5 cheap ways to exercise


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Two of the top resolutions each year are to get in shape and save money. They make a good pair, because those gym memberships, weights and DVDs can start gathering dust quickly if you don’t keep moving.

If you already belong to a gym, maximize what you’re getting out of it so you won’t feel the urge to look for other, more expensive, options. Find out if your gym fee includes classes, says Kelly James-Enger, an ACE-certified trainer in Downers Grove, Illinois. Classes may inspire you to use different muscles and work harder. Take one you’ve never tried before, says James-Enger.

Paying for services you aren’t using is the biggest waste of money. Finding an exercise buddy makes it more likely you’ll actually go. “Even the most unpleasant club or fitness tasks are more enjoyable when you do it with someone else. That’s why the classes are so popular,” says David Volk, author of the “Cheap Bastard’s Guide to Seattle.” “I can do this myself and be miserable, or do it with my friends and be miserable, while poking fun at the ugly outfits and those who are slow.”

Here are five frugal ways to get the exercise you need without breaking the bank.

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