EXERCISING ON A BUDGET – WORKOUT AT HOME

Build your own home gym for $40 or less! According to fitness professional and personal trainer, Lori Miroslaw, you can create your own workout space at home on a budget by being creative.

BUYING FITNESS EQUIPMENT

For $40, you can buy:
Two sets of free weights for a total body strength training workout,
A jump rope or mini-trampoline for cardiovascular training, and
A resistance band to supplement leg work. Both stretching and walking are absolutely free and only require time.
As for abdominals, sit-ups require NO EQUIPMENT and can be done virtually anywhere!
Lori feels that the American public has been scammed by the fitness industry for the last 10 years and feels compelled to “tell the truth” about fitness. Late night infomercials are perfect examples of fitness scams and make millions preying on individuals with false claims of being fit in only “minutes a day.”
Every single person you see demonstrating “fitness gadgets” have been lifting weights and working out for years, yet promise you results in “only minutes a day.” “That’s bogus,” says Lori, “Infomercials prey on victims who are out of shape and seeking a quick fix. That’s not possible, nor is it desirable.
Fitness is about a life style change and involves improving your overall health. Exercise is now considered a major deterrent to many age-related illnesses, including heart disease, diabetes and cancer. Fitness is not about spot reducing!”

BUYING TWO SETS OF WEIGHT

We would recommend buying two sets of weights, one for upper body and one for lower body. If you are a beginner, only one set of weights is necessary. Expect to pay about 50 cents per pound for weights. For example, a 5 pound set should run about $5.00.

JUMPING ROPE

A jump rope sells for anywhere between $2.00 to $8.00 depending on the quality

MINI TRAMPOLINES

Mini-trampolines (also called “rebounders”) can be found as low as $20 and are great for minimizing stress to the joints. (WALKING is free if your budget is tight.)

RESISTANCE BAND

Resistance bands sell for $5.00 and are easy to pack for traveling. Resistance tubing can be found for $10 to $20 if you prefer them to weights or if you must work out on the road. If you purchased a second set of weights, add another 10 to 20 dollars for equipment.

Lori suggests starting slowly and developing a workout schedule that’s consistent. Exercise only works when you do it, once you start, don’t stop! “Alternating cardiovascular workouts with your strength training will not only break up your routine, but will also allow you the recommended 24-hour recovery between weight lifting sessions.” If you have never lifted weights before, Lori recommends starting with light weights to prevent injury. Three to five pound weights are a challenge for anyone who has never lifted weights before. Even soup cans can work in the beginning if you have no weights.

So, stop procrastinating, invest that $40 and get started. The money spent on improving your health will be the wisest investment you have ever made. Remember, your health should be the number one priority in your life, START TODAY! You’ll be glad you did!

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