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Exercising Your Options at Home

Working out is difficult, but it can be rewarding as well. Some people like to work out, while others see it as a chore or one of life’s necessities. In either case, finding a place to work out can be time-consuming. It can also be a financial burden to pay a monthly or annual fee to join a gym that you may not even visit on a daily basis. Another thing you don’t want to do is take away time from the family, especially if you have children.

You may be asking, “How can I enjoy a workout inexpensively and still have time to split between work, exercise and my family?” There is an old saying: “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.”

The next time this question plagues you, remember you can always do things around the house as a workout.

You can always go for a stroll or purchase workout equipment for your home. If you don’t have the space for bulky equipment, there are smaller items you can buy such as a bench or mat, a set of dumbbells, or a bar and weights. Some other options available for consumers include ankle and wrist weights, medicine balls or even Therapy bands.

If conventional items don’t fit in your budget, there are other alternatives to work out with. You can go to an office supply store and buy some thick/heavy rubber bands in place of a therapy band. For weights, you can use a couple of plastic milk jugs, water jugs or small plastic tubs or buckets. This is a good substitute for dumbbells. Remove the head from a mop or broom, then insert the handle/stick through the handles of the two buckets or jugs.

Now you’re probably thinking “And then fill the jugs, tubs or buckets with water.” However, the one thing you never want to use as a weight is a container full of water. Water shifts too much, leading to the possibility that you may mishandle the weight and possibly pull a muscle. The best thing, in my opinion, if you’re going to do this method of working out, is to fill your jug, tub or container with play sand, which you can buy at almost any hardware or garden specialty shop.

Sand shifts or displaces less than water does, causing less risk of injuries and mishandling of the weight.

There is another workout option: using any of the many popular exercise videos available. You can buy these videos in stores, or you can rent them from such places as Netflix, Red box or Hulu. Another way you can find workout videos is searching for them online on websites such as YouTube. You can search for the specific types of workouts you want, and don’t forget if you find a video you like, there’s always a way you can modify it to fit your needs and abilities.

Remember there’s always an option for working out. Where there is a will there is always a way! Don’t let anything get in your way if you want to work out.

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