Your Affordable Home Gym

Don’t want to pay every month for a gym membership, yet really want some equipment? A home gym can cost thousands, or you can go the budget route.

By budget, I mean checking out thrift stores and garage sales. You might be amazed at what you can find for much less money than you would pay to get new equipment.

Of course, this can have disadvantages too. You really have to look the equipment over to be certain that it is in good, usable and safe condition. Ask about any known problems with the equipment.

Once you get the home gym equipment, there are two challenges: storing it and using it. Continue reading “Your Affordable Home Gym”

Quick Ways to Get More Exercise

Getting more exercise doesn’t just mean going to the gym, buying fancy equipment or anything like that. It can be as simple as changing a few habits.

Let’s take a look at a few things you can do to get more exercise into your regular routine.

  1. Walk or ride a bicycle to the store or work, anyplace that is within a reasonable distance.
  2. When you drive, don’t go for the close parking spaces. Head out to the far end of the lot. Similarly, if you take the bus, get off a stop or two early.
  3. Use the stairs. If you’re going up a really tall building and don’t want to climb 50 flights, take the elevator, then get off a few floors early.
  4. Use your breaks at work to take a walk. Some companies will prefer that you stay indoors during breaks, but you can generally find a place to walk without disrupting those who are still working.
  5. If you have kids, head outside and play with them. They will tire you out. Young children in particular love to climb, run and be silly.
  6. Start a garden. It gets you outside and doing physical work. It also gives you something to be proud of. A vegetable garden can also help encourage you to have healthy eating habits.
  7. Dance.

Getting more exercise is not all that difficult if you plan for it. It can be fun and very rewarding.

Fitness Tips for the Unfit

So you’ve been a couch potato for years and want to make a change? Don’t plunge straight into a challenging, 7 day a week 3 hours a day routine. Start off easy and build to a reasonable fitness routine.

Your initial exercise plan should consist of activities you enjoy. You’re making a change, so make it as pleasant as possible. There are so many possibilities out there, and they don’t all consist of going to a crowded gym, exercising around a bunch of people you don’t know and comparing your efforts with the efforts of those who have been working out for years.

Instead, think about walking, riding a bicycles, playing a sport. There’s plenty more you can do than just join a gym. Continue reading “Fitness Tips for the Unfit”

The Four Types of Exercise

Trying to get fit? Exercise is very important, but there are four kinds of exercise you should do in order to get the maximum benefit.

The first type is cardiovascular or endurance exercise. If you do at least 30 minutes a day you are helping your body build endurance. Don’t stress about finding 30 minutes all at once. Even breaking it up into 10 minute sessions three times a day will help you tremendously.

In this kind of exercise, you want to push yourself just a little. You don’t want it to be so easy that your heart rate and respiration rate don’t increase, but you want to be able to talk comfortably throughout your routine as well. Continue reading “The Four Types of Exercise”