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APPLEPIEDREAMS SparkPoints: (153,628)
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4/11/13 12:23 P

Does your college have a student recreation center? I have found that the student recreation centers are a fabulous deal if you are associated with the university. At the last two universities I've worked at, students were charged a mandatory fee for their student recreation center and were members whether they liked it or not.

I've used a Gazelle before and they're not bad. They're most like an elliptical I guess. The key with the Gazelle, as it is with any piece of cardio equipment, is to exercise regularly and to change up your program often enough so that you continue to be challenged. So, you might want to consider how often you can change up your routine when you are obligated to one piece of equipment.

You could also cruise garage sales (tis the season coming up!) for inexpensive cardio equipment or even craigslist. I got a stationary bike for a great deal on craigslist.

You can also start with a walking program (SparkPeople has some great articles on this) if you don't want to jog.

Edited by: APPLEPIEDREAMS at: 4/11/2013 (12:24)
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4/11/13 12:18 P

DRACONICDEV,

The gazelle has been around for many many years. It's a low impact type of elliptical trainer. If you really want to buy one, don't pay full price. If you check your local craigslist, you'll find listings of people looking to sell theirs for cheap. If you're really industrious, you might even find one for free on trash day. I've found all sorts of perfectly good pieces of exercise equipment on trash day. while many pieces are broken, there were plenty that just needed a cleaning.

You don't have to jog to lose weight. When it comes to weight loss or weight gain, what matters most is what you eat. Good nutrition is what takes the weight off and keeps it off. Exercise is what keeps our bodies fit and healthy. What you do for exercise depends on what your fitness goals are. In short, you can't outrun a bad diet with exercise. If you want to lose weight, you have to eat right first.

I've tried the gazelle and it's fine, BUT I think you'll get better results of you start with a daily walk. Walking is wonderful low impact cardiovascular exercise. All you need is a good pair of walking shoes. You really don't need the gazelle. But if you do buy, like I said, check craigslist first.

And if you are a college student, check out the gym facilities at school. You had to pay fees for the gym, use it. Go see what sorts of aerobics classes they have listed. If they have zumba, try zumba. zumba is a low impact, Latin danced based workout. it's fun and a great form of exercise. Another exercise that won't hurt your knees is spinning. that's a low impact high intensity indoor cycling class. that's another possibility.



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4/11/13 10:00 A

Hi everyone. I'm pretty new here, but I was just wondering if anyone has ever used a Gazelle with good results?

Here's the thing...

I'm a college student, so I'm on a budget. I'm overweight, so I want to spare my knees and do something a little easier on the joints than jogging.

The Gazelle looked perfect for my needs, but I've never really heard of it before, and I know it was first introduced on an infomercial, so I want to make sure it's not just a scam.

Any info, tips, or good experience stories would be appreciated!

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