If you could choose just one piece of exercise equipment to have at home....

United States
February 26, 2007 11:25am CST
What would you choose? I have a very small apartment, and have no room for a big treadmill. I used to have one that I used all the time. There is a workout room at our complex, but I never have time to use it because I can't take my daughter over there with me, she's only 4. So, I am getting tired of workout videos & need something different.
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• United States
26 Feb 07
The best piece of exercise equipment for a small apartment is something you already have. A 4 yr old daughter! Ok I know that sounds strange but several years ago I lived in a very small trailer and babysat my 6 yr old nephew 4 days a week. I was tipping the scale at a weight I don't really want to admit and decided to start exercising. Lack of money excluded any gym fees or exercise equipment so I got creative. On nice days I'd take my nephew for a long walk around the neighborhood. We'd stop off at the local library where we played the counting game. There were 10 steps up to the main door so I'd have him stand at the bottom of the steps and we'd count how many times I could hit the top step. When he got bored with counting that way, I'd change it to adding: what I did yesterday + what I did today= total. It was good exercise for both of us and great math practice for him. We also had a small kiddy park a few blocks away and I created all kinds of new exercises with the few pieces of equipment they had. On bad weather days we'd exercise in the house, using my nephew like free weights, putting him on my back while doing knee bends, arm curls with my nephew pulling on my wrist. Great resistance training! It's fantasic exercise for both of you, quality time together and trust me your daughter will have a blast. My nephew is now 22 and still brings up those times we spent together exercising. It was great fun and it's something he's always remembered as good times with his Aunt Jo. Hope that helps!
• United States
26 Feb 07
Thanks for the inspiration. I try to get out & about with my daughter as much as I can, but it is difficult when I work until 5, then don't get home until almost 6. Doesn't leave us a lot of time to get out. I do take the stairs at work, walk during my lunches, and try to get in as many 'extra steps' as I can each day. But if I can squeeze in a bit more activity with my daughter, that would be great!
@pagibig (300)
• Philippines
26 Feb 07
Since you have a daughter, you could try to involve her in your exercise routine. Why not by a jump rope and a hoola hoop. Those things are really exercise equipments as well as kid's toys. Also i saw in the Tyra banks show, that there's this piece of rope that you can buy for like $5. it comes in different resistance, and it will actually help you tone your buttocks. And lastly, that really cute exercise ball. it's one of the best exercise 'equipments' in the market, and it's quite cheap.
• United States
26 Feb 07
Those are great ideas, thanks for bringing them up!
@dixielol (1581)
• United States
27 Feb 07
Great idea with the including your kids thing. We live in like the middle of a 3 huge fields so when my niece was little I use to push her around the edge of 2 of the fields. It was 1 1/2 miles. As she got older she started walking a little of the ways. But now that she is 2 she walks the whole mile and a half. She loves it, Its just me and her. We talk about all the animals that she sees & she picks me flowers (most of the time its more weeds then it is flowers.)
@dixielol (1581)
• United States
27 Feb 07
I have a treadmill too but mine is one of those that fold up for easy storage. I keep it under my bed when Im not useing it. It's my favoriate one because it works most of your muscles. Useing it you can loose weight in your tummy, legs, hips, thighs, butt, just bout everywere.
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• United States
3 Mar 07
I loved my treadmill & boy do I miss it. Right now I don't have a bed frame, just a mattress/box spring on the floor (which is a whole other story) and so I can't hide anything under the bed, which creates more of a space problem....
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@mimatexas (1835)
• United States
26 Feb 07
I would choose an exercise bike. You move all your muscles and it's convenient to use.
• United States
3 Mar 07
That's a good point, thanks for posting!
@cpamanda (694)
• United States
6 Mar 07
Hmm, you have some great ideas. I would say the 4 year old and the dog should be enough for you to keep you busy. Or maybe you need to trade tapes with someone else so you can mix it up a bit. I do think the pole dancing class might be fun, but you would need a babysitter.