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k1die 02-20-2011 04:11 PM

help!!
 
I don't know what exercises to do at home for losing weight. I plan to do sit-ups, push-ups and squats but i feel that's not enough ^^. In future i want to be able to do at least 10 push-ups while standing in hands but that's a long-term plan. Please help me (>'.')>

Geoffers 02-20-2011 05:06 PM

Hi,
Pushups, Squats and situps are decent enough exercises and they will serve you well if you do them properly.

Remember to do them s-l-o-w-l-y because that is what will build strength, which is what will build muscle, which will increase your metabolism, which will help you burn more calories. You should also make sure you do correct technique to get the best from the exercises and minimise the risk of injury.

An opposite exercise to situps is back extensions ("or superman")
Edit - I tried posting an image but it didn't work. Google "Superman exercise".

The opposite of pushups is pullups. I don't know if you've got access to a pull-up bar but that's a great exercise for your upper back. Don't worry if you can't do one right now because there are several easy versions you can do to progress to the full pull-up. For instance... Google for "standing rows exercise".

An alternative to situps is the "plank" exercise. Google that and you'll see that it's a great core exercise and there are those who think it's better than doing situps.

One of the best conditioning exercises you can do is the "burpee". It's a combination of pushup and squat and it's a killer. I'll let you decide if you're up for that!

YouTube - Burpees

Good luck!

k1die 02-20-2011 05:15 PM

thanks a lot :D, cool exercises. Do you know any "program" or some kind of exercise that uses the whole body ?

almeeker 02-20-2011 05:28 PM

Running, horseback riding and swimming are all full body workouts, and unlike that burpee business you don't have to be in great shape to do any of them.

k1die 02-20-2011 05:32 PM

swimming is a future plan, i dont run because i get bored and quit halfway, how do you do a horseback ride ? :)

Geoffers 02-20-2011 05:34 PM

For the last couple of months I've been on a website called "Bodyweight Culture." Yes, it's a site that tries to sell you stuff but it also has an online forum chock full of free advice and friendly folk. I'm only a beginner myself and they couldn't be nicer even though some of those guys are freakily strong and conditioned. They're not intimidating in the least.

Link removed

By all means check out my workout log on there; I use the same name that I do here.

Geoffers 02-20-2011 05:35 PM

Hey Almeeker.

You don't have to be in shape to start doing burpees... they get you in shape real quick. :D

Geoffers 02-20-2011 05:37 PM


Originally Posted by k1die (Post 37025)
how do you do a horseback ride ? :)

First you buy a horse...

almeeker 02-20-2011 05:38 PM


Originally Posted by k1die (Post 37025)
swimming is a future plan, i dont run because i get bored and quit halfway, how do you do a horseback ride ? :)

You get a horse and toss a saddle on it's back. It's a great workout, and no matter how often I go I always feel it the next day. Of course I ride a little bit like a jockey.

k1die 02-20-2011 05:45 PM

With the horse money i could buy myself a gym xD. I thought the "horseback ride" is a name of an exercise. Thanks a lot for all your suggestions ^^

sandi olson 02-22-2011 01:39 AM

K1die--you are so funny about the "horseback ride"!

At the risk of too much advice, I would suggest a magazine subscription. One of my favorites is "Oxygen" but they feature lots of competitive bodybuilding women, and that can be intimidating. But "RX Fitness" is another great one. On a lower key scale, try "Shape" or "Women's Health." Just go to Barnes and Noble (if you have one) and flip through all the fitness magazines. Not long ago they featured two total body workouts--one for the gym and another comparable one for home.

Also, if pushups are too hard right now, you can do them on the stairs. As you get better, just go to a lower stair. Planks are really good, too.

Good luck!

mhibdon 02-22-2011 02:06 AM


Originally Posted by sandi olson (Post 37194)
K1die--you are so funny about the "horseback ride"!

At the risk of too much advice, I would suggest a magazine subscription. One of my favorites is "Oxygen" but they feature lots of competitive bodybuilding women, and that can be intimidating. But "RX Fitness" is another great one. On a lower key scale, try "Shape" or "Women's Health." Just go to Barnes and Noble (if you have one) and flip through all the fitness magazines. Not long ago they featured two total body workouts--one for the gym and another comparable one for home.

Also, if pushups are too hard right now, you can do them on the stairs. As you get better, just go to a lower stair. Planks are really good, too.

Good luck!

My personal favorite is Muscle & Fitness Hers. They may be competitive builders, but they have lots of great moves and recipes!

taubele 02-22-2011 01:00 PM

K1die -- you sound like me, I'm a beginner on the strength-training exercises :)

If you're working out at home, you could also consider getting a DVD to help you. I like DVDs because the trainers will show you the RIGHT way to do exercises, and seeing the example helps me a lot to keep proper form. I don't usually do total strength-training (I like to mix it with cardio) but a lot of people recommend 30-Day Shred with Jillian Michaels, or Bob Harper's DVDs. 30-Day Shred is only a 20 minute workout, but I sweat buckets doing it, and Jillian kicks my butt every time. There are lunges, different types of ab workouts, etc. mixed with strengthening your arms.

k1die 02-22-2011 01:45 PM

I found yersterday a good DVD program with tae bo (Billy Blanks), i don't have a particulary interest in tae bo but his "basic exercise" made me "feel the burn" :D. I like it because it doesn't use weights and i want to slim down my legs(thigh, leg, angle) as much as i can even if i have to forfeit some muscle. I don't know why but in relation with my whole body the face and arms are overly slim and the legs are way too thick.

L.E.: Any exercise that thins the leg is welcome here :D

Ratsmouth 02-22-2011 11:52 PM

If you're primarily interested in exercise for weight LOSS, you can't go wrong with walking! It's inexpensive, it drops the pounds, it tones your body, and you can do it in public without explaining to people what you're doing! The pushups and situps and squats will build muscle, but to lose weight, you need to be doing some aerobic stuff. So put on your sneakers and go for a walk every day. I lost 30 lb. doing this, and modifying my diet to eliminate the junk food. It's pretty simple. You don't have to be in shape to do it, either. Walk long enough and fast enough to increase your heart rate and breathing, and just build it into your daily routine. As your body gets used to the distance and the pace, rev it up a little more. It's easier on the joints than running or jogging, too.

k1die 02-23-2011 12:13 AM

Sorry but i really cant do that :(. Patience is a virtue... but that force is not strong in this one:D, i`d rather do 10 minutes 100% effort than an hour 10 % effort :P


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