gym http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/9317/all en-US 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-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/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/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/12-cheap-home-workout-hacks-for-people-with-no-equipment-and-no-room">12 Cheap Home Workout Hacks for People With No Equipment and No Room</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <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> </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-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/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/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/12-cheap-home-workout-hacks-for-people-with-no-equipment-and-no-room">12 Cheap Home Workout Hacks for People With No Equipment and No Room</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-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 exercise fitness gym movement natural workouts working out Fri, 31 Jul 2015 11:00:15 +0000 Philip Brewer 1506027 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-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/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/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/flashback-friday-the-95-best-ways-to-get-fit-for-free">Flashback Friday: The 95 Best Ways to Get Fit for Free</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-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/12-cheap-home-workout-hacks-for-people-with-no-equipment-and-no-room">12 Cheap Home Workout Hacks for People With No Equipment and No Room</a></span> </div> </li> </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 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-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/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/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/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/9-quick-workouts-you-can-do-during-commercial-breaks">9 Quick Workouts You Can Do During Commercial Breaks</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: Score a Gym Membership Deal http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-score-a-gym-membership-deal <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-score-a-gym-membership-deal" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/6497104445_d9c9c4f355_z.jpg" alt="gym" title="gym" 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 stellar articles on ways to score a gym membership deal, tax-savvy moves retirees can use, and how to become a &quot;garage sale millionaire.&quot;</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.mainstreet.com/article/smart-spending/bargains/deals/10-ways-score-gym-membership-deal-0">10 Ways to Score a Gym Membership Deal</a> &mdash; To score a gym membership deal, negotiate and know the contract you are signing. [MainStreet]</p> <p><a href="http://www.kiplinger.com/article/retirement/T037-C000-S004-tax-savvy-moves-retirees-can-use-to-trim-2012-tab.html">Tax-Savvy Moves Retirees Can Use to Trim 2012 Tab</a> &mdash; Retirees can trim their 2012 tax tab by checking for IRA-to-charity rollovers. [Kiplinger]</p> <p><a href="http://www.mint.com/blog/how-to/how-to-become-a-garage-sale-millionaire-0213/">How to Become a &quot;Garage Sale Millionaire&quot;</a> &mdash; If you want to become a garage sale millionaire, look for tin toys that were made in in the late 19th and early 20th century. [MintLife Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneytalksnews.com/2013/02/07/how-to-tell-if-youre-dating-a-deadbeat/">How to Tell If You're Dating a Deadbeat</a> &mdash; You may be dating a deadbeat if they admit their credit cards are maxed out. [Money Talks News]</p> <p><a href="http://money.msn.com/frugal-living/post.aspx?post=212754ce-adc9-4384-86ac-f025cedbc0b6&amp;ref=bfv">Why retail therapy doesn't work</a> &mdash; Did you know you are more likely to be happy before you make a purchase than after? [MSN Money]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.creditsesame.com/blog/how-your-birth-order-affects-your-finances/">How your birth order affects your finances</a> &mdash; Are you the first born in your family? Chances are you are more responsible with your finances. [Credit Sesame]</p> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2013/02/financial-to-do-list-for-2013.html">Financial to Do List for 2013</a> &mdash; Put one of your savings on auto-pilot and buy life insurance this year. [Free Money Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Grocery-Shopping-Terms-27861904">Grocery Jargon: 10 Terms to Know Before You Hit the Aisles</a> &mdash; Before you head to the grocery store, familiarize yourself with the terms GMOs and gluten-free. [SavvySugar]</p> <p><a href="http://www.bargaineering.com/articles/surprised-hidden-hotel-fees.html">Will You Be Surprised By Hidden Hotel Fees?