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cardio & aerobic activity for weightloss??

I'm trying to figure out maximum impact for weightloss with about 30 min. six times a week. I'm 5'5" and weigh 185. I've tried elliptical but my feet start falling asleep about 20 min. into it. I'm trying the treadmill now but the shins are killing me. Any ideas on what I can try and how it's worked for you? I need variety so I don't get too bored.

Mon. Sep 11, 4:31pm

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Have you tried biking? Either stationary or outside? I added that to my workout routine and have been enjoying it a lot

Monday, September 11, 2006, 4:34 PM

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Swmming and water aerobics are awesome aerobic activities and very easy on your joints, if you have access to a pool.

Monday, September 11, 2006, 4:53 PM

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try a rowing machine - full body workout - arms, legs, stomach, back...

Monday, September 11, 2006, 4:54 PM

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When trying the treadmill, how high are you putting the incline?

Monday, September 11, 2006, 4:59 PM

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I know I posted this once before, but I will repost for anyone who didnt see it originally. My trainer has me do a mini-"triathalon." Elliptical or running, then rowing machine, then biking. Do 5 min each as fast as you can and repeat the circuit twice (if able). You won't get bored and you're switching up so much that your feet wont fall asleep (I have the same prob on the elliptical). He says it is better than doing 30 min on one machine bc you are working different parts of your body. Good luck!

Monday, September 11, 2006, 5:21 PM

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I know it sounds weird but I have always had problems with shin splints and treadmills, since I have started walking/running outside I have never ever gotten shin splints... Huh? I know weird.... I know this also sounds weird but jumping rope. Excellent cardio can be done just about anywhere, and CHEAP!

Monday, September 11, 2006, 6:21 PM

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You can prevent shin splints by putting the incline up to about 1% which is a good substitute for walking/running outside.

Monday, September 11, 2006, 6:43 PM

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Swimming is also a great cross-training exercise for preventing shin splits since it so evenly works the fronts and backs of the legs. Make sure you get out and do some 'real' terrain once in a while and try walking backwards up and down hills a couple times a week. It doesn't take much, but if your shin splints are caused by overly tight calf muscles pulling against the weaker muscles in the front those will help, as will leg extensions and lifting things with your feet (ex: sit on a counter with a bucket handle looped over your toes and lift it several times).

I really like the mini-triathlon idea! I generally try to mix it up a bit and that sounds fun.

Monday, September 11, 2006, 8:45 PM

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Overall, walking uphill and jogging/running will gave you the most calorie burn in the shortest time.

Interval training on whatever machine you use will really boost the calories burn.

One way to strengthen your shins (any time, like while sitting on the couch watching TV) is to point and flex your feet and squeeze the front and back of your legs.

Another thing to try on the elliptical is to loosen your shoelaces - they may be tied a bit too tight and causing you to get numb feet.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006, 8:58 AM

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Also, weight train for at least 1-2 of those sessions! You will really see and feel results.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006, 8:59 AM

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Another cure for shin splints is to buy new running shoes.

And another cardio suggestion -- My new love... Kickboxing! Friends of mine are into in-line skating, although it scares me to death. It looks fun, though.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006, 9:32 AM

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another cure for shin splints is not wearing high heels as often for as long. If I sped 8 hours in 4" heels, I get shin splints when running. Doesn't mean I don't do the treadmill, it means I have to slow it down and stretch LOTS

Tuesday, September 12, 2006, 12:19 PM

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