Eliminating unnecessary expenses is a natural reaction to the downturn in the economy. At the same time staying active and healthy is more important than ever, so it makes sense to recommit to your fitness goals. (Who wants to pay for a doctor’s visit or medication, especially when money is tight?) If a new treadmill or gym membership isn’t in your budget this year, here are some low-cost ideas to keep your exercise habit fresh and inspired.
You can find many good videos on You Tube, just be careful to follow someone with expertise and safety advice. Here are two aerobic exercise videos, but you can also search for other areas such as strength training, yoga, belly dance, and more.
Expert village Aerobic exercise
You can also put a CD in your music player and dance. Your favorite dance tunes will not only get your body moving, you'll improve your mood, too.
Your local library also has exercise books and tapes for free!
Another idea is to call a friend for an exercise date: a hike, bike ride, or maybe to try some of those old Tae Bo tapes that are gathering dust. Better yet, call a friend who has the new WiiFitness or WiiSports program. Fifteen minutes of video boxing or playing tennis will get your heart rate up.
You may not be in the market for equipment, but you can round out your fitness with a new exercise book. Here are some to consider.
A Bit More (But still under $100)
Investing in a session with personal trainer or private yoga or Pilates instruction can help you develop a satisfying home practice. These professionals will work with the equipment you already have to tailor a workout plan just for you.
Staying in shape doesn’t have to be expensive. When we were kids—riding bikes, climbing trees, skipping rope, and basically just using our bodies as they were intended—spending money wasn't required for motivation. Rediscover your youthful enthusiasm for movement and you’ll establish a fitness habit that isn’t dampened by economic trends.