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Foam rollers are all the rage now for after workout muscle pain relief, therapy, and injury prevention. I bought mine online for around $30 and cannot be without it. However, I'm not willing to pay that price over and over again every time I travel and don't want to carry it around with me. Here's how to make your own for under $5.
Total Time: 3 minutes
Yield: 1 foam roller
Some folks think that you have to have a bunch of expensive exercise equipment to get a good workout. Walking is completely free, just start doing so. A comfortable pair of shoes does help out tremendously. A couple of 1 gallon milk or water plastic jugs filled with water or sand, closed off with a tightened lid can work as weights to lift. Pushups are free to do, same with crunches. It's all in the mind, self motivate and get started or better yet, find a friend to help you get on the right track and stay on it. Good luck!
Make your own weighted exercise balls by slitting opening 2 tennis balls and filling with pennies. Once full, cover the slit with duct tape! Voila! An exercise helper for "pennies" a day!
Source: Real Simple book
By pamphyila from Los Angeles, CA
Looking for cheap or free exercise equipment? Visit garage sales. After a weekend or two of going to garage sales in your area you probably could outfit your own gym for as much as it cost to buy one treadmill at a sporting goods store. Also, subscribe to your local freecycle list. For more information visit http://www.freecycle.org. People are always giving away exercise equipment on my local freecycle list. One word of caution, exercise equipment takes up a lot of space. Make sure you have more room for it and make sure you use it!
Instead of purchasing a kettlebell, use a large empty plastic laundry bottle filled with water. Tighten the cap before each use to be sure it is on tight.
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If you enjoy step aerobics but not the cost of the step, completely wrap an old phone book in duct tape.
It's great for beginning to intermediate levels and the duct tape is non-skid.
By Fran Marie
good will stores get alot of exercise equipment
pretty cheap,also garage sales,and auctions.
at auctions anything to do with exercise stuff
it goes cheap!
I use two large equal sized vegetable cans (3lbs) as my hand weights. I use my sons giant bounce on ball, the kind with the handle we had as kids that he sits on, as an abdominal/sit-up ball. I have a hula-hoop for keep my waist in shape. A jump rope for cardio work-outs. And I go to the playground to do chin-ups on the monkey bars. Best part about all this is that my 6 year old son and my 1 year old daughter love to particpate thinking that Mommy just really loves to PLAY.
Backing up steps around my home is my lower leg exercise.
Check out Freecycle.org for a group in your area - sometimes people actually give there stuff away for FREE and check out craigslist.com - for stuff for sale that is very well priced. This site reminds me of a newspaper.
Exercise bands and handweights are fairly inexpensive and provide good resistence training. You can pick up good exercise tapes for less than $10 at places like Target/Walmart/ Ross/TJ Maxx, etc. Walking/running provides good aerobic exercise and doesn't cost anything. As far as shoes, I recently read that you don't really need those fancy $100 plus high-end sneakers- just look for ones that fit your foot, hit the instep right, don't rub on the heels. And, as the ad says, Just do it!
Rummage sales. Every one I go to. So far this month I have seen a "Total gym" 25 dollars (300 new) perfect condition. A treadmill 25 dollars, motorized. I stair stepper 5 dollars/ 4 or 5 body by Jake, all 10 and under a gazelle- 10 dollars. all of these in great shape.!!!!!