(This is based on Paige’s comment on the Why Go to the Gym? post. My reply was getting awfully long, and I thought other folks who read this blog would have good input too. )
[J]ust going outside to walk isn’t an option 8 out of 12 months in the year… Reason being, going outside the heat is so intense that I get far too near passing out for comfort. So I’ve been trying to figure out ways I can get my heartrate up in my apartment, but am kind of struggling.
I’m unable to jump (jump rope or jumping jacks) much due to size (and because the last time I tried it, my downstairs neighbors rushed upstairs to make sure I was still alive… and when they saw I was, expressed concern with the thickness of their roof/my floor and doing jumping jacks on it. =\ ) so other than walking circles in my living room, I’m pretty stuck.
Oh gads. I’m so sorry. I had a downstairs neighbor complain about hearing me dancing about 11am one morning. I said I was exercising and asked if he was a night worker, and he said no. I think he felt guilty at the thought of telling a fat lady not to exercise!
I tried throwing the radio on and dancing but again we ran into issues with how loud it was with me bouncing around on the roof above the lower-neighbor’s heads. I really hope you have a thought or two… I want to get moving but I’m not really sure how to go about it.
The aerobics things I do at home are:
- Dance, which you note is a problem for you.
- My low-impact aerobics tape, which I’m pretty sure is out of print. To give you an idea of what it does, it has some walking back and forth and side to side, including doing the Charleston, and lots of arm movements while walking. The downstairs neighbor asked if I was exercising in the second bedroom in the mornings, so he noticed it, but he said it wasn’t as loud as outright dancing.
- My Pedal Excerciser (mini stationary exercise bike). I find pedaling with it during Jeopardy to be fine for getting my heart rate up to the aerobic range. It is small and portable, which is nice, but you have to find a chair that’s comfortable for you to use it with. Also it doesn’t get as challenging as a full stationary bike — my husband complains that it’s not enough of a workout for him.
- Housework. It’s not as steady as the others, but — for me — picking up/putting away / washing windows / washing dishes / dusting / vacuuming / changing beds / etc IS aerobic. It’s also low impact.
I’ve also been known to go to an air-conditioned mall, preferably one that has food options scattered throughout. I walk for 30 minutes, stop for a drink, walk for 30 minutes, repeat. The trouble with this is that the general traffic flow is often too slow for me to get to an aerobic range. I don’t doubt the activity is good for me, but if I want to get aerobic stuff, then faster is good. Some malls do have specific early hours for walkers — the pace is quicker then, if it doesn’t conflict with work/school.
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