fitness http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/1126/all en-US Don't Waste Your Money on These 6 Workout Snacks http://www.wisebread.com/dont-waste-your-money-on-these-6-workout-snacks <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/dont-waste-your-money-on-these-6-workout-snacks" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_91874357_LARGE.jpg" alt="don&#039;t waste money on these workout snacks" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The fitness industry tends to insist that you need all kinds of &quot;fuel&quot; in order to build muscle and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-tricks-to-avoid-workout-burnout">get through your workouts</a>. But a lot of workout snacks on the market are processed, pricey, and totally unnecessary. So rather than wasting your money on expensive workout snacks, know which ones to skip, and how to make quality versions at home using real ingredients.</p> <h2>1. Protein Powder Shakes</h2> <p>For the average joe, protein supplements &mdash; most often sold as powders that consumers can add to smoothies and shakes &mdash; are <a href="http://www.livescience.com/8086-protein-supplement-myth-revealed-body-work.html">a royal waste of money</a>. There's mounting evidence that you don't need protein supplementation unless you are a professional-level athlete, or suffering from starvation. All told, these powders offer the average person's body very little benefit.</p> <p>You do need protein when you exercise, especially if you're trying to build muscle, but the average diet provides all the protein you need. If you're looking for a little extra fuel, try edamame. This soybean is packed with protein, magnesium, fiber, and B vitamins that help the body power up to its full potential.</p> <h2>2. Boxed Coconut Water</h2> <p>Despite claims of &quot;100% coconut water&quot; or &quot;all natural,&quot; even the best of boxed coconut water is made from a reconstituted concentrate. To make the product shelf-stable, boxed coconut water makers heat up fresh, raw coconut water and reduce it to a syrup, which they later add water to before packaging. The heating process denatures the beneficial enzymes, stripping not only the beverage's nutritional content, but also much of the flavor.</p> <p>Instead of the boxed brands, drink real raw coconut water straight from the nut. Low in calories and high in electrolytes, coconut water &mdash; the real stuff &mdash; is <a href="http://healthandwellness.kaplan.edu/articles/nutrition/Coconut%20water%20-%20Is%20it%20really%20natures%20sport%20drink.html">nature's sports drink</a>. It will keep you hydrated and fueled during and after your workout.</p> <h2>3. Individually Packaged Snacks</h2> <p>One-serving snacks, such as pre-packaged health bars, mixed nut assortments, and dried fruit, will often <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Business/waste-money-grocery-store/story?id=39206951">cost you double</a> for the convenient size. Is it really worth paying twice as much money for a bunch of nuts just to get the tidy, but environmentally wasteful packaging? Energy bars in particular are rife with calories &mdash; as many as some candy bars. And you can make your own trail mix for far cheaper than the pre-made varieties.</p> <p>Instead, buy in bulk and use reusable tupperware to cart around one serving at a time.</p> <h2>4. Peanut Butter</h2> <p>Even the &quot;natural&quot; stuff contains add-ins such as glycerin to keep the oil from pooling at the top of the jar, hydrogenated oil for creaminess, or sugar for taste. Very rarely are you getting <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2016/06/natural-peanut-butter/488237/">pure peanut butter</a> &mdash; just nuts with, perhaps, a touch of salt &mdash; no matter what the label tells you.</p> <p>Instead of betting on the jarred stuff for your dose of good fats and protein, stick with raw nuts. This way, you know for sure what you're getting. Nuts are high in calories that can help you rev up your energy level when you don't have time for a more substantial meal. A cup of almonds, for example, contains enough fuel to power your body through a five-mile run. It's also a power snack with presidential approval. President Barack Obama reportedly eats exactly seven almonds each night.</p> <h2>5. Gel Packs</h2> <p>Unless you're putting in more than 90 minutes of cardiovascular training each day, you don't need to be slurping up those tiny energy gel packets while you bench press or jog an eight-miler. These <a href="http://nutritionfacts.org/2013/09/24/raisins-vs-energy-gels-for-athletic-performance/">sugar-saturated snacks</a> are made to restore depleted glycogen stores. But your glycogen stores aren't actually getting depleted unless you're very athletic.</p> <p>Instead, go for a fistful of raisins. Research shows that this dried fruit is just as effective at enhancing athletic performance. But, unlike the numerous brands of energy gel packets on the market, they don't run the risk of throwing your blood sugar levels off-balance.</p> <h2>6. Store-Bought Fruit Smoothies</h2> <p>Don't get me wrong, smoothies can be the ultimate workout snack. Just not the kind that's made to be shelf-stable at your local market. These pre-made smoothies are often chock full of added sugars, fats, and preservatives, which means you're getting much less nutritional content as you would if the smoothie were freshly made.</p> <p>Instead, opt for a homemade fruit smoothie, or simply grab a piece or two of fresh, whole fruit. Citrus fruits such as oranges are chock full of natural sugars capable of boosting your energy to keep you moving. And <a href="http://www.livestrong.com/article/419220-why-do-athletes-eat-bananas/">bananas will give you energy</a> as well as endurance. Studies show that eating a banana before and during prolonged periods of exercise will help your body maintain its peak performance level throughout the workout. This potassium-rich fruit also prevents bone density loss, fights off cramping, and helps keep your muscles functioning normally. And it makes for a great base ingredient in any smoothie.</p> <p><em>Any other workout snacks that are a total waste of money? Share with us!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/brittany-lyte">Brittany Lyte</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dont-waste-your-money-on-these-6-workout-snacks">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-ultimate-green-workout">The Ultimate &quot;Green&quot; Workout</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-yoga-can-teach-you-about-money">5 Things Yoga Can Teach You About Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-no-sweat-workouts-perfect-for-the-workplace">10 No-Sweat Workouts Perfect for the Workplace</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/if-youre-eating-these-6-things-your-diet-is-doing-nothing">If You&#039;re Eating These 6 Things, Your &quot;Diet&quot; Is Doing Nothing</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-foods-nutritionists-say-you-should-splurge-on">12 Foods Nutritionists Say You Should Splurge On</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Health and Beauty budgeting coconut water drinks fitness pre-workout protein powder snacks workout workout snacks Tue, 19 Jul 2016 10:00:14 +0000 Brittany Lyte 1754844 at http://www.wisebread.com 9 Side Jobs for Athletic Types http://www.wisebread.com/9-side-jobs-for-athletic-types <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/9-side-jobs-for-athletic-types" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_90977917_MEDIUM.jpg" alt="great side job for athletic types" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Want to stay active in your personal <em>and</em> professional life? Turn your sweat equity into actual equity with these nine side jobs for athletic types. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-great-side-jobs-for-outdoorsy-types?ref=seealso">12 Great Side Jobs for Outdoorsy Types</a>)</p> <h2>1. Writing Fitness Content</h2> <p>If you have decent writing skills, try your hand at writing fitness articles for print publications (credibility helps in this regard; a degree or certifications will get you further) or blogs. There's no shortage of fitness-based sites that publish editorial content, and if you add those to general lifestyle sites that push out content about fitness, you have a lot of resources to tap into to get started.</p> <h2>2. Local Coaching</h2> <p>Help shape a future generation of athletes by becoming a coach in your area. Some leagues run year-round &mdash; whether it's a kids' rec league or a social sports league for adults &mdash; and you can switch it up from season to season if you'd like, depending on your skills and availability.</p> <p>&quot;Coaching gives you the ability to build yourself up as the authority figure in your local niche and share the experience you have acquired over the course of your athletic career,&quot; says aspiring Olympian Sirena Alise, who has served as a coach in the past. &quot;It's a great way to segue into a professional career after your athletic career comes to an end. It is also a great way to give back to your community and help build the athlete in someone else if you love sharing knowledge.&quot;</p> <p>Janae Cardona is the owner of a cheering organization, and she says they're always on the lookout for great coaches.</p> <p>&quot;Depending upon their skill set and if they're good with children, being a cheer coach or a tumbling instructor in the afternoons/evenings and/or weekends is a great side job,&quot; she says. &quot;Most of our coaches have a daytime job &mdash; many involve athletics, such as personal training &mdash; and work with us in the evenings and weekends.&quot;</p> <h2>3. Summer Camps</h2> <p>If you have the summers off for some lucky-duck reason, being a summer camp athletic director or coach might be up your alley. If you're hired at a sleepaway camp &mdash; which can run from four to eight weeks &mdash; you'll receive room and board, plus a decent wage. As an example, I was an art director at a summer camp in 2003, and I made about $3,000 for eight weeks while I lived and ate on campus for free. This may not be an ideal situation if you're trying to support a family of four at home, but if you're recently out of college it may be a legit solution.</p> <p>&quot;Athletic camps are a great way to make a lot of money, if done right, in a short amount of time,&quot; Alise suggests. &quot;Similar to coaching, camps are a great way to segue out if your athletic career comes to end. With both, you can build your clientele up and earn a respectable amount of income once you take either coaching or camps full time.&quot;</p> <h2>4. Modeling Gigs</h2> <p>Do you put in serious work at the gym to have a smokin' hot bod? You might be able to turn that dedication into dollar bills by looking for modeling gigs. You don't have to be in New York or L.A. to make this dream come true, either. Businesses in your area may need a physical specimen for an upcoming campaign. Keep an eye on the &quot;Gigs&quot; section of Craigslist, or reach out to companies with which you identify to see if they could use your assets in the future.</p> <h2>5. Brand Ambassadorships</h2> <p>If you can't find any coveted modeling gigs, brand ambassadorships may be the next best thing. The way this works, essentially, is that a brand will pay you to represent it &mdash; either in cash or free product &mdash; on social media platforms like Instagram. You'll certainly have a better chance of scoring one of these plush gigs if you fill out clothing nicely and/or you've amassed an enviable following on social media.</p> <p>&quot;I think the best side/part-time job for athletic and fitness orientated people would be to seek a brand ambassador position with a health or sports brand,&quot; says Joshua Schall, a fitness business strategy consultant in Austin, Texas. &quot;These types of positions get you access to great brands in the world you already love. A brand ambassador usually gets to pick his/her own hours and gets paid to attend sporting events, health fairs, or other events that are interesting to athletic people.&quot;</p> <p>Schall provides a few pointers on how to get started:</p> <ul> <li>Follow your favorite sports, health, and fitness brands on social media, because they usually post about needing help.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Visit local sports events that have vendor setups, health fairs, or sampling events at gyms and ask the brands if they need any help marketing.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Reach out to brands you love by email and let them know you would love to help them market their brand in your city.</li> </ul> <p>&quot;The main takeaway would be that a person is passionate, knowledgeable, and can express their value to a company that they love and enjoy already,&quot; he says.</p> <h2>6. Mowing Lawns</h2> <p>If you don't mind breaking a sweat &mdash; and then continuing to sweat all day long &mdash; lawn care is a money-making option that'll keep you on your feet. Signing up to mow lawns with companies like&nbsp;<a href="http://www.lawnstarter.com">LawnStarter</a> can help bring the customers to you without you worrying about advertising or spending extra time during the week. There are plenty of top-notch providers on the LawnStarter platform that mow lawns on the side, so it's a great fit for anyone, whether they are full-time or part-time.