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12/8/10 2:28 P

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A bike trainer is a frame that you put the back tire into, it elevates the tire some. That way you can bike indoors without having to buy an indoor exercise bike.

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ROXIE80's Photo ROXIE80 Posts: 54
12/8/10 1:57 P

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thanks rosarka! that's something i hadn't thought of doing yet!

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12/8/10 1:56 P

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Ivy, what is this 'bike trainer' you speak of? i do have a bike, but i also have an apartment with not a lot of space.

I love Zumba! I should look for a class to get into again!

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11/26/10 7:28 P

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I have a couple of ideas- take them for what its worth- I hate weight lifting, so what I do is a circut type workout that combines cardio and strength training. I do 10 minutes of moderate cardio (the Y I belong to has an indoor running track) but I will mix it up with the eliptical or stairclimber. Then I do a full body strenth training circut (i.e., all major muscles groups one set 15 reps) and I repeat this three times. This keeps me moving plus I switch exercises enough to keep it interesting. Anotehr idea is to do interval workouts on the treadmill or eliptical (search on sparkpeople they have pre-set workouts). You change your intensity a lot so it is challenging and keeps it interesting.

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11/26/10 10:11 A

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Do you have a pet? My best "trainer" is my dog nosing me every 10 min until I take her for a walk!

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11/24/10 4:54 P

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Zumba classes are also a lot of fun. In our area they are only advertsied "by word of mouth" because they are so popular & the classes fill so quickly.

Another idea if you have a bike is to get a bike trainer- much cheaper than buying an exercise bike.

Also something I do with the DVDs I already own is to put them into my laptop and follow along while watching the news on the TV. Makes the time go faster & I get smarter at the same time :)



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ROXIE80's Photo ROXIE80 Posts: 54
11/23/10 9:45 A

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Thank you so much to all of you! I have some good ideas to start with! I really appreciate your help!

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11/22/10 11:08 P

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if you enjoy the kickboxing workouts, i would recommend the turbo jam workouts also. they are a dancy, kickboxing type workout and lots of fun. I've been doing them off and on for years and just always enjoy them. Brazil butt lift is pretty good workout that is fun also.

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11/22/10 4:47 P

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It really makes time fly by if you have a friend to exercise with. Otherwise, I use music or TV on the cardio machines at the gym.
I used to love the Firm exercise tapes - they all combine cardio and strength, and are very effective in helping you to tone up.
Good luck!

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ATRANSFORMATION's Photo ATRANSFORMATION Posts: 9,242
11/22/10 1:42 P

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Richard Simmon's workouts. He is so silly, quirky and goofy, but does his best to make it fun.

Mall walking. We lived close to a mall and after I had major surgery, I had to gradually increase my strength. Hubby was in great shape, so he'd take off, and I would slowly meander at first. We'd pass going opposite directions, and it was hysterical. Eventually, I could keep pace with him. It was 1/4 mile from end to end. So four round trips was two miles. LOTS of fun things to see along the way. There are some malls that open early JUST for that reason...only walkers are allowed in the doors, before the stores open early. This works great IF you have a mall close by. AND gives you a chance to meet other people for a buddy. Because it IS true. Having someone else to work out with is great.

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11/22/10 11:44 A

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I suggest you look for a YMCA close to you there and see if they have the water aerobics and join them. Water aerobics, for my is fun and very calorie consuming. I end up energize and with no pain at all. The group is also, awesome!!! I love YMCA water aerobics!!!

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11/22/10 11:36 A

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I find that having a friend makes all the difference. Having one that goes with you or that you can meet up with makes time go by so fast!

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11/22/10 11:16 A

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How about investing in some more DVD's? I have Turbo Jam and Chalene Extreme, they offer a variety, which helps. I get bored easily too! I also have The Inside Out Method (Bob from the BL) and Insanity. Lots of variety helps keep things from getting boring and you can do them at home!

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11/22/10 10:49 A

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Hi to everyone on the team. I'm in need of some help and I know Spark people tend to have the best ideas.

I need some ideas on how to make working out fun. If it's not fun, I won't do it. I'm bored with the weight lifting routine and treadmill. I live in Wisconsin, so I have access to finding classes. It can be difficult to do outdoor activities right now because, while there's no snow yet, it's also very cold and wet out.

I have a Yoga and Pilates DVD and they are ok.

I have a moderate fitness level. I take a Kickboxing class that I have fun with and look forward to, but it's only offered 2 nights a week. I'm looking for a blend of cardio/strength training that can be done in 45-60 min in the morning.

Any ideas????

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