Cardio options for da overweight

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  1. Atenza6i

    Atenza6i New Member

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    My 20 year old cousin recently got diagnosed with cancer (who is not overweight by any means) and has been going through chemo and will be undergoing surgery soon.

    Her sickness was really a wake up call for me. Not only does cancer run in both sides of my family, but so does diabetes. I realized that I need to start taking better care of my health if I don't want to be any more susceptible to disease than I already am. Sometimes after a greasy meal, I can feel slight chest pain. Needless to say, I'm starting to eat healthier. Less greasy foods, cutting out fried foods, soda...but carb's are still an issue.

    I'm 5'8'' and about 225lbs. Of course I do have some muscle since I was a lineman in highschool, but I never did any cardio. That was 3 years ago though. (I'm 20 y.o.) (I can bench approx 265lbs and squat around 400lbs)

    What are some options for cardio other than jogging or swimming? I don't have ready access to a pool, and I've been jogging for about 20 minute sessions the past week or two, but I can tell its really hard on my knees.

    I've been thinking about picking up a jump rope. Is it a good method for burning calories?

    Thanks for your advice. :hsd:
     
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    noogles OT Supporter

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    If jogging hurts your knees then the jump rope is gonna rape them. what about cycling?

    edit - running on grass and maybe barbell complexes
     
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    could you explain barbell complexes?

    cycling may not be a bad idea. or elliptical, but i heard that can be bad for the knees too.
     
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    i'll just give you an example of what i sometimes do for barbell complexes.

    6 reps of deadlifts
    6 reps barbell row
    6 reps cleans
    6 reps push press
    6 reps squats
    6 reps good mornings

    rest for 45 secs and repeat. i do 6 sets usually. all done with the same weight focusing on speed and not heavy weight.
    I guess if you're starting out you could increase your resting times to maybe a minute or 75 seconds.
     
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    Atenza6i New Member

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    gotcha, so just focus on elevating heart rate with the lifts. figured..
     
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    noogles OT Supporter

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    i just figure it's a low impact workout. maybe some of the more experienced/knowledgable guys here can shed some light on variations, pros and cons etc

    oh yeah, there's always the rowing machine
     
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    swim, if the weather permits.
     
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    dont know how out of shape you are but dont count out somethign as mellow as walking to get the heart rate up.

    Im in pretty good shape and I still love to go for a fast walk with my dog on this trail through some hills by my house.. maybe 2.5 miles. I do it right after I wake up as my morning exercise.
     
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    stealthrapt0r me lift weights

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    i would just lower calorie intake, lift hard and won't do any cardio other than walking until you lose some weight
     
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    Swim or Orbital.
     
  11. maks

    maks Bah! t(-_-t)

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    i did HIIT on an elliptical with a broke heel. You can get sufficient cardio from that machine.
     
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    egxflash Riding on the Midship Express

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    why not try an elliptical or stationary bike?

    i hit the elliptical twice a week for cardio (plus my 1-2 running days) since my knees are bad enough and i dont wanna be bangin em up on the pavement more than i need to
     
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    if your getting chest pains after eating fast food then its probably indigestion. However, you should go see your doctor and have him check you out before you start working out.
     
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    do you go to a gym? they should have some cardio options, bike, elliptical, treadmill? Try to stick to low impact stuff bike or elliptical

    if you don't, walking is good cardio, especially up a hill (the steeper the better obviously) or at a brisk pace
     
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    iCEgECKO Ballin' at 5'2''

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    Its not bad for your knees. There isnt any impact.
     
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    Freeway overpass swan dives are an excellent way to permanantly lose fat.
     
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