15 Ways to Get Fit on a Budget

by admin on October 23, 2014

This is a great article that I found by Kara Wahlgren.  I felt I should share it.

15 Ways to Get Fit on a Budget

By Kara Wahlgren


Plate of Money with Bread and a List with Dollar Bills

New sneakers, high-end equipment, private classes—in your quest to drop a few pounds, you may find your wallet getting thinner, too. But it is possible to get in shape without going broke. Here are a few get-fit tips that can get you results without costing you a fortune.

DO A WORKOUT DVD—#PUSH PLAY—PUSH YOURSELF TO START—Beachbody, LLC.If you can’t splurge on classes . . . DO A WORKOUT DVD. You can get a solid workout in your own living room for the price of a private yoga lesson or a few dance classes. (And, ahem, we know where you can find a few good DVDs.)  The trick is to stay motivated when your comfy couch is beckoning from a few feet away. These tricks can help:

  1. Treat your workout time like an actual class. ”Schedule time in your day to work out, and stick with it,” says JJ Virgin, a Certified Nutrition Specialist and Certified Health and Fitness Instructor.
  2. Even if you don’t feel like pushing yourself to the limit, at least push yourself to start. ”Back in the day, Beachbody’s motto was ‘just Push Play,’” says Steve Edwards, Head of Fitness and Nutrition Development at Beachbody®. “Once you’re actually doing the workout, most people figure they might as well put some effort into it.”
  3. Invite a friend. ”A workout buddy provides accountability and makes it more fun and interesting,” Virgin says.

Man Hiking up the MountainIf you can’t splurge on a trainer . . . HOLD YOURSELF ACCOUNTABLE. Personal trainers provide structure and accountability to your fitness regimen. But if it’s out of your budget, here’s how you can reap the same benefits on your own:

  1. Join an online community. One recent study found that women who worked out with a virtual exercise partner exercised for twice as long as their solo counterparts[1]. The Team Beachbody®Message Boards are a great place to find motivation from fellow fitness buffs.
  2. Get high-tech help from goal-tracking apps and websites that allow you to monitor your progress. Team Beachbody’s SuperGym® is an online health club where you can plan and track workouts, find a fitness buddy, and get advice and motivational tools.
  3. Take a picture. ”The motivational power of ‘before’ photos is massive, because you’re going to improve,” Edwards says.
    “Even when you don’t feel your training is going well, you can look at where you once were and it almost always gets you moving.”

Man running up stairs

If you can’t splurge on a gym membership . . . HIT THE PAVEMENT. Think of the great outdoors as an enormous, free cardio room. Here are a few ways to get your heart pumping—no equipment necessary.

  1. To torch fat, do outdoor intervals.”Run up a hill or stairs at top speed for up to a minute, then walk back down at your normal pace to catch your breath and recover,” Virgin suggests.
  2. Check a map. Your local geography might offer a unique workout opportunity—are there mountains to climb, oceans to swim, or a stadium for stair running?
  3. Go back to the DVD rack. One more benefit of workout videos: Many of them don’t require special equipment. “Some, like INSANITY®, use no equipment in the entire program,” Edwards says. “Yoga is another great workout that needs no equipment, but still offers many options.”

Become An Independent Beachbody CoachIf you can’t splurge on fitness equipment . . . GET CREATIVE. You don’t need to invest in a full set of dumbbells or a weight bench to do resistance training. Here’s how to build muscle on the cheap.

  1. Turn everyday household items into makeshift equipment—canned soup cans double as light weights, furniture can add instability, and a milk crate can work as a step. The Message Boards are the perfect place to find DIY ideas.
  2. If you buy a pair of weights, go heavy. ”Get the heaviest set of dumbbells you can lift in good form,” Virgin says. “You can do a lot with that basic equipment.”
  3. Buy bands. ”Exercise bands are cheap, light, and take up almost no space in your house,” Edwards says. “All of our weight training workouts provide options to use bands—we do this to eliminate excuses.” Plus, they’re ideal if you want to stick to your workouts while traveling.

If you can’t splurge on a nutritionist . . . LEARN TO SHOP SMART. With a little pre-planning, you can eat well without racking up a huge grocery bill. Here’s how to find nutritious foods that won’t blow your budget.

  1. Stick to the basics. ”Shop seasonal produce, lean meats, and other foods on the periphery of your grocery store,” Virgin says. The center aisles are usually where packaged and processed foods are kept. Watch for sales on meat, and buy nuts or beans in bulk.  P90X
  2. Get informed. ”Nutritionists worth their salt tend to write books. Read those,” says Denis Faye, Team Beachbody’s nutrition expert. Michael Pollan’s Food Rules is a good place to start.
  3. Plan your meals ahead of time so you’re not winging it when you hit the aisles. Look for apps that help you plan meals and track deals. “Make a list and stick to it—don’t be swayed by unhealthy sale foods,” Virgin says. And to prevent impulse purchases, she adds, “Don’t go to the grocery store hungry.”


1. http://news.msu.edu/story/cyber-exercise-partners-help-you-go-the-distance/


21 Day Fix Review

by admin on February 5, 2014

My Straight Forward 21 Day Fix Review

my 21 day fix reviewI am going to keep this 21 Day Fix Review simple.  With any fitness program, you are looking for a few specific things.

