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Originally Posted by HahnsHan
My Doctor cleared me for 4 40min treadmill sessions a week but it kicks my arse since I'm so out of shape.
Well, it sounds like you should go easier. Listen, I used to be in really top shape. I've biked and run almost all my life, and backpacking in the mountains for a week was nothing. Then for the last decade I became sedentary (I'll use the excuse that my job stressed me out and I didn't care). So when I got 30 pounds overweight and got a wake up call, I was just as out of shape and overweight as anybody carrying bigger numbers. So here's my advice when it comes to exercise...
Don't knock yourself out at first! Try to take it very, very easy and gradually work up to more and more. If your feeling totally exhausted, your doing too much. If you're feeling so sore you can hardly walk, you're doing too much. If you're not recovering from your workouts relatively quickly, you're doing too much. When I got back into it, I pretended
(in my own mind) tha I just had a heart operation and the doctor told me to take it easy. It's true. But now, 3 months later, I'm not just exercising, I'm training, doing 2 hours of hard mountain biking at a clip. And I don't feel tired after a workout any more.
Bottom line: listen to your body!
If you do too much to quickly, you not only lose your desire to continue but you will injure yourself, and that alone will throw a monkey wrench into the whole operation.
I wish you much success.