April 21, 2024

Make Fitness Opportunities

Get Fit Quick Tip:

Make fitness opportunities!

You may not have the time or finances to join a gym, but that shouldn’t stop your workouts. Look around you to create fitness opportunities in your everyday environment. Here are a few ideas to get you started:


Make an obstacle course out of the playground equipment at your local school.

Use the picnic tables at your neighborhood park for pushups and planks.

Use the track at the high school for a cardio sprint-interval workout.

Use a flight of stairs to log a stair-climbing workout.




Progress your Ab Plank

Get Fit Quick Tip:

Side Plank

Lie on your right side on the floor. Place your right hand on the floor directly below your shoulder. Place the outside of your right foot on the floor, with both legs straight. Lift your body up off the floor and hold your body straight in a side plank position. Release by dropping your hips to the floor. Repeat with your left hand and left foot on the floor. Lift your body up and hold the side plank position. Begin with a ten second hold on each side. Breathe through each plank, hold your belly button in tight and maintain proper spinal alignment.


*Consult your physician before performing exercise.

Can’t afford to workout? Can you afford not to? By Hope Epton

Can’t afford to workout? Can you afford not to?

The cost of working out depends on the level of luxury one requires in order to actually work out. It seems to be a likely excuse, “I can’t afford a gym membership,” is really no excuse at all.

Granted, in today’s economy we are all cutting back, trimming the fat so to speak, so why not our waist lines as well as our wallets? Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need a gym to work your body.  There are a lot of different exercises you can participate in for free or little cost.

Walking for one is an excellent start to any program. It is free; you can do it inside or outside, and requires little equipment besides a comfortable pair of shoes. If you are feeling impatient, you can run or if you are adventurous, take to the trails for a hike.

Swimming is another great way to get a full body workout done without breaking the bank. If you don’t have access to a pool, perhaps a lake or pond will get the job done.

Bike for your workout. Biking, now it doesn’t require a super sleek road bike, but a modest bicycle with a tolerable seat {this varies depending on the individual} and some safety lighting if you are going to be out during the early dawn or dusk times.

Cardiovascular exercise is important, as is strength training. Why not put your own weight to use and do squats, lunges, push-ups and planks. For an added bonus, find objects around the house to assist in adding additional weight or creating a challenge, such as a kitchen chair for dips, or elevated push-ups. 

For a small investment, look into purchasing small items that can add to your workout such as a jump rope, a stability ball, resistance bands, dumbbells or kettle bells. Often in your local retail store you can find coordinating workout videos to assist you if you are new to the workout scene.

If possible, find a friend who will work out with you. Having an accountability partner will not only help you stay on track, but provide motivation, and you can push each other through the times you may want to no-show or quit.

Don’t let the cost of gym membership keep you from exercising. You can workout from home, and you can’t put a price on your health. You can invest in your physical health and well being now, or pay a much higher price later.

This article is written by Hope Epton. ACSM Certified Health Fitness Specialist. Follow Hope on her blog at http://SportyMom.me. Or via her facebook page http://facebook.com/SportyMomme, twitter, http://twitter.com/SportyMomme or pinterest, http://pinterest.com/SportyMomme


Fitness on a Budget by Tara Busker

This article brought to you by Brett Klika C.S.C.S., Director of Athletics at Fitness Quest 10. Brett is a world renowned human performance specialist, motivational speaker, author, and educator. For a copy of his new e-book and exercise program “The Underground Workout Manual- Exercise and Fat Loss in the Real World” visit www.undergroundworkoutmanual.com.  To contact Brett, send correspondence to brett@fitnessquest10.com.

Fitness on a Budget

You don’t need to spend thousands of dollars on the latest gadgets to be fit and healthy. There is a cost effective way to exercise. Here are a few items that may be used in your home or when you travel, and won’t put you in debt.

Gymboss Interval Timer. The Gymboss interval timer gives your workout the discipline and structure necessary to take your workout to the next level. The easy to use timer allows you to stay on track during your interval or tabata workouts by eliminating the pesky issue of checking the time during your intervals. Just set it, forget it and put all of your focus on your workout!

Resistance Exercise Bands. Resistance Bands are the best way to workout in a cost and space effective way! Unlike free weights, resistance bands are lightweight and travel well. With dumbbells, each time you want to add or decrease weight, you have to go grab another set of weights. But with resistance bands, all you have to do is tighten or loosen your grip. It’s like having multiple sets of weights in one piece of equipment.

Suspension Trainer. A must-have for the in-home exerciser is the TRX. The TRX suspension training system is great for the traveling exerciser , an outdoor enthusiast or the average exerciser who doesn’t have much space to work out. The TRX is a little more spendy, but it is your perfect all-in-one piece of equipment. Hook the TRX up to a tree, pole or sturdy beam in your house and you’re set for a great workout using just your body weight. Cardio, resistance, stretching – the TRX can do it all.

With a little creativity and prioritizing of equipment, working out outside of the gym doesn’t have to break the bank!

Tera Busker is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer and owner of Fitness To Go, an exclusive In Home & Private Studio Personal Training Service based out of Roberts, WI. www.fitnesstogo.net