</p> <h2>7. Referee Sports</h2> <p>If you prefer to be in the middle of the action &mdash; and have a hawk-eye to make the right calls &mdash; consider refereeing sports instead of coaching. Nearly all kids' sports leagues have the need for refs, and it can net you some decent cash if you do more than one game a weekend. There is a small upfront fee for registration/classes and a uniform, but you can quickly make back the expenses in a weekend.</p> <h2>8. Dog Running</h2> <p>You've heard of dog <em>walking</em>, of course, but have you heard of dog running? It's totally a thing, and you add that title to your resume if you love dogs and running.</p> <p>&quot;I work in the pet industry, and one side job I've seen work for people is to advertise themselves as dog runners,&quot; explains Matt Holden of Furlocity.com. &quot;Anyone with the time can walk their dog, but for those people with athletic breeds, not all of them are willing to expend the energy on those walks that the dog might need. Enter the dog runner!&quot;</p> <p>Holden says runners charge $20 a run and take a few dogs at a time. Not a bad way to stay in shape, and make some money while you do it.</p> <h2>9. Work at Your Gym</h2> <p>Are you always in the gym? Turn your time into money by asking what positions are available. They can likely use front desk help, but you may even segue into a career as a personal trainer as a result, if all goes well. Plus, you'll save money on your gym memberships since as an employee of the gym, you'll be granted access for free.</p> <p><em>Are there other side jobs for athletic types that you'd like to add? Let me know in the comments below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-side-jobs-for-athletic-types">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-10"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/17-part-time-jobs-to-do-while-your-kids-are-at-school">17 Part-Time Jobs to Do While Your Kids Are at School</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-great-side-jobs-for-outdoorsy-types">12 Great Side Jobs for Outdoorsy Types</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-freelance-jobs-that-pay-surprisingly-well">11 Freelance Jobs That Pay Surprisingly Well</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-exercise-mats">The 5 Best Exercise Mats</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-things-i-learned-about-money-after-i-went-freelance">7 Things I Learned About Money After I Went Freelance</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income Health and Beauty athlete athletic fit lifestyle fitness freelancer healthy living part-time job side job Thu, 30 Jun 2016 09:00:10 +0000 Mikey Rox 1741537 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Fitness Gadgets Actually Worth the Money http://www.wisebread.com/5-fitness-gadgets-actually-worth-the-money <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-fitness-gadgets-actually-worth-the-money" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_fitness_gadget_000072593793.jpg" alt="Woman finding fitness gadgets worth the money" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's no secret that <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/fitness-resolutions-how-much-will-your-new-exercise-routine-cost">some exercise routines are costly</a>, and without complete commitment, the benefits might be minimal. You could spend a fortune on a gym membership and personal trainers, but certain small, clever fitness investments can do the same (or more) for a much lower cost.</p> <p>Here are a few fitness tech gadgets that really pay off.</p> <h2>Fitness Trackers</h2> <p>Fitness trackers have been hot for a couple of years now, and they are certainly a smart way for those of use with a sedentary lifestyle to gently increase exercise and improve overall wellness. As a bonus, they're cheaper than a gym membership and can help you incorporate more movement in your real life, rather than trying to make huge &mdash; and ultimately unsustainable &mdash; lifestyle changes.</p> <p>If you're in the market for a fitness tracker, <a href="http://amzn.to/1OVibDq">Fitbit Blaze</a> could be the thing for you. At around $200, it is more expensive than bracelet style trackers, but makes up for that in both form and function.</p> <p>Aside from the aesthetics (this is a watch design), the tracker includes all you would expect &mdash; step count, activity and sleep trackers, and so on &mdash; and more. The gadget has a heart rate monitor built in and even allows you to monitor your calls and texts on the go. The main bonus is the ability to access workouts on your device, which might make this a worthwhile investment if it means you can drop that costly gym subscription.</p> <h2>Smart Shorts</h2> <p><a href="http://www.lumobodytech.com/lumo-run/">Lumo products</a> are perfect for runners seeking to improve performance. The tracker clips onto your clothing, or can be inserted into a specially designed pocket in Lumo's own range of smart apparel, and measures your running style like no other. This gadget is more like having your own running coach in your pocket than an average fitness tracker, providing lab-standard biometric data all the way through your training. Get details about your stride pattern, bounce, and cadence, which can then be converted by the app into drills and exercises for improvement.</p> <p>Use the sensor with headphones to get live, on-the-go coaching based on the measurements being taken, or simply download the data after your run for some analysis and action planning. Even better, the gear is available for preorder at a discount, starting from under $80 for the tracker and clip.</p> <h2>Fitness, Diet, and Goal Tracking Apps</h2> <p>The world of apps and gadgets has exploded in recent years. The theory goes that by monitoring as much as you can, you have a better opportunity to understand and ultimately improve your health and wellness. Over time you build a data set which allows you to see the progress, either through getting more active, eating better, improving metrics like your weight or heart rate, or cutting back on bad habits.</p> <p>If you go out running or cycling regularly, try <a href="https://www.strava.com">Strava</a>, which is designed to track and share your training, and can help you share your progress by linking to your social media accounts. For an all round support system covering nutrition, stress, sleep and exercise, try <a href="https://www.noom.com">Noom</a>, a smart app that allows you to track your progress and receive expert advice.</p> <p>Finally, if you're in the UK, check out <a href="https://sweatco.in/int">Sweatcoin</a>, the app that makes your exercise pay you. Track your steps and swap them for &quot;sweatcoins&quot; you can cash in for real rewards. Going global soon, so get ready!</p> <h2>Digital Coaching</h2> <p>Digital coaching is a great halfway house if you want some human input into your training but can't afford the time or money for a personal trainer. Apps such as <a href="https://www.coach.me/">coach.me</a> are designed to allow you to track your progress against a goal, and enlist the support of a remote trainer.</p> <p>If the midriff is looking a little wobbly, and the prospect of summer on the beach is sending a shiver up your spine, then don't be tempted to throw money at the problem. Instead, do a bit of research into the tech products and services that can help you get in shape without breaking the bank. The range on offer is developing every day, leaving very little room for excuses when it is time to bust out that bikini.</p> <p><em>What fitness tech products are working for you? Tell us in the comments.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/claire-millard">Claire Millard</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-fitness-gadgets-actually-worth-the-money">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-tricks-to-avoid-workout-burnout">10 Tricks to Avoid Workout Burnout</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-cheap-home-workout-hacks-for-people-with-no-equipment-and-no-room">12 Cheap Home Workout Hacks for People With No Equipment and No Room</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-clever-ways-to-improve-your-home-gym">10 Clever Ways to Improve Your Home Gym</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-work-out-when-its-hot-outside">5 Ways to Work Out When It&#039;s Hot Outside</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-a-great-workout-for-free-with-11-simple-moves">Get a Great Workout for Free With 11 Simple Moves</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty Technology apps dieting exercise fitbit fitness goals trackers working out Fri, 03 Jun 2016 09:00:12 +0000 Claire Millard 1721734 at http://www.wisebread.com 12 Great Side Jobs for Outdoorsy Types http://www.wisebread.com/12-great-side-jobs-for-outdoorsy-types <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/12-great-side-jobs-for-outdoorsy-types" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000057673262_Large.jpg" alt="his job allows him to be outdoors" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If working a 9-to-5 job in an office cubicle is slowly driving you crazy, remember that you've got options. There are lots of ways to supplement your income from a &quot;regular&quot; job with a side gig that lets &mdash; nay, requires! &mdash; you to roam free in nature. Computer eye strain be gone! Here are 12 side jobs for lovers of the great outdoors. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-cool-jobs-for-outdoorsy-types?ref=seealso">11 Cool Jobs for Outdoorsy Types</a>)</p> <h2>1. Waterkeeper</h2> <p>Imagine a job where you <a href="http://www.midshoreriverkeeper.org/about-us/the-riverkeeper-program/">get paid to paddle</a> a beautiful natural waterway. Waterkeepers, or riverkeepers, do precisely that, scouting for polluters and testing for water quality along the way. They are the protectors of our rivers and lakes, working to keep these natural resources pristine. Ask <a href="http://www.blueridgeoutdoors.com/go-outside/living-dream-top-10-best-outdoor-jobs/">riverkeeper Hartwell Carson</a> his favorite part of patrolling North Carolina's French Broad River Trail, and he'll tell you this: &quot;Getting in my canoe around sunset and paddling upstream, trying to be all stealth.&quot;</p> <h2>2. Wilderness Instructor</h2> <p>In some schools, nature is a subject of study no less important than reading or math. Taught by experts in <a href="http://www.wildernesscollege.com/nature-instructor.html">food foraging and shelter building</a>, these classes school children on the interconnectivity between humans and nature, something often overlooked in this age of smartphones and tablets. In addition to schools, church groups, Girl Scout troops, and neighborhood associations sometimes employ wilderness instructors for workshops.</p> <h2>3. Trail Blazer</h2> <p>At $10 an hour, you can <a href="http://cumberlandtrail.org/job-opportunities/trail-building-assistant-crew/">build a hiking trail</a> deep into the Tennessee wilderness, erecting signage and mending weather-worn safety features as you go. No loafers. No desk. Just a backpack full of tools and a wide-brimmed hat.</p> <h2>4. Photographer</h2> <p>Early morning light and the evening golden hour make for beautiful photographs. For these reasons and more, many photographers are averse to studio portraiture. Hey &mdash; who wouldn't prefer to take pictures while immersed in the natural elements? Whether you decide to start up your own family portrait business or take on a gig as a stringer at your local newspaper, photography can be a great way to boost your income while fueling your love of nature. Music festivals, historical sites, real estate companies, and local tourism boards all need stellar photography, too.</p> <h2>5. Deckhand</h2> <p>Nothing says summertime like a <a href="http://www.indeed.com/cmp/Boston-Harbor-Cruises/jobs/Deckhand-5cd79885cb75cc95?sjdu=QwrRXKrqZ3CNX5W-O9jEvVDOP_GC6hntMgEYpG6zhUf_adNLq8hAX3uEzOB_RA-sn_INQdOUOwQFKoNzQQ_YZtNFrMWxUUpcwLNKqYGdiY0">cruise along the harbor</a>. And if you score a part-time, $10-an-hour deckhand gig, you can enjoy the experience time and time again while getting paid for it. All tour boats and most fishing boats need deckhands &mdash; and many of these gigs don't require previous experience, making them accessible to newbies aching to get out on the water. Working as a deckhand is also a great way to grow your knowledge about boats.</p> <h2>6. Arborist</h2> <p>Get those <a href="http://www.indeed.com/cmp/McLoughlin-Arboricultural-Services/jobs/Arborist-5ce89b61df3fde80?q=Arborist+part+time">tree legs</a> ready! Climbing, pruning, planting, and preserving are all in the arborist's job description. If you have any interest in saving trees, this is the gig for you.</p> <h2>7. Ski School Instructor</h2> <p>If getting paid to play on a powder-covered mountain sounds like good fun, consider becoming a ski school instructor. Among the perks: Free ski passes, and the satisfaction of teaching newbies how to make their first turns.</p> <h2>8. Surf Instructor</h2> <p>If you live to catch waves, why not make a little extra cash teaching others to do the same? Many surf instructors are regular folks with regular weekday jobs &mdash; but on the weekends, they like to go out and play in the water while making an extra chunk of change.