working out http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/1128/all en-US 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-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/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-2 views-row-even"> <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> <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/13-easy-ways-to-save-on-your-gym-membership">13 Easy Ways to Save on Your Gym Membership</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-tricks-to-avoid-workout-burnout">10 Tricks to Avoid Workout Burnout</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/10-ways-to-get-a-good-workout-even-with-kids-around">10 Ways to Get a Good Workout... Even With Kids Around</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 14 Reasons You're Bad at Exercising http://www.wisebread.com/14-reasons-youre-bad-at-exercising <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/14-reasons-youre-bad-at-exercising" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_outside_exercising_000040486270.jpg" alt="Woman realizing why she&#039;s bad at exercising" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Maybe you exercise and you're not seeing the gains you'd hoped to see by now. Or you'd like to exercise, in theory, but putting that into practice is hard. Or maybe you exercise and exercise and exercise and you don't feel like you're getting anywhere.</p> <p>No matter the reason you feel like you're bad at exercising, there are things you can do to improve. Here are some of the top reasons why people struggle.</p> <h2>1. You Don't Have a Goal</h2> <p>There are people out there who can sustain a long-term fitness regimen simply because they want to see a lower number on the scale. Most of us won't keep going, though. Instead, decide you want to get stronger, see defined muscle, run a 5k, whatever.</p> <h2>2. You're Not Eating Enough Protein</h2> <p>Getting enough protein <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20048505">helps your muscles recover</a>. If they can't recover, they won't perform as well. So eat more protein and you will probably get better at exercising.</p> <h2>3. You're Tired</h2> <p>For some people, this is an excuse. But for others, it's legitimate. If you are exhausted, whether from exercise or for other reasons, you won't do well in the gym. Rest, recover, and try again.</p> <h2>4. You're Not Willing to Be Uncomfortable</h2> <p>Exercise means doing something that is uncomfortable. Since most of us don't like discomfort, we can end up avoiding exercise, even when we say we want to do it. Or, we can work out only in ways that are comfortable for us. To improve, you have to become willing to step out of your usual zone.</p> <h2>5. You're Making Comparisons</h2> <p>Most gyms have lots of people inside, and it's easy to get into the habit of comparing yourself to others. This kills your motivation, though, and makes it hard to give your workout routine your all. Look away if you have to, but only compare you to you!</p> <h2>6. You Haven't Found a Workout You Love</h2> <p>Running. Weight machines. The elliptical. Zumba. All of these are vastly different ways to exercise. It's pretty much guaranteed that you won't like every workout routine out there, and you will suck at exercise if you try to make yourself do something you don't enjoy. The <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-7-exercises-are-scientifically-proven-to-increase-happiness">best exercise</a> for you is the one you will do. So try new things until you find something you love!</p> <h2>7. You're Obsessing</h2> <p>How long has it been since your last rest day? Trust me, you won't lose your exercise mojo if you take a day off here or there. And you may find yourself too tired to exercise or too burnt out if you force yourself to go every day. So take a break and do something else. You can always go back tomorrow.</p> <h2>8. You Haven't Committed</h2> <p>On the other hand, you might be bad at exercise because you haven't committed &mdash; to yourself or to a routine. It's easy to play around in the gym, but it's hard to get any results that way. Find something you love and make a plan for sticking with it if you want to get good at exercise.</p> <h2>9. You're Injured</h2> <p>Does something in your exercise routine hurt, so you go slower or you only do that part half-heartedly? An injury can make exercise really, really hard. If you're hurt, see a doctor, or a physical therapist or chiropractor, and take their advice. Fortunately, there's almost always an alternative way to exercise while you heal.</p> <h2>10. You Don't Take Responsibility</h2> <p>Whether or not you take the steps necessary to get good at exercise is up to you. It's not anyone else's fault when you haven't found or committed to a routine that works for you. Sure, there are mitigating factors. But when it comes down to it, you either choose to show up and improve, or you don't.</p> <h2>11. You're Not Willing to Change Your Life</h2> <p>Getting good at exercise involves changing your life. Going to the gym or getting out for a run doesn't just happen magically. You won't become a person who exercises overnight. If you want to be good at exercise, you need to be willing to make time for it, and to become whoever you become when exercise is part of your life</p> <h2>12. You're Bored</h2> <p>Are you stuck in an exercise rut? Feeling like you aren't improving? Maybe you need to try something new. Even if you love the exercise you do, not changing it up now and then can lead to boredom. Do something you've never done before and see if you feel better at exercise.</p> <h2>13. You Don't Know How to Exercise</h2> <p>Maybe you don't go to the gym because those machines intimidate you, or you don't see results because you're not doing it right. Fortunately, most gyms have trainers who can show you how to use equipment, and you can find experts at almost any sport who can help you improve. You don't have to be bad at exercise simply because you don't know how to be good at it.</p> <h2>14. You Feel Self-Conscious</h2> <p>When you're afraid everyone is staring at you, you won't exercise well. If feeling self-conscious makes you bad at exercise, try going to the gym during a down time, taking an intro class, or exercising in a place where people won't be likely to see you. You can also remember that most of the people in an exercise situation are focused on their own routine, not on you.</p> <p><em>What's keeping you from being good at fitness?</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/14-reasons-youre-bad-at-exercising">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/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-2 views-row-even"> <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-3 views-row-odd"> <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> <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/13-easy-ways-to-save-on-your-gym-membership">13 Easy Ways to Save on Your Gym Membership</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty exercise fitness getting into shape losing weight working out Thu, 20 Aug 2015 21:00:32 +0000 Sarah Winfrey 1525738 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Ways to Work Out When It's Hot Outside http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-work-out-when-its-hot-outside <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-ways-to-work-out-when-its-hot-outside" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/girls_hula_hoops_000034293054.jpg" alt="Women finding ways to work out when it&#039;s hot outside" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Summer heat cutting into your workout routine? Don't let it. There are plenty of exercises you can complete without breaking more of a sweat than necessary. Here are a few of our favorites that you can do in the comfort of your air-conditioned living room. (Related: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-simple-ways-to-get-more-exercise-without-working-out?ref=seealso">6 Simple Ways to Get More Exercise Without Working Out</a>)</p> <h2>1. Sprinter</h2> <p>Too muggy to run? Try working on your strength and stability instead. This <a href="http://darebee.com/running/sprinter-workout.html">sprinter workout</a> gets all the major areas, all while helping you increase your speed. You'll complete a series of jump squats, speed climbers, knee-tucks, jumps, skips, and bounds.</p> <h2>2. Jumper</h2> <p>An <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00LGXE5NS/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00LGXE5NS&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=YS4JS2ZYLEJQRKO5">inexpensive jump rope</a> can surely get your blood pumping, including double foot jumps, boxers, skiers, and more. You'll feel this workout in your legs, arms, core, chest, and behind!</p> <h2>3. Stair Climber</h2> <p>If you have a flight of stairs (preferably without carpeting), you can do this awesome <a href="http://www.healthybalancefitness.com.au/2013/04/home-workout-stair-cardio-leg-blitz/">stair workout challenge</a>. Run up the stairs, do some ladder repeats, and then sprint.</p> <h2>4. Hula-Hooper</h2> <p>The hula-hoop is yet another fun summer toy turned exercise device. Try this fun <a href="http://www.realsimple.com/health/fitness-exercise/workouts/hula-hoop-exercise/the-routine-1">hula-hoop routine</a> when you want to target your core. You'll move side to side, front to back, bump, and even orbit. Really like this workout? Consider getting a special <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00309XR44/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00309XR44&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=PJEGB7ZM7XRYWTZ3">weighted hoop</a> for more challenge.</p> <h2>5. Deep Cleaner</h2> <p>When all else fails, clean your house and turn it into a major exercise session. Lift heavy loads of laundry, bound up staircases, do lunges as you vacuum the living room. Blast some music, scrub all those hard-to-reach places, and finish with a nice, cool shower.</p> <h2>Safer Outdoor Workouts</h2> <p>If you don't want to break your normal routine, a few modifications can make your workouts safer and more comfortable. First and foremost, watch yourself for signs of dehydration. These can include headache, dizziness, thirst, and confusion. (Related: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-tricks-to-get-you-drinking-more-water?ref=seealso">10 Tricks to Get You Drinking More Water</a>)</p> <h3>Mind the Time</h3> <p>Try exercising in the early morning or late evening hours when the sun is lowest in the sky. You'll also minimize your exposure to harmful UVA/UVB rays this way.</p> <h3>Drink Water</h3> <p>You'll want to drink water before, during, and after your workouts to avoid dehydration. If you don't like carrying a water bottle with you, try finding parks or routes that pass by water fountains. You can even stop into public buildings, like libraries or hospitals, to grab a sip.</p> <h3>Go Short</h3> <p>When the weather is overwhelming, try doing a couple quick, short workouts versus a longer one. Studies show that <a href="http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1113/jphysiol.2011.224725/full">short bursts of intense activity</a> throughout the day can have some major physiological benefits.</p> <h3>Take a Dip</h3> <p>Mix up your routine by swimming, paddling, or otherwise exercising in the water. You'll still need to mind your hydration and sun exposure, but you'll keep your cool. Water also provides lots of great resistance without impact.</p> <p><em>What's your favorite way to exercise this summer without melting?</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/5-ways-to-work-out-when-its-hot-outside">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-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-2 views-row-even"> <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> <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/13-easy-ways-to-save-on-your-gym-membership">13 Easy Ways to Save on Your Gym Membership</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-tricks-to-avoid-workout-burnout">10 Tricks to Avoid Workout Burnout</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/10-ways-to-get-a-good-workout-even-with-kids-around">10 Ways to Get a Good Workout... Even With Kids Around</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty exercise fitness heat summer working out Wed, 12 Aug 2015 17:00:15 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1518256 at http://www.wisebread.com 13 Easy Ways to Save on Your Gym Membership http://www.wisebread.com/13-easy-ways-to-save-on-your-gym-membership <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/13-easy-ways-to-save-on-your-gym-membership" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/cycling_class_000014641903.jpg" alt="Woman learning how to save on gym membership" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Gym memberships can be really expensive. While the average monthly gym fee comes in around $60, fitness centers in large cities like NYC can charge closer to $130 per month just to use their facilities (and that doesn't count the exorbitant initiation fees). And with so many great ways to get a full workout at home, it poses the question &mdash; is a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-times-a-gym-membership-isnt-worth-it">gym membership really worth it</a>?