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Exercise For Free

Updated on January 25, 2007

Exercise. This is an unpopular word with many people. You either love it or hate it. Personally I hate it, but I do it anyway, so that I can eat chocolate and still fit into my clothes. It doesn't have to cost you a fortune. In fact you can be in great shape and not spend a penny. The media and fitness centers would have you think otherwise. So here are some ideas to get you started.

Have you ever heard of freecycle? You can get tons of barely used exercise equipment for free there. But you really don't even need equipment. Do you have stairs in your house? Run up and down them. I try to do this every day. If I am going up the stairs and not carrying someone, I run up them. To be more effective, you could spend 10 or 15 minutes running up and down them as fast as you can. I guarantee you will be worn out when you are done. You can also do leg lifts on the stairs. Stand with your toes on the edge of a stair. Lift your body up and down. You can do this on both feet or you can alternate feet. You can also hold something heavy or wear a backpack holding books.

Lunges are another great exercise. When I am outside supervising the kids I will often do lunges up and down the driveway. I always feel this the next day. You don't have to be outside either, just do them up and down the hall or back and forth in your largest room. If you can get outside this time of year walking and running are great exercise as well.

Think back to high school gym class. Sit-ups and push-ups are old standbys. They work and they don't cost anything. If you don't want to get down on the floor for push-ups you can do them against the wall. While you are waiting on something to cook in the oven, turn your back to the counter. Place your palms on the edge of the counter and walk your feet out until you are at an angle. Push your body out and back.

You can also borrow exercise videos from the library. This will provide you with an endless supply of options. There are so many exercise videos out there, you could do a different one every day and never pay for any of them. No getting bored of the one video you own. Yoga and pilates are great forms of exercise and there are many books on the subject. You can borrow these from the library. These books will tell you and show you exactly how to do each move.

There are many exercise shows on tv these days. Fit TV has different exercise shows on everytime I check the channel. Check your local listings for information on when a show you are interested in is on. Or better yet, just turn it on and start exercising.

Staying in shape and exercising do not have to cost you any money. You just have to be willing to do it with what you have on hand. It might not be as exciting in the beginning, but there will be no guilt later when you don't do it.


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      toomuchmint 5 years ago

      Great exercises, Jen! Sometimes people forget how much standing, waiting, doing-nothing time could be turned to exercise.

      Small things like lunges in the driveway or dips on the kitchen counter add up really quickly and make a huge fitness difference.

      Squats are another really good exercise. I usually do squats while waiting for my microwave or panini press to finish cooking. I get lots of compliments on my legs, and it doesn't cost me any time from my day. I would have been standing around waiting, anyway!


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      dafla 10 years ago

      Great hub, Jen! I lost 10 lbs. once by pacing backward and forward in front of the t.v. while I watched it every night, and lying in a lounge chair doing leg lifts, scissors, and bicycles with my legs. You can also use gallon jugs full of water (8 lbs. each) to do curls. But a really great exercise is simply skipping rope.