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I do most of my exercise indoors. At the moment, I'm doing a couple of kickboxing themed fitness dvd's which make me sweat buckets, but I love them! I'm really un-coordinated lol, but I follow them pretty well and they really energise me.

I do get a bit of outdoor exercise, like walking here and there, plus I cycle to my part-time job, so thats exercise without even having to think about it, because I have to get to work and its either go on my bike or walk, which would take at least twice as long.
But yes, I get plenty of indoor exercise, and I love it!

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No to the "quick start" idea! LOL Overworking a cold muscle will cause cramping issues. But it IS okay to just get on the bike and go--only go slowly for the first few minutes to let the muscles warm up before you jump into any notions of speed or resistance...
Advice from my physical therapist! LOL
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My doc said to warm up by starting slow for 5 min, then gradually work up to speed.
I'm fortunate to be have two doorways in each downstairs room so that I can walk in circles. 8-) I prefer being outside, but the weather doesn't always cooperate. Strength-training is definitely not an outdoor sort for me - I'd do that in the closet, if I could, so nobody could watch me work.

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5/16/13 8:05 A

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I've got a question about stationary bike exercise. I've just purchased an upright bike and just starting to exercise after a long time. In general, does a person need to do any pre-exercise before getting on the bike? Is the "quick start" normally a good way to just get going?

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We could walk a faster pace through our house. This is difficult now, but I have a indoor stairway to the basement, when I get into better shape(I have low back and right knee pain currently), I'd like to stairwalk. Do standing stretches while your cooking. There are many ways to move our arms. Let's try different things, it couldn't hurt.
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I am so blessed this year! My insurance added a free membership to Silver Sneakers - a free fitness program for seniors. We have a participating gym close by with an indoor pool as well as all kinds of machines we can work out on if we like. They offer several classes specifically for seniors but we have been taking their Aqua Fit class - my granddaughter is signed up on a student discount too. My goal is to improve my lung capacity so I might eventually get off oxygen or at least cut down, plus I know exercise is great for diabetics (type 2 since 2007). So far, after just 3 classes and 2 more days a week of going just to swim and do our own workouts I am feeling a great deal improved. Not ready to get off oxygen yet, but better :)

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I have a treadmill also. My goal is to use it every day for 30min.

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I love music, so when I have it on, it get's me moving. Help's me out of douldrum days, and gives me some energy. We have a treadmill, my goal is 30 min. on T/T/S. I have some weights and a mat. Plus my animals keeping me on my toes!

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12/10/11 8:35 P

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Well, you mentioned the Richard Simmons DVD's, I like to do them if no one is home!! I love to listen to music and dance, just don't want anyone to see me!! LOL I have a tredmill that I can use. I try to walk the 10,000 steps with the pedometer. I have really enjoyed having that. If I look at it, and it is too low, I will get up and start moving round. I have t see what I have done--the numbers are great. I also like to do the strenght training that is on SP. I have picked some that I just know and can do anywhere in the house. For example, if I am waiting for the laundry to get done, you know that last few min., I will do push ups on the wall or calf lifts. I have also found that the strength training helps releave stress, and I can surely use that!! Now, I do change it up, I get tired of too much of the same thing. That helps too.
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I dont' like to exercise either. I try to do 2 30 minute walks each day. If the weather is bad, I have an excercycle I can use. I got to try the Wii at my niece's house and loved it! We played bowling. Now I am trying to get friends and family to go do real bowling. I think it is fun and I haven't done it in years. Maybe you and your daughter could try bowling. I am not good at it at all, but I do it just for fun. I don't care how badly I do it, or what others think of my bowling style. I am there to move and laugh and have a good time. It's silly, but fun!

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I like the SP ten minute videos. I like the strength exercises on SP too. I switched to a ball to sit on and am wondering if that is going to make much difference??? My favourite indoor exercise right now (other than swimming and reading while walking in the pool and doing aquafit) is playing "Just Dance" on the wii with my DD. She is quite obese and has difficulty finding activities she enjoys as she hates the outdoors, but this we can do together. Even our guests sometimes join in.

