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    • Smurphington
    • By Smurphington 5th Aug 18, 7:39 AM
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    Can you get fit without a gym
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    • 5th Aug 18, 7:39 AM
    Can you get fit without a gym 5th Aug 18 at 7:39 AM
    I'm a single mum who works 4 days a week so going to the gym is just not a possibility at the moment. I used to enjoy fitness classes and did a lot of them but nowdays walking (which i do a lot of whilst pushimg a 3yr old aroynd) is about the most i do. I was wondering if I could get a bit fitter/build a bit of muscle doing exercise dvds/ you tube videos and if anyone has any recommendations?
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    • parking_question_chap
    • By parking_question_chap 28th Apr 19, 10:57 AM
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    At the moment I can't walk very far without pain... maybe the distance across a small supermarket carpark. Being on my feet standing is worse- normally can take 5 mins of that. I am aware that I may have an underlying health issue -GP and Physio don't agree on that though- but getting fitter would help it.

    I did approach my local gym about their 'back to fitness' programme but they wanted £99/month which is out of my league. Also I tried a trial session there and I was in tears by 1/2 way through.


    Swimming is also not possible due to accessibility issues at the local pool.

    The physios have discharged me to the local NHS get fit service but their opening hours are not compatible with my working hours.


    So given that walking/standing/swimming are not options presently, what can I be doing to increase my metabolic rate even a little to get healthier? I do also need to lose 2/3 of my body weight but I'm not thinking that's going to happen by excercise
    Originally posted by halogen

    Sounds like you are really limited in terms of movement. How much do you weigh? On the good side weight loss is 80% nutrition, so if you post up a food diary we can probably pick out some areas to work on.
    • halogen
    • By halogen 29th Apr 19, 1:16 PM
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    Sounds like you are really limited in terms of movement. How much do you weigh? On the good side weight loss is 80% nutrition, so if you post up a food diary we can probably pick out some areas to work on.
    Originally posted by parking_question_chap

    No idea how much I weigh... last time I did a BMI it was 58 I think.

    I've done food diaries before for the dietitian and I don't eat that unhealthily, I just eat too much... esp protein. Carbs take longer to cook than I have the patience to wait for. Its like I eat without being aware that I'm even eating a lot of the time.
    • TomokoAdhami
    • By TomokoAdhami 1st May 19, 7:57 PM
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    "YES". Surely, you can get fit without joining any gym or even without buying DVDs or other stuff. Just improve your diet habits, decrease the calories intake, take more water and live an active life. Primarily, better to do the work in standing position that you do while sitting. Moreover, it is also good to cut off the carbs intake from your diet and add fruits and meat like fish, beef etc.
    • Topiary
    • By Topiary 9th May 19, 3:24 PM
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7AYKMP6rOE

    Really good beginners yoga video with excellent instructor

    I do this each morning approx 20minutes
    • sannytwist
    • By sannytwist 10th May 19, 1:47 AM
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    Do you have a nearby park you can go to. If you walk around up hill and down hill everyday , start off just 20 minutes or whatever you can do then increase it by 5 to minutes a day. Worked for me especially after a meal. Helps digest and if you listen to some music time flies.
    • kattie89
    • By kattie89 18th May 19, 4:16 PM
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    Tomoko, c'mon no one will deny the opinion, that sport equals life. But if talking sport - what do you mean by that? Professional one? Or some kind of crossfit? That also became as professional sport nowadays. When I tell someone, that I do sport - I mean doing some home exercises on my inversion table by stretching my back muscles and after that - push-ups, pull-ips and so on. So everything, that I can do at home with my own weight.
    • BananaRepublic
    • By BananaRepublic 18th May 19, 7:18 PM
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    At the moment I can't walk very far without pain... maybe the distance across a small supermarket carpark. Being on my feet standing is worse- normally can take 5 mins of that. I am aware that I may have an underlying health issue -GP and Physio don't agree on that though- but getting fitter would help it.

    I did approach my local gym about their 'back to fitness' programme but they wanted £99/month which is out of my league. Also I tried a trial session there and I was in tears by 1/2 way through.


    Swimming is also not possible due to accessibility issues at the local pool.

    The physios have discharged me to the local NHS get fit service but their opening hours are not compatible with my working hours.


    So given that walking/standing/swimming are not options presently, what can I be doing to increase my metabolic rate even a little to get healthier? I do also need to lose 2/3 of my body weight but I'm not thinking that's going to happen by excercise
    Originally posted by halogen
    I doubt exercise will help you lose much weight, and being overweight means excess stress on joints and damage too. I suspect you need to find out why you overeat, if there are ways to stop doing it. I canít really understand as I donít find it hard to cut back. Can you see someone on the NHS who can help?
    • halogen
    • By halogen 21st May 19, 7:48 AM
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    I doubt exercise will help you lose much weight, and being overweight means excess stress on joints and damage too. I suspect you need to find out why you overeat, if there are ways to stop doing it. I canít really understand as I donít find it hard to cut back. Can you see someone on the NHS who can help?
    Originally posted by BananaRepublic

    Don't think so. I managed to self refer to a dietitian, as my GP had never even mentioned my weight, but that didn't help. Did try private hypnotherapy as well but that didn't help either.

