Exercising on a Budget

Posted: January 17, 2013 by Justin M. Strawn in Encouragement
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You want to get in shape, but you don’t have a ton of money to spend. What do you do? It’s true that many exercise videos and exercise equipment do cost a lot of money. That doesn’t mean you have to keep yourself from getting in shape. Here are a few things you can do that don’t cost a lot of money.

Buy Used

This is always a good option for people who would like to purchase equipment or exercise programs. Lots of people buy these things in the hopes of getting into shape, but they lose their motivation shortly after they start. In an attempt to get some of their money back, they put their purchases up for sale. You can always check Craigslist, Ebay, or Amazon. The risk is that you could be buying something that is in poor condition. Ebay and Amazon have ratings for anyone who sells something on their website, so it’s not a bad idea to shop from a highly rated seller. If buying from Craigslist, I would make sure you actually pick the items up in person, that way you can inspect them. If a seller on Craiglist insists on shipping the product, I would be very hesitant to purchase the item.

Use Your Environment

Going for walks has never really felt like strenuous exercise to me, but I know there is nothing more relaxing than a walk in the afternoon. If you decide to use walking as your exercise, make sure you go at a relatively brisk pace. A leisurely walk won’t do w whole lot in terms of burning calories. A good pace to shoot for is a mile every 15 minutes on flat roads and paths. Also, if you have good trails around your house that provide different forms of things you can do to work your body, use those as much as you can.

Be Creative

If you have stairs in your house, climb up and down those. If you have a bunch of objects that have different weights, use those as your weightlifting. If a friend has a pool, go over to it and swim laps when the weather permits. Jog around the house. Anything that gets your heart rate up is going to work for exercise, so just think of different things you can do to get your body in shape.

Don’t Be Afraid To Borrow

If you have a friend that recently stopped doing an exercise program because they just purchased a new one, they might be willing to let you borrow the old one. They could be willing to do the same thing with exercise equipment they might not be using at the time. You won’t know if you don’t ask.

Start an Exercise Fund

Maybe there is something you really have your heart set on purchasing, but you don’t have the money right now. Start a savings fund and do some of these other things in the time being. It may take you six months to get the funds together that you need, that’s okay. Just don’t let it be an excuse to keep you from getting started.

The point is simple, if you want money to be an excuse you, you can certainly make it one. I am not saying that purchasing some of these things doesn’t make it easier, but they aren’t the only way there is to start getting in shape. Think outside the box s little, and you can exercise on a budget. Have a great day ladies and gentlemen, and may all of your fitness dreams come true!

Justin

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