</p> <p>Along with saving money, you can also save time by achieving your fitness goals at home. So, stop spending an hour at the gym and start living more frugally. By following the tips below, you can get more from your membership, or find out why it might be time to break up with your gym altogether.</p> <h2>1. Shop Around</h2> <p>Find out how much each gym charges in your local area. You can check Yelp to find out which gyms are nearby and start your search from there. Compare prices, perks, and gym availability to find the one that works best for your needs.</p> <h2>2. Take Advantage of Free Trials</h2> <p>Ask your local gyms if they offer free trials. Often, they will offer free classes or membership options (such as a free day or week) so that you can test out the gym before starting a membership. Adding these various trial offers back-to-back can amount to a month of free gym memberships, and in the end, you can really decide if it's worth it to join.</p> <h2>3. Look for Deals or Coupons</h2> <p>Sites like <a href="https://www.groupon.com/">Groupon</a> and <a href="https://www.livingsocial.com/">LivingSocial</a> can help save you a lot on a gym membership. In fact, you may be able to save up to 85% on your membership with one of these deals. It's worth a look to see what's available in your area. You can also visit your local gym's website and social media pages to see if they are offering any coupons or discounts at the moment.</p> <h2>4. Inquire About Discounts</h2> <p>Often, fitness centers offer discounts that aren't clearly displayed for everyone, so you will need to ask about what deals they are currently offering. If you are a student, senior, or work for a large corporation that may have a deal with your local gym, make sure to mention that to see if there are any discounts available to you. Some gyms even offer discounts for members who exercise on off-peak hours (such as late at night).</p> <h2>5. Join With Your Spouse or a Group</h2> <p>Most gyms offer a group discount. If you can sign up with a friend, your spouse, or a group from work, you might be able to save big bucks. If you have a friend or family member that subscribes to your gym, make sure to mention that they referred you. You both might be eligible for perks or a discount thanks to the referral. Some of these discounts can save you 10%&ndash;30% off your membership, so it's definitely worth inquiring about.</p> <h2>6. Inquire About Corporate Memberships</h2> <p>Ask your employer if they offer any deals with a local gym or fitness chain. Your local gym may even have corporate membership options. Joining with some of your coworkers at the same time can also lead to group rates and discounts.</p> <h2>7. Check Your Health Insurance for Deals</h2> <p>Some health insurance plans offer discounts on gym memberships. You may also be eligible for a reimbursement from your insurance company if you join a participating gym or fitness center. Call your health insurance representative to see what's available to you.</p> <h2>8. Sign Up During the Slow Season or End of Month</h2> <p>Gym membership prices tend to drop during the slow season, which takes place in the summer and toward the end of the year. If you can wait until this time, you will find better rates, or you will be more likely to negotiate a discounted rate. At the end of the month, many gyms are also trying to meet their monthly sales goals, so if you can't wait until the slow season, at least wait until the end of the month to see if there any good deals.</p> <h2>9. Negotiate</h2> <p>If you find the perfect gym, but it isn't in your budget, see if you can negotiate with the membership associate. They may be able to provide discounts or other suggestions on how you can save money on your gym pass, training sessions, guest passes, or other items that come with your gym membership. Many gyms are also willing to drop the initiation fee if you pay upfront, which can save you hundreds of dollars. If they can't save you money, maybe they can throw in some free classes, training sessions, gym passes, or other freebies.</p> <h2>10. Don't Splurge on Extras</h2> <p>Stripping away extra amenities and options you don't need (such as group classes you won't use, water bottles, and other small bonuses) will save you money and ensure you get exactly what you need from your membership. Many gyms also offer a la carte pricing.</p> <h2>11. Don't Sign a Contract</h2> <p>Once you sign a contract at a gym, you are locked into that contract for up to a year. If possible, choose a month-to-month agreement or a shorter-term agreement so that you don't end up paying for a gym membership that you may not use.</p> <h2>12. Put Your Membership on Hold</h2> <p>If you are planning a vacation or business trip, make sure to put your membership on hold. Your gym will not refund you for time that you don't spend in the gym, so make sure to let them know when you're out of town so that you aren't paying for days you can't use.</p> <h2>13. Skip the Gym Altogether</h2> <p>The best way to save money on a gym membership is to skip it altogether. After all, statistics show that approximately 2/3 of people who join a gym don't even use their memberships. We've included some ideas below on what you can do instead of spending an hour at the gym.</p> <h3>Exercise at Home</h3> <p>Exercising at home can provide the same results that you can expect from the gym. A healthy at-home workout plan can also help you avoid bad weather and lazy days when you simply just don't want to travel to the gym. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/36-workouts-you-can-do-in-your-living-room-while-its-cold-out?ref=seealso">36 Workouts You Can Do in Your Living Room While It's Cold Out</a>)</p> <h3>Try an Exercise DVD</h3> <p>Exercise videos aren't what they used to be. Nowadays, if you put in the time and effort that the exercise video or program requires, you will absolutely see results. The trick is to find the right video or program that can provide the results you want, using a style that keeps you interested and motivated. Invest in some dependable gear, such as quality running shoes, an <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IIQUBY8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00IIQUBY8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=UCEQZ7WMM2LI4P5X">exercise mat</a>, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-resistance-bands">resistance bands</a>, a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008R6WRFU/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B008R6WRFU&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=UZWPU3IH4JF3MQS7">yoga block</a>, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003P90K58/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B003P90K58&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=GTCCTEFJWBD2DSXE">free weights</a>, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0061ZLTYY/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0061ZLTYY&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=VKIFMPX56LXJYUPD">kettlebells</a>, and whatever else you need to successfully complete your at-home workout program. This will help you get the most from your workout DVDs.</p> <h3>Take Up Running, Hiking, or Biking</h3> <p>Running, hiking, biking, and other outdoor activities are completely free and are extremely effective at burning fat and calories. Make sure to invest in quality running shoes, customized to fit your running style. If you aren't sure which ones are right for you, go to a running store near you and ask them to evaluate your running style and challenges. They can help you choose the right shoes to help you go further, faster.</p> <h3>Download Free Workout Apps</h3> <p>There are thousands of free workout apps available to you. All you need to do is download the app and follow the instructions. You can find complete workout regimens, customizable programs that are designed for your particular fitness level, or apps like Couch to 5K, which can help you meet your goals of running a marathon faster. Some other popular free fitness apps include 7 Minute Workout, Simply Yoga, DailyBurn, Nike Training Club, GymPact, Fleetly, JEFIT, and RunKeeper.</p> <p><em>Do you have any other tips for ways you can save money on a gym membership, or avoid having one altogether? Please share your thoughts 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/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-easy-ways-to-save-on-your-gym-membership">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/get-a-great-workout-for-free-with-11-simple-moves">Get a Great Workout for Free With 11 Simple Moves</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-times-a-gym-membership-isnt-worth-it">5 Times a Gym Membership Isn&#039;t Worth It</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/10-tricks-to-avoid-workout-burnout">10 Tricks to Avoid Workout Burnout</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/10-ways-to-get-a-good-workout-even-with-kids-around">10 Ways to Get a Good Workout... Even With Kids Around</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty exercise fees fitness gym membership working out Thu, 06 Aug 2015 11:00:15 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1510354 at http://www.wisebread.com Get a Great Workout for Free With 11 Simple Moves http://www.wisebread.com/get-a-great-workout-for-free-with-11-simple-moves <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/get-a-great-workout-for-free-with-11-simple-moves" 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_000043058536.jpg" alt="Woman dropping her gym membership to be healthier" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I belonged to a fitness center for most of 20 years. It was expensive (even with the corporate discount I got through my employer), but I scarcely regret the money. What I regret was the time I wasted trying to get fit that way.</p> <h2>The Modern Fitness Center</h2> <p>There have been gymnasiums going back to the ancient Greeks, but the modern fitness center was invented in the 1970s.</p> <p>It was, to a considerable extent, the creation of a single man: Arthur Jones, the inventor of Nautilus machines. That invention, together with a couple of business practices that he championed, completely changed the economics of the fitness center business.</p> <p>Before, a fitness center owner need to hire skilled trainers. Otherwise, clients wouldn't know where to start (and if they tried to just wing it, would probably hurt themselves). But with a few hours of training, anyone could teach someone how to use a Nautilus machine.</p> <p>All by itself, that made <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-times-a-gym-membership-isnt-worth-it">fitness centers</a> a highly profitable business. It didn't just greatly reduce the cost of staff; it also made it possible to cram a fitness center into a narrow strip-mall storefront (because you no longer needed the large spaces required by free weights, jump ropes, medicine balls, Indian clubs, etc.). On top of that, another of Jones's strategies &mdash; the notion that you should do one set to muscle failure, rather than doing multiple sets &mdash; increased the rate at which members ran through their workouts and departed, making it possible to sell more memberships.</p> <p>Which is all fine, except...</p> <h3>Exercise Isn't <em>Movement</em></h3> <p>Most people exercise, or at least mean to. But really, exercising is a strange thing to do. After all, animals don't exercise. Animals move. People move, too &mdash; they just don't move enough, because they're stuck sitting behind a desk for hours a day, stuck sitting while commuting to and from their desk, and very often sitting during many of their other activities as well &mdash; reading, watching TV, eating meals.