How to Set Up a Cheap Home Gym

Set up a cheap home gym. (source: alal/morguefile)

Set up a cheap home gym.
(source: alal/morguefile)

For many people, fall is a more reasonable time to make a fitness or weight loss resolution.  The kids are back in school and the change in temperatures helps us to focus on healthy eating and physical activity.  In Minnesota, we also start to think about exercising indoors.

In the coming months, colder temperatures may prevent you from exercising outside.  So now is the time to think about other options.  If you choose not to join a gym, you can set up a fitness center in your home with just a few simple tools.  This video from the American College of Sports Medicine provides simple advice for some products to consider.


Remember, you don’t have to spend a lot of money to set up a fitness plan that works.  Visit local Twin Cities stores like Marathon Sports to get expert advice and proper shoe fitting for running or walking shoes.  And stores like 2nd Wind have used and new exercise equipment for a range of budgets.

If you are new to exercise, talk to your primary care provider to get guidelines for the kinds of exercise that can improve your health.  You can also visit North Memorial Healthy Weight Loss to check out videos that will guide you through the basics of cardiovascular training, strength training and learning how to stretch.  You’ll also find a list of websites and exercise programs that are well suited for exercisers who have limited mobility.


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