How To Stay In Shape Without Going Broke
By Winston Takeda
Everybody knows that exercise is good. Do a little bit each day and you’ll live longer, be more attractive, feel better about yourself, and have better posture. Of course, getting the motivation to exercise is something else entirely. One of the reasons people have for not working out is that it costs too much. Sure, you can spend a bundle on all kinds of accessories, clothes, gym memberships, and even all those goofy things you see Chuck Norris advertising on late night TV. The truth is that you really don’t need to spend too much if you want to get into decent shape.
If you absolutely must go to a gym, avoid the ones that have a huge international marketing budget and super models on TV every five minutes telling you to join. That just jacks up the price. If you want a good workout, and don’t want to pay too much, skip the glamour and go for a small gym. The kind that’s only open from 8 to 8 every day, and has the same guys there every day working out. It will be a lot cheaper, and you won’t waste any time.
If you don’t feel like hitting the gym, you can buy your own weights. Of course, don’t buy them all at once. Look online for some simple exercises you can do with a couple of dumbbells and one of those big balls. That should only set you back twenty or thirty bucks. Once you’ve proven to yourself that you won’t just let your equipment gather dust, slowly add more stuff.
Running is the cheapest way to exercise. If you want to be like that guy won the Olympics back in 1964, you can run barefoot. Otherwise, you can get a decent pair of shoes for fifty bucks. A good run every other day will do wonders for you. Many people are in fantastic shape, and that’s all they do. You might need to replace your shoes every six months or so, but you’re only spending a hundred bucks a year.
Yoga is another great cheap way to work out. Look on YouTube for some “how to” videos, and you’re good to go. Forget about getting a mat or anything. Just throw down a bunch of towels and Bob’s your Uncle.
There’s also lots of DVDs and even VHS tapes you can get that have some good exercise routines on them. Check eBay, and you can likely get some old Billy Blanks videos for dirt cheap.
So you see, not having enough money is no excuse. You now know several ways to work out without needing to bust your piggy bank. Now get off the Internet and get some exercise.