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    • minerva_windsong
    • By minerva_windsong 7th Aug 12, 9:50 PM
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    Walking everywhere is surely the obvious one. I started doing this a few months ago ahead of going travelling next month - getting off the train a stop early and getting on a stop afterwards and walking to work, walking instead of getting the tube, climbing stairs instead of taking the lift etc.

    The other suggestion I have is exercise DVDs - you can normally get them quite cheaply on Amazon and the like. Davina McCall's are good as are 10 Minute Solutions, and I've heard good things about 30 Day Shred too. Also use big bottles of water or baked bean tins as weights if you don't already own any.
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    • Gloomendoom
    • By Gloomendoom 7th Aug 12, 9:52 PM
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    Edit: What "summer"?
    Last edited by Gloomendoom; 07-08-2012 at 9:56 PM.
    • rachhh
    • By rachhh 7th Aug 12, 10:18 PM
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    • 7th Aug 12, 10:18 PM
    Find your local 'the gym' the one nearest me is only 10.99 a month for 24 hour access! I go every night and the weight's been falling off
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    • geri1965
    • By geri1965 7th Aug 12, 10:19 PM
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    Eat less, it saves money and you lose weight.
  • nir_mk
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    Join a supportive weight-loss forum (I enjoy - many others are available), make the investment in a good diet book, I cannot recommend "Eat To Live" by Dr Joel Fuhrman highly enough, costs some money but pays in the long run. Adopt a diet whose bulk consists mostly of vegetables, beans and fruit. Go to outdoor markets - seek out "1 a bowl" deals and buy most of your fruit and veg that way. Beans can be from a tin or cooked from dry (and pressure-cooking is money-saving). Need more calories to supplement your bulk? Tesco and ASDA do oats from 75p a kilogram. Need snacking? Kernels for air-popping can be as little as 1 a kilogram (and a popper on eBay/Amazon for 12). Going vegetarian can be a saving - ditching junk food can be a saving.

    If you are motivated by exercising to music in a group, pay-as-you-go classes like Zumba and Body Pump can be 4.50 a time, but much cheaper to join a gym (even on a month-by-month contract). I pay 38 a month, which works out less than 9 a week and so long as I do more than 2 classes a week I'm quids in. (I manage to squeeze in 10 a week.)
  • ARobb
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    Groupon has a good offer on right now for Military Fitness classes. 10 sessions for only 24 (81% off) which = to about 100 off altogether. You better hurry though it finishes on the 9th
  • asyulikeitt
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    • 7th Aug 12, 10:46 PM
    Core Body Workouts
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    Squats, crunches, press-ups. All burn calories, cost nothing but time & (assuming you won't have an exercise mat) sore arms & legs because of the hard surface you will be training on.

    This means you are getting your pumping in three different ways.

    Type core body exercises into any search engine & you should get websites with illustrations of exercises.

    I should mention if anyone wants to lose some weight apart from the walking, the other exercises will mean you will gain weight, however this will be a combination lean muscle, bone. Very little of it should be fat if you are a healthy weight to behind with.

    To find the 'lean' divide your body fat by your weight in kg/pounds. The higher of the two numbers will be the lean figure.

    Give sit-ups a miss, or if you want do them, stop at when you have pulled yourself to chest level, beyond this for me has triggered back pain
    • kittycatface
    • By kittycatface 7th Aug 12, 11:15 PM
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    lots of councils have put gym equipment in public parks

    if you google healthy heart walks together with the name of your local council or nhs trust they have them all over the country, particularly good for people who are in recovery from health issues.

    NHS now has "health trainers" that may be available to some lucky people for free I think you have to be referred by GP, but if you are a smoker or overweight it's worth an ask

    Free gym passes from Martins Deals (be resistant to the hard sell)

    free swims from British Gas are somewhere on freebies board

    Don't sit still! I do bum clenches and leg lifts in front of the telly, at my desk, those airline excercises for your legs, and play with the kids at work at every opportunity. Worth getting a pedometer maybe to find out how active you are. was giving out free walking packs with a pedometer last year, may still work.

    Council run pools and gyms often have a discount card, though this tends to be available to over60s students or unwaged. Find any of the people in the above three categories, make friends and share the card. My old council card had more uses than hot dinners as it didn't have my photo on it. didn't feel guilty about the fraud as I think council prices have risen very sharply in the last ten years thanks to large companies taking over contracts for leisure facilities.

    We use Youtube to stream fitness videos etc, completely free. They also have fitness DVDs at our library. OH is very self conscious so his exercise is done indoors, added benefit is you can do it in a pair of baggy old joggers with curtains closed and there are no sweat-free expensively dressed Lycra Ladies knocking around to discourage you from your exercise mission! All my sports kit has come from sports direct on discount codes.

