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Dear Rich Lifer,
When people start thinking about saving money, they often look for areas to cut costs, and gym memberships are usually one of the first line items to get cut.
It makes perfect sense – with some gyms charging upwards of $200 per month, it just doesn’t work out to be worth the price tag for most people.
On the other hand, exercise is important, and it becomes evenmore important as we age.
After all, people who remain active tend to have great health benefits – things like better bone density, improved flexibility, and lower incidences of diabetes and heart disease.
And it’s not just the physical benefits, there are mental health benefits, too. Per the CDC, exercising in our later years has been linked to a reduction in “symptoms of anxiety and depression and fosters improvements in mood and feelings of well-being.”
In other words, even though gyms and fancy exercise equipment might be costly, we really need to find ways to stay active and fit.
That unfortunately leaves many feeling like they have to pony up $200 per month to stay healthy and mentally fit.
Luckily, there are tons of programs out there that will help you get your exercise in without breaking the bank.
Here are a few of my favorites:
Exercising At Home
Load Up On Multipurpose Equipment
Instead of splashing out and spending five grand or more on one of those big do-it-all weight machines, look for quality multi-purpose equipment you can score on the cheap.
Things like kettlebells, exercise balls, and adjustable-weight dumbbells can be used for a variety of exercises, and they can usually be purchased for $50 or less.
You should also consider purchasing a yoga mat, thera-bands, a foam roller, and a Bosu ball. They will make great additions to your home gym set up.
Turn On Your TV
Remember back in the day how people would put a check in the mail to order a tape of the latest exercise program from Jane Fonda or Billy Blanks?
Updated versions of those classic programs are still available, and getting access to them is easier than ever, thanks to smart TVs and streaming services. Popular services like Beachbody on Demand are less than $100 for the whole year. Depending on your provider, you might already have access to some fitness channels for free!
For example, if you’re an Amazon Prime member, you already have access to full body workouts, ab workouts, and HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) programs at no additional charge.
If you don’t have any of these channels, and you still don’t want to spend a dime, you’re in luck! There are hundreds of fitness channels available on YouTube, so you can start working out any time you want without any additional cost.
Fit It In With Apps
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