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Losing weight without gaining debt

Posted January 6

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Is your goal this year to get in better shape without wasting hundreds of dollars on unused equipment, memberships and supplements? Here are some ways to get healthier on a budget.

My thanks to Gary at www.Stretcher.com for sharing this excerpt. Head to The Dollar Stretcher website for many more frugal living articles.

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How to Lose Weight without Gaining Debt

by: Dr. Kelly Morrow-Baez, LPC

Each year, millions of dollars are spent on health equipment, gym memberships, and pills that all promise to be the solution to our expanding waistlines. Most people know what they need to do, but turning that knowledge into lasting lifestyle change can feel impossible. With a weight loss industry built on fear and false promises, many people throw away hundreds, or even thousands, of dollars each year on unused gym memberships, dust-collecting exercise equipment, and "miracle" supplements that simply don't work.

We know that it's wiser to make the investment in health now rather than pay for medical care later. By knowing and applying the psychology of weight loss, you can maintain your motivation and make good on that investment. Here's how to get healthy and protect your wallet:

Slow and Steady

You know that get-rich-quick schemes almost never work. Rapid weight loss is the same. Intense exercise and extreme diets are not sustainable and can be upsetting for your body and mind. Your mind is designed to shield you from anything that it perceives as harmful. Slow and steady changes to your routine allow for comfortable adjustment in all areas of your life. Consistency beats intensity so choose something you can do on your hardest day and make that the foundation of your exercise plan. Commit to at least ten minutes a day unless you are sick or injured in order to create a routine.

More Isn't Motivating

You might be wondering what equipment you need. The answer is not as much as you think. Invest in what you need to get started, but don't expect equipment to motivate you for more than a couple of days. If walking or running is in your plan, good quality shoes that fit well are enough to get started, beyond that, your motivation has to come from within........ To read the rest of the article, including thoughts about supplements and personal trainers, head to www.Stretcher.com HERE.

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  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Jan 6, 2017

    ascherer - great tips! Thanks for posting them.

    meredith88 - I totally agree. If you aren't using the membership, no reason to continue paying for it. And there are tons of free workout videos available. Have fun!

  • meredith88 Jan 6, 2017

    I actually went and cancelled my gym membership this week. Since moving it isn't convenient to get there anymore. My New Years resolution is to not waste any money :-) Now I use free workout videos online and exercise in the comfort of my own living room.

  • ascherer Jan 6, 2017

    Walking is a great way to get started and stay active. Park at the far end of the parking lot. If you want to introduce weight exercises, start with what you have at the house before buying anything. Is that large can of soup, 5 lb. bag of flour, large/extra large size of detergent or softener you have at home the weight you can safely left? Test that to determine what size you need to buy for dumbbells? Want to buy a stair stepper? Use your staircase instead.