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Old 02-01-2008, 11:46 PM   #1
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Question No xtra money for gym or stuff

I have a treadmill, an aerofit glider and a balance ball. (come summer, a bike and maybe a pool) I am looking for some kind of routine that I can do on my own without having to get anything new. Any ideas?
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Old 02-02-2008, 08:48 AM   #2
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I don't know what an Aerofit Glider is, but you can get a great cardio workout on the treadmill (either walking or running, depending on your level of fitness). Try to do 30 minutes on it at least 3 days a week, though if 30 minutes at once isn't possible, you can break that up (three 10 minute sessions). The balance ball is great for your core and for some body weight resistance training - you can do pushups, situps, etc with it. Try looking on YouTube for free exercise videos that sue the balance ball.

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Old 02-02-2008, 11:26 AM   #3
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Here are some I use:

If you're on a first floor and have a hall or room clear enough that you can go from corner to corner, I run. I run across my livingroom, one corner to the other, in a figure 8 pattern with my music. Just like outside, except the carpet feels much better on the heels.

Find something to use as a step and step up and down while lifting bottles of water or canned foods as hand weights. Do some kicks or knee lifts, raise the bottles above your head, out to your side, whatever.

Have stairs? How many times can you run up and down them? You could even carry something while doing it for the weight. I do this wearing my leg weights.

And sometimes I just do a military march in place to my favorite show. With or without weights.

I have a lot of exercise videos, but a lot of cable companies offer a free fitness section on the pay per view movies listing.

The treadmill is good cardio, but you might get bored with the same thing all the time and want to try some other aerobic type exercise. And none of these cost anything. Also, you want some strength training to go with the cardio. You can fashion some small weights, as I mentioned, but if you can ever spring for more, it's worth doing. You can use the ball for some midsection toning. You can also do squats and lunges.

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