One of the most popular New Year’s resolutions is to get in shape and/or lose weight. I should know. My resolution this year is related: To live healthier. Of course, in order to live healthier, one has to exercise and eat right. The good news is that these habits are more likely to help you save money overall in health costs. If you are taking care of yourself, you are less likely to end up with the costly diseases associated with obesity, poor eating habits and a sedentary lifestyle.
But it can be expensive to go to the gym, or to buy expensive home exercise equipment, like a treadmill. Happily, though, I received an email recently on behalf of the American Institute of Healthcare & Fitness, outlining some helpful strategies on how you can get a great body for a lower cost. Here are some of the suggestions from Director of Fitness & Wellness, John Rowley, on small investments that can yield big exercise health results:
- Adjustable dumbbells
- Jump ropes
- Resistance tubing
- Exercise DVDs
He also recommends using things you already have, by going for walks, using your stairs for exercises, and playing sports as a family. He points out that you can get discounts at your local recreation department, and I would add that if you are a student, or a spouse of a student, you can get access to university facilities at a discounted price.
In the end, you don’t have to spend a ton of money to get into shape. All you need are a few items, and desire to make time to exercise.
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