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Author: telegraph Big funky green star, 20000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 1498  
Subject: Re: Low Cost Exercise Date: 1/24/2004 11:17 AM
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BG100: For that matter, you can do 10 reps of floor exercises absolutely free. You will be toned up in no time. For aerobic exercise, either buy an exercise bike or go for a brisk walk for a half hour every day.
The bike costs something, but not as much as joining a gym.


If you are in a place where you can ride a bike, buy a regular bike...a lot more fun riding outside, on bike trails, etc. As someone noted, few folks riding an exercise bike say 'lets go around the next block'...when the timer stops, you stop.

Otherwise, think about buying a used exercise bike at a garage sale..you can get them for 20 or 30 bucks..ones that cost 100 or more new. Exercise equipment goes for a song at garage sales....sometimes they'll almost pay you to haul it away. I've bought a few other things, like ab crunch machines....for $5....use them for a while, get tired of them, and give them away to 'charity' and take the tax write off....

I like the exercise bikes that use a 'air resistance' method(like a fan up front) rather than a band around a wheel (brake). I have one of each.....one also can let you use your arms (like a Schwinn AirDyne type bike). If you aren't happy with the way you sit, the pedals, etc, you won't ride it for long. It has got to fit you.

For many, just a 20 minute quick walk in the mornings is good exercise. I get up and walk down the street and back for the morning newspaper...about 15 minute walk. I do it nearly every day each year that I am home, other than Sundays....rain or shine.....(take an umbrella). About the only exception is the rare ice storm...I'm not going to slide down to the corner, and likely the paper isn't there anyway in the paper sale box.

If you want to do strength training, you can use anything from cans of food, to dumbells you can buy at garage sales for a few bucks...or those elastic band thingies you can buy for 10-15 bucks.

Many towns have a community exercise room. In this town, for 40 bucks a year you join the rec center, giving you access to an exercise room full of equipment. Also an indoor walking/running track. And handballa nd basketball courts...good deal. Also, the town has two outdoor pools ($1 or $1.50 a time, or can get season pass) and an indoor pool ($1.50/time to use).

Some areas have seniors that go to a mall early in the morning, and have a 'mall walk' exercise program (and maybe some aerobics afterwards?).

I joined a gym 20 years ago, so the initial upfront payment is long paid for, and the annual dues aren't too bad. I can't bring a guest, so when my friend from Chicago visits, or when my mom (in her 70s and 80s) was spending six months a year in TX, we joined the town rec center and went 2-3 times a week to the town rec center and worked out on the Nautilus equipment. My dad used an exercise bike, but usually took 2 walks a day, each one a mile to mile and a half...morning, and after dinner.


In the summer time (7 months last year) I do water aerobics in the swimming pool. Good exercise to music. Both an aerobic workout and you can get a serious strength training routine in at the same time! Depends how vigorous you are.

Lots of options..I have dumbells in the closet, but can't get motivated to use them...go to the gym when I don't do aerobics. And recently started on the exercise bike on non-gym days...trying to get back up to the 25-30 minutes I could ride it before....

t.


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