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Poor Man's Gym (or is it Frugal Man's?)

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by , 10-29-2009 at 10:49 PM (4690 Views)
So my recent doctor's visit showed that I'm overall doing well as far as health I could use some exercise (one of the major challenges and downfalls to working at home more often than not). So I decided to make it simple and cheap.

1. Walking up all the stairs at least once a day for a week and then changing it two doing it twice in one "sitting". I found out that doing this once will burn off about 140 calories (we're on the top -- 7th floor -- of the building so I run down all the stairs and then walk up them at an even but brisk pace).

2. I have two kettle balls (one's 15lbs and the other 25lbs) and an adjustable dumbell (from 1lb to 15lbs). I use these for simple curls, triceps and such.

3. I got an Iron Gym after recommended to me by a few guys in a support group. When I first started using it, I actually saw results. I don't know why I stopped but I started again. Great for back muscles (lats, traps and such).

4. I haven't started the situps and pushups yet but will start those soon.

I figure the sooner I get into this as a habit the better. From Jan until April 1 I'll be home for all of it except two weeks (one week will be in Toronto and another in Vegas).

Dumb bell cost: $12
Kettle bells cost: $50
Iron Gym cost: $29.99
Sweat trickle down back, knowing I'm losing weight on my terms & without some contract: priceless.

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  1. jestagrrrl's Avatar
    Way to go, and if you just up the repititions on on of the exercises you're doing, you'll really start to notice a difference. Once your body becomes complacent up the anty! LOL
  2. Linus's Avatar
    Yup. That's the idea. First, to make it part of life's routine and then to work at it. I still miss all the cycling I did to and from work way back when but I know I can't live in that past and need to find something that works in the here and now.

    Thanks for the words of encouragement.