looking to join

Ok, im 20 and my life currently isnt going anywhere. i have no real social life, no qualifications (no GCSE's, but do have 2 ICT based qualifications which im likely to never use) and im overweight (by quite a bit). In March i was round a friends house and saw a magazine/booklet about life in the army and gave it a quick read and was hooked. i got a copy sent to me and must have read it for about 3 hours and watched the DVD several times and felt that its somthing that i feel could really turn my life around.

i started exersizing and eating right and so far lost 4 stone, looking to lose another 8 (yea, i was that big) im on an exersize bike for 30 minutes a day and cut my food calorie intake for about 3/4 of what i normally ate in a day (not had a Burger, Curry or Pizza in months). im going to keep doing this, maybe increasing my daily exersize by walking a few miles a day (thinking about getting a treadmil to replace the bike, sitting on a hard saddle is not fun) but other than that, is there anything i can do now to prepare for any medicals/selectiion tests other than what im doing now?

oh, and hi
hi there.

just wanted to say well done on dropping your weight you must feel great about it.
well looks like your doing alot to get fit anyway try getting out doing some running too.

good luck. :)
your going to have to do a lot more than 30 minutes on a bike and a few miles walking if you want to get anywhere! start by running a mile or so at a comfortable pace then build it up until youre really pushing yourself. cardiovascular workouts will be good for losing weight and dont forget to include rest days into your programme!!
Good effort fella.

Go and get some advice from your doc and tell him what your target is. You are starting from a hell of a place, but it can be done. Don't buy a treadmill - go outside. Its where the Army work! Spend the treadmill money on the trainers instead - and at your size, you need to buy proper trainers for your weight (17 stone here). How about a bike instead of a treadmill? Outside is ALWAYS better exercise.
wow nice one mate u must be really proud of yourself keep it up mate! ye i much prefer running outside to on a treadmill anyway cause on a treadmill its the same thing all the time. if your outside it changes. good luck mate. oh and have you been to your local AFCO yet?
i live 10 minutes walk from a large park, so i may well do that instead and the bike is an idea ive never thought of before so i may look into getting one of those aswell. thanks
have you been down to your local armed forces careers office yet? they can give u good advice aswell.
not yet, i want to get down to a "respectable" weight before i go down there. If for some reason i cant get into the army then i would more than likely lose nearly all motorvation for losing the weight so im going to get down to about 12 to 13 stone and go down there then.
oh ye fair enoough like so even if you don't go to the army you would have lost the weight and feel much better about yourself. well done mate. some people won't make the effort that you are pal nice one keep it going. :)
Fair play Mate!! Congrats on loosing that kind of weight!!

Rather than going into your AFCO to have a chat. Go in and get an Army Fitness poster. Not only will it help you get fit/fitter, and upto the selection standard, you can loose weight whilst doing it.

Just a thought.

Please don't let the weight become that much of a hang up to you so you don't present yourself to the careers office. Listen to what has been said above and get youself some decent running kit and improve your cardio-vasc, your weight then should naturally hit a point that you're comfortable with, don't go for a weight which your body won't be able to work with. Once your hitting around 9-30 to 10-00 mins on a 1 1/2 mile run see how you feel then regardless of your weight and then go down for the CHAT.

Congratulations on your progress so far.

You do, as others have said, need to start considerably upping your 30 minutes a day phys. However, it may well be too soon for you to start running. At your current weight, there will be a lot of stress on your joints. When you do start to jog, good running shoes are a must.

What part of the country are you in? Are there any of their sites near you? It's a civvy firm, but mostly staffed by serving or ex HMF PTIs. Take a look at their fitness assessment table. They can help you achieve your fitness and weight loss targets. Even if you don’t join them, you can have a free session and ask some advice (and take notice of the after exercise stretching routine, it will help you)

Also, look here for an army specific training programme; use it or adapt it to fit your current level of ability and record your results. Repeating (push yourself more each time) the programme every four weeks, you will begin to see your improvement.

Fast walking will get your pulse rate racing and burn lots of calories, especially if you have hilly terrain to walk in. Remember, if your build suggests that you should be around 10 stone then, at 18 stone, you're already carrying the equivalent extra weight of a 112 pound Bergan (rucksack).

Start with a short distance, 1 - 2 miles and focus on your pace - try to hit 15 minutes a mile/4 hours an hour. If you can hit one mile in 15 minutes easily; then start to increase your distances and try to maintain the pace until, you’re hitting 8 miles in two hours or under. If you’re no where near 15 mins per mile, work on increasing your distances – but regularly (every 7 – 10 days) re-attempt a mile in 15 mins.

As you become more comfortable with the increasing distance, start to jog some of it and gradually up the amount jogged. When you can jog for a mile; start working on increasing your jogged distance and then your speed. You will be better off being able run 8 miles at 8 mins per mile than 1.5 miles at 7 mins per mile

Starting at your weight; while not ideal, does mean that you’re putting in a lot of resistance training into your legs. So, don’t get hung up on speed and final distances etc; this is going to take some time: probably in the region of 35-40 weeks, so keep some sense of perspective and a sense of humour.

Do contact the ACIO now, by phone if necessary, and discuss your aims and targets. Be robust: you will be some stage be called a fat barsteward, so deal with it and become stronger. If you can crack the weight loss, you’ll probably crack anything! Good luck.

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