Weight Loss Wednesday: Getting in Shape for Free

May 19, 2010 in Thrifty Tips,Weight Loss Wednesday

Last week I got something in the mail last week about “an affordable new gym,” but $49.99 a month is a little expensive for my taste.  I found several free options for working out to help me to get in shape.

 Free Gyms

I have access to free gyms in both the buildings I work and live in.  My first visit to the gym in my office building was last week, and I was pleasantly surprised by how nice it was.  Each piece of cardio equipment is new and has an individual television.  I’m not sure why I didn’t visit the gym sooner, but it’s my new favorite place to workout.

Free Podcasts

There are a lot of free exercise podcasts that I’ve been using to train for the Peachtree Road Race.  I like the Chubby Jones Podcast for a 5K and Podrunner Intervals for a 10K.  The fast-paced music gives me added motivation to run.

On Demand Exercise Videos

I did an OnDemand video while I was visiting my parents over the weekend.  For those of you with cable, OnDemand has a great selection of cardio and toning exercise videos that are available for free.  I did a Cardioke workout (a random combination of cardio and karaoke lead by Billy Blanks’ son).  I felt slightly ridiculous doing it, but it was a fun alternative to a regular run or trip to the gym.

A Walk in the Park

My co-worker and I often walk through the park during our lunch break.  Even though it’s not an intense workout, it always makes me feel better.  I won a pedometer during Midtown Walks week a few weeks ago and may start using it to see how much I’m walking each day. 

Overall, I think that week one of losing weight on a budget went pretty well.  Working out allowed me to enjoy some fattening things like The Hammer (a Southern-fried chicken breast sandwich with apple-smoked bacon, fried onions, pepper-jack cheese with pecan maple mayonnaise between two toasted waffles) when I went to a Braves game this week, and still lose weight.

 Week 2 Weight: 153.6 lbs Total Weight Lost: 2 lbs

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