11 Ways to Save Money on Exercise: Fitness Friday

If you’re like most people, you may have resolved to hit the gym regularly but can overwhelmed by the cost of it all. Instead of giving up, follow these 11 ways how to save money on exercise.

1. Dress for Success
It helps to get excited about apparel when you hit the gym, so retire that holy tee shirt and pair of baggy sweatpants in favor of something more fitted. You can find name-brand workout clothing for less at discount retailers like TJMaxx. Setting rewards for  mini accomplishments will help you stay motivated.

2. Use Coupons for Gear
If sticking to your resolution requires working out at home, the right gear will also motivate you. Retailers are mindful of your resolution and are currently offering deals and promotions. For easy access to in-store savings, download the Coupon Sherpa mobile app for deals to stores like Dick’’s Sporting Goods where you can save up to $40 off in weights and accessories.

3. Redeem Holiday Rewards
Don’t forget to redeem rewards earned through loyalty programs or credit cards which can offset the total cost of your new equipment. For instance, Sears & Kmart Shop Your Way members may have earned up to 10 points for every dollar spent during the holidays. Use those points before they expire on January 31 toward fitness gear already on sale to get more bang for your workout buck!

4. Shop Used Equipment
For at-home fitness, you can’’t beat a good treadmill, elliptical or stationary bike. However, this equipment can cost you a small fortune when purchased new. Keep your eyes peeled at garage sales or peruse local listings on Craigslist for used alternatives.

5. Visit Gyms for Equipment
Many people visit gyms to inquire about memberships and amenities, but you can also ask the facility manager if he or she has any old equipment for sale. Health clubs that have recently upgraded their equipment will have excess inventory and may be able to sell you quality exercise machines, dumbbells and other gear for cheap.

6. Repurpose

It would be nice to kick off the new year with shiny-new dumbbells, resistance bands and medicine balls, but loading up on all this gear will seriously derail your other New Year’’s resolution to spend less. Luckily, several household items represent great substitutes for fitness gear, like canned goods as light weights or pantyhose as a resistance band. You can also use a chair to deepen such strength-building moves as incline lunges, push-ups and tricep dips.

7. Stream Videos

Workout DVDs represent a great way to mix up your fitness regimen, but they’re so 90s! These days, you can stream workout videos online at The Daily Hiit or subscribe to a YouTube channel that features preferred workout styles. From yoga to dance to high-intensity training, you can find daily and weekly workouts online for free or far less than you’d pay for a gym membership.

8. Use Your Body Weight
Though gear and equipment can enhance your routine, all you need to get a good workout is your own body weight. Planks, squats, lunges, burpees, push ups and mountain climbers are hard enough without added weight.

9. Shop Warehouse Clubs
Big-box stores and fitness retailers aren’’t your only options when shopping for new equipment. Warehouse club stores also offer equipment like stationary bikes, treadmills, all-in-one gym systems and heart-rate monitors at a lower cost than you can find in regular retail.

10. Be a Kid
If you have children, you likely envy their endless energy and enthusiastic approach to physical activity. Instead of sitting on the sidelines while they run around, join them on the playground by practicing pull-ups on the monkey bars or using your core to get higher on the swings. Dust off your mountain bike, tennis rackets or baseball bat and gloves, and turn fitness into fun again.

11. Get It for Free
They say the best things in life are free, and it is possible to get your fitness equipment without paying a dime.FreeCycle.org is an online community that connects locals looking to unload their clutter at no cost. Also, don’t be afraid to ask a friend or family member if you can borrow a piece of exercise gear you know he or she isn’t currently using.


Thanks to Andrea Woroch for information on this post. She is a nationally-recognized consumer and money-saving expert who helps consumers live on less without radically changing their lifestyles.

Photos courtesy of  Kinoli Inc.

NEW Yoga DVD Giveaway: Fitness Friday

I have a great Giveaway today for Fitness Friday! I am a HUGE yoga fan, and I am excited about this giveaway of the new yoga DVD Shiva Rea: Yoga in Greece. One of the top female yoga teachers in the country, SHIVA REA, has released several award-winning, best-selling DVDs, including her Creative Core Abs series, Fluid Power, Daily Energy ant her November release, Yoga in Greece. She is the foremost expert on vinyasa flow yoga and yoga trance dance worldwide. Shiva has taught yoga to a diverse range of creative movers and shakers, including actors, Will Smith, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Pierce Brosnan and John Cusack.

