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FRAN0426 Posts: 20,069
10/23/13 12:06 P

Waking and running are free. Then there are the exercises on Sparkpeople and other internet site that are free to mention just a couple.

SHAKESALOT Posts: 1,334
10/23/13 8:34 A

Walking is free. Just get your mind set to move....every bit counts!!

AMPAVUK SparkPoints: (0)
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10/21/13 10:19 P

Youtube. Possibilities are endless!

GREEN-EYED-LADY Posts: 2,304
10/21/13 6:49 P

My church has an exercise class for ladies two mornings per week. The instructor volunteers her time. The only cost is that you contribute to their weekly food pantry program so I bring in cans of veggies. If your church doesn't have a class - maybe you could start one with DVD's - if an instructor isn't available. It's so much more fun to exercise with the other ladies than by yourself.

MEMORIES7 SparkPoints: (195,287)
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10/21/13 2:57 P

I love to turn on the music and dance with my kids!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

BITSNPIECES38 Posts: 981
10/21/13 11:25 A

Thrift shops often have equipment and DVDs available at low prices.

But walking and dancing in your living room are absolutely free.

CMNOVAK SparkPoints: (35,950)
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10/20/13 5:14 P

Look at craigslist. I got an elliptical for free. I usually see a lot of free or cheap equipment and DVDs on craigslist in February because everyone buys it to get in shape for the new year then they get bored with it.

I also like to go to my local library and borrow fitness DVDs. That way I get a different workout every week.

DELLA81156 Posts: 201
10/19/13 1:46 P

I love to walk trails.Wishing you the best in your endeavor. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

SUSIEGENO SparkPoints: (68,496)
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10/19/13 12:34 P

Walking or running are great options!

SDTEAM Posts: 94
10/17/13 10:16 P

Running outdoors and hiking are some of my favorite inexpensive workouts! Of course I also love to do the free workout videos supplied here. I have a Jackie Warner Curcuit DVD that was about $8 or so at Wal-Mart I believe! It's great and really gets you to feel your muscles burn! You can work each part separately for a shorter amount of time (usually 10-15 minutes) or do a full body workout for 45 Minutes!

JENRAQTAY87 SparkPoints: (23,573)
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10/17/13 3:46 P

I have been walking everyday for about 3 weeks now the changes I see in myself are enormous. I go for roads and trails with hill intervals and go at it. When I get home from work, I just pop my son in the jogging stroller and off I go!

ELORA101 Posts: 426
10/17/13 2:56 P

For an all over workout, I love the Slimin 6 program, but I do NOT do it 6 days a week. The 45 minute level 2-3 days a week on top of some running and jogging keeps me trimmed and losing. It's an expensvie program, but I bought the set on eBay for $20.

GRIZ1GIRL SparkPoints: (190,366)
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10/17/13 11:58 A

Nothing is more budget friendly than FREE--and you can get a FREE workout just be tying your shoes & going for a walk, or a jog, or hiking up & down your stairs inside your own house.

Dance to fast music, do jumping jacks & aerobics moves. Record exercise programs off early morning tv. Use soup cans & gallon jugs for weight lifting. Do yoga & pilates stretches & strengtheners.

There are a TON of FREE exercise options--and they don't involve buying equipment or joining a gym..........just MOVE everyday & you'll be on your way! :)

BFGURU Posts: 181
10/17/13 8:55 A

I've discovered a gym membership is actually quite budget friendly if you don't want a ton of perks. I go to Planet Fitness. They have all the cardio machines I need and weight resistance. No classes. Nothing fancy. They charge out the nose for water, but bring your own and you're good. Monthly membership fee is only 10 dollars a month. I figure, I was spending more on frappacinos a month so ditching those gave me the opportunity to get the gym membership.

Also it gets me away from the house. It lets me eyeball some of the guys there, and as a newly separated woman...eyeballing the eye candy is a good thing. It is also a good source of therapy. I'd go every day if I could work it into my schedule and I'm trying to figure that aspect out so I can go. I have to work around the kids sometimes.

Look into all local gyms, big and small. See if they have any deals like mine.

PEEJMA SparkPoints: (40,243)
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10/16/13 3:23 P

I love kettlebell training. Live Fit Revolution has a free site with expertly coached (free) kettlebell workouts. I learned about them from another Sparker and love it. You only have to buy a kettlebell. Burns a LOT of calories and gets you strong!

Other good choices are walking, running, and videos on YouTube. There really is a lot out there for free or close to it.

DEEBOWL82 SparkPoints: (17,199)
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10/16/13 2:45 P

I have recently started walking my dogs on a local trail near my home. Also, lots of AWESOME videos on you tube. I started out not being able to do the full thing on the videos... and now... still working on it ;)

BAPSANN Posts: 1,448
10/16/13 8:38 A

Walking your dog or just walking in your neighborhood.

