Exercise On The Cheap

Posted on January 3rd, 2014 by Discount Debbie


Is getting in shape one of your goals for this year? If so, you don’t have to pay an arm and a leg and sign an annual contract in order to make it happen. There are many ways to get in shape and pay little or no money at all to do it.

Get Out

One of my favorite ways to work out is to simply get out and walk or run. I have friends who take their children with them for a bike ride. If you have little ones at home, it takes planning. So, for me that means, either before my husband leaves for work or after he comes back. Neither of those are ideal times. But, it’s possible and I’ve done it. The short winter days have made it a bit more challenging. So, I usually get out on the weekends and do something else during the week (see below).

Turn On The TV

Since having children, I’ve learned to enjoy working out using a workout DVD. I used to think that a work out DVD would not be as challenging as the workouts I was accustomed to. However, I discovered some very challenging instructors. And, if you’re limited to your house, you can really make it work.

Incidentally, this is a good time of the year to buy work out DVDs. You’ll see lots of exercise DVDs and equipment being discounted this month.

Find A Routine

If you look online, you will find a wide range of workouts you can do at home on your own without a DVD or weights. Just you. It typically looks something like this:

20 Burpees

15 Push Ups

15 Sit Ups

20 Squats

Plank (45 seconds)

(Repeat 3 times)

That’s just something I made up. Here’s another example. You can find the one that suits you best, or make up one!

It doesn’t have to cost or cost much to get in shape!

Is working out on your list of goals for 2014?

Frugal Fitness

Posted on October 31st, 2013 by Freebie Felicia

I have a resolution to be healthier and that means exercise. I don’t have money for a gym or equipment or a babysitter right now, but that isn’t a problem. I can still work out with these ideas.


Walking is a wonderful exercise that can be done with children or by myself. I could go for a walk outside to a park or I could walk in place or even jog in place in the living room.

Lift Groceries

Instead of lifting weights try lifting groceries instead. A can of soup is about one pound. A gallon of water is about eight pounds. Save money on the fancy equipment. I can just work out with my lunch before my lunch.


I have a music time at my home for my son and he likes to dance. I realized that I like to dance too. No one is watching so if I look like (as my brother tells me) a spazzing string bean it doesn’t matter. This isn’t just a good example for my kids for fitness. It teaches them to be comfortable with their body movement.

Use What I Already Have

There are things that sat in a closet for years. Gear from each time I planned on getting fit. I went through the stuff to see what I had. Some of it I forgot was even there. Some apartments also have a workout room that can be used as long as I have a key.


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