Jumping on the Healthy Bandwagon

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    Jul 15, 2007 1:23 AM GMT
    Height:5ft 7
    Weight 132lb

    I am looking for a mentor, someone who has the time to guide me in the right direction to a healthy lifestyle & some physical improvements.
    Weight Gain a huge issue & I am too embarassed to hit the gym. Does anyone workout from home anymore? Is there a mature novice out there somewhere willing to befriend a raw beginner!

    Preferrably someone living in the same city would be ideal, but I am certainly not closed to an advice offered by anyone who has valuable information to share. If you ever had a matchstick figure & have made considerable changes, your my man!
    I sincerely appreciate the help. This is my plight, so please jump on with me.
  • Lincsbear

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    Jul 15, 2007 5:58 PM GMT
    Hi there,shaney!Like you,I was a complete beginner last summer,but I began exercising for a job application/health/appearance.I`d recommend you read up on the subject,and maybe speak to a professional trainer(even though you`re not going to the gym)for some informed advice.I`ve worked out from home and seen some improvement,so it can be done.Looking at your profile,if you want muscle gain you`re going to have to do more weight training,I`m afraid!Try not to be embarrassed by your body.We come in all shapes and sizes!I`m no muscle guy!Finally,you`ll probably get all sorts of advice,some of it contradictory.Just remember to select that which suits you,and your aims/needs.It can be a long learning process,but you`ll get there.And always try to enjoy your exercise!Best wishes.Hugs,John.
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    Jul 16, 2007 11:11 AM GMT
    Thankyou for taking the time to respond John...I really appreciate your advice...
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    Jul 16, 2007 1:54 PM GMT
    I heartily agree with Lincsbear's suggestion to see a personal trainer. Working out with a personal trainer at a gym would be even better.

    Also, at age 35, your metabolism is likely to start slowing down, with a rising percentage of body fat as the likely result if you don't change your diet to compensate. Speaking from personal experience, it doesn't take very much excess body fat on a skinny guy in order to look really flabby.

    The body fat issue is also relevant to a couple of your unhealthy lifestyle choices: smoking and drinking. People often gain weight when they quit smoking, and drinking slows down fat burning. If you're serious about getting healthy, quitting smoking is a must, so it will also be a good idea to quit drinking as well (or, at least limit yourself to a healthy two drink maximum per day.)