</p> <h2>9. River Rafting Guide</h2> <p>&quot;The typical guide is <a href="http://riverrider.com/jobs.php">someone who enjoys being outdoors</a>, and likes the water and nature and sunshine in general.&quot; That's how River Rider, a whitewater rafting company based in Oregon, describes its employees. Most of them, the website states, are folks with full-time desk jobs somewhere else. They're also lovers of river rafting, and they see a convenience factor in getting paid to do it while bringing other folks along for a wet and wild ride.</p> <h2>10. House Painter</h2> <p>Painting the exterior of a home is a job that requires precision and, of course, a tolerance for spending long hours outdoors. It's also a job that can make you feel good. With every house you paint, you'll know that you've played a role in raising its curb appeal.</p> <h2>11. Wine Tour Guide</h2> <p>If getting paid to drive and <a href="https://www.winejobscalifornia.com/wine-jobs/santa-ynez/california/dynamic-driver-host-for-wine-tours/22573">entertain a car full of wine tasters</a> around the vineyards of Santa Ynez doesn't sound like fun, we don't know what does. This part-time gig has got it all: Gorgeous landscapes, delicious wine, and the opportunity to meet and educate wine tasters about grapes and this gorgeous sliver of California wine country.</p> <h2>12. Zoo Tour Guide</h2> <p>As a tour guide at your local zoo, you'll trade in coworkers with neckties for lions and lemurs &mdash; and you'll have the unique privilege of showing off these beautiful species to wide-eyed visitors. <a href="https://www.hrapply.com/sandiegozoo/AppJobView.jsp?link=7255&amp;page=AppJobList.jsp&amp;skimSessionName=com.hrlogix.view.cont.table.cs.req.JobListTable&amp;skimName=requisition.requisition_id&amp;skimNdx=2&amp;op=reset">The San Diego Zoo</a> pays between $20 and $22 per hour for friendly, informed part-time guides.</p> <p><em>What other side jobs would be perfect for outdoorsy people? Share with us in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/brittany-lyte">Brittany Lyte</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-great-side-jobs-for-outdoorsy-types">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-side-jobs-for-athletic-types">9 Side Jobs for Athletic Types</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-must-know-about-money-before-you-take-a-side-job">10 Money Moves You Need to Make Before You Take a Side Job</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-unexpected-side-benefits-of-your-side-hustle">5 Unexpected Side Benefits of Your Side Hustle</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/17-part-time-jobs-to-do-while-your-kids-are-at-school">17 Part-Time Jobs to Do While Your Kids Are at School</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-smart-way-to-budget-on-a-freelance-income">The Smart Way to Budget on a Freelance Income</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income fitness freelance nature outdoors outdoorsy part-time job side job Mon, 18 Apr 2016 09:30:22 +0000 Brittany Lyte 1691405 at http://www.wisebread.com Flashback Friday: The 81 Best Tips for Saving Big at the Grocery Store http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-81-best-tips-for-saving-big-at-the-grocery-store <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/flashback-friday-the-81-best-tips-for-saving-big-at-the-grocery-store" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_grocery_store_000086102447.jpg" alt="Woman learning tips to save big at the grocery store" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You go to the grocery store. You have a list in hand. Then, you stray from the list for just one item, and somehow you end up bringing home a bunch of food you didn't plan on buying, leaving your grocery budget completely obliterated. This happens to all of us, and it happens often.</p> <p>And no matter how much you plan ahead and try to stay on track, you can easily be lured into extra spending with 10 for $10 deals and delicious deli specials. The problem is that we need food to survive, so buying additional snacks and meals is way easier to justify in your mind than clothes or shoes. You can resist the urge to buy a new pair of shoes you don't need, but you will always need to put food in your belly.</p> <p>So to combat this tricky spending trap, here are the 81 best tips for saving big at the grocery store that we've ever shared.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/woman_fresh_strawberries_000067876803.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-off-season-foods-that-are-destroying-your-grocery-budget?ref=fbf">5 Off-Season Foods That Are Destroying Your Grocery Budget</a> &mdash; You love fresh produce, but do you really need all your favorites 365 days a year? Nope. Stay away from foods that aren't in season and you can protect your food budget.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-6-healthiest-grocery-stores?ref=fbf">The 6 Healthiest Grocery Stores</a> &mdash; These stores are actively trying to ensure you make healthy food choices every time you shop. And sure, you can't guarantee that you'll never make an impulse buy at the register ever again, but wouldn't you rather that impulse buy be something good for you, as opposed to junk food? Me too.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-easy-ways-to-save-on-groceries-in-a-pinch?ref=fbf">5 Easy Ways to Save on Groceries in a Pinch</a> &mdash; You need food but you're low on funds. Now what? Here are five clever ways to get what you need while staying within your means.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/man_confused_groceries_000061844584.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-you-are-sabotaging-your-weekly-grocery-budget?ref=fbf">9 Ways You Are Sabotaging Your Weekly Grocery Budget</a> &mdash; The first step to fixing a problem is acknowledging that there is one, and becoming aware of the triggers that lead to the problem. These are the grocery budget saboteurs that are keeping you from staying on track. Now you know.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/save-100s-next-month-with-these-10-grocery-shopping-tips?ref=fbf">Save $100s Next Month With These 10 Grocery Shopping Tips</a> &mdash; These tips will take your shopping strategy to the next level, and will help you resist those all-too-tempting food deals that are not on your list and outside of your budget.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-organic-grocery-items-that-arent-worth-it?ref=fbf">10 Organic Grocery Items That Aren't Worth It</a> &mdash; The &quot;organic&quot; label is a popular one to seek when food shopping. But some things don't need to be &quot;organic&quot; to be good for you. Skip these organic items and save big.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/woman_food_shopping_000016896623.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/negotiate-better-prices-on-these-6-grocery-store-buys?ref=fbf">Negotiate Better Prices on These 6 Grocery Store Buys</a> &mdash; Good news! That price tag isn't set in stone. There are several items in your local grocery store that can be negotiated. So get haggling and save some major cash.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-grocery-store-secrets-only-the-pros-know?ref=fbf">10 Grocery Store Secrets Only the Pros Know</a> &mdash; These master hacks will show you how to get the best possible foods for your money, without spending more than need to.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-easy-ways-to-stretch-your-grocery-dollars?ref=fbf">20 Easy Ways to Stretch Your Grocery Dollars</a> &mdash; Just because you don't have a full house doesn't mean you can't do some smart bulk buying. Stretch your grocery bucks as far as they'll go with these easy tricks.</p> <p><em>How do you avoid overspending at the grocery store? Share with us in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chrissa-hardy">Chrissa Hardy</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-81-best-tips-for-saving-big-at-the-grocery-store">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-60-best-ways-to-use-food-other-than-eating-it">Flashback Friday: The 60 Best Ways to Use Food Other Than Eating It</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-76-best-life-lessons-you-should-learn-by-30">Flashback Friday: The 76 Best Life Lessons You Should Learn by 30</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-107-best-breakfast-hacks-to-start-your-day-off-right">Flashback Friday: The 107 Best Breakfast Hacks to Start Your Day Off Right</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-119-best-fitness-hacks-for-busy-people">Flashback Friday: The 119 Best Fitness Hacks for Busy People</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-95-best-ways-to-get-fit-for-free">Flashback Friday: The 95 Best Ways to Get Fit for Free</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Budgeting Food and Drink fbf fitness flashback friday frugal food grocery budget grocery shopping grocery store Health Fri, 01 Apr 2016 10:00:11 +0000 Chrissa Hardy 1683036 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: How to Get Into Shape on a Shoestring Budget http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-get-into-shape-on-a-shoestring-budget <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-how-to-get-into-shape-on-a-shoestring-budget" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_running_outside_000072413839.jpg" alt="Woman getting into shape on a shoestring budget" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found helpful articles on tips for getting into shape on a shoestring budget, filthy habits you should drop by 40, and secret ways to make your clothes last longer.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.becauseimcheap.com/10-tips-for-getting-into-shape-on-a-shoestring-budget/">10 Tips For Getting Into Shape On A Shoestring Budget</a> &mdash; Need some motivation? Sign up for a local race of obstacle course! Most tend to run under $50, and the fees usually go to charity. [Because I'm Cheap]</p> <p><a href="http://www.stevenaitchison.co.uk/blog/6-filthy-habits-you-should-drop-before-you-hit-40/">6 Filthy Habits You Should Drop Before You Hit 40</a> &mdash; If you've been neglecting dental care, stop it right now! Your oral health greatly impacts your general, overall health. [Change Your Thoughts]</p> <p><a href="http://www.retiredby40blog.com/2016/03/28/7-secret-ways-to-make-your-clothes-last-longer/">7 Secret Ways to Make Your Clothes Last Longer</a> &mdash; Wooden hangers are less likely to snag and tear clothes, and their thickness keeps shirt shoulders in the correct shape. [Living on Fifty]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Why-You-Wake-Up-Tired-23268228">5 Reasons You Wake Up Tired Even With a Full Night's Rest</a> &mdash; It doesn't matter how long you sleep if it's low-quality rest. Things like sleeping with a pet, having caffeine late in the day, or having too much background noise can keep you from a restful night. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thesimpledollar.com/seven-skills-that-will-help-anyone-achieve-their-financial-goals/">Seven Skills That Will Help Anyone Achieve Their Financial Goals</a> &mdash; Patience is a good skill to have. It allows you to keep going even when you don't see the desired outcome right away. [The Simple Dollar]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.5dollardinners.com/5-ways-to-make-mornings-more-managable-when-you-are-not-a-morning-person/">5 Ways to Make Mornings More Manageable&hellip;When You Are NOT a Morning Person</a> &mdash; Make good use of your evenings! Prep whatever you can the night before (make lunches, set out the next day's outfits, arrange backpacks and bags) so you won't have to do them the next morning. [$5 Dinners]</p> <p><a href="http://www.morewithlesstoday.com/salt-types-and-when-to-use-them/">Salt Types and When to Use Them</a> &mdash; There are many different kinds of salt, and certain kinds are better for certain tasks. Use rock salt if you're making ice cream or you want to get rid of the ice on your sidewalk or driveway. [More With Less Today]</p> <p><a href="https://blog.allstate.com/8-ways-to-tie-the-knot-without-breaking-the-bank/">8 Ways to Tie the Knot Without Breaking the Bank</a> &mdash; Consider having your wedding earlier in the day. Catering for a breakfast or brunch reception tends to be less expensive than dinner. [The Allstate Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://www.stackthechips.com/5-ways-fit-side-hustle-work-week/">5 Ways To Fit Your Side Hustle Into Your Work Week</a> &mdash; Carve out time to work on your side hustle like you would for an appointment. [Stack The Chips]</p> <p><a href="http://www.healthyarea.org/10-steps-fix-damaged-friendship/">10 Steps to Fix Your Damaged Friendship</a> &mdash; When you're meeting with a friend to try to repair a friendship, don't include other people in the discussion. The conversation should be between only you and your friend. [HealthyArea.org]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-get-into-shape-on-a-shoestring-budget">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-resistance-bands">The 5 Best Resistance Bands</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/50-ways-to-make-exercise-more-fun">50 Ways to Make Exercise More Fun</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-119-best-fitness-hacks-for-busy-people">Flashback Friday: The 119 Best Fitness Hacks for Busy People</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-exercise-videos">The 5 Best Exercise Videos</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-cycling-can-save-you-money">11 Ways Cycling Can Save You Money</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Lifestyle best money tips exercise fitness Thu, 31 Mar 2016 10:00:08 +0000 Amy Lu 1682212 at http://www.wisebread.com Flashback Friday: The 119 Best Fitness Hacks for Busy People http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-119-best-fitness-hacks-for-busy-people <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/flashback-friday-the-119-best-fitness-hacks-for-busy-people" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_yoga_mat_000085758495.jpg" alt="Woman learning fitness hacks for busy people" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>&quot;I don't have enough time to work out.