It’s not easy to get in shape. It’s not cheap either! I once considered joining a gym. I went to the gym (which shall remain nameless), took the tour, and then sat down with the sales rep to discuss pricing. I was hoping this would be one of those “wow, it costs less than I though to have a gym membership” moments. Alas, I was wrong.
The fee for the membership was a mere $18 per month. Reasonable, right? However, the down payment was $300! I wasn’t about to fork up that much money for a gym membership.
Instead, I’ve found ways to work out from home at little or no cost to me. Has it worked? I would say so. In the last two years or so, I have managed to lose 50 pounds. I even gotten into good enough shape to run a half marathon (which I plan to do again this year). You can do the same with some basic equipment and a little willpower.
Less is more. All you’ll truly need to get in shape is a weight set, a decent pair of running shoes, and yourself. You don’t have to go out and buy expensive individual barbells either. In fact, Walmart sells a $20 40 lbs weight set which will do just fine, and Asics makes a good, inexpensive running shoe. All-in-all, you can be up and running for under $100 (that’s 1/3 of the enrollment fee for that gym, AND you don’t have to pay anything monthly).
There are tons of great resources aimed at getting you in shape on the internet. Regardless if you’re simply trying to lose weight, or if you’re looking to buff up, the information is out there, and it’s FREE. YouTube offers tons of how-to fitness videos. My personal favorite resources is ExerciseTV.tv. Exercise TV offers FREE workout videos, how-to instruction, and a fitness blog, all aimed at keeping you informed and motivated. My personal favorite workout video is one by Steve Maresca featuring a 40 minute total body makeover. It’s completely FREE to watch on your computer, and for a small fee, you can download it and watch it at any time, ad free.
All this is great, but in the end, it all comes down to you. You have to be motivated and willing to do the work—and it is work. There’s no easy way to lose weight. Believe me, I know. As always, make sure you’re ready for exercise and consult a physician before starting any workout regime.
Do you know of any other FREE online fitness resources? If so, let everyone know with a comment!