  1. How are the workouts?
  2. How if the nutritional advice?
  3. Is it worth the cost?

I have a background in Physical Education, and am passionate about promoting healthy living.  I am very honest with my reviews, and hope that this one will help you make an educated decision about whether or not Beachbody’s 21 Day Fix is for you or not.  Let’s take a quick look at Beachbody’s promo video for this program.


21 Day Fix Review – The Workouts

This program comes with 6 workouts.  Here are;

  1. Upper Fix. Targeted resistance training helps shape your chest, back, shoulders, arms, and abs.
  2. Lower Fix. Firm and tone your entire lower body while you blast fat and burn calories.
  3. Total Body Cardio Fix. Keep your heart rate up and your metabolism revved high long after the workout is over.
  4. Cardio Fix. Get your heart pumping and your body moving as you melt away the pounds.
  5. Pilates Fix. Strengthen your core, elongate your muscles, and firm your hips and thighs.
  6. Yoga Fix. Improve your balance, flexibility, and strength as you help relax your muscles.

There are 2 things that I love about these workouts.  First off, they cover everything!  You are working everything from head to toe.  You are strengthening, toning and stretching.  Second, I love that the workouts are only 30 minutes.  So many people use the excuse that they don’t have time to workout.  If you can’t find 30 minutes, you really need to rethink your schedule.

Read Another 21 Day Fix Review HERE

What About The Portion Control System?

This is a huge selling point for this program.  Autumn Calabrese, the trainer behind The 21 Day 21 day fix Fix, has come up with a simple, straight forward and easy to understand way to get your nutrition under control.  You simply fill each container with the food group specified to that container.  Here is what you get;

  • Green—Vegetables
  • Purple—Fruit
  • Red—Protein
  • Yellow—Carbohydrates
  • Blue—Healthy Fats and Cheese
  • 2 Orange—Seeds and Oils
  • Shakeology® Shaker Cup—Drinks

It doesn’t get much simpler than that!  You may notice that there is a Shakeology cup.  That is only relevant if you have Shakeology, which means that you need to buy The 21 Day Fix Challenge Pack.

Not interested in Shakeology?  That means you are interested in the base package, so let’s take a look at the cost and see if it is worth it.

The 21 Day Fix – Is It Worth It

It wouldn’t be a very good 21 Day Fix Review if I didn’t look at the cost.  6 workouts, the portion control containers, nutrition guide, training from a Beachbody coach and more.  How much for it all?  $60!  My mind was blown when Beachbody released the price.  Most Beachbody programs retail for $100+.  For what you are getting with this program, I believe that it is very easily worth the cost.  As with all Beachbody programs, you get a 30 day money back guarantee with this program.  So, if you don’t like it, return it!  Ready to get started?



21 Day Fix Discount

by admin on February 5, 2014

Beachbody’s 21 Day Fix by Autumn Calabrese is selling like CRAZY!  DO NOT order it though, at least not without my 21 Day Fix Discount.  Check it out!

21 Day Challenge Discount


Obesity is a Disease?

by admin on February 2, 2014

I recently found this in an article and is is disturbing to me.

“The American Medical Assn. voted Tuesday to declare obesity a disease, a move that effectively defines 78 million American adults and 12 million children as having a medical condition requiring treatment.

The nation’s leading physicians organization took the vote after debating whether the action would do more to help affected patients get useful treatment or would further stigmatize a condition with many causes and few easy fixes.”

Many causes and few easy fixes?  I am possibly going to offend a lot of people here, but in MOST cases, obesity is a CHOICE!  Yes, there are certain medical conditions that make it difficult for people to lose weight.  Other than those people, how is it a disease?  If somebody making these people eat junk food?  Is somebody making these people live sedentary lifestyles?

This whole story just contributes to the already huge problem of people wanted a quick fix for everything.  There is no lack of resources for people on living healthy.  If anything, there is too much info.  So, here it is.  I am going to sum up all of the research for those people suffering from obesity.

Your new biggest drink is water.  Not soda, coffee or beer.  It’s not lattes, cappuccinos or milk shakes.  It’s WATER!

If it’s fried, DON’T Eat It!

Fruits and vegetables = GOOD!

When it comes to pasta and bread, whole wheat needs to be the FIRST ingredient.  Not wheat, or enriched wheat, WHOLE WHEAT!


People often ask me what the best exercise for weight loss is.  The answer is simple, it’s the one you will actually do.  DO SOMETHING!  I don’t care if it’s walking, jogging, riding a bike, dancing, basketball, swimming, etc.

The problem that I see is that people lack motivation.  They say that they want to lose weight, but that cookie is too tempting.  So, FIND YOU MOTIVATION!  I’ll make it simple.  Do you have someone in your life that you love?  Kids, a spouse, parents, friends?  There is a good chance that is you stay obese, your quality of life is going to suffer, and there is a chance that you are actually shortening your life.  So, what means more to you, eating that cake and watching TV or spending time with the ones you love?

If you really need a structured approach, than I suggest checking out a Beachbody Challenge Pack.

These packs take away your excuse!  You select a fitness program and a flavor of Shakeology (known as “the healthiest meal of the day”).  Each program is created by a world class trainer, and includes a nutrition guide, fitness tips, and FREE coaching from your Beachbody coach (me).



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