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6/10/14 4:46 P
Maybe you can research online and see if there is a walking park (or bike path like the previous poster suggested) nearby. It would be a safe place to walk in the morning or evening when it's cooler. Where I live, there is a high school gym that allows people to walk around, as well as many walking paths.
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6/10/14 2:47 P
Is it safe to walk around your neighborhood ? Is there a park or bike path where you could walk if you don't want to walk indoors or do workout DVDs ? Walking is wonderful cardiovascular exercise. If you don't want to walk outside because of the heat, then walk at your local mall. lots of people mall walk when it's raining out.
Do you like to dance ? Zumba is extremely popular. that's a Latin dance based aerobics workout that you could do at home or at your local gym. Many gyms offer Zumba because it has become so popular. If you think Zumba may be too intense, they now have Zumba Gold. that's a lower intensity workout for people who are older or may have joint issues.
How about martial arts ? gardening, baseball, racket ball, volley ball, golf, bowling, water aerobics, etc... it's all good. Do something you enjoy. When you enjoy doing something, you look forward to doing that something each and every day.
If you really enjoy swimming, stick with swimming. if you get bored with it, they even have aqua zumba.
those who suggested walking indoors....how? I dislike watching videos on youtube ir Leslie Sansone etc the idea of being stuck to a screen in order to workout is bizarre to me. I managed to go to the pool twice since I posted, I feel like a fish when I swim, what an amazing feeling!! I wish I can transfer that feeling to other exercises that r practical for me!!
As others have mentioned walking is an excellent exercise, of course full body, and something one can do for a life time without much let up.
I would suggest walking in your home. Depending on where you are in your fitness level start off wit 10-15, and after a few days pick up the time by 5 mins. In order to keep it something not unattainable I'd say 30 mins. is sufficient enough for a routine. After doing your routine at a time of 30 mins. you can add different movements right after walking backward for a few steps, and then proceed side to side, and finishing off going crisscross. If you feel very good after this sequence you can immediately start to lunge forward for a set number of lunges, and finish off going into a backward lunge in the same amount of reps.
This can be done every other day, and on the days in between you can do squats, and immediately afterward jumping in place for either a set number jumps, or breaths taken, and little by little improve either your number of reps, or breaths, as the weeks progress. You will get into, and maintain a good to very good fitness level with this exercise regimen. Good luck.
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12 6/9/14 12:44 P
As someone who is disabled & uses a wheelchair full-time, I understand the frustration of trying to find fun exercise activities that are close by & accessible. I also have to be careful of the weather both hot & cold.
Here is what I do:
7 am - walk 1-2 miles daily 10 am - find cardio video on YouTube 2 pm - find another cardio video on YouTube 4 pm - depends on the day MWF - find a strength training video on YouTube STTS - either take a 2nd walk or find a cardio video on YouTube 8 pm -find a yoga video on YouTube
I also set my phone alarms for every hour to remind me to stretch & move for at least 5-15 minutes because I tend to lose track of the time & spend a lot of time on the computer.
There are so many exercise videos on YouTube. You can do them in the comfort & privacy of your own home. I don't know if you can hook up a Wii system to a laptop or not but I believe there are tennis games to play. I really need to get back on the Wii as well. They are a lot of fun. You can still listen to your lectures or music rather than the videos once you get the routines down. You could also get a child's indoor basketball hoop & play your own game. It's not quite the same but it still gets you moving. I still encourage you to try to go swimming at least 1-2 times per week. I plan to join a gym next month that has a pool as I too LOVE to swim. Hope this helps.
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I do encourage you to get swimming maybe once or twice a week since you enjoy it. And the exercise you stick is one you enjoy.
I do, however, encourage you to try and find other exercise you enjoy. SP has several free videos and a lot of great ideas at your finger tips. So does YouTube. And your local library, which may be in walking or biking distance may also have DVDs to check out.
Do you have a park with a playground nearby? The playground has equipment that you can utilize to level up in activities like planks (try putting your hands on the seat of a black rubber swing and push out and bag), push-ups, squats, sprints.
On a side note, I think a lot of people don't enjoy exercise. I know I don't all the time. But, as you said, you feel great after a good session.
I like simming but getting to the pool is a hassle: I need to go to the bus station , take the bus, get to the pool, get undressed... too many things. And then get back on the bus and come home... too much time wasted in JUST the logistics... I don't like any other exercise, perhaps walking but just because I can plug earphones and listen to a lecture. I cant walk anymore because where I am it gets waaaay toooooo hot in the summer and it is a torture.
I don't enjoy exercising except for basketball and tennis but those also are inaccessible ( the closest courts are an hr away)) ... I DO like how I feel after exercising, it is like a miracle: My mood, my energy levels, my mental state... it is AMAZING!
Should I just go to the pool since it is the only exercise I like? Maybe I should buy one of these games? I don't have a TV screen fyi so everything I see is on laptop.
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