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Running on a Budget

A gym membership can get pricey, particularly if you’re not sure that you’ll use it enough to make it worth your while.  Family-style programs are a little more cost efficient, but a single membership can sting you right in your budget:

Bally Total Fitness Single Premier Membership: $30/month, $360/year

YMCA Adult Membership: $46/month, $552/year

24 Hour Fitness Ultra Sport Membership: $70/month, $840/year

If you don’t think that this type of membership is worth it for you, don’t worry, you do not have to resign yourself to a life of couch-potato-ness.  There are many cheap and/or free exercise options available. 


Options you already pay for:

School Tracks – great for enjoying warm summer evenings, and easier on your knees than the hard asphalt.

Public Parks – again, a great way to enjoy the outdoors.  Check online or with your local Chamber of Commerce for some fun classes in the park.  Haven’t we all secretly envied those yuppie park Tai Chi-ers?   

The Company Gym – technically, your company is paying for this one, however, you don’t get the benefit if you don’t use it. 


Workout DVD’s – I just finished Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred DVD, and while I don’t really like doing the same workout everyday, DVD’s are great for when there is a time crunch or rain delay.  Oh, and they are relatively cheap. 

Video Games – If you have a video game console already, it may be worth the additional investment to purchase the exercise equipment and a game or two.  Do NOT trust your husband with this task; just a warning.

Cheap Equipment:

Places like Wal-Mart and Target now offer more affordable free weights, jump-rope-type items, and other exercise doohickeys. 

Things you have to do anyways:

I don’t think it’s necessary for me to recite your to-do list to you.  Here are the Top 10 Calorie Burning Household Chores from Associated Content:

10. Doing laundry – 72 calories

9. Washing dishes – 76 calories

8. Vacuuming – 84 calories

7. Washing windows – 153 calories

6. Washing the car – 153 calories

5. Mowing the lawn – 162 calories

4. Gardening – 162 calories

3. Raking leaves – 171 calories

2. Scrubbing floors – 189 calories

1. Moving around furniture – 225 calories


Article publié pour la première fois le 12/08/2010