Save Money By Creatively Exercising At Home

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We are all feeling the pinch of the Recession. It is causing us all to cut back on things that we don’t need, subscriptions we don’t use, products that are just luxury items and memberships that aren’t helping. Who am I to talk though. Between work, family and this blog, I hardly have time to brush my teeth! My daily or weekly workout routine leaves a lot to be desired. But, as I am reminded by so many, your health is something that you need to protect and invest in.

Note: I’m giving away a free 1-year subscription to Men’s Health magazine! Be sure to read through this entire article for details.

So, how can you replace the your gym membership with something else? There are a variety of things that you can do without paying much or any money. Here are some things to get you started:

  • Go for a rigorous walk
  • Do pushups and sit-ups regularly
  • Run stairs instead of taking the escalator or elevator
  • Work in the garden
  • Vacuum the house
  • Bicycle to work

A friend of mine bought me a book that actually is pretty amazing. It is called the “Men’s Health Home Workout Bible” written by Lou Schuler and in it, you can find a variety of do-it-yourself workouts that don’t involve costly purchases of exercise equipment. You can get it now on Amazon for about $15 and I definitely recommend it.


But just today, I came across a rather interesting promotion put on by GE as they try to get people to “upgrade” to their Stainless Steel home appliances. I usually shy away from posting promotional pieces like this but I thought that this one sort of fit in with the “budget exercise” idea, and it was creative as well as funny in the way it promotes the GE products.


The site is called “Strong As Steel” and it’s located here. It is a tongue-in-cheek infomercial that shows how you can use your kitchen appliances to create an at-home workout in the kitchen. The entire infomercial will be available online soon. You can get a taste of it by watching the video below.

Yes, it’s a bit cheesy but what I liked about it was how it’s actually doing a product showcase in the process of humorously giving you ideas for working out in the kitchen (not something you would normally consider doing.)

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A little bit of salesy stuff that I learned: supposedly if you visit a participating GE retailer, you can “upgrade” a new appliance to the “steel look” for the price of a regular GE appliance. This is good until July 6th, 2009. That’s a pretty nice little enhancement, especially if you are looking to change your home appliances and get the high-end look in the process.

Lastly, along the lines of better health on a budget, I’m going to be giving away a free 1-year subscription to Men’s Health magazine. All you have to do is post a comment to this article and spread the news about it. But it can’t be just any comment, it has to be one that is related to exercising on a budget! I will be choosing the most creative way that people are exercising on a budget. Be sure to enter your contact information so that I can get a hold of you if you are the chosen winner. You submission can be funny, serious, or creative, just not crude or vulgar please!

HTD Says: Get rid of your gym membership and start working out at home!

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14 Responses

  1. HTD,
    Saving money is great. But even if i had it, i wouldn't have the TIME to spend it. Thats why i not only do pushups etc at home; the emergency sprinkler pipe on the ceiling of our lab is perfect for chin-ups. When everyone's gone home of course! Perfect way to uilitize a spare 4.5 minutes.

    But im looking for a place for full range handstands, ie from the collar bone, with some kind of vertical support (home interior walls don't appreciate being litterally walked on …. Suggestions?

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  4. Recession did really hit us all hard and we all had to cut down on our expenses. I think the main conclusion here should be to really exercise instead of just paying for that gym membership. Most of us have them but almost never use them. I say, instead of giving it up, start using it. There are advantages in going to a gym, you will be supervised by a professional and the risk of accidents is a lot smaller. I am actually afraid to try to exercise using anything related to my stove, it's connected to a hose with high pressure gas in it, I would,n want to accidentally break that.
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  8. Yes it's safer to go to a gym, but simple exercises can make wonders. I use to go on a walk to work but my best exercise is with my kids at home. Fun and easy and I get to spend a quality time with them. I also go to gym thanks to my wife. She shares your opinion.

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  9. Home workouts are the best, i combine popular bodyweight resistance and cardio exercises and get a great workout with great results

  10. Great advice about home workout. I think that a healthy and relaxing way of working the body out is to swim. This would take the same time as going for a long walk or doing push-ups and sit-ups. I rather do this when I have some spare time, because it helps me think better. Plus, I don't have to pay for it, well, maybe for changing the type a pool filters once in a while.

  11. I was surfing along to find a good article and thank god i got here. Good One. Thanks

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