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Financially Frugal Fitness: The Best Body For Your Buck

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By mia bolaris-forget

I may be in the “minority”, but even though I don’t always or often feel like it, working out is one of my favourite pastimes. And, it’s always been. And, this is the first time in my life, I’ve actually “splurged” and took the initiative to do something I’ve ALWAYS wanted to do, and that’s work with a personal trainer. Making me accountable to someone make ME more dedicated and responsible about my workout (too many distractions at home or on the way home), plus the trainer pushes me harder than I’d normally be inclined to push myself and ensures that my form takes proper form. But, going to the gym or working with a trainer may not be in everyone’s budget or, like me, the number of sessions with a trainer may be limited to one or two times per week. Still, experts assert that for appearance and health its imperative to get at least 3 to 5 days worth of physical activity weekly, for at least 30 minutes each day. And, most suggest that working out should be “fun”...and now they note it can also be “free”, or at least very cheap.

· Walk the walk: Walking is an ideal exercise for every age group and fitness level and you can do it indoors or outdoors. Experts suggest walking to the store, around the mall, and up and down stairs instead of taking the elevator. Not only will this tone and tighten but it will also help strengthen your heart.

· Jump to it: Jump rope (if you can). According to experts this childhood pastime is one of the best workouts you can get, with the average female burning 424 calories of intermediate and moderate rope jumping; and up to 1, 200 calories with a 45 minute routine of intense rope jumping. And, a simple rope costs only around $2.

· Smart substitutions: Don’t have and can’t afford free weights? Consider using household items such as full water bottles or soup cans for bicep curls, working out your triceps etc. start with 15-ounce cans and do 12 reps, gradually increasing your reps and your weight but always being conscientious and careful not to lift more than you can.

· Dance to the music: Turn up your favourite tunes and get your groove on or take a walk or run to the music.

· Turn on the tube: For the more “advanced” or coordinated fitness “freaks”, consider popping in DVD of some raved about favourites and following their fitness routine in the comfort of your own home.

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