Walking--its the ultimate low cost exercise. Walking outside only requires a good pair of walking shoes. I walk all year round, but right now it's great walking weather here where I live. To make it more aerobic, I hike the local mountains. Here's some pictures I snapped while hiking on Thanksgiving day. http://groups.msn.com/REHPDiscussionBoard/thanksgiving2003phoenix.msnw
In the town I live in , you can join the town 'rec center' for $40/yr. Has exercise room with 12 Natilus type machines, half dozen exercise bikes, 1/4 mile indoor walking/jog/run track with 3 lanes, basket ball courts. If you have 'visitor' they are 'free', but must live more than 75 miles away, otherwise pay $8 or $10/day for use fee. So you can bring visiting friends. If you are a swim fan, you can swim for $1.50 day at the local pool at 'swim times' during the school season, or all summer long in indoor and outdoor pools for $75/season. Of course, walking is cheaper and if you have a bike, there are 100 miles of bike trails here as well (and you can walk on them). I joined Bally's 13 years ago, and the 'dues' are now about $12/mo here, so I stay with them - also good when you travel as they have facilities in many other cities - I get to go to one in DC suburbs when I visit my sister....one in Chicago when I visit friend there. t.
telegrah saidIn the town I live in , you can join the town 'rec center' for $40/yr. Has exercise room with 12 Natilus type machines, half dozen exercise bikes, 1/4 mile indoor walking/jog/run track with 3 lanes, basket ball courts. That's a good deal for the money. My city needs to play catch-up!and if you have a bike, there are 100 miles of bike trails here as well (and you can walk on them). We're in good shape there--an ex-mayor was a avid biker so he put in miles of bike trails along the streets. Now if we could just get the drivers more bike friendly... So I try to ride off the streets as much as possible.Another idea for low cost exercise:I have following items which are cheap, don't take up much room and add a little variety to my aerobic routine:- Exercise tapes (Taebo's my favorite)- Rebounder (It's a mini-trampoline)- Reebok slide- Step - Jump ropeI also have a treadmill in my home. While it wasn't cheap, at least there's no additional costs, save electricity to run it and periodic maintenance.
I joined Bally's 13 years ago, and the 'dues' are now about $12/mo here.==========================================================================================I'm with Bally's too. I joined in 1984 and my dues are $54/yr. I use that much in showers every time I go. I go on Monday's and Wednesdays.ImAGolfer
Buy a bottle of 100 generic aspirins, $3.16. Three times a day dump them on the floor. Pick them up one at a time and put them back in the bottle. If you get a sore back from bending over, take an aspirin.
Nordic Track Pro skierI've had mine for 10+ years, great anytime but (for me) best first thing in the morning. Turn on the news, 30+ minutes, start with light resistance, increase settings progressively, mucho sweat.The best part, <$100 on ebay.http://tinyurl.com/x2vb
workwayless,Walking outside only requires a good pair of walking shoesMy elderly mother would like to walk for exercise, but it's difficult for her. There are no sidewalks in her neighborhood, so walking around there is really quite risky, as drivers apparently assume that pedestrians do not exist.During the winter, even if there were sidewalks, with snow and ice everywhere, she'd probably end up getting hurt from a fall. So for some people, walking outside is not an option! This is a shame, and I hate to think that I'll be in the same situation when I get older. She's not the type of person who would do mall-walking (she'd have to get in the car and drive there, which is also kind of a bad idea in the winter. The less driving she has to do, the better, I think).I'm trying to convince her to buy a good treadmill that she can use at home... She really needs the exercise.As for myself, I much prefer using my indoor rower to walking. In my neighborhood, again, there are no sidewalks, and I hate having to drive somewhere for my workout. During the winter it's dark at night when I get home, and I feel uncomfortable walking around on the road in the dark. My rower was given to me as a gift many years ago, so it cost me nothing. But even if I had paid the one-time expense of $800 or so for it, I have used it so much in the past eight years that it has been a very worthwhile investment in my health. And it's still in excellent condition, so I expect it to last me many more years.Rocannon
A jump rope and an egg timer are hard to beat for low cost exercise. Set it for three minutes and jump. Rest for one minute and repeat two or three more times. Do it every day.To ramp it up a bit and go more total body, do twenty push ups between each set of jump rope.easy peasy as Art saysnmckay
For that matter, you can do 10 reps of floor exercises absolutely free. You will be toned up in no time. For aerobic exercise, either buy an exercise bike or go for a brisk walk for a half hour every day.The bike costs something, but not as much as joining a gym.Beachgirl100
BG100: For that matter, you can do 10 reps of floor exercises absolutely free. You will be toned up in no time. For aerobic exercise, either buy an exercise bike or go for a brisk walk for a half hour every day.The bike costs something, but not as much as joining a gym. If you are in a place where you can ride a bike, buy a regular bike...a lot more fun riding outside, on bike trails, etc. As someone noted, few folks riding an exercise bike say 'lets go around the next block'...when the timer stops, you stop. Otherwise, think about buying a used exercise bike at a garage sale..you can get them for 20 or 30 bucks..ones that cost 100 or more new. Exercise equipment goes for a song at garage sales....sometimes they'll almost pay you to haul it away. I've bought a few other things, like ab crunch machines....for $5....use them for a while, get tired of them, and give them away to 'charity' and take the tax write off....I like the exercise bikes that use a 'air resistance' method(like a fan up front) rather than a band around a wheel (brake). I have one of each.....one also can let you use your arms (like a Schwinn AirDyne type bike). If you aren't happy with the way you sit, the pedals, etc, you won't ride it for long. It has got to fit you. For many, just a 20 minute quick walk in the mornings is good exercise. I get up and walk down the street and back for the morning newspaper...about 15 minute walk. I do it nearly every day each year that I am home, other than Sundays....rain or shine.....(take an umbrella). About the only exception is the rare ice storm...I'm not going to slide down to the corner, and likely the paper isn't there anyway in the paper sale box. If you want to do strength training, you can use anything from cans of food, to dumbells you can buy at garage sales for a few bucks...or those elastic band thingies you can buy for 10-15 bucks. Many towns have a community exercise room. In this town, for 40 bucks a year you join the rec center, giving you access to an exercise room full of equipment. Also an indoor walking/running track. And handballa nd basketball courts...good deal. Also, the town has two outdoor pools ($1 or $1.50 a time, or can get season pass) and an indoor pool ($1.50/time to use). Some areas have seniors that go to a mall early in the morning, and have a 'mall walk' exercise program (and maybe some aerobics afterwards?). I joined a gym 20 years ago, so the initial upfront payment is long paid for, and the annual dues aren't too bad. I can't bring a guest, so when my friend from Chicago visits, or when my mom (in her 70s and 80s) was spending six months a year in TX, we joined the town rec center and went 2-3 times a week to the town rec center and worked out on the Nautilus equipment. My dad used an exercise bike, but usually took 2 walks a day, each one a mile to mile and a half...morning, and after dinner. In the summer time (7 months last year) I do water aerobics in the swimming pool. Good exercise to music. Both an aerobic workout and you can get a serious strength training routine in at the same time! Depends how vigorous you are.Lots of options..I have dumbells in the closet, but can't get motivated to use them...go to the gym when I don't do aerobics. And recently started on the exercise bike on non-gym days...trying to get back up to the 25-30 minutes I could ride it before....t.
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