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.
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
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.
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.
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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