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PRETTYLILHEFFER Posts: 1,753
1/16/12 3:22 P

I only workout at home. Leslie Sansone WATP's DVD's, dance cardio dvd's, all rock. Not a lot of jumping either, so it would keep a volume to a minimum, plus you sweat!

CLOBELLO Posts: 14
1/16/12 2:10 P

these are such great ideas and I can't thank all of you enough for responding. The weather is actually going to warm up a bit so I'm going to try and get outside to walk. I am going to definitely try everything suggested. I wish all of you much more success and thanks again.

MPLANE37 SparkPoints: (65,234)
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1/16/12 1:54 P

The cheapest and most effective cardio you can do is jumping rope, if you can (in the beginning it may be that you cannot exceed half a minute of jumping rope). But gradually one can build on it, just like in any exercise. Not only it is the cheapest (you don't even need a rope, just jump as if there is a rope in your hand), but also it burns the most calories per minute. Choose a hard surface if you don't want to make too much noise and make sure that you wear a decent pair of shoes. It has higher impact on your feet and joints than running.

If you can't jump and can't use a machine, basically the cardio workouts are out (even dancing involves some form of jumping). Your best bet is strength training with free weights. Strength training will surely help you lose the fat, but will not do much to improve your cardio performance.

Edited by: MPLANE37 at: 1/16/2012 (14:01)
CORTNEY-LEE SparkPoints: (54,645)
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1/16/12 1:45 P

I like to walk - - I walk even in the freezing cold sometimes. I think it feels great to get outside and enjoy the fresh air. It is good for the lungs. I also belong to a gym where I work out 3 times a week,

WOODWINKED8 Posts: 126
1/16/12 1:13 P

Several of the Jillian Michaels videos would work...at the points where they do jumping jacks (which I find to be the only thing that really does make a lot of noise) i just continue the previous move until they finish or run in place

KURS10B Posts: 4,677
1/15/12 6:15 P

If you don't have carpet, go buy some rubber mats or an area rug. That can help keep the sound from carrying downstairs. Not all videos are jumping around. You can probably find many that you won't make tons of noise doing.

KITTY22KAT SparkPoints: (7,222)
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1/15/12 5:13 P

I'm in the same sort of situation as most exercises are cut out so i don't disturb my neighbours, but i got a exercise bike which is amazing and cheaper then other machines and i also use my wii alot i recently bought zumba and after 2 weeks of playing most days i can already notice a difference. good luck on ur journey x

CONFINEDKAOS SparkPoints: (1,960)
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1/15/12 4:22 P

I would use the stairs regularly, I think it's a great way to get your heart rate up. Also some energetic dancing might be good. I love dancing around the house when no-one's watching.

TURTLERASKIN Posts: 2,067
1/15/12 1:49 P

Well, if you have an Xbox or Wii or some gaming system, there are lots of exercise games you can do. There are also exercise videos, either on DVD or here on spark or on hulu. If you go to the Fitness tab under Healthy Lifestyle, look for some of Coach Nicole's cardio videos. Great way to start!

CLOBELLO Posts: 14
1/15/12 12:28 P

I need to start exercising but am not ready to start a gym membership just yet, although its definitely in my future plans. However, in the meantime, I want to start doing cardio at home. I live in a 3 story apt building and have walked the stairs from time to time but would like to know what type of cardio exercises can be done at home without any machines. Keep in mind that I cannot do jumping jacks as I would disturb my neighbors below me. Any advice would be most helpful

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