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I’ve officially become a piece of veal. No really. Its awful. After completeing my last year of law school, working 20 hours a week, extra curriculars and studying for the bar exam, I have gained 15lbs. Suffice it to say from May-July, while I studied, I NEVER left the houe. Well, thats not true, sometimes I left to get greasy takeout. I can actually feel how flabby and weak I am. I HATE it! I absoultely must lose this weight.
I’ve been doing the couch to 5k program, and have been enjoying it. Its perfect, its free, and it feels good. However, I can’t do it everyday. Since completing the bar exam about 2 weeks ago, I’ve been trying to run everyday. It feels good, but I’m injuring myself (pulled muscels and the like). I can’t do it everyday.
I want to do some strength training in between runs, but I have no weights. I was thinking yoga might work? Would that help me strength train or loose weight? I’ve always kinda felt yoga was a waste of time, but I’m desperate. There aren’t too many excersises that can be done in a small Brooklyn apartment without destroying furniture.
The problem, I’m currently unemployed (with no unemployement checks coming in) so a gym membership is out of the question. Usually, when I gain a little weight, I just go to the gym and use weights and do some cardio classes or machines to help me loose it. Now, however, that is not an option. Are there any other strength training/cardio regimes I can try with a limited space, budget and no equipment?
Post # 3
Try some tabata/HIIT style workouts. Most require no equipment, take anywhere from 4 minutes (tabata) to 30 minutes, and can help you tone up.
Post # 4
brikam yoga will help ou lose weight and tone. Since you live in Brooklyn there are plenty of studios. I lost about 10 lbs Ain’t about a month Of going 5 times a week And had a lot of toning.
Post # 5
I’d just do a google search for body weight workouts and I bet you’ll find tons of things you can do around the house or at a local park. Obviously to lose weight you’ll need to combine this with a clean healthy diet.
Post # 6
@lawyerchick13: I agree that body weight workouts and Bikram yoga would work. I would also suggest looking online for vinyasa flow yoga videos – it is a style that incorporates continuous movement.
Post # 7
Yoga is great, but I think it’s pretty hard to pick up good technique without taking classes which might not be best for your budget.
Why not pick up a few inexpensive resistance bands and design a little program for resistance training using those plus body weight exercises (pushups, lunges, etc). It’s basically free and can be done anywhere.
Post # 8
@lawyerchick13: Yoga is great, and is a great complement to running. Here is a website that has free yoga and pilates videos. They have a wide variety of types of yoga, specific for different body parts, and even running specific sequence
But yeah, for the most efficient way to lose weight, definitely start in the kitchen! Also, HIIT is typically better for weight loss than steady state cardio. Also, lots of body weight exercises that you can do at home… squats/ lunges/ tricep dips/ push-ups etc.
Sworkit is a great app where you can choose different workouts (strength & cardio) and doesn’t require any equipment
Post # 9
@lawyerchick13: I’ve done yoga before and love it. I currently take a class at a gym. You can do it for toning and stuff.
Post # 10
Jillian Michaels! She has a yoga DVD that I love. Or any of her other programs, really. You can find the videos for free online (I have them on my Pinterest fitness page, if you’re interested). Blogilates is good, too. She has tons of short videos that you can piece together. All you need is a yoga mat and a set of handweights. If you have a Five Below store near you, they have weights and mats (and other equipment) for super cheap.
Post # 11
@vorpalette: are you able to post a link to your pinterest fitness page? i’m looking for motivation 🙂
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Look into yoga studio’s that offer work exhange programs. I do hot yoga as well. It will help with weight loss if you do it frequently enough. Thankfully, so many fitness programs are available on Youtube nowadays.
Post # 14
What about pilates? I’ve found it to be a lot more effective for toning and weight loss than yoga. I’ve been doing pilates for like 7 or 8 weeks (2-3x a week) and am about 300% stronger than I was when I started (which isn’t saying much, considering I could barely do 1 pushup when I started). I love to do yoga, but I haven’t found it’s done much in terms of helping me get stronger or lose weight.
Post # 15
@vorpalette: thank you 🙂 I’m excited!
Post # 16
I personally love yoga, and think that it brings great results, and works really well in a small space. If you’re more into the fitness results than the spiritual side of things, there is a really good program at: http://www.basicyogapositions.com. A lady created it because she had limited time, and used yoga plus some inspirational inline skating moves! (Sounds weird, I know.) It’s VERY effective!!
Also, this may or may not be very heplful for weighloss, but when I was living in northern Norway I had a slipped disc, and was instructed to go for walks every day. Now, that didn’t work because of the snow storms and icy roads, so in a small space and under pressure I danced for an hour every night to my favourite music!! It worked great for my back, and really lifted my spriits too… I found that the soundtrack to Shrek 1 worked well, varied styles of music and fun. Not sure what the neighbours thought, though..:-)
Best of luck!