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Mon, Feb. 5th, 2007, 12:19 pm
mushroom_maiden: Hello!

This is my first post, just joined. My name's Becca, I'm 17 years old and I live in Tasmania, Australia. I've always been pretty unfit, and though I like exercising I am really lazy. I've just started regular exercising, and my goals are to get rid of a little flab (I'm not fat, but I have too-high fat content, if that makes any sense), increase strength in general but specifically tummy, legs and arms, and get fit so that I can have stamina and not get puffed out so easily, and just be healthier in general.

I'm auditioning for my local theatre company's production of Cats, and that is the main thing that got me into gear. Cats is a highly dance-oriented production and I'm going to need to be a lot fitter than I am right now if I want to be in it. I also need to be stronger in legs and other muscles, and flexibility helps, too.

I've been exercising every day for a while, just some little stuff like situps (not really situps but the different version which isn't bad for your back) and pushups, plus stretching. So I'll continue doing those, plus every day I'm going to jog/powerwalk (alternating) around my block twice, one way and then the other. To prevent me getting lazy and/or forgetting, I'm going to do it every day when I wake up in the morning. Wake up, eat breakfast, wait maybe half an hour for it to digest so I don't get cramps, doing my stretches and little exercises in the meantime, then go out and jog around the block twice, have a shower, then get on with the rest of my day. And go to bed at least before 11 every night. All this will also help me to develop willpower, discipline, etc.

I also intend to go swimming seeing as it's summer, and I'll get my bike from my dad's house and start riding again, especially since I live right next to the bike track.

Also, no more buying lollies or chocolate or cakes (should be good on my budget as well as my body)! Now that my new housemates live here, I'm sharing dinner with them a lot which means I'm finally eating vegetables n good stuff. I just bought a box of Coco Pops but I've realised they make me feel ill :( So no more of those which will be good for me I'm sure. Toast for breakfast, fruit for lunch seeing as we have plenty in the garden, a sandwich if I still feel hungry, and then yummy vegetarian dinner when my housemates cook, and pasta or noodles is fine if they're not here/not cooking shared dinner. And if I get hungry/bored at random points during the day, I will drink a glass of water instead of nibbling. I will not have snacks unless I have first drunk two glasses of water. (I don't drink nearly enough water right now, so this should be good for me too.) Unless I eat some fruit or veggies or something. Then it's fine. But I should still drink the water anyway.

I'll also be starting karate lessons soon, dancing non-stop if I get into Cats, dancing lots anyway for my school musical, and I go out dancing on Friday nights anyway. And once it gets a bit cooler I'll be starting swordfighting training again too.

I have a couple of questions for you knowledgable people. Today was my second day of jogging around my block. For some background, my block is quite large and involves some uphill. Yesterday I felt great all day after I did it, so I'm sure it's good for me. Today though, after I'd gotten halfway (once round the block) my calf muscles started to ache like crazy. I tried walking normally but it really hurt with every step... it hurt most when I was stepping with my toes. (that sentence was really hard to write... what I mean is, when you step, you go from heel to front of the foot, and it was when I got to front of the foot that my calf muscles hurt the most.) It hurt less to powerwalk or jog than it did to walk normally. I stretched before I left and I stretched when I got back home, but when I did what I thought were calf muscle stretches (one knee bent, the other foot out in front on its heel, reaching for the toes, or one leg bent out in front and the other way back straight) it felt like they were stretching a different muscle to what was aching. It hurts to walk now. What I want to know is, have I done something wrong? Or are they just hurting because I'm suddenly exercising them lots? Could it be because the first part of my jog is uphill? Any suggestions for relieving or lessening pain? Any stretches you know that are good?

I also wanted to ask if you know of any exercises other than situps which are good for tummy muscles. Right now I do the one where you lie on the floor flat on your back, then bring both knees up, then lay your legs back down again. It works tummy muscles and eventually leg muscles too. Situps are apparantly bad for your back and I find them stupidly difficult anyway.

I've also been doing pushups (girly pushups from the knees) and I'd like to maybe get some small one-arm weights to make my arms stronger.

Any suggestions of good leg-strengthening exercises? Or will my jogging uphill (and bikeridng eventually) be enough?

And basically, I just wanted to check that I'm doing everything right and not doing anything harmful. Oh yeah, two more things - I don't drink any water before I go jogging because I'm afraid of getting cramps, but I do eat breakfast (two pieces of toast.) I wait half an hour for the food to digest before going, and I haven't gotten a cramp yet, and I drink plenty of water when I get back. Is this the right thing to do? And yesterday when I jogged for the first time (and again today but not as bad) in the very last ten metres or so, I got an achey but reasonably sharp pain where I presume my heart to be, on the left side of my chest. Is this anything to be worried about? It went away pretty much as soon as I stopped, and it wasn't as bad today.

Thanks in advance for helping out! Sorry for the long post and probable n00b-ishness!

Stat: I weigh 70 kilos right now. Boobs are DD. (just coz I heard that you lose fat off your boobs first.) Clothing size 12-14 (that's Australian sizes, and about 10 in the UK or 8 US.) Dunno how tall I am. It doesn't really matter, because I'm not looking to lose weight specifically, but just so I remember in case I do lose weight so I can gloat to myself about it ^_^

Crossposted to a few communities.

Fri, Feb. 16th, 2007 05:34 am (UTC)

If you can afford it, I would join a gym. To make your legs stronger they have equipment at the gym in which you can lift weights with your legs."Any suggestions for relieving or lessening pain?"
If you are hurting during excercise I would stop and stretch. IF it continues to hurt, ice it or put some icey hot on it. If the pain continues after that I would take a pain killer.

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