Instead of losing money on gym memberships and fees, take matters into your own muscular hands.
1. Use the Resources at Your Disposal
The last time I checked, the city doesn’t issue a service charge for taking a walk or a jog on the sidewalk or through the park. But you can take it to the next level with recreating some of the best exercise machines at the gym with your body’s weight. Push ups, pull ups, core exercises, using chairs for dips, or even running sprints in your back yard.
It might take some imagination, but it can totally be worth it.
2. Buy Used Equipment
We’ve all bought exercise equipment before, or at least have known someone who has. Here’s what normally happens; you buy the exercise machine, use it for a few weeks or months, get bored, get back into your pre-workout routine, get too busy to workout, you let it sit there for a few more months, then you try to sell it on Craigslist.
Instead of buying brand new equipment at premium prices, buy used or borrow a friend’s machine for a while. Besides, the depreciation on this stuff seems worse than buying a new car.
3. Suspension Training
Suspension training uses bars and straps and your body weight to intensify your workouts. You may have seen these systems being sold late at night by popular MMA fighters. Even though these commercials look a little gimmicky, the workouts really work (if you commit yourself).
4. Use the Technology You’re Already Paying For
If you have a tv, a cell phone, or the internet, you have plenty of information at your fingertips to help you fine-tune your workout. There are tons of free tips and tricks everywhere you look. You’ve heard of the show “Biggest Loser” right? This franchise offers an amazing assortment of free workout ideas and eating plans.
You can also find tips, goals, workout plans, and nutrition information by using apps on your phone.
5. Beware of the Fads and Money Traps
Two words . . . Shake Weight. Don’t throw your money down the drain on the “latest and greatest” weight-loss gadgets. Here’s what you need to drop some pounds – eat the right foods, eat the right amounts, and get some exercise. Beyond that, everyone is trying to get your money. Be sure to avoid anything that promises little to no exercise with promisesof shedding pounds.
Even if the magic pill actually works, you’ll have to buy them for the rest of your life to keep the weight off. Once you quit the pills, the weight comes back.
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