• Blog article by Jack Keeney

How to Exercise On a Budget

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So many people across America these days just cannot afford expensive gym memberships and exercise classes—let alone a personal trainer. So today, I'm giving you some other options that have worked for me over the years. These are the kinds of exercises you can perform with little expense, and with minimal equipment.

[if !supportLists]• [endif]Walking Long-Distance with a backpack. I have taken to putting several books in a sturdy college-student type backpack; then wearing it to walk about 2 miles/hour. It really increases leg, back and shoulder strength, as well as giving your lungs and heart a great workout (plus gets you vitamin D from the sun). If you can find somewhere close by with small rises or hills, going up and down makes for a more effective workout!

[if !supportLists]• [endif]Walking up Flights of Stairs. Especially if you work in a building with several floors. That way, you can simply use the stairs for workouts during break-times or lunch times. I used to work a government job in a ten story building. I really tried, twice during lunch, to take the elevator to the first floor, then walk clear to the ninth (where I worked). Since I had about an hour for lunch, I still had time for a quick lunch. You can also work your arms somewhat, by sometimes using your right hand to pull yourself up using the handrail, and sometimes use your left—working hand, wrist and arm strength.

[if !supportLists]• [endif]Swimming Laps in Your Local Pool. One of my favorite ways to get an excellent overall workout, in short time! All you need are a swimsuit, towel, and swim goggles. I know five different strokes, and have a system where I use all five regularly during a workout: an incredible cardio workout. You can also work your legs quite a bit by running forward, backward, and side to side in the shallow end.

[if !supportLists]• [endif]Calisthenics and Weights in your Local Park. A couple of years ago, before I got the gym membership I have now, I just started going to the small community park across the street. I developed my own system of 25 pound and 5 pound dumbbell exercises, and calisthenics, which I could pretty much get through twice in an hour. This included four sets of jumping jacks, so I was even getting some cardio. I tried my best to do these on Monday-Wednesday-Friday. With swimming laps at least one more day/week. It was tough, but great!

So, look at all you can do, if you put your mind to it, to increase flexibility, strength, endurance, and minimize your chances of having disabling conditions as you age. All for little expense. Of course, get checked out by your doctor first, if you haven't been exercising regularly.

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