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gogs67
Mar 20th, 2008, 03:40 PM
Anymore,lol? Every thread i see about exercise and it's always 'Oh i must get to the gym tonight' and then there's the guilt if a gym day's missed out.It's easy enough to get a routine to do at home as well (and saves a fortune ;)) and you can fit it in whenever you want!
Pushups are obviously easy to do whenever/wherever with varying distance between your hands to work various upper body back/arms/chest muscles!
2 x 10kg weights that can be adjusted are great for biceps curls and working triceps,or take most of the weights off and just box with them, a very efficient exercise.Also hold them and step up and down onto a seat or do squats, great for quads,calfs,gluteus
Sit ups, again various types, can be done anywhere/anytime.
A chin up bar for 7 can be fitted in a door frame and 10 or 15 pull ups done every time you walk past. Great for the arms,back and stomach.
Dips can be done using a chair behind you or for full body weight, anywhere that your arms can reach either side of you like the corner of a kitchen worktop.
A skipping rope for cardio and a local park if you're into yer 5 mile runs and there you go!:D
Watch folks, gyms become highly addictive and i've seen people actually get depressed by missing a day so even if you can't stop going at least have a back up plan at home with some of these mentioned so you don't lose out on your endorphin rush!;)

absentmindedfan
Mar 20th, 2008, 03:44 PM
I run, which is free. I do sit-ups and press-ups at home, and I swim at my local leisure centre which costs me 19 a month for unlimited use.

And I'd do that in the bath if it were big enough :D

gogs67
Mar 20th, 2008, 04:04 PM
I run, which is free. I do sit-ups and press-ups at home, and I swim at my local leisure centre which costs me 19 a month for unlimited use.

And I'd do that in the bath if it were big enough :D
Good one! I know folk that spend 40/50 a month on gym membership!:eek: Fine if you go every day but it's always a year contract and none of them ever keep going for longer than 3 or 4 months so its over 400 down the drain, it's a lot of money. They'd be better buying one of the fancy home gyms and keeping it in the cupboard,lol, at least they'd have something to show!

AnneCE
Mar 20th, 2008, 04:12 PM
I use a local council gym (I'm in Edinburgh, gogs67) and you don't sign up for a year's membership, as far as I remember, just a month at a time. I pay direct debit and as I have a disability I get a substantial discount, it costs 19 a month and I go to aquafit as well as use the gym. So I would advise people to check out local authority facilities as an alternative to private gyms.

But there are days I can't face going in or am too busy so thanks for the ideas on how to do stuff at home. My long term exercise goal is to be able to jog and cycle and not bother with the gym, but for now, the gym is how I am working to be fit enough to run etc.

gogs67
Mar 20th, 2008, 06:13 PM
I use a local council gym (I'm in Edinburgh, gogs67) and you don't sign up for a year's membership, as far as I remember, just a month at a time. I pay direct debit and as I have a disability I get a substantial discount, it costs 19 a month and I go to aquafit as well as use the gym. So I would advise people to check out local authority facilities as an alternative to private gyms.

But there are days I can't face going in or am too busy so thanks for the ideas on how to do stuff at home. My long term exercise goal is to be able to jog and cycle and not bother with the gym, but for now, the gym is how I am working to be fit enough to run etc.
Yep, i used to have a council leisure card, was really worthwhile, i could use the gym/swim for free before 12 every day during the week and got discounts on indoor football,golf, etc and, as you say, was only a monthly D/D, no yearly thing. Far, far better than all the 'private' gyms that seem to be springing up all over the place courtesy of Duncan Bannatyne, lol!
(I just hate lining the pockets of rich businessmen,lol)

Lee
Mar 22nd, 2008, 03:51 AM
I own my own treadmill and I walk on that for 30 minutes to 1 hour every day.

rantipole
Mar 24th, 2008, 06:12 PM
I do push-ups, stretches, and crunches at home while watching The Daily Show. I also do 2 ten minute sets on my bf's stair-stepper. I try to do this 4-5 times a week.

I have been thinking about joining a gym, however, because I have this block of time on Fridays that I have nothing to do during (hard to explain; I can't go home and putz around). I figured if I joined a gym, I would be able to go at least every Friday in that otherwise lost block of time.

Cheers,
rant

neil
Mar 24th, 2008, 11:46 PM
You can't go wrong with running as a easy exercise to fit into a busy day. I ran for about 20 years and keep meaning to start again as I have put nearly 3 stones on since I stopped.

Marrers
Mar 25th, 2008, 03:28 AM
I am not a gym person, I hated going whenever I've been a member of one and have never been able to keep it up for long.
I now have a trampoline in the back garden and am jumping on that every day and trying to increase my stamina.

Nice tips there though gogs, thanks.

xrodolfox
Mar 26th, 2008, 09:49 PM
I work out at least twice a week, but often more. Mostly weights.

I'm a swimmer though, so being too broke to own my own 25yd or 50m pool, I have to resort to using whatever public pools are available. Otherwise, I'd never go to a gym.

gogs67
Mar 26th, 2008, 10:42 PM
I work out at least twice a week, but often more. Mostly weights.