</a> &mdash; Did you know you could be charged a fee for having an in-room safe? [Bargaineering]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/10-indoor-activities-for-acrive-kids">10 Indoor Activities for Active Kids</a> &mdash; If you have active kids, keep them entertained indoors and have a dance party! [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-score-a-gym-membership-deal">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/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/being-healthy-can-have-big-cash-rewards">Being Healthy Can Have Big Cash Rewards</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/is-the-wii-fit-a-cheap-workout">Is the Wii Fit a cheap workout?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-legit-ways-to-use-the-gym-for-free">8 Legit Ways to Use the Gym for Free</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty best money tips gym gym membership deal membership Mon, 11 Feb 2013 11:00:30 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 967770 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Legit Ways to Use the Gym for Free http://www.wisebread.com/8-legit-ways-to-use-the-gym-for-free <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-legit-ways-to-use-the-gym-for-free" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/gym.jpg" alt="Gym and gym equipment." title="gym interior" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="150" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You may love running outside, cycling on a greenway or roadway, or <a target="_blank" href="http://www.wisebread.com/where-to-find-free-or-cheap-yoga-classes">practicing yoga on your own</a>, all for free. Still, you might also enjoy and benefit from a workout at a gym, lifting weights or doing resistance exercises using special equipment, taking an <a target="_blank" href="http://www.wisebread.com/getting-started-in-indoor-cycle-class">indoor cycle class</a> with friends, swimming in a full-length pool, or running on the treadmill when it&rsquo;s rainy, windy, or freezing outside.</p> <p>Gym memberships can be expensive and may require year-long commitments. But, in some cases, you can use fitness facilities for free. Some freebies are available to anyone, while others are available to you as part of a package deal minus the long-term obligations. Consider these frugal and respectable ways to get access to a gym. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/fitness-for-people-who-hate-exercise">Fitness for People Who&nbsp;Hate Exercise</a>)</p> <h3>1. Work Out on Free Days</h3> <p>Privately-owned gyms often have free classes or days when all classes are free and open to the general public. In my area, friends have told me about freebies at their gyms: a women&rsquo;s-only facility hosts a dance-type class on Sundays, and a CrossFit location holds Saturday sessions at no charge.</p> <p>Such offerings provide a way for owners to give back to the community and, at the same time, attract new members.</p> <h3>2. Sign Up for a Triathlon Training or Running Program</h3> <p>Many personal trainers, triathlon coaches, running coaches, and the like partner with local gyms and Ys to get you ready for specific athletic events. These training programs help prepare you for 5Ks and other road races, challenge events like mud runs, and triathlons.</p> <p>The program fee may include a short-term membership at a local gym or Y, even if most of the training is done offsite. For example, I completed a 12-week sprint triathlon program that included a 3-month membership to the YMCA. Participants paid for the training program but got to use the gym at no additional charge.</p> <h3>3. Get a Free Pass</h3> <p>The YMCA, YWCA, and private gyms often give free passes for a few visits or unlimited ones for a month or some designated period.</p> <p>At the local Y, you might be able to snag a pass on your own or get one from a friend who is a member. Privately run and specialty gyms may be more generous with freebies, allowing you to visit several times in a given month as a way of enticing you to join.</p> <h3>4. Participate in Community Programs</h3> <p>Community outreach arms of local organizations occasionally offer free exercise programs or single sessions to area residents as a way of encouraging healthy habits. Sometimes sessions are held at local fitness gyms and studios, giving you the chance to visit the facility, use equipment, and check out specialty classes.</p> <p>Look for a schedule of programs sponsored by area hospitals, health promotion agencies, parks and recreation departments, and even your own employer. You may need to register for a newsletter or health &quot;club&quot; to hear about the activities but generally these are <a target="_blank" href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-find-free-or-cheap-health-resources">free health resources</a>.</p> <h3>5. Ask for a Gym Membership as a Gift or Benefit</h3> <p>Someone has to pay for the membership but in this scenario, using the gym is technically free for you. If you are hoping to avoid getting stuff that will clutter your home, then you may ask for an annual gym membership depending on the gift-giver&rsquo;s budget.</p> <p>Similarly, consider asking your employer for a free gym membership as an employee benefit.