</p> <p>Exercise is something people invented as a way to fill that gap &mdash; it's an attempt to cover the bases very efficiently, so as to to fit a week's worth of movement into just a few hours.</p> <p>But trying to replace movement with exercise is simply never going to work. No matter how efficient you (and your fitness center) are, you simply can't get a week's worth of movement in a few hours. What you need &mdash; what your body needs &mdash; is to move more all day, and that movement needs to be much more diverse than what you've probably been getting.</p> <p>For all the nitty-gritty details on why exercise is no substitute for movement, and the physiology of how and why spending hours a day in the same few postures is bad for your body, the best resource I've found is biomechanist Katy Bowman. Her blog <a href="http://www.katysays.com/">Katy Says</a> has five years worth of careful explanations of how your body adapts to the way you use it, and why the adaptations to sitting for 10 hours a day can be reasonably expected to produce all sorts of problems. She also has a great <a href="http://www.restorativeexercise.com/listen/">podcast</a>, and has written <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Katy-Bowman/e/B0057HLJY2/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;qid=1437503742&amp;sr=8-1&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=QSA25YKOW6EZ56DI">several books</a> on the topic. (I suggest starting with <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0989653943/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0989653943&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=4VZFXYWDLISYVKA4">Move Your DNA</a>.)</p> <h2>Fit More Movement Into Your Day</h2> <p>Most people have spent years figuring out how to minimize movement &mdash; in the name of efficiency, but also because people are lazy. From that perspective, the whole idea of moving more on purpose may seem oddly backward.</p> <p>For example, your office, kitchen, or shop has probably been carefully arranged with an eye toward putting everything you need at hand when and where you need it, and what I'm suggesting amounts to telling you to undo all of that. But the fact is, minimizing movement does all kinds of harm. What you want is almost the opposite: That you fill your day with natural movement.</p> <p>If your goal is to fill your day with movement, the standard advice &mdash; park further away so you can walk, take the stairs instead of the elevator &mdash; is pretty minimalist. It will take more than that.</p> <p>Since I don't know what your day looks like, I can only offer general suggestions, but here's a bunch of ideas.</p> <h3>More Movement for Desk Workers</h3> <p>The first thing to do is to just mix up your sitting position a bit. With a few boxes of different heights, you can improvise workspaces at the right height for sitting differently:</p> <ul> <li>Sit on the floor with one leg tucked (and then the other, and then with both legs stretched out, and then with your legs crossed).<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Kneel on one knee (and then the other)</li> <li>Kneel on both knees<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Squat<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Sit on boxes or stools of various heights</li> </ul> <p>Even if you mix it up, you shouldn't spend all day sitting. Maybe a standing desk (or even a treadmill desk) would be in order, but before resorting to that, try to fit in some standing and walking in simpler ways:</p> <ul> <li>If you need to read a document but don't need to type, try angling your screen so you can read while standing at your regular desk.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Similarly, you can lie down on the floor to read a document, much as you almost certainly did as a teenager.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Take a laptop to the break room, put it on a countertop, and stand while answering email.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>On days it's not too windy, take conference calls while walking outdoors.</li> </ul> <p>I suppose some of those postures would appall an expert in ergonomics, but that's okay. Ergonomics is not the science of keeping you healthy; ergonomics is the science of keeping you at your desk as long as possible. If you want to be healthy, you need to move more. (You don't need to find the posture that lets you sit as long as possible.)</p> <h3>More Movement for Everybody Else</h3> <p>Add movement everywhere.</p> <p>Something like a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;field-keywords=fitbit&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;url=search-alias%3Daps&amp;linkId=PBF4NSJPU2TIAN34">FitBit</a> or an Apple watch or a phone running Google Fit is useful, mainly to remind you that all the short bits of movement &mdash; walking to the bathroom or to your boss's office or to a colleague's cubicle &mdash; all count.</p> <p>Unless a medical condition like a joint replacement makes it unsafe, regain the ability to squat. If you can squat on your heels (the way everybody did every day before the invention of the chair), you can put that capability to good use every day. It's a good position for working, for cleaning, for getting things off low shelves, for picking things up off the floor, for weeding your garden.</p> <p>Keep an eye out for things to hang from &mdash; bars, branches, etc. If you can't support your full bodyweight, just bend your knees or lean back and use your arms to support some of your weight, and gradually increase it. The ability to hang by your hands is useful in all sorts of ways besides saving your life if you find yourself unexpectedly in a scene from an action movie.</p> <h2>Movements</h2> <p>If you've been exercising, you've probably already got some specific movements in mind. Even if you haven't been, you've surely seen some lists of tips for fitting more exercise into your day &mdash; lists that almost always begin with walking.</p> <p>Walking is great &mdash; it's arguably the definitional movement for human beings &mdash; and I'll get to it, but I wanted to point out some movements that are even more fundamental than walking. My list of natural movements starts with four that you almost certainly did before you even took your first step: Roll, crawl, squat, and stand.</p> <h3>1. Roll</h3> <p>Lie down on your stomach and (preferably without pushing into the floor with your hands or feet) roll over onto your back. Then (either continuing on the same way or reversing) roll back to your stomach. This will work your core, and remind your vestibular system of a whole range of possibilities that you otherwise scarcely experience except when you're asleep.</p> <h3>2. Crawl</h3> <p>Rediscover how to crawl, both on your hands and knees and your hands and feet. Once you can go forward for more than a few yards, expand your range to include crawling backward and crawling sideways. Once you have those covered, add in supine crawling, where you crawl on your hands and feet while facing upward. (That last seems like an odd posture on flat ground, but try going down a steep incline, especially one where the surface is loose or slippery, and it will instantly seem like an entirely sensible way to move.)</p> <h3>3. Squat</h3> <p>Squat down as low as you can without bringing your heels off the floor, then stand back up. Most people who've spent years sitting in chairs for a large fraction of the day can't squat very low, but the strength and flexibility will return surprisingly quickly if you spend a few minutes each day squatting.</p> <h3>4. Stand</h3> <p>The value of standing as an alternative to sitting burst into the public consciousness a few years ago, with many people switching to standing desks. Of course, filling your day with <em>just</em> standing is as bad for you as filling your day with just sitting &mdash; the point is to move, not to find a different static position. Still, if you always sit and never stand, standing more is a great idea.</p> <h3>5. Walk</h3> <p>Now we get to walking. Walking is the best. Walk as much as you can.</p> <h3>6. Run</h3> <p>Running is a popular form of exercise, although too many people use it as a way to cram their minimum daily requirement of aerobic exercise into the shortest time possible. Abandon that idea. Instead, making running one piece of your movement diet. Run when it's useful &mdash; when you want to get somewhere on foot in a hurry. Run when it's fun &mdash; when you feel like running. If you're running that much, you're probably running enough.</p> <h3>7. Climb</h3> <p>After walking, climbing stairs is a key recommendation for people trying to fit exercise into their day. Climbing stairs is great, but there are so many other things to climb! I suggest you climb them all: Climb hills. Climb ramps. Climb ladders. Climb playground equipment. Climb trees. Climb ropes. Climb boulders. Climb walls. Climb mountains.</p> <h3>8. Balance</h3> <p>Improving your balance is a key way to reduce injuries from falling. Practice standing on one leg. Practice walking on something narrow &mdash; a fallen log, a curb, a rail. If you're not ready for something more challenging, try walking along a painted parking lot line. Once that's easy, lay a 2x4 on the ground and walk along that.</p> <h3>9. Lift and Carry</h3> <p>There are many opportunities to fit lifting and carrying into your day. Instead of the grocery cart, get a grocery basket. Carry your groceries in, carry your trash out, carry your luggage, move furniture. Developing the strength and skills to lift and carry actual things &mdash; landscaping rocks, bundles of firewood &mdash; as opposed to just the strength and skills to lift a barbell or dumbbell &mdash; will stand you in good stead in all sorts of real-world situations.</p> <h3>10. Throw and Catch</h3> <p>You can throw little things like balls and you can throw larger things like sandbags or logs. Besides roundish things, you can throw non-round things like sticks (both cross-wise, so someone can catch it, and lengthwise like a javelin). Throw a frisbee with friends. If you don't have anybody to play catch with, get a rubber ball and bounce it off a wall.</p> <h3>11. Jump</h3> <p>You can jump down, you can jump up, and you can jump across. All are useful sorts of movement that are well worth rediscovering. In particular, jumping down just a little farther than you can step down is easy and very practical. Start by jumping down a distance of just one or two steps, and once that's easy, try jumping down three or four. Redevelop the capacity to jump down, and you can gain all sorts of opportunities for efficiencies in terms of getting from point A to point B &mdash; enough to replace some of the efficiencies you gave up as way to increase your opportunities for movement.</p> <p>A good place to start for basic information on executing natural movements is <a href="https://www.movnat.com/">MovNat</a>. Created by Erwan Le Corre, MovNat advocates for and teaches natural movement. Just because movements are natural doesn't mean that you don't have to learn them and then practice correct form, and MovNat has generously provided a vast YouTube library with literally hundreds of short videos <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/MovNat/videos">showing natural movements</a> such as I listed above.</p> <p>I'd suggest, though, starting with <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKGF-ErsJiI">The Workout the World Forgot</a>, simply because it's a beautiful visualization of natural movement.</p> <h2>Movement: The Natural Alternative to Exercise</h2> <p>Fitness centers aren't evil, of course. It's just that their whole focus is helping you exercise, and exercise is not what you need.</p> <p>Oh, it's possible to get fit with exercise, and some people certainly make a valiant effort, coming up with workout plans that aim for the right mix of walking, running, cycling, lifting, yoga, and martial arts training.</p> <p>My experience is that it's really hard. It takes a lot of time to get enough exercise, if you spend most of the rest of your day sitting still, and people come up with all sorts of tricks for fitting in their exercise. They get up early to go to the gym. They squeeze a workout into their lunch break. They put on reflective gear so they can go for a run after dark.</p> <p>But as long as your exercise is a separate thing, there's never going to be enough of it. Unless you're independently wealthy, or you're a movie star or a fitness model and being fit is your job, there simply aren't enough hours in the day.