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2/12/14 10:23 A

Thanks for the suggestions. The YMCA is closed today, so I went for a walk in the snow. Walking in the snow isn't so bad. I just couldn't walk for as long as I wanted but that's ok. It was still a good walk. I do prefer to do my cardio in the morning. If there is any ice and I do go for a walk, I'll try to stay in the grass and occasionally walk on the road. I'd wait till the sun came up so I could see and it would be a bit warmer.

The strength training/cardio based workouts sound interesting. I have Billy Blanks Taebo DVD that has 8 10 minute workouts that are a lot like what has been described. I have two other DVDs of Billy Blanks (one is a 45 minute core workout and the other is more Taebo based). Most of my strength is body weight exercises, but the ones that are mentioned are probably doable for strength training/cardio combo., except for the burpees (doesn't work too well with bppv - a form of vertigo).

Thanks again for all the suggestions.

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2/11/14 11:53 A

Walking outside is ok but do be careful about the ice. I've gotten down walking on it pretty well but I live in Michigan and see it all the time (plus I have ice cleats for it gets really dicey).

I like the recommendation of body weight workouts indoors. I've also seen enough aerobic type videos that I can do a combination of the moves from memory (and have in cases like being at a hotel and not having the right shoes to hit the fitness room). Maybe set a timer and do a combination of things like that?

SASAHAMMER Posts: 129
2/11/14 11:03 A

I've been getting a good workout of strength and cardio this year from shoveling snow. If it's ice you'll miss out on the shovel work though.

One of my favorite routines with no equipment is as follows:

10 squats, 1 pushup
9 squats, 2 pushups
8 squats, 3 pushups
7 squats 4 pushups
etc, until your last round is 1 squat and 10 pushups

You can repeat this as many times as you like and it's a good one to incorporate with other cardio. Sometimes I'll run a mile then do this circuit and repeat. I also use a burpee to transition between the squat and the pushup.

For core I like the 5 minute plank:
60 seconds plank in pushup position
30 seconds plank on forearms
30 seconds on forearms right foot elevated
30 seconds on forearms left foot elevated
30 seconds right side plank on forearm
30 seconds left side plank on forearm
30 seconds plank in pushup position
60 seconds plank on forearms

You can always adjust your intervals for your fitness level, but if this doesn't leave you quivering, sign up for the Olympics.

Hope you don't lose power.

Edited by: SASAHAMMER at: 2/11/2014 (11:08)
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2/11/14 11:00 A

Thanks for the reminder about the jump rope. It's in the trunk of my car. I'll go get it and bring it inside. I can jump rope in the driveway or on the front porch.

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2/11/14 10:45 A

get some 1/2" hex head screws and put them in your shoes.

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2/11/14 10:35 A

Jump rope.

Jumpingjacks

Burpees

Running in place.....

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2/11/14 10:31 A

I'm in the southeastern US and, as I'm sure most of you know, we've got some snow. The snow itself isn't the problem...it's the potential for ice on the roads and power lines. There is a chance that the power will go out tomorrow and/or Thursday.

I was wondering if you guys had any suggestions on cardio that I can do if I am unable to get to the gym (if it's closed) and if the roads are too icy for me to walk or ride my bike.

If the power is out, then I can't do any DVDs or online videos. I've considered slipping on my hiking boots and walking around the neighborhood (in the afternoon). I know that I can do my strength training on one of those days. But I do enjoy doing cardio 5 days/week.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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