</p> <h3>6. Visit the Hotel&rsquo;s Gym</h3> <p>When you are staying at a hotel, use the gym for free (ditto for a resort). The size and quality of these facilities vary, but you should be able to find cardio and weight equipment.</p> <p>If your job requires lots of travel, consider getting free gym workouts when you are on the road and exercising outside when you are home.</p> <h3>7. Enroll in College</h3> <p>The fitness facilities at many colleges and universities are outstanding. As a student, you will likely have access to these gyms for free. They may include studios for group classes, weight training machines, indoor tracks, basketball courts, swimming pools, and climbing walls.</p> <p>Most schools grant access to full-time students only. But if you are thinking about taking a class, ask about part-time student benefits to see if you are eligible for free fitness services.</p> <h3>8. Get a Part-Time Job at the Gym</h3> <p>Employees at a Y, private gym, studio, or swim club typically enjoy free memberships. You may need to earn a certification and teach classes, or provide administrative or childcare services. This way of using the gym for free isn&rsquo;t the simplest solution but may be a great way to avoid membership fees while picking up some extra cash. (See <a target="_blank" href="http://www.wisebread.com/part-time-jobs-that-can-get-you-serious-discounts">part-time jobs that can get you serious discounts</a>.)</p> <p>Alternatively, you could get a job with a college, university or other organization that allows use of its fitness facilities.</p> <p>Finally, if you don&rsquo;t want to get a job just to use the gym for free, consider <a target="_blank" href="http://www.fitsugar.com/How-Get-Free-Gym-Classes-20142659">bartering services for free classes</a>.</p> <p>Workout for free while you decide your next fitness move. You may discover that the gym becomes an essential part of your regimen. Or, you could find that &mdash; while occasional visits to a new facility are invigorating &mdash; you would rather exercise outside or in <a target="_blank" href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-create-a-great-home-gym">your home gym</a>.</p> <p><em>Have you enjoyed the use of a gym for free?</em></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/8-legit-ways-to-use-the-gym-for-free">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/where-to-find-free-or-cheap-yoga-classes">Where to Find Free or Cheap Yoga Classes</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/easy-ways-to-rein-in-your-spending-without-sacrificing-fun">Easy Ways to Rein in Your Spending Without Sacrificing Fun</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-resistance-bands">The 5 Best Resistance Bands</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/how-to-avoid-putting-on-recession-pounds">How to Avoid Putting on Recession Pounds</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/20-great-body-weight-exercises-and-why-you-should-do-them">20 Great Body Weight Exercises (and Why You Should Do Them)</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty Lifestyle affordable exercise free things gym Thu, 10 Jan 2013 11:36:33 +0000 Julie Rains 962933 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Get Your Exercise Without Going to the Gym http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-get-your-exercise-without-going-to-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-get-your-exercise-without-going-to-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/1846504959_d97aad727a_z-1.jpg" alt="Get Your Exercise Without Going to the Gym" title="Get Your Exercise Without Going to the Gym" 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 awesome articles on getting exercise without going to the gym, cheap London Olympic&nbsp; travel, and grocery items with a long shelf life.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://financialhighway.com/get-your-exercise-without-going-gym/?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+financialhighway%2Fray+%28Financial+Highway%29">Get Your Exercise Without Going to the Gym</a> &mdash; Switch out your office chair for a ball to get some exercise without hitting the gym. [Financial Highway]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thefrugaltoad.com/travelandleisure/how-travel-cheap-london-2012-olympics">How to Travel Cheap at the 2012 London Olympics</a> &mdash; If you are headed to London for the 2012 Olympics, look into getting a Tastecard to save some money on food. [The Frugal Toad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Items-Dont-Expire-23603961">10 Grocery Items With A Long Shelf Life</a> &mdash; White rice and salt both have long shelf lives. [SavvySugar]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savingtoinvest.com/2012/06/5-things-your-financial-advisor-wont-tell-you.html">5 Things Your Financial Advisor Won't Tell You</a> &mdash; Chances are, your financial advisor won't tell youthat they pass your financial plan to ghostwriters. [Saving to Inve$t]</p> <p><a href="http://www.threethriftyguys.com/2012/06/best-time-to-negotiate-your-salary/">Why Now May be the Best Time to Negotiate Your Salary</a> &mdash; Thinking about asking for a raise? Now may be a good time to do so since the economy may be headed south again. [Three Thrifty Guys]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.paidtwice.com/2012/06/14/3-tips-for-reducing-your-homes-insurance-premium/?