</p> <p>The solution is to quit exercising and start moving.</p> <p>Everything you do has the potential for movement. Take advantage of that potential. Fill your day with movement. Then you'll be fit. And going to the gym to exercise will seem like a weird idea. Why exercise when you can move?</p> <p><em>What are you doing to fit more movement into your life?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/philip-brewer">Philip Brewer</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-a-great-workout-for-free-with-11-simple-moves">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/13-easy-ways-to-save-on-your-gym-membership">13 Easy Ways to Save on Your Gym Membership</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-times-a-gym-membership-isnt-worth-it">5 Times a Gym Membership Isn&#039;t Worth It</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/10-tricks-to-avoid-workout-burnout">10 Tricks to Avoid Workout Burnout</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/10-ways-to-get-a-good-workout-even-with-kids-around">10 Ways to Get a Good Workout... Even With Kids Around</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty exercise fitness gym movement natural workouts working out Fri, 31 Jul 2015 11:00:15 +0000 Philip Brewer 1506027 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Ways to Trick Yourself Into Enjoying Cardio http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-trick-yourself-into-enjoying-cardio <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-ways-to-trick-yourself-into-enjoying-cardio" 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_workout_000022074336.jpg" alt="Woman tricking herself into enjoying cardio" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you want to live a fit and healthy lifestyle, cardio is a necessary evil. Personally, I hate cardio &mdash; with a passion. But what I hate more is looking in the mirror and not liking the body I see staring back at me. So I run and I sweat and I work hard to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-quick-workouts-you-can-do-during-commercial-breaks">stay in shape</a> &mdash; even if I cheat a little along the way. Pull a page from my book and enhance your own cardio flow with these eight tricks to help you enjoy the burn a little more.</p> <h2>1. Have a Reason for Doing Cardio</h2> <p>First and foremost, you need to have a reason to get on that treadmill or pound the pavement or whatever you do to get that heart rate pumping. &quot;Just because&quot; doesn't cut it, and with no motivation to keep at it, you're almost destined to fail. Give yourself a fighting chance at sticking to your cardio regimen by thinking about <em>why</em> you want to get and stay active. It can be a broad reason like a desire to lose weight (though, a specific number should be the goal), or it can be a short-term goal like conditioning yourself for a race.</p> <p>For my own part, when I decided to take my body back last year after many years of neglect, I set a weight goal &mdash; a specific number &mdash; that I wanted to reach. It took a few months of engaging in cardio activities several days a week, but I finally reached the goal. And then something awesome happened. Once I reached the weight loss goal, I was invigorated with the sense that I can really accomplish my fitness goals if I follow through. I started running farther and longer and harder. I've been committed to my fitness for over a year now and my body has made an amazing transformation. The same thing can happen to you too if you just give yourself a chance.</p> <h2>2. Schedule a Workout Before You Have to Be Somewhere</h2> <p>Pressed for time? That could be the best time to fit in a cardio workout, according to Arial Friedman, an NYC-based fitness trainer and instructor who created a series of online workouts tailored specifically for people always on the go.</p> <p>&quot;Schedule a workout just before you have to be somewhere,&quot; she suggests. &quot;That way, you know you'll have to get it in quick and be done with it. Do it before work, a dinner date, or picking up the kids and the energy you get from your sweat session will carry you through the rest of your day.&quot;</p> <h2>3. Listen to Music to Keep Your Body Moving</h2> <p>Music compels us to get up and dance at parties, so it only makes sense that it helps us keep moving during our cardio workouts. But in this day and age &mdash; with so much technology at our fingertips &mdash; you're experience can be much more fun and dynamic than running that same tired playlist.</p> <p>For instance, Spotify recently added a great feature on its mobile iPhone app geared toward runners that alters the tempo of the music. Using the hardware in smartphones &mdash; like the accelerometer and GPS capability &mdash; to determine pace, Spotify Running creates customized soundtracks to match the tempo at which you're running, which can help you feel more energetic and motivated by moving to the beat.</p> <h2>4. Slow Down, Take a Break, Catch Your Breath</h2> <p>When I first started running, I somehow got it in my head that I wasn't going hard enough if I didn't run the full length of my workout &mdash; however long it was &mdash; without stopping. Now, however, I don't believe that at all, because I never would have built the cardio stamina I have today to run 10 miles (from a very breathy three miles a year ago) without slowing down, taking a break, and catching my breath sometimes. My cardio session wasn't a race, and neither is yours. Push yourself, for sure, but do your cardio at your own pace so you can eventually go that extra mile.</p> <h2>5. Set Goals for Yourself to Achieve</h2> <p>The first point of this post was to have a reason for doing cardio, and that can be anything. But having a reason isn't necessarily a goal &mdash; and you should absolutely set a goal for your cardio. There are several goals you can set, in fact, like time, distance, or a weight goal. It really depends on what you're training for, but no matter what it is, you'll have an easier time staying the course if there's a light at the end of the tunnel you're trying to reach.</p> <h2>6. Pair Your Cardio With a Fitness Tracker</h2> <p>There are plenty of great fitness apps available that you can put on your phone to help keep track of your cardio workouts. Personally, I like MapMyRun because of its ease of use. It allows me to plan a route, and it saves my progress with statistics so I can see where I'm at health-wise. It also tells me my time and distance as I'm running &mdash; a great motivator to run a little harder &mdash; and when I'm finished I can share my accomplishment on social media. Which brings me to my next point&hellip;</p> <h2>7. Share Your Cardio Success on Social Media</h2> <p>MapMyRun and other fitness apps allow you to share your progress and success on social media, but be warned that there's a whole faction of people out there who whine and moan about people who post about their workouts online. Here are a few reasons I don't give a damn about that.</p> <ul> <li>There's no social media bible that tells me what I can and can't post.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You can hide or block my posts from your feed if you don't like what I'm sharing.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>I work hard to stay in shape and I want to share it if only to receive those motivating comments and likes.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>If I have to see pictures of your babies all day; you can handle shots of my sweaty, glistening, gorgeous abs.</li> </ul> <p>Sharing my cardio success on social media helps me stay active and push harder for another reason &mdash; it holds me accountable for my own success. I post a lot of pictures of my workouts and I take a lot of shirtless selfies, because, well, this is the best body I've ever had in my life and I want to show it off. But I also want to keep at it. I don't want to post pics where I've let myself go, and I don't want anyone to think I have either. Plus, looking at the old pics of my healthy, fit frame remind me of how good it felt to put in that work to get it that way &mdash; so I can get up tomorrow and do it again.</p> <h2>8. Don't Worry About What Anybody Else Thinks</h2> <p>Remember that episode of <em>Friends</em> where Phoebe runs like a maniac through Central Park and it embarrasses Rachel so much that she doesn't want to run with her anymore? Take my advice: Get your cardio on like a Phoebe.</p> <p>&quot;Actors have a term for being able to act realistically even when an audience is watching them: public solitude,&quot; says filmmaking-app developer George Spyros. &quot;It means really committing to the belief that no one is watching you. And you know what? Most of the time at the gym it's the truth. In the best sense, nobody cares what you're doing; they're just struggling to get through their own workouts. So swing your arms over your head, clap your hands, air-drum on an invisible drum set to the beat of your favorite tracks in your headphones. Mouthing song lyrics also keeps you entertained and occupied as well as makes you concentrate on your breathing without thinking about the burn in your lungs or legs.&quot;</p> <p><em>Do you have other ways to cheat on your cardio to make it more enjoyable? 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/8-ways-to-trick-yourself-into-enjoying-cardio">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/9-quick-workouts-you-can-do-during-commercial-breaks">9 Quick Workouts You Can Do During Commercial Breaks</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/14-reasons-youre-bad-at-exercising">14 Reasons You&#039;re Bad at Exercising</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/get-a-great-workout-for-free-with-11-simple-moves">Get a Great Workout for Free With 11 Simple Moves</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/10-ways-to-revive-your-resolution-to-exercise">10 Ways to Revive Your Resolution to Exercise</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty cardio exercise getting in shape losing weight working out Wed, 29 Jul 2015 15:00:16 +0000 Mikey Rox 1502207 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Creative Ways to Get Paid to Work Out http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-creative-ways-to-get-paid-to-work-out <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-creative-ways-to-get-paid-to-work-out" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_exercising_medicine_ball_000045945322.jpg" alt="Woman using creative ways to get paid to work out" 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 some great articles on ways to get paid to work out, items under $10 that can save you money, and Gmail features that will make you more efficient.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.thepennyhoarder.com/get-paid-to-work-out/">17 Creative Ways to Get Paid to Work Out</a> &mdash; Get paid to deliver packages and important letters as a bike messenger! [The Penny Hoarder]</p> <p><a href="http://www.threethriftyguys.com/2015/06/6-useful-items-under-10/">6 Useful Items Under $10 that Can Save You Money</a> &mdash; Invest in an $8 stackable lunch box and you can stop buying sandwich bags forever. (Almost.) [Three Thrifty Guys]</p> <p><a href="http://www.retiredby40blog.com/2015/06/27/16-gmail-features-that-will-help-you-work-efficiently/">16 Gmail Features That Will Help You Work Efficiently</a> &mdash; Do you always forget to reply to everyone in a group email? You can change the settings in Gmail to &quot;reply all&quot; by default! [Retired by 40]</p> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Saving-Money/2015/0702/Which-music-streaming-service-is-right-for-you">Which music streaming service is right for you?