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Simple, quiet indoor exercises ideas, please!

post #1 of 11
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I'm really out of shape and get really overwhelmed by making big changes, like "I'm gonna start exercising an hour a day!" So I've been trying to incorporate just 10 minutes of sub-moderate exercise into my day to make it a habit.  All summer I did a 10 minute walk after my DD went to bed, but now it's dark by then and I need a new plan.  Exercise during the day has been pretty difficult, so I'd like to do something in the evening.  BUT my house is teeny tiny, so I can't jump around and make noise after kiddo's in bed.  Any ideas for something indoors that's kind of on par with the fitness level of my 10 minute walks?  My only idea so far is a bunch of sun salutations all in a row. 

post #2 of 11

10 sun salutations would be amazing.  Throw some warrior poses in there, a twist, end with pigeon pose.  You would be walking tall.  I couldn't really think of something better and more quiet.  I like to throw in some extra push-ups in push-up pose (knees on ground) and start with some abdominal work, especially plank on the forearms and sde-arm pose, again on the forearms. 

post #3 of 11

I have been using an exercise ball for about 10-20 minutes a day.  There are so many different workouts you can do on the ball to target most trouble zones.  Plus its a quiet exercise. I use mine mostly for abs, thighs, and arms.  You can find workouts to do with the ball on youtube or pinterest. Make sure when purchasing you buy the correct size ball for your height.  I ended up ordering mine online because I am on the shorter side. You can use this guide to help pick which size ball is best for you- http://www.beachbody.com/product/fitness_gear/balance_ball.do

post #4 of 11

Ideally if you have a mat, you can just do floor exercises.  A towel can be used, but it may slide a little much.  If you have carpet, then that makes it easier.


Some abdominals, as  long as you try to keep your back to the floor, you can quickly build up a sweat.


There are a lot of things you can do, even in small spaces.  What to do depends if you are trying to burn calories or tone up.


Example of a small space workout is that YouTube video, how to lose weight in the bathroom without taking a sh**.  Kind of hilarious, but when you really think about it, as he says in the video, "Look how small that bathroom is...  No excuses..."  I can't imagine your apartment being smaller than that bathroom.

post #5 of 11

Yoga and walking are my exercises of choice.  I have several yoga dvds that I use to give me a a bit of variety.  You just need a little space to do yoga workouts in and a mat.  Here's to a healthier you!

post #6 of 11
I highly recommend pilates. You can get a total workout in 10 minutes. Tons of free videos are on YouTube to get you started.
post #7 of 11
I've been doing 10 minutes of sun salutations 5x/week for the last 2 weeks and I already feel stronger (and the stretching feels so good!). I highly recommend at least that and anything else you add in is awesome as well but I do think you could see some results with just yoga.
post #8 of 11


I just started exercising again after having let myself go somewhat... I love yoga and have found a program that I really like! It's scientifically created for weight loss, it's really straight forward and simple, and the warm up stretches are relaxing and easy to do. It also comes with a manual, and you can download it from: www.basicyogapositions.com!

Best of luck!

post #9 of 11

I recently participated in an influenster Dr. Scholl's® Active Series®trial.  I would certainly recommend these for anyone starting a new exercise program.  They do not slip, fit and support your foot well and no sweating feet!


In terms of exercise from home ideas.  There are "standing abs" exercises available that are 10 mins long and do not require a lot of noise making.  The firm and the abs diet both have good tapes on these.


Good Luck

post #10 of 11
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the suggestions, everyone.  I'm sorry for not responding sooner.  I was attempting the sun salutation thing for a while, but it's kind of fizzled.  For some reason I find it more mentally challenging and easier to give up on than walking.  Maybe because it's private?  A video might be better, but I don't have a way to play one in the space I have to exercise.  Anyone know of any audio exercise things?  I will have to dig out my old exercise ball and give that a try.  That's something I hadn't considered.  Any specific youtube videos that you like?  I tend to get caught up in searching for them and never actually do any...

post #11 of 11
You could just do some body weight exercises - a minute of push-ups, a minute of squats, a minute of tricep dips, a minute of lunges, a minute of sit-ups, a minute of calf raises and then some stretches. Pretty much silent and if you have room to lie down you can do them all.
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