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Fitness game -- how do I do it?

Where I stand right now with my physical fitness is sort of an impasse; my asthma improves when I exercise, but I get these crippling muscle spasms in the outside line of my ankle and in my calves any time I try to do any form of activity.  My father has the same problem, and he's never found a solution.  How am I supposed to go forward with getting active and losing weight when every activity causes me discomfort?  Even low impact (which is no fun anyway) still gives me charley horses.  I'm considering getting CEP compression socks to see if they help at all, but I'm worried it'll just make it worse.

I've decided that this summer I'm going to join Crunch in the city.  The only way to get my ass out of bed is an upbeat cardio class and hopefully this will work.  I don't know if I want to get a trainer; I'm worried it won't be as much pure cardio as I'm looking for.

Right now I'm looking into joining my school's rugby team.  Say what you will about women's rugby, but it's great exercise.  Practice is twice a week for 2.5-3 hours, which will definitely get in my doctor's recommended 3-4 hours of cardio a week.  On top of that, I'm considering giving running a go on one of my off days, or perhaps swimming to balance out the impact.  Just a light half hour, but enough to keep me from getting complacent on my off days.  I'd really like to jump start this weight loss regime before I lose momentum.

My current fitness goals are:
To be able to run 3 miles, no stopping (seems like a silly thing, but combined shin splints and asthma and it seems impossible.)
Chest: 36 (This is very important to me, considering how uncomfortable I currently am with my chest size.  I want to keep my curves but lean down.)

bra size: 32 dd - 32 D
Pant size: 4-6
Waist size: 26-27 inches
Calf size: 12-13 inches
Weight: 125

And for reference, my current stats (that I can remember) are:

Weight: 143.8

Height: 5'1"

Chest: probably around 40

Hips: 41 at least, probably more

Calves: enormous.  No joke.  It's like I play shotput or something.

Comments

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kilmata
Apr. 28th, 2013 09:48 pm (UTC)
Beware of staying strict to cardio, too much cardio and not enough strength training can actually make you gain weight instead of loose it. For more information:

http://coachcanadan.wordpress.com/2012/10/21/how-chronic-cardio-can-make-you-gain-weight/

Cardio and stamina are great things, but not the sole factors in making you loose weight.
wolfie259
Apr. 29th, 2013 04:45 pm (UTC)
I mean, I trust an MD over you... It's not just cardio, it's diet and exercise.
kilmata
Apr. 29th, 2013 07:11 pm (UTC)
I wasn't suggesting you should "trust me over your doctor," I provided the link so that you could become more informed on this concept that is currently generating a lot of talk in the fitness community.

What you choose to do with it is up to you.

I do wish you the best of luck with becoming healthier and fitter. :)

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