I found this site in hopes that you guys can give me a hand on working out and losing weight and trying to turn some of my flab into muscle
Anyways... I have had a problem for my whole life, and that's flat feet. The main problem this causes me is that I can't run on a treadmill or really do any sports because my feet hurt immensely and my heart starts to palpate too much and I need to stop. Also I get shin splints quickly, and my kidneys hurt because I have no arches to take the impact from the movement.
But I need to lose weight and get into shape. First question would be, what cardio do I do to lose weight off my midsection? I know running is good, and I can't do it. Swimming is good but there aren't any pools around here. I have seen thousands of infomercials on 'no impact' and I don't want to waste my money on things that might not work for me. So if you folks have some advice for me in this regard I'd appreciate it.
Secondly, I have no real interest in getting BIGGG. I just want to cut up my body, get defined without getting bulky. Since I've never really worked out as a regiment before (school has always interfered in whatever 'regiment' I'd want to set up), now that I'm starting work I need some help to get started.
I probably can't lift 10 lbs, can't bench much, etc. I do have big legs, and it runs in my family, and I think I could probably do a bit of work on my legs.. otherwise I'm a pretty weak person since I haven't had much routine at all in my life.
And as a result, I'm clueless on where to start. I've read about taking supplements but they tend to get expensive... I've tried nearly every protein bar and shake on the market and they all taste terrible and I'd throw up before I could use them. I have heard creatine is good -- not sure if it will help me or how it would. I generally eat a lot of protein and low carbs, but I don't worry much about my fat intake as I've been doing a semi-Atkins diet in order to keep my weight under control.
I'm just about 6 feet tall, and I weigh on average ~180-182 lbs.
I know it's a lot of questions but like I said I'm very clueless in EVERY regard. I've gone to tons of websites and they all say different things and I can't really ask questions. So I figured I'd come here where people are already 'in the know' and I can ask questions as they arise
I thank you for your help!