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I am new to this section, as normally sit in the Cleaning bit, but hello all! beerchug.gif

Thinking of getting fit so need some advice. Any of you guys tried out the Nike+ kit for the iPod by any chance?

Just wondering if worth adding to my gadgets whilst also getting myself fit for a change!?!

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You can have all the gadgets you want, but, if I were you, I would sort out your routine and diet first. Nike are a fantastic marketing machine and it's great to compare your training improvements with other people, but it's what's right for you that counts.

Sorry to sound like a git, but that's really what you need to do.

Are you thinking of training outside, or in a gym?

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i've got Nike+ for my ipod and i think its a good idea. I run quite regularly but like most people, take a break every now and then. i found the nike+ to be a good motivator if nothing more. its good to go online and see how many kilometers you've racked up for example. You can set challenges, etc.

If you're looking at starting a fitness plan then the biggest hurdles are getting the motivation to start and then maintaining the motivation to continue so any gadget that can make running more fun is a bonus 169144-ok.gif

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No worries fella. Honest answers required and glad of yours.

I am looking at my Diet and also reading up a bit on what routine to start at the Gym. Not going to run outside at all, but will be factoring in some Cycling and also some Tennis when the weather gets a tad nicer.

As far as the Gym is concerned, I have not been for over a year and want to get back into it. Not got loads of fat to burn but enough if you know what I mean. Want to build on my overall frame too by getting on the weights but not going to be solely doing that and thought the Nike+ might be worthwhile to go with my Nano and I need some new daps anyway!

Totally take on board what you are saying but planning those things too.

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OK, so if you're going to start with cardio to lose some weight or tone up, you need to look at doing "interval training", not spending hours on the running/cycling/cross-training machines.

With interval, you need to "shock" your body into action, so do 2 minutes of regular pace, followed by 2 minutes of 90% of your max. If you can't do this straightaway, start out by doing 2 minutes regular, then 2 minutes at 90%.

You can apply this to a 20 minute session on the treadmill cycling machine or whatever, as well as doing free weights.

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mook - whats the difference between 2 minutes regular and 2 mins at 90% options you gave... is one with a donut?

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lol, I think he meant if you cant do 2mins regular then 2 mins at 90% to do 2 mins at 90% and then 2 mins regular!

Sorry, couldn't resist. Think it was a type by Mook but I get the idea.

When I went last year I did 2 mins walk to warm up and then 8 mins on speed 8 or 9 and was knackered! But then straight onto the Cross Trainer for 15 mins and then 20 mins on the bike but at regular pace rather than flat out then slower, flat out then slower, etc.

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OK, so what you're doing there is exhausting yourself and not actually forcing your body into using up your fat reserves.

If you did 2 mins walk to warm up at 5mph, then increase to 7mph for 2 mins, then up to 9.5mph for 2 mins, then back down to 7mph for 2 mins, 2 mins at 9.5mph, 2 mins at 7mph etc, until you get up to 20 mins total, then slow down to 5mph for 5 mins.

Then do something similar on the cross trainer not running, obviously tongue.gif and then on the bike.

Once you;ve finished, you can have a donut tongue.gif

HTH

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I took advice from their personal trainer but thought at the time that it may have been duff although carried on as thought I was so unfit that I may also have been wrong.

Anyway, your plan sounds like a good start for me to get back into it. My plan is to do a complete month of cardio and maybe some body weight exercises and then move onto the weights. Starting off easy on those too as not in the habit of breaking myself right at the beginning!

Linking that plan into the better diet and some other lifestyle changes should get me started I reckon.

The Nike+ thing looks like a waste of time then by the sounds of it...

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A good tip I found was instead/ aswell as speed varying, vary the angle of the treadmill. And always be running/ walking slightly up hill, at least 2 degrees. As running on a treadmill is easier than running in the real world.

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Another good tip, cheers fella!

I wont be running on anything but a treadmill though, as my knees are bad enough as it is without extra impact taking its toll!

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Get yourself some knee supports - they'll mean you can work harder and you won't suffer the next day either. Available from your local sports shop.

Make sure you get them the right size 169144-ok.gif

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