to ask for advice on what home based yoga or home exercise you'd recommend for a fat person trying to improve herself?!(50 Posts)
I have been overweight for years, to varying degrees, since I had my first child, but much more so these last few years. Now finally done with having children I really need to do something about my terrible body! I wonder where to start, and wonder if anyone knows what would be suitable exercise ( I like the idea of yoga but have never done it)? My husband works late, and my youngest is just one, so I don't really have the opportunity to exercise outside the home. I'm wondering about what exercise dvds- if that is still a thing? Or yoga equivalent, that you would think suitable for someone like me...I'm a good three stone overweight, and would like to make the change. Thank you for any advice you can give.
Well done on deciding to improve your health! There are lots of workouts on YouTube. The body coach does some good beginner HIIT ones which are about 20 minutes.
I have a subscription to EkhartYoga. It's really great and caters to everyone. It has programmes of videos for beginners to follow and each video has a level rating to tell you how hard it is.
It costs about £9 a month but has loads of videos to use. I would really recommend it, I've been a subscriber for about three years.
There's lots on YouTube. I've not done yoga before either and like Adrienne's. I think she does a '30 days of yoga' series.
If you want a dvd then all of Davinas are quite good.
Go for lots of walks with the buggy too.
Can you get a giant weighted hula hoop and do that? There are lots of tutorials on YouTube. X
Davina does cardio and toning workouts.
I love Yoga with Adriene: m.youtube.com/user/yogawithadriene but there are lots of other teachers for yoga, HIIT sessions etc on YouTube.
Well done for making that first step.
Start with this
Jillian Michaels - the Shred
your little one can help / copy you and them.
Then try this
Yoga with Adrienne
again, small person can join in with you
and in case you ever feel like giving up, watch this
spoiler alert, he's now an instructor
Go for it.
This might be useful, OP, as a starting point. They are walking exercises and look like a bit of fun too.
I lost 3 stone fairly quickly a few years ago doing the Insanity workout. It is difficult but after a couple of weeks I started to really enjoy it and it permanently changed my attitude towards exercise, which meant I kept the weight off and generally have a much healthier lifestyle now. Yoga is amazing for toning muscle and increasing flexibility but if you are serious about losing weight I would recommend doing something a bit more strenuous as well.
Yoga Studio is about £5 as a one off from the app store and is a great place to start. There's lots of beginners "classes" and also specific ones for back pain.
If you want to get a bit more active as well as improving core strength and flexibility I really recommend the NHS Couch to 5k app as well - I couldn't run for 30 seconds when I started it but was happily running for 5km by the end.
I tried doing the Joe Wicks "beginner's HIIT". Honestly, I nearly died
Good for you OP. Whatever else you do, include lots of walking. Now that the weather is getting a bit warmer it will make you feel much better as well as burning calories. Also, I find that getting outside makes me less likely to eat biscuits.
Thanks for posting this OP. I'm in exactly the same situation and have been thinking now's the time. Have cut calories but need some serious fat burning as well. Good luck OP I'm rooting for us both!
T-25 is great. Quick and easy and there's an adapted version to do at first as you work up your fitness levels. Also if you want something to kickstart your weight loss, I started making soup and have that for dinner three nights a week and lose 2-3lbs a week on average just by doing that in combination with T-25 three times a week.
If you want to do yoga, find a proper fat yoga instructor. Many of the standard poses are impossible for an overweight person, especially at first.
I have a free yoga app called yoga monkey, but i have done it before in classes. Im not sure how good it would be for a beginner.
Whats your diet like? Ive read on mn (I dont know how true this is) that weight is 80% diet and 20% exercise. Dh lost a bit by low carbing.
I was a zumba instructor a few years back. One of my participants told me that she lost 2kgs over 8 months. Its not much, but she did one 50 minute class with me each week and that was all. I think there are zumba dvds. Theres definitely wii and playstation if thats an option.
Definitely Gillian Micheals 30 day shred level 1 25 mins per day and carry on through the levels.
I have tried many over the years but always revert back to Davina's very first exercise DVD 'Power of Three' from about 2004 (but easy to obtain)
I love the simplicity and it really works
There are easy versions of most of the exercises too so suitable for someone who isn't very fit - you can increase the intensity once your fitness levels improve
Best exercise for weight loss is push-aways. If you see any food, firmly push it away. Seriously, if your main aim is weight loss then yoga won't do much. Try MyFitnessPal and count your calories.
Exercise of course helps, and has other benefits. My opinion is that you will only stick to it if you like it, so I would check out various options on youtube for example - HIIT programs, dance options like Zumba, 30 day shred etc.
Curvy Girl yoga on YouTube is great for bigger people (thanks, MN, for the recommendation!) - the rest depends on how unfit you are: even things like Beginners Shred is too full on if you get out of puff running for a bus/upstairs etc and I found it disheartening to the point I stopped as a result. Mind you, I was both very fat and very unfit when I started (fitter now but still v fat ) so if you can already do a fitness dvd reasonably closely (ie enough to be towards getting there, as opposed to no chance whatsoever) some of the HIIT could work. Good luck
Yoga isn't really going to help you lose weight though if that's what you want. Cardio will - even a brisk walk can help you burn fat.
Do they not say that to loose weight it's 80% diet 20% exercise.
Don't eat anything processed, cut down alcohol, no fizzy juice, limit caffeine, eat when you're hungry (and eat lots - don't starve yourself!)
Walk walk walk - get a fit bit and walk as much as you can. That will get you started then after a few weeks/months you might feel ready to do couch to 5k (esp with the lighter nights so you can go out for half an hour at 8 or 9)
Joe Wicks and 30 Day Shred are really hard work but really effective and you can get the DVD for 30 day shred or Jo Wicks is on line. Just get moving as much as you can!! Best of luck!
If your main goal right now is to lose some weight I wouldn't focus on yoga at the moment. Beginners yoga really doesn't burn many calories at all, and it will build muscle very, very slowly. Not a bad thing to add in a few times a week for flexibility, but if you're hoping exercise will help you lose weight you'll need some cardio and strength workouts.
Jillian Michaels is good. If you're very unfit I'd recommend getting the regular Shred and beginners Shred and maybe Ripped in 30 as well, and just alternating between the Level 1 workouts for a while before moving up to the next levels.
If you want something to break you in gently take a look at Leslie Sansone's walk at home videos. This one I think is the easiest 15 min one, but she also has a few 5 min videos as well. It's basically 15 mins of speed walking on the spot with a few arm and leg movements too. Her videos are the first I've ever managed to complete! If you start to get knackered try and keep the pace up with just walking in time to the music. www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKT2U_hJe1g
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