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11/20/11 10:18 P

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Yes, I am using the Leslie Sansone videos too. Now that winter is finally here in the north, snow on the ground, it is easier to do exercises inside where it is warm. I am also using my treadmill. I play music while walking on it. It helps me to keep up my stride and makes it more fun to walk.

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11/16/11 12:44 P

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I also use the Leslie Sansone "Walk Away the Pounds" DVD's. Since I am just beginning (again) an exercise regime, I started with her 20 min., 1 mile walk which is a great way to ease into moving your body. The 2-mile, 30 minute DVD is a good workout, especially if you use weights (hand weights, canned food, filled water bottles). My goal next week is to move to the 3-mile walk. emoticon

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11/5/11 12:34 P

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Good point!!

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Just a reminder... strength training doesn't necessarily have to include weights--your own body is the best equipment money CAN'T buy! LOL

There are those squats mentioned here--and try the version called "wall slides", to improve posture and balance in the process. There are abduction and adduction standing or floor exercises, something like what pilates does... there are lunges, there are various kinds of pushups and hand slides (another wall exercise)... I think you get the idea.

And there's all that HOUSE as equipment. When was the last time you chased cobwebs, scrubbed the walls, turned mattresses and couch cushions, cleaned the inside of the kitchen cupboards? Hm.

Who needs a gym?? Not me, I need--oops, I AM-- a housekeeper! LOL

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I have and like that one too - also purchased at Walmart - but I also like the one called Walk Away the Pounds (Deluxe Edition) that has 3 workouts- all of them incorporating light weights. I got this one two years ago at Walmart as well, so I don't know if they have them in store right now, BUT if they don't, they will have them at walmart.com. Good hunting! and walking too!

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Walmart carries some of the DVDs, I got her latest one - 5 Really Big Miles for about $10 (cheaper than Amazon.com) but mine doesn't have a big selection. Target may also have them.

I like this one because it has 5 1-mile segments, so you can do 1 or all 5 or any number. I also have another 5-mile DVD and several of her earlier ones.

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11/3/11 11:08 A

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I am also buying the DVD.

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11/3/11 11:04 A

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I sure was glad to see this post. I just order the walking DVD and was trying to figure how I was going to get some exercise in. I have been doing some physical therapy at home since my surgery 4/5 weeks ago and tomorrow is my last day. I have not been able to get around much the last few years (knee replacement) but I am ready to change that and my blood sugar is a lot higher now since the surgery and I am trying to bring it back down.

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Thanks! I really like it and think I will go to amazon and buy it! It gets so cold here in WI.

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The Walk Away the Pounds series of videos are very simple indoor walking to music and or Leslie Sansone's cueing. The beginner ones are about a 20-minute walk, and include walking in place, walking forward and backward (2 steps forward/2 steps back), side steps, knee lifts, low kicks. Some of them also have some upper arm movement. I like them because there's not fancy choreography, so you don't have to be coordinated to do them.

There is a video of the beginner's workout on her website. I think it's 15 minutes long. The more advanced workouts are a faster pace, and some use a stretchy band or hand-held weights or her resistance belt - but you don't really need them.

Here's the link: www.walkathome.com/try-walk-at-home/


Also, some of her videos are available through Netflix, and you can also see clips of the videos on CollageVideo.com.

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I enjoy Yoga and Stepping. I working on getting an exercise bike.

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How does a walking DVD work?

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I myself can vouch for the strengthening it helps out with that. Now I need to do it. emoticon emoticon

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There have been studies that suggest that strength training is the best thing you can do for your blood sugars! You don't have to go with heavy weights, but I would suggest getting 3 lb weights and doing a Leslie Sansone walking dvd! Great exercise, and easy to boot! She has several out there, and one that incorporates light weights. I use that one a lot, but use my own weights instead of the ball weights she uses. A walking dvd is great because you won't always feel like putting on jackets and schlepping out to the car and thru the parking lot at the mall!

