As a busy working mom who runs a business, teaches, and does volunteer work, I just can’t make it to the gym. That being said, I also grew up with exercise equipment in the laundry room and basement – so to me, working out at home most days is normal. Seeing my parents exercise regularly on these machines, shooting hoops, or taking walks made this seem like part of the routine of living a healthy lifestyle. Not only that, being raised this way made me see how easy it is to fit a little fitness fun into my daily schedule, without having to sacrifice too many hours in the day.
No need to get fancy schmancy! Our home gym is pretty much filled with someone else’s unwanted, underutilized, or discarded fitness supplies and guess what—it’s FANTASTIC! We bought a factory-refurbished elliptical for 1/3 of the price, a used treadmill on Craigslist for ¼ of the list price, used free weights on Ebay, exercise bands on Amazon, and got a free unused Bosu ball off of a friend.
If you’ve exhausted all these options and aren’t sure where to look next, find out if the gym you’re at (and currently paying too much money for) uses a company that refurbishes their equipment. Oftentimes you’ll find that company sells used equipment too, and you can buy it straight from the source!
Try these tricks for finding the perfect workout equipment to exercise regularly without having to trek to the gym or spend a fortune on extravagant stuff
By following these tips, you’ll be able to set up a home gym for a fraction of the cost. Plus, working out at home sets a great example for the kids and the rest of your family. You may even find that your new setup is cheaper than your current gym membership! Next check out new, old and odd fitness fads that may help you get your groove on!
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