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Mon Feb 19, 2007 8:36 pm      Reply with quote
I've found that an increase in cardio has helped my skin more than anything! It's amazing. I should have got off my ass sooner and started it Laughing

But I do it three times a week Smile for 30 minutes. For the first two weeks it was very light, now I've picked up from today and started doing it rigorously and oh my, has that made a huge difference!

Do any of you do it? How has your skin felt after a few weeks? I can see the difference!

I usually stay on the stationary bike and watch tv first thing in the morning, best way to start the day Smile. I can't do the jogging thing for some reason, perhaps in the future, but for the sake of my body, this is fine for now Smile Plus I am only 21 and take care of myself well so I should be fine Smile.

What do you do, and how often do you do it?
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I started doing the Beach Body 'Slim In Six' program a few weeks ago. It is pretty intense and makes me sweat which I think is the key. You are supposed to do a 47 minute workout,6 times a week, but have only been doing it 4 times/ wk for 2 weeks.

I have always thought the sweating made a big difference in my skin, but wasn't really consistent enough to test it out Embarassed

This does seem to really be helping again. Hopefully I can keep up the 6 days/wk for awhile. Smile
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Mon Feb 19, 2007 8:47 pm      Reply with quote
Amazing! That sounds really intense, hopefully you can hang in there. I've heard about that program before. No wonder they say slim in 6, the workout seems pretty decent Smile.

I think after the 20 minute mark, my body starts saying "okay, enough" Laughing
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Mon Feb 19, 2007 9:35 pm      Reply with quote
I use my treadmill about 3 times a week. I could not live without it. I go about 40 minutes each time, and love working up a sweat, I definitely feel it keeps my skin healthier!
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I try to go to gym 2 ~ 3 times a week, an hour each time. When I have time to do that, I feel more energetic and my skin glows too Smile
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I do cardio and resistance workouts 5 times a week for 45 minutes each time. I also do Pilates 3 times a week for 30 minutes each time.

I found that when I started adding hand weights it REALLY changed the shape of my body for the better.
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I do cardio 5 times a week at 30 minutes, followed by body sculpting for 30 minutes 5 days a week. It really helps my buns, thighs and abs. I follow that with drinking at least a gallon of water with lemon slices a day. That helps my skin as much as anything.

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Tue Feb 20, 2007 7:18 am      Reply with quote
I like to run, but since I am part wuss, I dont run when its cold outside. I'll pick it back up when the temps get over 60 degrees. Once its warm, I run an hour 3-4 times a week.
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I exercise 6 days a week alternating between The Firm Cardio my treadmill which I do for 4 miles. I've been sick this past week and I haven't exercised at all and it's taking it's toll on me. Sad
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I swim 5 miles per day 5-6 days per week.

StairMaster - 20 minutes per day 5 days per week.

I alternate The Firm Upper and Lower body workouts with weights - I do each 3 times per week.

Pilates (obviously not aerobic activity) 2-3 times per week.

I used to work out at the gym, but hated making 2 trips per day. I swim in the morning, but after swimming, I don't feel like doing a full workout AND I especially don't feel like getting up at 5am. So, it would mean going back to the gym after work.

Finally, I decided to make the investment and outfit a home gym. I bought one of the Stairmasters from the gym I was a member of and we already had lots of free weights and an incline bench. My bf installed a ballet barre for me and I bought a Pilates machine.

At first, I was working out with TurboJam, which is alot of fun, but not enough of a workout for me. I switched to the Firm and I think it is, without question, the most effective workout routine out there. The early tapes especially. I love Susan Harris. She's strong to be sure, but has a dancer's body. Her early Aerobic Workouts with Weights is a great one, as is the Standing lower body workout...

I find working out to be the greatest stress reliever there is. It makes look better and feel better and I'm certain it also has an excellent effect on the skin (i.e. increased oxygenation, etc.). It also keeps me from killing people Cool
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Tue Feb 20, 2007 10:16 am      Reply with quote
katee wrote:
It also keeps me from killing people Cool

same with me! (i pride myself that i committed no murder that i know of during my several months ban from cardio.)

which is why, despite it being less than a week after my second operation. i lugged my bicycle back to paris. i then had to sneak it up two flights of stairs in the hospital after i got here so my physical therapist could put on my pedals. when anyone tried to protest, i just waved my bloody see-through bandage and ugly black stitches at them and put my finger to my lips. seems this escapade has earned me respect and warmth from those previously cool to me. they couldn't believe anyone would have the balls....

i am working my way back to 45 minutes to an hour of spinning five days a week on an indoor trainer. the only thing holding me back right now is that i forgot how effin' uncomfortable my bike seat is when you're breaking it in! (my BQ does absolutely *nothing* for that pain -- trust me, i've tried.) on the plus side, i only growl intermittently now and i'm slowly getting a glow back in my face.
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Tue Feb 20, 2007 10:26 am      Reply with quote
Katee,

may I ask you how do you manage it all timewise?

