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Your Fitness Questions Answered

March 23, 2012, 6:06 PM by Casey Wonnenberg

Your Fitness Questions Answered

Obesity is becoming an increasing problem in South Dakota. In fact, the state has the third fastest growing rate of adult obesity. Many, though, struggle to lose weight or get into shape and would like help.

A personal trainer, such as Adam Reppe, can help you accomplish your fitness goals.  During his gravity training classes, participants get one-on-one help using their body weight as resistance.

Not everyone can afford a personal trainer.  So, we asked our viewers about their main fitness questions and concerns on our KELOLAND Facebook page.

Question: What type of exercise do you start with if you're just beginning?

"Maybe a treadmill, a bike, a recumbent bike, maybe an elliptical, something like that to start with," Reppe said.

Reppe says in addition to light cardio, you can also add in resistance machines.

Question: Is it possible to get a flat tummy again after three c-sections, and if so, what does a girl need to do to get that flat tummy?

"Maybe you work on your diet and your exercise a little bit and help tighten those muscles and bring those muscles back together," Reppe said.

Another Facebooker looking to start her exercise routine also wondered how many hours you should spend on exercise.  Reppe says 30 to 45 minutes a day, three to five days a week. She also wanted to know the best exercises for weight loss and toning.

"Bump up the cardio to 20 to 30 minutes, and then use your resistance machines for the toning piece. You would look at two to three sets of 12 to 15 reps on those machines," Reppe said.

Question: What kind of exercise is good if you have bad knees and can't walk very good because of bad knees and feet that are sore all the time?

Another lady asked about her bad back.

"You want to start with low-impact stuff like ellipticals, recumbent bikes. They're very low impact. NuSteps are great for that as well," Reppe said.

That's because Reppe says if you don't exercise properly, you could end up hurt, no questions asked.

Reppe also says if you have a bad back, a recumbent bike is a good option because of the back support.

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