Why did this workout zap me so badly, and how can I fix this?
June 11, 2013 5:27 PM Subscribe
Today, I tried to get back into the swing of working out with the NYTimes seven minute workout
. I made it until about Step 8 before I got light-headed and had to stop. I know I'm out of shape, but why did this workout zap me so badly, and what can I do to fix this?
posted by SNWidget to Health & Fitness (27 answers total) 33 users marked this as a favorite
It's summer, and I've got some time, so I've decided to finally do something about the fact that I'm not in shape. I eat well, and I'm losing weight that way, so this is more for endurance, stamina, and such things. I hate getting winded so easily during any sort of activity (including romantic fun with my wife).
She'd found the NYTimes workout linked to above, and we gave it a shot. Now, I know I'm out of shape - I'm 28, 6'1, 220lbs, no muscle to speak of - but I've done jogging before, and I can make it through the first bit of Couch to 5K without much trouble. I can go jogging, and it knocks the wind out of my sails, but I survive it. This killed me within 10 minutes.
I need to get healthier, and I need to get in shape. I know that includes cardio and strength. What can I do to get past this so I can do more than 10 minutes without dying? Is this just a wall people hit early on with this kind of thing? Am I trying to run before I can walk, so to speak?