I tore my planters tendon a few years ago and I just can't do high impact exercise which is a lot of that bouncing motion. For strength training I use this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bSZj19AUU5I also there is quite a few chair/ball exercises you can find in the video section of spark people.
What about hula-hooping or kettleball workouts? you could save your strength training days for days you need to be in your apartment
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24 11/5/13 4:07 P
I also live in a flat, but I'm blessed with concrete floors. I've found some good floor exercises on here. Also, you can make housework and chores into an exercise, be inventive. I run up and down my stairs a few times a day too. Are there shops near you? I have Asda across the road, I make a point of walking briskly over to the shop often, so I shop little and often, I get more exercise this way. I'm trying to find some exercises that will help ones tummy fight the consequences of loosing weight, do you know of any?
11/5/13 3:57 P
Honestly I wouldn't worry about it and just do a workout. Use headphones instead of cranking music. Unless your morning starts at 3 AM, as long as it starts near a regular morning time (5 AM or later), you won't be doing it for very long, and your neighbor can just deal. It's part of the price of living in multi-unit housing. Everyone has to be noisy at times, and you just get it over with and deal and be as quiet as possible at other times.
I can hear my downstairs neighbor cough, pee, and snore. The neighbor across the hall comes in at 3AM every morning (restaurant shift, I think). The family below him has little kids that have tantrums almost every afternoon right after school and right before being fed dinner. Below that is a little yappy dog that barks for hours. Sharing my back steps area are several friendly partier-types that hang out and smoke and talk loudly all night long. My apartment is on a busy street that is a major route for emergency vehicles to other parts of the neighborhood, and it gets used for that purpose several times in every 24 hour period at all hours of the day and night.
I commend your desire to be a considerate good neighbor, but shortchanging yourself on your workout only hurts you and probably won't appreciably improve your downstairs neighbor's quality of life.
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11/5/13 11:53 A
You might want to check out this Spark article called getting fit without leaving the house. there are a lot of great ideas. Along with buying a set of resistance band or hand weights, you might consider a stability ball to do some core exercises.
How about DVDs ? Leslie Sanson's Walk Away the Pounds are low impact. that might be something you could do in the morning that wouldn't wake up the neighbors. Otherwise, how about a workout in the evening when your neighbors are less likely to be bothered by any noise ? Have you talked to them about finding a time when it would be okay for your to get in a workout ?
11/5/13 10:10 A
try resistance bands, very quiet
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11/4/13 4:56 P
There are these discs called "gliders" (basically it looks like someone rebranded upside down frisbees as fitness equipment). I use them for mountain climbers where my hands are on the floor and my feet are on the disks pumping back and forth. My roommates don't seem to notice when I do this and I too live in a creaky house.
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950 11/4/13 4:49 P
This is great- thank you!
11/4/13 4:41 P
I feel for you! I live in a house with creaky floors, and I exercise early in the morning before my hubby wakes up. If you are able to exercise near a computer or TV with youtube, try searching for "quiet cardio." There are a ton of options out there -- my favorites are the ones from Fitness Blender. They have specific videos that are designed to make as little noise as possible--and it totally works!
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950 11/4/13 3:57 P
I live in a second story apartment with creaky floors- meaning my downstairs neighbor already hates me. There are days when I simply can't get to the gym but I'd like to get some movement in. Now that it's getting cold and dark, I'd like to find some options that aren't walking around the block.
Any tips for some good moves to do first thing in the morning to get my energy up, but not wake up my neighbors?
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