What's a mama to do: stuck at home cardio workout suggestions?
This is a question for me and my clients! How do you replace a 45-minute run (oops, sorry, all of you shouting "specificity!" right now. What do you substitute for a 45-min run?)
Climb stairs, check. Many mamas cannot do higher impact movements due to pelvic floor issues.
Do good cardio workout videos exist?
Special thanks to the few of you who answered with a solely cardiovascular exercise suggestion (dance!), and bonus points to you who provided specific web pages and workout dvds!
Thanks to all the rest of you who so helpfully explained the cardiovascular effect of getting my heart rate up through resistance training, kettlebells, circuit training, and "cardio strength training." We really appreciate the time and thought that went into your answers.
Keep 'em coming!
Zusana has many many different 12-20 minute cardio/strength training workouts you can do at home with zero or very few props
The DVDs are endless - and you don't have to spend money. Join your library - most have the option to go online then and you can request dvds and they notify you when they come in. I have searched for instructors, titles, and so on....just put in your preferences (ie., yoga, hip hop, cardio dance, walking, etc.) and voila - DVD ready to go once the library receives it if they don't already have it.
So bust to move...and have some fun.
Alternatively, check around and see whether you can find a physical therapist who specializes on this therapy.
Check out Coach Dos Remedios' Book "Cardio Strength Training"
Its a really good book and compliments his Power Training Book quite well.
Place stickers on a wall in an arc and have the client quickly but carefully touch each one with each hand and each foot (lower stickers for feet obviously, I hope). The client could do all right hand touches, then left hand touches, then right foot, then left foot. The client could start in a ready crouch position and return to that position after every touch. The client could also touch and return to start for every sticker with both hands and both feet. Etc. etc. etc. The client could face the wall, stand left side to the wall, right side to the wall, etc. The distance from the wall and the speed of the movements would adjust intensity. Other ways to add intensity could be progressed with time.