(Closed) Running Alternatives

posted 10 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

What’s your injury?  I like the elliptical for low impact cardio.  If your gym is sizeable, it should have plenty.  For classes, I’m a fan of step, but most likely any injury that keeps you from running will keep you from step.  What about cardio kickboxing?  You can usually modify to keep it low impact and still get a good aerobic and toning work out.  Does your gym have BOSU aerobics?  It provides balance challenges along with cardio which can be helpful for toning/training support muscles.  Also, if your sick of biking alone, try a spinning class. A good instructor can make it a lot of fun.

 Sorry to ramble… I love fitness classes, but due to an injury I can barely suffer 30 minutes of elliptical or riding my bike on a trainer before it flares up.

Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2009

I have to second the elliptical machines- they’re great.  Especially the Precor ellipticals.  If your injury allows, you should try them.

 Lots of people here like the 30 Day Shred.  I bought it and have to say that it is pretty awesome.  My favorite at-home workout is still the original Tae-bo Advanced tape, though.  i love it so much I kept my VCR around for years, and recently converted the VHS to DVD because I was afraid the tape was wearing out.

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2009

You should get a Wii fit and buy the Fitness Ultimatim DVD by the woman trainer on the Biggest Loser! I just bought it so I don’t really know how well it will work for exercise, but even the Wii fit itself is fun and you can definitely raise your heartrate! I spend up to 1.5 hrs just ‘playing’ somedays.

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2009

PS-I used to be a Divion 1 runner in college, so I’m used to getting a decent workout in too! Have you tried yoga? Its amazing!

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2008 - Vineyard on the Delta

i have a wii fit, i hear good things about it (though i can’t vouch for it since i’ve played it like, twice…)!

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Do you have access to a pool?  I’ve found that modifying a lot of resistance exercises works great in a pool (or even hot tub).  The added resistance of the water makes it more challenging too…I need to do this kind of stuff b/c of my injury, but it might just be fun to mix things up (but people will definitely look at you funny if your doing squats with weights in a spa pool).  I also use a kickboard when I swim and concentrate only on legs for some laps…it’s a great way to exhaust your leg muscles…and a flutter kick will give you great buns:)

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