SIMLANNA SparkPoints: (12,602)
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10/15/13 9:02 P

youtube for sure (lots and lots of videos)

If you don't live in too remote of an area, check craigslist for equipment. I know lots of people who give stuff away just to get it out of the house.

A1HOTDOG Posts: 75
10/15/13 8:53 P


10/15/13 4:51 P

I also love to walk with Leslie Sansone. You can get CD's and videos at yard sales, Savers, & SVDP for almost next to nothing
Also walking in the park or around your neighborhood doesn't cost anything.
And you can put some music on and "boogey" away in the privacy of your home.

BAPSANN Posts: 1,448
10/15/13 1:14 P

If you own a wii, perfect for saving your budget as well as utube

EELLOP Posts: 2
10/15/13 1:13 P

I like FitnessBlender on YouTube. For ab workouts, check out For yoga, I would recommend and

10/15/13 12:58 P

Youtube has just about any type of work out that you can imagine. That is what I use and I have been doing Tae Bo for over the past 2 months with just about every day being a different work out.

BARBANNA SparkPoints: (108,384)
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10/14/13 6:27 P

Cardio - run outside, jump rope, use stairs and go up and down, mine- trampoline jogging, jumping on bed aerobics or jogging, fast walking

ST - gallon milk jug exercises or two gallon exercises, bungie cord strengthening, mop or broom handle exercises, calisthenics, two person resistance exercises

HAMMEROFJUSTICE SparkPoints: (761)
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10/14/13 6:15 P

I have some resistance bands, and I do old fashioned push ups and sit ups. I just forget to budget time, but that can be fixed

TINIERTINA Posts: 5,096
10/13/13 9:48 P

I initially learned belly dance from online sources and dvds from the public library... it is quite aerobic, requires no equipment, and works the arms and core .. These days, I put on belly dance music CDs and dance away ...

I am supposing you can learn yoga the same way ... I have a lot of respect for some of the kinds of dvds in yoga that the library has ...

And occasionally, you can learn decent floor barre that way ... IF you get lucky and it's still in library circulation ... (formerly long-term unemployed/currently have high non-discretionary expenses talking, here)

JAMIRBLAZE Posts: 1,751
10/13/13 8:16 P

Resistance bands (most dumbbell exercises can be adapted to use bands) and YouTube. I echo FitnessBlender (excellent HIIT videos; I credit them as part of helping me get over a plateau), and add RealFitTV (cardio kickboxing vids are my favorite) as two good channels that I love. On less intense days, I may do a yoga/stretching routine (JessicaSmithTV is what I usually use) or just turn on some music and dance around my condo just to get moving. I also incorporate walk/runs 1-2 days a week.

MOTHEROF1+1 Posts: 299
10/13/13 7:30 P

Lots of great ideas. We have a treadmill and I follow yoga on you tube when I have time.

ANGELCITYGAL SparkPoints: (38,869)
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10/13/13 12:42 A

Several of Leslie Sansone's walking workouts are available free on YouTube. You don't need any equipment to do them. Also, I highly recommend Chris Freytag's workouts. Several of hers are also on YouTube. You need hand weights for those, but can make your own, with water bottles filled with sand, as a previous poster suggests. Between Chris Freytag's workouts and Leslie Sansone's, you can get cardio and strength training for free -- add some of the SP videos for variety, and investigate some stretching workouts online, and you're all set.

MYHANDS4GOD SparkPoints: (17,653)
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10/12/13 9:41 P

I have a group of friends we get together at different peoples home and do a video at their house. You feel like you are going some place and knowing they are waiting on you makes you keep the appointment. Plus you do different videos so you don't get in a rut with the same video

BOREDA SparkPoints: (356,156)
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10/12/13 8:47 P

Walking, and doing step exercises on your bottom stair or doorstep. Both entirely free!

DIDS70 Posts: 5,368
10/11/13 3:54 P

i didn't read any of the responses but here are my thoughts
1. walk/jog/run- its free. don't need equipment. just a good pair of running shoes.
2. HIIT training-- lots of videos on the net or check out the library. A lot of the HIIT exercises i do are body weight only. I don't use special equipment
3. jump rope- awesome exercise
4. do burpees- i think many trainers have called it the perfect exercise as it uses all your muscles and body parts.
5. check out some of the videos here. i am sure you could find something

10/11/13 11:55 A

You can get a starter set of resistance bands at Walmart for $15.00. The set is three bands of different strengths, handles to attach the bands to in any combination you need, a door anchor and a workout DVD. Add it all up and you have a complete starter gym you can stuff in a drawer. As an alternative look for the book "You Are Your Own Gym" by Mark Lauren, it has more bodyweight exercises than you can ever use in a lifetime.

