you eat right, lift properly, get in some cardio, and get plenty of rest. Do these things, and you'll see the fat melt away(not overnight, but it'll happen).
     
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    DizzyGus: I have three personal trainers that put me through the wringer in my workouts five days a week so I thought I would share some of their words of wisdom to me with you.

    First things first...as everyone else said go to the doctor's office first and let him/her look you over. Be sure to tell him/her that you're about to start working out and what your goals are.

    Set a goal. Be as specific as you can be. Not just I want to look better. Make it I want to lose 25 pounds in 3 months and be down 4 to 6 inches in my waist. It's much more effective if you are specific.

    You have GOT to eat right. This doesn't mean that you can't have cheesecake and pizza ever again it just means you can't have it at every meal. And instead of 2 or 3 big meals a day try eating 4 or 5 meals with smaller portions. It makes your metabolism speed up and you burn it off faster. Avoid greasy fried food like you would avoid an angry rottweiler. You can have some sugar just not too much or your body will turn it into fat. Eat lots of vegetables and fruits and if you are a carnivore (like me! ;)) eat white meat only and make sure that it is baked, grilled, or barbecued.

    Drink lots of water. The more water you drink the less water weight you retain. It doesn't seem to make sense but it really works that way. Plus it makes you feel less sluggish.

    To lose weight do cardio at a moderate pace for an extended length of time. The best cardio exercises for beginners are walking on a treadmill or riding a recumbent bike. And be sure you go at a MODERATE PACE. The longer you perform the exercise at a moderate pace the more fat you will burn. You can tell that you are at a moderate pace if you can perform the exercise WHILE having a conversation without getting out of breath. If you are out of breath slow down. If it seems TOO easy intensify the exercise. And you need to go for between 30 minutes to an hour 4 to 6 times a week to see benefits in a reasonable time frame. My Mom lost FIFTY FIVE POUNDS in SIX MONTHS by simply walking on a treadmill for an hour a day this way.

    Weight training will give you a great body but only if you do it correctly. Don't worry about how much weight you can lift initially...just pay attention to your FORM. Get the form of doing the exercise down and concentrate mentally on the muscles that are doing the exercise. Don't over work yourself in the beginning or you will not be motivated to continue lifting weights. The amount of weight to use for each exercise should EXERT you during the workout but not EXHAUST you once it's over.

    A personal trainer is WELL WORTH the money if you are a beginner. They can show you exactly what the form should be when you are doing leg lifts, bench presses, lat pulldowns and everything else. Once you get the basic form down and determine how much weight you should start with you should be fine by yourself. But ask any and every question that you think of when talking to your trainer. It's better to have too much information than not enough.

    You can get a good weight lifting workout done in 30 to 45 minutes once you get your routine down. I lift weights 3 or 4 times a week and I am never in there for more than 45 minutes. (Unless I am talking to a hottie!!! ;D)

    If you JUST eat right, you'll feel better. If you eat right AND do cardio, you'll feel better and lose weight. If you eat right AND do cardio AND lift weights, you'll feel better AND lose weight AND you'll look a hell of a lot better in no time.

    A friend of mine started doing all this on New Years Day of 2002. He's 31 years old and he was not obese but he had a big ol' beer gut and had never worked out before in his whole life. He had also NEVER GOTTEN LAID in his life either. He's a nice guy but he had no real self esteem because he thought he looked like a slob. (And he told me so!)

    Now it's the middle of October and his family doesn't recognize him anymore. He's lost NINETY POUNDS OF FAT and he's gained about 20-25 pounds of good solid muscle. He looks great and yes....HE HAS EVEN GOTTEN LAID!!!! ;D I bought him a beer to celebrate!!! ;)

    It's not hard to get in shape. It just takes education and effort. And once you start to see results it becomes very addictive. You start seeing muscles in places that you didn't know you had them in! I am proud of my body and I like showing it off when it is appropriate to do so like at the pool or at a baseball game or in the locker room after playing hockey. (my favorite thing in the world!!!) It gives you greater self esteem and greater confidence and that's a huge advantage for you in life.

    Good luck to you! 8)
     
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    DizzyGus: Hey johnstone....

    Did you ever get started on this? Have you lost any weight or have you resigned yourself to a lifetime of fat slobishness? ::) LOL j/k

    Seriously though have you started working out yet?

    Let us know dude!

    Gus 8)

    [quote author=johnstone1985 link=board=99;num=1034712338;start=0#0 date=10/15/02 at 13:05:38]Hey Guys - totally off topic, but I guessed some of you might have some advice.

