There's all kinds of great bodyweight strength training (squats, pushups, crunches). For cardio, I'd recommend getting a jump rope (less than $10) or doing jumping jacks.
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I REALLY want zumba core! it looks so fun!
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If you get bored with your workout DVDs, go to the library to borrow different ones each week. Your local library is not only a great resource for books, but they have DVDs and CDs there too. Another place to check is your local Goodwill or Salvation Army. You can find TONS of cheap workout DVDs as well as used and gently used exercise equipment.
And well, if you're feeling ambitious, I like walking around my neighborhood on trash day. I've found stationary bikes and ellipticals that were still in decent condition. You can even find really great deals on used exercise equipment on Craigslist or even Freecycle. Some people will give the item to you free if you're willing to come pick it up.
Also, buy a jump rope. Jumping rope is great exercise. You can find those for under $10 at any sports store.
You can also find thousands of different workouts posted on YOUTUBE. Try some of those as well to mix up your routine.
Walk too ! I walk everywhere. Walking is wonderful cardiovascular exercise.
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Spark videos are great and they are free.
1/17/13 12:41 P
See if you can get your hands on a copy of You Are Your Own Gym: The Bible of Bodyweight Exercises by Mark Lauren. There's another great book out there called Convict Conditioning, but that's a little more hard to find. :)
I just started using Kettlebells. I do a video but the kettlebell set I bought at Walmart (the Jillian Michaels set) came with an instructional video and a poster of a bunch of different moves. You could do something like that while watching TV.
What I like about the kettlebells is that it's a bit more challenging then just doing say lunges or squats because you have the weights but you can make it as challenging as you want or less challenging by using heavier or lighter weights so as you progress in your fitness journey you don't just do more lunges (which equals more time and to me, more boredom) instead you add more weight as you get stronger. I like that it can be both toning and cardio if you do an aerobic type video with the kettlebells.
If you want more cardio in your workout instead of just doing step touch and WATP moves you could add in more challenging cardio just a little at a time by running/sprinting or jumping jacks or mountain climbers during the commercials or just go all out with your cardio moves during the commercials to get your heart rate up more then bring it back to lower intensity during the show. That way your getting your heart rate up a bit more and challenging yourself a little without exhausting yourself and going too hard for too long so you can't do it or hate it. For me, I hate exercising when it's too hard but if it's too easy I feel like I'm not getting a good enough workout and I think my workouts should be a little challenging so I just add it spurts of hard parts so it's not impossible or unbearable (which I find too discouraging).
"Change is a state of mind."
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5,092 1/17/13 10:11 A
I like doing Plyometrics at home - I have a list of maybe 15 plyo moves, so I do each one for 30 seconds and then rest for 30 seconds.
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I hated going to the gym trainers are too pushy and I hate the feeling of people staring at my boobs. So I bought myself a Wii, the Wii fit plus game and board and a couple of other fitness games. Its better then any gym, sensors monitor your movements, it keeps track of your progress, weight, activity, calories, etc. My favorite game is the Zumba Core, but there are ton of other games if dancing is not your thing.
There's tons of cardio moves you can do while watching TV, and as long as you're doing them at a decent intensity for at least 10 minutes, getting your HR up, or at a high intensity in an interval/circuit style, then yes, it counts as exercise. I'm not sure what your current fitness level is, but there's jumping jacks, "ghost" rope (fake jump roping), mountain climbers, goriners, high knees, burpees, football runs, skaters, lateral jumps, running in place, jump squats, tire jogs, grapevine, butt kickers and tuck jumps, just off the top of my head.
If you're a beginner, or have trouble getting on the ground, I'd suggets doing jumping jacks, running in place, ghost rope and butt kickers for a minute apiece with 30 seconds rest in between each exericse for 2-3 rounds, with a minute of rest in between rounds, and see how you feel.
YouTube also has lots of videos, if you're willing to follow a video instead of watching TV. Honestly, you could just jog in place for 20 minutes as well.
For strength moves, push-ups (you can start with wall push-ups and work your way to full ones), squats, lateral lunges, lunges, planks for bodyweight exercises. Invest in some adjustable dumbbells or resistance bands, find some exercises here on SP and put together a TV time routine. You could do flys, reverse flys, lateral raises, front raises, overhead press, etc.
Edited by: JENMC14 at: 1/17/2013 (08:44)
I am 5'4". Starting Weight (4.6.11) 164.6 First Goal 130 - Reached September 2011 Currently maintaining under 120 and working on changing my mental image of myself!
1/17/13 7:28 A
There are a lot of exercise videos here on Spark-- put you cursor on "Healthy Lifestyle" at the top of the page, and then when the drop-down box comes up, choose "Fitness". On the Fitness page, there are choices for videos, and also demos-- where they show a picture of a person doing the exercise and also an explanation. The videos include both cardio and strength, there are pilates and all kinds of stuff.
I often do a video while watching tv-- I set my laptop on the ottoman (a coffee table would work) and tilt the screen so I can see it.
Edited to add: I've not had a gym membership at all, through my weight loss journey (I'm too cheap, and besides, where I live it would take much longer to get to the gym and back, than it would to exercise at home and get it over with.
Edited by: MISSRUTH at: 1/17/2013 (07:30)
Ruth in Cookeville, TN Central Time Zone
Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think - Christopher Robin to Pooh
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2,092 1/17/13 7:15 A
ok I dont have access to a gym anymore and I need/want to do exercises I can do inside while watching tv. Ive been doing lunges, leg lifts, pilates for abs, and also been doing step touch and leslie sansone WATP moves like the knee lifts and the kicks while watching tv does that count as exercise?? can you give me exercises I can do while watching tv that are cardio or exercise ??
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