Running, biking, walking, are outdoor activities that do not cost a dime. At home you can try skipping or if you can use a Stairmaster or stationary bike. If you have a set of stairs nearby, why not run up and down them for 5 - 10 minutes once a day? Every minute brings you closer to your goals and will improve your health and mood. Getting outside is always best since you get a change of scenery and plenty of fresh air, not to mention it's 100% free, and open 24/7.
Note: It's important to be able to hear traffic and people around you, so use caution if you need to use a walkman or MP3 player while outside.
Also try leg raises (with or without ankle weights) on your hands and knees, kicking one leg up. You can do leg raises while lying on your side too. You don't need to lift your leg much at all to feel it working.
Don't forget your calves. Find a stair and with your toes on the edge, do as many reps as you can... make them burn!
For about $10 - $20, you can buy a set of dumbbells and add these exercises to your at-home routine! Shoulder press, front, side and rear lateral raises (shoulders), chest press, bicep curls, tricep kickbacks, bent over rows (back). Click here to get your own, or go to:
* By using free weights you can now add resistance to your lunges, squats and calf raises.
Try adding exercise bands to your routine. These bands can join you while you are on your trips away from home since they don't take up valuable space in your suitcase! With these bands (and a door) you can work your triceps, biceps, chest, back, shoulders, and hamstrings. Great invention!
Another great addition is using gymnastic balls. There are a variety of gym balls on this site. They are perfect for isolating the buttocks, thighs, lower back, and abdominal muscles, and it's the newest way to get a great low-impact aerobic workout. Click here to get your own.
Try picking up a couple workout videos and watch them every other day in combination with walking or running outside for 20+ minutes. There are many options available to you, so at times you may feel overwhelmed. Set everything aside and pick something from what you have read here and get started. Click here to get your own workout videos, or go to: