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wow, nice work

   
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Our home is a bit small, but we purchased a recumbent exerbike for about $400 that sits in a corner of our living room, which is the only place it can really go. It's worked out well and we don't mind the way it looks. I like being able to use it anytime in private and not having to go out to a gym, and I found that adding a comfortable cushion on the seat really helps. Because I have two heart stents I felt that I needed to have something available to me for the half an hour minimum of moderate exercise every day that my cardiologist wants me to do. I love walking outdoors, especially with my dog, but developing arthritis in my hips and knees is making that very difficult these days. The recumbent bike is good for exercising without joint pain. I consider it an investment in saving my life.

I genuinely applaud those of you who have serious home gym set-ups or gym memberships that you actually use, and I'm glad you are so dedicated to fitness. But I think for most people the equipment you need doesn't have to be fancy or expensive, it just has to work for what you need it for. Recently I discovered the book Strong Women Stay Young by Miriam Nelson and I recommend this for anyone who doesn't have much space. All you need for her workouts are basically hand and ankle weights and a chair. I'm trying this now to strengthen core muscles and arms and legs. The weights can be stored in a sturdy bag, like an LL Bean tote bag, in a closet. Ms. Nelson has a whole series of books about strong women and I like her practical but scientifically sound approach.

Another whole-body exercise routine for toning (on a CD) that I've tried is called T-Tapp. Highly recommend. You just need enough space to do the moves and it's low-impact but really gets your heart going.

Bottom line: you just need to find a way to move that you enjoy and that works for you in the space you have.

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It's a Beautiful World!

So many great tips! As an artist, my favorite one, of course, is to decorate the gym with artwork you can enjoy while exercising ;-))

@Angie, I suggest you look for security hardware used to hang wall art. Perhaps you can use it to secure a mirror to the wall as well.

We have worked on projects to provide wall art to hotels and hospitals and they did require all wall art to have this type of hardware, to make sure the pieces stay on the wall, can't be removed easily or fall off and break in the earthquake situation (we are in Southern California and earthquake preparedness is a part of our life here).

Hope this helps.

Raisa

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