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25 Ways to Get Fit for Less Than $25

Work Out on a Budget


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  • Thanks so much for including libraries in your list! Not only do we (I'm a librarian) have lots of workout DVDs, we have music CDs, books on fitness and diet, cookbooks, free downloadable music, and lots more! And it's - F-R-E-E!
  • Also, Check out It's done by local regions with a goal of keeping usable goods out of the landfill.
    You can request anything you're looking for, maybe someone will have one they don't use any more.
    Also a great way to find a home for something you no longer need
  • 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.
    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:
  • Another great way to get equipment for 0 dollars is Just place a want ad and if someone has it you make arrangements for pickup and that's all she wrote.. lol
  • -- totally FREE, and absolutely effective!
    We even have a SparkTeam for BodyRockers:
    Hope to see y'all there!!!
    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!!
    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 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!
    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.
  • Some of the things listed here like yoga/pilates and personal training are only less than $25 if you only do one session.

    A one-off session isn't going to do much for your long-term fitness.

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    I got a used aerobics step for free using Hosed it off in the back yard and it's good as new.
  • Thanks so much for including the public library in your list! I've found my library's DVD collection to be a great way to try-before-I-buy!
  • 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.

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