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01 November 2013 Written by  Valecia Weeks

INEXPENSIVE HOLIDAY FITNESS IDEAS

Valecia Weeks, Health Editor for Houston Forward Times Newspaper, is the owner of Assuring Hands Doula & Massage Care.  She is a Professional Licensed Massage Therapist as well as a Birth Doula.  Valecia is also licensed and certified in Personal Training with NESTA and ZUMBA.

 With the holiday’s fast approaching, women, especially are tempted to cut back on spending in order to be able to keep up with the holiday spending trend.  Being a gym owner, I found that one of the first areas that we tend to cut back on are our gym memberships and fitness clubs, thus, leaving us eating more and exercising less. I know everyone is holding on to their wallets for dear life, but let’s reconsider compromising our fitness because times are hard.  In my years as a certified personal trainer I’ve used several ways that you can get fit for less than $25.  Let’s take a look at the list below.  There’s something for every diva!

  • Resistance Bands ($15.00) This piece of equipment is about as versatile as they come.  It can be used to strengthen every single muscle in your body.  This is something that a beginner or advanced exerciser can utilize at home or on the road.
  • Walking and Running ($.00) One investment that is a must is a good pair of running shoes. Other than that, walking and running is a great and “free” way to fit in your cardio…no gym crowds to fight with and no monthly auto drafts coming out of your bank account.
  • Pedometer ($15 - $20) studies have shown that when we women are accountable, we tend to get more done.  A pedometer does just that.  You can really be motivated to take a few more steps toward your set a goal when you have a pedometer to keep up the steps for you.
  • Local Library ($.00) I know you are asking, what does the library have to do with fitness?  Well, believe it or not, the local library provides lots of fitness options.  Use your local library to try new fitness DVD’s.  Since you can check them out for free, you can switch as often as you like so that you do not reach a fitness plateau.
  • You Tube ($.00)  If you have a favorite fitness video instructor, search for keywords on YouTube and you could possibly find an entire body workout for … “free”
  • City Park and Recreation ($10) - $25) Check the department of park and rec. in your local city.  Most community recreation centers offer some exercise options...  They are highly likely to have cardio and strength training machines and access to dumbbells, swimming pools, basketball courts and the list goes on.  If there is a membership, it is usually very low; but there are some that will allow you to pay-as-you-go.
  • Stairs ($.00) Climbing your own stairs or the stairs at work is priceless.  Don’t you find it strange that we ladies will drive all the way to our local gym just to get on a Stairmaster machine?  Why not take your cardio workout to the stairs that you have access to on a daily basis?  Whether you decide to hop, run, skip, or hop up and down them, you are going somewhere and paying nothing.

See, ladies, we can make it through the holidays and remain consistent and healthy and still have money in our pockets to use for purchases for the season.  Try some of these ideas and see won’t you feel better about yourself.