|25 ways to exercise on the cheap
With bathing-suit season approaching faster than a
Jet Skier, the time has come to shape up that soft form you call
Don't worry, this doesn't involve another fad diet
or some crazed workout routine that's meant for an elite athlete.
We're talking about good old exercise, regular strength.
If the very mention of exercise makes you think of
packed gyms and hefty membership fees, think again. With a little
creativity and motivation, you can incorporate exercise into your
everyday routine, whether that includes activities such as playing
video games, walking the dog or going to the library. Even better
than saving on gas burned driving to the gym, these easy moves cost
little to nothing.
Coming to you from other frugal-minded readers, these
tips explain how to stay in shape without doling out the dollars.
After polling them for a week in our newsletters, Bankrate compiled
these tips for keeping frugally fit.
Get ready to explore your town, clean your house and
rediscover music videos. Anything goes!
Here are the best 25 tips from Bankrate readers on
how to exercise inexpensively:
Tune in to TV exercise
Coach potatoes need not think too far outside the box. Dance, workout
right in front of the screen and feel productive with these easy
1. "I record Denise
Austin's workouts on the Lifetime channel. She has two half-hour
workouts, five days a week, and every workout is different. Not
only do I never get bored, as I did when I was purchasing workout
videos, I am toned and fit."
2. "Every morning
while I'm waiting for the coffee to brew, I exercise to the MTV
or VH1 channel, depending on which one is not showing a commercial.
I dance and do exercise moves to the music and then top off the
15-20 minute routine with as many crunches as I can manage."
3. "I have recently
found Exercise TV on Demand within my cable system. I can pick and
choose whatever workout I am in the mood for, be it cardio, Pilates,
yoga, or tai chi. And it's not extra on my cable bill. If I need
weights I use the heaviest cans of food such as soup cans or jars
of tomato sauce as my weights."
4. "I invested in
a 'dance pad' for my Xbox and play Dance Dance Revolution ... it's
not necessarily an intense workout, but it's a fun way to burn a
few extra calories. I also bought a chin-up bar for $20 and do pull-ups
every time I walk underneath it in my apartment."
Get cheaply equipped
Of course, working out at home would be convenient, but the cost
of machines and accessories can stunt good intentions. These readers
secured exercise equipment without paying the full price.