As a librarian and even before that an avid regular library user - I always love it when the public library gets called out for all its great resources! I check out new workout DVDs, fitness books and nutrition books there all the time! Plus, many have access to medical databases to help you find out more about health and any conditions you may be dealing with.
This was a worthwhile article but did it HAVE to be split up into 7 separate pages? Or am I the only one who gets tired of having to click, wait, read, click wait read, repeat - just to get through what should be, at most, 2-3 pages worth of material? I'm not blaming Coach Nicole. I just with the programmers would stop to consider how tedious this gets. Thanks.
9/7/2011 11:14:52 AM
Thanks for the list. Finding used exercise equipment is probably the best bet to a getting toward a healthier lifestyle. It will help burn fat and the right equipment will also make you heart-healthy! Here is a link that may be helpful in finding reduced priced equipment: http://www.fitnessplus.com
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5/11/2011 12:02:16 AM
What a great list! My husband and I have debated about stopping our gym membership and this gave us a lot of ideas! We recently found a new walking trail that we can access by walking from our home! It ends up being about a 3 mile walk/hike with lots of hills!! I love it and it is FREE!!
5/10/2011 1:12:31 PM
You missed one suggestion regarding exercise videos - trade with your friends, neighbors, coworkers. When you're bored with a workout or have progressed beyond a basic one, check with others to see if they have any you could trade or borrow. I've been looking into getting the Zumba DVDs, and before I lay out all that money, I'm going to borrow my friend's set to see if it's something I like.
Also, check out ExerciseTV.TV and About.com websites. There are lots of workouts there.
So many great ideas! I'm definitely going to add a resistance band and a few new DVDs to our home gym!
11/16/2010 8:14:04 AM
I found that Ocean state, big lots and the 5 dollar store has alot of these items for so much less. I bought the benderball a couple years ago for 20 dollars and i found the same ball at Ocean State for 5 dollars. Thats just one of my good finds...lots more out there.
You forgot an important freebee - ask a friend to join you on a regular basis. You can motivate each other, and have "friend" time for free!
Also, as park of your "park" answer - your county parks commission may have free or low cost classes and rentals. Here in Cincy, you can rent a kayak or canoe for $10, take a kayaking class for $60, or just get an annual park pass for $5.
5/24/2010 5:53:04 PM
I was hoping to see hula hoop on the list. Mine was under $5 and so much fun to do. Loved the article!!! I have a fixed income and will definately use some of these ideas to switch up my routine. Thank you for the great ideas!
Great article. A reminder that you don't have to purchase an fitness machine to enjoy getting fit. On exercise DVDs, I've had some success in used bookstores (like Half Price Books) that carry videos. You can also find a lot of exercise dvds on Netflix. I saved $40 when I realized that the hula exercise videos I had my eye on hurt my hips and that the belly dancing routines on another were hard to follow for beginners.
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