To enter, leaving a comment telling me if you plan to do or try yoga in 2014. For more chances to win, do the following and leave a comment telling me you did. The winner will be chosen randomly on Monday, January 12th at 8 A.M. Good Luck! :)

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Acacia DVDs are available from select retailers, catalog companies Amazon and  AcaciaLifestyle.com

Boxing Workout DVD Giveaway: Friday Fitness

Christmas is behind us, and New Year’s is heading our way. I have already been making a few New Year’s resolutions of my own. I am excited to share a super fun GIVEAWAY today, just in time for New Years and upcoming resolutions Power Boxing Workout DVD (which just released this month). This workout features four high-intensity workouts combining strength and toning exercises. Marlen Esparza is the first female Olympic medalist in boxing and a breakout star from the 2012 Olympics and reigning seven-time USA Boxing National Champion. Whether you are a boxing fan or a newcomer, Marlen’s new workouts will help you gain strength, agility, cardio fitness and mental toughness—not to mention a fit, lean and strong physique.

Enter for a chance to win by leaving a comment what you’re fitness New Year’s Resolution is. For more chances to win, do the following and leave a comment telling me you did. The winner will be chosen randomly on Monday, January 6th at 8 A.M. Good Luck! :)

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Workout Thoughts of the Day: Fitness Friday

Happy Friday! Change is always hard, but my kids and I are finally getting settled after my recent move. I am trying to get back to my normal self, including making time to work out. Here are 3 workout thoughts of the Day!  The top photo is via Move Nourish Believe.


Biggest Losers Alison Sweeney’s Favorite Ab Moves: Fitness Friday

Need some abdominal workout inspiration? Alison Sweeney has worked hard to get back in camera-ready shape after giving birth to her two kids (Ben, 8, and Megan, 4). But despite her trim physique, Sweeney, 36—The Biggest Loser host, Days of Our Lives star, and author (her first novel, The Star Attraction, debuts next month)—has battled her share of body insecurities, especially when it comes to her abs. “I remember when my stomach muscles lost the fight against my pregnancy weight, and I’ve been self-conscious of my stomach ever since,” she says.

These days, however, the busy, multitasking mom no longer feels the need to hide her abs. While part of her newly found confidence is due to good old-fashioned exercise and healthy eating—she works out four or five times a week and fuels her body with nutrient-rich whole foods—the biggest change has been a mental one.

Sweeney took a break from her busy schedule to share her top tips for learning to love, appreciate, and be kind to your core.


Read more on at Prevention:  http://www.prevention.com/fitness/fitness-tips/alison-sweeneys-belly-confidence-tips#ixzz2OrdQEjw6

Photos courtesy of Prevention magazine

Ten Tips to Lose Weight Before Spring Break: Fitness Friday

Spring break is just around the corner. Here of five tips to help you lose weight before your spring break:

1) Eat Breakfast-Start your day off with a good breakfast of a mixture of protein and fiber. This will fuel your body and start the day off right.

2) Eat at Home-Befriend your kitchen and cook more at home. You will eat healthier and help maintain portion control.

3) Exercise-Get moving and exercise as often as you can. Incorporate interval training and strength training to tone and boost your metabolism.

4) Avoid Your Trigger Foods-Avoid Foods that you know are you weekness. The foods when you start eating them, you just can’t stop.

5) Drink Water-Drink at least 8-10 glasses of water daily. This will help the body to better detoxify, boost metabolism and fuel your body.

6) Limit Alcohol-Alcohol just adds unwanted calories and fast to your diet and adds fluff to your body.

7) Replace Junk Food-Instead of eating junk food, reach for something healthy. Start this 2 times a week and build up to every day.

8) Write it down- I know you’ve heard it a million times, but keep a food journal. This will help to create a conscious awareness of food intake and eating patterns as well as hold you accountable.

9) Don’t eat late at night or after dinner-When you’re done with dinner brush your teeth or chew gum so you don’t reach for something sweet or go back in the kitchen.

10) Find a weight loss buddy-Find a friend to work out with or someone to hold you accountable.

