- Question from Noodles: I'm already exercising (mostly treadmill at home), and have upped my duration and intensity without much effect. Would adding a different type of exercise be a help? What might I be able to do at home?
- Answers - Melinda Irwin Yes, sure it never hurts to add a different type of exercise. You can try going outside and walking. Sometimes on a treadmill if you do a manual setting where it's the same pace throughout, your body adapts relatively quickly. By changing your program to, say, walking outside, your pace will vary every couple of minutes, which may stimulate your cardiovascular system and your metabolism. You can also add in stretching or a yoga program. There are videos that you can purchase, or on your cable network there are different shows. You can also do a lightweight training program in your house.
- Cyndi Thomson, Ph.D., R.D. The other thing I tell people is to play with their kids and pets. If you don't have kids or pets, maybe you can wrestle with your husband.
- Melinda Irwin Yardwork and gardening.
- Cyndi Thomson, Ph.D., R.D. Get a jump rope. Some people can't physically do that, but some people really like it because it brings back memories. Or balance balls, especially if you're watching TV.
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