I am not asking out of idle curiosity. I need to loose a lot of weight and come with a reasonable plan, since I work full time, commute to the NYC, etc.

I also had an idea that I need to break the workout into 2 parts - do some in the morning and some in the evening. I just can not figure out how to realistically do it. And I do not know anyone else who does.

TIA,
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Tue Feb 20, 2007 10:29 am      Reply with quote
I run usually about 5-6 miles on the treadmill depending how I'm feeling 5-6 days a week. I then do another 45 min-1 hour of weight training. I'll alternate the running for an hour spin class at times.

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Tue Feb 20, 2007 10:49 am      Reply with quote
Sigma,

I think the real key is to make it a routine. Once you do, you won't even think about it.

I get up early and drink my first coffee in the car on the way to the pool (which is all of 5 minutes from the house). I do my 5 miles, come home, grab another coffee, bring one up to my bf, then I hop on the Stairmaster for 20 minutes before showering, etc. Unless I have court that day, I don't dry my hair until I get to the office. If, for some reason, I'm really short on time, I do the Stairmaster first, then head to the gym and get dressed there.

I do my second workout at night at around 10 or 11pm depending on what else is going on. I workout for an hour, sometimes an hour and a half, especially if I don't have to get up early the next day.

We don't watch alot of television. I think it's the whole nighttime in front of the tv thing that often really cuts into people's time. I also do have the benefit of being able to either work at home a day or two each week or, if not to actually work at home the entire day, to head in to the office later.

There was a time that working out late didn't work for me. I'd be really pumped and couldn't sleep. I just made some adjustments.

My bf is a runner and usually runs while I'm swimming. He takes the dogs with him so, except when he's out of town, I don't have to worry about doing that, which helps.

There is NOTHING like working out if you want to lose weight. Combining aerobics and resistance training will just melt the pounds off. You'll feel great and you'll find that you don't have to restrict yourself as much as far as diet is concerned. I'm blessed (or cursed Laughing ) with a high metabolism. Between that, and the fact that I'm very physically active, I eat like a family of four. I can't tell you how many times restaurant servers assume that I don't understand the menu because of the amount of food I order Laughing Laughing Laughing

Whatever workout routine you start with, DO NOT overdo it in the beginning. I think it's one of the biggest errors people make. They push beyond their limits, are achy for the next couple of days, which is a great excuse to NOT workout again, etc. etc. Give yourself time to get used to a routine. Once you are, then up your weights, or do more sets.

The Firm workouts claim that you'll see results after 10 workouts. To be honest, I thought that was probably bs. But, it's absolutely true. It's a challenging workout, but it also has modifications for beginners.

Good luck and don't hesitate to ask if you have questions.
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Tue Feb 20, 2007 10:53 am      Reply with quote
Blimey, I think it'd take me almost 5 hours to swim 5 miles. Shock

How long does it take you, katee?
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Tue Feb 20, 2007 10:56 am      Reply with quote
All I know is that I don't do enough. It's so hard to get motivated during these cold winter months. I can barely convince myself to go to Yoga once a week. I've told myself that once the weather warms up I should start walking to work so I can at least get a good hour each day of some kind of aerobic exercise. We'll see if that happens. LOL Wink

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Tue Feb 20, 2007 11:11 am      Reply with quote
katee wrote:
I swim 5 miles per day 5-6 days per week.

StairMaster - 20 minutes per day 5 days per week.

I alternate The Firm Upper and Lower body workouts with weights - I do each 3 times per week.

Pilates (obviously not aerobic activity) 2-3 times per week.

I used to work out at the gym, but hated making 2 trips per day. I swim in the morning, but after swimming, I don't feel like doing a full workout AND I especially don't feel like getting up at 5am. So, it would mean going back to the gym after work.

Finally, I decided to make the investment and outfit a home gym. I bought one of the Stairmasters from the gym I was a member of and we already had lots of free weights and an incline bench. My bf installed a ballet barre for me and I bought a Pilates machine.

At first, I was working out with TurboJam, which is alot of fun, but not enough of a workout for me. I switched to the Firm and I think it is, without question, the most effective workout routine out there. The early tapes especially. I love Susan Harris. She's strong to be sure, but has a dancer's body. Her early Aerobic Workouts with Weights is a great one, as is the Standing lower body workout...

I find working out to be the greatest stress reliever there is. It makes look better and feel better and I'm certain it also has an excellent effect on the skin (i.e. increased oxygenation, etc.). It also keeps me from killing people Cool


Holy cow! Katee, you're my hero. I can't even swim 200 yrds w/o dying. How do you swim 5 miles a day? I wish I knew how to swim well. Sad I'm going to take more lessons at the Y this summer. But I have to overcome the fear of drowning in the pool.
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Tue Feb 20, 2007 11:13 am      Reply with quote
I walk from the bus stop or the train station to my office daily, and it's about 1/2 mile each way. Sometimes I have to run to catch the train, and that makes it a great cardio. hehe In the summer, I do better. I actually go out for another walk with my kids after dinner. Can't wait for summer time to be here.