&quot; This is an excuse that most of us use to skip a scheduled sweat sesh. While it's true that there just aren't enough hours of the day to accomplish all of our tasks, it is still possible to make time to exercise regularly without shirking other responsibilities. All you need to do is find the right workout &mdash; something that you don't hate doing &mdash; that can also be done in tiny time increments. So instead of trying to set aside an hour each day to get in shape, you can almost certainly justify a handful of five or 10-minute workouts to do throughout the day.</p> <p>Here are our best 119 fitness hacks that require minimal time, and can fit into your normal schedule seamlessly.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/running-in-city-177433722-small.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-ways-to-get-toned-with-as-little-effort-as-humanly-possible?ref=FBF">4 Ways to Get Toned With as Little Effort as Humanly Possible</a> &mdash; Busy bees know that effort takes time, and time is money. These tips make it easy to get cut without cutting any of your daily tasks.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-personal-finance-moves-you-can-make-while-jogging?ref=FBF">8 Personal Finance Moves You Can Make While Jogging</a> &mdash; Multitasking is the key to masterfully managing a hectic schedule. So while you're going for a run, make these important money moves and you'll have less boxes to check on your to-do list!</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-surprising-benefits-of-a-10-minute-walk?ref=FBF">10 Surprising Benefits Of: A 10 Minute Walk</a> &mdash; Don't shrug off the value of a quick stroll around the block. If that's all you have time for, remember that it'll be time well spent.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/family_exercising_000027499027.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-quick-workouts-you-can-do-during-commercial-breaks?ref=FBF">9 Quick Workouts You Can Do During Commercial Breaks</a> &mdash; Your end-of-day TV time is sacred to you, as it should be. This is how you unwind after a crazy day. But there's no reason you can't unwind while also working out! Here are nine quick workouts to do during the commercials.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-simple-ways-to-trick-yourself-into-burning-more-calories?ref=FBF">7 Simple Ways to Trick Yourself Into Burning More Calories</a> &mdash; Sometimes you need to trick yourself into doing things you're never in the mood to do. And for most of us, that includes exercising. And these tricks are brilliant, because it's like you're not even working out at all, while still burning calories.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-easy-back-exercises-that-will-help-eliminate-pain?ref=FBF">10 Easy Back Exercises That Will Help Eliminate Pain</a> &mdash; Nobody has time to be sidelined by back pain! These easy moves will combat tightness or soreness in your back, and keep you in tip top form to continue crushing it.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/fitness_1.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/fitness-for-people-who-hate-exercise?ref=FBF">Fitness For People Who Hate Exercise</a> &mdash; Working out sucks, but it's gotta be done if you want to maintain your overall health and live to a ripe old age. So instead of making time for a fitness activity you abhor, give these a try and you'll always find the time.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-easy-ways-to-burn-almost-1000-extra-calories-per-day?ref=FBF">10 Easy Ways to Burn Almost 1000 Extra Calories Per Day</a> &mdash; When it comes to losing weight and becoming your best physical self, working out is only half the battle. These nutrition hacks will help you cut the excess calories, which will ultimately improve your energy and make exercise more fun! Speaking of more fun&hellip;</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/50-ways-to-make-exercise-more-fun?ref=FBF">50 Ways to Make Exercise More Fun</a> &mdash; You will never find the time &mdash; not even 5-10 minutes &mdash; to workout if you hate your method of fitness. Here's how to make your sweat sesh way more enjoyable.</p> <p><em>What other ways can you get fit on a busy schedule? Share with us in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chrissa-hardy">Chrissa Hardy</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-119-best-fitness-hacks-for-busy-people">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-99-best-fitness-hacks-of-all-time">Flashback Friday: The 99 Best Fitness Hacks of All Time</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-95-best-ways-to-get-fit-for-free">Flashback Friday: The 95 Best Ways to Get Fit for Free</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-76-best-life-lessons-you-should-learn-by-30">Flashback Friday: The 76 Best Life Lessons You Should Learn by 30</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-81-best-tips-for-saving-big-at-the-grocery-store">Flashback Friday: The 81 Best Tips for Saving Big at the Grocery Store</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/36-workouts-you-can-do-in-your-living-room-while-its-cold-out">36 Workouts You Can Do in Your Living Room While It&#039;s Cold Out</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Health and Beauty Lifestyle exercise fbf fitness fitness goals flashback friday frugal fitness Health workouts yoga Fri, 25 Mar 2016 10:00:09 +0000 Chrissa Hardy 1678944 at http://www.wisebread.com Flashback Friday: The 99 Best Fitness Hacks of All Time http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-99-best-fitness-hacks-of-all-time <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/flashback-friday-the-99-best-fitness-hacks-of-all-time" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/women_running_outside_000065820733.jpg" alt="Women learning best fitness hacks of all time" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Working out is hard. Maintaining the motivation to workout consistently is even harder. Sometimes you just aren't in the mood, or you're too tired, or you're out of time. But the key to exercising frequently is to have patience, realistic goals, and the right plan in place. The right plan includes tips, tricks, and hacks to give your bod the best workout in the least amount of time. With these elements, you'll be plum out of excuses to keep you from getting to the gym.</p> <p>Here are the 99 best fitness hacks we've ever shared.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/woman_exercising_000049491904.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-tricks-to-avoid-workout-burnout">10 Tricks to Avoid Workout Burnout</a> &mdash; Workout burnout happens often when we've lost ourselves in our fitness goals, and exercise way too often in a short amount of time. There's only so much your body is capable of doing in a day, especially considering your other responsibilities like work, kids, and school. But here's how to prevent that burnout from ever even occurring, and keep you on the path to fitness success.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-quick-workouts-you-can-do-during-commercial-breaks">9 Quick Workouts You Can Do During Commercial Breaks</a> &mdash; If you have time to watch TV, then you have plenty of time to workout. Sweat it out during commercial breaks with these killer moves.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-simple-ways-to-get-motivated-for-your-workout">7 Simple Ways to Get Motivated for Your Workout</a> &mdash; When you need to jumpstart your fitness motivation, here's how to do it, and do it right.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/hiking-489644177-small.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-7-exercises-are-scientifically-proven-to-increase-happiness">These 7 Exercises Are Scientifically Proven to Increase Happiness</a> &mdash; You want to be happier, and you want to work out more. These are two goals pretty much everyone has, so why not kill two birds with one stone and do these joy-inducing exercises?</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-work-out-when-its-hot-outside">5 Ways to Work Out When It's Hot Outside</a> &mdash; There's nothing worse than sweating before you even begin your workout. So when the temperatures rise, here's how you can get a good workout without getting stuck in the heat.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/36-workouts-you-can-do-in-your-living-room-while-its-cold-out">36 Workouts You Can Do in Your Living Room While It's Cold Out</a> &mdash; It's also hard to find your fitness motivation when the weather outside is stormy and cold. So don't even bother braving the elements during the cold months because you can sufficiently break a sweat in your living room!</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/woman_doing_yoga_000072594381.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-cheap-home-workout-hacks-for-people-with-no-equipment-and-no-room">12 Cheap Home Workout Hacks for People With No Equipment and No Room</a> &mdash; Getting in shape should not require spending thousands of dollars in equipment, supplements, and workout attire. Just throw on some comfy clothes and use your body weight as the only resistance you need.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-tips-for-getting-the-best-morning-workout">7 Tips for Getting the Best Morning Workout</a> &mdash; This is for all you early birds out there. If you rise with the early morning sun, then make the most of that time with a stellar morning sweat sesh!</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-have-a-great-late-night-workout">6 Ways to Have a Great Late-Night Workout</a> &mdash; And for you night owls (of course I haven't forgotten you!) make use of the darkness with these p.m. workout hacks.</p> <p><em>What other workout hacks keep you motivated to move? Share with us in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chrissa-hardy">Chrissa Hardy</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-99-best-fitness-hacks-of-all-time">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-119-best-fitness-hacks-for-busy-people">Flashback Friday: The 119 Best Fitness Hacks for Busy People</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-95-best-ways-to-get-fit-for-free">Flashback Friday: The 95 Best Ways to Get Fit for Free</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-81-best-tips-for-saving-big-at-the-grocery-store">Flashback Friday: The 81 Best Tips for Saving Big at the Grocery Store</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-ultimate-green-workout">The Ultimate &quot;Green&quot; Workout</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-76-best-life-lessons-you-should-learn-by-30">Flashback Friday: The 76 Best Life Lessons You Should Learn by 30</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Health and Beauty exercise fbf fitness fitness goals flashback friday frugal fitness Health workouts yoga Fri, 04 Mar 2016 11:00:12 +0000 Chrissa Hardy 1667380 at http://www.wisebread.com Avoid These 5 Common Gym Budget Busters http://www.wisebread.com/avoid-these-5-common-gym-budget-busters <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/avoid-these-5-common-gym-budget-busters" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_workout_gym_000064787315.jpg" alt="Woman avoiding common gym budget busters" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>So, you're all signed up for your yearly gym membership. The rate is calculated into your monthly budget, and you're doing great with actually <em>going</em> to the gym and working out. Congrats!</p> <p>But have you ever stopped to think about how much your gym is really costing you? While the average gym membership comes in at around $58 a month, rates range wildly between&nbsp;<a href="http://www.statisticbrain.com/gym-membership-statistics/">$47 to $144</a>. It's in your best interest to pay attention to your pennies.</p> <p>Read through this list to make sure you're avoiding these common pitfalls.