Monday, March 10, 2014

Health Tip Of The Week - No Gym? No Problem!!

Week after week, month after month, year after friggin' year, you vow to get in shape.  Besides the "I don't have time excuse," I usually hear the "I can't afford a gym excuse."  Whether your budget doesn't allow a membership, or you don't have one close by, it doesn't matter.  It can always be worked around.  Nowadays, we have so many options, and free programs available.  Do you have netflix?  Do you have youtube?  Both offer many workouts, of all types.  Many of which require no equipment.  Check out your local churches and schools, many offer free classes 2 or 3 times a week.  Where I live, we have Columbus Commons, it is a park in the middle of the city, that offers free classes 5 days a week.  All you have to do is register.  Easton Town Center, an outdoor mall, also offers free fitness classes.   Check out your local parks, many have hiking, canoeing, and other free activities for the entire family.  Now that the weather is warming up a bit, make it a routine to take a walk or bike ride with your family after dinner.  It doesn't have to feel like exercise, and you can get in some extra quality time.  Grab a basketball and head to your local park or school.  Play baseball or set up stations to do drills, right at home.  Set up two teams, and see who can finish the drills first.  Another place for free fitness....your local library.  You can check out videos, and mine has a big selection of exercise videos available.  Try apps!  There are many free apps with workouts readily available.  Look on pinterest for printable workouts.  I also like to look up new workouts on or magazine websites like, shape, health, fitness, and fitnessrx.  Another option, the thrift store!  It may have never occurred to you, but mine has a lot of fitness dvd's and tapes for very little money.

Try a free local class, even if you have to go alone, chances are you will make a new friend.  Maybe a new fitness partner!  You have nothing to lose, and everything to gain.  So, do a little research in your local community, and see what you come up with.  Make It Happen!!

I hope this gave you a few ideas!
- XOXO Monique

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