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FTSOLK Posts: 1,248
12/17/13 1:55 A

It's cold. I pretty much stick to indoor workouts when the weather is bad. I'm just not a fan of temperature extremes.

I have a $50 gift card (ok, $48.93), which means it'll only cost me $57 out of pocket for a year's gym membership. It might not work on Christmas day, but it'll be an option for weekends, or if I need another option to DVDs on other days. It won't always be an option; weather will definitely be a factor, but it's not going to snow every Saturday.

I can even get the membership this week, and that'll give me a place to go work out on the 24th and 26th. Christmas Day may not work out, but the days before and after will work. Working out at my friend's house (it's a him, by the way) won't work. I typically don't go upstairs because it's not as clean, and neither of us want to get sweaty and gross before eating. Especially since I won't have the option to jump into the shower. I may be able to squeeze in at least a 1-2 mile walk with Leslie Sansone in the morning, but there's no guarantee.

Honestly, while I've been working out lately, I'm not doing anything on a super consistent basis. I've been working out about 4 days a week, but my main focus is tracking/diet (on another website- not here). I figure just getting my toes wet in exercise will be enough for now. Making sure I work out on MOST days (at least 4 days per week) should be sufficient to start. Then, after the holidays (or, rather after Christmas), I'll work more on my workouts.

FIELDWORKING SparkPoints: (26,235)
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12/16/13 2:44 P

What about going outside for a walk?

MLEHTO SparkPoints: (51,278)
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12/16/13 2:14 P

Another thought occurred to me after I posted my last reply. You might want to check out some of the limited mobility workouts. I know you don't have limited mobility but many of those also work with limited space since many are chair workouts, etc. Just a thought.

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12/16/13 1:59 P

I understand about not wanting to work out in front of people. I tend to workout after my hubby has gone to bed (he gets up at 3:45 am to go to work). As for strength training, bands don't require much floor space and generally if you've got room to stand you've got room to do squats and lunges.

Good luck!

DIDS70 Posts: 5,079
12/16/13 12:49 P

there are meet up groups too. I have used several of these to get in some good walking. I don't like walking in the snow/cold/ice either, but I love the suggestion about going to a mall. most of the malls here open about 7 or 8 for mall walkers.
It may not help you on Christmas itself, but did you talk to your friend about exercising before dinner at her place? hey, maybe she can work out with you too.

Not every store will be closed on Christmas day. The main malls might, but maybe there is a kmart or similar store that may be open early. I know the malls open at night if there is a movie theater attached. We see movies every on Christmas and one year we went earlier and were able to walk the theater.

Where there is a will, there is a way. You just have to be more open to it which as the previous poster indicated, you are not.

SIMPLELIFE2 Posts: 707
12/16/13 11:57 A

How about saying,"Dad, I'm going to be downstairs from 10 to 11 a.m. so please wear a robe or pants?"

Whether you think you can or can't, it is true. If you are truly determined, you will find a way. If not, you will find an excuse. There is never going to be a perfect alignment of the planets that will make this easy, but it doesn't have to be as hard as you make it, either.

One observing your posts would find a predictable pattern. You pose a problem that is preventing you from reaching your goals. The kind and caring members continue to keep rushing in to provide support and advice. You shoot down their suggestions and then jump to ridiculous scenarios, like waking in mesh shoes in ice and snow that almost makes the member sound crazy for suggesting such a thing. And, no, it is NOT your only choice.

Go to the mall or nearest superstore and walk the perimeter. Talk to family members about your plans and a schedule. Get new DVDs from the library for FREE. Find some workouts on YouTube for FREE. Use body weight exercises. Ask for resistance bands for Christmas. Ask for gym membership money for gifts and pool it together. See if your church has space available for members form an exercise group. They can bring mats and you could just show DVDs, no money needed.

But,I'm sure I will get a bullet-point response why none of this will work. My hope is that other members will see that they can find solutions and make it happen no matter what their circumstances. Sure, others may have it easier. But if there is a will, there is always a way.

FTSOLK Posts: 1,248
12/16/13 10:34 A

I suppose I could try it, but if I leave my room before noon on the weekends, I risk my dad freaking out at me for being out of my room. (He doesn't always like going downstairs with clothing on... blech). And that certainly won't help me on Christmas.

