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Get Fit Without Leaving the House

Home Gyms are Practical and Affordable

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GLORIAMAJDI

4/23/2013 9:31:43 PM

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I am lucky to have a treadmill, and of course I have some videos too. What I would love but would never buy (because of cost and because I am afraid I wouldn't use it) would be a home gym. That would be so cool!

WALLOWA

3/28/2013 12:14:13 PM

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Nothing like a little rebounder for fun and getting aerobic movement! I keep one in my home office, and like to roll it out during audio webinars and conference calls.

SOCCERWIFE

3/2/2013 10:40:09 PM

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Funny because a coworker asked me Thursday if I am losing weight. I have been doing Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred. I had just finished Day 22 and am back in some pants I hadn't been able to get into for a whille. I was honest and told her that I am losing inches more so than weight, but yes, I had lost 3 lbs. She told me that I look great and complained that she has been paying for a gym membership the last couple of months and taking the time to go there and working out a lot, and she hasn't seen any change. Made me smile. It has been an investment of a $10 video and 20 min in the morning. I already had my 3 lb weights and a mat.

AY_BEAUTIFUL89

3/2/2013 8:37:45 PM

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I definitely plan to have a gym in my home once I get settled.

LADYRAVENWOOD

3/2/2013 2:48:48 PM

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I didnt have the money to buy dumbbells so I use soup cans instead

AZURE-SKY

3/2/2013 11:09:13 AM

I would add wrist weights and ankle weights to the equipment list. I do many aerobic and/or walking videos while wearing wrist weights to increase resistance and calorie burn.

Also, your local library and Netflix are good sources for exercise videos. Both are good choices for trying out a workout video before buying, and for people who get bored doing the same workouts over and over. At my library, I can borrow videos for 3 weeks. Netflix has quite a selection of videos, unfortunately, very few are on streaming.

Your local PBS TV station may have exercise shows also - mine has yoga, pilates, and strength training shows. And, don't forget Youtube.

OLETURTLELOVER

3/2/2013 10:06:53 AM

I too enjoy the viedos and the step by step instructions so I can get it right. My question is how do you know how many calories you burn when you do these excerises? Is the a number of sets I must do to achive that number? I'm using a resistand band (which is tied to the bottom of our couch). I can feel the burn when doing the leg excerise and I know it's doing some good. But how do you count this into your workout/excerise? Thank You.

SABLENESS

3/2/2013 8:45:07 AM

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I haven't the budget for a gym membership, nor budget and room for much equipment. I do have a nice exercise bike I picked up at a yard sale. I have a small collection of accessories: 2-5 lb dumbells, resistance bands, an abs roller that my husband bought and never uses, a jumprope that I hope to be able to do eventually, and a brightly decorated hula hoop thanks to a creative daughter. I have a couple of DVDs, one of which I won from SP! and between them and the wonderful SP videos, I've got plenty to keep me busy. Not to mention that a walk or bike ride is always an option as well.

CAT-IN-CJ

1/3/2013 2:09:47 PM

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Yep! And you can easily add an indoor track to that. I don't have a large house but I can walk a mile indoors by doing laps from room to room and circles around chairs and footstools, the island in the kitchen, etc.

FITTEREVERYDAY

11/4/2012 9:46:44 PM

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I find videos and/or fitness games are an excellent investment as well. Especially for us small-space dwellers! (I get a good sweat in quite often in my one bedroom apartment).

KIMBERTA99

5/30/2012 2:38:39 PM

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I just have to say that I lost 55 pounds working out from home. I bought a mini stepper and took advantage of the videos on SP as well as you tube. I just recently joined the gym AFTER reaching my goal weight ....more for the "final touches"!!

JPEARL127

5/30/2012 7:51:26 AM

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Our treadmill gathers dust in our basement at the moment, and I have threatened to use its handrails as a yarn swift (for balling hanks of yarn). Now that I am following SP I have decided that, rain or shine, I will put in at least 15 minutes on the treadmill every day--more time if it isn't nice enough to enjoy a 30 minute walk outdoors. I will use the treadmill to build my strength, as I am rehabbing after knee replacement.

SUCCESS68

5/30/2012 7:50:23 AM

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A great investment was my treadmill. I have been using it to get me back into exercising. Because I work 12+ hr days I get to jump on it, then shower then go to bed in the evening and not loose time commuting to the gym. And how much money have I saved? A,LOT!!;-)

SUCCESS68

5/30/2012 7:34:24 AM

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A great investment was my treadmill. I have been using it to get me back into exercising. Because I work 12+ hr days I get to jump on it, then shower then go to bed in the evening and not loose time commuting to the gym. And how much money have I saved? A,LOT!!;-)

GRISI1107

5/16/2012 6:12:28 PM

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You guys gorgot the workout videos there are some good out there...

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