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Posted by: miss | 2010-11-14

unfit and want to return to gym

hi doc

i am a smoker, about 1.65m and 65 kilos, a bit too round for my liking.

i have a gym membership, and my excuse is i''m too unfit to go! i''ve never been athletic and can''t even manage a pushup. i find things like walking on the treadmill boring, so i join the classes instead, but sometimes i found step or body conditioning really hard. it''s not that i am unwilling to do the class, it just feels beyond my capabilities right now, sometimes i''d even return home with a headache. jogging is out of the question too.

i consider my tummy and upper arms my main problem areas.

so what would you recommend i start off with when i go back that won''t be so hard but increase my fitness and make me skinny while we''re at it?
thank you.

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Our expert says:
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Hi Miss

It's tough to start training, so don't feel too bad about it, you're not alone!

I think the biggest impact you'll have is if you can find a friend to do it with you. Then you won't be alone there trying to forge your way to fitness. It might even make a 10 min walk on the treadmill manageable. So if you can entice a colleague or a friend, or a family member to join you, that really makes a massive difference.

The classes do the same thing, but as you say, they're at a level higher than starting out (which is normal to feel, by the way).

I think that this is also something where if you're with someone else, in the same boat, then you'll find it a little easier to handle.

If you do want to do some "pre-gym" fitness work, then now that it's summer, I think it's a good time to take advantage of better weather and starting doing outdoor exercise - walking is the easiest. Even if it's just a brisk 20 minute walk, four afternoons a week, that's enough to improve fitness to the point where you'll handle a class at the gym in a month.

There are a host of training programmes on this site - if you go to this link you'll find them:

http://www.health24.com/fitness/Programmes/16-1347.asp

Good luck

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Posted by: danger | 2011-01-24

quit smoking

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Posted by: fitnessdoc | 2010-11-17

Hi Miss

It's tough to start training, so don't feel too bad about it, you're not alone!

I think the biggest impact you'll have is if you can find a friend to do it with you. Then you won't be alone there trying to forge your way to fitness. It might even make a 10 min walk on the treadmill manageable. So if you can entice a colleague or a friend, or a family member to join you, that really makes a massive difference.

The classes do the same thing, but as you say, they're at a level higher than starting out (which is normal to feel, by the way).

I think that this is also something where if you're with someone else, in the same boat, then you'll find it a little easier to handle.

If you do want to do some "pre-gym" fitness work, then now that it's summer, I think it's a good time to take advantage of better weather and starting doing outdoor exercise - walking is the easiest. Even if it's just a brisk 20 minute walk, four afternoons a week, that's enough to improve fitness to the point where you'll handle a class at the gym in a month.

There are a host of training programmes on this site - if you go to this link you'll find them:

http://www.health24.com/fitness/Programmes/16-1347.asp

Good luck

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