    I'm also fairly sure that I couldn't get surgery on the NHS either- my GP was horiffied when I mentioned it.
    • Arthurian
    • By Arthurian 21st May 19, 10:33 AM
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    Have a look at https://www.walkingforhealth.org.uk/ for free guided walks in your area lasting between 10 and 90 minutes, with first aiders on hand. Some are slow ambles along pavements, some are more cross-country.
    • jeanericblass
    • By jeanericblass 22nd May 19, 10:15 AM
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    Yes there are number of home work out routines that you can opt for to stay fit without gym. But the point is its not the gym that keeps you fit its your consistency and your motivation.
    • xGogsx
    • By xGogsx 22nd May 19, 11:39 AM
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    I have a treadmill at home and a television right in front of it - so those evenings when I'd just be sitting on the sofa watching telly, I jump on the treadmill for an hour and watch tv while i'm exercising.

    It feels a little bit less like work when you're doing something else you'd be doing anyway at the same time.
    • ariba10
    • By ariba10 22nd May 19, 12:14 PM
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    As the above post.

    I have an exercise bike with a 20k flywheel in the bedroom with a T V in front of it.

    I watch the evening news on it most nights and time passes without noticing.
    I used to be indecisive but now I am not sure.
    • yams
    • By yams 22nd May 19, 12:54 PM
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    Don't think so. I managed to self refer to a dietitian, as my GP had never even mentioned my weight, but that didn't help. Did try private hypnotherapy as well but that didn't help either.

    I'm also fairly sure that I couldn't get surgery on the NHS either- my GP was horiffied when I mentioned it.
    Originally posted by halogen

    I'm sure you've heard this before but if you struggle with portion control have you tried meal prepping? I don't always do it but I definitely eat better when I spend a few hours once or twice a week making my meals ahead (well normally just breakfast and dinner for me). Then you won't have to worry about the time taken to cook on the day too. You don't even have to start with small portions if you're worried about going hungry. Just get in the habit first then reduce it - and maybe just have things like carrot sticks etc to snack on where it doesn't really matter if you eat a bunch of them.
    • halogen
    • By halogen 22nd May 19, 3:37 PM
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    I'm sure you've heard this before but if you struggle with portion control have you tried meal prepping? I don't always do it but I definitely eat better when I spend a few hours once or twice a week making my meals ahead (well normally just breakfast and dinner for me). Then you won't have to worry about the time taken to cook on the day too. You don't even have to start with small portions if you're worried about going hungry. Just get in the habit first then reduce it - and maybe just have things like carrot sticks etc to snack on where it doesn't really matter if you eat a bunch of them.
    Originally posted by yams

    Yes I have tried it. I've ended up eating the weeks worth of food by Monday. For me it's not about being hungry. It's once I start eating it's very difficult to stop, even if I've eaten so much I feel ill
    • yams
    • By yams 22nd May 19, 5:48 PM
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    I'm sorry to hear that. If your GP hasn't suggested it you might want to try CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) if you haven't already. It's not pyschoanalysis but just a way to try and help people stop repeated behaviours. I know some NHS trusts even have a service where you can do the training/activities online or with an app or something like that and someone will check in with you each week.
    • halogen
    • By halogen 23rd May 19, 1:17 PM
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    I'm sorry to hear that. If your GP hasn't suggested it you might want to try CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)
    Originally posted by yams

    I have had CBT in the past for depression but that was more than 20 years ago and I have always assumed that CBT must have been in its infancy then as it never seemed to be coming from the same planet as I was.

    I'll investigate online CBT with relation to eating behavoiurs though see if its an option in my area. The dieteitan never mentioned it. Thanks
    • BenjaG
    • By BenjaG 23rd May 19, 2:32 PM
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    Of course you don't need a gym to get fit. Built exercise into your daily routines: walk up the stairs instead of taking the lift, practise some press ups in front of the telly, Ö ideally you should also practise some endurance sport (activities lasting over 45min), like cycle touring or walking. Avoid busses and cars. Walk instead or travel by bike. Use hand tools (like a push-mower) instead of electric tools... But you may also want to check your diet http://iitm.be/bssss-diet
    • melanzana
    • By melanzana 25th May 19, 11:25 PM
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    So walking is useless now is it? I have no interest in gyms or any of that, but do my 10k steps every day of the week apart from Sunday.

    Every little helps, if I did nothing I would be worse off surely.

    Please do not belittle those who walk, they may not be able to do gym work.

    My OH ran six marathons over the years. He is now facing double hip replacement and a knee job. Not worth it. He is in agony now.
    • BananaRepublic
    • By BananaRepublic 27th May 19, 4:18 PM
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    Don't think so. I managed to self refer to a dietitian, as my GP had never even mentioned my weight, but that didn't help. Did try private hypnotherapy as well but that didn't help either.

    I'm also fairly sure that I couldn't get surgery on the NHS either- my GP was horiffied when I mentioned it.
    Originally posted by halogen
    From what you say you have to lose some weight, then do exercise after weight loss. Can you push your GP again to get help with your weight? Apparently some people have issues with not feeling satiated. You can also become addicted to certain foodstuffs high in sugar, fat and carbohydrates. And of course you might have a health issue, due to a sick gland, but I guess your GP would have picked that up.

    Oddly enough today after playing ice hockey, some of us went for breakfast, and I ordered a fry up. I really did not like it, and I left lots. I am currently finding fatty foods unappealing, and I have at the same time started taking hydration (salt) tablets for cramp and tiredness. It makes me wonder if there is a connection. I guess the point I am making in my rambling way is that there is a lot to eating, and appetite. Perhaps you have an issue with your gut flora?
    • silverwhistle
    • By silverwhistle 28th May 19, 9:07 AM
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    I'm off for a run to a park with a few exercise machines, so that's all free. Like the above poster I tend not to be so hungry after exercise and although some of the girls talk about going for a takeaway after football training all this veteran needs is a cuppa! I'm not going for very long today, but for team sessions and games I also take rehydrating salts, including potassium and magnesium salts (Aldi has them periodically).
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