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Old 10-20-2013, 08:59 AM   #4
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I've never read anything like this from a reputable medical source. Everything I've read advises folks to start wherever they comfortable can, whether that's 5 minutes, 20 minutes, or 1 minute.

If you try to push yourself like you see people being pushed on weight loss shows, you likely will injure yourself and lose motivation.

It can be difficult to know when and how hard to push yourself, but you will get to know your body's limits. Do not ignore pain or even discomfort or fatigue, especially at first.

When I started, I couldn't even stand for 5 minutes, so 5 minutes of exercise was too much. I started with a step counting pedometer and set myself the challenge every day to take more steps than I did the day before.

I still can't "exercise" in the sense of raising my heartrate for any significant time (except in the water).

Do what you can comfortably, whether that's 5 minutes or 45.
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