Starting Exercise Advice Please.

Discussion in 'Newbie Questions' started by 8Brocades, Jul 30, 2018.

  1. 8Brocades

    8Brocades New Member

    Looking for advice starting out exercising after 18 years smoking and bad eating habits. No immediate health concerns, get out of breath easily, not much endurance, long recovery times. Can’t keep a fitness routine so to speak.

    I enjoy going for walks, not a big fan of running/jogging, not very strong but have dumbbells of a few kg I lift once in a while.

    Hoping for a bit of honest and rewarding direction.
  2. Simon

    Simon Moved on. Admin Supporter MAP 2017 Koyo Award

  3. David Harrison

    David Harrison MAPper without portfolio

    I'd say the most important thing for starters is to find anything that gets you out of breath that you find fun.

    If you don't enjoy it, you're not likely to stick with it.

    Could be anything - squash, badminton, martial arts...
  4. Van Zandt

    Van Zandt Mr. High Kick

    I recommend booking an appointment with a certified personal trainer at your nearest gym. Initial consultations are typically free and he or she will be in the best position to advise you on your health and fitness goals. I know a lot of people are hesitant to 'waste' money on a personal trainer, but it would be an invaluable investment in your health - your most precious asset.
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  5. Pretty In Pink

    Pretty In Pink Valued Member MAP 2017 Gold Award

    I 100% agree with this. Don't go to a gym. The dropout rate for a gym membership puts any martial arts club to shame.
  6. David Harrison

    David Harrison MAPper without portfolio

    Yeah, I mean some people love the gym, but if you set up a regular thing with other people then the thought of letting others down can often be a bigger motivation than just letting yourself down for skipping the gym.

    Depends on your personality.
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  7. axelb

    axelb Master of Office Chair Fu

    If you can find a target \goal to achieve that requires additional fitness, it can really help keep focus and help drive to stick to it.
    Something realistic, but not too easy.

    I'm sure a good personal trainer will help you decide what that is.
  8. querist

    querist MAP Resident Linguist?

    Talk to your doctor. Seriously. Also, pay attention to your body's signals. You are going to need to learn when to push yourself and when to sit down. This is not an easy thing to learn for some particularly stubborn people and not learning that lesson can lead to trouble. Again, talk to your doctor.

    David Harrison's advice is generally sound and it is a good starting point, but again, you need to talk to your doctor. I am a doctor, but I am not _your_ doctor. Your doctor knows your medical history and is the best person to advise you on how to start an exercise programme, especially given your description of your current condition.
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  9. CrazyDojoMan

    CrazyDojoMan New Member

    I personally do P90X and it has changed my life. Even though something like that is tough to start with. You can build of stamina overtime. I stopped working out for 4 years and I came back to P90X and can barely do any of it. I would mainly suggest start out small don't push yourself more then you can, don't want to harm yourself. After a while ( maybe built some muscle, lost weight) you can start to do more in your workouts. Maybe doing some kind of marital art might be a good starting point as well. Don't go to the gym. I personally don't feel comfortable in a gym. Be somewhere your comfortable working out. Maybe some open space at your house somewhere.

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