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Get Fit Without Leaving the House
Home Gyms are Practical and Affordable
5/12/2008 12:23:49 PM
For pricier gym equipment (such as cardio machines and weight machines), try shopping around at used sports equipment places (like Play It Again Sports) and Craigslist during the summer. There's an influx of deeply discounted, barely used equipment around that time of year from people who spent a bunch of money on New Year's Resolutions to get fit, and then didn't touch their expensive home gym machine after January.
Great article! I really needed some tips on how to make a gym at home, which I'm thinking of doing. I guess for me, two other things I'd possibly include, would be a tv, with a dvd/video player and workout tapes. You can always do aerobic videos if you have the room. Of course a lot of people are like me, limited on space and doing their workouts in the living room, but it's just an added idea...
A home gym on a budget is realistic. My husband and I turned 6'x12' sun porch into a home gym. It is not glamorous, but we added equipment gradually, like a swiss ball, the bands and free weights. We live in a small town in Wisconsin that doe not have a gym, so this was a perfect solution. For cardio we have hung our bikes on the wall and bring them down and bike on rollers, which are also easy to store and don't take up much room. Another benefit is that you can plaster the walls with your motivational photos. You can't do that at the health club. Biking while looking at the white sand beaches of Jamaica is extremely motivating.
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