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Speaking of Health – Exercise on the Cheap


Speaking of health…Over the years, I have been very guilty of the mindset “if I pay for it, I’ll be more motivated to go” when it comes to gym memberships. In fact, just two years ago, when we first moved to Georgia and into my Grandmother’s house, I joined a gym for the family.

It was in walking distance of her house and gave us somewhere to go on a daily basis to get out of her way and burn off some steam. I was determined to lose some weight. And for about 4 months, I went daily. Every morning at 5am before I go to work, I would do 30 minutes of cardio there.

And then I fell off the wagon and we got settled in and we stopped using that outlet. Thank goodness there was no long term commitment and the cost was very affordable. About $35 dollars for the whole family, I think.

Need to Exercise

I know you are groaning now, aren’t you? Thinking I am now going to justify joining a gym again. Don’t worry, I’m not. Not even thinking about it. First of all, I never leave the house if I don’t have too, so going to a gym is not even on my radar.

But I do need to add some movement to my days. Working from home tends to make me a bit lazy…other than weekly yard work and taking the dogs out a few times a day, I really don’t have to move around a lot. And I need too.

Workout Plan

With the advent of the new school year this week, I’ve come up with a plan. Free plan, even!

At 6:20 a.m., I take the dogs out every morning. We typically just walk around a while or I tie them up and work in the yard for a while. But I’ve decided to add jump roping to my daily routine. It will get my heart rate up. I heard it’s one of the best “all over” exercises you can do. And doing that early in the morning gave little chance of many people seeing my fat jumping around.

Afternoon lull. I don’t know about you, but I tend to hit a wall in the early afternoon. I can hardly keep my eyes open. And my brain is fried from concentrating on work for the last 5-6 hours with few breaks. So I decided to add something super convenient, free and upbeat. I’m going to try doing the Dance Fitness with Jessica workouts that she posts for free access on YouTube. I literally can turn them on in my computer screen, slide my desk chair out of the way, and get to moving! I figure just doing one dance, at my very novice level, will be a good start. (Yes, you can laugh when you picture, I do.)

You have to admit they look like fun, right? This is my FREE fitness plan to add to my already tweaked eating and fasting plan I mentioned on Monday. What about you? What does your fitness routine look like? Are you a gym rat or do you have a home workout plan that is both cost-conscious and effective for you? I’d love to hear about it.


  • Reply Cheryl |

    I don’t remember ever seeing anything about a gym membership, maybe I missed that.

  • Reply Rhitter |

    First time commenting here in a really long time. I have a gym at work, complete with classes I can take. Unfortunately I don’t take advantage of it. And I should. I am finding myself low in energy. But I do yoga in the morning and I walk a lot, but I need more. I used to get up really early and work out, and I felt so great. There are lot of online videos for workout and all it would cost be your time and your internet fees.

  • Reply Jackie |

    I do Zumba and hip hops abs Monday- Friday in the morning at home. Monday, Wednesday, Fridays I use the gym at work after work to lift weights and about 15-20 minutes cardio. Weekends is sometimes walking or hiking. If hubby is working I’ll do Zumba.

  • Reply SMS |

    That’s a good plan, Hope! Good luck. I do quite a lot of yoga, but barely anything else. I need a plan too.

  • Reply Laura |

    I don’t think you ever mentioned that you got dogs again or said how they fit into your budget. As of not all that long ago, you had to get rid of all your pets because of losing your housing situation, and it sounds like you’re potentially close to that again, so why would you take on more pets?

    • Reply Hope |

      I actually did mention the dogs…but not much. We began fostering through the local humane society almost 2 years ago now. We’ve had the same 3 dogs…old and extremely needy. One was pregnant when we began fostering her, but her puppies didn’t make it. She is just now starting to go outside (is puppy pad trained, they began that in the shelter) and will come when called by me. No one else.
      A woman from the humane society comes to our home to watch them when we are out of town due to the extreme skittish-ness of two of the dogs.
      All the fun and responsibility but none of the cost! Best of both worlds.

So, what do you think ?