>> POP IN A VIDEO: With exercise videos or DVDs, you can shape up in the comfort of your living room. Tae Bo, a form of aerobics that incorporates martial arts kicks and punches, is ever-popular (try Billy Blank’s Tae Bo Cardio, $12.95, amazon.com). Check video and music stores; you can also score pre-owned tapes, DVDs and fitness equipment online through eBay and ShopGoodwill.com.
>> KEEP IT CLOSE TO HOME: Great city or public facilities can be found right in your community. For $35 every 10 weeks, Chicago resident Paula Harris works out at a field house near her apartment. “My 73-year-old mom joined with me—she wound up losing 25 pounds in six weeks,” she says. Check your local hospitals and YMCA for free or low-cost fitness classes; nearby colleges may offer discounted gym memberships.
>> TAKE SMALL STEPS: Get outside and play with your kids, use the stairs instead of the elevator, park far away from the store when shopping. Most of all, have fun! Visit www.smallsteps.gov to find over 100 fitness ideas that can be incorporated into your everyday life.
Get Fit, Cheap
With all the health risks we face, exercise isn’t a luxury—it’s a necessity. But do you have to spend hundreds on a gym membership or a trainer? No!