Gyms are convenient but they can be expensive in these economic times. While thirty dollars a month doesn’t sound like much, over the course of your 2 year contract you would’ve paid more than 700 dollars to them! Seven hundred dollars could buy you your own gym equipment or at the very least healthy foods. Working out with your own resources takes a lot more creativity and effort. However, if you are able to come up with a solid plan worth sticking too, your waistline and wallet will thank you.
Walking and jogging remain two of the best cardio workouts. Many personal trainers prefer their clients to run laps naturally rather than on machines. I had a personal trainer a year ago and the exercises I dreaded most were the ones done off of the machine: push ups, sprints, jogging, lunges, jumping jacks, etc. I hated these exercises because they made be break the quickest sweat. I was tired after only two minutes of jogging. In contrast, I could stay on the elliptical and stair climber for over an hour. Machines tend to make the exercises low impact. When doing exercise off of the machine, I feel as though i’m forced to work with my bodyweight.
Jumping rope is no longer considered child’s play. Not only are jump-ropes inexpensive, but they offer a great cardio workout. www.HeathStatus.com estimates that an average sized woman (around 140lbs) can burn 213 calories doing 20 minutes of jump rope.
Medicine ball/ kettlebell/ stability ball
These are excellent for muscle toning. The exercises are very stiff and focus on core strength. Core strength will help to strengthen other areas of the body. These three exercise equipments can be found at a local sporting goods store for under 30 dollars each depending on the brand and lbs. There are numerous exercises to utilize a medicine ball, kettle bell or stability ball. Free instructional videos online will help you to use your new equipments properly. It is important to note that while the kettlebell looks harmless, it can hurt your back if the proper posture and form is not used.
Water is a natural resistance for our bodies. If you live in an apartment complex or have a home pool, make sure you get out there and swim. If you are going to swim frequently make sure to use sunscreen as long-term sun exposure may have ill side effects on your skin. Make swimming more fun by incorporating games such a volleyball or marco polo. These games will encourage you to swim really move against the water, thus creating more resistance.