I hate running though. I have a mental block about running.
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Katee,

how long after dinner do you wait before working out? And how much time you think is needed after the workout before you can go to sleep?

I have an elliptical at home (my mom's birthday gift a few years ago)and a Bowflex.

I was thinking in the morning:
- 10 min Elliptical (to bring the heart rate up)
- Bowflex workout (upper body 1day, lower - another)

Then in the evening - to do 40-60 min on Elliptical.

Katee, do you think that would be a good effective program?

I have an injured knee, and can not do many things (like Stair Master, treadmill, etc.).

Thank you so much,
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Tue Feb 20, 2007 12:14 pm      Reply with quote
katee wrote:

I think the real key is to make it a routine. Once you do, you won't even think about it.



I totally agree! When I first made a conscious decision to exercise as a apart of my every day life, it was soo hard. I could only do 1.5 miles on my treadmill a day and I had to FORCE myself. Now it's become such a habit I don 't even think about it. I just do it like brushing my teeth in the morning.

Sigma, you'll find that exercising will also set your mind to a healthy way of thinking. You'll just want to make healthier food choices and when you treat your-self with lets say cake...it won't show up on your hips! When I don't exercise I'm a different person, I'm very moody and I have little patience, so for me I need it!

Oh another thing, I have a nano ipod and I use the nike plus chip and I freaking love that thing soo much. The chip transmits workouts to the nike site and keeps tabs on your progress. You can even set goals for yourself. I highly recommend it for anyone that runs,walks or jogs.
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Tue Feb 20, 2007 12:17 pm      Reply with quote
sigma wrote:
I was thinking in the morning:
- 10 min Elliptical (to bring the heart rate up)
- Bowflex workout (upper body 1day, lower - another)

Then in the evening - to do 40-60 min on Elliptical.

i'm obviously not katee, but i'd recommend doing it in the opposite order if your evening workout is going to be after dinner. besides, doing cardio in the morning can give you such a rush for the rest of the day!
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Tue Feb 20, 2007 12:31 pm      Reply with quote
I forget actually how much needs to pass before going to bed for cardio before bedtime. I can't remember if it's 30 min or an hour. I think it's actually an hour. I used to workout twice a day..when I was in high school during the summer, the time off school allowed me to do so. I'm thinking of doing that now, hitting it before work and then on my way home from work. I bet I'd feel a lot better if I were to.

I know I want an elliptical for the new home I purchased, that'll go down in the basement with a nice tv Very Happy

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Tue Feb 20, 2007 12:54 pm      Reply with quote
It's good to wait an hour after nighttime cardio before going to bed. It's very rarely a problem for me. More often than not, I sleep because I have to, not cause I'm tired. My poor bf always says he thinks I'm trying to kill him Very Happy .

A considerable amount of time passes between my dinner and my workout. No way I can workout after eating... In fact, if we're having guests or going out, I'm more inclined to workout before dinner. But, that's the exception rather than the rule.

As for the swimming - to be honest, I've been doing it for so long that for me, it's more to set my frame of mind for the day than it is exercise. When I'm doing laps I just get into a certain rhythm and it's as if everything else just fades away. I've been swimmming since I was a kid though. Swam competitively until a shoulder injury (which I didn't get swimming) intervened.

But, taking swimming lessons is an excellent idea. I've never seen a gym or a ymca that didn't offer adult swimming classes and the classes really help. Most people get tired swimming because they don't really know how to breathe. Once you get your breathing down, the rest is relatively easy. You'll also find that it will result in a terrific increase in your lung capacity, which is a very good thing not only because of the way it will affect your performance in other sports, but it also is a great benefit for people who tend toward being asthmatic, etc. There's a woman who does laps around the same time that I do on most mornings. She's an awesome swimmer. She's also 76 years old! It's a joy to watch her, really.
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Tue Feb 20, 2007 5:16 pm      Reply with quote
Guys, thank you so much for all the helpful suggestions and moral support.

I wish I could swim, but I have nothing in the vicinity of my house. And I also have a problem with chlorine.

Katee, how long do you swim - about an hour?
And, how many hours of sleep do you normally get? I need at least 7 to be able to function normally.

I will try to think it through and come up with a plan I can live with. It definitely beats being overweight.

Thanks again,
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Wow, you girls are absolutely amazing and inspiring, you guys seem really fit Smile Congratulations! Keep it up, we're all really proud of you! I know sometimes it gets hard with work, school, kids, family, etc, but don't forget, "You can't afford not to do it." Smile Once you think of it that way, we always find time or make time or make everything revolve around it Smile
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