Well. I've found (and I'm almost as old as dirt, so I've learned a few things along the way) that sometimes in life, we have to choose between 2 things. Having both things at the same time is not an option-- we HAVE to choose. And either way we choose, we are not going to be perfectly content.
Take your situation. You want this training. But you also want your cardio like you're used to doing cardio. I'm assuming, with the choice between the 2 things, you're going for the training. Leaves you unhappy about the cardio. Unless you're willing to give up the training in favor of cardio the way you're used to it-- you're left with being as creative as possible about the cardio. I think you've gotten some good suggestions-- resistance bands, circuit training. And then as much cardio as you can get, on the weekends (sounds like you go "home" on the weekends?) and any day where the weather is cooperating.
Yes indeed, it is not what you're used to, and it is not what you'd prefer. But I'm assuming here that these 3 months will advance your education or career, in the direction you want to be going? 3 months is really *not* that long. I've found that I can stand just about anything, if I know for sure exactly when it's going to end. Get a big calendar and cross the days off as each one passes. If your apartment has stairs-- carry your stuff up from your car, one thing at a time. If the stairs are noisy-- after the first trip up, change your shoes out for a pair of soft-soled shoes or slippers. After doing the stairs a few times, you'd be ready for some circuits.
Someone told me once, "we don't have problems, we have preferences". I (personally) prefer to get my cardio outside. But when the weather is bad, I'll do a dvd. I don't like it as much, but it serves the purpose and beats lying around like a slug feeling sorry for myself because I can't have what I want. Which is what I used to do-- and how silly is that?? It's not forever, "this too shall pass", you can make it through 3 months of a back-up plan and stay fit!
I used to live in an apartment, so I know all about not being allowed to jump and thump around . After living in a house for almost 9 years, it's still weird to jump inside.
What about getting some Walk Away the Pounds workouts? They're very low-impact. Some do have "boosted walking" or jogging in place, but you can eliminate that part and just stick to walking.
And if even walking around your apartment is too disturbing for your neighbors, then I'd be inclined to think your neighbors are just trying to cause problems.
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21 6/24/13 5:32 P
I travel every week for work so I feel your pain. I stay in hotels so noise is also an issue if I try to workout in my room. Now I do strength training exercises that don't require a lot of jumping or thumping. Have you ever done any circuit training or high-intensity interval training? If you string the workouts together to make them into sets without rest in between the individual exercises it can be a great cardio workout.
For example: 30 seconds each of squats, pushups, tricep dips, crunches or planks, and leg raises.
Do all of those back-to-back without resting, then rest for a minute.
Then repeat the whole sequence again, 4-5 times.
I guarantee you'll be breathing hard. And if you get some resistance bands like was suggested below you'll have tons of other exercises you can add in. And none of them should be very noisy at all. It's a great way to get a cardio workout as well as strength training all at the same time.
Hope that helps!
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409 6/22/13 7:40 A
Have you made any new friends at work? Perhaps you can ask around or ask a friend if you can use their house for 30 minutes a couple of times during the week. If you explain your situation, someone might be willing to help you out. What a shame that you are working so hard to be diligent and not-so-nice or understanding people are thwarting your efforts. It's a shame there's no room or facility at your hospital. Maybe you could start and exercise group at work and lead a cardio class for your colleagues. Good luck and I hope the 3 months flies by for you:)
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55 6/22/13 7:05 A
If you can train on both weekend days and maybe somehow manage to squeeze in one short workout mid-week when you get an occasional weather window, you should probably be able to keep your fitness level ticking over even if you don't make huge gains. Especially if you are keeping your strength training up - or even making it a bit more intensive than usual - and just missing your cardio during the week. You'll still miss the cardio because it is such a great stress buster on weekdays, but I don't think you need to worry about your progress or your health.
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1,260 6/20/13 12:01 P
What a crummy situation for you:( HOpefully the next three months fly by and/or the weather gets better!
