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Getting fitter: where do I start?

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PJFanClub Wed 24-Aug-11 23:57:00

Over the last few months it has really dawned on me just how fit I have become but don't know where to start to turn things around. I am overweight and am addressing this by eating "cleaner" but want to use exercise to help with the weight loss and to get fitter.

I have been tempted to try a bootcamp class but am worried that I am too unfit for it and that everyone else will be running rings around me.

I have 2DC (2 & 3) and DH works abroad but I can probably get a sitter once a week so I can go out and do something, the rest will need to be home based or child-friendly.

Any advice or suggestions really would be appreciated.


PJFanClub Thu 25-Aug-11 00:14:59

"just how fit I have become"

foreverondiet Thu 25-Aug-11 07:05:48

I would buy 30 Day Shred and do that each evening. Then maybe swim or do an aerobics class once a week. Wait for the bootcamp when you are a little fitter so you don't embarrass yourself!

ZZMum Thu 25-Aug-11 07:23:38

I am exactly the same - so am doing the 5K as it seems a great way to start low and work your way up - also going to do Shred - did it once a year ago and it was excellent.. hope you more consistent than me- i sense where my issue is!

Shaxx Thu 25-Aug-11 09:09:26

I agree with Forever. A short dvd every day and something out of the house when you can get a sitter.
Shred is brilliant but if you are quite heavy or have joint problems then you may find it hard going.
If its hard going for you then Tae-bo or Davina may be a good start and they're both 30min.

Pan Thu 25-Aug-11 09:30:11

I would use the first few opportunities to go for a really brisky walk, so that you sweat and get your heart rate heightened. If there are any slopes/hills near you that would be better. Lengthen the walking, and go faster, when you can. And the freash air you will get is fab and inspiring, rather than being stuck in doors.

whatever you do, never forget to do stretch exercises afterwards - otherwise you will be as stiff as a board in the morning and not want to go again. See youtube for specific stretches for differnt parts of the body.

PJFanClub Thu 25-Aug-11 20:33:34

A big thank you to you all.

I've added some exercise DVD's incl Shred to my LoveFilm list (top priority) to try before I buy.

In the meantime I'll up my walking distance and pace and choose an activity or class to do when I can get a sitter.

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