[Beginner] Looking to start exercising! [Healthy] (23)

1 Name: Anonymous : 2010-01-06 02:23 ID:4kEddflz

Hello everyone! I'm pretty out of shape and overweight, so I'd like to being exercising. However, I'm a COMPLETE beginner, and I have no clue where to start.
Could anyone give me any tips on where to start? Linking to exercises, healthy recipe sites, or just general healthy living ideas would be greatly appreciated.
(As for exercise equipment, I have none. Are there are low-cost efficient tools I can use that would further help?)


2 Name: Anonymous : 2010-01-06 08:42 ID:c8gStGhg

First and foremost, you need to straighten out your diet.

But that's the easy part. Just go for whole grain foods, lots of water throughout the day, nuts (peanuts and almonds especially), healthy, low fat, protein foods like chicken, fish, etc.

And also, obviously , avoid junk foods.

You don't have to go on some crazy grapefruit diet or some shit, just don't go overboard with the donuts and peach-o's ok?

Keep in mind that a healthy diet should be something you maintain all the time, throughout you whole life, not some trendy gimmick you follow for once a year for a month.

3 Name: Anonymous : 2010-01-06 08:42 ID:c8gStGhg

As for actual workouts and workout equipment: you don't need to be worrying about equipment yet. Just use what you have now. You can do so much by yourself.

Just start out with building up a routine.

Do some walking/hiking, and push your limit with that for a while. That would work as a cardio routine, but that's only part of a workout routine.

For muscle building, you can do full body crunches and push-ups. If you're really out of shape, you won't be able to do many of these.

Just do what you can and build up your strength overtime. You might start out with 3 push-ups and 10 or 20 crunches. Of course, this number will increase greatly, and quickly if you are consistent.

4 Name: Anonymous : 2010-01-06 08:43 ID:c8gStGhg

To do effective, full body crunches:

*Sit on your back and lift your legs

*Bend your legs at a 90 degree angle to your hips and bend you lower legs 90 degress at your knees (or as close as you can get)

*Tighten your abs to decrease the length of the abdominal muscles (which allows for more intense and more concentrated muscle building)

*Put your hands behind your head

*Pull your upper body up with your abs (as high as you can get)

*Turn to one side at the height of your pull, and as you do so extend the leg (the one opposite the side your turning to) outwards, then turn to the other side (without laying back down) and repeat the same process on that side, then lay fully on your back again.

5 Name: Anonymous : 2010-01-06 08:43 ID:c8gStGhg

Now, push-ups are simple enough, but it's easy to mess them up when you're not paying attention and when you're new to them.

So, I'll tell you the most important things to remember about push-ups:

*Keep the back straight (which means no sagging at all, especially in the hips region and between the shoulders)

*Keep the abs tight

*Maintain proper alignment

6 Name: Anonymous : 2010-01-06 08:43 ID:c8gStGhg

Your cardio routine will probably initially consist of just walking.

Start jogging as soon as you can though. But don't do only walking or jogging in one cardio session (when you begin jogging I mean), start with walking as a warm up and then jog for a while and when you're tired out start walking again for a few minutes, and go for another round of jogging and so on.

You'll probably start with maybe half a minute or a minute long sustained jogs before you're huffing and puffing.

But you have to start somewhere.

Eventually, you should start running, but, again, it's better to ease into it. Do a walk as a warm up for a few minutes, then jog, and then run, and then go back to walking when you can't run anymore. You'll probably be better off waiting until you can jog for at least 5 minutes at a time though.

And, of course, before and after your workouts (and occasionally during, when appropriate) you should stretch.

7 Name: Anonymous : 2010-01-06 08:44 ID:c8gStGhg

Here's some basic stretches I like to do:

Stretches for cardio:

  1. Neck roll-

Move the neck in a circular fashion, from shoulder to shoulder. Keep the rest of the body erect, don't move it with the neck.

2. Upper leg pull-

Bend your leg backwards at the knee (bringing your foot towards your butt) and reach your hand around and grab your foot. If you aren't very flexible already, just hold this posture for about 20 seconds. If you have a decent level of flexibility (you'll know because you won't feel much of a stretch with the basic posture, of course) then slightly extend the front of your upper leg into your knee and grasp your foot tightly and very slightly pull up, moving the leg in a relaxed circular motion. Don't stretch so much you feel a burning sensation though.

