Exercise! - Have to workout in my room - any advice?




caliyah
12-10-2011, 08:24 PM
I work 10-12 hour days sometimes and just can't get to the gym before or after work. The only space I have is my bedroom to workout. Any advice? I'm frustrated because I want so badly to go to the gym but it's nearly closed when I come home and I can't go before work. I also don't like to walk outside at night generally. What can I do? I'm dieting but my scale isn't budging at all.

I know I can lose weight when I do intense exercise. I love to exercise by walking or going to the gym. At home though I have no clue what to do because the only space I have is my room. When I was working a part-time job I worked out everyday at the gym or walked 3-4 miles a day and lost about 40 pounds. I know I can do it again but I'm just so stressed because I feel I have no time to workout and I feel I can't ever lose weight without that intense exercise piece. Sometimes I feel like just quitting my job because I packed on all my weight since I started this job last year.

I feel so stuck. Anyone have any advice?


Justwant2Bhealthy
12-10-2011, 08:33 PM
OK, first of all, can you walk to work & back; or at least part of the way? You can get some fitness dvds and use them in your room. How about a stationary bike -- that will fit in a bedroom; and you can buy them second-hand if needs be. Try to find something that you like that you can continue to do well into maintenance; so you don't gain back.

What made you gain weight at work? Too much junk around to tempt you? Maybe take some healthy snacks & drinks with you to ward off hunger, and stay away from vending machines and fast foods at the cafeterias! ;)

caliyah
12-10-2011, 09:00 PM
i gained because i didn't plan my meals and I'm a stress eater too- I'm always feeling stressed all the time.


caliyah
12-10-2011, 09:01 PM
I don't know if a bike is in my budget right now. Has anyone lost weight with low intensity exercise like yoga? I saw a guy on the Joy Fit Club who just did yoga and lots tons...I wonder if that has worked for anyone?

Daimere
12-10-2011, 09:04 PM
When I had a small room, I exercised with Leslie Sansone DVDs and did weight training with PUSH/Turbo sculpt DVDs. There are quite a few DVDs out there that are feasible with small rooms.

free1
12-10-2011, 09:11 PM
Leslie Sansone & Walk Away The Pounds. Cheap, not a lot of jumping and you don't need a lot of space.

dragonwoman64
12-10-2011, 09:36 PM
you might be surprised at the results you can get from low intensity exercise, like side bends, crunches, leg lifts, free weights, all things you can do in your bedroom. Even sitting on a chair, standing up, sitting down, standing up. add to that 10 or 15 minutes of marching in place. I've done all those things. consistency helps, like 1/2 to 45 minutes a night.

Crazy Newfie Jen
12-10-2011, 10:32 PM
I've added Dance Central videos to a playlist on Youtube, and that's what I try to use in the mornings. It's simple, and it gets your arms and legs moving. I have easy videos in my playlist but you can find other difficulties.

Misti in Seattle
12-11-2011, 12:37 AM
Danskin weight balls are great... soft but solid and you can get them in sets of 2 in a lot of different weights. I find I can do more with the three pound ones but also have a set of five pounders.

Resistance bands are also good.

fitterchick160
12-11-2011, 10:15 PM
I also have to workout in my room, its a very small space. Before I got my Jlm DVD I had to get inventive with excersize routines, one i did was 30 crunches 30 seconds running on the spot 30 push ups 30 squats 30 rotating punches 30 kicks. I would repeat this 4 more times, plus warm up and cool down.

dana813
12-12-2011, 09:02 AM
I have to work out in my room as well. There are some exercise videos that you can do for free on YouTube! I have a favorite one that is a 30-minute "cardio boot camp" and a few other that I enjoy. It's kind of hard to find the full-length ones on YouTube, a lot of the videos on there are just 2 to 5 minute previews. If this sounds like something you might want to do, let me know and I can send you links to the full-length ones I found.

K9Owner
12-12-2011, 09:08 AM
I found this site thru Pinterest about 6 weeks ago. I LOVE it!
I am totally a stay at home exercise kinda girl & Zuzana has really changed my routine at home around!

BodyRock (http://www.bodyrock.tv/)

lm3898
12-12-2011, 09:46 AM
Hey, I actually started working out & lost a good amount of weight through home workout videos b/c I didn't have the confidence to hit the gym yet or run in public. There are some really great videos that work well in small spaces - Jillian Michaels dvd's are good for that, esp. 30 day shred. Also, Leslie Sansone walking dvd's depending on what your fitness level is. I think you can go to amazon and search space-friendly workouts - good luck!!

racrane
12-12-2011, 10:03 AM
I agree with the above poster. Jillian Michaels DVD's are great at getting an efficient, fast workout in a tiny space. Her "boost metabolism" DVD uses no weights and even though they do move, I'm able to use it in my tiny dorm room. So, that's what I would recommend. Try it out from the library. If you don't like it, at least you have some more moves to do by yourself.

tiffany0809
12-12-2011, 10:29 PM
Weight training can be done in a small space. Just 2 or 3 sets won't take up much room, and can be stored under a bed or something. Jumping jacks, squat jumps, burpees, and mountain climbers are all great for strength and cardio and don't require much space. Plus they're HARD! :)

EagleRiverDee
12-12-2011, 11:14 PM
I workout in my bedroom (because that's where the tv is) and I agree that Jillian Michaels vids are good. I do "Ripped in 30" and have no trouble doing it in about a 4' x 6' space. There's very few things that even need that wide of a space. I also do Supreme 90 and P90X videos in the same area.

indiblue
12-13-2011, 12:11 AM
I don't know if a bike is in my budget right now. Has anyone lost weight with low intensity exercise like yoga? I saw a guy on the Joy Fit Club who just did yoga and lots tons...I wonder if that has worked for anyone?

