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We moved into a new apartment and were planning to buy a treadmill. But the apartment management denied permission to have treadmill as it may cause disturbance to other tenants and also the apartments are newly constructed.

What other alternatives would you suggest to work at home.

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jump rope is fantastic its what i used religiously for many months before i started going to the gym. – Usedtobefat May 22 '12 at 21:31
Do management allow televisions? – jontyc May 23 '12 at 4:58
@jontyc - Not that televisions are a good alternative to treadmills, I'm sure... Quite frankly I wouldn't have even had a second thought to just buy a treadmill without bothering to ask management. They really aren't any noisier than my music or television. – Nathan Wheeler Jul 4 '12 at 0:14

Is running outside an option? Probably not what you were thinking of, but it is cheaper.

If you want a machine, an elliptical might be an option. I would assume the disturbance they're concerned about would come from the footfalls from running on the treadmill, so it might be a more acceptable option to management.

Also, have you checked if the apartment has a gym? Some of the apartments I've been have had a common room with some weights and machines for residents.

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I'm a massive fan of running outside. I'm not quite sure how anyone can stay on a treadmill for more than 10 minutes. If wintry conditions scare you then buy the equipment to handle them. – Sarge May 23 '12 at 13:32

Most apartment buildings have stairs. I exercise on 22 floors of stairs at my building.

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Good point, and also free. – fire.eagle May 24 '12 at 0:53

Some cardio-based (as opposed to strength-based) alternatives that you can do inside your apartment:

  1. Jump rope
  2. Elliptical machine
  3. Running in place
  4. Jumping jacks
  5. Wii Fitness
  6. Dance Dance Revolution
  7. Just plain dancing
  8. Shadow boxing
  9. Move to an apartment on the ground level, and then get the treadmill
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How about a rowing machine. Doesn't have the disturbance charateristics of a tredmill. If you are tight on space there are some that can be either folded or stood on end. Good cardio and works a lot of the body.

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There are tons of equipment geared for the home. The answer will depend on your specific program and what your goals are. For example, you can get a pull-up bar, exercise ball, or resistance bands.

If you're set on doing pure cardio, then something like a stationary bike may do the trick. Otherwise, you can look into exercise programs that don't need any equipment at all. The "Insanity" program is a good one that I've done (no equipment needed but you do a lot of jumping which your downstairs neighbor may not appreciate).

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