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Inexpensive Ways to Exercise

Ways to Recession-Proof Your Fitness

I was not pleased when my gym membership fee increased. As if it's not already expensive enough! If you can't afford monthly gym costs, here are some tips for working out on a budget.

  • Stairs are free. Take them when you can.
  • Thera-bands cost under $10 and they're a great option for resistance training.
  • Rent exercise DVDs from Netflix, or buy them. Have a few on hand for cardio, strength training, and stretching so you can get a well-rounded workout for not much dough.
  • Get an exercise ball for around $20. If you're not sure how to use it, check out these exercises that will strengthen and stretch all the muscles in your body.

Interested in learning more ways to exercise inexpensively? Then


  • Get an all-in-one exercise system. I like GoFit Ultimate ProGym because it offers a wide range of training options.
  • A jump rope is under $6 and allows you to get your heart rate up anywhere. You can even pack it in your suitcase when traveling.
  • Buy a pair of last year's model of sneakers on sale, and walk or run in your neighborhood.
  • Start a community walking group, or a mommy stroller group. Not only is it free, but it's a great way to get you motivated to exercise regularly.
  • Most parks are free, so try doing pull-ups on the monkey bars, or dips using a picnic table. Or visit a nature park with trails. Trekking up the hills is a great cardio workout, and also tones your butt and thighs.
  • You can check out the strength training and cardio workout we created here on FitSugar. Here are a bunch of printable workouts to try at your convenience.


insanitypepper insanitypepper 8 years
I got my treadmill for free!
leslievanhouten leslievanhouten 8 years
I've got Comcast and there are tons of free workouts on OnDemand. My favorite dvd of late, 30 Day Shred, is on there. You have to suffer through ads on the screen, but it's damn cheap.
AllisonBeam AllisonBeam 8 years
TidalWave, do you know which brand that was? I was thinking of getting an exercise ball.
Renee3327 Renee3327 8 years
Running is definitely the #1 recession-proof way to exercise in my opinion. I have a gym membership but still hit the pavement as much as possible, especially when it's nice outside. For me, running make my muscles more defined and lean than any other form of exercise. All you need is a pair of sneakers and you're good to go!
TidalWave TidalWave 8 years
There was a recall for a particular brand of Exercise Ball in the latest Consumer Reports. If the balls are over-inflated, they can randomly burst.
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