40yr old overweight nursing starting school, looking for some workout adivce - page 3

by icarr757

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This is a copy of a reply from the workout thread, hope folks dont mind the extra post as I am seeking a little more specific advice and having its own thread might get more replies, maybe... Hey guies looking for some advice... Read More


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    Quote from CCL RN
    Beg to differ my friend. I lost all my extra weight with just walking on a treadmill. No strength training, minimal dieting (just portion control, better choices, etc). But I lost all mt extra weight with walking alone.
    Congratulations on your weight loss!
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    Quote from FlyingScot
    But it's not all about the numbers. You can be within weight range and still not be considered "fit" if your fat to muscle ratios are off. The problem is we focus too much on what the scale says. Sure you can lower the numbers but if you're still >25% body fat what have you actually accomplished? BTW, I'm all for not dieting and completely agree that portion control is the way to go.
    Walking, and other forms of cardio, does build muscle. Especially if someone previously lived a sedentary lifestyle before getting into shape. Also, it is extremely possible to get under 25% bf from cardio alone. Strength training is important because gains will burn fat more quickly, but a healthy weight and bf% can be reached without it. I'm going to go lift right now
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    Quote from Trenia
    Walking, and other forms of cardio, does build muscle. Especially if someone previously lived a sedentary lifestyle before getting into shape. Also, it is extremely possible to get under 25% bf from cardio alone. Strength training is important because gains will burn fat more quickly, but a healthy weight and bf% can be reached without it. I'm going to go lift right now
    I think we're gonna have to agree to disagree on this which I'm happy to do as long as it doesn't become...disagreeable. At any rate, I do want you to know that I'm not pulling this info out of my arse. I have a trainer who is degreed in both exercise physiology (masters) and nutrition. What I have posted is the current fitness guidelines for normal people. There are 5 components to fitness (cardiovascular, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility and body comp). Just losing weight shouldn't be the end goal. All you are doing is lowering numbers which of course is a good thing but not really the important thing. You can be of normal weight and not be physically fit so again the question is what do you gain by that? Strength training isn't important simply because it burns fat. Strength training is important because it builds strength, endurance, flexibility and cardiovascular fitness while reducing that fat. The muscle gains you make doing only cardio are marginal...an improvement of course, but nothing to write home about. BTW, just so there's no confusion, when I speak of strength training I'm not talking about ridiculous bodybuilder type work outs with the goal of achieving huge muscle mass. Even my 72 year old mother has benefited from doing simple weight exercises so I know a previously sedentary person would as well.
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    Yeah man I see you have a lot of replies already but the best thing you can do is push your self. If you feel like walking is just giving you a little soreness, that's not enough. PUSH your body, swimming is THE best way to lose weight, but I'm not talking ***** swimming, I'm saying SWIMMING. You're a smart guy, you just need to get motivated and stay that way. Getting a membership to a gym ( Planet Fitness is only 20$ a month ) And making a few friends there would help you A LOT. Just stay motivated, and make sure your diet is in check. You can use websites such as www.fitday.com to keep track of your calories... look up harrison benedict formula on google as well.

    all the best player
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    Quote from FlyingScot
    But it's not all about the numbers. You can be within weight range and still not be considered "fit" if your fat to muscle ratios are off. The problem is we focus too much on what the scale says. Sure you can lower the numbers but if you're still >25% body fat what have you actually accomplished? BTW, I'm all for not dieting and completely agree that portion control is the way to go.
    Totally. I can lose the weight, but if I want to look good, then it's off to strength training. Small steps. Treadmill first, then small amounts of other activities. Then increasin the frequency/weights/etc
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    Like others have said walking is good exercise in the beginning .... jumping rope is an EXCELLENT cardio workout ... another item to invest in is a Swiss ball they are amazing and you can target stabilizing and "hidden" muscles with them ... the UK men's health website is a great resource for building workouts with little to no equipment ... also check with your city to see if they have a rec center mine does and it is great basically $60/year for a gym membership ... I'm not sure how your diet is but by simply cutting out sodas and sugary drinks and replacing them with water you can shave more # than you would think
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