</a> &mdash; If you have two or more Apple devices, then you might want to consider Apple Music if only for the easy syncing. There's also access to the full Apple Music library, unlimited skips on Apple Radio stations, and the ability to save songs for offline listening. [The Monitor]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneytalksnews.com/full-service-restaurants-can-worse-for-health-than-fast-food/">Full-Service Restaurants Can Be Worse for Health Than Fast Food</a> &mdash; You're at a higher risk of overeating when you eat at a full-service restaurant than when you're at a fast food place. [Money Talks News]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://adebtfreestressfreelife.com/10-daily-tasks-that-will-keep-your-home-clean-and-organized/">10 Daily Tasks That Will Keep Your Home Clean and Organized</a> &mdash; Always eat at the table to keep spilled food and fallen crumbs contained in one area. [A Debt Free Stress Free Life]</p> <p><a href="http://jamesclear.com/temptation-bundling">How to Stop Procrastinating and Boost Your Willpower by Using &ldquo;Temptation Bundling&rdquo;</a> &mdash; With temptation bundling, you only get to do a thing you enjoy if you do something you should (but might not enjoy), first. [James Clear]</p> <p><a href="http://www.modestmoney.com/leveling-up-times-when-you-shouldnt-be-saving/">Leveling Up: Times When You Shouldn&rsquo;t Be Saving</a> &mdash; It's okay to use your savings when an opportunity comes up that will improve your life over the years, like investing in higher education, buying a house, or starting a business. [Modest Money]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/9-old-school-dating-techniques-that-will-reignite-your-marriage">9 Old School Dating Techniques That Will Reignite Your Marriage</a> &mdash; Give gifts when it isn't a special occasion. Small tokens of affection show that you pay attention to what your partner enjoys and want to please him/her. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/What-Interviewers-Mean-When-Ask-Questions-35457160">10 Things Interviewers Really Want to Know When They Ask These Questions</a> &mdash; When interviewers ask you to tell them about yourself, they want to know what you think are the highlights of yourself and your career. What's special about you? [PopSugar Smart Living]</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-creative-ways-to-get-paid-to-work-out">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/5-times-a-gym-membership-isnt-worth-it">5 Times a Gym Membership Isn&#039;t Worth 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/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-3 views-row-odd"> <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> <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/13-easy-ways-to-save-on-your-gym-membership">13 Easy Ways to Save on Your Gym Membership</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/5-ways-to-work-out-when-its-hot-outside">5 Ways to Work Out When It&#039;s Hot Outside</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income best money tips fitness working out Mon, 06 Jul 2015 19:00:15 +0000 Amy Lu 1478247 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Tricks to Avoid Workout Burnout http://www.wisebread.com/10-tricks-to-avoid-workout-burnout <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-tricks-to-avoid-workout-burnout" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_exercising_000049491904.jpg" alt="Woman trying tricks to avoid exercise burnout" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>We all strive to get there &mdash; that magical point where working out evolves past drudgery and becomes a healthy addiction. That state of being where we crave a 30-minute jog the way we used to crave a tin of butter cookies. That's the goal, right? Help yourself achieve it by avoiding the all-too-common fitness fizzle. Here are 10 tricks to avoid <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-get-a-good-workout-even-with-kids-around">workout</a> burnout.</p> <h2>1. Ease Into It</h2> <p>Things that start intensely usually flame out quickly. Take a measured approach when you begin working out; try two 20-minute sessions each week and build from there. If you start equating your fitness routine with exhaustion and pain, you'll soon abandon it.</p> <h2>2. Stay in to Work Out</h2> <p>Sometimes, just the logistics of working out burns us out. Packing the right gear, battling traffic to get to the gym, finding a parking spot, changing&hellip;it's like two workouts in one. Simplify things with <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-at-home-exercises-will-give-you-a-gym-quality-workout-for-free">gym-quality workouts at home</a> or squeeze in a few <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-no-sweat-workouts-perfect-for-the-workplace">no-sweat office workouts</a> between meetings.</p> <h2>3. Make Minor Changes Often</h2> <p>Shuffle the order of your workout, add new challenges, or change the venue if you're outside of a gym environment. Little changes every week or so will keep things novel and help avoid burnout.</p> <h2>4. Make Major Changes Regularly</h2> <p>Shake things up completely every couple of months. Use new machines, target new muscle groups, add a yoga or tai chi class, or split one long workout session into two or three shorter ones.</p> <h2>5. Freshen Up the Soundtrack</h2> <p>Music moves us. Even the most monotonous workouts come to life when put to a new soundtrack. Channel your inner DJ; freshen up your playlist and make your fitness routine far less routine.</p> <h2>6. Take a Vacation</h2> <p>That's right, take a vacation. We're all adults here. A temporary break doesn't always mean we're destined to end up eating Cheetos and fried chicken in our La-Z-Boys for the next six months. If you need a break, plan for it, make it brief (three or four days) and then pick up where you left off &mdash; refreshed and recommitted.</p> <h2>7. Reward Yourself</h2> <p>If your fitness plan is losing steam, power through by adding a few simple rewards. The trick is sticking to the promise you've made yourself. Make it through the week and take yourself out to dinner. Hit a major milestone and spring for a 90-minute deep tissue massage to work out the kinks.</p> <h2>8. Partner Up</h2> <p>What better way to perk up a workout than by sharing it with someone else? Add a partner to spark motivation, encourage mutual accountability, provide good conversation or comic relief, and keep your goals on-track.</p> <h2>9. Mix Up Machines</h2> <p>I get it. You're a creature of habit and you like what you like. Still, if you're sticking to one or two cardio machines, you're setting yourself up for burnout. Change machines for just five or ten minutes to keep your mind engaged and your body challenged.</p> <h2>10. Play</h2> <p>Working out doesn't have to feel like work all the time. Explore ways to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/50-ways-to-make-exercise-more-fun">make exercise more fun</a>. Better yet, get social and spice up your normal routine by organizing informal games of racquetball, kickball, volleyball, or tennis matches with friends or coworkers.</p> <p>Remember, monotony is the enemy of long-term success. Once you've found your fitness groove, it's time to brainstorm ways to keep things fresh, interesting, and challenging. And as long as they keep your goals on-track, there are no bad ideas.</p> <p><em>Do you work out regularly? What's your favorite way to stay motivated?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kentin-waits">Kentin Waits</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-tricks-to-avoid-workout-burnout">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/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-2 views-row-even"> <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> <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/14-reasons-youre-bad-at-exercising">14 Reasons You&#039;re Bad at Exercising</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/13-easy-ways-to-save-on-your-gym-membership">13 Easy Ways to Save on Your Gym Membership</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/5-ways-to-work-out-when-its-hot-outside">5 Ways to Work Out When It&#039;s Hot Outside</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty burnout exercise exhaustion fitness working out Wed, 24 Jun 2015 11:00:14 +0000 Kentin Waits 1462009 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Ways to Get a Good Workout... Even With Kids Around http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-get-a-good-workout-even-with-kids-around <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-ways-to-get-a-good-workout-even-with-kids-around" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/mother_daughter_running_000056855896.jpg" alt="Mother and daughter exercising at home" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I remember chasing my three-year-old daughter around the front yard, 40 pounds overweight, staggering to keep up, and knowing I had to change. Change my eating habits, change my lifestyle, and most importantly, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-simple-ways-to-get-more-exercise-without-working-out">change my exercise habits</a>. But finding time to squeeze in some cardio or core strengthening can be hard and often takes time away from the family, which I didn't want to do. Nor did I want to pay for an expensive gym membership that I probably wouldn't use regularly.</p> <p>So I came up with some ways to get a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-7-exercises-are-scientifically-proven-to-increase-happiness">muscle burn and decent workout</a> throughout my busy day. If you work from home like me, or are a stay-at-home parent, here are some things you can do to get a solid workout and burn some calories.</p> <h2>1. In the Kitchen</h2> <h3>Calf Raises</h3> <p>The next time the microwave is on, do calf raises until you hear the beep. With your feet close together, simply raise your heels off the ground and slowly back down. Try not to let your heels touch the ground for the maximum burn. My calves got pretty darn strong doing this, a minute here and a minute there really adds up.</p> <h2>2. In the Bathroom</h2> <h3>Push-Ups</h3> <p>While the kids are in the bath, grab 10 quick push-ups on the bathroom floor. When I first started doing this, I had a hard time doing more than five so I modified the exercise by doing push-ups from my knees. After a couple weeks, I was able to throw in some standard push-ups as well. Once you are able to do more of them, switch to &quot;sets&quot; of push-ups. Three sets of 10, several times a week, will quickly strengthen your abs, backs, triceps, and core all while your child splashes in the tub.</p> <h2>3. In the Playroom</h2> <h3>Arm and Chest Workout</h3> <p>When you have little kids, you inevitably end up hanging out with them in the playroom/family room after dinner. This is typically where the toys and games are located along with a place for you to sit and relax. Next time, before you chill out, look around for something you can curl with your arms. We had a Home Depot play barbecue that weighed about 20 pounds that I would curl several times a week. I'd start with 10 bicep curls, 10 tricep extensions, and 10 chest presses. You might look kind of silly, but as long as you're getting a good muscle burn, who cares?</p> <h2>4. In the Bedroom</h2> <h3>Bed Plank</h3> <p>Every morning before rolling out of bed, do a one minute plank on the mattress. Start by laying on your stomach, then push yourself up and balance on your elbows, keep your back flat all the way down to your feet. A plank is one of the best exercises you can do for your core and engages your back, arms, shoulders, and hamstrings. Being on the mattress only increases your core engagement as it's a little more flexible than the carpet and requires better balance.</p> <h3>Bed Push-Ups</h3> <p>After you do your plank and make the bed, do 15 quick bed push-ups. While facing the bed, simply put your hands on the side of the bed and extends your feet away from it. Then do a push-up and try to bring your chest down far enough to touch the mattress. This is essentially a modified push-up that is quite a bit easier than a standard push-up. When I started doing this four-five times a week, I was able to increase my sets quickly and finally got up to three sets of 25.</p> <h2>5. In the Dining Area</h2> <h3>Lunges</h3> <p>When setting the table, I'd carry the plates and do leg lunges to the table, and back to the kitchen. My kids thought this was hilarious and actually started doing them with me which was a cool side effect.</p> <h3>Scarecrows</h3> <p>With your hands at your sides, take a dinner plate in each hand and lift both arms straight out in front of you, then slowly back to your side. Then lift your arms directly out to your sides, and slowly back down. Start with 15 repetitions of each and your arms will burn like crazy.</p> <h2>6. In the Hallway</h2> <h3>Stair Climbing</h3> <p>If you have stairs in your home, try jogging up them as quickly as you can. Focus on hitting every step with both feet to maximize your leg burn. If you're not ready to jog up the stairs, then walk up and down them <em>twice</em> when you're not in a rush to get somewhere.