    Mum's old Good Housekeeping magazines suggested strange things like using your tins from the shopping as weights, and when on holiday walking in the sea shallows as its better for your calves. No idea why this information is still in my brain!
  • ubishi
    The easiest and cheapest way to lose any weight is to eat less and walk as much as you can daily. might just be walking to the shops or a walk around the block but it's surprising how easy it becomes to step out more and change the food intake
  • maddiecat
    Running all the way.
    Go for a run, all you need is shorts or leggings, a t shirt and some trainers.

    I have been running for half an hour 3 times a week since February after 45 years as a couch potato. Start slowly, use one of the 'lardy couch potato to 5K' type programs (apps or look up online).

    The effects are:
    slimmer all over
    bingo wings gone (not sure why!)
    toned legs - can now be seen in public
    toned bottom (don't think the public would like to see though)
    double chin gone
    flatter stomach
    re-discovered waist
    lack of general aches and pains, none at all now
    feeling more awake and alert and full of energy

    At first the only down side was the actual running itself, which I never expected to like. For some reason I love it now, it is time for thinking, being away from all the distractions and worries of every day life, time to notice birds, seasons, weather etc.

    So give it a try, it is free. I am off for a quick run now...
  • pauliboo
    Does anyone know anything that a physically disabled person can do?

    I go to physio every week, but the exercises aren't going to lose me any weight.

    I have arthritis in my hip and lower back so walking is out of the question.
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    • Caterina
    • By Caterina 8th Aug 12, 8:35 AM
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    Does anyone know anything that a physically disabled person can do?

    I go to physio every week, but the exercises aren't going to lose me any weight.

    I have arthritis in my hip and lower back so walking is out of the question.
    Originally posted by pauliboo
    Some Councils provide seated exercise classes for older and/or disabled people, ask in your local library or call your Council, they might have a class. In Greenwich the classes are free!
    Finally I'm an OAP and can travel free (in London at least!).
    • dirtmother
    • By dirtmother 8th Aug 12, 9:08 AM
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    If you have or can beg or borrow an mp3 player, download NHS Couch to 5k podcasts. You would be surprised who manages to 'graduate' from this programme.

    There are also new Strength and Flexibility NHS podcasts (and videos)

    Walk4Life has OS maps online and a free app to track your walk/run (there are other more complicated free apps around) I signed up to link my walking records to a sponsored challenge with others.

    Also try subscribing to the free version of No Excuses Workouts - this includes a chair based workout. Lots of good ideas there, including Random Acts of Fitness.
    • euronorris
    • By euronorris 8th Aug 12, 9:14 AM
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    There are so many exercise dvd workouts available on youtube for free. I can recommend Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred, having just dropped 2 dress sizes by doing that and eating more healthily.

    Also - ditch the soda! Full of sugar and artificial chemicals that our bodies neither want nor need. Even diet soda is bad for you thanks to the artificial sweeteners. Drink water, and lots of it!

    Cook from scratch to avoid processed foods, and all the additives, sugar, fat & salt they carry.

    Cut back on carbs & sugar.

    I do wish that nuts and berries were cheaper though!
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    • purpleweasel
    • By purpleweasel 8th Aug 12, 9:32 AM
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    Does anyone know anything that a physically disabled person can do?

    I go to physio every week, but the exercises aren't going to lose me any weight.

    I have arthritis in my hip and lower back so walking is out of the question.
    Originally posted by pauliboo
    would swimming be possible? i bet your physio could advise. No expert myself but maybe some of the gentler forms of yoga as well. Yoga won't help much with the weight loss but does help flexibility and core strength.

    in general - running & skipping are both free! (can be affected by weather, though, depending how much of a wuss you are). Just don't try skipping won't do your ornaments much good and tends to scare the cats!

    if you can pick up one of those mini trampolines for cheap (or if the kids will let you use theirs!) this is a really quick way to get fit
    • lhp07atr
    • By lhp07atr 8th Aug 12, 9:36 AM
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    Dr Levine's book, "Move a little, lose a lot" explains how to keep fit simply by moving more in your daily life
    • HelenPetersBeads
    • By HelenPetersBeads 8th Aug 12, 9:42 AM
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    A simple rule, no carbs after 6pm. I don't mean moving your dinner to 5.30, just dish it up with no potato, pasta, rice, bread, peas, sweetcorn etc. So protein and lots of veg.
    And go for a 30+ minute walk after dinner as well, that way your evening meal has some chance of being worked off rather than attaching to your hips overnight.
    • euronorris
    • By euronorris 8th Aug 12, 9:48 AM
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    Oh....Frisbee in the park! I did this recently, and had sore muscles for 3 days afterwards! lol Was great fun too!
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  • Hughjass
    Alternate day fasting, super easy, super healthy (not just for weight loss) and very .
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