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Exercise on a Budget

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Updated August 20, 2012

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Workout at Home
The gym isn’t the only place you can get a great workout. Sure, you'll have more machines and classes to choose from. But, if you’re trying to save money, you can easily set up a simple home gym using what you have available. Some home workout resources include:
  • Exercise videos: Hundreds of exercise videos are available for all fitness levels and all activities, from yoga and bellydancing to step aerobics and strength training. Check out your local video rental store or visit Collage Video for videos you can order online.
  • Outdoor workouts: The great outdoors offers a number of ways to exercise without any equipment, other than a good pair of shoes. Walking and running are always good bets, even if the weather isn’t perfect. Don’t forget that malls make great places to walk when it’s raining outside and window shopping can save money, too.
  • ExerciseTV: If you have cable, you may have workouts available any time you like with ExerciseTV. If you have digital cable with Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox or Bresnan, ExerciseTV is already available. If you have a different cable provider, call them to find out how you can add ExerciseTV to your service.
  • Your home: Other opportunities may be in your own house that you haven’t thought of. A staircase makes for a great cardio workout while a spacious basement or rec room offers a great place to walk or do home cardio workouts. Full water bottles or milk jugs can be used as weights and chores can be turned into exercise. Try adding a few laps up and down the stairs when you’re doing laundry or work extra hard when raking leaves or sweeping off the driveway.

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