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Exercise doesn't always mean the gym

Friday, August 5, 2011

Like most Americans, I struggle within the current economic situation. Over the last two years, my wife and I have done away with everything that we feel is not vital in an effort to lower our monthly expenses.

Unfortunately, one of the items that was cut from our budget was our gym membership. At the time it was not a smart investment to keep our memberships because we were paying for it but not going. Having surrendered my access to a gym with weight equipment and a fitness facility, I did what the rest of the middle class has had to do -- I adapted.

I don't need to pay a gym membership to go jogging or take a walk at a brisk pace, nor do I need one to get a good cardio workout. Visit your favorite online search engine and look for homemade workout equipment. You will find ways to turn empty soda bottles into weights and how to get an upper-body workout using a dining table chair, or even your couch. Websites like www.ehow.com are great resources for finding creative ways to make your own fitness equipment at little to no cost.

It is also beneficial to look up some free at-home workout routines.

There are a host of websites that offer guidance on developing a workout routine that fits your body and activity level.

Exercise doesn't always have to be "working out" either. Those who cannot do the more high-impact exercises can try things like golfing -- without the golf cart, if possible. Golfing is something that I personally enjoy a great deal. It is great for promoting flexibility, mental concentration and it is something that you can do at nearly any level of physical activity. If you are afraid of embarrassing yourself on the golf course, don't worry. That's what the driving range is for; it is less expensive and everyone is focusing on themselves rather than you.

I plan to go golfing next week and to show how much of a workout golfing can be, I will wear my heart rate monitor which calculates a pretty accurate count of how many calories I will burn based on my weight, level of physical activity and heart rate.

Michael Pommier
The Shrinking Man