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Posted by: lee-ann | 2010/08/25

couch potato

hello there, i ve been unemployed for months now and i ve turned into a couch potato. i absolutely have nothin to do. i wake up , watch tv, look for a job on the internet, then watch tv again, monday to friday. i eat normally , not 100% healthy but normal. i try to cut sweets and junk. i started jogging for 30 minutes every morning in order to lose 6.7 kgs. is this enough? i cant jog for longer. i cant afford gym membership either. what else can i do?

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Hi Lee-ann

It's great for now. 30 minutes at the start is tough, most people would struggle, especially coming from doing almost nothing for maybe a long time. So if 30 min is the ceiling, then so be it and just stay there while you get fitter.

Eventually, that will happen - you'll either run faster and further in those 30 minutes, or you'll start to feel good at the end. And that's when you add to it, up to 35, then 40 and so on.

I think given your situation, exercise will help, but what will really help is if you find a goal - maybe decide that you're going to run a 10km race in 3 months, or something like that. Find friends to do it with you, added motivation, that sort of thing.

Good luck

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Posted by: fitnessdoc | 2010/08/27

Hi Lee-ann

It's great for now. 30 minutes at the start is tough, most people would struggle, especially coming from doing almost nothing for maybe a long time. So if 30 min is the ceiling, then so be it and just stay there while you get fitter.

Eventually, that will happen - you'll either run faster and further in those 30 minutes, or you'll start to feel good at the end. And that's when you add to it, up to 35, then 40 and so on.

I think given your situation, exercise will help, but what will really help is if you find a goal - maybe decide that you're going to run a 10km race in 3 months, or something like that. Find friends to do it with you, added motivation, that sort of thing.

Good luck

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Posted by: Coach | 2010/08/26

Jogging for 30 minutes is okay but are you jogging fast enough? ARe you burning calories? Are you getting your heart rate up? You need to get some guidance from someone in the know who can help you to get fit...it is a process after all.

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