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low impact cardio?

hi, i just joined the site... i'm a junior in college, and i'm home for the summer. if anyone can help me establish a work out program to do in the home without equipment, i would be greatful. i have a genetic disorder that limits the amount of cartilidge in my ankle, and i have no idea what kind of cardio i can do without putting strain on my ankles. if you have any ideas, please let me know.

Sat. Jun 3, 3:31am

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The best, most sustainable form of cardio is walking. Get out of your house, see if a parent or friend or sibling wants to join, and go for a walk. Do it every day (or most), for 30 minutes to an hour, and walk at a good pace.

If it's chilly or icky out, many shopping malls open for walkers a few hours before the stores open. Call around to find out.

For a special treat, drive somewhere with pretty hiking/walking trails for a day! So pretty!

Saturday, June 03, 2006, 10:02 AM

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Have you tried swimming? That is a way to exercise without necessarily putting strain on your ankles.

Also, there are cardio machines at a lot fo gyms that exercise only your arms - the rowing machine and then some more specialized machines where you can keep your lower body still.

Not sure the extent of your ankle issues, but salsa dancing does not involve jumping up and down (like aerobics class, for example) but keeps your body moving pretty intensively.

Good luck!

Saturday, June 03, 2006, 10:52 AM

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Walking is amazing for you. It helps you get exercise, but it is also good for the mind and mental health. Something about moving your arms back and forth. Andrew Weil writes about this.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006, 8:52 AM

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There are some great low impact aerobic videos on the market. My favorites are by Denise Austin. Her stuff is sold almost everywhere, plus on line. Do a search on line at She has lots of videos, so be sure it is low-impact aerobics. I have also bought her stuff on e-bay, at walmart, target, blockbuster and Hastings. Needless to say, I have a collection of a variety of her videos. I would recommend power yoga, too, it will get you sweating and heart pumping, provide strength and flexability.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006, 2:03 PM

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RE: Denise Austin

Denise's show "Fit and Lite" airs from 7 to 7:30 a.m. ET/PT Monday through Friday. This is all low-impact along with some stretching and toning.

Her "Daily Workout" airs from 7:30 to 8 a.m. ET/PT Monday through Friday,
also on the Lifetime TV network. Some times high-impact, sometimes low impact. You can modify the exercise by removing the "jump" to make it low impact.

As she preaches - Do what you can do. Do it at your pace. Take a break by walking in place if you get tired, then strart up again.

Watch them both and dedicate an hour a day to a healthier you!

I have taped many of her shows and have a home-made library now of about a dozen tapes to rotate thru.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006, 2:25 PM

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RE: Denise Austin

oops....those shows are on Lifetime TV. You have to have cable or satellite.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006, 2:25 PM

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try t-tapp. It's cardio and strength training in one. Virtually no impact, and can be done on the space of a 3x4 area rug... I've had decent results with it (Firmer looking abs!!! :)), however, I'm training for the military and don't have the energy for t-tapp and training, so I don't currently have time for it.

You can buy the t-tapp book, or buy the videos, or try some of the exercises she has online free. Again, no equipment necessary AT ALL, and requires very little space.


Tuesday, October 17, 2006, 10:58 PM

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Have you tried cycling? Riding a road bike is pretty low-impact but one hell of a good workout. Plus, it gets you out of the house/apartment, and that's always a good thing.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006, 5:20 PM

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