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Getting in a workout without a gym membership

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I am fortunate enough to have access to multiple high-tech gyms here on post, free for me to use (there's a cost for childcare, should I need it, and there's a fee to join a class, but no membership costs), but not everyone is so lucky, and quite frankly, I'm not crazy about sweating with strangers. So what's an overweight, busy woman to do?

Make do. And make it fun.

Here are some suggestions that I, too, will be using this summer:

  • Use the stairs. By stepping up one or two stairs, you work your legs, butt, abs, AND back muscles.
  • Invest in simple equipment: stretch bands, an exercise ball, and small free weights all will help you with your work out.
  • Walk. What could be simpler? Take a walk around the block!
  • Bike! I need to get my tires fixed and get a helmet. After that, I can bike around post.
  • Tune to Fit TV, if you have cable. They do exercise shows.
  • Wii Fit. I have one. Is your collecting dust like mine? Take it out and USE IT! You spent enough money on it!

This list is written mostly to myself. I need to get fit, and I need it to be convenient. Do you have any other suggestions?

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  1. tsgal's Avatar
    Walking is my favorite. Making it an everyday thing to do. Get to met new neighbors and see the sights. I didn't lose weight right away, my body toned up first and then I started noticing the weight coming off. It's a slow process, but works really well. I don't want to lose weight to fast, don't want flab hanging around. Put some weights on your wrist and ankles, it makes a difference. And swing your arms.
  2. fosterfamily5's Avatar
    Great ideas. thanks! I love my wii fit.
  3. Archenstone's Avatar
    When I had the game DDR [Dance Dance Revolution] I used to play it for a few hours a day. I wasn't trying to loose weight by it but over time I noticed some changes. Pants not too tight...feet not burning while standing at work....etc. I wasn't doing diets..drinking caffiene...being a typical teenager really.

    But through playing that game I lost weight! By the time I started keeping track I had lost 15 pounds before my son destroyed the disk. Its definitely a fun and inexpensive way to work out at home and my kids get a kick out of watching and trying to keep up. Even my fiance has played occasionally which is always funny. Whats better for health than laughter? ^^

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