Two pieces of important gym equipment include a workout journal and stopwatch (interval timer). The fitness log lets you consistently measure progress. The stopwatch (or interval timer) lets you measure the third variable at the gym, time. Who did more work the person A that does 5 exercises of 3 sets of 12 reps in 20 min. or Person B that does 5 exercises of 3 sets of 12 reps in 10 min.? This is just one reason a stopwatch or interval timer is handy. Find more value in these by getting them
I use the Gymboss interval timer (http://www.gymboss.com/) and highly recomend it. Alternatively any stopwatch that you have or get for cheap can work. Additionally, any easy to write in and sturdy book can be a good gym log book or journal. I use a hardcover composition book.
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Free Week Trial Passes, Free Day Passes, Free Workouts, Etc.
ALWAYS SAY YES to offers for "A free week" or "A free trial period" or "A free day pass" at a fitness center, gym or club!! Those offers are a fantastic chance to shake up your workout, freshen up your exercise routine and try different pieces of cardio or weight equipment you might not have known about. Even if you have to endure a sales pitch and have no intention to join that gym, it's a small price to pay for some otherwise FREE "zing" in your fitness routine!
Last year, when my gym membership ran out and I couldn't afford to renew it, I gathered up "Try us free for a week!" offers from at least 10 local fitness centers, and literally was able to work out at all different places around town for 2 months, for nothing! It was so fun -- and totally legal!
Exercise is part of everyday life. In past generations, they had a lot of functional exercise built into their lives, and that is what I work on everyday. I live, and take a few more steps, or lift something, and get up during commercials and do housework.313
No equipment is needed, though I where a pedometer. No gym membership is needed either.
When starting your fitness journey it is important know you do not having to spend allot of money. You can get fit without buying an expensive gym membership or fancy equipment. When I lost over 40+ pounds I was financially broke. I did it with motivation, a simple plan, and creativity.
Remember running, walking, pushups, sit ups, crunches and more are all free.
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