I guess I can jump up and down with my arms crossed. I might have enough room for that. I don't have enough room to do a 30 day shred or planks in my room. I also can consider walking in the ice and snow. Of course, that will be the only time I can go out in the week since my walking shoes have mesh tops. It will be a miserable workout (I hate the cold/ice/snow), but it looks like it is my only option.

CHEETARA79 SparkPoints: (78,004)
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12/16/13 9:04 A

How about getting up early to workout? Maybe your family likes to sleep in on the weekend and you can get up an hour early and do your workout?

If you really want to workout, you will find a way to make it happen!

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12/16/13 8:36 A

I understand the issues of a small house! I live in a small apartment and won't work out when my BF is at home. I grew up in a tiny house and would do workout tapes in the AM before school in front of everyone. LOL

Maybe you should switch up your days so that you do need to do some strength training on the weekend so you can do planks or wall sits or something in your bedroom.

Alternately, what about just running/jumping in place? Jillian Michaels has us do that in her 30-Day Shred video, no room needed!

Just don't let this be your excuse not to do what you need to do, OK?

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12/16/13 8:21 A

How about walking or doing a calastenics workout outside? Yes, its cold but once you start moving the cold will feel good because you won't get overheated as quickly.

SELENITYLUNARE SparkPoints: (16,509)
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12/16/13 3:17 A

Do you have enough room for a mini cycle? The Gold's Gym one is just $25 and has a tension control. I use it for 60 minutes a day on the highest setting and am sweating every time!

Otherwise, are you able to go outside into the yard and do some exercises? Or perhaps a local gym/ track? My local high schools have a track they let people use and I see people there all the time.

FTSOLK Posts: 1,248
12/16/13 3:10 A

I barely have enough room to walk next to my bed. My room is TINY. Even if I had room to do a push-up, one slight turn of my body and I will hit my head on my desk or bed. Besides, I'm looking for CARDIO ideas. I don't strength train on weekends.

MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 14,282
12/16/13 2:43 A

Strength training shouldn't have to take up a whole lot of space. The slow and controlled movements of ST should mean you need less free space of ST than the faster pace movements of cardio.

A simple but effective bodyweighy routine of:
* squats/lunges
* planks
* deadlifts/airplane pose
* pushups

takes very little space. If you have enough room to walk around your bed, you should have enough room for a plank. Resistance bands are a cheap, versatile and easily storable piece of exercise equipment.

Seated workouts by their nature take up very little space. www.sparkpeople.com/resource/lifestyle_cen
ter_detail.asp?id=19


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FTSOLK Posts: 1,248
12/15/13 11:19 P

I currently live at home with my parents. Our house is small- and my bedroom is the smallest on the house. This means that the only space for me to work out is in the living room after I move the coffee table. This a fine set-up Monday through Friday, but it's not the same on weekends. I try to work out on Saturdays, but it's different with my family there.

First off, I'm often fighting for the television. Sometimes, my parents or sister want to use the TV to watch things, and even though my parents have a television in their bedroom, if either of my parents want to use the TV, then I'm outranked.

I also just HATE working out when other people are home. I wish I had a private place to do my workouts. My mom has been known to stand there and stare at me while working out, and it's a little uncomfortable. I don't mind working out in public (like at a gym), but at least at a gym there are other people there to watch, and I know most people there don't care about what I'm doing. When I'm at home, my mom is watching ME struggle through the workouts (and she is definitely a pot calling the kettle black when it comes to fitness and diet).

So, any advice? I've been working out 4-5 days per week because I just can't bring myself to work out when my family is home. The thought almost makes me sick to my stomach; the knots in my stomach are too much.

I do plan on getting a gym membership in the future, but for now, are there any cardio workouts that require almost NO space, but still give a good burn. The space I have to work out in private isn't even enough to do a Leslie Sansone workout without some awkward maneuvering, and those workouts require VERY little space, so I'm really limited. There's no way I can do a strength training session in here. I'm just hoping to get a cardio workout in when I need the privacy- like on Christmas Day before I go to my friend's house for dinner.

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