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+IvePaidForThisTwiceAlready+%28I%27ve+Paid+For+This+Twice+Already...%29">3 Tips for Reducing Your Home's Insurance Premium</a> &mdash; To reduce your home's insurance premium, make your home disaster ready. [I've Paid For This Twice Already]</p> <p><a href="http://www.narrowbridge.net/how-to-curb-impulse-purchases/">How to Curb Impulse Purchases </a>&mdash; Curb impulse spending by waiting two weeks to spend more than $100 on any given item. If you forgot about the item, you successfully avoided an impulse buy! [Narrow Bridge]</p> <p><a href="http://www.stackthechips.com/how-to-live-on-a-fixed-income/">How To Live On a Fixed Income</a> &mdash; When living on a fixed income, try to reduce your expenses. [Stack The Chips]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/how-to-keep-your-baby-safe-and-comfortable-in-the-summer-heat">How to Keep Your Baby Safe and Comfortable in the Summer Heat</a> &mdash; Keep your baby safe and comfortable in the summer heat by staying inside during the hottest parts of the day. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://blog.creditkarma.com/step-by-step/saving-and-investing/what-to-do-with-windfall-cash/">What To Do With &quot;Windfall&quot; Cash</a> &mdash; If you come across some extra cash, wait thirty days before doing anything with it. [Credit Karma Blog]</p> <h2>News &amp; Events</h2> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-100-most-popular-personal-finance-blogs/news/2012/06/wise-bread-tweetchat-wbchat">Wise Bread Tweetchat (#WBChat)</a> &mdash; Don't miss our weekly #WBChat at 12pm PST! We will be giving away prizes!</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-get-your-exercise-without-going-to-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-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/the-ultimate-green-workout">The Ultimate &quot;Green&quot; Workout</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-99-best-fitness-hacks-of-all-time">Flashback Friday: The 99 Best Fitness Hacks of All Time</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/walk-walk-walk-walk-walk">Walk, walk, walk, walk, walk</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/these-7-exercises-are-scientifically-proven-to-increase-happiness">These 7 Exercises Are Scientifically Proven to Increase Happiness</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty best money tips exercise fitness gym Health Thu, 21 Jun 2012 10:00:17 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 935254 at http://www.wisebread.com Easy Ways to Rein in Your Spending Without Sacrificing Fun http://www.wisebread.com/easy-ways-to-rein-in-your-spending-without-sacrificing-fun <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/easy-ways-to-rein-in-your-spending-without-sacrificing-fun" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/5453050233_b72f02b565_z_0.jpg" alt="family at park" title="family at park" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you are like most people, you may find it difficult to save money because you feel like you will miss out on all the good things in life if you are pinching your pennies. Sure, fabulous meals out, exotic vacations, stylish clothes, and cool gadgets are nice to have, but they can really rack up the bills. The good news is that by making a few small changes, you can enjoy the same quality of life you have always had without giving your wallet a beating. Here are a few examples. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-frugal-changes-you-can-make-today">25 Frugal Changes You Can Make Today</a>)</p> <h3>Set Up a Card-Less Bank Account</h3> <p>ATM cards are ridiculously convenient. They allow you to take out money any time of day or night, whenever and wherever you need it. However, this also makes it tempting for you to spend that money wherever and whenever. There are many banks that allow you to operate on a no-card basis, so you can only deposit or withdraw money directly from a teller or, in the case of a high-yield online savings account, only via an online transfer.</p> <p>With these accounts you must physically go in to a bank to withdraw money, or wait a few days for the transfer to go through. This makes it more difficult to withdraw the funds, so it may prevent you from making impulse purchases. In addition, many card-less bank accounts have lower withdrawal fees and offer higher interest rates, so you may actually save more.</p> <h3>Host Nights in Instead of Going Out</h3> <p>A night out could cost you an arm and a leg in restaurant bills, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-watch-movies-in-the-theater-for-free">movie tickets</a>, overpriced drinks, taxis, or cover charges. On the other hand, staying in can be very inexpensive and just as fun. Invite people over to your house for a movie night, throw a BBQ or a potluck dinner, or just relax with a bottle of wine and good company. There are plenty of things you can do in the comfort of your own home that are enjoyable, yet cost next to nothing.