Posted by: F.G. | 2010-10-09

Wich exercist is fit for me

Hi,I am 55, weigh ± 82kg, length 161cm. In my menopause, high cholesterol, under active thyroid which is enlarged. I want to change my lifestyle. I want to buy myself a treadmill, but some people say it is not good for your knees and ankles. Got lower back problem as well, I did try a cross trainer, but my back hurt more after using it. I also have a BIG roll of belly fat - which irritates me very much and very thick thighs, it is the first time in my life that I look like this. I do experience lot of stress and is a emotional eater. Please advise me on exercise that I can do at home for the vetrol around my stomach and the thighs and hips.

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I think that in a case like this, diet will have the bigger FIRST impact than exercise. So the best thing you can do, short-term (with long-term benefits) is to consult a dietician and get yourself a decent eating plan.

The exercise becomes important in the short and medium term, and here is where, with your current situation, the safest bet is medical clearance - there are risks (I'd be misleading you if I said there were not), and so it's important to know that you are cleared to exercise.

ONce that is done, then any exercise is OK. However, given your back problems in the past, walking and running may cause problems. So might cycling. There is always some risk.

That shouldn't put you off exercise, it just means there are boundaries that have to be "respected". My advice is that you need a goal, a target of some sort, like for example a 5km race that you aim to do in 8 weeks, and then build gradually towards it. Gradually, is the key word. If you can do that, then you'll be OK.

Home exercise is tough, no denying that, because it's so convenient that often, it's too easy to put off until next time. There is actually benefit to having to go out of your way to exercise, and home machines deny people that "incentive". So you have to be careful, because if you get a treadmill (which is a good choice), there's a high chance it becomes an under-used machine in a few months. That's a question of discipline.

Frankly, the best thing you can do is find a group of people who will share in exercise with you. There is no better motivation than another person, waiting for you at 6pm every second day, to get you going. Now that summer is on us, this is the best advice you can use - get outside, with friends and take control of exercise.

Good luck

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Posted by: PVS | 2010-10-29

FOr you I would siggest aqua cardio(exercises in water) to start off with but first consult your doctor and find out if you are allowed to even do exercises. then you can come back post what he said you are allowedto do then we can have a look at that.

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