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Old 06-22-2014, 10:19 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Ways to exercise that don't require much people interaction, or money?

I'm trying to lose about 25 pounds, I've made diet changes that seem to be making a sound difference. Cut out the sodas/snack cakes, added vegetables/fruits, and drastically reduced the amount of breads I'm eating. Oh, and lots of water since that seems to taste better than the sodas.

I've got a bit of a social phobia, I can (and do) get out and walk around town but I don't think I'd do well in a gym with a number of people in a small closed area. I'm also on a rather limited budget which prevents me from buying any exercise machines/weights/etc, and I realize that can complicate things. Right now I'm getting in 2+ miles of walking or 4+ miles of biking in each day, I'm feeling good about upping those to 3 and 5 since I'm looking for a bit of a challenge.

I'm hoping someone can offer an idea or two on things I could add alongside my walking to help get things moving. I can't run without pain, I was a pedestrian hit by a drunk driver a few years back and my knee was messed up a bit and the impact in running causes too much pain. Otherwise I don't really have any serious physical limitations.

I would greatly welcome any advice or suggestions on any exercise I can try to get in, thanks in advance for any suggestions.
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Old 06-22-2014, 02:52 PM   #2 (permalink)
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There's lots of free exercise sites on youtube! Here are a few low impact suggestions to help get you started.

Walking Workouts by Jessica Smith
Beginner Workouts by Jessica Smith
10 Minutes or Less by FitnessBlender
Low Impact Cardio/Beginner Toning Workouts by FitnessBlender

If it turns out you don't like this type of exercise, I truly believe just begin consistent and even upping your walking and biking distances will get you results! It sounds like you're already off to a great start by cleaning up your diet and adding in some activity! Awesome job!
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Old 06-22-2014, 03:07 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks for the suggestions, I took a quick look at each and a lot of those look simple enough. I'll try some and see how it goes.
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Old 07-09-2014, 06:55 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Default Low-impact, low-cost workout suggestions

Hi @rking12345678!! Great job You're doing so well with your diet changes and disciplined exercise.

I agree that you will likely see some good results by upping the intesity/disance of your current walking and biking routine. But it is a good idea to change things up from time to time so that you work different muscle groups. This usually maximizes your results as well.

I'd recommend working in some yoga and resistance band training. You don't have to leave your home to do these things. I often use instructional yoga videos online (netflix & youtube) or do a resistance band routine in my house on the days that I don't jog. I got a wall-mount band from iShopAria.com, but you can find other types online or at a sporting goods store as well.

Keep up the good work
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Old 11-09-2014, 10:34 PM   #5 (permalink)
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One big thing I did in college was buy a cheap treadmill for my apartment. The problem with going to the gym was...I felt like I had to already look good to go to the gym. Not too many chubbers there. I did not realize...but there are a bunch of cheap treadmills and ellipticals (under $200 shipped) that can be bought online and shipped to your front door. Check out my signature. Good luck, you are motivated already.
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Old 12-09-2014, 03:06 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Can you jump rope? There's really not much that's less expensive than a jump rope and it does not require you to even leave the house.
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Old 12-09-2014, 03:25 PM   #7 (permalink)
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There is a little book of exercises that your local library may be able to find for you (or you could buy a used copy from amazon.com): The Royal Canadian Exercise Plans for Physical Fitness.

It is a set of basic exercises you can do in your home. Running in place (substitute walking in place) and jumping jacks (omit these) are the only high-impact exercises, as I recall.

The set of exercises - very simple stuff - is meant to be done within a certain time limit. This means you always have enough time for exercise. They start with a few repetitions and each day, you add repetitions according to a chart in the book. The time doesn't change though - it will always be a very easy thing to manage because you will have time to do them!

I went through the program years ago, following the chart. By the time you have made the progress necessary to get through the chart, you not only feel like the exercises are a good habit (I wish I had kept that habit) but you have increased the intensity without strain.

You don't need much space to do the exercises. You don't need any equipment.
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