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Have you been trying to lose weight? Are you considering joining a gym to help jumpstart your weight loss goals? The truth is, you don’t have to join a gym and pay those exorbitant fees to lose weight. There are quite a few simple ways to lose weight without the gym membership!
Here are just a couple of ideas to get you moving and losing:
This is the simplest of suggestions that starts at home. Your diet has nothing to do with the gym anyway, so this is a great first step. Next time you shop, look for those healthy foods that you know you should be eating anyway.
Believe it or not, many of the exercise DVDs that are out there really can get you moving. Many big name, reputable trainers such as Jillian Michaels and Shaun T are available via an often inexpensive DVD and you can work out in the privacy of your own home (a huge benefit for those of us that are uncomfortable exercising in public).
You can find some great deals on workout DVDs at Amazon by the way. 🙂
If you are serious about losing weight and if you have the room, look into purchasing your own exercise equipment such as an exercise bike or elliptical machine. My suggestion is to check out Craigslist or other classified sites because there are many many people out there who buy a brand new piece of equipment only to use it a couple of times and give up. You might as well put that gear to good use while saving money over buying new.
If you like nature, hiking is one of the best forms of exercise you can get. Hiking provides you with excellent cardio fitness while offering you a chance to enjoy the sites, the views and the nature that is all around you. Many of us don’t realize how many hiking trails are nearby, but chances are if you do a quick internet search for hikes near your location, you will find a significant number of trails within an hour’s drive all waiting for you to explore them!
Remember to always be prepared with emergency supplies while hiking and once you become more accustomed to it, make sure to add a pack to your gear. The extra weight increases the amount of calories that you burn.
If you don’t want to tackle the hiking trails and hills just yet, start with a walk through your neighborhood or local park. You will still see some great scenery, get lots of fresh air and get a great workout!
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