Winter Workouts at Home

by Matilda Charles


I recently purchased a small, inexpensive manual treadmill. Unlike the

electric ones, this one doesn’t need to be within cord distance of a wall

plug, and it’s not so heavy that I can’t move it. It goes at the speed I

set with my own legs. And it didn’t cost the many hundreds of dollars that

an electric treadmill does.


If you’re in good health (and your doctor approves), with only a few

pieces of equipment, you can get in mild workouts this winter without

having to go to the gym when it’s cold or wet outside.

Consider acquiring a few of these:

–Hand weights: Start small, unless you’ve already been working out at the

gym on a regular basis. A 3-pound or 5-pound weight might be all you need

to get started.

–“For seniors” workout videos: If you’re not sure about a treadmill, look

for a workout video that emphasizes walking in place.

–If you have room, think about a sit-down pedaler like a recumbent

bicycle instead of a treadmill. They even make these with only the pedal

part, which you use while sitting in a chair. Some of them can even be

used for your arms, with the peddler put on a chair in front of you.

–Squeeze balls for hand and finger strength.

–Wrist or ankle weights. (Hint: get the kind with the removable weights

so you can adjust for your own comfort.)


Shop first at Goodwill or the Salvation Army, or local ads in your area.

Next look in the big-box stores to fill in what you can’t find elsewhere.

Search online for “seniors home-workout equipment” for ideas, but try to

buy in person locally.


Matilda Charles regrets that she cannot personally answer reader

questions, but will incorporate them into her column whenever possible.


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