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what exercise really helps you lose weight or tone.
so far i only walk ever day i use to walk an hr and a half when i was dieting but now im only walking 45 mins just to get my back into it.
would love to hear what works for you.
Well walking works pretty well for me, but I can tell you one thing that does NOT work..
Tried to go a bit hard and do a heap of situps/stomach crunches the other day, probably a bit too soon after having dd (almost 6 months) I was in soooooooooooooooooooo much pain later that day..:no: not doing that again!! got to take it easy.
CArdio - getting the heart rate up. Walking heaps, aerobics and aqua are all things I've done that have helped me lose weight.
i walk everyday but i also dance to the wiggles with the kids LOL. Also i lay on my back and push my knees to my chest and sit bubs or dd3 on my shins, i move them back and forth slowly, seems to give my bum a good work out :)
Running, spin classes and swimming. In the end it's just about getting moving, if I have a lazy week I notice I don't lose anything compared to if I'm doing a lot of housework and on my feet. I've noticed recently I'm an all or nothing kind of person, I'm taking two weeks off my normal exercise routine and I haven't moved at all :laughing:
My favourite things at gym are what I call the 'dancing around' things, like step and aerobics, but bike (which I think some call spin) really burns calories and weights are really good, too! Higher muscle mass helps you burn calories.
Also, I find landscape gardening really good exercise! All that digging and lifting and hauling of wheelbarrows. Works your muscles and your heart!:D
The thing that really works (for an old chook like me with a slower metabolism;)) Is running. Ok. Jogging! :laughing: I need to raise my HR above 135 for it be most effective.
The secret to starting off though is to run/walk. If you are out walking add some runs - say between lamposts if you have them. If not, 1 min run, 2 mins walk and keep repeating that for 30 mins. Gradually increases the runs and decrease the walks.
Whenever I get back into running this is what I do rather than try to kill myself by running 5kms straight off. It also means you can go for longer, so when you can get to 60 mins of 5run/1walk you are doing really well.
Cycling helps too, but I need to ride for about 1.5 - 2 hours for it to be effective and I ride a mountain bike, so I do ride hard.
Im now up to running 5kms at the gym on the treadmill, anymore and Im bored stupid, whereas I can do 10km outdoors with a running friend (someone to talk to!:D)
Metalhead how is the tummy, I was thinking about you yesterday when I was doing abs at the gym and wondering how you were feeling now?
Oh and I find doing some weights and abs work helps the toning
Im finding morning sickness is helping me heaps! :laughing: I do enjoy walking in the evenings, but bub has other ideas as I am exhausted all the time. I am going to do some pregnancy yoga when I feel better. :)
Good old fashioned walking for me. It has helped me lose 20kgs in the past and 15kgs last year. Since I have stopped i have gained weight again ( along with the unhealthy eating).
Free weights, squats and dips and boxing.
I dont have a snowflakes chance in hell of completing a boxing class in my current state, so am doing fatburner type exercise DVDs instead.
ETA I was exercising but stopped, I haven't put the weight back on but the difference in my appearance (ie floppy belly) is phenomenal.
Ooo, you know what else? I did belly dancing for two terms last year (then it got too expensive) and I was already getting more noticable muscles all through my torso...actually I should go a get a belly dancing DVD.....
Hey Lou I do walking and I also have 2 different DVDs.
One is a Walk to Slim workout DVD which is great and I also do a 10 minute solutions Fat burning Dance Party DVD which is 5 10 minute dance workouts aimed at different areas of the body!!! Its worked really well for me and its easy coz I can do them when the boys are asleep or if its raining!
Im gonna get a 10 minute solutions Ab toning fitball one too!
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