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Ditch the Gym and Get Healthy at Home

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Ditch the Gym and Get Healthy at Home
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If you’re looking to save money by cutting out those monthly gym membership payments but still want to stay healthy, working out at home can be extremely beneficial. And don’t feel like you’re the only one giving up that membership - according to a recent report from the Chicago Tribune, only 16 percent of Americans belong to a health club.

If you can stick to a home workout routine, you may find yourself becoming even more active than if you were to join a gym. For one, you will not have the excuse of inclement weather or a cancellation from the babysitter to delay your workout. A home workout can happen rain or shine in a space as small as 5 foot by 5 foot.

Many people may feel like they have to purchase expensive equipment before starting their home workouts. Fitness Program Director of, Lisa Wheeler, explains how you probably already have the perfect work-out tools lying around the house. Wheeler says, “You can use things you find around the house. I often encourage moms to pick up a soccer ball or basketball to use as a medicine ball.”

Another option for home exercise that is just now becoming more popular is exercising along with live streaming internet videos from gyms. This can provide guidance from a trained instructor without having to pay your monthly dues. Workout DVD’s, video games, and YouTube videos can also benefit in the same way.

How do you get your daily exercise?

Tell us about your home work-out routine!

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  • zenfulwoman By zenfulwoman

    I cannot lie, I prefer to work out in a club for the classes such as zumba and pilates. Especially pilates that I am afraid that if I do something wrong what can happen to me. I also go to get out of the house and stay focused. When I work out at home I notice thing that have to be done around the house.

  • shannonj By shannonj

    I'm actually the opposite way. I have work out DVDs, games for my Wii, but I push myself to go to the gym because I truly enjoy the classes I take. There are 3 classes a week I thoroughly enjoy and if I cannot make it to those classes for one reason or another I either go to the gym to use their equipment or I boost up my activity outside of the gym (walking around the mall when shopping, walking to a further away parking spot to/from stores, etc.) I also watch what I eat, so I don't over do it and go up the weight scale instead of down.

  • MissELF By MissELF

    I found a pin on Pinterest that has a list of exercise that most all people know how to do like pushups, crunches, jumping jacks, etc. It says to do the list 2-3X for max results. It's simple and requires no equipment at all and I can do it at home!

  • Texmel By Texmel

    In January I decided it was TIME to start exercising again! Due to a foot injury last winter, I was recuperating for months. The summer blew by, and the fall.....and the weight had crept up....sigh. I remembered that I had a Leslie Sansone "Walk Away the Pounds" DVD and pulled it out at the beginning of 2012. I have now been exercising for 7 1/2 weeks and can't believe how good I feel! I can't wait to get up in the morning and exercise. I am looking forward to getting stronger and fitter, and am really enjoying the ride!!

  • rkosully By rkosully

    I love working out at home! I have an elliptical machine, and I also do lots of fitness dvds right in the living room. It's hard to make an excuse about not wanting to go to the gym when all the equipment is right there in front of me!

  • kellibliss By kellibliss

    I go to the gym everyday! It is a part of me now and keeps me motivated. Even at home I take walks and I work out to Leslie Sansone's walk away the pounds!

  • aungelique By aungelique

    I have ended my Ballys membership. The cost was just to much for me. I went on Craigslist and bought several dvd. Chalean extreme, Brazil buttlift, turbo jam for $35. I enrolled in to the wowy gym on and they have a great support system. You can even have buddies to help you. Start your own blog. Even becoming a coach to make extra $$$$, to start a group in your area. They pay you. A great incentive for me is the possibility of winning $500 up to $1000 everyday I log in my workouts. You are accountable to yourself. Also a contests for $10,000 quarterly. Not only the $$$ but how great I feel accomplishing goals and maintaining my workout. I feel great knowing others are striving to have a healthier life style through working out. It's up to us.

  • souldolphindream By souldolphindream

    For me doing a homework out just does not feel the same as me going and working out on the beach. I think that it is just the ions in the ocean that give me that extra push. I also do have a gym membership so that I can swim all year round.

  • cocoabella By cocoabella

    I exercise at home. It is a must do for me b/c I have RSD & FMS, so exercise is impertive in my life. It hurts to do it but I gain benefits from exercise in more ways than one. Working out at home is so much more convenient than going to a gym. There are no gym fees, I can work out anytime it is convenient for me and I don't have to ask for someone to drive me to the gym (I haven't driven since my disease started, for a few reasons).I have a few work out DVD's which I work out with. It is like having my own exercise class at home. I go to Collage videos and read exercise DVD reviews there and you can also view small snippets of the DVD's there as well before buying.

  • rsleister By rsleister

    I have to agree with a couple of the other posts - I much prefer to work out at the gym. I thrive off the atmosphere, the other people, the music, and especially the spinning teacher yelling at me : ) I will say, though, that I have found a great workout at home is the Insanity workout DVDs - I played soccer in HS, usually the entire game, at midfield, without a sub so for me getting "worked out" means dripping in sweat, gasping for air, and probably slightly nauseaus - spinning at the gym and Insanity at home are the only things I've found so far that really leave me feeling like I've had a fantastic workout.

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