</p> <h2>1. Gym Cafe</h2> <p>My mother-in-law attends an incredible gym that has a spa, cafe, childcare center, technology gym, and more perks. The only downside of all this awesomeness? It costs extra &mdash; every bit of it. I visited over Christmas and finished my treadmill workout awfully hungry. Good thing the cafe called my name with a million tasty juice, smoothie, soup, sandwich, and salad options &mdash; <em>not</em>. I ended up spending $20 on a simple lunch (smoothie and sandwich) when I had plenty of food waiting back at home.</p> <p>Lesson? Bring a snack from home for your post-workout fueling. Or take a different route to get out of the building. In other words: avoid the temptation. A little planning can save you a bundle in the long run. While you're at it, avoid grabbing takeout on your way home, too. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-grab-and-go-post-workout-breakfasts?ref=seealso">15 Grab-and-Go Post-Workout Breakfasts</a>)</p> <h2>2. Nutritional Supplements</h2> <p>Some gyms I've attended stock a hefty supply of different protein powders and other nutritional supplements for convenience. Though there was usually some member discount on these products, I found that the prices to still rang in higher than if I had purchased them on my own. The other challenge? You may find it difficult to say no if a trainer suggests a specific supplement. I know I did.</p> <p>Lesson? Proceed with caution when picking up these extras. Make sure you do your research (on effects, price, etc.) before pulling out your wallet, and ask your doctor about certain supplements before buying them in a rush. You can even try making some of your own stuff, like&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/save-money-with-these-10-homemade-healthy-energy-and-sports-drinks">energy and sport drinks</a>, from lower-cost, natural ingredients.</p> <h2>3. Gym Clothes</h2> <p>Then there's looking good while exercising. The thing is, I know how much feeling confident can impact performance. When I was a gym rat, I spent a good amount of money on new and bright attire because I was literally looking at myself (and others) in a mirror the entire time. Now that I've quit gyms, I've been wearing the same old duds for years. Guess what! I may not be in current style, but the tech fabrics are all functioning perfectly for my runs and home workouts.</p> <p>Lesson? Stick to the basics if you can. Since you're indoors, all you really need are a few sets of shorts and t-shirts (or variations on this theme appropriate to your workout &mdash; leggings, yoga pants, sleeveless shirts, etc.). Just enough so you can keep up with the laundry. Use gift cards or holidays as excuses to stock up on anything additional.</p> <p>Also: Consider shopping discount stores versus specialty shops to get the best prices. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/which-workout-clothes-are-worth-splurging-on-and-which-arent?ref=seealso">Which Workout Clothes Are Worth Splurging On &mdash; And Which Aren't</a>)</p> <h2>4. Class Add-Ons</h2> <p>Getting sick of all the cardio machines? Fitness classes are a wonderful way to mix up the routine. The problem is &mdash; not all gyms include classes in membership fees. Or some classes are included, while others are not. At one of my old gyms, I could take free yoga classes, but all the aquatics and spinning classes cost extra. What did I want to take? Aqua jogging and spinning! After tacking on another $50 a month, I grew frustrated. I mostly went to the gym for the classes and not everything else I was paying for with my base membership fee.</p> <p>Lesson? Shop around to find the right fit for you. If you're a fitness class fanatic, you might benefit from joining a service like&nbsp;<a href="https://classpass.com/">ClassPass</a> versus a traditional gym. Your monthly rate will gain you access to a variety of classes in your area.</p> <p>Already have a gym membership? Try searching around for free or cheap fitness classes online. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-online-workout-videos-for-free-or-cheap?ref=seealso">7 Online Workout Video Streams for Free or Cheap</a>)</p> <h2>5. Lapsed Memberships</h2> <p>We've all done it at one time or another, I'm sure. Just when the gym fits into the routine like a glove, we stop going. Whether it's nicer weather, time constraints, or something else, skipping, freezing, or otherwise lapsing gym memberships can be costly. In fact, of the $58 average monthly membership, the Statistic Brain Research Institute estimates that people waste about $39 from under utilization. They also share that up to 67% of gym members don't ever use their memberships.</p> <p>Lesson? Read up on your gym's policies before joining. When you sign on, adrenaline is high. You may not think you'd ever stop going, but life happens. Check into the fees associated with freezing and, in turn, re-initiating your membership. Weigh the pros and cons before quitting to see which option works best for your budget. You may even be able to negotiate these penalties, but the room for savings will vary by location.</p> <p><em>Are you throwing away money while working up a sweat?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/avoid-these-5-common-gym-budget-busters">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-most-affordable-gym-memberships">5 Most Affordable Gym Memberships</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-resistance-bands">The 5 Best Resistance Bands</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-fitness-gadgets-actually-worth-the-money">5 Fitness Gadgets Actually Worth the Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-7-exercises-are-scientifically-proven-to-increase-happiness">These 7 Exercises Are Scientifically Proven to Increase Happiness</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-119-best-fitness-hacks-for-busy-people">Flashback Friday: The 119 Best Fitness Hacks for Busy People</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty add ons exercise extra costs fitness gym memberships Wed, 24 Feb 2016 11:30:05 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1658762 at http://www.wisebread.com 12 Cheap Home Workout Hacks for People With No Equipment and No Room http://www.wisebread.com/12-cheap-home-workout-hacks-for-people-with-no-equipment-and-no-room <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/12-cheap-home-workout-hacks-for-people-with-no-equipment-and-no-room" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_doing_yoga_000072594381.jpg" alt="Woman using cheap home workout hacks" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If your two New Year's resolutions were to work out and stay on a budget, you might be faced with a conundrum. Working out at home seems like an affordable alternative to a gym until you realize that you actually need to purchase equipment. But you can forget the weights, steppers, and other costly equipment by grabbing these items from around your house and getting to work. There are no excuses left for your wallet or your workout.</p> <h2>1. Your Own Body</h2> <p>Your body is your best equipment. There are a ton of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-great-body-weight-exercises-and-why-you-should-do-them">total body workouts</a> out there. These workouts use absolutely no equipment except for a mat (which isn't really a requirement), and your own bodyweight. Just be extra careful to do your moves precisely as these workouts can be more intense than just push ups and sit ups.</p> <h2>2. Water Bottles and Jugs</h2> <p>Use one to five gallon jugs of water (or milk), which can double as eight to 40 pound weights. The jugs make great dumbbells or kettlebells for numerous workouts. For less weight, a 16 oz bottle of water weighs approximately one pound. The handles will be a little different than what you're used to, so make sure you don't injure your hand as you lift them.</p> <p>Keep in mind that we're not all equipped to lift giant jugs of water, so start small and work your way up. Another alternative is the giant laundry detergent bottles like Tide. I buy the largest one available at Costco and consistently build up my muscles on laundry day, so why not use it during a workout?</p> <h2>3. Soup Cans</h2> <p>Large tomato and soup cans also make great hand weights. The ribbed sides help you keep your grip so you can use them like you would smaller dumbbells.</p> <h2>4. Bags of Rice</h2> <p>Really, anything in your kitchen weighs between one and five pounds. Bags of rice are easy to lift up and down, and weigh around two pounds.</p> <h2>5. Fruit or Vegetables</h2> <p>When you buy a five-pound bag of potatoes, they actually do weigh&hellip; five pounds. You can easily use these to lift up and down to build up your arm muscles. Pumpkins can work as an alternative to a medicine ball as long as they are thrown gently. Of course, there is also the array of bags of apples, oranges, and the like. Use all of these as an alternative to kettlebells or dumbbells.</p> <h2>6. Towels</h2> <p>Use towels as resistance bands. Start by stretching your arms straight out in front for you and pulling, then put your towel above your head and stretch, and then put the towel above and behind your head and stretch. This is a great shoulder and arm workout. Alternatively, use your bathrobe tie. The tie likely has some elastic in it, and will give even more resistance with your workouts. Towels can also be used as yoga mats, if you don't have one but want to get started with a video at home.</p> <h2>7. Chairs</h2> <p>There are numerous workouts you can do with an average, everyday chair. From tricep dips to incline pushups, the options are limitless. And if you love barre workouts, a chair is the perfect alternative to a barre.</p> <h2>8. Pillows</h2> <p>Pillows can be used for a number of workouts. They can make an incline, or can be used as a soft exercise ball alternative. If you love barre classes or inclined ab workouts, this is the perfect and less expensive version. Fold the pillow to make it fit even better between your legs for barre workouts or place under your lower back as you do ab crunches.</p> <h2>9. Wall</h2> <p>Walls are the best for toning legs, abs, or arms. Use one of your four walls in your home to perform wall squats, push ups, or crunches.</p> <h2>10. Books</h2> <p>Books are heavy and can be used in a number of workouts. Grab the textbook that you kept from college or that dictionary you've yet to use in place of dumbbells or weights. Try to keep steady and let your arms get the workout they need. Books can be cumbersome, so be careful not to twist your wrist.</p> <h2>11. Stairs</h2> <p>If you have stairs in your house, you have ready-made workout equipment. Use them for running up and down, stair jumps, or simply strengthening your calf muscles with toe lifts. Be careful not to fall, of course, but stairs can be great for building up leg muscles.</p> <h2>12. Your Child</h2> <p>That's right. If you have a baby or toddler, they weigh between five and 30 pounds (or more!). Not only that, but they require a lot of carrying around. Use your bundle of joy to your advantage by checking out these <a href="https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=exercise+baby">YouTube workouts</a>. You'll get bonding time and a killer bod all at the same time.</p> <p><em>What are your workout equipment alternatives?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jennifer-holder">Jennifer Holder</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-cheap-home-workout-hacks-for-people-with-no-equipment-and-no-room">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-fitness-gadgets-actually-worth-the-money">5 Fitness Gadgets Actually Worth the Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-tricks-to-avoid-workout-burnout">10 Tricks to Avoid Workout Burnout</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-clever-ways-to-improve-your-home-gym">10 Clever Ways to Improve Your Home Gym</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-trick-yourself-into-enjoying-cardio">8 Ways to Trick Yourself Into Enjoying Cardio</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-a-great-workout-for-free-with-11-simple-moves">Get a Great Workout for Free With 11 Simple Moves</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty body weight exercise fitness getting in shape gym hacks no equipment working out Tue, 23 Feb 2016 10:00:06 +0000 Jennifer Holder 1658864 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Things Yoga Can Teach You About Money http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-yoga-can-teach-you-about-money <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-things-yoga-can-teach-you-about-money" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000076935935_Large.jpg" alt="doing yoga and learning about money" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Whether or not yoga is your thing, you're probably familiar with it. The practice of yoga has become popular enough that most people know how yoga is done and how to do the basic poses.</p> <p>What you may not know is that you can learn a lot about life in general while holding a pose like downward dog or happy baby. When you practice, you study not only the yogic postures, but also things like balance, flexibility, and mindfulness. And you can apply all of these concepts outside of the studio, too.</p> <p>Here's how I've come to apply things I've learned from yoga to my personal financial life. I hope these ideas help you think about your money a little differently, maybe with a little more Zen! