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August 24, 2011 11:52 AM
So I can't afford a gym membership, I have one ancient piece of exercise equipment called the LEISURE GLIDE 4000 (makes me laugh every time I say it), and the only thing I do is walk/jog 3.5 to 4 miles a day (walking more than jogging.. :/ ) I have stuck to my healthy 1500 calorie/daily lifestyle for almost 3 months and I can't kick the 20 pound range. I need to lose 80 more. What can I do from home exercise wise? I don't want to give up, MFP friends.
August 24, 2011 11:54 AM
you could always invest in some resistance bands. For about 30 bucks you get a wide range of resistance that mimics dumbbells without the dumbbell cost.
August 24, 2011 11:55 AM
just start running! invest in a good pair of trainers! :)
you agility will improve in time too :)
August 24, 2011 11:56 AM
What about exercise videos? They can be relatively inexpensive, and you can find them even cheaper on ebay or amazon... You can easily make your own weights with water jugs. Also, I've heard that some cable providers have exercise channels. Mine doesn't, or at least I haven't found it yet. But yours might. Do you have a wii or xbox? They have lots of fitness games.
August 24, 2011 11:56 AM
Does your local library have DVDs for rent? You can get a fitness DVD and do it at home. Or you can go outside and find a workout. Stairs, hills, sand, all provide resistance. I am not a gym member either.
August 24, 2011 11:56 AM
I've found that target usually has better prices on their exercise equipment than walmart. Go buy a set of 5 or 10 lb dumbbells (or whatever weight you feel challenging but not painful). Work out with them until it feels like you aren't lifting any weight at all. Then go back to target and buy the next weight up. Repeat.
Edited by ivyjbres On August 24, 2011 11:57 AM
August 24, 2011 11:56 AM
For 5-10 bucks you can get some work out dvds. Those are always helpful and you dont need any equipment.
August 24, 2011 11:56 AM
dvds! a nice selection of hardcore cardio dvds and a few toning dvds is nice. I hate gyms so I only workout at home. I just do a different dvd everyday and get an hour's workout in that way.
August 24, 2011 11:57 AM
I'm pretty broke right now but managed to swing $20 for the 30 day shred dvd and a couple 3 lb hand weights.

Also walking is fine, you probably need to up your speed a bit but you can definitely lose weight by just walking. My mom lost about 40lbs just by walking and eating healthy.
August 24, 2011 11:57 AM
DVDs are great (the Jillian Michaels one is about $10). There are also videos on youtube. we believe in you!
August 24, 2011 11:57 AM
can you get some ideas off youtube? i have a couple of dvds, which were fairly cheap, and now i sometimes take the moves from the dvds and work them into a curcuit training type routine with crunches, squats, press ups etc.
August 24, 2011 12:00 PM
Hi I'm poor and have lost all my weight since February by walking as fast as I can and eating well I just don't eat excercise cals.
August 24, 2011 12:02 PM
Second hand stores often have dumbells and those mini trampolines in the "back" of the store. I found a gym that's only 10 bucks a month nearby, it's called "Planet Fitness". Ebay is my friend for books (the Biggest Loser books are pretty cheap there). Vuse is my friend for videos (free).
August 24, 2011 12:03 PM
Start hitting up yard sales and buy gently used exercise equipment (weights, treadmill, etc...) sometimes you can find some great stuff @ yard sales!
August 24, 2011 12:03 PM
You tube, library videos, free internet sites, fitness articles etc. Go to Value village and pick up some weights and/or resistance bands or something you want to use. Or you can just use items from home (weight them to make sure they are the right weight.

Walking is a great exercise, start moving more and faster and make sure you are eating your exercise calories and you will bust the plateau.

I think my big exercise ball from walmart was like 10 bucks! you can do a crap load of exercises with one of those and some cans of soup (if you don't have the weights)
August 24, 2011 12:04 PM
Everyone else gave great suggestions. I'm not sure if where you live has a Planet Fitness gym, there are a ton around me. It cost $10 a month for a membership. I love it there! They are open 24/7 as well, which is nice since I have to go really early in the morning. You could try to do the c25k running program. It starts off easy walk/jog and eventually works you up to running for a full 5k. Good luck!
August 24, 2011 12:05 PM
Walk, run, do free exercise videos from youtube or hulu.
August 24, 2011 12:05 PM
start to do little sprints while you're walking eventually you increase your jog to a run. dvds and even hand weights are fairly cheap at walmart and target. if you add ankle or hand weights to you walk it will add some resistance.
August 24, 2011 12:05 PM
once the weather turns bad (well it gets nasty where i live) i go to the mall. no, not to shop, to walk and do stairs.
August 24, 2011 12:06 PM
Like some people on here, I'd suggest getting some free weights and a couple of exercise DVDs. You can get them for cheap on Amazon and eBay. Have you thought of maybe roller blading instead of running? I doubt it burns as many calories, but it's fun and will help you switch it up.

If you have a game system... I personally play Dance Dance Revolution sometimes when I'm trying to exercise. It's awesome.
August 24, 2011 12:08 PM
You don't need any money to exercise. You just need time. You can do calesthenics (pushups, jumping jacks, sit ups, sqats, lunges, etc.). You can, as you say, walk or run, both excellent exercises. A chair with arms but without wheels is a good piece of exercise equipment. Sit in it and use your arms to lift and lower your body weight. Sit on the edge, lean bad and alternately raise each knee to your chest.

Turn on some music and dance your arse off (literally)!!
August 24, 2011 12:10 PM
I run outdoors when the weather is nice. I would try looking for equipment at yard sales or on craigslist. A pharmacy or medical equipment store sells resistance bands cheap. I don't have room for much equipment at home. I just have some 8 lb. dumbells and a yoga ball.
August 24, 2011 12:11 PM
Using your body's own resistance is a fantastic way to strength train. You don't need special tools. Crunches, squats, lunges, etc. Cardio is easy- no one will charge you to walk, run, or run up and down stairs.
August 24, 2011 12:11 PM

just start running! invest in a good pair of trainers! :)
you agility will improve in time too :)

Yep! It's FREE!!! Or walking. has some workout videos on it! So that's free too!

Good luck!
August 24, 2011 12:15 PM
If you truly don't have the money then be creative.

Libraries are free- rent work out DVD's from there.

If you have a reusable grocery bad load it with canned goods and guess what you have weights to lift.

Don't spend money on a fancy step, I use cinder blocks.

Seek out friends who are former dieters. I had friends give me an entire set of weights. Recently they bought and elliptical...I'm waiting.
Edited by tammykoon On August 24, 2011 12:16 PM


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