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Budget Fitness – Get Fit For Less

Getting fit doesn’t always have to be expensive. Yes, it can be nice to have a state of the art gym membership, or top of the line fitness equipment, but unfortunately it doesn’t always fit into everyone’s budget, especially when times get tough. Budget fitness is possible and below are some ideas to get you started working out in your home or outdoors, so that you can get in shape without breaking the bank.

One way to get fit for less is to buy equipment that is inexpensive and has more than one purpose. Many popular items such as ab or thigh machines only work one part of the body, can fill up a lot of space, and can get costly. So when looking for equipment to use find items that create variety and can work the entire body:

Stability balls can be used for a variety of exercises from abs to legs to arms. They also make great benches for a variety of exercises such as a chest press and can even be used as a seat at your desk.

Resistance bands are inexpensive, small, and lightweight. These are one of my personal favorites because they are easy when you are on the go. Take them along when you travel or when you are taking a walk.

Dumbbells will never go out of style. They are great for working out at home. They are less costly than larger fitness machines and they don’t use as much space.

Such equipment can be easily found at your local department or fitness store or online.

Other low cost ideas to get fit outside of the gym include:

Buying, renting, or borrowing workout videos. There is a large variety of workout videos on the market from strength training to cardio dance to kickboxing. This is a fun way to exercise right in your living room and get fit for less. Check out your local store, library, or video rental spot to find some great DVD’s.

FitTV or ExerciseTV. Most cable packages will have one or both of these available with your package. This is another great way to get a variety of workouts right in your home.

Take it outdoors. When the weather is nice use the outdoors to run, walk, bike, or partake in an outdoor sport with your family or friends. Use picnic tables or benches to do step-ups, push-ups, or tricep dips.  Or you could even join a running or walking club.

So I don’t want to hear any excuses! Budget fitness is possible by utilizing inexpensive equipment, videos, and more. These fitness items can be just as effective as the more costly ones, so get out there and get fit for less.

Becky Fox is the owner of Fox Fitness. Visit today to sign up for the Get Foxy Newsletter and receive your free ebook Healthy Eating on the Go. Fox Fitness offers in-home personal training, women’s fitness groups, and Get Foxy Boot Camp workouts in Knoxville, TN. Fox Fitness also offers online training to those around the globe.

10 Fat Saving Substitutes

The easiest way to reduce the fat in any recipe is to use a lower fat version of the ingredient. In some cases a complete substitute can be used instead.

To reduce the fat in any of your recipes you can use any of the following:

1. Evaporated Skim Milk: Use in soups or sauces instead of heavy cream to cut the calories and fat.

2. Fat-Free Plain Yogurt: Use instead of sour cream. Much lower in fat and higher in calcium.

3. Prunes: Use pureed prunes or baby food prunes as a substitute in baked chocolate recipes. The prunes are naturally sweet and greatly reduce both calories and fat.

4. Marshmallow Creme: Use this instead of margarine or butter in frostings. Marshmallow creme is fat free.

5. Applesauce: Use applesauce in baked products instead of oil, margarine or butter.

6. Fruit Juice: Use as a non fat salad dressing or marinade.White grape, apple, orange or pineapple juice can be used instead of oil. You can also combine these juices with de-fatted chicken broth for a less fruity dressing.

7. Egg Whites: Substitute two egg whites for one whole egg. Your big saving here will be cholesterol.

8. Cocoa Powder: To add great chocolate flavor without adding fat use cocoa powder.

9. Low-Fat Cream Soup: Use instead of regular cream soup. You can cut your fat by 99%.

10. Phyllo Dough: Instead of using a regular pastry pie crust make it with phyllo dough.

Experiment with these tips in your recipes and you will find that you will be able to cut a tremendous amount of fat without sacrificing flavor.

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