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-zen-concepts-thatll-improve-your-finances?ref=seealso">4 Zen Concepts That'll Improve Your Finances</a>)</p> <h2>1. Balance Is Central</h2> <p>My favorite yoga teacher will tell us to center ourselves not just over the left foot, but over the toes, or the heel. Slowly, I've come to realize that how I balance myself changes the posture subtly, often bringing in more of a stretch or making it more challenging.</p> <p>Just as how you balance is key in the yoga studio, it's helpful when you're thinking about money, too. Most of us want more money, but what if we were to focus somewhere else? For instance, is there enough to pay the bills? Are we spending more thoughtfully than we did last year? And what would making more money actually add to our lives?</p> <p>These questions, and more, can help us think in a more balanced way about our money. This, in turn, will free us to change spending or saving habits that might be harming us.</p> <h2>2. Proper Preparation Is Key</h2> <p>A good yoga teacher will prepare you for what is coming, both in the current class and in the future. There's a reason that harder poses often come near the end of a yoga class &mdash; it's because you wouldn't be ready for them before that. You have to open your hips, your hamstrings, your shoulders, and whatever else is needed for that final, challenging pose of the flow. If you don't prepare, you'll hurt yourself and hamper your ability to progress in the long term.</p> <p>Money works the same way. What are your long-term financial goals? And your short-term goals? These aren't just going to happen. They require planning and preparation ahead of time. Just like in yoga, you need to do specific things now so you can reach your goals later. Want to travel around the world? Start saving. Need a specific kind of of mortgage, come spring? Look at starting the application now. Proper planning will help ensure your long-term financial health, just like a proper flow will help ensure that you stay healthy enough to continue practicing yoga.</p> <h2>3. Flexibility Is Crucial</h2> <p>Most people who practice regularly see an increase in their flexibility. And people like me &mdash; who just thought they weren't flexible at all &mdash; begin to see how this rise in flexibility influences their entire lives.</p> <p>Similarly, the more flexible you can be with your money, the better prepared you'll be financially. Financial flexibility has to do with your ability to change how you spend based on your current circumstances. If you empty your emergency fund because your car breaks down, can you flex for a few months until the fund is replenished? And if you realize you need more than you'd anticipated for a down payment, can you find the funds and flex on a few things until you've made up the difference?</p> <p>Financial flexibility pertains to small things, like how much coffee you buy and how often you dine out. But it also pertains to bigger things, like when you decide to buy a house, how you structure your investments, and more. Just as flexibility and strength are tied in yoga, they often come together financially, too. And you want your money to be as strong as it can be.</p> <h2>4. Self-Care Is Always Worth It</h2> <p>People start yoga for all different sorts of reasons, but they often continue because of self-care. Doing yoga feels good. It makes your body feel better, even alleviating long-term aches and pains. And it's often meditative, offering quiet and space that most of us don't have in our daily lives. So, in learning yoga, we often stumble onto self-care, too.</p> <p>Learning self-care through yoga often helps people take better care of themselves financially. This can mean spending money on things &mdash; even little things &mdash; that make you feel good. A sweet smelling candle, a good book, or a cup of coffee can all be acts of self-care. It can also mean using more discretion about how you spend your money, so that you aren't always worrying about debt, overdraft fees, and how to pay the bills. Once people get started on a path to self-care, it often spills into their entire lives.</p> <h2>5. Mindfulness Will Help You Reach Your Goals</h2> <p>Mindfulness means staying aware in the present, and is often stressed in the yoga studio. Living in the now, paying attention to how your body is moving, what you need to do, and how to stay in a pose, can all help you learn to remain present &mdash; even when so many things pressure you to think about them, instead.</p> <p>More than anything else, mindfulness is a path to self-mastery. It teaches us to choose where we focus, rather than letting the mind run willy nilly wherever it wants. And when we learn to focus in yoga, we learn a skill that can help us financially, too.</p> <p>Being mindful &mdash; and therefore a master of ourselves &mdash; can help us stick to a budget. It can help us save up for something we really want. It can help us get through a frugal season without taking on debt. And it can even help us buy Christmas presents, because it will help us focus on the recipient and what they want, rather on everything we might like to buy for them. In the end, being mindful will help us save more, invest better, and be happier with what we have.</p> <p>When we are open, willing learners, yoga can improve not only our physical health, but our financial health as well.</p> <p><em>How does your yoga practice tie to your financial life? What yoga lesson can you start applying to your personal finances today?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sarah-winfrey">Sarah Winfrey</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-yoga-can-teach-you-about-money">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-8"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-morning-mantras-that-ll-help-keep-your-finances-on-track">8 Morning Mantras That’ll Help Keep Your Finances on Track</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dont-waste-your-money-on-these-6-workout-snacks">Don&#039;t Waste Your Money on These 6 Workout Snacks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-exercise-mats">The 5 Best Exercise Mats</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-yoga-blocks">The 5 Best Yoga Blocks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-119-best-fitness-hacks-for-busy-people">Flashback Friday: The 119 Best Fitness Hacks for Busy People</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Finance Life Hacks Health and Beauty budgeting fitness life lessons money habits yoga zen Tue, 19 Jan 2016 10:00:02 +0000 Sarah Winfrey 1638732 at http://www.wisebread.com Here's How Much It Costs to Lose a Pound on 5 Popular Weight Loss Plans http://www.wisebread.com/heres-how-much-it-costs-to-lose-a-pound-on-5-popular-weight-loss-plans <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/heres-how-much-it-costs-to-lose-a-pound-on-5-popular-weight-loss-plans" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_holding_scale_000005752120.jpg" alt="Woman learning how much it costs to lose weight on popular diets" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The New Year fitness marketing blitz has arrived. You know what that means: 'Tis the season for Jenny Craig and her fellow weight loss gurus to start making a pretty penny off of you.</p> <p>Don't get us wrong, we're all for health and fitness &mdash; just so long as it fits your budget. Read on for our roundup of some popular weight loss programs, complete with the real price of shedding that first pound. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/fitness-resolutions-how-much-will-your-new-exercise-routine-cost">Fitness Resolutions: How Much Will Your New Exercise Routine Cost?</a>)</p> <h2>1. Jenny Craig</h2> <p>America's timeless weight loss master preaches a plan that seems pretty practical: Meet with a weight loss consultant, set a weight loss goal, create a menu and activity plan to help you achieve that goal, and call on your consultant whenever you have questions or need motivation. The claim: Follow your customized plan and you'll lose, on average, one to two pounds per week.</p> <p>It will cost you $19 per month to join the program, plus the cost of food. Jenny Craig's menu will set you back about $3 to $7 a meal, or $15 to $23 per day. Add to that the cost of shipping the food to your front door, which varies depending on where you live. When all's said and done, shedding that first pound with Jenny Craig will cost you somewhere in the range of $110 to $166, not including shipping.</p> <h2>2. HMR</h2> <p>The HMR Diet is a highly structured weight loss program geared at helping you drop pounds while promoting simple lifestyle changes. The program, which is divided into phases, requires that you eat HMR's portion-controlled entrees and shakes, which function as meal replacements. The claim: You can expect to lose one to two pounds per week, with an average weight loss of 23 pounds over the first 12 weeks.</p> <p>The three-week HMR starter kit costs $295, and it ships for free when you sign up for the program. Technically, you'll pay about $98 to lose your first pound, though you'll have to actually fork over the first $295 to get started.</p> <h2>3. Weight Watchers</h2> <p>Every food is assigned a points value in the Oprah-endorsed Weight Watchers program. It's a points system that reflects the protein, carbohydrate, fat, and fiber content of each food.</p> <p>Choices that keep you feeling satisfied and full the longest &quot;cost&quot; the least, leaving you more points to &quot;spend.&quot; Healthier options cost less than those consisting of empty calories. You choose how you'll follow Weight Watchers &mdash; online, at meetings, or with a personal coach. No matter the method, you'll receive motivating tips and strategies, round-the-clock guidance, recipes, tools to track your progress, and access to a vibrant community of peers. The claim: With Weight Watchers you can expect to drop up to two pounds per week.</p> <p>Not including the cost of food, it will set you back about $25 to lose your first pound with Weight Watchers. Cost varies, however, depending on whether you choose to follow the program online, at meetings, or with a coach. New members pay a $20 starter fee on top of a monthly fee of at least $19.95. Full access to online tools, meetings, and a coach will cost you $69.95 per month.</p> <h2>4. Biggest Loser</h2> <p>Cut calories, work out, and lose weight. That's the skinny behind the diet with its own reality television show. This gritty, no-nonsense weight loss regimen has several variations, each of which is outlined in a book. Choose the volume you prefer and follow along. It's really that simple. For a boost of motivation, check out past <em>Biggest Loser</em> episodes, where contestants who adhered to the diet lost mega pounds.</p> <p>A paperback version of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1594863849/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=1594863849&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=RXC7WPZC4ZASZUS6">The Biggest Loser: The Weight Loss Program to Transform Your Body, Health and Life</a> costs between $20&ndash;$15, depending on where it's sold. There are no other costs, though of course, you must supply your own food. Add-ons such as workout DVDs and cookbooks are available for an additional price.</p> <h2>5. Volumetrics</h2> <p>The method: You can lose weight while maintaining your normal food intake by subbing in more healthier, lower-density foods over high-density foods. With Volumetrics, nothing's off limits. But you'll likely be eating far more fruits, veggies, and soups than ever before. That's because these lower-density foods will leave you feeling fuller on fewer calories. The claim: Stick to it and you'll lose a pound or two per week.</p> <p>The Volumetrics method of dieting is detailed in Barbara Rolls and Robert Barnett's book <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0380821176/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=0380821176&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=PNE6U5QLPDNLCDSF">The Volumetrics Weight-Control Plan: Feel Full on Fewer Calories</a>, which sells for less than $8 on Amazon. Needless to say, food is not included.</p> <p><em>Have you started one of these (or another) weight loss program? How much has your first pound cost you?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/brittany-lyte">Brittany Lyte</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/heres-how-much-it-costs-to-lose-a-pound-on-5-popular-weight-loss-plans">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-9"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-dumb-things-holding-you-back-from-losing-weight">14 Dumb Things Holding You Back From Losing Weight</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-easy-ways-to-burn-almost-1000-extra-calories-per-day">10 Easy Ways to Burn Almost 1000 Extra Calories Per Day</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-apps-that-pay-you-to-exercise">5 Apps That Pay You To Exercise</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-can-do-to-reduce-your-risk-of-diabetes">10 Things You Can Do to Reduce Your Risk of Diabetes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-killer-ways-to-really-actually-lose-weight">7 Killer Ways to Really, Actually Lose Weight</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty cost per pound diets fitness jenny craig weight loss weight watchers Mon, 18 Jan 2016 16:00:08 +0000 Brittany Lyte 1637753 at http://www.wisebread.com Fitness Resolutions: How Much Will Your New Exercise Routine Cost? http://www.wisebread.com/fitness-resolutions-how-much-will-your-new-exercise-routine-cost <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/fitness-resolutions-how-much-will-your-new-exercise-routine-cost" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_running_outside_000051145250.jpg" alt="Woman learning how much her fitness resolution will cost" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Are you working hard to get fit in 2016? Welcome to the club. What you might not have considered before heading to that fitness class or lacing up your shoes is what that new routine is going to cost you. Here are five popular forms of exercise with a quick breakdown of some initial and regular costs you might incur. