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Lunges, sit ups and press ups... what else?

Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
edited January 2023 in General Chat
i am about to leave sch... sort of yay/eek situation. i was trying to lose weight while at school and to do this i was going to the gym daily doing 15mins of cycling, 2omins of weights and 15-20mins of stretching/gymnastics. my weight is fluctuating a bit between a few pounds but the main thing is it isnt going up. when i go home ny diet will be healthier with less sugary and fatty stuff but i wont have access to a gym... what things can i do in my room other than press ups, sit ups and lunges? and there is a local swimming pool... if i want distinct results in a month how long do i need to swim for daily?
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I'm sure Alistair and USC Alex will give some great tips, but I have some too....

    I just bought a dance mat for the play station, it's fun and helps you to get fit by dancing. Only cost £20 (but you need to buy a game CD too).
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    that would actually be a bloody good idea... but my brothers have an N64 not a play station... gaaaaaawd, they just cant get it right! damn... that could have been amusing and fun...
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    If your talking about Dance revolution they also have it at many arcades...its good fun and relatively cheap if your good at it and brilliant excercise on the higher levels...(the fact that everyone watches you and laughs if you do badly.....)
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Originally posted by * k-t *:
    <STRONG>I'm sure Alistair and USC Alex will give some great tips, but I have some too....

    I just bought a dance mat for the play station, it's fun and helps you to get fit by dancing. Only cost £20 (but you need to buy a game CD too).</STRONG>

    Thanks k-t.
    *feels all warm and fuzzy*


    Tinkabee

    Regarding the swimming thing, it really depends on how vigorously you swim. For example, if you average 75 meters a minute in the pool you will burn over 1000 calories in an hour. That's pretty extreme though, so try something like this. Swim 100 meters (or yards) without stoppping, then take a breather for about 30-45 seconds (if you need more time its okay) then repeat. After doing about 500 meters, take a short break (4-5 minutes) and then do another 500 in the same way. Try for 1500 meters (one mile) your first few times, then see if you can do more.
    Just making a very rough guess here, but it should take you a little over an hour, lets say you burn 500 calories in that time, doing it 4-5 days a week with press-up, lunges, etc in your room......you should be burning around 3000 extra calories a week....a pound of fat is 3500....roughly a pound a week. So basically if you did this for a month you would see results, if you swam longer or included other exercise you would probably see dramatic results in one month.

    Keep that number (3500 calories) in mind. If you can find a way (and I'm not advocating calorie counting here) to burn more and take in less (which you will be doing eating mom's cooking) you will lose it faster. Just don't go too crazy when you start out.

    As for stuff you can do in your room...
    Any workout tapes are good as long as they get your pulse up, k-t's suggestion is very good because its fun at the same time. I don't know if you call them by the same name in the UK, but squat thrusts or jumping jacks are good too. Basically, anything that gets your heart racing a little, dancing is pretty good as well (well, maybe not slow dancing) but you get the idea.

    A daily walk might help too. It's good for thinking about problems too.

    Post here or send me a PM if you have any questions. Alistair will be here shortly and anything he has to say will be very good as well.
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I am glad that I can make at least one person warm and fuzzy....

    Don't play the arcades, they are a rip off!
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Originally posted by USC Alex:
    <STRONG>Post here or send me a PM if you have any questions. Alistair will be here shortly and anything he has to say will be very good as well.</STRONG>

    Sorry, the ADSL line is down at home and I'm too busy doing coursework to fix it. I'm justusing the net quickly during an IT lesson - I'm sure Alex has said enough anyway... <IMG SRC="smile.gif" border="0" ALT="icon">
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