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August 29, 2010 at 4:00 PMComments: 0 Faves: 0

Home Gym: Get in Shape Without a Gym Membership

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Gymnasiums offer many benefits for anyone with a desire to stay in shape or take their physique to new levels. Unfortunately, a membership to a gym can get expensive, especially if you calculate how much the monthly fees total each year. There must be another way for people who cannot afford a membership to still get the exercise they need.

The following are some good suggestions on how to do that.

Creating A Home Gym For Your Needs And Budget

Investing in a home gymnasium does require an initial cost, but it might be less expensive than you think. Depending on your situation, there are a number of options available. If you are interested in weight training, a basic workout bench, barbell, and dumbbell set will work just fine. So many exercises can be performed, and all the major muscle groups worked, using only a barbell.

Weight benches can be purchased for as little as the cost of one or two months of a gym membership. It does not have to be fancy or have a lot of attachments when you are starting out, and you can always add things in the future. Sometimes, the most basic movements produce the best results, so stick with time-tested exercises like the bench press, curls, and squats.

For those beginning weight training, sets of lighter weights are very reasonably priced. A workout mat is a good idea to maintain balance, as well as medicine balls, and various other exercise accessories. With a larger investment, and for a total and effective workout for men or women, you can purchase an exercise station that uses a pulley system as resistance.

Don't forget to check out second hand retailers. Gently used stationary bicycles, treadmills, and other equipment are often donated to these establishments, and it's well worth the time to look for an inexpensive machine that fits your needs. No matter which route you decide to take, home gymnasiums can be a lot of fun and convenient, as you do not have to travel anywhere to use them, just into the next room.

Exercise: No Equipment Necessary

Although fitness equipment will allow you to greatly vary your exercise, it is not a necessary requirement for you to be an active participant in your physical health. Without any machines or accessories, you can do countless exercises effective for losing weight, building muscle, and toning up.

  • Push-ups, sit-ups, twists, and leg lifts are just a few examples that require nothing but space. With a simple bar affixed in a doorway, chin-ups and pull-ups that work the back, legs, arms, chest, shoulders, and abdominals are possible. 
  • Go for a walk and move your arms as well as your legs while you breathe in and out. Or, take the stairs instead of the elevator.
  • Jogging and running are popular, and you will never need a gym membership to do either.
  • Aerobics and dance routines are easily accessible through websites or DVDs, and similar to the home gyms, you have the convenience of doing them whenever you want.

The key is to be creative, and research all of the different movements so that you are able to get a full workout whenever you want to, leading to increased energy and less health related problems. It is normal for people to look past the things that they may already be doing to keep fit. Any exercise is better than no exercise, and not having a gym membership is no hindrance to all of the incredible benefits working out will give you.

Sources:

http://www.homegymadviser.com/buying-a-home-gym.html

http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00331

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