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Favorite Excuse for Not Working Out: I Don't Have Space

Favorite Excuse for Not Working Out: I Don't Have Space

One excuse I hear all the time coming from people who don't workout is that they just "Don't have the space to do it."

I lived in a small apartment in NYC for years and while I feel your pain, there are other ways to get active than just plunking a big ole' treadmill in your house. So here are some options:

  • While your apartment (or house) may be small, the great outdoors is not. Go outside and start walking, running, etc.
  • Maybe you don't have space for a treadmill, but you most likely have a TV and a DVD player to play fitness videos on. I've reviewed a bunch of great workout DVDs that you may want to try for yourself. Believe it or not the Rock Your Body with Jamie King DVD requires very little space to do.
  • Still not enough space to workout along to a video where your TV is? Recruit a friend, who happens to have a decent size space, to do the DVD with you at her house. You may even find out she's been wanting to start working out too!
  • Exercise bands take up no space and are great for resistance training. I love to travel with exercise bands because I can toss them in my suitcase on top of all my clothes -- Apply this concept to your home as well.
  • Learn to love one (or all) of these things: Jump ropes, hula hoop and inline skates. They're all easy to tuck under a bed or in a closet and they're all great workouts.
  • Now you see 'em, now you don't. Get a pair of Aquabells - water inflatable and collapsible dumbbells. When you're not using them, deflate them (let the water out) and store them away.


Join The Conversation
nycgirl nycgirl 10 years
Haha, I live in NYC too. My response: go to a gym! Plenty of room (and equipment) there! Also, since NYers are such gym freaks, they are everywhere. When I was younger and poorer, instead of having a gym membership I walked EVERYWHERE-- 5th Ave window shopping, around the Upper East Side, Central Park, etc. I was never a big fan of the river(s) but I hear they are nice places to walk.
pinkraindrops pinkraindrops 10 years
I don't have the privacy or access to my tv and DVD player due to living with my family at the moment.
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 10 years
I live in a 300 sq. foot apartment, and I love fitness vids as much as the gym or the outdoors. I find ways to make it work in my room.
rubialala rubialala 10 years
Great ideas, Fit. We have a small place and when I actually do exercise, I make it happen in the area that we have.
Jennifer_2sugar Jennifer_2sugar 10 years
Nice fish :fish:
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