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How should I start excercising?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 24, 2012 at 8:31 PM

So I'm a fifteen year old girl, and I've been Paleo since June. I'm 5'7, my waist is like 30 ish inches, and I just checked and found that I weigh 132, but I just ate a bunch of lamb for dinner (^_^) so it's probably more like 130-131. I'm almost where I want to be, I just want a slightly smaller, more toned stomach. I don't exercise much currently, I just eat paleo. Meat and veggies, almost exclusively. What kind of exercise would you recommend for me? Biking? Push-ups? We have some excercise equipment in the basement. And should I add in a few more carbs? If so what kinds of carbs? Almond butter? Berries? I have both of those. Advice people?

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on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

I do, roast lamb shank is the business.

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on October 25, 2012
at 10:05 AM

If you want to tone your stomach, lose weight, you will probably want some kinda core excercises at some point too. Depends on your fitness where u start.

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on October 25, 2012
at 10:03 AM

I am a lot older ( just turned 35), and I just started by walking longer distances (got myself a pedometer, so I can always aim a little further). If your somewhere in nature/scenic, you can listen to podcasts, audiobooks or music (what I normally) and its really enjoyable. Imma add sprints later, and then lifting, or maybe just some bodyweight excercises. But for now, its just walking, which I can tell is improving my fitness and has some level of challenge (I walked a massive amount today, and I actually really ache). i think distance walking is a good place to start, its certainly paleo.

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on October 24, 2012
at 09:48 PM

I don't know about the last paragraph- yes, if you are struggling to do something that you've conventionally heard is good for you, knock that off because you won't enjoy it or stick with it. If you love biking (how about to school)? If you love running around the track with a buddy and catching up? If you love hanging out with other kids your age that you relate to doing active things together? Knock yourself out. Enjoy it, don't wring your hands that you may be doing "too large a dose".

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on October 24, 2012
at 09:44 PM

+1 for don't over think it. You don't need a rigid program complete with an expensive coach and unlimited potential for injury. Try things out, go for some nice walks while expanding your brain with all kinds of awesome podcasts, sign up for something fun with a friend, if you're interested in it find a buddy to learn about weights with, and chill out.

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on October 24, 2012
at 09:13 PM

I've heard that it's good not to exercise the same muscle groups every day, because they need time to heal themselves after you exercise them. So pushups and chin ups one day, and then something different the next? Or just rest every other day? Or just ride a bike?

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on October 24, 2012
at 08:46 PM

BTW, WHO ELSE LOVES LAMB!!!! :D

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on October 24, 2012
at 08:36 PM

Go outside and play with your friends! Play pickup games in the park. Learn to surf. Eat what you crave, as long as it's Paleo. Your body is surprisingly good at telling you what you need if you learn to listen. You're 15 and already way ahead of the curve, so don't overthink it.

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on October 24, 2012
at 09:44 PM

+1 for don't over think it. You don't need a rigid program complete with an expensive coach and unlimited potential for injury. Try things out, go for some nice walks while expanding your brain with all kinds of awesome podcasts, sign up for something fun with a friend, if you're interested in it find a buddy to learn about weights with, and chill out.

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on September 07, 2013
at 12:44 AM

Start with body-weight exercises. You can Google different regimens online and find one you feel comfortable with, but I'd recommend starting with some type of concrete goal (do 20 push ups and 5 chin ups).

If you get good at the body-weight exercises and want to take things to the next step, then move up to dumbbells, gym equipment, and more advanced training techniques.

Biking, running, and other stuff kids your age may be doing to "get in shape" are fine in small doses, but shouldn't be the basis of your training.

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

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on October 24, 2012
at 09:48 PM

I don't know about the last paragraph- yes, if you are struggling to do something that you've conventionally heard is good for you, knock that off because you won't enjoy it or stick with it. If you love biking (how about to school)? If you love running around the track with a buddy and catching up? If you love hanging out with other kids your age that you relate to doing active things together? Knock yourself out. Enjoy it, don't wring your hands that you may be doing "too large a dose".

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on October 24, 2012
at 09:13 PM

I've heard that it's good not to exercise the same muscle groups every day, because they need time to heal themselves after you exercise them. So pushups and chin ups one day, and then something different the next? Or just rest every other day? Or just ride a bike?

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