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JoMcGee JoMcGee
Sat, Jan 9, 2010 04:01
General tone up required
Hi Guys, I'm new to this, but was just wondering if you had any advice for at home fitness. I was thinking about getting a running machine. I have twin boys 5yrs old and my husband and I are very active, so always out and a bout. IHave joined gyms before and done exercise classes, but never seem to stick to them! I thought if I had a running machine, then I would have no excuse even if I'm stuck in the house. I have got friends that run a lot for fitness, and they say it's the best thing you can do to lose a bit of weight and generally tone up. Any thoughts or other ideas?

lelogosdemoi lelogosdemoi
Charlotte NC
Sat, Jan 9, 2010 18:01
Generally, I consider running to be a very advanced excersise - it isolates each leg and the pounding of your full weight on one leg at a time puts an enormous amount of pressure on your knees and ankles...not to mention lower back. Running is a very popular way to get into shape b/c it's accessible and b/c you see quick results - but for someone out of shape it's also one of the easiest ways to get injured. I don't recommend running as a way to lose weight if you are more than 20 lbs overweight - especially w/o building muscle in your legs and lower back first. If you don't have much to lose and feel like you are fairly fit then do running intervals (warmup w/ walking 3 mins, then run 1 min, walk 2 mins, run 1 min, walk 2 mins...and so on for 20 or 30 mins or however long you can go). Intervals are the best way to lose way and get your lungs in shape. I'd recommend brisk walking to lose weight, and squats, lunges, one-legged calf raises (you can do them on your stairs w/o weights), lying back extensions, and plank holds as starters for strength building. You could add some pushups too to get an upper body workout. All that you can do at home w/o any equipment.

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