Getting Fit Without the Gym Commitment

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Many people work out every day in order to stay fit but some have felt the pinch of the economic issues that the country has faced. So paying the gym fees every month as well as the additional annual gym fees can cost them more than they want in order to keep their figure or even get back their old figure.

With some gyms, they will charge you a cancellation fee for dropping your gym membership but others don’t. You would have to look at your gym membership terms and conditions to see if you would have an early cancellation fee included in them.  If you don’t, then maybe it is time to drop the gym and find a new way to stay fit without the need of a gym.

There are plenty of ways to keep your exercise routine without extra time, effort or equipment, if you don’t have the extra funds to buy them from your nearest gym equipment store or even TV infomercials. If you have cable or satellite, you might have access to exercise programs that you can look through and find one that works best for you. They have yoga, cardio, kickboxing, belly dancing and even boot camp style exercise programs from which you can choose.

These programs don’t have a return time and date, a certain time during the day you can watch them or even cost you more than what you are paying for access to satellite or cable every month. Another option you have to choose from is to create your own exercise program from various websites. You can custom build a routine that will work for you and your busy schedule.

You can also choose to buy one of hundreds of exercise DVDs from the many infomercials that say that their program is right for you. These DVDs offer routines from zumba, dance, cardio, Pilates, yoga, boot camp, and etc. You can even fit sit ups, pushups, a quick jog and a short weight routine into your busy schedule.

There are many ways to fit your daily exercise needs into your day without hitting the gym. If you have a dog, you can take them for a walk or a jog. You can even increase the amount of exercise you get from your walk by strapping ankle and wrist weights and setting a brick pace when walking them.

You can also go for a bike ride, either around your neighborhood or to a challenging area with hills. You can change up your bike gears to really make it a thrilling and worthwhile bike ride while exploring areas that you would most likely normally drive through to get to work or while running errands.

No matter what you choose to do as your exercise routine. You don’t have to rely on a gym to work out. You can cut out the unnecessary extra costs of a gym membership and use the extra money to save back for a rainy day, or you even buy those little items that you see at the store but aren’t necessarily on your grocery list.

Laura W. Jansen is an avid writer who covers many topics related to Lifestyle:  party decorations, interior design or outdoor living. Gardening, home decorating and outdoor recreation are covered extensively for Boulder Real Estate and Longmont Colorado real estate.


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