    I've been on medication recently which has turned me into a fat slob and trying to find some inspiration to get in a gym and get fit, but don't know where to start.  Anyone willing to point me in the right direction?[/quote]
     
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    Sorry I didn't get back to you sooner - Haven't been in front of the PC as much.

    Well the answer to your question is yes and no. I got in contact with my doctor and as my weight gain is due to medication she has got me in contact with a personal trainer - and it's all free! I just need to wait till she gets in contact with me. So far I started walking more and I will be taking up your advice on eating.

    Thanks a lot guys - I feel a lot better about it now :D
     
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    wvu_kerq: Try finding your individual motivation. Figure out why you want to work out and use it! I wanted to start working out more so that I would look better and be more physically attractive. I started working out with my (now ex-) boyfriend five days a week. We got to oggle each other while working out. My friend April wanted to loose weight so she put up pictures of really overweight women, the kind you find in fetish porn magazines. That served as a reminder of why she wanted to lose weight. My ex-bf's motivation was to be more fit so evertime we work out he spends time flexing in front of the mirror. It helps a lot to have a good daily reminder of that you're working towards.
     
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    SpeedoGuy: I went through a sudden commitment to fitness while I was in college. Before I had been flabby and uninterested in physical excercise. I'm 39 now and just the opposite.

    Start changing your diet to healthier foods (and probably less of it at that). Most Americans eat way more than we need to.

    Gradually start out on your excercise program. Whether its aerobic excercise (swimming, jogging, cycling or such) or weight training. Don't expect to burn the house down at the start but as you build up strength and endurance you will know when to start pushing harder. Stay committed to it for the long haul. Persistence and patience. A personal trainer will really help you avoid mistakes.

    The real payoff will come on the day you put your clothes on and they feel baggy and loose. Then you'll be motivatd to keep going until you reach your goal.

    Good luck
     
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    bklynbigballs: [quote author=johnstone1985 link=board=99;num=1034712338;start=0#6 date=11/03/02 at 11:56:09]Well the answer to your question is yes and no.  I got in contact with my doctor and as my weight gain is due to medication she has got me in contact with a personal trainer - and it's all free!  I just need to wait till she gets in contact with me.  So far I started walking more and I will be taking up your advice on eating.[/quote]

    May I ask what the medication is? I went on anti-depressants and it made my body temperature rise. Apparently this is common and nothing to worry about, but it made exercising unbearable since even climbing a flight of stairs made me break a sweat. Subsequently I gained a lot of weight. So while they say Prozac and other SSRIs aren't supposed to make you gain weight, they can in peripheral ways. [Also, I used to work out to chase away the blues and once the medication started working, I didn't feel the need :) ]

    Anyway, I started reading up on various foods and what they do to your body temperature and found that avoiding certain foods like red meat, tomatoes, artificial sweetners and eggs can make you cooler and more willing to exercise.

    This might not be your problem but it's a suggestion...
     
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    biggbenn8: well, as to weight loss- I have seen several friends have great results using Weight Watchers (a healthy, non 'fadish' aproach)- you learn better eating patterns (a key to keeping the weight off)

    Good luck!
     
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    a couple of the guyz from work started working out at the gym around december 1, 2002. both were 30 to 35 and pretty plump. both are now stuck with 1-yr, 3-yr or whatever memberships and limping. the orthopedists told them to lay off for four months and come back for a checkup. he warned them they may never regain the complete use of their legs.

    what did they do wrong? becasue they were colleagues, i tried to get them to walk slowly maybe a half mile before getting on the treadmills and running....hey 10 or 15 years ago they had been jocks...yeah, so? and i tried to get both to spend 10 minutes stretching after running...and do not overdo on weight training for legs (really the whole body).

    my suggestions:
    1. get some good cross training shoes.
    2. walk slow at first then at a moderate pace for say 10 minutes and do a light stretch: achilles tendon, quads, calfs, and hamstrings for a total of 5 minutes.
    3. use an elliptical trainer or walk faster for 20 minutes.
    4. walk slowly for 10 minutes (releases lactic acid buildup)
    5. stretch for 10 minutes (min).

    weight training: for the first year, use light weights....

    why? well, the joints, cartilege, and tendons need to adjust and strengthen to accomodate the new activities.

    good luck....and if you stick with it, you will get addicted...during exercise, the body really does release substances that make the emotions/body/mind feel better.

    jay
     
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    Well your right about getting addicted... I am! I've lost all that extra weight I gained, and I must admit... I'm starting to look good! :p

    I go about three times a day with my oldest brother (who knows what he is doing) so he keeps me right, and I must admit, I've never felt better!
     
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