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Get Fit Without Leaving the House

Home Gyms are Practical and Affordable


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  • I haven't the budget for a gym membership, nor budget and room for much equipment. I do have a nice exercise bike I picked up at a yard sale. I have a small collection of accessories: 2-5 lb dumbells, resistance bands, an abs roller that my husband bought and never uses, a jumprope that I hope to be able to do eventually, and a brightly decorated hula hoop thanks to a creative daughter. I have a couple of DVDs, one of which I won from SP! and between them and the wonderful SP videos, I've got plenty to keep me busy. Not to mention that a walk or bike ride is always an option as well.
  • Yep! And you can easily add an indoor track to that. I don't have a large house but I can walk a mile indoors by doing laps from room to room and circles around chairs and footstools, the island in the kitchen, etc.
  • I find videos and/or fitness games are an excellent investment as well. Especially for us small-space dwellers! (I get a good sweat in quite often in my one bedroom apartment).
  • I just have to say that I lost 55 pounds working out from home. I bought a mini stepper and took advantage of the videos on SP as well as you tube. I just recently joined the gym AFTER reaching my goal weight ....more for the "final touches"!!
  • Our treadmill gathers dust in our basement at the moment, and I have threatened to use its handrails as a yarn swift (for balling hanks of yarn). Now that I am following SP I have decided that, rain or shine, I will put in at least 15 minutes on the treadmill every day--more time if it isn't nice enough to enjoy a 30 minute walk outdoors. I will use the treadmill to build my strength, as I am rehabbing after knee replacement.
  • A great investment was my treadmill. I have been using it to get me back into exercising. Because I work 12+ hr days I get to jump on it, then shower then go to bed in the evening and not loose time commuting to the gym. And how much money have I saved? A,LOT!!;-)
  • A great investment was my treadmill. I have been using it to get me back into exercising. Because I work 12+ hr days I get to jump on it, then shower then go to bed in the evening and not loose time commuting to the gym. And how much money have I saved? A,LOT!!;-)
  • You guys gorgot the workout videos there are some good out there...
  • A friend of mine, who is an avid Goodwill shopper, picked up a Cardio Glide for $12 yesterday. I've already begun working out on it when I fed the dogs last night. My new incentive???????
  • I prefer gyms, but find that I tend to go only when I´m trying to loose weight and in spurts.

    However we do have a treadmill, an elliptical, and my dear hubby just bought a TV so that we can do rumba at home. I tend to use these machines quite frequently. The convenience is well worth the investment.
  • Great incentive to get things moving here at home. I'm renting, and for now have a HUGE basement where I've considered putting down padding for exercises. Figure I could do it while waiting for my laundry, although up & down two flights of steps to get to my washer & dryer is exercise in itself! After reading this, I think maybe I could spring for an elliptical, which is my main attraction at the gym. Then I could get cardio daily, and hit the gym for strength training (it would take years to be able to afford all those machines!).
  • I bought my treadmill ten years ago for $350 brand new on Closeout from ShopKo. It is a Weslo and I love it! I have put many, many miles on it and it still works great. Craigslist is a good place to get inexpensive equipment. I got my Orbitrek on Craiglist. If you have a routine and a set time in which you exercise everyday, a home gym is great. The days I can't walk outside, I use my home equipment. I often watch TV while walking on my treadmill too.
  • I went through the list saying "got that, got that, I can make that happen easy with stuff I already have."

    Got to the universal gym. Had one. The thing was so huge it took up my entire cellar. It was a monster. I have a membership at the Y so I got rid of that beast. It was free to me and it was free to the guy who took it from me.
  • The problem with buying used is you have to move it yourself.

    I bought a new treadmill from Sears, got free delivery (into my basement) and they put it together. I bought an elliptical from a coworker who was moving. Paid her $150 and then realized my husband and I couldn't move it ourselves (either pick it up to put in a truck or get it down the stairs.) I had to hired 2 Marines and a truck and it was $250. So I could have purchased new for the same price (and got a warranty). So consider that when buying used BIG equipment.
  • Thanks for a great article. I would never in a million years go to a gym or take a class. I've had my yoga mat for years and use it regularly.I have no trouble with motivation: I am in pain and I want to bring it to a manageable level, maintain as much range of movement as I can, and strengthen my muscles so I can remain as independent as I can. I only have one-kilo dumbbells, but they work for now. Am on disability and don't drive, so seeking further equipment is not very feasible and not a priority. And even if working out at home only works for 10% of the people, it may well be that some of those 10% would never set foot in a gym or class. My daughter lost a lot of weight years ago with a treadmill and sheer determination, and later a fitness club near her job. Now unhappy with her weight again, but with 2 young kids and a full-time job, she bought an elliptical with her tax refund and as soon as her sweetie gets it assembled, I have NO doubts whatsoever that it WILL get full use. Different strokes for different folks; thanks for the support for those of us who need it at home.

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