</p> <h3>Plyometrics</h3> <p>When walking down the hallway consider doing &quot;tires.&quot; Pretend there are car tires staggered down the hallway that you have to jump in and out of as you work your way to where you're going. I'd do this every time I was headed to my home office and it became a fun game. I'd also switch to fun things like high knees and butt kickers. High knees are when you jog and bring your knees up as high as you can, and butt kickers are when you try to hit your butt with your heels as you jog.</p> <h2>7. In the Front Yard</h2> <h3>Run Anywhere</h3> <p>Our mailbox is about 500 yards away from our house, so I started jogging to it every day to get the mail. At first it sucked as it was all uphill coming back, but slowly I was able to build up my endurance and actually started jogging the route several times a day, two-three times per week. If you don't have a front yard, then start walking or jogging the neighborhood. Bring your kid(s) and let them ride their scooter or Big Wheel as you attempt to keep up with them.</p> <h3>Make Everything a Game</h3> <p>Once you start to build up your cardio endurance, start looking for reasons to get your heart rate up. Make up games with your kids that require some running or chasing and get everyone involved. You'll be amazed with how great you will feel, and if you eat right, the pounds will really start to shed.</p> <p>The key is to be creative and find areas in your life where getting a quick muscle burn is possible. The more places you find, the more calories you'll burn, and the quicker your metabolism will fire up and really start burning the fat. Take it from someone who never thought it could be done, it absolutely can! Here I sit typing these words 40 pounds lighter, and the best part? I never paid a gym membership fee.</p> <p>Be sure to talk with your doctor before beginning any new exercise routine, even my &quot;around the house&quot; workout.</p> <p><em>Do you have any other tips for finding unorthodox places around the house to get a quick workout?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kyle-james">Kyle James</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-get-a-good-workout-even-with-kids-around">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/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-2 views-row-even"> <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> <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-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-4 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-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-easy-ways-to-save-on-your-gym-membership">13 Easy Ways to Save on Your Gym Membership</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Family Health and Beauty children exercise fitness kids working out Thu, 07 May 2015 15:00:17 +0000 Kyle James 1410181 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Times a Gym Membership Isn't Worth It http://www.wisebread.com/5-times-a-gym-membership-isnt-worth-it <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-times-a-gym-membership-isnt-worth-it" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_gym_000035868972.jpg" alt="Woman realizing her gym membership isn&#039;t worth the money" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Some people swear by their gym sessions and feel joining a fitness club is the best and only way to lose weight or get into shape. However, there are no hard-and-fast weight loss rules, and what works for one person may not work for another.</p> <p>And the truth is, you don't need a gym membership to be physically fit. In fact, depending on your circumstances, joining a gym might be a complete waste of money (just don't tell my personal trainer that). A membership can easily run as much as $120 a month (I live in NYC, so it's a bit pricier than other places)</p> <p>No one's telling you to quit your gym if it's working for you, but if you're on the fence, here are five times when a gym membership isn't worth it.</p> <h2>1. You're Not Fully Committed</h2> <p>You may say that you want to lose weight or improve your health, but if you're not fully committed to the challenge that lies ahead, don't spend money on a gym membership.</p> <p>Losing weight or getting into shape takes more than desire &mdash; it requires action. You'll need to be physically active on a regular basis and you'll need to modify your eating habits. It's pointless to spend an hour at the gym only to go home and fill up on high-calorie, high-fat foods and undo all your hard work.</p> <p>This doesn't mean you should give up on physical activity altogether, but it doesn't make sense to spend $300 to $500 a year and not achieve any of your fitness goals. You're better off canceling the membership until you're ready to commit.</p> <h2>2. It's Too Crowded</h2> <p>If you're pumped and ready to exercise, there's nothing more frustrating than walking into a crowded gym and not being able to find a single piece of available equipment. You might spend more time waiting for equipment to become available than actually working out.</p> <p>Some people hit the gym in the early morning hours or late at night when it's less crowded. But if this routine doesn't work with your schedule, you may not be getting the most out of your membership. The gym isn't the only way to achieve health and fitness goals. You can take what you normally spend on a yearly gym membership and invest in equipment to use around the house, such as a bike, an exercise ball, weights, DVD workouts, etc. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-at-home-exercises-will-give-you-a-gym-quality-workout-for-free?ref=seealso">At-Home Exercises That Give You a Gym-Quality Workout for Free</a>)</p> <h2>3. You're Too Busy</h2> <p>I believe it's important for everyone to make time for exercise, but if you have a hectic schedule due to juggling work, family, and other personal obligations, it might be cost-effective to cancel your membership and squeeze in a workout whenever you have a few extra minutes throughout the day. You can walk on your lunch break or watch a workout video in the mornings before you get the kids ready for school.</p> <h2>4. You Have Access to a Free Fitness Center</h2> <p>Fitness rooms at a recreation center or apartment complex might be small and have limited options, but the equipment available might be exactly what you need to reach your fitness or weight loss goals. It's also a cheaper alternative to a gym membership and you'll probably deal with fewer people. Some community recreation centers only charge $15 or $20 for an annual membership, which gives you unlimited access to fitness room. And if you live in an apartment complex &mdash; or have a friend who lives in an apartment &mdash; you might have access to a fitness center 24 hours a day.</p> <h2>5. You Need to Save Money</h2> <p>Even if you like the idea of working out at the gym, sometimes we have to face reality and cut costs when living above our means. If you're struggling to pay your bills every month, the money spent on a gym membership can go toward paying a more important household expense. You can still enjoy workouts, but you'll need to find them for free.</p> <p>Some people think they can't get results without their gym or trainer, but many workouts like walking, running, biking, and playing sports can transform your body. Personally I prefer physical activities in which I'm having fun and improving my fitness &mdash; like kickball and dodgeball. There are even plenty of exercises using your own bodyweight to tone and shape, such as push-ups, squats, and lunges, which also are better with a friend. You also can find a fitness-focused Meetup group to join for free, or round up your pals to plan a meeting schedule to work out and support one another.</p> <p><em>Do you know any other times when a gym membership isn't worth it? 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/5-times-a-gym-membership-isnt-worth-it">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/get-a-great-workout-for-free-with-11-simple-moves">Get a Great Workout for Free With 11 Simple Moves</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/13-easy-ways-to-save-on-your-gym-membership">13 Easy Ways to Save on Your Gym Membership</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/11-ways-cycling-can-save-you-money">11 Ways Cycling Can Save You Money</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/10-tricks-to-avoid-workout-burnout">10 Tricks to Avoid Workout Burnout</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Budgeting Health and Beauty busy schedule fitness gym saving money working out Fri, 24 Apr 2015 15:00:10 +0000 Mikey Rox 1396603 at http://www.wisebread.com 9 Quick Workouts You Can Do During Commercial Breaks http://www.wisebread.com/9-quick-workouts-you-can-do-during-commercial-breaks <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/9-quick-workouts-you-can-do-during-commercial-breaks" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/family_exercising_000027499027.jpg" alt="Family exercising together during 2-minute commercial break" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The average half hour television show boasts a full eight minutes of commercials. Double that for your hour-long program, and you have a whole lot of time spent just sitting around. Even if you watch a single half hour show each day, that's almost an hour of extra time in your week when you could be doing something to better yourself. Specifically, something better for your health!</p> <p>So we've compiled the following workouts, all of which can be done in just two minutes each to fit between commercial breaks. Mix and match them during your next television session to add some good-for-you activity to your life. (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. Explosive Cardio</h2> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/hVOm5Thoazg" width="420" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>This <a href="https://youtu.be/hVOm5Thoazg?t=1m15s">cardio workout</a> starts with high knees and quickly progresses into side skaters for a wide range of motion. Standard burpees kick the routine up a notch until its intense finish that adds an explosive hop to the mix. Phew! <em>Game of Thrones</em> is back on!</p> <h2>2. Micro Workout</h2> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/WmrIEmQQoyA" width="420" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>Whether you're sitting on the couch or at your desk, you can totally fit this quickie <a href="https://youtu.be/WmrIEmQQoyA?t=1m18s">total body workout</a> into a break. Squats give your legs a super boost, and you want them nice and deep to get the most benefit. Next, use your desk or dining room table for some standing push-ups before switching to one-armed planks in the same position.</p> <h2>3. Ab Blaster</h2> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/7Qf9pPcGGwE" width="420" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>For more targeted work, try these <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Qf9pPcGGwE">ab-blasting moves</a>. You'll begin with your legs elevated at a 90-degree angle for crunches. Then, contract your abs while you pulse your legs to work on the lower set of muscles. The rest are modifications with challenging static holds.</p> <h2>4. Total Toner</h2> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/VNKOJqT24uc" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>You can do this <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VNKOJqT24uc">toning workout</a> in the time it takes to brush your teeth. Jump your feet back to a plank position and complete a couple push-ups at whatever position feels the most comfortable. The Superman pose is new to me, but I'm surprised how well it firms the muscles on the back of my body with zero impact.</p> <h2>5. Leg Lifter</h2> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/IUQ-nOO7SrA" width="420" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>This <a href="https://youtu.be/IUQ-nOO7SrA?t=1m">killer leg workout</a> is completed in just two power-packed minutes. The exercises are 30 seconds each, starting with a wide sumo squat. After that, do some lunges &mdash; making sure to keep your core engaged. These exercises both progress from slow to fast to get your heart pumping.