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post #1 of 7 Old 05-16-2015, 09:43 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Getting into shape

So I've always been bigger. Right now I'm a large on top and a 14 for pants. I really want to get back into shape for health reasons and to become a better rider overall.

What are some workouts I can do. I'm starting tomorrow since its a new week. I'm going to cut all sugar sodas out of my life and eat healthy.

I really dont know how to workout haha. I do squats and push ups and sit ups but thats about it. any workout videos in mind? I think im going to start walking

Healthy food ideas?

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post #2 of 7 Old 05-16-2015, 10:06 PM
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Cardio, cardio, cardio!
If you can run, do it! A mile a day sheds the layers away. You'll feel a thousand times better, and see results quickly. Cardio, cardio, cardio. Get that heart rate going!
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post #3 of 7 Old 05-17-2015, 10:29 AM
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I don't think you can burn enough calories running to lose much weight. I lost about 30 lbs last year: cut the carbs way down, and then ate smaller portions that include a higher mix of protein and fat. If I try a low fat diet, I get headaches and cravings and feel dizzy between meals. If I eat more fat & protein, I can feel hungry but not feel weak, dizzy or like I MUST stick something in my mouth. Cutting carbs won't work if I continue to stuff my face, but it makes it possible to eat less and not feel weak as a kitten.

For weight exercises, I like kettlebells. You can save money by buying normal dumbbells and using them kind of like kettlebells. Traditional weightlifting tends to isolate muscles. Kettlebells have you lifting a weight thru a large range of motion and put far more emphasis on the stabilizing muscles - the ones I think you really need for riding (or martial arts, or dumping a bag of feed into a container or tossing a saddle up and over the horse's back).

I'm a lifelong jogger, BTW, except for 2009-2014 after an injury riding. I'm in favor of running, but not as a way to lose weight.
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post #4 of 7 Old 05-17-2015, 03:28 PM
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If you have not been working out at all, you can lose weight (fat)even WALKING. It's a more sensible way to begin.
If you go 'cold turkey' on everything you love to eat, you will likely fail. I 100% agree to cut out the sodas. They are so bad for you for many reasons. Instead of focusing on food as "bad, bad" focus on choosing healthy. Choose healthier options. (Instead of white bread, choose whole grain breads. Instead of sugar sweetened pastries, choose fruit or yogurt w/fruit.)
You can start a daily walking regimen and in a few weeks you will be surprised how you will shape up.. Your body will tell you when to progress to something harder. Be sure to warm your muscles up for 5-10 mins. at the beginning and slow down at the end. Begin with 10 minutes (if thats all you can manage) build up over several weeks. Best of luck to you.
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post #5 of 7 Old 05-19-2015, 03:36 PM
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I've never been able to do full blown healthy eating but as far as exercise goes...I go to fitnessblender.com . They have TONS of workout videos, all free and you can customize what it is you're looking for (ex. cardio, toning, no equipment, with weights, etc.). Some are difficult and some are easier! They also offer plans that you can buy if you want to with workout plans and eating plans.
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post #6 of 7 Old 05-20-2015, 08:08 AM
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Walk-----with your horse like you're walking a dog. Much easier on the knees and back

Work the walk up to a power walk, and lengthen the distance as you develop lung power.

Stick to your resolve of not eating chips, crackers, sweets, sodas. If you have the will power, once in awhile buy yourself a small expensive piece of your favorite type of candy, when the chemicals in your brain demand you put something sugary or salty in your mouth.

But, if nothing else, stay completely away from soda of any type. I have gained and lost enough weight to be me three times over, since I went on my first diet when I was 14

Believe me, if there is one of those miserable fat things that is more addictive and unhealthy than the others? It's soda of any kind or flavor


I am now 68 and I guess I should be happy the doctor says I am only 20# overweight. Meaning I am speaking from a lifetime of struggling with weight and wearing those diet and exercise shoes. I was raised on a farm and have always had horses to keep me busy outside. I shudder to think what. Y weight could have been, had it not been for my outdoor lifestyle
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Get a 12 lb kettlebell- they are about $10 at walmart, and then search "kettlebell hiit" on youtube. You will find really awesome, SHORT (about 15 minutes long) workouts that are really effective. You will get a really good strength training and cardio workout with that. Also- don't let the name scare you, but bodybuilding.com has some really great resources for beginners, along with beginner workout plans that you can follow.
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