I'm a swimmer though, so being too broke to own my own 25yd or 50m pool, I have to resort to using whatever public pools are available. Otherwise, I'd never go to a gym.
I thought almost everyone in the states had their own pool?Damn, i'm disappointed!:D

xrodolfox
Mar 27th, 2008, 12:21 AM
You must mean a "pool of money". Yeah. Everyone's got one of these right next to the streets paved with gold. Here in the good ol' USA.

Too bad US money is about to get some parity with the Rupee. If it was in Euros, the "pool of money" would have two coins in it. And that would be quite painful to dive into.

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gogs67
Mar 27th, 2008, 09:57 PM
You must mean a "pool of money". Yeah. Everyone's got one of these right next to the streets paved with gold. Here in the good ol' USA.

Too bad US money is about to get some parity with the Rupee. If it was in Euros, the "pool of money" would have two coins in it. And that would be quite painful to dive into.

[/fantasy]
Sadly the pound isnae faring too well against the Euro either (though we're still well up on the $ which is a godsend for visits over there), prices in real terms have almost doubled in the last 3 years for us going over to the likes of Holland and Germany now!
It's only gonna get worse as well, as more and more oil is being traded in Euros rather than the good old dollar!

buttons
Mar 29th, 2008, 09:18 AM
I used to work out at home - lunges etc. I used tins of tomatoes for weights!

I'm really not a gym person. Once, when I did go to one, my sister and I got stuck on one of the machines (long story!). One or both of us was about to get a limb squished. Did the beefy bodybuilders around us do more than just stare at us blankly in our hour of need? Nope!

cobweb
Mar 29th, 2008, 11:58 AM
i do yoga at home if that counts :confused:

gogs67
Mar 29th, 2008, 01:03 PM
i do yoga at home if that counts :confused:
Hahaha, it all counts, don't worry! *thumbs up*

treehugga
Mar 29th, 2008, 01:27 PM
I rarely exercise at home. I go to gym. I'm no good at motivating myself. I need a class instructor to do it for me- I'm too lazy otherwise. It works. I go 6 times a week!!;)

Twisti
Apr 14th, 2008, 06:02 PM
I have alot of health issues including a heart condition that prevents me from running....which i used to LOVE doing....Im overweight, so ive changed my way of eating because of that and ethical reasons as well...

What exercises i do at home now are Walk Away the Pounds mostly...they are very low impact and i dont "hurt" after I do them...plus my 2 1/2 year old loves to do them with me lol

Tigerlily
Apr 14th, 2008, 06:38 PM
I like exercising at home and outside in my neighbourhood (i.e walking) but sometimes I really want to go to a gym to use the workout machines for a higher intensity.

I also can't do yoga or pilates at home because I can never follow the DVDs exactly and I would prefer a teacher to make sure I'm having good posture, etc.

auntierozzi
Apr 14th, 2008, 07:48 PM
In theory yes. The machines, the weights etc..are in place. But I'm being a lazy git.

sunrisesunset
Apr 14th, 2008, 08:49 PM
i exercise at home everyday.
i mostly work out on the ball.
ab workouts and arm strength.
i have a really old tread machine as well and although its older than me...it works fine.
i prefer working out at home or around the nieghborhood i'm not a fan of the gym. too many people

magick
Apr 14th, 2008, 09:07 PM
The best possible workout for any gender/age is endurance stretches with weights. This can be 2 "1 liter soya milk cartons." The gym and walking, and anything else cardiovascular is obviously great for you, but I find that pilates or yoga 3 times a week, and some stretches at night with some type of weights in hand, really makes the body look and feel balanced. :D

sugarmouse
Apr 14th, 2008, 09:49 PM
I have one of those round things that you stand on and twist about on...I havea punchbag, pilates ball.. dumbells..I use dumbells often, punchbag quite a lot..I just muck about on the ball!Dont know how to use it properly.:satisfied::confused:I used to love workout videos but now my video player is broken, and I have no workout DVDs I like...I have anthea turners (too difficult to follow and she grates on me:D:eek:) Jade Goody's (unwanted present, Id get more exercise walking round the front room than using that,its so slow.)...

I do my weights a lot though and I like the twisty thing..tis fun! Id love to find a good exercise DVD I like though... going to the gym to run on the treadmill, I love!But tis expensive and obviously you have to get dressed and leave the house and all such things!

Fungus
Apr 14th, 2008, 10:22 PM
I just cycle quite a lot and dont really care about exercise :)
When I'm at my mum's house I cycle at least 2 miles every day going to school and back, when I'm at my dads its 7 miles each way which I can still do pretty easily ..
Cycled 63 miles (From Edinburgh to Stirling and then to Dunfermline, got the train back) a couple of weeks ago, might be doing that again soon.

Animosity
Apr 14th, 2008, 11:02 PM
I do yoga and dance every night. It's important for me to stay flexible and keep my cardio endurence up so that I can get in a good class when dance classes begin again. I also have a punching bag, It's mostly just for stress relive. :p And I have a balence ball, Resistence bands and weights and weighted 'medicine balls'. I also have an elliptical bike that I use when I don't get a chance to go to them gym.