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maxilu maxilu
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Thu, Feb 18, 2010 19:02
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Always tired.
I am always so tired. I thought you were supposed to feel rejuvenated after exercising but I rarely ever feel that way. I just want to take a nap when I'm finished. Maybe I'm not doing enough?? I've been using the treadmill for over 6 weeks. I don't follow any strict schedule. I do it when I can fit it in which is surprisingly almost every morning and usually for 30 minutes give or take a few. I know I should be doing strength training also but I really, really hate that form of exercise and never feel as if I'm doing it right. I have a step and several DVD's but I mostly end up tripping over my feet in addition to being about 15 steps behind the instructor but that is just another form of aeroebics. Would adding strength training give me more energy? And other than building muscle what other benefits does it have? I have been losing weight without it.

CarolynDiets CarolynDiets
Fri, Feb 19, 2010 08:02
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Tiredness
Hi!

Yes, building muscle will give you more energy because when you are stronger, less energy will be required to carry out your normal activities and for exercise. However weight-lifting isn't the only way to build muscle. Yoga will build strength as will several other full body activities.

As to being tired from exercise, my guess is that you're exercising too hard. One of the best things I learned from a heart rate monitor was that what I thought was a reasonable level of exertion was much, much too high. When I brought my exertion down and kept it within a good heart rate for me, I began to get exercise endorphin highs and really felt good after exercising. You might want to get a heart rate monitor (one of the ones that wraps a strap around your chest and sends a signal to a watch). I would never have learned to enjoy exercise without it.

Carolyn

ready4size4 ready4size4
Fri, Feb 19, 2010 23:02
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Keep it up!
I just wanted to say good for you for keeping on track! Don't forget to nourish your body with healthy food choices and make sure to eat some protein with a little sugar after you workout. Your body needs to keep being fueled. Also make sure you are drinking enough water to keep hydrated! Hope this helps a little!

CarolynDiets CarolynDiets
Sun, Feb 21, 2010 09:02
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More on Strength Training
You asked what other benefits there are to strength training. The primary benefits are in to health (not weightloss). It reduces the risk of osteoporosis, reduces the incidence of c-reactive protein (connected with heart attacks and strokes), reduces the risk of hip fractures and falls, and generally increases quality of life by making things easier.

It actually requires very little strength training to get the health benefits. You could start with a few push-ups every other day and would begin to see benefits. Even if you ended each workout by doing one or two pushups (which should take less than 30 seconds) you would be improving your strength and would be better off. Or you could start the way I did. My husband gave me a set of light dumbells that I kept in the room we watched tv. When we watched a show I would do a few dumbell curls.

Carolyn

maxilu maxilu
PA
Sun, Feb 21, 2010 20:02
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Thank you
Thanks for all the advice. I think I could handle a few pushups each day! And I have a set of light dumbells, I could probably force myself to use them as long as I don't have to go through a whole routine of things. I dropped my speed setting a couple clicks on the treadmill the past day or two and I seem to feel better afterwards plus I could go a bit longer and I noticed the cramps I got in my one leg didn't come until I was almost done rather than soon after starting so maybe I was over excerting myself.

CarolynDiets CarolynDiets
Mon, Feb 22, 2010 21:02
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More on Strength Training
That's wonderful! It sounds like your body was telling you to slow down a bit and now that you've obeyed it will star rewarding you for your intelligence. My beloved always has to remind me that I don't get extra points for working out so hard I'm unhappy and at a risk of injury so I understand what you're dealing with.

The great thing about strength-training is that it isn't like aerobic work. You don't have to put a certain amount of time in for it to be worthwhile. Instead, every push-up or bicep curl or lunge adds a bit of fitness and makes you a bit better. So you can do just small amounts and make progress.

One thing I do is try to sneak in a few exercises during normal activities. For example, I do bicep curls with my grocery bags while I walk to my car after shopping and I do dips against the counter while I wait for the photocopier.

Carolyn

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