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Offline Mindless

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Beginner workout
« on: September 15, 2019, 04:16:36 am »
Since a few months after I got my dx (2.5 years ago) I slowly started exercise again after decades of complete lack of movement.
I started swimming 1 or 2 times a week, slowly increasing the duration from just 5 min at a time up to 30í.
I found this is also good for my mood, at least temporarily, and thatís good since Iíve been living with depression most of my life.

Then, after ages, I thought to start walking instead of swimming when the weather is bad (swimming pool I can access is outdoor).
From there I started to mix walk and run, a few minutes at a time. So now I can run 10 minutes and walk 2 and repeat for 3/4 times.

Iím 50 yo and I know thatís not much but from the complete passivity place I came from thatís a huge achievement for me. I also discovered that the more I do, the more I feel drawn to do.

Since I travel abroad once/twice a month for work, itís not always easy to keep the routine. Someone suggested these ď7 minutes workoutĒ, a series of exercise you can do using only your body weight. You donít need any tool, so you can easily do it in you hotel room if thereís no gym around.

I just started to give it a try and despite being very hard, I find that itís easier to find the time (itís short) and space (almost anywhere), so I was thinking to start doing it regularly.

I used to be an athlete in my early youth (till about 16yo) but then depression and family issue drove me on a path of alienation and avoidance.

When I tried the first 2/3 times I found these workouts to be quite demanding/hard, so I increased the time between an exercise and the next. I also stop if I feel I reached my limit. I have practiced swimming for almost 1.5 years now, despite doing it 1/2 times a week for 20 to 30 minutes.

Since I hate going to the gym, I find these forms of DIY exercise attracting and itís harder for me to find excuses for not doing it: thereís a swimming pool just downstairs  and to run I just need to walk out the condo.

My question to someone more experienced is: is it safe to do this on my own? Iím planning to start with a ďbeginnerĒ level and very slowly moving up: there are phone apps that show you the routines/exercises and you can tailor that to your level.

I also wonder if this is a good way to exercise or there are better alternatives or more recommended for PLHIV. This is basically a mixed cardio with strength exercises (push-ups, crunches, jumping jacks etc.


Offline daveR

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Re: Beginner workout
« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2019, 05:44:47 am »
I am 56, I use a telephone app called Freeletics bodyweight. There are two versions, free which gives access to fixed routines which I thought were not very good. Then the paid version which has an AI coach which uses your feed back to progress your routine. It is not perfect as I have had to reset it 4 times as it advanced me too fast but I like it. You pick your training journey, build muscle, loose weight, get fit or running and it should develops a plan for you based on your current fitness level, be honest with yourself on that. You can check out options on their web site.

For me, I lost weight, have increased my cardio abilities as it is all HIIT and internally my glucose levels are normal now. Down from pre diabetic levels and my cholesterol is much better. My Dr is very happy about it all.

I have to say it is not for everybody though, takes mental effort as well as physical effort some times to push through the routines.


Offline Mindless

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Re: Beginner workout
« Reply #2 on: September 15, 2019, 09:05:55 am »
Thanks for the feedback Dave,

the one Iím trying now is free (7M workout by Johnson&Johnson). Itís about the ď7 minutes workoutĒ. I will definitely check out the one you suggest. I donít like the idea to have to go to a gym and also prefer to have ďeasierĒ options so that I canít make excuses with myself for not doing it.

For starters Iíd need to loose some weight and then Iíll see but I donít want to make this too much of a target. Donít want to become obsessed. I didnít lose a single kg since I started swimming and walking, so I donít want lose motivation linking exercise only to weight loss.

Since Iím starting exercise after so many years of inactivity, I was just wondering if this is a safe way. But Iím probably overthinking it. Iíll just go one little step at the time.

Thanks again your input is always valuable!

Offline Loa111

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Re: Beginner workout
« Reply #3 on: October 04, 2019, 05:11:50 am »
Very good you are exercising. It will really help you combat depression for sure.

Some suggestions...

Can you do push ups (press ups)? Get up to a set of 10 push ups. rest a minute do another set of 10, and try to build up to 10 sets of 10 push ups. You might need longer rest periods as you get up through the sets. I often do this. The goal keeps you motivated.

So a simple body weight routine 10 push ups (Hindu push ups are good for variety to change it up see youtube) , 10 squats or Hindu Squats, 10 sit ups, crunches or leg raises. Repeat 10 times until you've 100 total of each.

Get dumbells for home and find a dumbell work out.
My ID doc told me weight training is important to combat weakened bones from our condition, and obviously cardio for the heart...said very important if we want to max out chances of living long.

You could set a goal of getting up to a 5k jog without stopping. There's a web site called Run Walk Run which has a simple program to get up to 5K. You will feel great when you do this. I run a few times a week 5ks and maybe 10k on the weekend.

Keep up the swimming... I'm a really slow swimmer however I keep it up for 30 minutes or longer without stopping, and it's a great for a bit of variety.

Keep it up! :)


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