</p> <h2>6. Arm Sculpter</h2> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/DqtPHn1MnYQ" width="420" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>Don't forget your arms! You can sculpt and gain strength with a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqtPHn1MnYQ">fast arm routine</a> and a couple light dumbbells. Begin with a few jumping-jacks to get your cardio going, then move to alternating overhead presses, hammer curls, and tricep work. Don't have weights? Try using soup cans or water bottles!</p> <h2>7. Best Basic</h2> <p>If you'd rather not follow a video or instructor, try something basic like jumping rope, walking in place (or on a treadmill), or doing a mix of body weight workouts you know by heart. When in doubt, just keep moving for two minutes, whether it's doing crunches, push-ups, jumping jacks, side jumps, or even just dancing around the room with your kids.</p> <h2>8. Super Stretch</h2> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/87KgosW6oHo" width="420" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>Switch up your mini-workout series with a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87KgosW6oHo">good stretch</a>. These yoga poses flow from one to the next in quick succession. Control your motion and keep proper posture for best results. Your muscles will feel incredibly refreshed and relaxed after this one.</p> <h2>9. Big Breath</h2> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/YaHClc2D5Tw" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>Bonus: Most of us don't fit relaxation into our day, yet it's important to take time &mdash; even two minutes &mdash; to slow down and restore. This <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YaHClc2D5Tw">breathing sequence</a> will help wind down your mind and body or, alternatively, recharge your batteries before the day's next big task. Inhale, exhale, and repeat.</p> <p><em>What productive activities do you do while watching the tube?</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/9-quick-workouts-you-can-do-during-commercial-breaks">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/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-2 views-row-even"> <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-3 views-row-odd"> <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> <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/14-reasons-youre-bad-at-exercising">14 Reasons You&#039;re Bad at Exercising</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/13-easy-ways-to-save-on-your-gym-membership">13 Easy Ways to Save on Your Gym Membership</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty Productivity cardio commercial breaks exercise working out yoga Fri, 17 Apr 2015 13:00:10 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1388452 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Tips to Get in Shape Without the Gym http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-tips-to-get-in-shape-without-the-gym <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-tips-to-get-in-shape-without-the-gym" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/run-2127795-small.jpg" alt="running" title="running" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></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 some fantastic articles on getting in shape without the gym, tactics for remembering names, and what to do if you've been the victim of identity theft.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.moneytalksnews.com/2014/01/16/diy-fitness-10-tips-to-get-in-shape-without-the-gym/">DIY Fitness: 10 Tips to Get In Shape Without the Gym</a> &mdash; To get in shape without the gym, use technology to help track your progress and commit to run a race or marathon. [Money Talks News]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Remember-Names-23735981">Forget Me Not: 8 Tactics For Remembering Names</a> &mdash; Asking for someone's business card can help you remember their name. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.creditsesame.com/blog/steps-take-immediately-victim-identity-theft/">5 Steps to Take Immediately If You've Been a Victim of Identity Theft</a> &mdash; If you've been the victim of identity theft, one of the first things you should do is put a security freeze on your credit report. [Credit Sesame]</p> <p><a href="http://www.marketwatch.com/story/bitcoin-basics-what-you-need-to-know-2014-04-09">Bitcoin Basics: What You Need to Know</a> &mdash; Bitcoins reduce the possibility of identity theft but have a high risk of loss. [MarketWatch]</p> <p><a href="http://kiplinger.com/article/credit/T016-C000-S003-what-to-do-about-the-target-data-theft.html?si=1">What to Do About the Target Data Theft</a> &mdash; Requesting that your bank to send you a new card is one of the best ways to protect yourself if you shopped at Target during the time of their data breach. [Kiplinger]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://bargainbabe.com/indoor-garage-sale/">How to Have an Indoor Garage Sale</a> &mdash; To have an indoor garage sale, visually mark off the sale area in your home. [Bargain Babe]</p> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2014/01/30-steps-to-great-finances-steps-22-through-24.html">30 Steps to Great Finances: Steps 22 through 24</a> &mdash; If you want to have great finances, get proper insurance. [Free Money Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://www.bargaineering.com/articles/132-worth-clothes-free-clothing-swap.html">How I got $132 worth of clothes for free</a> &mdash; Have you ever been to a clothing swap party before? [Bargaineering]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/11-reasons-you-should-have-a-parental-sense-of-humor">11 Reasons You Should Have a Parental Sense of Humor</a> &mdash; It is important for parents to have a sense of humor because it will help you connect with your kids. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://yesiamcheap.com/2014/01/bill-payment-practices-of-gen-yers/">Bill Payment Practices of Gen Yers</a> &mdash; Did you know that 21% of Gen Yers have never written a check? [Yes, I Am Cheap]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-tips-to-get-in-shape-without-the-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-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/get-a-great-workout-for-free-with-11-simple-moves">Get a Great Workout for Free With 11 Simple Moves</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/13-easy-ways-to-save-on-your-gym-membership">13 Easy Ways to Save on Your Gym Membership</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/getting-started-in-indoor-cycle-class">Getting Started in Indoor Cycle Class</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-times-a-gym-membership-isnt-worth-it">5 Times a Gym Membership Isn&#039;t Worth It</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/8-ways-to-trick-yourself-into-enjoying-cardio">8 Ways to Trick Yourself Into Enjoying Cardio</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty best money tips DIY exercise gym working out Mon, 20 Jan 2014 11:00:12 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1112080 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Work Out Without Over Working Your Budget http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-work-out-without-over-working-your-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-work-out-without-over-working-your-budget" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/3049152556_1a337b4677_z-1.jpg" alt="Work Out Without Over Working Your Budget" title="Work Out Without Over Working Your Budget" 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 some great articles on working out without over working your budget, saving money every month, and where you can listen to music for free.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.consumerismcommentary.com/how-to-work-out-without-over-working-your-budget/">How to Work Out Without Over Working Your Budget</a> &mdash; Instead of purchasing a treadmill or gym membership, get outside and run. [Consumerism Commentary]</p> <p><a href="http://www.biblemoneymatters.com/50-easy-ways-to-save-money-every-month/">50 Easy Ways To Save Money Every Month</a> &mdash; To save money every month, stop paying full price for things. [Bible Money Matters]</p> <p><a href="http://genxfinance.com/five-places-you-can-listen-to-music-for-free/">Five Places You Can Listen to Music for Free</a> &mdash; Want to listen to music for free? Try Pandora or NoiseTrade. [Generation X Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://savingsscoop.com/25-ways-to-have-fun/?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SavingsScoop+%28Savings+Scoop%29">25 Ways to have fun</a> &mdash; Have fun by spending a day at the beach. [Savings Scoop]</p> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2012/05/10-things-you-can-give-your-network.html">10 Things You Can Give Your Network</a> &mdash; Network with people by taking someone out to lunch once a week. [Free Money Finance]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://dallisonlee.com/blog/2012/05/07/wallet-organization/">How to Organize a Wallet</a> &mdash; Only carry the cards you use in your wallet and be sure to empty out receipts at the end of each day. [Organize to Revitalize!]</p> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneywisdom.com/top-gifts-for-mothers-day/">Top 10 Mother's Day Gifts under $25</a> &mdash; This Mother's Day, consider getting your mom a Starbuck's gift card or a new iPad case. [Free Money Wisdom]</p> <p><a href="http://www.girlsjustwannahavefunds.com/7-ways-to-save-when-travelling-in-europe">7 Ways to Save When Travelling in Europe</a> &mdash; When travelling in Europe, save money on transportation and walk! [Girls Just Wanna Have Funds]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/meal-planning-apps-to-help-you-eat-locally">4 Meal Planning Apps That Will Help You Eat Locally</a> &mdash; Use the Harvest meal planning app to help you eat locally. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Uses-Vaseline-22999978">7 Smart Uses For Vaseline</a> &mdash; Did you know that you can use vaseline to protect your skin from hair dye? [SavvySugar]</p> <h2>News &amp; Events</h2> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-100-most-popular-personal-finance-blogs/news/2012/04/get-rich-slowlys-moolah-tweetchat-1">Get Rich Slowly's #moolah Tweetchat</a> &mdash; Don't miss Get Rich Slowly's #moolah tweetchat today at 4pm PST!</p> <p>Be sure to check out our <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-100-most-popular-personal-finance-blogs/news">News &amp; Events Calendar</a> to see all the awesome upcoming events in the personal finance world!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-work-out-without-over-working-your-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-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/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-2 views-row-even"> <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-3 views-row-odd"> <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> <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/9-quick-workouts-you-can-do-during-commercial-breaks">9 Quick Workouts You Can Do During Commercial Breaks</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/13-easy-ways-to-save-on-your-gym-membership">13 Easy Ways to Save on Your Gym Membership</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty best money tips exercise work out working out Wed, 09 May 2012 10:00:17 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 928766 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Work Out Without a Gym Membership http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-work-out-without-a-gym-membership <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-work-out-without-a-gym-membership" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/6057134230_97d864f62b_z-1.jpg" alt="Work Out Without a Gym Membership" title="Work Out Without a Gym Membership" 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 some great articles on exercising without a gym membership, booking holiday travel, and how to stick with a budget.