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Frugal Fitness

I am trying hard to stay healthy, isn't everyone? I've tried the YMCA, which was wonderful, but it isn't close by. Between the travel cost, time and membership, I looked for alternatives.

I saw some interesting offers on Groupon for free one or more month memberships to online exercise sites (DailyBurn, Grokker) which were also great too. I would do them at home daily since they are always available, rain or shine. The programs are so diverse, interesting, and much more convenient. One even offers a daily, changing exercise program with different instructors everyday. I treated them like a scheduled appointment I HAD to attend, which was also great. The only downside was that it would cost me a monthly fee after the free trial period.

After the second website expired, I decided to check online and see if there were free exercise programs. I have a ROKU (which is a great asset to see free programs, btw) and went on to YouTube channel through it. I found a great free husband/wife team that offers a ton of great free exercises plus more, named Fitnessblender.

I signed up and it is now available right on my TV. I have been doing it at 9:00 every morning just to stay committed but can always do it whenever I want if my schedule is busy at that time! The exercises counts down for you and even shows how many calories you burn doing the exercise.

It's just a great way for me to stay motivated, without spending $15 a month on a website OR even more at a gym! They say the best exercise is the one YOU ACTUALLY DO and having it right in my home, with no prep to go out or anyone watching is a great incentive for me!

Hopefully it will also save me in medical bills since I am losing weight, staying in shape, building muscle and improving balance to prevent falls and more! Medical costs are one of our most expensive costs in this country. Staying healthy is the ultimate ThriftyFun tip!


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July 21, 20191 found this helpful

Hi All, Donna again!
I wanted to add the disclaimer that the program i found is certainly not the only one out there and to google to find one that best suits you! There are varieties for young or older, fit or a beginner and even disabled!
Good Luck!

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July 24, 20190 found this helpful

Great ideas in this article, Donna!

If you have cable or a subscription service like Amazon Prime, there are generally fitness channels or on demand programs. And if you still have a DVD player, the library has lots of fitness disks. It can be nice to do the same workout multiple times so that you can really get the form and timing down.

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July 21, 20191 found this helpful

I've been using Leslie Sansone's "Walk at Home" DVDs for years, and there are several youtubes also. She has 1, 2, 3 and more mile walks. Because there's carpeting in front of my TV, I put down a large piece of cardboard to keep my walking shoes from catching on the carpet.

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July 23, 20190 found this helpful

I watch Fitnessblender too! I love them. Great exercises, excellent instructions in both speech and demonstration.


I'm happy you are striving to stay in shape. Bravo!

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