At Home Workouts

@Tarrish (562)
United States
January 16, 2007 6:21pm CST
So, not all of us have that $30-$100+ bucks to fork out for a gym membership. I am included in that "us" section here. My job just doesn't pay well enough for the fees. It's fun being a poor college student! Anyway, I was wondering if any of you guys had any tips on at home workouts? I'm down for working out at home, but I'm not sure how to go about it. Like, how long should I be working out and what kind of workouts? Any tips would help! I do have an exersize bike at home, and will ride it for about 30 minutes. I do that at least three days out of the week.
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@loray143 (486)
• Philippines
21 Jan 07
if you really want to lose weight... try biking for an hour... every day if posibble... it will have more effect on the body
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@Tarrish (562)
• United States
23 Jan 07
I have a stationary bike at home I use, but as for the real thing I get home pretty late from work some nights. Other times I'm just so exhausted, and my neighborhood is really hilly. Good thought though. Maybe I'll just to get my butt out there at least sometimes. :)
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@xkaraix (596)
• Australia
19 Jan 07
I generally go walking for at least 30mins a day. I would also try to find cheap workout dvds. I bought a bollywood workout dvd a few days ago for $10 ($7.50US) and its actually a lot of fun! I can see myself doing it fairly often because its entertaining. If you're only starting out I can't see anything wrong with 30mins of exercise a day 3 days a week, maybe try to switch it up a bit and change what type of exercise you're doing.
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@Tarrish (562)
• United States
20 Jan 07
Thanks. Maybe I'll give the bollywood work out dvd a try. $10 seems fairly priced.
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• United States
4 Feb 07
if you have a Family Video near you go there and get some of those workout videos. they're free. so you won't be losing any money. also the library has some but i think those are generally old so best bet is the video store. if you have or know someone that has a balance ball those are great and sparkpeople.com can give you some good tips on working out. that site is completely free and gives good tips customized for you. good luck
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@Tarrish (562)
• United States
5 Feb 07
Hey, thanks a lot. I'm going to check out that site. :)
• Australia
8 Feb 07
I've just started on my weightloss journey, and bought a magazine with a step by step home circuit. You only need to buy some hand weights but could use bottles filled with water instead. I do this 3 times a week for 30 - 45mins depending on how tired / sore I am. The other important thing is if you're exercising is to take measurements of your body coz its easier to see the inches (or cms) come of than the pounds (or kilos)
• United States
8 Feb 07
Most people get bored with there workout, so a friend of mine gave me some good advice for home workouts that don't get boring, She signed up for a netflix account(you could also use blockbuster) and ordered a workout video, she kept it for 2 weeks, sent it back and got another one. Eventually she signed up to get 3 at a time and got 2 videos one for toneing and one for cardo and kept those, she told me it was fun haveing something different and she didn't have to buy the videos and have a huge collection of videos she's never going to use again (because there too easy) She just started a tae bo and theres a good 6-7 videos for it. this way she doesn't have to spend the $70-$80 for them. Anyway I guess my tip would be to make it fun and mix it up.
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• United States
5 Feb 07
You can buy workout DVDs for $10-$20. My favorite is Leslie Sansone's Walk Away the Pounds. She has several DVDs in this series and you can mix them up so you're never bored. If you're a pretty good dancer, there's several cardio dance DVDs out there.
@cabergren (1181)
• United States
4 Feb 07
I think one of the best exercises is to walk about 30 minutes a day. And it's free. I walk 30 minutes a day and I have lost about 20 lbs. in about 6 months. Of course I am watching what I am eating, but the walking makes me feel so good. When it gets really cold outside I walk on my tread mill.
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@pennycan2 (251)
• United States
17 Jan 07
You should always do something you enjoy otherwise you will lose interest and not do anything. I bought this program called Power 90 (www.beachbody.com) there are tons of other products there too. My next purchase is going to be turbo jam by the same company. Anyway, my mom and sister come over everyday at 6pm and we work out together. it's way more fun than doing it by myself and it's helping them too. I spent about $60 on the program, but you can do other things that don't cost a penny. You need to do cardio ( your bike ) at least every other day for 30+ min. on the other days you want to tone up, do your bike 10-15 min or until you get a little sweat and then use your weights an ddo some crunches. you don't have to get on the floor either to work all your muscel groups. i get on the floor to work my abs and that's it. i do curls, lunges, squats and kickbacks and that pretty much works what i need to for now. once i get more toned and smaller, i will target more muscel groups. do 3 sets of 8-12 reps for each excercise. the slower you move the weight and the more you concentrate on contracting your muscels, the better result you will have. if you do use the slower movement, lower your repetition from 8-12 to 5-8. Make it fun! If you don't have fun, you wont do it. also, try belly dancing or Carmen Electra's strippaerobics (it is hilarious and very low impact but it will get you started).
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