Post # 1
Can anyone recommend a good fat-burning/toning workout that is effective but not high-impact? I used to get great results from running but am unable to do it anymore– I really need something lower-impact. (Even Jillian Michaels’ 30 Day Shred is pushing it for me, as far as my knees go!) I have access to a treadmill and free weights (and, of course, a DVD player), but not to a gym or a pool or anything like that. Anyone have any ideas? Thanks 🙂
Post # 3
Try the Barre Method videos or in the studio if its near you. Its deceptively hard, but not hard on your kneeds.
Post # 4
Barre Method is great but pretty expensive. Try Jillian’s yoga DVD, it’s pretty tough but low impact!
Post # 5
Yoga and pilates every day (more frequently than you would do hard cardio since it’s not about calories). If you can handle it and have built up a solid yoga base, try hot yoga.
Post # 6
Bicycle! I’m in the same boat as you. I used to be an avid runner, but I can’t do it anymore because of my knees. I have found biking to be a comparable sport to running. It feels similar. There’s a rhythm to it that’s relaxing and invigorating at the same time, similar to running, and I enjoy being outdoors.
Post # 7
Yeah 17 years of dancing really did a number on my knees and hips. I take Pure Barre classes but they can get pricey unless you buy a package and go A LOT. But they have DVDs, which I hear are great, and you don’t need a barre to do them (just a chair or counter). Other than that, previous suggestions of yoga sound good and there are thousands of great dvds out there for that!
Post # 8
I second the suggestions of yoga and pilates. For a cheaper but AMAZING version of pure barre, yoga and pilates, check out the CoreFusion line of DVDs. I cannot say enough good things about them. I love the Body Sculpt one, found here on Amazon.
Biking is a great suggestion. You can get one of those stationary trainers that convert your road bike to a stationary one, like this one, also on Amazon.
Post # 9
I have annoying flat feet, so I need low-impact exercises as well. I use a stepper a lot.. alternating speeds and resistance levels. If you REALLY want to sweat and burn calories, climb stairs… OMG, I die thinking about it. The Stair Master is an evil contraption.