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://zenhabits.net/minimalist-fitness-how-to-get-in-lean-shape-with-little-or-no-equipment/">How to Get in Shape with Little or No Equipment</a> &mdash; You can get a fantastic workout with little or no equipment. [Zen Habits]</p> <p><a href="http://www.kiplinger.com/columns/kiptips/archives/time-to-book-holiday-travel.html">Time to Book Holiday Travel</a> &mdash; When booking your holiday travel, keep in mind the best day to book flights is Tuesday. [Kiplinger]</p> <p><a href="http://christianpf.com/how-to-stick-with-a-budget/">How to Stick With a Budget</a> &mdash; To be successful in sticking with your budget, choose the best budget tool for you. [Christian PF]</p> <p><a href="http://www.openforum.com/articles/3-ways-to-use-your-social-networks-effectively">3 Ways To Use Your Social Networks Effectively</a> &mdash; To use your social networks effectively, try to develop your information brokers. [American Express OPEN Forum]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Interview-Follow-Up-Email-Template-19179139">Savvy Tip: Follow Up After a Job Interview</a> &mdash; Be sure to follow up after a job interview. It will improve the interviewer's perception of you. [SavvySugar]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.thedigeratilife.com/blog/leverage-a-weak-stock-market/">14 Effective Strategies To Leverage A Weak Stock Market</a> &mdash; Leverage a weak stock market by teaching yourself to be more frugal. [The Digerati Life]</p> <p><a href="http://cashmoneylife.com/know-you-will-lose-your-job/">What to Do When You Know You Will Lose Your Job</a> &mdash; If you know you will lose your job, start looking for a new job immediately. [Cash Money Life]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thecentsiblelife.com/2011/09/7-ways-to-entertain-your-kids-when-youre-sick/">7 Ways to Entertain your kids when you're sick</a> &mdash; Entertain your kids when you are under the weather by giving them a couple hours of screen time. [The Centsible Life]</p> <p><a href="http://financialhighway.com/6-ways-to-say-thanks-for-little-to-nothing/">6 Ways to Say &quot;Thanks&quot; For Little to Nothing</a> &mdash; Say thanks if someone did something for you by making them cookies. [Financial Highway]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/5-great-family-halloween-movies">5 Great Family Halloween Movies</a> &mdash; This Halloween, consider watching 'It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown' with your family. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-work-out-without-a-gym-membership">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/8-legit-ways-to-use-the-gym-for-free">8 Legit Ways to Use the Gym for Free</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-times-a-gym-membership-isnt-worth-it">5 Times a Gym Membership Isn&#039;t Worth It</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/why-going-to-the-gym-is-a-waste-of-money-time-and-resources">Why Going to the Gym Is a Waste of Money, Time, and Resources</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/get-a-great-workout-for-free-with-11-simple-moves">Get a Great Workout for Free With 11 Simple Moves</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/13-easy-ways-to-save-on-your-gym-membership">13 Easy Ways to Save on Your Gym Membership</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Lifestyle best money tips gym gym membership working out Mon, 26 Sep 2011 10:00:49 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 715408 at http://www.wisebread.com Getting Started in Indoor Cycle Class http://www.wisebread.com/getting-started-in-indoor-cycle-class <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/getting-started-in-indoor-cycle-class" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000002057269XSmall.jpg" alt="Spinning bikes" title="Spinning bikes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You may be wondering how to get exercise during the winter. Indoor cycling (or spinning) classes are a great solution. Even if being led by an instructor who shouts commands may seem ridiculous, the benefits to fitness are tremendous. You can get a great cardio workout in a short amount of time within a safe, temperate environment. If you've wondered about this workout option or want to get more out of class, consider these tips on getting started and getting the most from your time.</p> <h3>Know what you're getting yourself into</h3> <p>You'll ride a stationary bike in a cycle studio, surrounded by fellow athletes-in-training. An instructor will lead exercise sessions, generally lasting from 30 to 60 minutes. A typical workout will attempt to simulate an outdoor bike ride that may include sprinting (spinning the bike pedals really fast), climbing (turning a knob to adjust resistance for a more difficult gear), and working recovery (pedaling at a slowed pace and/or lower resistance). Often there is music accompanying the rides and cyclists are advised to pedal at a speed that is in sync with the beat.</p> <p>Some may think that they are not in good enough shape to attempt a cycle class. These thoughts seem odd to me because you can easily adjust the workout to your own pace and strength. But be careful to avoid elevating your heart rate to dangerously high levels through overexertion and letting your heart rate drop too quickly by stopping suddenly.</p> <h3>Follow the sign-up process and get to class on time</h3> <p>Start by getting a class schedule and learning the rules about class registration processes, which can be quirky.&nbsp;If there is not a formal sign-up procedure, find out how early most people arrive for class and whether classes are generally full.</p> <p>My gym (the local YMCA) requires participants&nbsp;to sign up for classes. You can call as early as 24 hours ahead of the hour that the class begins. For example, if a Tuesday class starts at 8:20 a.m., then call as early as 8:20 a.m. on Monday. Competition is fierce, so late callers are placed on a waiting list. Another local gym takes participating members&nbsp;on a first-come, first-serve basis for each class. It also allows non-members to take a class for a fee.</p> <p>Make sure you get to class on time or early. One of the most compelling reasons is to keep your reserved space. The instructor may assign reserved spaces to those on the waiting list if you don't arrive at the specified time (for example, if you haven't arrived for a 8:20 a.m. class by 8:15 a.m., then you lose your space). A few more reasons to arrive early are to:</p> <ul> <li>Find a bike in a location that you prefer (you may want to avoid cycling next to the loud speakers or find a spot that allows you to see the instructor)<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Have plenty of time to set up your bike<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Start warming up</li> </ul> <p>Lastly, some instructors will&nbsp;not allow you to join a class in progress, so late arrivers don't get a chance to participate.</p> <h3>Bring water and a towel</h3> <p>Many classes require participants to bring water and a towel. Some folks may forget these items and may buy a single-use water bottle at the gym and substitute paper towels for a real towel. Pack your gym bag (or your car trunk) with an extra water bottle and towel to save money.</p> <p>Consider using oversized hand towels or smaller bath towels. These cover the entire handlebar area and help you avoid getting and giving germs.</p> <h3>Drink water and eat before class</h3> <p>Exercising while thirsty or hungry may cause you to restrict your activity, counteracting the purpose of participating in&nbsp;this fitness class. If you're planning a vigorous workout, drink some water and eat normally the day of the class. To boost your energy, try a smoothie an hour or so before your workout. (I make mine with yogurt, orange juice, frozen bananas, and blueberries.)</p> <p>Leave the energy gel or similar products at home. Since you're exercising in a controlled environment, you don't have to worry getting stranded on your bike 30 miles from home or slowing down your riding group because you're tired. If you start feeling sluggish, slow your pace or lower the resistance.</p> <h3>Dress appropriately</h3> <p>A basic t-shirt and shorts should work fine, though many people will wear a top with <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Layered_clothing">moisture-wicking capabilities</a> and cycle shorts (close-fitting shorts are helpful as they won't snag on the seat when you stand using the pedals as support). Some folks wear long-sleeve shirts and sweatpants, but they will often become uncomfortable, feeling nice and warm as the workout begins but getting too hot as the session continues.</p> <p>Cycle shoes are an extra and possibly unnecessary expense. If you are a beginner, wait to see if you'll enjoy the classes before buying extra gear. If you plan to cycle outdoors or anticipate using <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bicycle_pedal#Clipless_pedals">clipless pedals</a> in the future, cycle shoes for indoor class can be helpful. You'll be more likely to strengthen the muscles that you'll use in outdoor cycling. You'll also become more accustomed to the feel of wearing the shoes, clipping in, and clipping out. Choose shoes that will fit a stationary bike and can be used on your bike (note that you may need to buy new pedals for your bike).</p> <h3>Learn to set up your bike</h3> <p>Your instructor should be able to give you guidance on proper bike set-up. The gym may offer an introductory session to guide you through personalized set-up and explain basic guidelines, such as the meaning of instructions pertaining to adding resistance, increasing speed, doing an active recovery, etc. Make adjustments based on your comfort level and outdoor riding style. If your knees start hurting, for example, you may need to change your settings (or lighten the resistance until you become stronger).</p> <p>Before each class session, check the bike before you start your set up. Wipe off residual sweat from earlier classes, or choose another bike depending on your &quot;ickiness&quot; tolerance. (Also, remember to wipe down and clean your bike before you leave class.)</p> <h3>Adjust your ride</h3> <p>You may need to make adjustments to the ride based on your goals. Generally, it's easiest to follow the cues of the instructor and make minor adjustments to speed and/or resistance. For example, the instructor may be focusing on strength when you are interested in gaining speed, but you can quietly make changes that suit your needs without distracting other cyclists.</p> <p>Some instructions may be hard to follow &mdash; such as when the instructor asks you to create enough resistance to simulate a standing climb and then tells you to sit down and pedal (I find this task nearly impossible to accomplish: if there is enough resistance to hold my weight standing, then there is too much resistance to pedal when seated).</p> <h3>Recover</h3> <p>Don't leave without stretching, though some routines can be confusing. Listening carefully to the instructor and following the lead of your classmates can be helpful but invariably someone stretches to the right while another is moving to the left. Stretching at home (using <a href="http://bicyclerenaissance.com/articles/stretching-after-you-ride-pg119.htm">routines specific to cycling</a>) can be useful in understanding various techniques.</p> <p>To help your muscles recover from the workout, consider drinking a glass of <a href="http://www.healthytheory.com/milk-outperforms-high-tech-sports-drinks">chocolate milk</a>, which has been reported to have benefits exceeding sports beverages.</p> <p>Indoor cycle classes won't give you all the skills you need to excel in cycling. To hone real-life cycling skills (e.g., climbing, descending, outrunning dogs, and avoiding hazards), you'll need to ride outside: brave the cold now or wait until spring for nicer weather. Classes will definitely help your conditioning, though, so that you can build and maintain a base of fitness that will last year-round.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/julie-rains">Julie Rains</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/getting-started-in-indoor-cycle-class">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/get-a-great-workout-for-free-with-11-simple-moves">Get a Great Workout for Free With 11 Simple Moves</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/13-easy-ways-to-save-on-your-gym-membership">13 Easy Ways to Save on Your Gym Membership</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-times-a-gym-membership-isnt-worth-it">5 Times a Gym Membership Isn&#039;t Worth It</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/9-quick-workouts-you-can-do-during-commercial-breaks">9 Quick Workouts You Can Do During Commercial Breaks</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/10-clever-ways-to-improve-your-home-gym">10 Clever Ways to Improve Your Home Gym</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty cycling exercise gym working out Thu, 18 Nov 2010 14:00:09 +0000 Julie Rains 294584 at http://www.wisebread.com