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    My exercise bike came today and I am trying to come up with an effective fitness routine. I read that 20 minutes a day, 3 times a week would start to make a difference but I want to use it everyday, how long should I start using it for? I was thinking, today I will use it until I get tired then tomorrow start off with 15 minutes and increase by 5 minutes each day.

    I was also thinking of doing it every morning and evening (I self teach at home so it would be like cycling to a school) do you think this is a good idea? As I heard exercise in the morning gets your metabolism going for the rest of the day.

    I eat reasonably healthy, I eat some junk food just like everyone else but I balance it out with a lot of fruit, water and balanced meals but my total lack of exercise (i.e none whatsoever) cant be helping.

    Also how much weight can I be expected to loose in the first few weeks, eating the same, and doing 40 or so minutes to an hour each day, split into two periods morning and afternoon?

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    Send it back and use the money to join a gym. Or go swimming instead if the gym is too expensive.

    Can't tell you how much you can expect to lose because we don't know how much you are already and how hard you'll try and your heart rate, metabolism, proportion of fat etc.
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    If you want to loose alot of weight fast, don't pussy on the easy settings.

    To keep it up you need a goal. i.e Start on a low level this week, see if next week you can do it for the same amount of time on a higher level.

    Of course you'll notice a difference, but not for a good month.

    Exercise before bed, try not eat much fatty foods after. Protein is good as isn't high in fat or energy and helps to build muscle.

    One question, wouldn't you prefer to ride outdoors?
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    Send it back and use the money to join a gym. Or go swimming instead if the gym is too expensive.

    Can't tell you how much you can expect to lose because we don't know how much you are already and how hard you'll try and your heart rate, metabolism, proportion of fat etc.
    All very true. Exercise creates a calorie deficit in conjunction with a restricted calorie diet, but how much of a deficit you create is down to your diet as well. A 500 calorie per day deficit will yield one pound lost per week, a 1000 calorie per day deficit will yield two pounds lost per week.

    The more you use it the better, although joining a gym is a much, much better idea because you can use weights and various other cardio machines such as the treadmill, rowing machine, elliptical etc.
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    (Original post by G4ry)
    Send it back and use the money to join a gym. Or go swimming instead if the gym is too expensive.

    Can't tell you how much you can expect to lose because we don't know how much you are already and how hard you'll try and your heart rate, metabolism, proportion of fat etc.
    I dont want to join the gym, I cant die of embarrassment in my own home
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    (Original post by JimmyJJ)
    If you want to loose alot of weight fast, don't pussy on the easy settings.

    To keep it up you need a goal. i.e Start on a low level this week, see if next week you can do it for the same amount of time on a higher level.

    Of course you'll notice a difference, but not for a good month.

    Exercise before bed, try not eat much fatty foods after. Protein is good as isn't high in fat or energy and helps to build muscle.

    One question, wouldn't you prefer to ride outdoors?
    Not where I live.
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    (Original post by kirstinx)
    I dont want to join the gym, I cant die of embarrassment in my own home
    The first few times i felt really self-conscious, but really in the gym no-one really cares. Everyone's hot and smells and pulls funny faces when lifting weights - people aren't going to stop and ogle to have their own amusement at your expense. It'll just be something they do while exercising, oh how it reminds me when i was on the treadmill and this hot girl was on the treadmill next to me and not very well supported :p: *cough* anyway....
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    :rolleyes:

    The thing is the gym is about 20 minutes away, so 40 minutes in total. I dont finish my self teaching to 4.30-6pm depending on the day and if I spend an hour or so in there I am going to have to walk back home in the dark. I was planning on joining the gym at uni though:p: When I hope I will be more fitter.
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    Why do you self teach?
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    Curious that's all.
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    (Original post by kirstinx)
    :rolleyes:

    The thing is the gym is about 20 minutes away, so 40 minutes in total. I dont finish my self teaching to 4.30-6pm depending on the day and if I spend an hour or so in there I am going to have to walk back home in the dark. I was planning on joining the gym at uni though:p: When I hope I will be more fitter.
    Run to the gym, when you get there turn around and run back, repeat 3 times a week.

    Alternatively is there any where you could go swimming locally?

    It's definitely easier to go to at uni and much cheaper too.
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    (Original post by G4ry)
    The first few times i felt really self-conscious, but really in the gym no-one really cares. Everyone's hot and smells and pulls funny faces when lifting weights - people aren't going to stop and ogle to have their own amusement at your expense. It'll just be something they do while exercising, oh how it reminds me when i was on the treadmill and this hot girl was on the treadmill next to me and not very well supported :p: *cough* anyway....
    I saw some guy pee himself when he was deadlifting about 600lbs once. It was awesome.
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    I saw some guy pee himself when he was deadlifting about 600lbs once. It was awesome.
    haha...that's brilliant. I've got to go to the weights section more often (they keep the big weights separate from the weights i lift as i'm a loner and don't have a spotter and the dumbells start at about 16kg :p:)

    Did he lift it though more importantly? I've yet to see someone defecate when bench pressing.
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    How much would in KG you guys consider to be a lot on a single dumbell?
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    (Original post by JimmyJJ)
    Why do you self teach?
    Do a search on my posts and "self teaching" in the A Level section. I am sick of explaining
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    (Original post by G4ry)
    Run to the gym, when you get there turn around and run back, repeat 3 times a week.

    Alternatively is there any where you could go swimming locally?

    It's definitely easier to go to at uni and much cheaper too.
    I cant run that far yet, I think I would collapse at the end of the road:p:

    The swimming pool is at the same place as the gym.

    After the Jan exams I have half the amount of units to do so I may timetable the gym in, and that way I would have been cycling for 4 months daily so I wont be incredibablly unfit
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    How much would in KG you guys consider to be a lot on a single dumbell?
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    Did he lift it though more importantly? I've yet to see someone defecate when bench pressing.
    I don't really remember. I only properly started watching when I noticed him weeing out of the corner of my eye. Surprisingly, it grabbed my attention more than the lift itself. I only know the weight because I roughly tallied up the weight of the plates.
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    How much would in KG you guys consider to be a lot on a single dumbell?
    Ummmmm, for what? Bench press? Shoulder press? Bicep curls? French press? Bent over rows? How big are you? What sort of rep range?

    Asking "How much would in KG you guys consider to be a lot on a single dumbell?" is like asking how long a piece of string is.
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