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Old 05-02-2017, 10:05 AM
 
Location: 76102
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Husband and I go out and walk in a maintained trail in a local park. He calls them our death marches.
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Old 05-02-2017, 12:00 PM
 
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I hike at least once a week - often as many as three times. I also kayak and bicycle. Once the boots, boat (used, of course), and bike are bought, there are no further expenses. You *can* spend a fortune on accessories, but you don't have to. I also folk dance (it's a reasonable fee, and I take advantage of any free events) and walk to work and back every day as well as whatever to else is within walking distance that I need. It pays to live in the city center. Finally, I buy old VHS tapes and DVDs from Goodwill with aerobic workout routines; it's free to pop them in the machine and exercise to your heart's content. The fact that they may be out of style now doesn't make them any less effective.

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Old 05-03-2017, 08:51 PM
 
Location: Valley of the Sun
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I love lifting weights too much to not have a gym to go to. $35/month and has all the free weights and squat racks I need.

I go to one close to my house and I bike there 10 minutes each way when I go. Saves on gas, plus it's extra cardio.
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Old 05-05-2017, 02:00 PM
 
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I love to walk, but the weather limits when I can be outside. At that point in my life, walking isn't enough excercise for me. I need more. I walk a mile or two when I can. A gym membership is no excuses and I push myself harder. Better health pays for itself.

If I really wanted frugal excercise, I'd go get a physically demanding job like pushing carts.

Exercise bikes are better then walking...but exercise bikes is very frugal is it?
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Old 05-05-2017, 02:41 PM
 
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I never understood being unable to walk due to weather; it's just a matter of dressing properly (shop at Goodwill). Even if it's icy out, you can buy "grippers" for your shoes for under $15.
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Old 05-05-2017, 04:27 PM
 
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I used to be a road biking nut going out for a workout in as low as 23F. Nowadays when I do the treadmills at Planetfitness for 25 minute sessions it's also really enjoyable watching TV.
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Old 05-05-2017, 11:01 PM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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I never understood being unable to walk due to weather; it's just a matter of dressing properly (shop at Goodwill). Even if it's icy out, you can buy "grippers" for your shoes for under $15.
Here the weather issue is not cold but rather regular summer thunderstorms. The copayments for a hospital visit because you were out running amid lightning are not particularly frugal unless you have 'Cadillac' insurance plans.
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Old 05-06-2017, 11:26 PM
 
Location: USA
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When I'm on the road, I walk the flat-lands or slopes and do many walk up/down public stairway reps.


For weightlifting, I have two styles of plastic one gallon water bottles refilled with tap water; Arrowhead with the indented hand grips in the back, for dumbbells,




and the hard to find plastic bottles with handles similar to this (also for dumbbells):





I also use a wood 6' closet dowel (at least 1 1/4") to slip through the flap handles as a weightlifting bar:

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Old 05-07-2017, 06:12 AM
 
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My outdoor exercise problem is excessive heat and humidity all summer, but then I just take the walks indoors or make them "water hikes" (along a creek or stream) and jump in frequently. I hope to find free or low-cost water aerobics through a city park in retirement.
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Old 05-07-2017, 08:23 AM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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When I'm on the road, I walk the flat-lands or slopes and do many walk up/down public stairway reps.


For weightlifting, I have two styles of plastic one gallon water bottles refilled with tap water; Arrowhead with the indented hand grips in the back, for dumbbells,




and the hard to find plastic bottles with handles similar to this (also for dumbbells):





I also use a wood 6' closet dowel (at least 1 1/4") to slip through the flap handles as a weightlifting bar:
I'm on the road next week for 3-4 months. Need these kind of ideas as I don't intend on carrying exercise equipment in the RV. Will have trail bike. But bodyweight exercises can do a lot of good. No equipment other than a park bench or park chin up bar.

https://youtu.be/jeliKWOBID0
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