Getting fit doesn't always have to be expensive. Yes, it can be nice to have a state of the art gym membership, or top of the line fitness equipment, but unfortunately it doesn't always fit into everyone's budget, especially when times get tough. Budget fitness is possible and below are some ideas to get you started working out in your home or outdoors, so that you can get in shape without breaking the bank.

One way to get fit for less is to buy equipment that is inexpensive and has more than one purpose. Many popular items such as ab or thigh machines only work one part of the body, can fill up a lot of space, and can get costly. So when looking for equipment to use find items that create variety and can work the entire body:

can be used for a variety of exercises from abs to legs to arms. They also make great benches for a variety of exercises such as a chest press and can even be used as a seat at your desk.

are inexpensive, small, and lightweight. These are one of my personal favorites because they are easy when you are on the go. Take them along when you travel or when you are taking a walk.

will never go out of style. They are great for working out at home. They are less costly than larger fitness machines and they don't use as much space.

Such equipment can be easily found at your local department or fitness store or online.

Other low cost ideas to get fit outside of the gym include:

. There is a large variety of workout videos on the market from strength training to cardio dance to kickboxing. This is a fun way to exercise right in your living room and get fit for less. Check out your local store, library, or video rental spot to find some great DVD's.

. Most cable packages will have one or both of these available with your package. This is another great way to get a variety of workouts right in your home.

. When the weather is nice use the outdoors to run, walk, bike, or partake in an outdoor sport with your family or friends. Use picnic tables or benches to do step-ups, push-ups, or tricep dips.  Or you could even join a running or walking club.

So I don't want to hear any excuses! Budget fitness is possible by utilizing inexpensive equipment, videos, and more. These fitness items can be just as effective as the more costly ones, so get out there and get fit for less.

“I don’t exercise. If God wanted me to bend over, he’d have put diamonds on the floor,” comments Joan Rivers. It’s true, many of us simply do not enjoy fitness and exercising. It’s also true that every single person in this world can benefit from a proper fitness and nutrition program.
Use these top 10 fitness tips to get your workout routine started today. As always, talk with your doctor before starting a new fitness or nutrition program.
Tip #1- Set Realistic and Tangible Goals
Simply stating that you want to lose weight is not effective. Be specific. For example, I want to lose 5 pounds of fat by February 14th.
Tip #2- Measure Your Progress
Take your base measurements and then re-take them on a regular basis. You cannot measure your progress if you have no idea where you started from.
Tip #3- Log Your Workouts
Each and every workout session should be logged. Keep all of your fitness logs in a binder and create your very own success journal.
Tip #4- Mix Up Your Cardio Workouts
Cardio sessions should vary in intensity and in length. Try new cardio activities and keep things fresh.
Tip #5- Strength Training Is Not Just for Men
Everyone should strength train. Strength training builds muscle and increases bone density. Train all major muscle groups 1-3 times per week.
Tip #6- Rest
Get 7-9 hours of deep sleep each and every night. Also rest your muscles by not working out 1-2 days each week.
Tip #7- Warm Up
Warm up for 5-10 minutes before every workout session. You should feel a rise in your body temperature.
Tip #8- Cool Down
Cool down by stretching out your entire body. This helps increase flexibility and decrease muscle soreness the next day.
Tip #9- Nutrition Is Half the Battle
Eating small meals throughout the day complements your fitness routine. Learn to eat healthy and kick diets out of your life forever.
Tip #10- Stay Motivated
Find a workout partner. Sign up for a marathon. Work with a personal trainer. Do whatever it takes to remain committed. If you falter, let go of guilt and get back on your routine as soon as possible.
These top10 fitness tips build the foundation of a safe and effective fitness program. Anyone can drop body fat and gain lean muscle mass by following a realistic workout and nutrition plan. Stay the course and you will be healthier and happier for it.
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