|25 ways to exercise on the cheap
20. "I found the Royal
Canadian Air Force Fitness Program when I was in high school. Now
that I'm middle age I wish I had started this six-minute program
sooner. There are five daily calisthenics exercises -- a stretch,
sit-ups, a back stretch, and modified push-ups followed by a walk/run/run-in-place
program. The book is out of print, but I've found the program information
on the Web."
21. "I use an exercise
book called 'The Core Program' for core strengthening. It does not
require expensive equipment; just adjustable weights which were
purchased at a discount store. I also have a couple of aerobic compact
discs for inclement weather days. I am 46 and in the best shape
I've ever been in my life."
22. "The cheapest,
easiest, safest and I feel, most rewarding thing to do is to have
a set of interlocking dumbbells. Simply choose the amount of weight
you would like to use. There's an initial cost but likely less than
the cost of a three-to-four month membership at a gym. Resistance
training is far superior to aerobic for weight loss, bone strength
and of course muscle toning and building. I would however recommend
some form of aerobic training, but running is still free."
23. "Instead of
paying for a gym, which requires not only money and motivation,
but the time it takes to get there, change, workout, and get back,
I try to be physically active every day. This includes performing
such chores as walking the dog, doing much of my own gardening (including
some of the heavier labor) and cleaning my own house."
24. "I keep a jump rope, free weights, stretch
bands, a large ball, and stepper at home and use them regularly.
Nothing is of any use, if not used regularly. Know thyself; I will
not work out unless it is early morning, because I fatigue easily.
Know the time of the day when you are most likely to be energized."
25. "My son left home at 18, and we have turned his room into
our 'rumpus' room. For the cost of one year's membership at our
local spa, we have furnished our play room with a Bowflex (for strength),
a Healthrider for cardio, hand weights and a massage table. In addition,
he walks the dog and I play tennis. He lost 85 lbs the first year
we were married (of course, I fixed very healthy meals for him)."
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