</p> <h3>Get Fit Without the Gym</h3> <p>We all know that going to the gym is an excellent way to stay fit and healthy, but <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-going-to-the-gym-is-a-waste-of-money-time-and-resources">gym membership fees can also be wildly expensive</a>. Besides, who wants to stay cooped up in the gym when you can be enjoying the great outdoors? Think about ditching the gym membership and taking up cycling, walking, or hiking, especially if you live in a walkable neighborhood. If the weather is not great, invest in a yoga mat and some exercise DVDs that you can do at home. The amount you save on one month of gym fees will easily cover the costs of the DVDs and mat.</p> <h3>Scour Your City for Free or Discounted Events</h3> <p>There is nearly always something cheap to do if you know where to look. Search online listings or in your local papers for interesting events that do not cost anything to attend. Many festivals, outdoor concerts, and cultural events do not charge admission. In addition, many <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-visit-museums-for-free">museums, art galleries, and theaters offer special deals</a> on certain days of the week. For a completely free outing, take a trip to your local park for a picnic or an afternoon gathering instead spending money in restaurants and coffee shops.</p> <p>Cutting back on spending does not mean you have to cut back on fun as well. There are many ways you can have a good time without spending a cent. All it takes is some creative thinking and slight lifestyle changes, and you can enjoy life while watching your savings grow.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/david-ning">David Ning</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/easy-ways-to-rein-in-your-spending-without-sacrificing-fun">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/score-how-to-host-a-great-game-night">Score! How to Host a Great Game Night</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/50-ways-to-have-free-outdoor-fun">50+ Ways to Have Free Outdoor Fun</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/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-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-fun-and-cheap-things-to-do-during-the-weekday">8 Fun and Cheap Things to Do During the Weekday</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/massive-list-of-things-to-do-while-watching-tv">Massive List of Things to Do While Watching TV</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Banking Entertainment Lifestyle debit cards free things game nights gym things to do Mon, 18 Jun 2012 10:36:08 +0000 David Ning 935143 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-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/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/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-3 views-row-odd"> <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-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/easy-ways-to-rein-in-your-spending-without-sacrificing-fun">Easy Ways to Rein in Your Spending Without Sacrificing Fun</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 Ask The Readers: Do You Pay For A Gym Membership? http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-do-you-pay-for-a-gym-membership <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ask-the-readers-do-you-pay-for-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/513360685_c97cea5d98_z-1.jpg" alt="Do You Pay For A Gym Membership?" title="Do You Pay For A Gym Membership?" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Editor's Note: Congratulations to </em><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-do-you-pay-for-a-gym-membership#comment-499205"><em>Sarah V</em></a><em>, </em><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-do-you-pay-for-a-gym-membership#comment-499241"><em>Raina</em></a><em>, and </em><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-do-you-pay-for-a-gym-membership#comment-499199"><em>Alex</em></a><em> for winning this week's contest!</em></p> <p>Staying healthy and being in shape is something most people strive to do. For many people, this means paying for a gym membership. However, some people opt to work out outside the gym to avoid paying a monthly membership fee.</p> <p><strong>Do you pay for a gym membership? &nbsp;</strong>Or do you prefer to exercise outside of a gym environment? Why?</p> <p>Tell us if you pay for a gym membership and we'll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</p> <h2>Win 1 of 3 $20 Amazon Gift Cards</h2> <p>We're doing three giveaways &mdash; one for random comments, one for random Facebook &quot;Likes&quot;, and another one for random tweets.</p> <h3>Mandatory Entry:&nbsp;</h3> <ul> <li>Post your answer in the comments below&nbsp;</li> </ul> <h3>For extra entries (1 per action):</h3> <ul> <li>Go to our <a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Wise-Bread/26830741467?ref=ts">Facebook page</a>, &quot;Like&quot; us, and leave a comment telling us you did, or</li> <li><a href="http://www.twitter.com/">Tweet</a> your answer. You have to be a follower of our <a href="http://twitter.com/wisebread">@wisebread account</a>. Include both &quot;@wisebread&quot; and &quot;#WBAsk&quot; in your tweet so we'll see it and count it. Leave a link to your tweet (click the timestamp for the individual URL) in a separate comment.