Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Exercise for Free

For me, gym memberships are one of the most unnecessary expenses. I just need to exercise. I don't need Olympic caliber equipment and a training program to get a workout. Since I don't play organized competitive sports anymore, I find other ways to get my exercise without a paying a monthly fee. Here are my top five ways to get exercise:

Daily routines. Instead of looking for the closest parking space, park farther away. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Walk down the hall instead of using the phone. By doing these, I add hundreds of extra steps into my daily routine.

Yard chores. Mowing the lawn, raking leaves and mulching the flower beds involve a good bit of physical effort. Do the work, get exercise and save money. Admittedly, I now pay someone to cut our lawn. However, my spouse and I still do the majority of other yard work.

Pickup games. Tennis and basketball are games one can play for free on public courts. I do it regularly with my friends and neighbors.

Simple home gym. Weight lifting can be done at home with a barbell set and bench for very little cost. I also have a punching bag, which currently is a bit underutilized.

Run or walk. This is the easiest one to do. Put on comfortable shoes and take stroll or jog around the neighborhood.

Any of these ways can be effective and free ways to get routine exercise, and without the burden of membership or monthly fees.

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simon said...

Congratulations on your inviting and informative blog.

I noticed you are interested in private equity as well. I have recently started a blog on PE investmens for small investors thru listed PE funds. To me, this subject has been of particular interest as I used to work for a FoF PE house which only allowed instituional to participate on PE performance.

I'm interested in any kind of feed-back on my blog and would like to implement constructive suggestions (also in terms of language).

If you like my blog, I would be honored if we linked to each other's sites.

Best wishes from Switzerland,


The Digerati Life said...

We have a few things in common:
1. I have this same topic on a post queued up in a couple of days! :( (overlaps happen so often!)

2. i want to retire tomorrow. :) Actually I will, next year!

3. private equity? interesting.

Super Saver said...


Thanks for the comment.

Your private equity blog is interesting and your English is excellent. It is a good start on an Investment related blog.

However, currently, My Wealth Builder is only doing link exchanges with Personal Finance blogs, which have been posting for 3 months, with at least 30 posts . See http://my-wealth-builder.blogspot.com/2007/03/new-friend-opportunity-link-exchange.html for more information. I have the three month and 30 post criteria since that indicates the blogger will be around a while.

If your blog becomes more of a Personal Finance blog, send me a link request in a three months at the above link. Thanks.

@ The Digerati Life,

1. Just shows you great minds think alike :-) I enjoyed your post.

2. I look forward to hearing about your arrival to early retirement.

3. I think I have mentioned a small investment I have in a LLC. However, I am still investing the bulking of my savings in publically traded companies.

Jimmy clark said...

This is my first time on this blog and I really like the content ; ) Have you guys checked out thedailyskinny.com yet? It's mainly for healthy weight loss, but they also get into some great nutrition and exercise advice.