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-at-home-exercises-will-give-you-a-gym-quality-workout-for-free?ref=seealso">These At-Home Exercises Will Give You a Gym-Quality Workout for Free</a>)</p> <h2>1. Walking or Running</h2> <p>One of the cheapest and easiest forms of exercise is walking. Depending on where you live, you may already have everything you need to take a jaunt around the neighborhood. You don't necessarily have to buy a fancy pair of shoes, but walking-specific sneaks might run you somewhere between $35 and $120. Otherwise, just map out some paths around your area and dress for the weather.</p> <p>Walking and running are similar in cost, but running does entail a few extras. You'll likely sweat much more while you're running, so you may want to invest in some tech fabric clothing. Big box stores like Target and Walmart often have good deals. And while you can walk in most pairs of shoes, running requires a bit more support and cushioning. At sites like <a href="http://www.runningwarehouse.com">Running Warehouse</a>, you can find a pair ranging in price from $50 to $180 and up.</p> <p>Of course, if you live in a colder climate, you might also consider joining a local gym for treadmill access. Buying your own treadmill can cost well over $1,000. Check Craigslist and yard sales for gently used models at a fraction of this price.</p> <h2>2. Yoga</h2> <p>Breathe in, breathe out. Yoga is all about the mind-body connection and can do wonders to de-stress your life. What's also cool about yoga is that you can do it from the comfort of your living room. A <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B018U6FMHQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B018U6FMHQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=XT6AOQC7DLYHWAUR">basic yoga mat</a> costs only $10. You may also want to pick up a block and a strap to help ease your body into certain positions, but they're also low in price.</p> <p>Studio class costs range depending on location, but I've seen anything from a $5 student drop-in rate to $25 or more per group session (the prices climb significantly if you want a private lesson). If you're a member of a gym, check around to see if yoga classes are offered for free or at a lower price. And ask studio managers if they offer introductory class passes that give you a number of sessions at a discounted price.</p> <p>Better yet, you can find countless free yoga workouts on YouTube. I like <a href="http://yogawithadriene.com">Yoga with Adriene</a> &mdash; budget is no excuse not to get your flow on. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-online-workout-videos-for-free-or-cheap?ref=seealso">7 Online Workout Videos for Free or Cheap</a>)</p> <h2>3. Spinning</h2> <p>I've never seen people more passionate about cardio than in my old spinning classes. My group met early in the morning at the local YMCA. Classes cost a modest $5 a pop (on top of our $70 monthly family membership). As far as equipment goes, a towel and water bottle are important for staying on top of hydration. Some riders choose to wear actual <a href="http://amzn.to/1W0yYnM">clip-in cycling shoes</a> that cost anywhere from $50 to $100 and up.</p> <p>Don't have a gym membership? Independent studios, like <a href="https://www.soul-cycle.com/">SoulCycle</a> in New York City, can cost around $34 per class. You get better rates if you buy class passes. For example, if you're loving it, a 30 class pass runs $850 or $28 per class.</p> <p>Eventually I caved and bought my own <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00JDC0BC8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00JDC0BC8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=AZW4UT4T2WKJBSAW">entry-level spinning bike</a> for around $200. I've used it at least once or twice a week for the last five years. It hasn't needed any maintenance, so I consider it money well spent.</p> <h2>4. Pilates, Barre, etc.</h2> <p>Need to work on your core muscles? The Pilates method will surely get you on the right start and even help with your posture. Another routine worth mentioning is Barre, which blends the best of yoga, Pilates, and ballet into one handy workout. Equipment is minimal and often supplied by the studio. You'll mostly need a yoga mat and small hand weights.</p> <p>Like other studio classes, the costs range depending on your area. For example, at the <a href="http://purebarre.com/NY-syracuse/">Pure Barre</a> studio in Syracuse, NY, you can get an introductory month of unlimited classes for $99. Otherwise, a single class costs $20. And <a href="http://www.ploomephilly.com/rates/">Ploome Fitness</a> in Philadelphia, PA charges $28 for group Pilates classes and $99 for private sessions. You can always search for free workouts online on sites like <a href="https://www.fitnessblender.com">Fitness Blender</a>.</p> <p>Do you enjoy exercise classes in general? Don't discriminate! Consider getting a <a href="https://classpass.com">ClassPass</a>, which gives you unlimited fitness classes at a variety of studios in your area for just $125 per month.</p> <h2>5. CrossFit</h2> <p>Full disclosure: I've never participated in CrossFit &mdash; but it's extremely popular among my friends, both male and female. The format of the class is all about the W.O.D., or workout of the day. You do a mix of bodyweight challenges, heavy weights, and bursts of intense cardio among other things. You get ripped and gain confidence all at the same time.</p> <p>According to Men's Fitness, there are over 5,000 certified &quot;boxes&quot; (CrossFit gyms) across the United States. Prices vary by location. At <a href="http://crossfitnyc.com/join/prices/">CrossFit NYC</a>, for instance, box membership gets you access to over 400 workouts each week. It costs $225 per month if you attend at any time or just $165 if you commit to off-peak hours. For comparison, at <a href="http://crossfitaustin.com/membership-pricing/">CrossFit Austin</a> in TX, an unlimited, all-hours box membership runs $169.</p> <p>Though doing CrossFit workouts at home might be difficult without all the weights and other equipment, you can still get your sweat on for free. Check out this <a href="http://www.womenshealthmag.com/fitness/crossfit-workout">Do-Anywhere Workout</a> that runs through a series of burpees, butterfly sit-ups, jump squats, and more. You'll just need your body weight and maybe a good pair of <a href="http://amzn.to/1TQczYY">CrossFit shoes</a> that might run between $40 and $175.</p> <p><em>What are your fitness goals this year?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/fitness-resolutions-how-much-will-your-new-exercise-routine-cost">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-10"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-resistance-bands">The 5 Best Resistance Bands</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-fitness-gadgets-actually-worth-the-money">5 Fitness Gadgets Actually Worth the Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-most-affordable-gym-memberships">5 Most Affordable Gym Memberships</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-7-exercises-are-scientifically-proven-to-increase-happiness">These 7 Exercises Are Scientifically Proven to Increase Happiness</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-reasons-why-you-should-take-a-walk">25 Reasons Why You Should Take a Walk</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty cost comparisons exercise fitness getting in shap resolutions Wed, 13 Jan 2016 22:00:03 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1637755 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Exercise Mats http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-exercise-mats <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-exercise-mats" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/women_excerise_mats_000043211204.jpg" alt="Women using the best exercise mats during workout" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>A quality exercise mat is a staple item in any home gym. Whether you like to stretch in the morning, do yoga at night, or follow a home fitness regimen, you need an exercise mat. There are different exercise mats for different purposes. You can choose the right size, thickness, and texture to fit your personal preferences and fitness needs.</p> <h2>What Is an Exercise Mat?</h2> <p>Exercise mats are special non-slip mats used during any fitness activity to protect your hands, feet, back, and body while you complete your favorite exercises. Along with cushioning you from the hard floor underneath, exercise mats can also help reduce injuries and prevent your hands and feet from slipping so you can get the most out of your workout and safely perform any stretch. Exercise mats are affordable and should last you a long time. To get the best value from the mat, it&rsquo;s important to clean it after every use with water or a yoga mat spray.</p> <p>You want to choose something that is thick enough to protect you from the hard ground underneath, but not so thick that it impairs your ability to complete a workout. In most cases, an extra-thick 1/2-inch mat is the best bet because you can complete any exercise on it without losing your balance. Some people prefer to have a thicker mat for high-intensity workouts and a thinner non-skid mat for their yoga practice, but this isn&rsquo;t absolutely necessary. It may take you some time to find which mat works best for your body, but we&rsquo;ve found the best exercise mats for every type of workout to help get you started.</p> <h2>Top 5 Exercise Mats</h2> <h3>BalanceFrom GoYoga All-Purpose Extra Thick High Density Anti-Tear Exercise Yoga Mat</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00RWFQYG0/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00RWFQYG0&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=L6V4CQWVLJ73R2CY"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/balance%20goyoga.jpg" width="200" height="147" align="right" alt="" /></a>As Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best seller in yoga mats, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00RWFQYG0/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00RWFQYG0&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=L6V4CQWVLJ73R2CY">BalanceFrom GoYoga All-Purpose exercise mat</a> will double as the perfect yoga mat. With nearly 1,200 five-star reviews on Amazon, the BalanceFrom GoYoga All-Purpose Extra Thick High Density Anti-Tear Exercise Yoga Mat commonly tops the lists for the best yoga mat. It is 71 inches long and made of high density foam material. It has non-slip traction and cushion on both sides, so you can use either side, making the mat last much longer.</p> <p>It is also thicker and more comfortable than most other mats, making it especially ideal for people with a sensitive back. It is moisture-resistant, so you can easily clean it with soap and water. Over time, the mat can develop marks and tears, but should be usable for years. The lightweight mat comes with a carrying strap for easy transport. It is available in seven colors and backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee and two-year warranty.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00RWFQYG0/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00RWFQYG0&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=L6V4CQWVLJ73R2CY"><em>Currently $19.95 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Sivan Health and Fitness Extra Thick NBR Comfort Foam Yoga Mat</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00GFZHVW4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00GFZHVW4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=OTQPCDAGAXQZYIAA"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/sivan%20mat.jpg" width="200" height="136" align="right" alt="" /></a>As Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best seller in Pilates floor mats, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00GFZHVW4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00GFZHVW4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=OTQPCDAGAXQZYIAA">Sivan Health and Fitness 1/2-Inch Extra Thick 71-Inch Long NBR Comfort Foam Yoga Mat</a> is ideal for all your favorite exercises, including yoga and Pilates. It is also one of the top rated items on Amazon and one of the thickest mats on the market, providing better impact absorption. The extra thick mat is made with specially designed memory foam, so it will optimally protect your knees and joints.