</li> </ul> <p><strong>If you're inspired to write a whole blog post OR you have a photo on flickr to share, please link to it in the comments or tweet it.</strong></p> <h4>Giveaway Rules:</h4> <ul> <li>Contest ends Monday, July 11th at 11:59 pm Pacific. Winners will be announced after July 11th on the original post and via Twitter. Winners will also be contacted via email, Facebook, and Twitter Direct Message.</li> <li>You can enter all three drawings &mdash; once by leaving a comment, once by liking our Facebook update, and once by tweeting.</li> <li>This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered, or associated with Facebook.</li> <li>You must be 18 and US resident to enter. Void where prohibited.</li> </ul> <p>Note: Due to recent changes in Facebook's promotions guidelines, we have restructured the entry format of our giveaways.</p> <p><strong>Good Luck!</strong></p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tell us if you pay for a gym membership and we&#039;ll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card! </div> </div> </div> <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/ask-the-readers-do-you-pay-for-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-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/ask-the-readers-would-you-relocate-for-the-perfect-job-chance-to-win">Ask the Readers: Would You Relocate for the Perfect Job? (Chance to win!)</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/ask-the-readers-200-giveaway-would-you-ding-your-credit-to-get-out-of-debt">Ask the Readers $200 Giveaway: Would You Ding Your Credit to Get Out of Debt?</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/ask-the-readers-what-winter-savings-tip-do-you-swear-by">Ask the Readers: What Winter Savings Tip Do You Swear By?</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/ask-the-readers-200-giveaway-what-volunteer-experience-had-the-deepest-impact-on-you">Ask the Readers $200 Giveaway: What Volunteer Experience Had the Deepest Impact on You?</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/ask-the-readers-200-giveaway-what-does-corporate-social-responsibility-mean-to-you">Ask the Readers $200 Giveaway: What Does Corporate Social Responsibility Mean to You?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Giveaways Ask the Readers gym gym membership Tue, 05 Jul 2011 10:36:24 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 605467 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-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/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/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-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/12-cheap-home-workout-hacks-for-people-with-no-equipment-and-no-room">12 Cheap Home Workout Hacks for People With No Equipment and No Room</a></span> </div> </li> </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 Being Healthy Can Have Big Cash Rewards http://www.wisebread.com/being-healthy-can-have-big-cash-rewards <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/being-healthy-can-have-big-cash-rewards" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/425449832_30b3a779da.jpg" alt="Cash Bicep" title="Cash Bicep" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I recently became a member of my wife&rsquo;s gym. I had always hesitated &mdash; being a frugal person I preferred to work out at home with a few weights and some exercise DVDs. But, when I did join, I found out that my membership gives back in more ways than just my health. Cha-ching!</p> <!--[endif]--><!--[endif]--><p><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">My reasons for joining the gym were many and varied. It was a chance to spend more time with my wife and children, it was much easier to stay motivated in that environment, and family membership was very affordable. However, I was surprised that no one at the gym told me about all the savings I get as a member. And in my case, they&rsquo;re huge.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">For the record, my gym is called <a href="http://lifetimefitness.mylt.com/index.jspa">LifeTime Fitness</a> (and it would be fair to say it&rsquo;s way more than a gym, it&rsquo;s more of a leisure center). A great guy called Ryan helped me convert my wife's membership into a family plan, and that probably explains why he didn't bring up the benefits of belonging to the gym. But recently I got an email from LifeTime telling me about all of the benefits that members enjoy.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">I was shocked.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">This, to most people, would be a deal-maker. Anyone hesitant about joining would no doubt be tipped over the edge by the big benefits given to members. And when I show you a sample, you&rsquo;ll see why. This is just a very small part of the benefits package I receive:</p> <!