KAPELAKIN Posts: 1,984
10/11/13 11:33 A

As someone else mentioned, body weight exercises are free. There are lots of videos on YouTube of various exercises you can do. You can also use things you have around, like milk jugs filled with water or sand as weights. Things you probably have in your home, like a bench, chair, or coffee table can be used for stepping/jumping exercises.

10/10/13 9:05 P

Walking/Running's definitely good, and as people mentioned, videos off the 'net. When it's too cold to walk, or I can't face it, I go to my community pool for an hour or so - a day admission's about $5, so it's affordable as a once-in-a-while thing.

SUSAN727 Posts: 1,876
10/10/13 6:16 P

I think walking is the best exercise ever and cheap. I did purchase Jane Fonda and Leslie Sansone for inside walking but as mentioned before, you can maybe get them at the Library
or online especially Sparkpeople's online videos which are terrific.

I'm sorry about your job but that probably means something better is coming your way.

Best wishes.

SIMONEKP Posts: 2,618
10/10/13 4:16 P

you can borrow exercise videos from the library

SETTIMIA Posts: 8,076
10/10/13 3:56 P

Power walking, free free free

DUCKY2222 Posts: 313
10/10/13 3:40 P

Buy a few sets of dumbbells, resistance bands, a stablilty ball. Wal Mart sells all of these pretty cheap. Only buy what you can afford at the time until you build up your equipment. Lots of free videos on line as well as SP. But the best equipment is free! Your feet! Get out and walk weather and or time permitted. If you neewd/want to walk inside go online to Leslie Sansone's walking videos.

ROADRRUNNER007 Posts: 1,369
10/10/13 8:50 A

Buy a stability ball and a foam roller

DEANNA0725 SparkPoints: (22,611)
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10/10/13 7:40 A

all of those are good ideas and I have to say that walking and running are my go to exercises. The only money that I have spent on my exercising was for a good pair of walking/running shoes.

10/10/13 12:58 A

The number of free exercises is practically infinite- we have our own body weight and many cases that's all we need. Sit ups, push ups, squats, lunges, mountain climbers, BURPEES, the list goes on an on.

CHERIAH1993 SparkPoints: (49,246)
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10/9/13 10:13 P

On Yahoogroups there are lists called freecycle. The purpose of these groups are to keep useful items out of landfills, and they have to be given away free. People including myself post things to give away called "offers", as well as things requested called "wanted". I'm in Ohio and I'm not sure if they are specific to just Ohio or not....worth a try to search for a freecycle group in your area....I have given away exercise equipment and have seen many posted for offers.....I even got one of my fellow freecyclers that I became friends with to join SP!!! best of luck!! emoticon

KKIDDO Posts: 48
10/9/13 9:40 P

Hi. I had to cancel my gym membership after my car died and I've been doing really great with DVDs by Jillian Michaels ($10) and Fitness Blender workouts ( and a kettlebell. I love kettlebell workouts. It's fun yet you are really building muscles.

I would recommend getting a dvd you love for cheap, writing down workouts from the internet, and alternating those throughout the week. Also, the walking is great. emoticon

LENAJC1 SparkPoints: (99)
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10/9/13 9:34 P

I second lec358's idea of looking on craigslist for cheap used equipment. Aside from that, I think purchasing a cardio step and some step videos is a good way to get cardio/aerobics (surprisingly, steps can run above $100 but, again, you can probably find it cheap on craigslist). I thinks doing climbing/vertical steps are more effective at getting your heart rate up than walking.

Resistance bands are good. As are a few sets of dumbbells. The cost of equipment can add up but you can purchase them piecemeal.

Also, how about plain old calisthenics and running?

Good luck!

MSWANNALOSEIT SparkPoints: (35,246)
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10/9/13 5:18 P

walking and getting videos off the Internet.

LULUBELLE65 SparkPoints: (36,593)
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10/9/13 3:01 P

Yoga mat and yoga tapes from the library.

LEC358 SparkPoints: (11,135)
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10/9/13 2:50 P

I second the resistance bands idea. Also check out craigslist or fitcycle for cheap/free used equipment.

CERTHIA SparkPoints: (22,539)
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10/9/13 2:20 P

I love my resistance bands. Affordable and durable. And they provide a good variety to my work-out as well, you can do a ton of different exercises with them.

PANDA913 Posts: 5
10/9/13 2:18 P

Just got laid off, and decoded to take the time to get fit and go back to school. So far I habe been walking and using an old school stair stepper for cardio. Any suggestions on budget friendly workouts and equipment?

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