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Exercise and Equipment Looking into a stair climber? Maybe a treadmill? Talk to others here and ask their opinions.

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Old 12-26-2004, 02:52 PM
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Pilates, Yoga and the ball

Those are what I am trying to put into my life. I really want to lose weight and tone up by spring. I will need to be careful since there is still some healing going on from my surgeries the last two years. What is eveyone else planning on doing this winter?
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Old 01-12-2005, 11:46 AM
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Those are really good forms of exercise bluebird! Especially if you're healing...plus both Pilates and Yoga tone the muscles we don't use with cardio and weight machines...a lot of people swear by it!

I really like the swiss ball for situps
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Old 01-21-2005, 06:31 AM
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This is my first week at seriously eating right and trying to exercise. I have been eating good, healthy foods, not snacking at night, and walking. I thought about doing Pilates to as I have a pilates workout video I have never opened.

Are you doing this at home or the gym?
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Old 01-23-2005, 03:31 PM
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I've been using my mini stair stepper almost every day this month. I have a body ball but haven's used it for awhile. I also bought a book on pilates and a "beginner's" video on pilates with a little bit of yoga and ballet mixed in. I can only do about one move of the pilates, etc. so have decided to stick with my stair stepper for now. It is small enough that I can carry it to another room if I want to.
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Old 01-23-2005, 07:19 PM
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Get a pilates class to help you get the form and breathing right! I love it.

My kids bought me a ball for Chrsitmas but the 40 incher is a little too big. Also my 6 yr old sits on it to reach the counter for lunch. I don't appreciate him oscillating thru lunch.
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Old 01-24-2005, 07:27 PM
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Kelly, at least your son is "exercising" during his lunch, even though it annoys you. I think my ball is 40 inches and was akward at first but after I got the hang of it, seemed to fit me. The professional ones are supposed to be proportioned to your height.

I don't like pilates enough to take a class. I can't bend most of those ways and also hate numbers and counting. I've stuck with the stair stepper longer than anything else I've tried so that seems to be working well for me right now. I may dust the ball off if I get bored or it gets too hot to do the stair stepping.

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Old 01-24-2005, 07:49 PM
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My cat jumped on mine with claws out. Need I say more? I will try to glue the holes with waterbed glue. I wonder what the cat thought when he heard the little hissssss..........
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Old 01-25-2005, 05:53 AM
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Losing weight is so hard....I cant afford a gym and I am trying desperatly to fins things to do ay home.

Im overweight and Im tellin ya I get outta breath really easy or my stomach starts feeling sick...I used to walk before I moved and then i have just quit.
Now its cold and icky outside so I havent started back up

Im thinking of getting some videos to do at home..walking away the pounds or a pilates...
I also have been looking at the different workout things..The ball, the bands, weights, theres all sorts of things..I dont knwo what to buy try or what works..


I have "HEARD" the drinking 2 cups of green tea a day really helps, but I cant stand it..it dont taste good at all..


ANY ADVICE FROM ANYONE WHO HAS ANY OF THESE?
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Old 01-25-2005, 09:32 AM
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Every bit adds up!

Green tea: 1-2 bags after it seeps to coolnest is diluted to a liter with ice water. I really like it as an iced tea. I like it with echinacea as a hot tea. But you have to like tea. But loads better than soda pop for you.

But nothing will help us lose weight more than the "I have to quit eating the cookies" diet and just keep moving. I do a little kitchen dance in the 30 seconds I wait for the microwave. I hustle up the stairs and focus on using my gluts to do so.

Walk every chance you get - I mean park way out there in the parking lot. I carry my packages instead of using the cart most of the time. I also bring canvas bags that can handle the load.

I did hear of a technique where you push your loaded grovery cart around the store a couple of extra times. But I fear the wrath of the real shoppers I might get the way of. Remember cans and laundry detergent make great weights.

Pilates takes some flexibility. So always stretch yourself and consider that a gift to your health. Try a yoga class - simliar ideas there. But any class will give you more ideas. I am learning new ways to use the ball and equipment that I had never seen. And at $20 a month for my comm rec classes -- that's a bargain! And I am happy to let the intructor count for me. I just concentrate on the stretch or the motion.

Hey these are nice!
http://www.ncpad.org/exercise/fact_s...8&section=1671

Now I see why my ball is to big for me. However, another excerise is to roll your kids back and forth on the ball and use them as weights for you. They think you are just playing with them.

I used to do that (in wamrer weather) at the swing set pushing them. I used one arm and then the other. Good pushing exercise. I also do simple step excersises on the side on the playground.
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WOW THANKS!!!!!!! That was alot of info!!
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