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Sorry for butting in (no pun intended) but if you want to start a fitness regime based on running then the key thing is to take is nice and slooowww... don't overdo things at the beginning. As was mentioned already, walking at the beginning is a good start. Very important for me when I started longer distances a few years back was to get a watch and pulse-meter - you would be amazed at how easy you can overwork your heart. This is critical at the beginning and by watching your pulse, you can base your sessions accordingly and not over strain yourself. LIkewise, don't train too often at the beginning. The idea is to have fun and this you won't have if you knacker yourself out
See, the problem is I am not into running at all. I always pity the creatures I see running around the lake when I drive to work, it would just bore me to death. I'd rather do aerobics or maybe even try pilates. I also like going to the gym, but it is all a question of time.
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Old 03.04.2012, 18:49
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Ok, fair enough, sorry, it still holds for sedentary, do you believe you could do some chin-ups? what's your BMI?
Like her I am not fat. But because she doesn't do sports, it is difficult to start. I know some skinny skinny girls with a fat belly. Some people have a hard time together rid of it and take it very fast. I am apparently lucky with my body type. When I take weight, I take it from everywhere, and I lose from everywhere.

The plus: I have no belly
The minus: I lose my boobs too.
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See, the problem is I am not into running at all. I always pity the creatures I see running around the lake when I drive to work, it would just bore me to death. I'd rather do aerobics or maybe even try pilates. I also like going to the gym, but it is all a question of time.
I do Pilates in front of the Telly! I am sure you would love it.
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Ok, fair enough, sorry, it still holds for sedentary, do you believe you could do some chin-ups? what's your BMI?
I have no idea what my bmi is. I don't believe in abstract figures somebody has come up with. I know my body and I can see in the mirror that everything looks about right. Except for. well you know.

Rangatiranui, you know me. Am I fat or overweight?
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See, the problem is I am not into running at all. I always pity the creatures I see running around the lake when I drive to work, it would just bore me to death. I'd rather do aerobics or maybe even try pilates. I also like going to the gym, but it is all a question of time.
I know, it's not just the time for the exercise but also the time involved with travel, changing, stretching, showering etc. 'Tis not easy but if you don't combine some kind of exercise with a dietary change then you're going to have a hard time of it.

Running really isn't everybody's cup of tea. Try to squeeze a couple of sessions in a week - at least it would be a start and perhaps if you get into it, you get a taste for more. I prefer running because I can get my gear on and start as soon as I leave the house door - no further hassle involved.
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Ok, fair enough, sorry, it still holds for sedentary, do you believe you could do some chin-ups? what's your BMI?
Well, of course for someone who hasn't done them before, it isn't going to be easy, but they, along with the other things I mentioned are among the "cheap and easy" things to be able to do at home, not requiring gym membership. They also (along with the other things I mentioned) are something that can be easily tracked for progression. First success being actually making it, second being able to do two, so on and so forth.


I'm curious about the "safety" issue with doing push-ups against a kitchen counter? I do have a table in there, there's no way I'd use that as it could move about, but the counter is anchored to the wall AND has supports beneath... where's the safety issue? (Not trying to cause a problem, I really am asking because I want to know.)

The reason why I did mine this way is because I have always been heavy (even in my athletic days, I tend to be stout), and doing kneeling push-ups kills my knees. I'm not so keen on walking around with carpet burns and / or bruises on my knees.
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I have no idea what my bmi is. I don't believe in abstract figures somebody has come up with. I know my body and I can see in the mirror that everything looks about right. Except for. well you know.

Rangatiranui, you know me. Am I fat or overweight?
It's all relative and I wouldn't put much value in these 'abstract' values. If you're happy with your body then there is no need to be talked into swapping it for something else. Okay, if you want to change certain bits, then you need to target those bits appropriately.
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So when are these aerobics shows on? Probably at nine or ten in the morning.....*gets the TV guide*
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Old 03.04.2012, 19:04
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Re: I want my belly back!

Nil, could you share with us the apps and videos you use for the Pilates? I've heard very good things about Pilates, but I can't fit classes in my tight schedule because of the kids.

I'm not overweight (my clothes size is Swiss 38/40) but I need to tone up...or get a tummy tuck
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Old 03.04.2012, 19:11
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Rangatiranui, you know me. Am I fat or overweight?
That's not a fair question to ask someone!

Whatever you end up doing, good luck with it. I haven't had kids, but I do struggle with fat around the midriff. I changed my diet a bit and went to the gym a lot. I've lost 7kg but now don't have time to go as much, so I go when I can. I'm only maintaining the weight loss right now, not losing any more (but have also relaxed a bit with food as I'm in an extremely stressful situation and that's how I deal with it!). Do you like team sports?
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For me it was all about abs exercises to get my belly back. I did billions and billions of crunches (of all kinds).

I've always used DVDs at home because frankly I don't have the time to pack a bag, go to the gym, get changed, exercise, shower, have a chat with the neighbours/friends and get home again. At home it's all just much quicker. I do around 40 mintues of boxercise/aerobics and 10 minutes of abs around 4 times a week. My body isn't perfect and it's my diet that lets me down there, but my stomach is most definitely flat.

