Working out on an economic diet

January 5, 2009 6:10:38 PM PST
Despite New Year's resolutions to get in shape, the bad economy has many people less willing to pay big bucks for a gym membership. But you can stay fit on a budget without going to the gym and, in some cases, without leaving home.

The International Health, Racquet and Sports Club Association says gyms nationwide saw memberships drop in recent years. They're hoping things will improve. Typically, gyms see a membership boom in January, and this year many gyms are hoping special deals will help pump up business.

A gym membership is a waste of money if you pay, but don't end up going.

Some people are resorting to feeling the right type of burn without burning a hole in their wallets, exercising at home to get fit. Yes, even some household items can help you flex your muscles.

No matter where you exercise, fitness experts say getting in shape is all about how much you commit to your goal.

"It has to be small enough to be doable, when people have these huge goals, most likely they fail."

The biggest challenge isn't working up a sweat, it's being consistent. Doing it without hurting your bottom line will also help you stay on track with your economic diet.

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