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Old 01-22-2008, 12:33 AM   #1
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Substitute for a treadmill?

A treadmill wouldn't be easy to work with in my apt, it would disturb the neighbors as it's an old place.

Can I expect same results from a cross trainer or a exersize bike? And is up-right or recumbent best? How about stair climbers? I'm lucky if I can walk up 5 stories of stairs, which feels like a 100 yard dash. Also, a decent treadmill is 600 bucks as well, considering I would need something durable as i'm over 200lbs now. Just looking to drop 30lbs and keep it off. Running was a good way to do this previously for me, but I have a $400 is roughly my limit.

Also, to get a similar workout as running from a stairclimber/cross trainer or bike, how much time is needed for each? 15-30 minutes 4-5 nights a week jogging was easy to fit into the schedule.

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Old 01-22-2008, 06:18 AM   #2
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Re: Substitute for a treadmill?

What about running outside? Or at a gym or local school track? You also might find a used Nordi Track Ski Machine at a good price. I have one that I use when it rains and I can't run outside.

 
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Re: Substitute for a treadmill?

Elipticals or cross gtrainers are better than stationary bikes, but getting a good one will probably fall outside your price range unless you're looking used. As mentioned, outside jogging would really be ideal (and FREE ) or some aerobics DVDs you can do at home. The Tae Bo series is great, as are many of the other aerobic series like Turbo Jam (although some use weights and/or resistance bands, you can typically make due without them). You can check your local video store for their selection and decide which ones you particularly like before byuing anything, too. Good luck!
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Old 01-24-2008, 03:05 PM   #4
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Re: Substitute for a treadmill?

It took me a dozen runs outside before I could run a mile without stopping. I can't push myself as much as I can on a treadmill. I love running in the cold, but not so cold that it hurts to breath like it is now.

I would be consistent with a treadmill as I know exactly how far I have ran and how long it took to get there.

 
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