I don't really think that most of us can say we "lost weight with X exercise." Movement is movement- whether it's walking, yoga, lifting, or just doing laundry- and any movement contributes towards caloric deficits.

Personally I separate weight loss from exercise. I do exercise because it helps me move around, it's good for my heart, joints, muscles, and bones, but I try not to think too much about it helping with my weight loss.

I lost weight and I did a lot of yoga, but I don't think I can say "I lost weight because of yoga." I lost weight because I did a variety of exercises and I ate fewer calories than my body needed each day :)

Anyway, all that aside yoga is a GREAT exercise I highly recommend. There are dozens of styles- some are low-intensity some are high-intensity. I have been to yoga classes where I'm more exhausted than I am after running 5 miles! Others focus more on flexibility, others on strength.

All yoga needs is a mat, which is why it's great for small spaces. There are lots of websites and podcasts with yoga routines. My yoga instructor really likes yogaglo.com. I haven't tried it but it looks great- tons of different styles and schools of yoga offered.

Good luck! :)

melodymist
12-13-2011, 01:29 AM
I don't know if a bike is in my budget right now. Has anyone lost weight with low intensity exercise like yoga? I saw a guy on the Joy Fit Club who just did yoga and lots tons...I wonder if that has worked for anyone?

I also workout in ym room. I have various DVD's that I collected over the last year. Why not try downloading a fun workout video? I love Zumba, TaeBo, Aerobics and Jilian Michael's workouts kick butt, especially the Yoga Meltdown. It's 30minutes and you get out a great sweat ;) and bonus it builds lean muscle!!

lm3898
12-13-2011, 01:35 PM
I have to respectfully disagree with the above poster [indiblue], I can certainly say for a fact that exercise combined with diet helped me to lose the most amount of weight.

For me, the weight came off much faster when I started working out, and even when I have cheat days with food, I know that I'm ok because I got a good workout in.

I also think the workout you choose to do will depend a lot on your current weight. Cardio is great for losing lbs, and strength training is great for building muscle. That's why most trainers recommend a combination of the above.

EagleRiverDee
12-13-2011, 02:47 PM
My doctor said to me once, "You lose weight with diet. You get fit with exercise."

I don't think he was discounting that exercise burns calories, but I think a lot of people tend to "reward" their exercise efforts with food which can totally negate the calorie burn and then some. That's probably why just about every single exercise program out there also has a diet program. They're pounding it into people's heads that you can outeat any exercise plan.

indiblue
12-13-2011, 09:56 PM
I have to respectfully disagree with the above poster [indiblue], I can certainly say for a fact that exercise combined with diet helped me to lose the most amount of weight.

For me, the weight came off much faster when I started working out, and even when I have cheat days with food, I know that I'm ok because I got a good workout in.

I also think the workout you choose to do will depend a lot on your current weight. Cardio is great for losing lbs, and strength training is great for building muscle. That's why most trainers recommend a combination of the above.

I am definitely not disagreeing that exercise combined with diet helps folks lose weight. As I said, I exercise a lot and all of the calories burned helps create a caloric deficit that is essentially what weight loss is.

What I'm disagreeing with are the statements I see a lot that say "I lose 30 lbs with C25K!" or "Does 30 Day Shred help you lose weight?"

ALL movement creates a caloric deficit. It doesn't matter what "program" or activity it is.... from TurboFire to yoga to just walking outside. And it's not really the exercise that helps you lose the weight... as you said, it's the combination of exercising plus a reduced-calorie diet.

There are lots of really compelling arguments why exercise helps with weight loss even more than we think it does... that the body adapts to the calories burned by being more efficient at other things... and so the "300 calories" we think we burn on the elliptical every 45 minutes actually reduces the calories burned throughout the rest of the day, so we really only burn 200 or so net. Mkroyer had a really good post on this: http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/weight-loss-support/245955-done-but-know-i-must-continue.html#post4088215

I'm not even really getting into that argument... my point is just that activity is activity and it is unhelpful to try to pick one that "helps with weight loss." Doing a variety of higher impact and lower impact, cardio and strength training (as you said), of exercise and activity you enjoy is what's important. The weight loss will come a bit from that but mostly from diet.

Sorry if I didn't explain myself well the first time :)

sontaikle
12-13-2011, 10:24 PM
I just want to jump in here and say that exercise can assist with weight loss, but if one exercises and doesn't watch their diet then they will not see results unless they're maintaining their current weight (and thus exercise will create a deficit). Many people fail to realize that exercise alone will not result in weight loss. They work hard, don't see results and give up. Many assume that because they're working out that they can eat what they want. Trust me, you can't. I had that mentality and it kept me at 200lbs for five years.

Can you lose weight with yoga? No. Can you lose weight with Yoga if you pair it with a healthy diet? Probably.

Find an exercise you enjoy and that makes you feel good. Whether it be Yoga, a fitness video or a stationary bike—you are MOVING and that's what's important. Then make sure you're eating healthy :)