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    I'm 18 and VERY unfit, at least I think it's due to being unfit as doctors won't give me a physical exam just to check I'm ok... I get breathless easily (walking), I'm constantly tired and sweat excessively. My body looks ok but I have a pregnant-looking stomach. Will joining a gym improve my symptoms, mainly the sweating? It is really excessive and disgusting. What should I start off doing?
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    Got a few questions for you first

    How much do you sleep per night?

    Do you consider yourself to have hyperhidrosis? (google it)

    What's a typical days diet for you?

    What are your goals? Lose weight? Get toned? Or just get fitter?

    I'd suggest signing up to a local gym and start off by just going 2/3 times a week doing something like 10 mins on the elliptical trainer and then 10 mins on either the treadmill or bike. Once you get used to things you can start to ramp up the time spent doing each exercise until you you can do a total of 30 minutes fairly easily.

    Once you've answered the other questions I can probably help more
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    Cardio would definitely help that. Don't go to a gym just for cardio though, it's a waste of money. Run in a park or something. Get on a program like couch to 5k and/or do HIIT.
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    (Original post by tooosh)
    Cardio would definitely help that. Don't go to a gym just for cardio though, it's a waste of money. Run in a park or something. Get on a program like couch to 5k and/or do HIIT.
    Would HIIT be a good idea for someone who is very unfit? Wouldn't it be better to start off with walking first?
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    (Original post by Muesca)
    Got a few questions for you first

    How much do you sleep per night?

    About 8 hours

    Do you consider yourself to have hyperhidrosis? (google it)

    Yeah, I think a doctor told me I have it too

    What's a typical days diet for you?

    Awful diet, I just snack all day, but I intend on changing it

    What are your goals? Lose weight? Get toned? Or just get fitter?

    Both lose weight and get fitter.


    I'd suggest signing up to a local gym and start off by just going 2/3 times a week doing something like 10 mins on the elliptical trainer and then 10 mins on either the treadmill or bike. Once you get used to things you can start to ramp up the time spent doing each exercise until you you can do a total of 30 minutes fairly easily.

    Once you've answered the other questions I can probably help more
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    You would be well advised to build up slowly. Start light and easy on the cardio/conditioning front and build up from there. Don't try and start off with intervals if you can't do steady state cardio for a reasonable length of time without feeling breathless/nauseous etc.
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    (Original post by Nephilim)
    Would HIIT be a good idea for someone who is very unfit? Wouldn't it be better to start off with walking first?
    If walking is a challenge then definitely. You do need a base of cardio to utilise HIIT to it's max; how much though, who knows.
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    I agree with the person who said you probably don't need to join a gym to improve initial fitness. If you're struggling even with walking, then paying for a gym might be a bit pointless when you could gradually increase your fitness at home by going for walks. Once you can't get the intensity of workout that you need by going outside then you could consider joining a gym.

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