Post # 1
First of all I’m on a tiny budget, so keep that in mind. I’m looking for a way to tighten everything up without impacting my joints too terribly. I was a competitive gymnast for about 7 years when I was younger, so my joints are a wreck now. I’ve so far had tendonitis in a knee, tendonitis and bursitis in a shoulder, high ankle sprain, and a herniated disk in my back over the course of about the last five years. I’d love to be able to get healthy and fit without landing in the PT’s office. Does anyone have any suggestions on what I can do on the cheap to get in shape?
Post # 3
Hmm… my first choice was going to be swimming. Zero impact with toning benefits from the water resistance but you will need to buy a gym membership for that unless you or someone you know has a pool you can use frequently. My second idea is pilates. You can get some great DVD’s, it is very low impact and great for strength, and flexibility but it is going to be less cardio than the swimming; and you need cardio for weight loss if that is your goal. HTH
Post # 4
I concur- swimming and pilates. Is there a YMCA near you? they usually have pools, fitness classes, and decent rates for membership. I’m pretty sure there are young adult/couple membership options too!
Post # 5
Swimming, elliptical, Pilates, yoga, bar method (you can buy DVDs to use at home), lifting, walking. Lots of options!
Post # 6
I’m in NYC so the YMCA is $100 a month and I don’t qualify for a scholarship :/ I think I’ll have to go the walking/ DVD combo route for now. It breaks my heart because I have always been a lap swimmer and it’s the only exercise that I look forward to, but there’s a beautiful cemetary practically next door to us so I’ll have to start walking around in there. I didn’t think about pilates. Thanks!
Post # 7
Ice skating or roller blading! Ice skating obviously you have to rent or buy skates and pay per session, but it’s a wonderful workout and super low impact.
Roller blading would be cheaper if you don’t mind being outside and buying a pair of blades and maybe some hand and knee guards. Amazon has some for cheapsies 🙂
Post # 8
I sprained my SI joint and am really restricted, too :-/ hot yoga is amazing — I couldn’t even bend over until I started doing yoga and it’s an awesome 90 minute workout that lets you go at your own pace and favor what you need to or push what you want to. I got an awesome unlimited deal at a local studio, but of you talk groupin it’s easy to buy a package here and there to keep your practice up on the cheap.
Post # 9
Since you’re in NYC, maybe you can find some sort of Pilates/yoga deal on Lifebooker or one of the other deal sites?
Post # 10
Bike riding is very low impact. Do you have room in your apartment for a bike?
Post # 11
@BlondeMissMolly: I second this. When I want low impact I do pilates, elliptical, and light weights.
Post # 12
DON’T RIDE A BIKE IF YOU HAVE A HERNIATED DISK! Sorry, Crayfish – but I learned that the hard way! Not a normal stationary bike, but the low ones where you sit upright are good.
I also have a herniated disc and have been resigned to low-impact exercises.
What can you afford for a gym? Perhaps you can walk and also invest in a set of light weights to do some exercises for toning…or get ankle weights for the walk.
Swimming is also great.
I also have begun using the stair-climber at the gym…is there a low-cost gym with a stair climber? It’s a bit hard on the knees but doesn’t involve hip rotation which helps the disc issue.
Also, I started a stretching regimen. I stretch for about 45 minutes, 5x a week and it’s really helped to suck me in! I do it with a combo of ab exercises!
Post # 13
Do an intro week or month of Bikram yoga- its amazing cardio and a great workout if you can stand the heat. As a former gymnast you may love it- plus it is very healing. I’m a former competitive skater and I love it.