As a fitness expert I sometimes forget that people have a certain picture in their minds that 'exercise' looks a certain way and that if they aren't exercising in that way it's not exercise. The reality is exercise is simply being active. You can get a great cardio and strength training workout just cleaning the house. Using our bodies as weights is one of the very best ways to get in shape. Doing push ups, sit ups and squats you will give you a full body workout and when you combine that with something like walking or even jumping jacks you'll get cardio thrown in as well.
If getting and staying motivated is a challenge then find a friend, family member, neighbor or co-worker to be your workout/accountability partner. It's harder to bail on a workout if someone else will be doing it with you. Even though I'm a fitness professional sometimes I don't want to do my workout and with all the different hats I where it's easy to find reasons why I can put off my workout. When I experience the 'I really don't want to do my workout syndrome' I rely on what I call my 'Dream Team'.
My Dream Team are the people in my life that I rely on to help me stay focused and motivated. These are the people I can call, email or text that will help hold me accountable. I can reach out to these people when I REALLY don't feel like doing my scheduled workout, they encourage me when I'm down and they celebrate with me when I achieve a personal best. The reality is that even though I LOVE fitness I don't always feel like working out and the reason I'm sharing this is to help encourage you to stay on track.
Back to low to no cost workout options. Pretty much every city has some sort of discount program such as Groupon, Living Social, Amazon or Bloomspot that offer huge discounts on a variety of things including services. I see discounts on yoga, personal training, dancing, rock climbing, gym memberships to name just a few different types of activities. These specials are a great way to try a variety of different types of activities for very little money.
There are also some great fitness web sites that offer free exercise libraries. One site I really like is the IDEA Health and Fitness exercise library which includes videos of the different exercises. Another site I like is the American Counsel on Exercise (ACE) exercise library. I don't always agree with the difficulty rating that they give the exercises but I do like the exercises themselves.
I hope that this gives you some ideas for low to no cost workouts and for staying motivated. As always please feel free to email me with any questions or comments you may have.
Here's to you in Fitness, Wellness and Health!
Jennifer Malocha CEO of Fun at Wuhoo Fitness
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