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Cheap Exercise Equipment

Updated on August 29, 2013
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Dr. Abby Campbell is a Naturopathic Doctor & President of 911 Body ResQ, an online store providing organic and non-GMO supplements.

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Abby Campbell, BSc, SFN, SSN, CPT, is a leading professional fitness and nutrition expert, researcher, and published author of One Size Does NOT Fit All Diet Plan, one of Amazon's Top Gluten-Free and Weight Loss Diets. (You may read more about Abby at the bottom of this article.)

Don't have the budget for a gym membership? Feeling limited? Don't know how you're ever going to lose weight? No problem! Lift your chin as you don't let your pocketbook break you. Just because the economy is down doesn't mean that you can't become more dynamic with your dollars and sense. Below are just a few tips that will help you find some very unique but cheap exercise equipment to get you started on your fitness goals. Your best weight loss plan is only limited by your imagination!

Cheap exercise equipment can even be as free as the air you breathe.
Cheap exercise equipment can even be as free as the air you breathe. | Source

Cheap Exercise Equipment #1 - Fresh Air

So far, no one has learned a way to charge money for fresh air. Cities across the nation have set aside thousands upon thousands of acres of recreation for its citizens. Some cities like Los Angeles boasts of nearly 24,000 acres of public outdoor space, while New York City parks make up 20 percent of its city.

Take a walk, run, or ride through your favorite park. You'll get a great cardiovascular workout in that will strengthen your heart, but you will also tone your legs and melt some body fat at the same time. Partner up with your spouse, kids, or friends and enjoy living healthy together.

Most of all, enjoy the fresh air! It's much better than an expensive gym full of sweat and stink.

Cheap Exercise Equipment #2 - Online Fitness

Type "fitness" in the search box of, and you'll find over 10 million videos. From weight lifting routines for both men and women to Pilates routines, you are bound to find something that works with your fitness level while keeping you motivated.

You can even check out Ebay or Amazon for used or new training videos by celebrity fitness trainers. Bob Harper from The Biggest Loser has very economical kettlebell and dumbell videos on sale from $4.99 on up. His 50 minute workouts will help you bust body fat in little time.

Heavy house cleaning can burn as many calories as biking in one hour.
Heavy house cleaning can burn as many calories as biking in one hour. | Source

Cheap Exercise Equipment #3 - Scrubbing Bubbles

Doing your own housework can save your hundreds of dollars per month, so wave good-bye to your maid. According to the American Cancer Society, you can burn more than 400 calories per hour just with heavy cleaning. That's about the same amount of calories burned with biking on a flat surface!


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Cheap Exercise Equipment #4 - Your Own Boot Camp

Who says you need to pay a trainer to kick your butt? All you need is a little self motivation to kick it yourself. Military-style workouts are extremely effective in kicking you into shape. Not only will you lose body fat, but you will transform your body.

To create your own boot camp, just choose 8 to 10 exercises such as squats, deadlifts, lunges, and tricep extensions. Warm up for 10 minutes and then do each exercise with 8 to 12 repetitions with dumbbells or kettlebells. Once you complete all exercises, then repeat the circuit one to two more times. Then cool down and stretch to finish out your workout. Please see the table below for a sample.

NOTE: For the quickest body transformation, use a weight that is heavy enough to where the last two reps of each set are difficult to lift, push, or pull. Also, remember to stick to a good diet plan.

Sample Boot Camp Workout

Back Rows
Chest Presses
Shoulder Presses
Lateral Raises
Bicep Curls
Tricep Dips
Leg Raises

Cheap Exercise Equipment #5 - Newspaper

Yep! That's right! Check your local newspapers for free yoga, CrossFit, and other fitness sessions. Thanks to the American Journal of Public Health proving the benefits of free exercise, more and more cities are now following Miami's footsteps in providing this service. You may want to contact your local city or county recreation center for more information. Your local YMCA may even provide free of very low cost exercise classes.

One Size Does NOT Fit All Diet Plan
One Size Does NOT Fit All Diet Plan | Source


After reading these five tips on cheap exercise equipment, can you provide one good reason for not spending a little time on yourself to stay fit? You no longer have an excuse because you can't or don't want to spend the money on a gym membership. Just to summarize, following are the free or low cost equipment we just went over. Choose one or some to get you going today!

  1. Fresh air.
  2. Online videos.
  3. Scrubbing bubbles (housework).
  4. Creating your own boot camp.
  5. Newspaper listings for free or low-cost exercise classes.

If you're trying to get fit and live a healthy lifestyle, don't keep excusing yourself because you can't afford a gym membership or trainer. Also, remember that a quick body transformation from any fitness regimen requires a healthy balanced diet.

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About the author

Abby Campbell, BSc, SFN, SSN, CPT, is a leading professional fitness and nutrition expert, researcher, and published author. For the past 10 years, she has coached thousands of women locally and online to lose body fat and lead healthy lifestyles. Her clients have lost thousands of pounds, reclaimed health, and call her “Coach No Gimmick.” She is from Northern Virginia but now resides near Charlotte, North Carolina. Abby has been married for 20 years and has three grown daughters, one of which is autistic. She is a 19 year cancer survivor.


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      Dr Abby Campbell 

      5 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Yes! Great ways to exercise, Paula! Thank you for sharing your tips too! :-)

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      5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Abby.....Here's my list of CHEAP exercising......Taking Grandchildren to the park, using the stairs, not the elevator, parking the car at the far end of the lot, walking my dog, HOUSEWORK!.....dancing at home (with the shades pulled down)....owning a 3-story house.....and leg-lifts while watching TV. Now that's CHEAP!...UP+++

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      Dr Abby Campbell 

      5 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Yes! Me too, epbooks! I love going up to the mountains and breathing all the fresh air. :-)

    • Abby Campbell profile imageAUTHOR

      Dr Abby Campbell 

      5 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      So true, Mark! :-)

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      Dr Abby Campbell 

      5 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Yes, Gypsy48! Great advice! Thank you for sharing. :-)

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      Elizabeth Parker 

      5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Great hub! I need this motivation. Thank you for sharing. Very excited that the cooler weather will be approaching soon so that I can enjoy the outdoors more!

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      Mark Johann 

      5 years ago from Italy

      Fresh air is something I often forget. Deep breathing exercise to add is the best. Monks in Burma have said the to breathe is to live.

    • Gypsy48 profile image


      5 years ago

      Besides walking, I find helpful yoga and exercise videos on youtube.


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