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25 Ways to Get Fit for Less Than $25

Work Out Without Going Broke

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CAROLJ35

7/22/2009 9:43:32 PM

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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.

ADUNSTON

1/6/2009 12:11:00 PM

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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.

SUNZETTE

11/25/2008 8:47:06 PM

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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! :)

ALNESBITT

10/18/2008 4:16:17 PM

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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.

PIGLET1979

9/19/2008 5:28:42 AM

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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.

PIGLET1979

9/19/2008 5:28:12 AM

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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.

KARISSATX

9/17/2008 10:21:34 AM

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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!

WATERBABY*3

8/20/2008 7:47:25 PM

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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.

SHADOWPUP

8/16/2008 11:30:45 AM

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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.

JIBBIE49

8/15/2008 9:32:34 AM

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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.

SLOOPYSPICE

8/14/2008 2:04:40 PM

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.

AWOMEN03

8/14/2008 9:32:40 AM

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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

DUSTYFRO

8/13/2008 8:13:04 PM

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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!

WAM004

8/13/2008 12:57:19 PM

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i have found that there are many ways to exercise without spending money. I love to walk and now I have even moved up to a little jogging too. On the internet you can get different exercises demos and do them on the floor watching TV for free!!!! Fitness Magazine has several free video.

SWEETIESSLAVE

8/13/2008 9:22:19 AM

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I have digital cable and they have an on-demand channel called Exercise TV On Demand, where you can choose from about 100 workouts for free. Of course, digital cable isn't cheap by itself, but if you already have it, you might have access to this.

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