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Don't Wake the Neighbors! Apartment-Approved Cardio


Living in a tight-spaced apartment with creaky wooden floors pretty much rules out large movements or foot-stomping cardio workouts. However, with Winter storms brewing, at-home workouts may be on the rise. Put away the Zumba and floor-shaking DVDs, and opt for these three cardio workouts instead; you can do each workout indoors without disturbing a soul — your downstairs neighbors will thank you.

Yoga at home: Baron Baptiste is a great Vinyasa yoga instructor, and his books Journey Into Power ($12) and 40 Days to Personal Revolution ($12) offer heart-pumping sequences and pictures of correct alignment. If you stick to his regimen (each sequence is between 20-60 minutes), you'll enjoy a great yoga workout and may even master advanced poses that you never thought possible in a public class.

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Free StairMaster: If you have them, walk up and down the stairs of your building for 15-20 minutes. Be sure to keep your abs engaged and step up with your heel rather than your toes so you target the glut and hamstring muscles, or try doing two stairs at a time. Within five minutes you should feel the burn.

At-home weights: After completing a warm-up (either a few yoga Sun Salutations or five minutes of walking up stairs), complete a full-body circuit workout with weights. This full-body circuit combines exercises to work your arms while toning your legs, plus your abs and back will also be challenged.

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amber512 amber512 5 years
Strength training is a lot easier to do in my apartment than cardio. Can't anger the downstairs neighbors! The stairs are out too because going up and down them makes noise throughout all of the apartments.
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