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Strength and Flex podcasts

Because of my knee issues at the moment I have looked at doing these podcasts in between runs. My idea was I'd do them at home in my living room but looking at the things you need, included are a fixed bench and either some shoulder-height railings or a shoulder-height horizontal bar. I don't know about any of you but I don't have these at home!! Do I really need all this? Or can anyone recommend anything similar I could use

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I used wardrobe sides/stair-rails/newel post on stairs/ and an ordinary wooden chair...some other folks had some tips too I remember..I did these exercises all through C25K on my rest days and quite successfully :)

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I am doing yoga instead. I use YouTube on my Smart Tv, or you can use your PC. There are hundreds to choose from on line for free, including specifically for runners 👍🏼

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That sounds good Millsie-J I'll have to investigate that. :)

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I tried the Strength and Flex podcast this afternoon but found it really frustrating! I just wanted to get Laura to hurry up and stop explaining! I know it's for beginners but there was too much chat for me. I am going to do some squats etc when I get home from work. I'll have warmed up by riding home won't I :)

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I found I needed more than one room but doing it at home worked better for me than outdoors. I used the loo and a tall towel rail.

Like Millsie-J it has been yoga that I have kept up with - I took out a subscription to Ekhart Yoga. But I definitely think it is worth doing the full NHS Strength and Flexibility podcast programme with Laura - I don't think yoga is a direct equivalent.

There's a HealthUnlocked community for the programme too.

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I have to admit I only did one session of the podcast, ages ago, and felt like a proper tool leaning against a tree... but the principle is an excellent one. You can do effective body weight exercises on a mat - yoga and Pilates are very good for that. I actually do some Pilates at home every day now, it really helps prevent stuff seizing up.

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I looked at them but thought they were way too much for me, so I do kneee lifts x 10 pairs, backward knee flex X 10 pairs and 2 types of squats (closed and open legs)! That has been more than enough for me. I now do them on rest days and as a warm up, no further knee issues since

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