3. Ab and lower back stretch-

Hold an exaggerated erect posture, stretching the abs and lower back. This is easy to do in a sitting position btw, so you can do it for a few seconds here or there even while sitting at the computer.

4. Runner's Stretch

Bend one leg and set it in front of you, and straighten the rear leg. Extend your legs outwards until you feel a definite stretching sensation, but don't do it so much that it hurts.

For muscle building:

  1. Upper Side Stretch

Reach up and out with one arm and extend until you feel stretching. You can do this with both arms as well. If you've been doing a lot of muscle building (especially in the arms and shoulders) then you might want to try grabbing onto a wall or something to allow you to stretch further. Again, don't do this in such a way that it hurts.

2. Windmill Stretch

You've done this in gym class probably. Just extend the arms out and stretch them past your shoulders (or as close as you can get) and past your chest, in a circular motion.

3. Ab and Back Stretch

Just lower your hips and simultaneously raise your arms as high as you can (while keeping your shoulders in good posture, i.e. not sagging, and in alignment with the hips) and rest in that posture for about 20 seconds.

4. Side to Side Stretch

Extend your arms outward and, while keeping your upper body from bending in front or behind your hips as best you can, slowly bend your upper body from side to side.

8 Name: Anonymous : 2010-01-06 08:44 ID:c8gStGhg

If you just keep up a routine that includes this stuff for a while (maybe a month or so), at least 3 times a week, at least 30 mins each time (though doing 30 mins to an hour of exercise 7 days a week is ideal), you'll be in pretty decent shape.

Then you can easily move on to more intense workouts.

I don't recommend getting a gym membership anytime soon, unless you feel you have to(it is cold out, so it might be tricky to get cardio in... although for me it's fun to run in the winter weather lol).

It's easy to get a gym membership, it's hard to actually go to a gym. It often ends up as wasted money. It's best to work with what you have now and pursue gym memberships (and workout machines for that matter) when you've already consistently committed yourself to a workout routine.

9 Name: Anonymous : 2010-01-06 19:31 ID:VNueJY/m

I'm also interested in exercising and I must say your advice is really sound. Although I'm not doing it to lose weight like >>1 hopes to, I'm skinny so I gain weight - muscle - instead.

I'm glad to see a "home workout" advocate. Myself I believe that performing exercises home is the best way to build up character and determination AND body. Machines (all gyms have them) are counter-productive for a healthy training due to the unnatural movements that target specific muscles leaving much of your body completely untrained.

OP here's some tips: If you're fat and you want to lose weight, the best way is to run a lot. Do some dynamic stretches before you run (and some after you do); it will activate your body for further exercise and will improve overall results. Now this will make you really hungry. If you don't eat healthy, you'll never lose a kilogram. Eating healthy consists of fruits, vegs, clean meat (no white jelly stuff, don't remember the english word for it), fish, rice, wholegrain products, natural juices, milk etc. You better not obsess yourself with numbers like most fatties do (how many calories did I eat today etc) and NEVER eat any junk food, nor chocolate, nor alcohol, nothing of that sort. It really isn't as awful as may sound to you now. Just work your ass real hard.

10 Name: Anonymous : 2010-01-06 23:06 ID:4kEddflz


Thanks for all the great information!! I'll definitely start with this right away, I still can't thank you enough.
Hopefully once spring comes, I can get out and run, but for now I don't really wanna slip and hurt myself.
Thanks for all the support!

11 Name: Anonymous : 2010-01-10 19:59 ID:rjV86cP/


Just remember, all of the advice and techniques in the world won't help out if you don't stick to it!

12 Name: Anonymous : 2010-01-15 07:56 ID:IM3wZed9

A pointer about diet;
Smaller portions, more frequently, say 4-5 times a day. And by smaller, I mean like half a sandwich each meal (or something you know you can maintain). It'll help shrink your stomach, and boost your metabolism.

