There aren’t many Americans who can’t afford to shed at least a few pounds. Signing up for a gym membership isn’t always the best answer, though. While I do frequent the gym nowadays, there was a time when I — gulp — went a whole year without setting foot inside one, and was footing the bill anyway.
I cringe when I think about the hundreds of dollars I’ve thrown away on un-used gym memberships. It’s no time for a pity-party, though. Rather, I’m here to give you a few tips on working out without putting out big bucks.
1. Go for a walk. Yes, the weather is getting colder, but if you bundle up and cover your hands and head, you’ll be fine taking a brisk walk in the park or around your neighborhood.
2. Play a sport. I love basketball, but it doesn’t always love me back. My knees can hardly take the quick cuts and stop-and-go action. However, if you can hold up, playing a sport you enjoy, like tennis or basketball, on a regular basis will help keep you in shape.
3. Go for a run. Jogging a few miles a week is great for your heart. Even better, it won’t cost you a dime.
4. Buy a DVD. Kickboxing, Pilates, Stepping…you can find a DVD for it all in your local stores like Target and Walmart. They are relatively cheap and will give you a good 30-minute or more workout. Clear some space in your living room, or designate another room in your home just for exercising.
5. Purchase equipment. No one is asking you to turn your den into LA Fitness or Gold’s. You can, however, outfit your place with a few low-budget essentials, like a stability ball, yoga mat, free weights, medicine ball and resistance bands. You can spend under $100 and be equipped for exercising that will help you lose weight and stay toned.
Not a gym rat? How do you stay in shape? What low-cost way will you use to get rid of the holiday bulge?
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