Low-Cost Home Workouts

Looking for an alternative to a pricey gym membership?

Start by turning ordinary household items into equipment.  Chairs can be used for push-ups and dips.  Jump ropes are great for aerobic exercise.  Old milk jugs and laundry jugs can be filled with water and converted  into dumbbells. You can also use cat litter containers and cat/dog food.  Got stairs?  Go up and down for 30 minutes

Don’t invest in clothes racks.  Avoid buying equipment that only sees strength training exercises when you remove the clothes that pile up.  Before you make the purchase, make sure you’re going to use the equipment.  This will save you from buyer’s remorse, and keep you from wasting valuable storage space.

Buy smart.  When you know what you want to purchase, save money by checking out online classifieds for used equipment.  Just make sure it’s in good working order before you shell out the cash.  Also, for a great workout, you can buy or stream exercise videos for low to nothing cost classes right in the privacy and convenience of your own home.

The Beauty of Biking

Ready to enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors? There’s nothing quite like feeling the wind in your hair and the sunshine on your face – especially after the extra time indoors this winter. So why not pull out the bikes from their wintertime hiding place and take a ride? There are lots of reasons to make this healthy activity part of your springtime routine:

  1. Biking around your neighborhood or to work produces endorphins that provide a sense of well-being to get you through your day.
  2. Biking strengthens your thighs, hips – and tush! When biking up hills, arms and upper body  become stronger, too.
  3. People with back pains, muscle strains, knee or foot problems can find relief. Biking is gentle on joints and preserves cartilage. It’s an excellent way to stay active. Not great with balance? Try a three-wheeled bicycle for those who need a little extra support.
  4. Ride instead of drive. If you are close enough to work or school, take your bike instead of the car. You’ll save loads on gas and may even drop a few pounds.

The benefits of exercise extend beyond your wallet with better overall health. So get active this spring!

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Picture from camelcitydispatch.com.