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Save Money With No-Equipment Exercises

The garages of many a home are veritable graveyards for exercise equipment. Avoid post-purchase elliptical machine guilt with more minimalist exercise routines. Photo by Lulu.

Many people use expensive fitness purchases as motivators. If you buy a pricey elliptical machine, you’ll feel so guilty not using it and wasting the money that you’ll dedicate yourself to a new fitness routine—or so the theory goes. Unfortunately the reality is often different, and a quick search at Craigslist for used exercise, sports, and hobby related equipment reinforces that. At The Simple Dollar finance blog, they suggest starting small:

Don’t go buy a treadmill or new running shoes. Instead, go outside and walk every day for fifteen minutes – go around the block three times or so. Don’t go buy a netbook – instead, try checking your email on the equipment you already have. Don’t go buy $US1,000 worth of pans – instead, buy one low-end pot and one low-end skillet and try making some very simple dishes every day. Don’t go spend $US3,000 on an electric guitar – get an old acoustic one to practice on and see if it sticks.

It all seems like a simple enough proposition, but it’s all too easy to get sucked into thinking you need the best of the best to really tackle a new habit or routine.

For more tips on economically establishing a new routine, check out the full article link below. If you’ve started a routine with minimal equipment by choice or chance, let’s hear about it in the comments below.

Buying Something to Force Yourself Into a New behaviour Doesn’t Work: New Rules for a New Routine [The Simple Dollar]