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Cost-effective fitness ideas

Do you want to get in shape without burning a hole in your pocket? Here are some low-cost fitness alternatives. Follow these simple fitness ideas regularly so that your weight loss regime does not become a hectic task.

A gym membership can be extremely expensive. If you would like to start exercising but cannot afford to do so, do not fret. Exercising is not only about hitti ng the gym or joining expensive exercise programs. You can be innovative and exercise just about anywhere. There are plenty of low-cost alternatives to sweating it out in the gym.

Daily Activities

Your daily routine is already helping you exercise. However, you can increase the health benefits by making a few simple changes to your daily activities. Take a brisk walk everyday. You need not make this a separate activity. Instead, focus on walking to those nearby places you would normally go to by car. If you are going to the mall, park your vehicle at the farthest parking slot to maximise the walking distance. If you are not weighed down by bags, take the stairs to your house instead of using the elevator.

Increase the intensity of your domestic chores. Scrubbing floors and cleaning walls increase your heart rate. Keep everyday items slightly out of reach so that you have to stretch to reach them. If you have a garden, raking leaves and pulling out weeds is a great way of toning your muscles.

Even your children can help you exercise. When you take them to the playground, do not only sit on the bench. Join them in playing tag, football, or just about anything. Go cycling with them. This has the added advantage of providing valuable family time and helping you strengthen the bond with your children.

Inexpensive Equipment

If you are thinking of buying some exercise equipment, you need not look only at treadmills or rowing machines. A pair of dumbbells can take care of most of your weight training requirements. They come in various weight categories and are quite reasonably priced. The weights can be held in your hands while stretching or tied to your feet while you are taking a walk. Specially designed ankle weights are manufactured for this very purpose.

Resistance bands are another inexpensive option. These tube-like items offer resistance when you pull on them. It is a great way to build strength in your arms and give your muscles a workout. For cardiovascular exercise, skipping rope is the best thing you can do. It strengthens the leg muscles and increases stamina.

For an aerobic routine, you can turn to exercise videos. Many fitness trainers for celebrities produce exercise videos for those people who cannot afford their own personal trainer. The videos focus on improving your stamina and flexibility and at the same time, provide some kind of group setting so that you do not feel that you are exercising alone.


Sometimes, ordinary household items may be used to fulfil your workout needs. For instance, cans of baked beans or corn can substitute dumbbells and may be used as hand weights. For bigger weights, try a 2-litre soft drink bottle, filled with water. Similarly, you can fill a large jar with water and tape the lid shut. A bag of potatoes is also handy for weightlifting.

Shop Smart

If there is no other alternative, you may find yourself having to purchase expensive equipment. Before you make a down payment on that fancy new exercise bike, look around and see if you can get a better deal. Many exercise shops specialise in selling second-hand equipment. As long as the item is in fairly good condition, it makes more sense to buy a used model.

Online auctions are another way to find a good bargain. There are plenty of people who buy equipment and use it only once or twice. After some time, they want to get rid of it. Thus, do not be surprised to find equipment that is almost brand new. The only drawback is that you have no way of knowing if the seller is offering you a genuine deal. Besides, you have to look for a seller in your locality so that you do not pay extra for transport costs.

If cost is a determining factor, do not get swayed by expensive club memberships or fancy fitness routines. Concentrate on your fitness priorities and how to achieve them without going over your budget.

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Kshatranil.5 years ago
who can think of these amazing ideas....really gr8. Keep it up
Parag.5 years ago
Gr8 ideas. there is no need to waste so much money if there is a way to be fit with simple household things. these are equally effective.
Sarthak.5 years ago
Thanks for these wonderful fitness suggestions. Being fit without spending much....gr8
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