--[if !supportEmptyParas]--><!--[if !supportEmptyParas]--><p>&nbsp;</p> <!--[endif]--><!--[endif]--><p><o:p></o:p></p> <ul> <li>Autobuying Programs &ndash; Around $1500-$5000 saving on a new car</li> <li>15% off my T-Mobile bill &ndash; Around $15/month saving</li> <li>$100 gift cards for $85 at Sports Authority</li> <li>10% off all Drugstore.com purchases</li> <li>20% off at Footlocker, Champ Sports and many other sports stores</li> <li>Over $500 off a Dish Network package</li> <li>Half-price tanning at various salons in the area</li> <li>10% off at UPS</li> <li>Up to 25% off at many restaurants, some as high as 50% off.</li> <li>Up to 50% off Budget car rentals</li> <li>$50 off rooms at the Marriott</li> <li>Preferred pricing at many golf clubs</li> <li>Up to $400 off per eye on Lasik</li> <li>Bank deals, including reduced closing costs</li> <li>Up to 12% off Dell computers</li> </ul> <p class="MsoNormal"> <!--[if !supportEmptyParas]--><!--[if !supportEmptyParas]--><p> I could keep going, but I think you get the idea. The savings I get on autobuying program alone will, when I do use it, pay for the price of my membership for years. Add in all of the other savings, including a nice monthly discount on my cell phone, and the benefits of staying healthy really do go way beyond the physical.</p> <!--[if !supportEmptyParas]--><!--[if !supportEmptyParas]--><p>&nbsp;</p> <!--[endif]--><!--[endif]--><p><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">I would advise you to check with your own health club (or any other club you belong to) and see if you also have a benefits package. Chances are, you do. And you could be saving money right now just by checking it out and making a few calls.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Let us know how you get on.</p> <!--[if !supportEmptyParas]--><!--[if !supportEmptyParas]--></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/being-healthy-can-have-big-cash-rewards">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/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/flashback-friday-the-99-best-fitness-hacks-of-all-time">Flashback Friday: The 99 Best Fitness Hacks of All Time</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/is-the-wii-fit-a-cheap-workout">Is the Wii Fit a cheap workout?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/youre-doing-it-wrong-6-health-and-fitness-rules-that-have-changed">You&#039;re Doing It Wrong: 6 Health and Fitness Rules That Have Changed</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty club fitness gym Health membership programs Thu, 24 Sep 2009 15:22:02 +0000 Paul Michael 3638 at http://www.wisebread.com Is the Wii Fit a cheap workout? http://www.wisebread.com/is-the-wii-fit-a-cheap-workout <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/is-the-wii-fit-a-cheap-workout" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/2394334698_03d0a6525a.jpg" alt="Work It" title="Work It" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="364" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I’ll be honest, I’m not a fitness nut. I don’t like exercising, it always seems like a chore. But what if it wasn’t? What if it were, dare I say it, almost a game? That’s what Wii Fit promises…but will it pass the test?</p> <p>For the benefit of Wisebread readers who own a Wii (or were thinking of buying one), I decided to put Wii Fit through its paces. Although to be fair, it was more like the Wii Fit put me through mine. Remember though, I’m not exactly a fitness freak. </p> </p> <p><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/j2XYRd28TOM&amp;hl=en" wmode="" quality="high" menu="false" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="425" height="355"></embed></p> <p>The <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2XYRd28TOM">Wii Fit concept</a> is great; a complete fitness routine that uses the current Wii technology. At around $80, it’s certainly not cheap as games go (although that price does include the Wii Balance Board…more on that later).</p> <p>But here’s the big question…is it really a game, or a fitness machine? Let’s face it, $80 for a fitness machine is dirt cheap. And with gym memberships costing anywhere from $20 - $300 a month (and that’s just here in Colorado), could this in fact be one of the cheapest workouts around? Let’s start with the technology.</p> <p><strong>Here’s a description of the Wii Balance Board (BB)</strong><em><br />With dual sensors that can detect your weight and balance on each side as you exercise to the various on-screen Wii activities in Wii Fit. The board is wireless, and holds the potential of full-body games involving the Wiimote and the Wii Balance Board simultaneously. If you&#39;ve had enough gaming, you can also have the Balance Board diagnose your body mass index. Or not. No word on when these two will launch, or for how much.</em></p> <p><img src="http://healthcarehacks.com/files/fruganomics/u17/tn_WBB_0706.jpg" alt="BB" title="BB" width="323" height="198" /></p> <p>So as you can see, the Wii balance board doubles as a weighing scale that actually measure Body Mass Index (BMI), which is a fair indication of just how lardy you are. It’s not always accurate, most body builders have a huge BMI, but for most of us it’s a fair idea of how chubby we are, or aren’t. The board itself is cool-looking, like a scale that went through the Apple filter. At almost 9lbs, it’s sturdy and will take the weight of a 330lb adult. </p> <p><strong>Now, the setup.