13 Name: The Bear : 2010-01-15 14:16 ID:7o7pdYv5

fap 10 times a day. instant results. mad triceps.
also, pop e and go clubbing every weekend. guaranteed drop in weight. lost 18 pounds in a night. kept it off. so pop. dance, get laid, lose weight all at the same time. pure win

14 Name: The Bear : 2010-01-15 14:20 ID:7o7pdYv5

btw did op leave i thought my advice was best probably the best way for instant satisfaction

15 Name: Anonymous : 2010-01-17 00:55 ID:4kEddflz

Hahaha, I appreciate the humor.

On another topic, I'm getting confused about all this nutrition. On the one hand, I should be eating fewer calories (around 1400 a day for me), and other sites says it doesn't matter how many calories you eat, as long as it's nutritional you can eat a reasonable amount (eg. veggies, fruits, whole grain).
It sounds like if I eat 1400 calories, I'm starving my body and it'll go into starvation mode and start saving fats for later use. Then again, if I overload on calories that isn't good either, it's just more to burn off.
Can anyone clear this up for me, and give me some dumbed down advice?
Thanks for all your support!!

16 Name: Anonymous : 2010-01-17 04:58 ID:yTDdhofU

Focus on the nutrition aspect mainly. If you keep a good workout routine going, and keep a nutritious diet up then that should be enough.

It works for me at least.

17 Name: Anonymous : 2010-01-17 13:58 ID:fRBJxI8w

I've told you not to get stuck with numbers like most fatties do, so don't! Just eat healthy and do cardio.

PS spot reduction is a lie.

18 Name: Anonymous : 2010-01-17 18:18 ID:IM3wZed9


Have you worked out your BMR (basal metabolic rate)? Just google it and there should be calculators approximating how much your body uses a day, and how much you should eat to lose weight. You will not be starving your body this way.

The types of food I would be sticking to are low GI foods. Foods that release energy slowly, over a longer period of time so that you get hungry less often. Mediterranean style diets are often recommended. And as I said earlier, smaller portions and more of them.

19 Name: Anonymous : 2010-01-17 18:23 ID:IM3wZed9

>>17 has a point though.

Working out your BMR will give you some idea of how much you should be eating a day, but I wouldn't recommend counting calories. You'll just start seeing everything in numbers, and it is hard to maintain.

Just cut down your portions, be aware of food content, make a few healthy adjustments to your diet, and keep active.

20 Name: Anonymous : 2010-01-23 10:43 ID:LTpFuvJz

OP: are you still in school?

Best way to learn is going to a nutrition class or reading a book. I don't' think this is the best place to get cumulative info on exercising and dieting because the topic is so broad. This is coming fr someone that has taken several nutrition classes, read books, and worked at GNC.

21 Name: Anonymous : 2010-01-24 00:59 ID:4kEddflz

Right now, I'm in my last year of highschool, but I'll be going to college in the next year. I agree, nutrution is so broad sometimes, so it can get a little confusing. Hopefully, when I have enough money saved up I can pick up some good books or a class to get more informed.

Also, as of late, I've been finding it hard to get motivation to work out. Can anyone share their motivation? (Also, a little side request here too, can anyone provide some easy healthy recipes? Cooking is a pain the butt for me, but if I can get some good recipes, I bet I'll begin to like it more? And one more thing, does anyone have any good workout playlists? I find it easier to work out with music, but most of the stuff I have just doesn't suit working out).

Thanks again for the support and comments!! ヾ(゜∀゜)ノ♪

22 Name: Anonymous : 2010-01-24 10:16 ID:Heaven

Girls buy jeans a size smaller as a motivational tactic..

23 Name: Anonymous : 2010-01-29 09:42 ID:mojbuBYp

the second poster had pretty good eating advice.

>>22 this advice, not so good- that's a good way to create unhealthy body image and general bad feelings about yourself. it is always better to dress comfortably in clothes that fit well and look good NOW, not 20 pounds from now.

it is good to eat healthy foods that make your body feel good and work well, but don't berate yourself for the occasional cookie.

it is great to exercise, but you'll stick with it if it's actually something you love to do and is fun. for some people that's running, for others it's dancing... do what feels good. your body will love you for it.

and please, please look into HAES:


also, for some not-insane nutrition advice and wellness/positive body image blogging, go here:


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