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SALT LAKE CITY — With recent temperatures staying consistently above 90 degrees this summer, the last thing many of us want to do is work up a sweat. And yet swimsuit season is upon us, and with it can come the sobering reminder of a long-gone pledge to get fit.
The cause is not lost. There are plenty of ways to get fit, lose weight and tone your muscles — all in the comfort of your air-conditioned home. What’s more, these methods are cheap or even free.
“You can invest in a home gym to tone up, but you don't have to,” writes Ryn Gargulinski for livestrong.com. “Less- expensive options include free weights or resistance cords or bands. A stability ball is an inexpensive and useful toning tool, especially for working your core.”
For a minimum investment, try a small set of dumbbells, some resistance bands or a medicine ball. These options are available in price points from $5 to $40.
Strength training doesn’t always require additional weight or equipment; you can use your own body resistance to tone up.
“Gravity and our own weight provide excellent tools to challenge the body,” writes Cindy Posey for goworkoutmom.com. “From the beginner to the advanced athlete, body exercises performed in proper form will enhance your posture, muscular endurance, strength, flexibility and balance.”
There are countless blogs and websites like bodyrock.tv offering free workout routines for those looking to get fit at home, or you can buy an exercise DVD or check one out from the library to get started.
The best part is, these exercises can be done while you’re doing other things, making the most out of your free time. Try doing squats as you load the dishwasher, lunges every time you walk down the hall, or push-ups when your favorite TV show is on commercial.