</strong><br />Like most other Wii games, there’s a setup screen. And in typical Nintendo fashion, it’s cute and simple. I was asked to enter my date of birth and height, and then I stepped onto the BB for a Biggest Loser-style weigh-in. This gave me my BMI - 27.9 (not the 26.53 pictured). Yup, I’m officially overweight.</p> <p><img src="http://healthcarehacks.com/files/fruganomics/u17/942009_20080220_screen054.jpg" alt="BMI" title="BMI" width="303" height="170" /></p> <p>Next, I did a balance test. As it turns out, I must have all the balance of a one-legged horse in a hurricane. My actual age is 34, but my Wii Fit age came out at 39. This can be recalculated daily, though, so one plus is that Wii Fit helps you feel younger as you get fitter. I plan to be 18 by the end of the year. Of course, all of this is pseudo science, a doctor or health/fitness expert is really the only qualified to tell you these facts. And this was my first experience of the Wii Fit being what it is…a game. </p> <p><strong>Finally…the workout!</strong><br />First, if anyone is familiar with the way Wii games work, you won’t be disappointed here. It reminds me a lot of Wario Smooth Moves, especially the yoga section which mimic the Wiimote exercises you do in various stages of Smooth Moves. </p> <p><img src="http://healthcarehacks.com/files/fruganomics/u17/wiifit_sslg1.jpg" alt="yoga" title="yoga" width="297" height="297" /></p> <p>There are four categories in Wii Fit: balance, aerobic, yoga and muscle. Let’s start with the latter first. Your average yoga poses are probably not going to impress anyone with even a modicum of yoga training. Some of them required me stand and breathe. I could do that one with one hand tied behind my back. Others try to mimic various classic yoga stances, including lunging and shoulder stands (which I passed on…sorry, not ready for that yet).</p> <p><img src="http://healthcarehacks.com/files/fruganomics/u17/wiifit_sslg3.jpg" alt="PU" title="PU" width="294" height="294" /> </p> <p>In the muscle workout, there are also push-ups to do and a ton of other muscle-building exercises. It’s not exactly like benching 250lbs though, but your virtual trainer (male or female, you decide) will keep your spirits up. </p> <p>I got most out of breath on the balance and aerobic sections. If anyone has pictures of me doing hula hoops, I’ll pay cash for them. Now. My favorite balance activity was….none of them. I sucked, that’s why. But snowboarding and the table-tilting game were fun, even if they were demoralizing. </p> <p><strong>The verdict. </strong><br />I could get deeper into features like new games you can unlock, multi-player workouts and tailored workouts, but that would take another two pages. Let’s just get to the crux of the matter. Is it worth it? Well, in a word, yes. But is it going to replace your gym membership? Probably not if you’re a regular workout fanatic. </p> <p>Remember, this is $80, and with most Wii games coming in at between $40-$60, it’s a great price for what you get out of it. It’s fun for the most part, and after 30 minutes I did feel like I’d lost the use of my legs and lungs. The exercises are challenging at times, and the interaction makes it feel less like a workout and more like a game. And that, Wisebread readers, was a big plus for me. I really don’t like staring into space while I sit on my rowing machine or ride the exercise bike. It made the time pass more quickly. </p> <p>I think the Balance Board will also serve as a something even more fun in future Wii games. I can already see so many uses for it, including skateboarding/surfing games and those crazy dance games.</p> <p><img src="http://healthcarehacks.com/files/fruganomics/u17/41iQxZxxHcL__SS400__0.jpg" alt="fit2" title="fit2" width="253" height="169" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000VJRU44?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=wisebread07-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000VJRU44">Wii Fit</a><img src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wisebread07-20&amp;l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=B000VJRU44" width="1" height="1" /></p> <p>But for right now, as a fun workout, the Wii Fit gets my vote. If you’ve got $80 to spare, and want something that will actually help you stay fit, this is a great place to start. If you&#39;d like to pick one up though, you&#39;ll need luck on your side. As with most Nintendo Wii games, they&#39;re sold out in many places but as always, Amazon is usually a good place to start (link above). Don&#39;t pay over the retail price though, if it&#39;s out of stock contact your local Target or Circuit City and ask them when they&#39;ll get their next shipment. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/is-the-wii-fit-a-cheap-workout">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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