I need to learn to walk, and to pick up heavy things and put them down again
August 5, 2011 7:59 AM Subscribe
Best resource for basic fitness information?
posted by not that girl to health & fitness (7 answers total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
I have recently begun working out to regain my general fitness after a long illness. I had a session with a trainer to get started, and have been doing 3 days a week of weights on a Nautilus circuit, and 3 days a week of cardio on a treadmill. I'm really enjoying it, but I find that I have a lot of very basic questions as I go. Things like: What is the right pace to lift at? When are the signals that I am ready to increase speed or maxiumum incline on my walk? Between workouts, what signals in my body tell me I'm working hard enough but not too hard? During a workout, how much disomfort is OK, versus a signal that I'm doing too much? Someday I will reach a point where I'm looking to maintain rather than continue building strength; how do I do that? And so on.
I'm not looking for you folks to answer these questions; I'm looking to be pointed to a good resource for these kinds of answers. It might be a book or a website. Weight loss is not a primary goal for me right now, and too much focus on weight loss is not great for my mental health, so I'd love a resource that mentions that only incidentally rather than emphasizing it, if possible.