Cardio for the poor and socially anxious with bad knees?
January 6, 2013 5:27 AM Subscribe
Looking for advice on best way to get more cardio exercise, for both physical and emotional health. Limitations: poor, bad knees and socially anxious.
posted by Sarah_Lena to health & fitness (22 answers total) 23 users marked this as a favorite
I occasionally practice yoga alone at home from a video workout, although it's challenging to stay motivated, and it doesn't provide much cardio. Ideally I would join a gym, but unfortunately that is not possible financially right now. I've also tried jogging, but due to knee injuries from playing volleyball, high-impact exercise like this, as well as sports involving sharp lunges, don't work very well. I'm 29-years old but have the creaky knees of an old lady, and have to avoid making them worse.
I also have problems with social anxiety, and exercising in public spaces, such as jogging or biking through streets and parks, is incredibly stressful and anxiety provoking for me. Exercise spaces such as gyms and group classes I don't find stressful, as they feel more like a safe space to be vulnerable and engaged - but again, these options are not really available financially at the moment.
Given these limitations, what would be the best way I could improve my physical and mental health through exercise? What options are available for free (or very low cost) physical activities I could do at home or in a safe public space? I'm living in Berlin, if that matters at all.