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Get Fit Without Leaving the House

Home Gyms are Practical and Affordable


    Help! We have most of this stuff but I don't know where to start, and Lord know I need to start. I have never been trained on what to do with it or how much to do if I can figure it out. - 3/22/2009 11:00:42 AM
    oops I meant I started with an INexpensive video. - 3/21/2009 3:20:47 PM
    I started with an expensive aeorbic video that used weights. I didn't have weights at the time so I exercised without the weights. Then after I got used to the video I bought 2 pound weights. Then I bought a set of 3 ,5 and 8 pound weights. then went on line collage and bought more videos. A gradually bought more and more . Now I have mat ,step, weights, body bars and a Library of tapes and DVDs. I have enough to keep me busy every day. - 3/21/2009 3:19:56 PM
  • This is a great article, and I already have most of what I need! I just need to get a few more dumbbells, pick up more Therabands, and inflate my exercise ball, and I'm all set. :)

    I want to get a treadmill, because my favourite exercise is walking but I live in Canada and it's bitterly cold in the winter (and too dark outside before or after work). Being able to walk indoors when it's too cold, dark, or rainy outside would be wonderful!

    I also like to take classes here and there; my favourite is aquacize (water aerobics). But mostly I don't like people being able to see me working out, so I'd rather do stuff at home. - 3/2/2009 4:22:40 PM
  • I love excersise videos! I take my laptop to my "gym" room, pop in a DVD and go!

    Oh, and you can get weights at about .89 a pound at Dicks. They aren't the "pretty" ones, but whatever... I got a set of 5 lbs for less that 10.00 a couple weeks ago. - 3/2/2009 11:44:35 AM
  • Just and added thought - If you don't want to buy dumbells or have a limited budget consider the alternatives. Save your old plastic laundry detergent bottles, add water and use them as weights. They have a built in handle and you can start out by filling them up only part way then increase the weight by adding more water. - 3/2/2009 8:15:37 AM
  • I started with my home gym in the living room - VCR and a few hand weights. Always had to haul everything out and put it all away. After a few years I moved it all to a spare bedroom and although it was crowded - more weights, DVD player, bow-flex and a barbell set at least I didn't have to hide everything away every day. Now we are in a different house with a finished basement and its great. Plenty of room and I can leave everything set up and ready to go in my own gym. - 3/2/2009 7:57:54 AM
    I had a treadmill that I rarely used and many exercise videos. I have found that walking and going to a class twice a week at the rec. enter keep me motivated. - 1/8/2009 8:29:09 PM
  • Before you shell out hundreds of dollars for a cardio machine, check out craigslist or yard sales. I bought a gazelle for $25 through guy didn't have the workout DVD that came with it, so I purchased one online. - 1/6/2009 4:36:02 PM
  • I live in a tiny studio apartment and still found a way to fit in a home gym ... cardio machine and all! It is said that we find time for what is important to us. I believe we find the space for what is important, as well! - 11/12/2008 4:32:04 AM
    After reading this article I am now inspired to do more strenght training. I live in a rural area and gyms are to far away from me to join. Now that I have a spare room I will use it for my training. When my son left home for the Army and now serving in Iraq he left some free weights at home so I guess I will put them to use. Just need to get a few more things. Not to much cause the room is small but at least it has a tv in it to keep motivated. I can excercise while watching the tv shows I like to watch. - 11/9/2008 4:44:55 PM
  • Most of my exercise is done in my small living room. I have a good selection of DVD's, resistance bands, dumbells and a matt. I use TaeBo, Biggest Loser and a variety of Yoga/Pilates DVD's. I mix it up a little with ExerciseTV routines and Sparkpeople routines. There really is no excuse not to be able to do it at home and on a tight budget. One of these days I'll have a picture taken of me in the space where I exercise almost every morning. It costs me very little. I also walk almost every day...except for having to buy sneakers a few times a year, that costs almost nothing! - 9/23/2008 7:23:20 PM
  • JAY75REY
    For cardio, I like a gym-style step. I use the lowest height on the step. No choreography needed at home; just find some nice music and go up and down. I bought a used one. Easy to store too, under a bed or into a closet. - 9/15/2008 12:45:30 PM
  • Now I'm inspired! I have a bunch of fitness stuff, a spare room, and an old TV and VCR. Next rainy day, we're clearing out the junk and creating a fitness/sewing room!

    -Barbara - 9/6/2008 3:31:19 PM
    i have a weighted hula hoop that has done wonders for my waist and abs. i bought it at a ladies gym that has since closed. it comes in 3, 4,and 5 lb weights. i have the 5 lb one. it was very difficult at first - i could only do it for a few seconds. it also bruised my mid-section terribly. now i can go 20 minutes or more, and totally painless!!! i have seen similar ones on-line - they are about $50. - 9/4/2008 3:39:08 AM

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