How to Exercise on the Cheap

frugalhomediy March 4, 2012 0


Staying in shape can get expensive with gym memberships and specialty equipment.  Gym’s usually charge monthly fees anywhere from $40 and up.  In addition, specialty equipment can cost thousands of dollars. However, there are cheap ways to stay in shape if you’re on a budget.

Cardiovascular – jogging, biking, or playing your sport of choice

Make it a habit to run 3 or 4 times a week. Running where there’s scenery or listening to music will help take your mind off the task of running. For a lower impact exercise take up biking.  It’s a little more expensive since you need a bike.  If running or biking aren’t your thing find a sport that you enjoy.

Upper Body – push-ups, pull-ups, and dumbbells

Push-ups engage the entire upper body including the abs.  There are tons of different variations on the push-up. Pull-ups are another great upper body exercise that target your biceps and back muscles.  You can get a pull-up bar that hangs in a door opening for about $30 at walmart.  Also, a set of dumbbells can be used for a wide array of upper body exercises.

Core – sit-ups, crunches, and basic ab exercises

There are thousands of products that claim to give six pack abs. However, you can get the same results by doing basic ab exercises.

Lower Body – squats & lunges

Squats and lunges are great exercises that target all the main leg muscles. You can use your own body weight or dumbbells for added resistance.


P90x is a workout system that incorporates all of these types of exercises. I am actually a user of this system and I am happy to tell you that it works. However, it isn’t easy.  I got the DVD set with resistance bands off of Amazon for $70.  I started p90x after not working out for over a year.  After 3 months of doing p90x I went to a friends house to lift and was surprised when I was able to put up an all time high on the benchpress.  Thus, I would highly recommend P90x to anyone who wants to get into shape because it not only gives results but it gives a wide variety of exercises to do so you won’t get bored.

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