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25 Ways to Get Fit for Less Than $25

Work Out Without Going Broke

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  • LAURAMELVIN
    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! - 5/24/2010 5:53:04 PM
  • 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. - 2/10/2010 10:37:37 PM
  • Very informative article. Just today I was at our local library and asked for exercise DVD's and was informed they are not available in any of the county libraries. And I live in Wake County, home to Raleigh, NC. That's okay, I will make use of ones on Spark People. - 7/22/2009 9:43:32 PM
  • Leslie Sansone walking tapes are inexpensive and designed for all body types and fitness levels. The great thing about them is that you can invite your neighbors inside for a 1,2,3,4, or even a 5 mile walk, regardless of the weather. I have been using them for years and really find that they help me get motivated again when I start to slack off. - 1/6/2009 12:11:00 PM
  • Well I wish i could have found a good pair of walking/running shoes for 0 bucks :) .. but typically I would opt for the on sale items. to my disappointment I was constantly suffering from shin splints and cramping in my calves. I would try arch supports, gel inserts, and nothing made it better. Then I FINALLY listened to the rumors about expensive sneakers.. and let me tell you I could have never justified 125 dollars for a pair of running sneakers that would get all muddy and beat up and worn out.. but the truth of the matter is that there was such a drastic difference for me.

    I never would have believed it unless i tried it for myself.
    I can walk for hours without shin splints. I can run and run, and I even tried a couple of times without really warming up, just to push the limits and no problems.

    My ALL Gel sneakers have totally enhanced my fitness experience.

    But hey! if you dont suffer I would go for less expensive. I'm just giving those who suffer an option of hope, there is hope for a better experience.

    ENJOY! Keep fit! :) - 11/25/2008 8:47:06 PM
  • Once you purchase a good pair of walking shoes, I believe walking is the best way to get started. I started with 30m minutes a day and worked up to an hour. It didn't cost anything. Where I lived before June, I was the only one walking. Where I live now there are hords of people walking every day. I am one block from the famous Central Park in New York City. There, I have no excuse. There I found 30 tennis courts. I plan to begin playing tennis as soon as I find a partner. Also, no fees. I already have a tennis racket from my younger days. - 10/18/2008 4:16:17 PM
  • Great article- save the tip on working with a personal trainer "in training." Would you trust a med school student without license with your health? A lawyer yet to pass the Bar exam with your case? Most personal trainer certifications are "lite" as is- pay the extra $ for a reputable individual who's completed all the necessary requisites if you're looking to employ an instructor. - 9/19/2008 5:28:42 AM
  • Great article- save the tip on working with a personal trainer "in training." Would you trust a med school student without license with your health? A lawyer yet to pass the Bar exam with your case? Most personal trainer certifications are "lite" as is- pay the extra $ for a reputable individual who's completed all the necessary requisites if you're looking to employ an instructor. - 9/19/2008 5:28:12 AM
  • the local H.S. football stadium is a great place for a stair workout too! We have a park in front of our house w/tennis court, basketball, volleyball and about a 1 mile perimeter -- it's a great place to workout, it's free AND it gets me outside in the Texas heat! ha ha! - 9/17/2008 10:21:34 AM
  • I've bought dumbells, bands, and a ball. I've gotten a step and a bike off freecycle! I bought a used elliptical from craigslist. All I need is a balance ball yet.

    Also, a larger breed dog is great motivation! He goes whenever I want and will go a few miles with me. As my tolerance built up, so did his, so its worked out great. - 8/20/2008 7:47:25 PM
  • Great list! I've been using many of these ideas to add variety at a low cost. I find it far more fun to let the world be my gym than to pay for an expensive membership. We're all different, so the gym has a place for many; for me it isn't necessary. - 8/16/2008 11:30:45 AM
  • On YouTube there are clips of PRIMAL WORK OUTS, that are so interesting, because these people use ONLY natural objects to exercise, like lifting a sand bag, swinging a rope, etc. It is educational to see. - 8/15/2008 9:32:34 AM
  • SLOOPYSPICE
    I dropped my gym membership and personal trainer ($150-$200 total per month) for a Netflix membership ($15 a month). They have EVERYTHING. I record my favorites onto VHS tapes. I have a nice library of yoga and workout videos. I also pick up workout videos at thrift stores. I save additional time and gas money by not driving to the gym. - 8/14/2008 2:04:40 PM
  • AWOMEN03
    My college allows students and faculty to use the gym absolutely free. Its great. State of the art equipment with TV and cable channels for free. Its the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - 8/14/2008 9:32:40 AM
  • I don't have dumbbells, so I've been using two cans of tomato sauce for my weights. Tomato sauce works best because it's all the same consistency instead of beans or olives sloshing around in water. I second Comcast on Demand for fitness videos too! - 8/13/2008 8:13:04 PM

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