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Favorite Excuse for Not Working Out: I Can't Afford it

Favorite Excuse for Not Working Out: I Can't Afford it

Let's face it, gym memberships are expensive. Yoga and Pilates classes are not cheap either, and buying at home equipment is not exactly inexpensive. OK, so what is a budget conscious girl to do if she still wants to work out?

Here are some tips for working out on a budget.

  • Stairs are free. Take them when you can.
  • Exercise bands are inexpensive and they are a great option for resistance training.
  • Rent (or buy) exercise dvds. This way you can get a well rounded workout and not be committed to one single place with a monthly fee.
  • Get an exercise ball. They provide a wide range of exercises at a low cost.

Interested in learning more ways to exercise at home? Then

  • Get an all in one exercise system. I like Gym in a Bag because it offers a wide range of training options.

  • Start a group. Think about starting a neighborhood walking group or a mommy stroller group, this way you can get your heart rate up (and socialize) and it costs nothing.
  • Most parks are free and trails (and if they're not free then they're pretty cheap). Try doing pull ups on the monkey bars, or dips using a picnic table. If you're hitting the trails, bring trekking poles.
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jessiedallas jessiedallas 10 years
try the Legwork DVD that Fit wrote about, i looooooove it and i do it when i don't have time to make it to the gym...
scratch5 scratch5 10 years
I use netflix and just put that Bar method DVD on my list. Fit wrote about it last week.
DStirk DStirk 10 years
so great that the gym is free to students. what i wouldn't give to go back to school!!!
KrissyThePirate KrissyThePirate 10 years
i second Rubia. I have Comcast, and if you go to the OnDemand section, and go to Sports and Fitness, they have tons of different exercise videos for no extra charge. Belly dancing, fitness walking, yoga, pilates, cardio, all kinds of stuff. Might as well get my cable bills worth, ya know? And ya, videos, I have the Carmen Electra striptease, and Winsor Pilates. I'm going back to school in Jan., and the gym there is free, wee!
Luxebot Luxebot 10 years
I use an exercise DVD. I'm not only kind of poor, I also really, really hate gyms. I don't want people seeing me sweat like a pig ... especially not attractive men. Works out okay for me. And, I don't have to get into the car to go anywhere either!
rubialala rubialala 10 years
If you have Comcast Cable (I'm not sure which package), there are exercises on the OnDemand feature that they have.
JessNess JessNess 10 years
If you are a student the gym is ususally free for you. I like to go to overseas places- like Canada! -Britney Spears
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