</p> <p>The mat has a ribbed surface on one side and a smooth surface on the other side, so it will grip the floor to improve your workout and prevent injuries. While it does have non-slip on one side, some reviewers found that it can still slip on hardwood floors. Over time, the mat can also develop marks and tears. The durable, long lasting material is moisture-resistant and easy to clean, so it will last you for years. It is available in seven different colors and comes with an integrated carry strap, so it is easy to transport.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00GFZHVW4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00GFZHVW4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=OTQPCDAGAXQZYIAA"><em>Currently $19.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Everlast Folding Mat</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000O2GCS8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000O2GCS8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=JNPEK7MFQP2GJSB6"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/everlast.jpg" width="131" height="200" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000O2GCS8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000O2GCS8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=JNPEK7MFQP2GJSB6">Everlast Folding Mat</a> is 72 inches long and is very thick and springy, which is best for high-intensity workout programs. The thick cushioning will give way under your feet, so it might not be the right fit for standing yoga poses. The mat does not have a non-slip bottom, so it can slip a bit on hardwood floors.</p> <p>It has a non-absorbent shell, which won&rsquo;t absorb sweat or moisture. The sturdy mat can be easily wiped clean and will last you for years. It can be folded away for easy storage and the handle makes it easy to transport. The durable mat is comparable to the popular SPRI folding exercise mat, but costs much less. It is one of Amazon&rsquo;s best sellers, one of the top rated and &ldquo;most wished for&rdquo; items on Amazon, and is commonly recommended by fitness professionals. It is also ideal for people with very sensitive backs because of the extra cushioning. It is available in black and blue, but oftentimes, only one color is available for purchase.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000O2GCS8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000O2GCS8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=JNPEK7MFQP2GJSB6"><em>Currently $38.83 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>HemingWeigh Extra Thick Foam Exercise Mat</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008I4XFWU/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B008I4XFWU&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=EX7TNFJG7HEFKWC3"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/hemingweigh.jpg" width="200" height="161" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008I4XFWU/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B008I4XFWU&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=EX7TNFJG7HEFKWC3">HemingWeigh Extra Thick Foam Exercise Mat</a> is 70 inches long and constructed of thick foam, to make even the most intense workouts more comfortable. In fact, it is one of the thickest, most comfortable mats on the market. It has a non-slip surface on both sides that will grip the floor to prevent slipping and injuries. It will also allow you to use both sides of the mat, so it will last longer. It is moisture-resistant and easy to clean, so it will stay in optimal condition throughout the time you own it. In fact, this quality mat is designed to last longer than standard exercise mats, so you&rsquo;ll get a better deal. It is designed for use with all types of exercises and stretches, including yoga and Pilates.</p> <p>The integrated self-strapping system makes it easy to transport the lightweight mat. It is one of Amazon&rsquo;s best sellers, as well as one of the top rated items on Amazon. It is also the most popular exercise mat found in yoga studios, fitness clubs, schools, and home gyms.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008I4XFWU/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B008I4XFWU&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=EX7TNFJG7HEFKWC3"><em>Currently $22.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Prosource Premium Extra Thick High Density Exercise Yoga Mat</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00FY0H2XE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00FY0H2XE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=V5THF4Y6MOED7DCQ"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/prosource_0.jpg" width="200" height="127" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00FY0H2XE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00FY0H2XE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=V5THF4Y6MOED7DCQ">Prosource Premium 1/2-Inch Extra Thick 71-Inch Long High Density Exercise Yoga Mat with Comfort Foam</a> is one of Amazon&rsquo;s best sellers for a reason. With more than 1,200 five-star reviews, it is the perfect mat for nearly any type of activity. It is very thick and can help protect extra sensitive joints, but is still thin enough to be used during yoga poses. The Comfort Foam technology allows for better impact absorption and the non-slip surface keeps the mat in place while you are exercising. The high performance mat is twice as thick as standard yoga mats and can last significantly longer. The durable moisture-resistant surface is easy to clean, so you can keep it in optimal shape for longer. Over time, the mat can still develop marks and tears, but should be usable for years. It is available in eight colors and comes with a carrying strap for easier transport.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00FY0H2XE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00FY0H2XE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=V5THF4Y6MOED7DCQ"><em>Currently $20.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best exercise mats. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-exercise-mats">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-11"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-yoga-blocks">The 5 Best Yoga Blocks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-resistance-bands">The 5 Best Resistance Bands</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-underwater-watches">The 5 Best Underwater Watches</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-exercise-videos">The 5 Best Exercise Videos</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-kettlebells">The 5 Best Kettlebells</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty Lifestyle Shopping exercise mats fitness healthy living pilates product reviews shopping yoga Thu, 10 Dec 2015 10:01:06 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1619167 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Clever Ways to Improve Your Home Gym http://www.wisebread.com/10-clever-ways-to-improve-your-home-gym <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-clever-ways-to-improve-your-home-gym" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_doing_yoga_000044875812_0.jpg" alt="Woman finding ways to pump up her home gym" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Gym memberships are expensive. At the same time, staying fit and active is important for your health. Heck &mdash; healthy habits, like exercise, can even <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-being-healthy-saves-you-money-and-why-bad-health-habits-cost-you">save you money</a>! Here are some tips for creating a great at-home gym without spending a fortune.</p> <h2>1. Use What You Have</h2> <p>Take stock of any equipment you already have. We have a spinning bike, some kettlebells, a balance ball, yoga mats, and hand weights. Put everything in one area so you're not always searching around the house. If you do nothing else, at least you'll be more likely to use your equipment if it's all in once place.</p> <h2>2. Check Around</h2> <p>Don't have much? You can find gently used treadmills, stationary bikes, rowing machines, other cardio equipment, weights, and more on sites like Craigslist. There are some things you should know about buying a used machines. Experts at Runner's World say you should <a href="http://www.runnersworld.com/other-gear/how-to-buy-a-used-treadmill">research the brand</a> of treadmills, for example. Don't forget to ask about the machine's background, obtain any service records, and even test it out before handing over the cash.</p> <h2>3. Calculate</h2> <p>The big price tags on cardio equipment can be frightening &mdash; but consider the return. The YMCA where we live charges $80/month for membership. We recently bought a treadmill (on sale) for around $900. If you divide this cost by a year, you come up with $75 a month. No, we won't get all the gym extras, but my husband and I primarily use the treadmill anyway. Plus, the machine will last for years and even comes with a warranty.</p> <h2>4. Think Body Weight</h2> <p>Getting a great workout can be accomplished with absolutely no equipment. If you don't have money to invest in your gym, try first making a dedicated area for working out in your home. You can search for <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-online-workout-videos-for-free-or-cheap">free online workouts</a>, do pushups, jumping jacks, sit-ups, and other basic moves, and even strike a few yoga stretching poses. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-at-home-exercises-will-give-you-a-gym-quality-workout-for-free?ref=seealso">These At-Home Exercises Give You a Gym-Quality Workout for Free</a>)</p> <h2>5. Create the Space</h2> <p>You may not have a dedicated room to make your at-home gym, and that's okay. Carve out some space in your family room or even your garage. This blogger created her <a href="http://polishedhabitat.com/2015/organized-home-gym/">at-home gym</a> in a corner of a room by putting a treadmill in the space. The rest &mdash; magazines, headphones, towels, a yoga mat, and resistance bands &mdash; is organized on a peg board and clip boards.</p> <h2>6. Get Organized</h2> <p>Here's another wonderful way to keep all your gym items neat and tidy. Buy or repurpose an <a href="http://www.iheartorganizing.blogspot.com/2014/01/exercising-my-right-to-organize.html">inexpensive book shelf</a> and place it behind your treadmill, elliptical, or other equipment. You can store anything from shoes to water bottles to hand weights on the shelf. If you have even more stuff, hang a wall shelf above that for the rest.</p> <h2>7. Inspire Yourself</h2> <p>Hang some inspirational quotes or posters to help you get moving. Try <a href="http://www.lowes.com/creative-ideas/decorate-and-entertain/stenciled-word-wall/project">stenciling words</a> in bright colors on your wall so you can see it while you're working out. You just need paint, tape, a brush, and some patience. Trace the letters and mark them in tape before painting.</p> <h2>8. Jot It Down</h2> <p>I love this idea to paint a <a href="https://twobertis.wordpress.com/2012/01/12/home-gym-update/">chalkboard wall</a> or two in your gym space to track workouts. If you don't want to paint directly onto your wall, try buying a chalkboard or even painting the glass in an old picture frame.</p> <h2>9. Floor It</h2> <p>Making your gym in your garage or basement? You don't have to suffer with that cold concrete floor. Cover it up with some <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00K2TWXD6/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00K2TWXD6&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=CR2EYCODMBYCODAN">rubber tiles</a> that can be installed like puzzle pieces. You'll find a variety of prices on this type of flooring, so I encourage you to check local discount shops before taking the plunge. Many products I've found are around $1 per square foot.</p> <h2>10. Reflect</h2> <p>What do most gyms have in abundance? Mirrors! You can occasionally find large mirrors on Craigslist when hotels or other businesses are changing theirs out. If you're not having any luck, try buying several of those door mirrors at a big box store and arranging them together on your wall.</p> <p><em>How have you gussied up your home gym?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-clever-ways-to-improve-your-home-gym">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-12"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-fitness-gadgets-actually-worth-the-money">5 Fitness Gadgets Actually Worth the Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-cheap-home-workout-hacks-for-people-with-no-equipment-and-no-room">12 Cheap Home Workout Hacks for People With No Equipment and No Room</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-tricks-to-avoid-workout-burnout">10 Tricks to Avoid Workout Burnout</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/36-workouts-you-can-do-in-your-living-room-while-its-cold-out">36 Workouts You Can Do in Your Living Room While It&#039;s Cold Out</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-a-great-workout-for-free-with-11-simple-moves">Get a Great Workout for Free With 11 Simple Moves</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty Home decorating exercise fitness home gym storage working out Tue, 03 Nov 2015 21:15:18 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1603575 at http://www.wisebread.com