BamaTanya Posted February 6, 2012 Share Posted February 6, 2012 (edited) All along I knew I needed cardio. It was information I read here with you all that convinced me I needed to add strength training, too. (Strong Women Stay Young is the book I think was suggested.) So . . . I picked up a resistance band and a few dumbbells. Now that I'm not only overweight but also have back and knee joint issues, I discover I need flexiblity, too? And some articles add in balance and stretch . . . I knew cardio should be at least 3x per week and strength at least 2x (not on back to back days), but I just read I need stretch every day. Every day? Good golly. I've never been athletic and hadn't taken a regular class since high school. I was clumsy and inflexible and hated having to do it anyway. Now I know I have to. I have a treadmill and some DVDs (including a pretty good offering at the library and Netflix). Not only is this a physical challenge, it's an organizational one for me! If you are active and are a regular exerciser, would you mind sharing your schedule? How much time does it take? (Theoretically, I think I should take longer because I'm trying to LOSE weight, but I'm curious to know how long it takes to maintain.) I like Leslie Sansone and am intrigued by barre workouts. I've tried Pilates and want to keep at it. Does yoga count as "stretch"? I have a Yoga for Dummies DVD on hold at the library. Also . . . if you're trying to follow a Pilates or yoga move and your . . . ahem . . . fatty tissue gets in the way, what do you do? These are beginner workouts, and sometimes I can't fold my leg or stretch my chest over because some of me is in the way . . . Do I need to lose weight before I attempt these fold-up things? Or does leaning over count? WWYD? tia Edited February 6, 2012 by BamaTanya Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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