Three Ballet Fitness DVD Giveaway: Ballet Body Workouts

Ready for something new to change up your fitness routine? I have the answer: Ballet Fitness DVD.. As ballet-inspired workouts continue to gain popularity, Acacia is excited to expand the distribution for one of the most popular workouts, the Ballet Body™ series from Leah Sarago. Exercisers can lose inches while building lean muscles with movements inspired by ballet, dance, Pilates, and yoga. Ballet Body™: Upper Body Workout, Ballet Body™: Lower Body Workoutand Ballet Body™: Core Workout will be released on DVD from Acacia on April 2, 2013 ($16.99 each, AcaciaLifestyle.com). BUT, GUESS WHAT? I am hosting a GIVEAWAY and I will be giving away a copy of each of these (yes 3 Ballet Fitness DVD’s) before they even hit the stores. Read on!

Designed by certified strength and conditioning specialist Leah Sarago, these workouts provide a long and lean physique by integrating traditional body-weight resistance exercises with muscle-elongating techniques. Suitable for all fitness levels, these workouts draw on isometrics, the stretch-reflex principle, and eccentric muscle-contraction training for optimal results. Read dozen rave testimonials on her website.

Here are the three DVD’s I will be giving away:

1. CORE WORKOUT — Flatten your midsection and develop core strength with this dynamic, Pilates-inspired workout. You’ll start with standing balance exercises and movement sequences before progressing into variations on side planks and mat work. Complete the routine with exercises to support the spine and back, along with deep stretches for flexibility. If you want strong abs and a bikini-ready belly, this incredible core workout is for you! Approx. 45 min.


2. UPPER BODY — Strengthen, sculpt, and define your upper body with this dynamic, results-oriented workout. Start with mat exercises for the arms and core, then grab a pair of light hand weights for some dance-inspired movements. You’ll improve your muscle definition, posture, and strength without getting big or bulky. It’s the ultimate workout for a sculpted, sleek, and graceful upper body. Approx. 46 min.


3. LOWER BODY — Get the dancer’s legs you’ve always wanted with this calorie-torching barre workout. The muscle-sculpting moves lengthen the thighs, lift the backside, and sculpt the backs of the legs for sleek definition and a slim figure. After the workout, relax into a 13-minute yoga- and dance-centered stretch. Approx. 54 min.

To enter, leave a comment telling your favorite latest workout. Winner will be drawn on February 14 at 8 a.m CST. Happy Valentine’s Day from me!

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Yoga DVD Giveaway: Fitness Friday

For today’s “Fitness Friday”, I have a great yoga DVD Giveaway! This is the first workout from the female co-host of the Emmy® Award-winning series The Doctors, Dr. Lisa: Yoga Blast features three total-body yoga workouts with blasts of strength and cardio. As a busy doctor, TV host, and author, Dr. Lisa Masterson knows a thing or two about staying healthy and fitting exercise into a busy schedule; that’s why she designed these efficient 20-minute workouts alongside nationally certified instructor Elise Joan, with lively dance moves, empowering strength exercises, and invigorating stretches to suit any lifestyle. Following a doctor’s orders has never been so much fun! Enjoy this fun, yoga DVD just in time for the holidays! To enter, leave a comment telling me if you do yoga and what type of yoga you enjoy. Winner will be drawn on January 2nd at 8 a.m CST.

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Caña Collection Activewear Giveaway: Fitness Friday

How about a workout Giveaway for Fitness Friday? Getting the perfect gift for the fitness enthusiast just got easier, thanks to the Caña Collection® holiday line of high-end activewear for men and women. I am so excited to introduce  Caña Collection to my readers. The activewear is crafted to perform like athletic apparel and fit like designer wear. Caña Collection is designed and manufactured in the Garment District in New York using only the highest quality natural and synthetic fibers available without sacrificing style.

Their new  2012 holiday collection is an assortment of all-season activewear that encompasses performance, fit and culture in apparel designed to wick moisture, eliminate odors/bacteria and regulate temperature in popular colors and styles preferred by today’s fitness enthusiasts. I am hosting a giveaway for their awesome Covert Legging (a $105 Value). I am in love with mine!

To enter the giveaway leave a comment on the comment form below. For additional entries, do the following and leave me a comment telling me you did so. Winner will be drawn on Friday, December 14th at 8 a.m CST. Good luck!!

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