Our expert says:
Good for you! Glad you're halfway there...
With regards to exercise, it's important that you look at this as a long distance race and not a sprint - it is hardly ever productive to aim for rapid results, because if you achieve, they usually disappear as fast afterwards, and it's the more sustained, steady progress that you need if you want to keep the weight off.
I think in the beginning, then, you would be better off doing just the swimming OR just the treadmill - don't overdo it early. Why risk injury, and then find yourself confined to the couch anyway?! So I'd say for a couple of weeks at least, just be prudent and do only what you are capable of. a 30 minute swim, or a 45 minute session on the treadmill, consisting of some walking and some jogging (depends what you can manage) will be just perfect for now. Also, try to give yourself a rest day every now and then - five days in a row is probably not a good idea just yet. I'd say 3 days is the most you should go before taking a day off. Ideally, 4 days a week is all you need. ONce you get fitter, you can add days, and add time and add exercise, so that's when the fun really starts, but you have to lay a foundation first, otherwise you will find yourself getting injured or burned out later on.
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