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Exercise plan overwhelming.

From: glamorousgolfer
Posted: Oct-25 12:53 PM via the Mobile app (1 of 6)

I've been on the plan for 3 days. First 2 exercise workouts I got through and felt great. The day after my 2nd workout I could barely walk up and down the stairs and I could only get through 1/2 the day 3 exercises before I realized that my ego should not get in the way of my health. At first I thought I was being a wuss. But ultimately, I simply could not move another muscle. What should I do? I have an elliptical that I can use for cardio, but are there less intense exercises I can focus on and should I stop hurting before I start them again? I am truly motivated to keep going but although I think I can do anything and look really good for my age (65) my body is telling me something else.
I've been on the plan for 3 days. First 2 exercise workouts I got through and felt great. The day after my 2nd workout I could barely walk up and down the stairs and I could only get through 1/2 the day 3 exercises before I realized that my ego should not get in the way of my health. At first I thought I was being a wuss. But ultimately, I simply could not move another muscle. What should I do? I have an elliptical that I can use for cardio, but are there less intense exercises I can focus on and should I stop hurting before I start them again? I am truly motivated to keep going but although I think I can do anything and look really good for my age (65) my body is telling me something else.

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From: Admin Katie
To: glamorousgolfer
Posted: Oct-25 03:36 PM (2 of 6)

Hi glamorousgolfer,

Don't stress if you feel like Level 1 is a challenge! It is smart to listen to your body and there is nothing wrong making some modifications. Jillian has some great advice for this--


Q:  It's been a long time since I exercised, and there is no way I can do some of these exercises. I don't want to hurt myself, but I do want what I can do to be effective. What do you suggest?
 

JILLIAN SAYS: Smart... very smart. I’m proud of you for being aware and understanding your limitations, without giving up! Injuring yourself can put you out of the game for weeks and we DON'T want that at all. So, here are some tips for making things a bit easier:

  • Try the exercise with less weight
  • Try doing less repetitions of the exercise
  • Try a modification of the exercise (like “girl” push-ups, on your hands and knees, instead of the regular version)
  • If there is no modification and you simply can't do a particular exercise, find a different exercise for the same muscle group that you can do and substitute the easier exercise for the harder one (like wall sits instead of squats or jogging in place instead of jumping rope).
The more you continue to try, the stronger you will get and soon Level 1 will be child’s play for you!

Hi glamorousgolfer,

Don't stress if you feel like Level 1 is a challenge! It is smart to listen to your body and there is nothing wrong making some modifications. Jillian has some great advice for this--


Q:  It's been a long time since I exercised, and there is no way I can do some of these exercises. I don't want to hurt myself, but I do want what I can do to be effective. What do you suggest?
 

JILLIAN SAYS: Smart... very smart. I’m proud of you for being aware and understanding your limitations, without giving up! Injuring yourself can put you out of the game for weeks and we DON'T want that at all. So, here are some tips for making things a bit easier:

  • Try the exercise with less weight
  • Try doing less repetitions of the exercise
  • Try a modification of the exercise (like “girl” push-ups, on your hands and knees, instead of the regular version)
  • If there is no modification and you simply can't do a particular exercise, find a different exercise for the same muscle group that you can do and substitute the easier exercise for the harder one (like wall sits instead of squats or jogging in place instead of jumping rope).
The more you continue to try, the stronger you will get and soon Level 1 will be child’s play for you!

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From: georgina710
To: glamorousgolfer
Posted: Oct-26 07:43 AM (3 of 6)

Hey Glamorousgolfer,
I am 52 and you got me beat, I didn't even attempt day 3; I took a break and did one of JM dvd the 30  day shred; I love that w/o!  To be honest once I started doing the dvd I've not really went back to her w/o plan for me. I feel good and it's over in 30 min from start to finish.  Maybe trying this for an alternative  until your muscle allow you to move a bit :  )  keep up your awesome work!! 

gina in AZ :  ) 
Hey Glamorousgolfer,
I am 52 and you got me beat, I didn't even attempt day 3; I took a break and did one of JM dvd the 30  day shred; I love that w/o!  To be honest once I started doing the dvd I've not really went back to her w/o plan for me. I feel good and it's over in 30 min from start to finish.  Maybe trying this for an alternative  until your muscle allow you to move a bit :  )  keep up your awesome work!! 

gina in AZ :  ) 

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From: glamorousgolfer
To: georgina710
Posted: Oct-26 09:15 AM (4 of 6)

Thanks. I'll check it out.
Thanks. I'll check it out.

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From: ScarletBothrium
To: glamorousgolfer
Posted: Oct-27 12:02 PM via the Mobile app (5 of 6)

I just modified the workout. For some reason the plan thinks I can do 3 reps of 15 bench dips. Um, yeah. 5 was my max, but I was able to do 3 reps of 5. Anyhow, the workout is still pretty intense with modifications. I did 60 rope jumps instead of 1 min worth, wall push ups instead of girl push-ups, etc. in the end I was sweating and that's all that matters. I'm 35, but have been very sedentary for 4 years, plus have had two babies in that time. Only doing what I can and pushing myself as far as my body will allow are what's best. Btw, I don't know if you're a fan of biggest loser, but O'Neal was able to lose a ton of weight without running (a main tool they use on the contestants). He has a bad knee and still lost so much weight. Same with coach Mo. There's definitely a way around the pain if you're in tune with your body. Good luck.
I just modified the workout. For some reason the plan thinks I can do 3 reps of 15 bench dips. Um, yeah. 5 was my max, but I was able to do 3 reps of 5. Anyhow, the workout is still pretty intense with modifications. I did 60 rope jumps instead of 1 min worth, wall push ups instead of girl push-ups, etc. in the end I was sweating and that's all that matters. I'm 35, but have been very sedentary for 4 years, plus have had two babies in that time. Only doing what I can and pushing myself as far as my body will allow are what's best. Btw, I don't know if you're a fan of biggest loser, but O'Neal was able to lose a ton of weight without running (a main tool they use on the contestants). He has a bad knee and still lost so much weight. Same with coach Mo. There's definitely a way around the pain if you're in tune with your body. Good luck.

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From: timetochange2012
To: ScarletBothrium
Posted: Dec-28 10:15 PM (6 of 6)

Good for you for doing 3 reps of 5 bench dips.  I could only do them using a countertop when I started, definitely not a chair (bench).  And my jumping jacks were actually sliding on my floor because I couldn't  jump.  But now, a year later and 70+ pounds lighter, I can jump a lot.  I still can't do all of the moves exactly as shown or I'll injure my knees.  Just keep at it -- you've got a great attitude!
Good for you for doing 3 reps of 5 bench dips.  I could only do them using a countertop when I started, definitely not a chair (bench).  And my jumping jacks were actually sliding on my floor because I couldn't  jump.  But now, a year later and 70+ pounds lighter, I can jump a lot.  I still can't do all of the moves exactly as shown or I'll injure my knees.  Just keep at it -- you've got a great attitude!

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