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  • If you really want to save money on fitness activities the only "equipment" you need is the contents of your skin suit, bodyweight training is a free do anywhere, anytime fitness activity.
  • I read that 60% of people who pay a contract to join a gym (usually for two years) never go even one time after they sign up, although they must continue to pay the membership. When they sign you up they don't really expect you will keep coming, but they get your money.
    One hint I saw from a "Cheapskate" woman was interesting. She said her local "Y" which had great equipment and a pool, had a "Two for One" membership in December for the New Year. She didn't want to pay, so she went inside and talked to members and found an elderly man who was alone and he told her he'd pay to renew as he always did and he'd put her on his account as the "free" member. Thus she saved herself several hundred dollars each year. She said she went several times a week as being healthy saved her money. Oh, and she'd made friends with the elderly man who was a widower.
  • Another overlooked place to work out are local hotels with fitness centers. We have a hotel that offers low monthly rates. The fitness room is rarely crowded and has the basics-- weights, work out room for yoga,cardio, and strength-stability balls,bikes, elliptical, steppers, treadmills, weight machines for upper and lower body exercises, indoor pool, sauna, lockers, showers, towels,TV, even hair dryers. You are on your own but if you know how to use the machines from past experiences with gyms or can follow the easy picture instructions for the weight machines it's a pretty easy way to have a good workout. They also offer yoga and water aerobics with instructors that come in for a couple of sessions a week. All in all a very nice, quiet, stress-free workout environment with no waiting for machines.
  • JUDO50
    You can also get workout dvd's and read the latest fitness magazine's at your local library with nothing more then a library card to take them home or stay in the library and read the magazines there if you don't have a card. Library cards are free so you can get one if you were so inclined. If you are considering a dvd to buy and you are not sure you will like it. you can always view clips for free on sites like collage video and you tube spark people has also had clips and free workouts here on their site. You tube also has some free full work outs. I hope my comments have been helpful to you.
  • I also agree about the YMCA and was not surprised to see others having the same problem (I was going to write about it anyway and saw that I'm not alone!). Not only are they VERY rude at the YMCA near me, but the fees are way higher than Gold's Gym (or many of the other local gyms). I asked about the sliding scale and they said that it was available only to those in need. I have yet to meet anyone who is "in need" enough to get any type of discount. My husband was unemployed at one point & it made no difference in his membership fee. Needless to say, we don't belong to the Y anymore (even with my work discount). I think they do a great job of luring people in & then not fulfilling on their word. Maybe other areas are better, but the YMCA is one of the worst ideas in my area.
  • I found the out the same thing about the Y. My employer even offers a discount but it was still cheaper to go to Anytime Fitness.
  • The Y here claims to have lower fees for low income, but they don't. When I applied there I was getting less than $800/month and they were going to charge more than the private companies around here. I was able to get a low cost membership at the Parks and Recreation centers. The Y is a joke here.
  • I am moving into a Sr Living apartment complex next week and was very excited to see they have a treadmill and exercise bike available in the community dining room. The director stated they do belong to tenants that let everyone use them as long as they are not held responsible for any accident or injury. Can't beat free!!
  • Actually, walking and running just cost the amount for a pair of shoes. If you can do those consistently, you're really on your way. Glenn
    where I live the YMCA is the most expensive 'health club' and the only place besides the university that has both workout equipment and a reasonable pool for swimming laps. Planet Fitness is only $30 a month or even less if you get a deal, but no pool. So we pay way more, but also feel like we're giving back to the community because of all the programming the Y offers to low income folks. etc.
  • For the multi-page comments--if you guys don't care about getting the sparkpoints for the article just click on the print icon to the left. You'll be able to read the whole article on one page.
    I agree with WALKZWDOGZ. Two pages are too many! I do not understand all these mutlipage articles. You must be getting paid by the page.
  • Great tips, but having to click through SIX pages for about as many paragraphs?
  • Great tips on machines, exercises eqiutment and where to look to buy hat you need. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week.

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