This is a small, rural hospital, and it does not have the features that hospitals in larger towns do. As far as walking the halls- I am a student here and I would not feel comfortable doing anything more than just a regular walk. Running or moving quickly in a small hospital like this would incite concern and talk, and I am the very first student from my program here, so I do not want to do anything to jeopardize my placement or my programs placement here. Believe me, this is almost stereotypical small town- Everyone knows everyone, and everyone talks. It's pretty snarky, actually.
I am just going to forego cardio when the weather is bad (hail again last night). I'll manage, it will just be difficult while I am here.
i see you said you work at a hospital. while you cant run, could you walk the hallways for some cardio after work? borrow their pt area? most hospitals have a weight or training room that they may be willing to let you use. or another option is if there is a parking garage in town to use it as you shelter. keep up the good work and i love your motivation and determination!
I did try to speak with the neighbors downstairs and they were less than receptive- In fact, I got another complain from them today, saying I wake up too early and it wakes them up. Well, sorry! I have to be at the hospital at 7am, so I get up at 5:30. This is for the next three months, and if I lose this apartment I cannot afford to stay in a hotel, so I will be in bad shape. It took two months to arrange this little place, if I lost it, no idea what I would do.
I was doing my DVD after I got off work- I wake up at 5:30 just to get ready, not going to wake up at 4am for fitness. I may be motivated, but not THAT motivated.
We have quarter sized hail again tonight and a bad thunderstorm besides, so I am just going to forgo the cardio unless the weather is better. I don't know what else to do. Buying cardio equipment is not something I can afford right now- I am paying for two apartments on a part-time salary while I finish this clinical rotation, so money is super tight.
I just need to suck it up and hope that doing my cardio activities on just the weekends is enough to keep me going and motivated. I will do some pilates tonight to keep myself moving. I think it is just all that I can do. I get bad cramps if I eat while doing active things so walking while I eat won't work for me (not sure why this is, just always has been).
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21,649 6/19/13 12:56 P
Elizabeth brings up a good point. Have you talked to your neighbors ? The time you're exercising may be the problem. If you're exercising at 5am and waking everyone up, I'd be pretty miffed too. Why not talk to your neighbors and find out when it is okay to workout. That might be a fair compromise for all involved. Just let them know, because of the weather, you'd like to be able to exercise indoors. Let them know it's only for three weeks. They may be more accommodating, if you explain your situation.
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1,260 6/19/13 12:28 P
You could try some Jillian MIchael's DVD's. If I remember correctly I didn't feel like 30 day shred was loud other than maybe jumping jacks which you could do something different. Have you tried Zumba? I love TurboFire and I know the strength videos would be fine if you did stuff like that but I guess the cardio would probably be really loud to the neighbors:( I have a lot of DVD's but I have only dealt with people above me while doing them and no one so I'm not conscious of that.
Have you tried talking to your neighbors below to let them know 30 minutes of the day or so is dedicated to your cardio and ask them what time frame of what' you have available is best? I would hope they'd understand, how crummy of them not to if they won't!
I'd walk/run in the rain but you sound like you're dealing with more than that. Maybe on nights when it isn't so bad (if you have any) you could settle for running in rain? Can you walk during lunch and eat at the same time?
Can you get a stationary bike or would that be too loud too? Again, maybe your neighbors would be understanding with something like that too if they knew ahead of time?
That is not ideal but like others have said your motivation seems high. I'll let you know if I think of anything else!
I stay motivated because I've been down the road before- Loose weight, get healthier, and then something comes along to derail me. I would always end up gaining the weight back, and then some. I am not going to let that happen to me again, which is why I am SO frustrated with the lack of fitness. I know I can keep eating right, but I love being active and I miss it.
As far as the suggestions- I had already done a full body strength training with body weight, but I must not have mentioned that I was wanting cardio specifically. I am in an apartment and the downstairs neighbors complained about my fitness activities from the two days prior, and I was told in no uncertain terms that if there is another complaint the landlady will kick me out.
This is a tiny, tiny town and the only hotels have no fitness centers- The town itself doesn't even have a rec center or YMCA. I am stuck here (Mon-Friday) for the next 3 months. I plan on doing my normal fitness on the weekends when I am home, but that is not enough. My body NEEDS the cardio activities.