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You've gotten some good advice on indoor exercise. Personally I like resistance bands, exercise ball, mall walking, outside walking . . . ANY kind of walking really!

Have you invested in a pedometer? Maybe that would be a motivator to get the steps to "add up". It really does help with the metabolism and keeping the blood sugar in line.

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Exercise doesn't have to be a gym workout, six sets of 10 reps kind of thing, any where you can get some movement.

These posts all have wonderful hints and advice.

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Every time you use the bathroom, do Wall Push Ups!
Every time you use the microwave, do squats (I hold on to the counter where the sink is, to balance.
I stand up during commercials, and march in place or around apartment.
Sitting in my chair, I try and remember to do isometrics of my limbs and stomach and buttocks.

Sweeping and mopping floors, keeping woodwork wiped, counters wiped. Vacuuming, dusting, laundry, cleaning out a closet, dresser (decluttering)

Before getting out of bed, stretch your arms way above you, stretch your legs out as far as you can, curl up, release and stretch again. It feels so good.

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I like mall walking. The temperature is always the same year round. If I don't feel like venturing to the mall, I like use the recumbent bike, dvds, Wii Fit, do housework, or work on a house project for my cardio. Painting a great workout!

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Yoga, Pilates, strenght training with resistance bands or dumbells, Leslie Sansone's Walk Away the Pounds videos - I'm up to doing her advanced 5-mile video several times a week. It's easy on the joints, but it's still a good workout.

Check out her website - Walkathome.com

Zumba or other dance videos, or just turn on the stereo and dance.

Hula hooping with a weighted hula hoop.

There are too many ways to exercise indoors to count - you just have to find something you like to do.

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Most all my exercising is done in doors. I have wicked allergies. I have Leslie Sansone dvds. A brand new spinning bike it is awesome, I some times walk at our local gym or college, weight must say I hate weights LOL. I need to use them....Stretchie bands galore, I also use pilates. I use to use a pilates ball...but my special needs little boy likes to bounce on it and he popped the last one. Our mall does not have a closed up walk way. You can walk around it but you are exposed to the elements. Not good. I am sure you will find what works for you.

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I joined our local YMCA, I hate exercise also, but swimming is fun. I also walk my dog, and sometimes mall walk. Its nice and after awhile you meet other mall walkers. I also bought a exercise bike at walmart. emoticon

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I guess I will have to say I am with you.
When I was young and growing up , we did not exercise. We did heavy work. We carried our wash outside and hung them on the line. Summer and winter.. Then haul them back in and in the winter we would hang frozen clothes on close racks to finish drying. We were some of the unlucky ones and had to haul our wash water and drinking water in and when we were done we would haul it back out. All that as a child. As I got older I got married and had children and had no time. Running after kids was enough. Now that I am older I know I should exercise but just can't get my mind into it. I do love yoga though and I am getting back into that.

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The best way to exercise it to find something you love to do that gets you moving. For me it was riding my bike. Maybe you'd like swing dancing or canoing (in the summer). Just get out and move doing something you love.

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I am NOT an exercise person. HATE HATE HATE exercise. What I have been able to do is get myself to go for morning walks with the dog. Then in the evening I walk up and down the stairs for 5-7 minutes till I am winded.

I am thinking about "mall walking" during the winter.
When I put the laundry away, I try to take individuals steps up the stairs to put the laundry away and get more exercise.

What creative ways have you found to exercise indoors? - Non Aerobic stuff please. I am "allergic" to that. Think "maybe" I could do a Richard Simmons tape because it's silly.

I don't need to exercise for weight. I am very slim. But need it for the boost to metabolism and help with blood sugar.

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