But, I have to say that if it's down to pregnancy much of it can be excess skin and that stuff is not going to be improved by exercising or dieting, although if you use a stretch-mark-type cream on it you can improve the tone of it - if the problem is mostly skin (feels also like fat) then surgery is probably the only foolproof solution (although I'm not recommending that - I think it's a bit extreme). I do find though that since being PG I am much more prone to pre-menstrual bloating - it's like that extra cavity just gets filled or soemthing.... For that the solution may be just to drink lots of water.
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Well, of course for someone who hasn't done them before, it isn't going to be easy, but they, along with the other things I mentioned are among the "cheap and easy" things to be able to do at home, not requiring gym membership. They also (along with the other things I mentioned) are something that can be easily tracked for progression. First success being actually making it, second being able to do two, so on and so forth.


I'm curious about the "safety" issue with doing push-ups against a kitchen counter? I do have a table in there, there's no way I'd use that as it could move about, but the counter is anchored to the wall AND has supports beneath... where's the safety issue? (Not trying to cause a problem, I really am asking because I want to know.)

The reason why I did mine this way is because I have always been heavy (even in my athletic days, I tend to be stout), and doing kneeling push-ups kills my knees. I'm not so keen on walking around with carpet burns and / or bruises on my knees.
There is the possibility of slipping and smashing your face in, it is an issue with body weight exercises, falling off/ falling down. I am all in favour of dips, chins, pressups, for me more effective than bench press or conventional weights, but I think it is slightly advanced, I mean I regularly do 50 pressups, I used to do 85 and 30 one handed ones, nothing better, but I just can't see recreational people sticking with the pain? Why not swimming?
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Maybe I didn't make that clear, but I am not overweight at all. It's just the love handles. I have never been overweight all my life, on the contrary.
In that case, I am not convinced that it is fat at all. Are you sure that it's not just muscles that have loosened during your pregnancy?
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There is the possibility of slipping and smashing your face in, it is an issue with body weight exercises, falling off/ falling down.
So, we're not only fat but terribly lacking both coordination and common sense as well?

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Why not swimming?
Well, I do love to swim but I don't think it targets belly and "love handles" very well AND I was trying to think of something easily worked into normal household routine which doesn't necessarily even require leaving the house.


I like the idea of Wii-fit or apps as they'll help track progress, no matter what you decide to do though.

I should look into some sort of tracker myself, to see how well I'm doing at the pool. I used to be able to swim the width of an olympic sized pool without coming up for breath, since I am suffering from asthma lately (dang allergies), I think practicing and improving being able to do that again will help track breath / lung improvement.

Of course, I could also incorporate more trips up and down my stairs (attic appt, no lift) to add to the cardio thing for me, I'm sure my neighbors wouldn't mind the extra noise at all.
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Nil, could you share with us the apps and videos you use for the Pilates? I've heard very good things about Pilates, but I can't fit classes in my tight schedule because of the kids.

I'm not overweight (my clothes size is Swiss 38/40) but I need to tone up...or get a tummy tuck
Learn Pilates is my favorite one. It doesn't explain the Chi power and how ou should always work fom there bu he exercises, explanation and routine are very easy to follow and to understand. Videos are high quality and very clear.

You can find great videos on YouTube about Pilates.

If you can buy an elastic as well, those are perfect to get a killer ass.

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You are not overweight or fat at all. I do not think you should bother with BMI either, at your height it is not going to be a good indicator at all.

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I have no idea what my bmi is. I don't believe in abstract figures somebody has come up with. I know my body and I can see in the mirror that everything looks about right. Except for. well you know.

Rangatiranui, you know me. Am I fat or overweight?
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You are not overweight or fat at all. I do not think you should bother with BMI either, at your height it is not going to be a good indicator at all.
I have a theory: overweight women have tummies because of the layer of fat. Thin women get sticky out tummies due to not having walked around holding their tummies in, so muscles get slack ( which is I understand is actually useful during pregnancy.)

I bet your partner still thinks you look great and I suspect that you are being overly self-critical.
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You are not overweight or fat at all. I do not think you should bother with BMI either, at your height it is not going to be a good indicator at all.
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I have a theory: overweight women have tummies because of the layer of fat. Thin women get sticky out tummies due to not having walked around holding their tummies in, so muscles get slack ( which is I understand is actually useful during pregnancy.)

I bet your partner still thinks you look great and I suspect that you are being overly self-critical.
Thanks a lot gals. That makes me feel better! I was already thinking about getting the Wii fit since my son has a Wii, maybe that woould be something and I could do it at home when I have time. Is there pilates for Wii, to?
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It's tough to lose the belly especially after kiddo #2 or 3. I've been going to physio for the last 3 months focusing mainly on abs, hips and arm excercises with the different weight training circuts. I also do yoga once a week and I walk (with a combo of jogging down hills) nearly 20km during the week with the kiddo in the pram. Also watching what you eat (not eating after 8pm, no cola/ fizzy drinks, sweets, ect) and meal portions do help too.

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I started nordic walking - it is a really lovely gentle form of exercise, where you're exercising without realising it!! If done correctly, you exercise the whole body and you can walk for ages without feeling tired. I lost a few kilos with that. I'm hoping to get back into it to shift my belly.
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