Hi, I am going to be talking to a recruiter at the end of this month and getting the enlistment process started to join the Army. I have been working out, trying to get in shape before Basics. I am a 26 (almost 27) year old female, 5 ft 6, weight ranges from 135-140 lbs. Anyways I've noticed that some of my workouts are not going well.
1. I can only do about 7 pushups and can't seem to increase the number.
2. I can't run even 1/2 a mile without having to stop and catch my breath. I've tried many breathing technique I found online (like the 2-2 method) but they don't seem to work for me. I either start holding my breath or breathing too fast, either way the result is the same, my body feels like it's not getting enough oxygen and I have to stop and catch my breath. Now I noticed that I can jog in place for over 4 miles (Wii Fit Plus) with no problem, it's the actual running that I have problems with.
Also can someone give me information about calorie intake. I've cut my calorie intake to about 1500 a day but I've been gaining weight and there are days when after I eat I still feel hungry. I've cut back on my soda intake and don't eat as many sweets or salty (pepperoni is my favorite snack but I can't eat it anymore). I just don't know what I am doing wrong. I do situps, pushups and running multiple times during the day so I should be doing better but I haven't been. I am worried that at this rate, I won't be able to survive Basics.