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Exercise advice for a couch potato....

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Ojoj1974 Fri 07-Apr-17 21:05:10

Ok, the truth is I don't like exercising... I'm rubbish at all sports, over weight and unfit... however, at 42 I know I really need to be doing at least 30 minutes a day.
I live in a village and have a dog which I walk a bit. I hate dog walking on my own and can never find anyone to go with. I tried couch to 5K but my back was in agony so I had to stop the running.
I'm full of excuses... any tips, motivation? I'm feeling really low and my self esteem is rock bottom.

beansbananas Fri 07-Apr-17 21:33:44

What dog do you have and how old is it? Seems to me that a daily dog walk would be a good place to start. From an exercise perspective, it's all about routine and sticking to it. Personally I make myself exercise in the morning as in the evenings I want to come home. I book myself into classes so that I can't miss them, or when I'm really motivated, i'll go for a run. I think you need to make it all less daunting. What about getting up and doing a ten minute work out before you have a shower? There are apps you can download which make it quick and easy to follow. Everyone can manage 10 mins of interval training, and you can increase the time and intensity of the work out over time. Nothing is easy in the beginning and you'll prob hate it to begin with! But if you stick with it, the buzz of raising your heart rate in the morning will make you so much more productive all day and motivated to try to improve. If you can afford it then nothing beats training with a personal trainer, but that is definitely not feasible for most people. Try not to be too down on yourself... tomorrow you can start again and in a few weeks time it will be a routine. Good luck!!!

Ojoj1974 Fri 07-Apr-17 22:18:43

Beansbananas thank you. I agree that exercising in the morning at home would be a great start. Can you recommend any thing particular on YouTube for example?

Sillyshell Mon 10-Apr-17 16:54:39

Hi, I really like Jessica Smith. She has loads of videos on YouTube and they are not too difficult so good for starting out.

I have bad knees so cant do much jumping and I find her stuff low impact

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