slightlyindigo asked: Hey there- my problem is that post-bulimia I gained quite a lot of weight [quit purging before binging- so obviously gained] (around 2stoneish), BUT heavy diet restriction is still triggering (although I'm quite a naturally healthy eater) and I'm suffering from a long term ankle injury and still waiting on surgery. I'm demotivated because running was always my cardio of choice, but now I'm stuck on what to do apart from cycling. (ps- I'm not that fond of swimming either)
Have you tried rowing? There are rowing machines in most, if not all gyms, and that would be a good exercise that doesn’t require a lot of movement with your ankles. I’m not sure how much pressure you can place on your ankle though. Another option are the machines in the gym that look like cycling machines for your arms. The elliptical is another option, depending on your ankle mobility. It’s very low impact compared to running. Hope you like some of these ideas!
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Anonymous asked: I want to lose 30 pounds. I am going to start drinking Shakeology tomorrow and working out at my school's gym. What should I do at the gym that will help me lose the most fat? My problem areas are my tummy, arms, and upper thighs. Also, how long do you think it should take me to lose the weight? I'm 18yrs old, 5'3" and 165lbs. Thanks!
Hello, 30 lbs is a good long term goal, just realize that although you can’t lose all the weight in a week, you can do it! Stay focused a make each day a new challenge when it comes to healthy choices and exercising. I’m not sure how good Shakeology is, but it might be effective if you use it to replace one of your meals. The best way to lose weight is to lower your portions during meals, so that you are taking in less calories, while at the same time working out and burning calories. Try to find a good balance, because starving yourself with 1200 calories a day won’t be enough!
When it comes to working out, try to do aerobic based activites that you can keep up for 30 min or longer. Walking, jogging, running, cycling, stair climbing, jumping rope, etc. As long as your keep moving during the workout, you’ll be pushing yourself, raising your aerobic endurance, and burning calories. Also remember that it’s important to incorporate strength training into your workout. There are a variety of strength exercises that you can try; my personal favorites are the pushup, the lunge, and the squat. Those are full body exercises that work a variety of muscle groups, which is essential to weight loss. But always try to mix it up, so ask a trainer at the gym or someone that works there for some resistance exercises. Hope this helps!