The weather out here has been quite horrible, with tornadoes, hail, and thunderstorms that lasted until well after dark. I don't have time during the day (10 hour shifts with only a 30 minute lunch break that I use to eat my lunch), so evening times are all I have. According to the locals, the weather will probably be like this for the next several weeks- If not through the rest of the summer.
There are no malls or other large stores or shopping centers within a two hour drive in any direction, so that is out.
I tried doing SP videos but the internet here is exceedingly poor and the videos just would not load- Not that it matters, as I cannot do anything that requires me to "thump around", as the neighbor downstairs said.
I am afraid I simply have no options for cardio, unless the weather is fine. I am very frustrated by this, because I do cardio and strength in equal amounts and know that for me, I need both. Just one or the other is not enough. I still plan on doing my strength exercises, but I need that cardio, and to not get it will keep me beyond frustrated.
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21,649 6/19/13 5:44 A
Take a walk. Whenever I go on vacation or travel, I walk every where. Walking is fantastic cardiovascular exercise. If you're staying at a decent size hotel, most hotels have gyms. Use the hotel gym if the internet is wonky. I've stayed at Comfort Inns that had at least one elliptical or treadmill guests could use.
How long are you traveling for ? If you're on a business trip for a couple of days, you WILL NOT derail any of your efforts at good health because you can't do your normal exercise routine for a couple of days. You don't have to exercise every single day to be healthy or lose weight.
When it comes to weight loss, what matters most is what we eat. Good nutrition is what takes the weight off and keeps it off. Exercise is what keeps our bodies fit and healthy. In short, you can't outrun a bad diet with exercise. If you want to lose weight, you have to eat right first.
Also, if you don't want to thump around, then why not get a set of resistance bands. Have you been doing any strength training as part of your exercise routine ? If not, I'm going to encourage you to start. Don't neglect your strength, it IS an integral part of your overall health and fitness. Increase your lean muscle. When you add lean muscle that will not only increase your metabolism, it will help you lose INCHES too !! a good strength training program could help you drop 1-2 clothing sizes. If you don't want to use weights, use resistance bands. You can find them for cheap at any walmart, target, sears or even tj maxx.
I use resistance bands and weights and body weight exercises as part of my strength training. you don't have to do a lot to start. watch some of the SP videos. those will get you started. You can even sit in a chair and do upper body strength workouts to keep from thumping around too.
Try to get outside when the weather isn't violent. Does the house have a basement ? Ask if you can exercise in the basement so that you aren't bothering the neighbors.
That's so great you are that motivated. I would do what you can in the room where you are at. Doesn't have to be cardio. You can do lots like squats, lunges, push-ups, deadlifts, crunches, leg lifts, march in place softly. You will just need to get creative. Also, when I am at the grocery store I power walk with the cart. Just don't mow anyone over. Ha Ha! I walk in the rain, but not in a thunderstorm. Good luck, don't let this hold you back and clean eating will help.
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35 6/18/13 8:44 P
Hi, I was reading your topic, and you really inspire me, i had to tell you!! i weigh 227 lbs, and want to get to 150... i just restarted AGAIN today, and this time ima make myself do it right!!! Seeing that you did lose weight, and you love your fitness, and actually look fwd to it, made me realize, this is what i need!! I wish i could get more motivated, like you!! any tips? Were you always motivated??
I am traveling again and find that exercise is extremely difficult where I am. Every evening we've had rain, hail and tornadoes so I cannot go walk at the park. The town is small and has no fitness center. The internet is very weak and when I try to stream SP fitness videos it locks up. The only DVD I brought is cardio, and yesterday the neighbors complained to the landlady about all the "thumping around" I do, and was told no more or I get kicked out- And there aren't any other places to stay, unless I go to a hotel, and that is far pricier than I can afford. No indoor shopping areas less than 2 hours away, so no mall walking, either.
ARG!!! I need my fitness- Mainly I need my cardio, and I am feeling like this is bascially impossible to achieve right now. I tried doing stretches and some body weight strength work, but I am not satisfied at all.
Any suggestions would be great. If the weather stops before it grows dark I'll go out, but if it doesn't, no idea what to do.
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