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"Easy" Excersises?

I want to try mixing up my exersise routine. I usually run for 30 minutes and then racewalk uphill for another 30-60 minutes. Only issue is, I've been doing that for a while, and it's getting a little mundane and boring.

I have a gym membership, but during the school year have limited time to go there, where we have a pool and elliptical machines, etc. Also, since I'm 17 and don't drive for at least a couple more months (not to mention my lack of car lol), I need something that I can preferably do at home.

I have a treadmill that I use. Anything else that's relatively easy (and cheap) to do at home, that still burns calories?

Thanks in advance, guys!

Wed. Aug 22, 10:00pm

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I don't really like the gym... I have been warming up to it lately, but before then I was really into exercise DVDs. There is one for whatever you want to do - dance, tae bo, yoga, Pilates, toning, etc. My favorites are by Crunch, and also I love the Biggest Loser DVD. It has four different workouts you can do that all are challenging and fun. To mix up what you are already doing, you could do a 20 strength training routine with weights, then 30 minutes of running, then cool down and stretch with a 30 minute Yoga routine. That's just one idea of how you can cross train and keep your workouts fun.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007, 10:45 PM

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It's probably considered old-fashioned by fitness industry standards, but heck, gyms still have them -- the classic step, height adjustable. It's great for cardio (get some videos, or if you have FitTV on your cable service, record some of their programs), and it also adds new challenges to a dumbbell routine. I think a new step runs about $40, not sure if that's expensive for you.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007, 10:54 PM

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Jump rope is another possibility - can be strenuous, or not, depending on how you go at it, and it's pretty cheap.

Thursday, August 23, 2007, 12:52 AM

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exercise ball

Thursday, August 23, 2007, 4:08 AM

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Do the running outside instead of on the treadmill.

Thursday, August 23, 2007, 10:56 AM

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Jumping rope will give you some serious calorie burn. Running is always good.

Thursday, August 23, 2007, 1:47 PM

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walking, especially quickly and uphill. My buns and thighs have really tightened up just by commuting by foot.

DVDs are always good, since you can do them in the privacy of your home. They also usually have a cardio plus strength. I have been doing a Jazzercise video I checked out from my library. It has three workouts, plus an effective strength training (I didn't think it would be effective, but the next day, yep, it was working). has several video clip workouts that you can use too. has a lot of workout programs.

Thursday, August 23, 2007, 4:51 PM

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