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I need alternatives to the gym.

Turning cold here in a week I'm sure and I dread only having my gym as an option for my workouts. Any creative ideas?

Mon. Nov 7, 7:18am

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Aerobic laundry.
-Run downstairs and load machine.
-Run upstairs and do 25 jumping jacks.
-Search house for next load.
-Run downstairs and realize machine is still going
-Run upstairs, 25 pushups, 3 kinds of crunches (sets of 20 to 40)
-Dance to some music
_Run downstairs and move laundry over
etc. etc.

Monday, November 07, 2005, 2:13 PM

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i love that

aerobic laundry is BRILLIANT! thanks for this.

Monday, November 07, 2005, 4:24 PM

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i totally thought i was the only person who did that. I also lift the basket over my head while marching. The bucket of cleaning supplies is a good barbell too. :)

Tuesday, November 08, 2005, 10:46 AM

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Well, it's tough to follow aerobic laundry, but I will take a stab at a suggestion:
maybe peruse your local TV schedule to find an exercise show you like. You can probably find a show that suits your schedule and then exercise in front of the TV with the TV folks. I've done it a few times and the music and host's motivational words are helpful.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005, 11:27 AM

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I dance with my kids or play outside with them.
and then when I do housework I do extra scrubbing
plus parking a few extra spaces at the store and walking the extra steps helps

Tuesday, November 08, 2005, 1:46 PM

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I got a few things on sale and now have enough stuff to do most of my workouts at home. All you really need is a reistance cord, a couple of handweights (I have 8 and 10 pound ones) and a ball. I got all that for under $40 and now I can stay in the comfort of my own living room.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005, 4:48 PM

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videos can be fun

Tuesday, November 08, 2005, 4:51 PM

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At PEERtrainer we are HUGE fans of the following two products, use them in our own home, and use them often.

The first is the Total Gym. We actually interviewed some of the people who run that company yesterday. We have had a Total Gym in our house, (in the garage) for close to two years. It fits well within our fat burning model of fitness and is gentle and easy to use.

For example, if you go for a bike ride, come back and park the bike in the garage, you can then hop on your Total Gym for a few minutes and do a quick set of incline shoulder presses to help balance the lower body workout you just did.

If you are just looking to lose weight, you can set the incline super low, and do some easy range of motion exercises which will help get your blood flowing, and into your muscles. Really easy stuff to do, and so so good for you.

This is a video review we did a few years back, and we stand by everything said in it.

The other piece of equipment that you really MUST get if you are looking for gym alternatives or home gym equipment is a set of high quality resistance bands.

Bodylastics makes the best set on the market. This is something that we have been testing and using for years now. A basic set costs $50 and it is unreal the kinds of workouts you'll get.

If you buy a set, they also have a website where you can do workouts for free.

Here is the video review we created:


PS: There are NO other products in this space that we recommend right now. These two are great.

Friday, March 04, 2011, 11:46 AM

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Put a treadmill, or bike in the TV room and exercise on it whenever a commercial comes on. You'd be amazed how fast you accumulate exercise time. (Or, stated another way, you would be amazed how much time on TV is devoted to commercials!)

Friday, March 04, 2011, 10:12 PM

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To piggyback 10:12pm

You might also be amazed how much time you spend watching tv ;)

Saturday, March 05, 2011, 8:24 AM

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So true. I waste so much time watching tv.

Saturday, March 05, 2011, 10:38 AM

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