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07 Apr 2004

exercise for overweight
I am re-approaching my diet and exercise program AGAIN ! I am 40 yrs old and weigh 120 kgs, I live in an area that is not safe to walk, but I have a health walker and I do Pilates twice a week. Question? What amount of time should I spend on the walker in order for it to be beneficial for weight loss? and then will the health walker and Pilates be enough excercise for me to lose weight with a healthy diet?
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01 Jan 0001

Hi Shona

The general guideline is that you should walk or do some exercise for about 40 minutes a day, five days a week. Therefore, my advice is to use that Health Walker as much as you can. The Pilates too is very important, but for weight loss, it's certainly the cardiovascular exercise that will do more for you with regards to weight loss. Therefore, my advice is to walk and do cardio exercise at least 4 days a week, and to add the Pilates in on three days a week. A final suggestion (more practical) is to get some variety in by finding out about walking groups (Walk for Life etc), because one of the problems with home exercise (and it did sound as though you'd had this problem before) is that sticking with a programme is very hard when it becomes tedious. So, if you can find a group, then it gets rid of the safety problem and it also gives you company and encouragement from others, so it's well worth looking into.

Good luck
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