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Whenever I need to tighten up my spending habits, I notice that things like gym memberships and pricey exercise classes seem to be the first to go. I tell myself, "I'll just go for more runs" or "I'll work out at home," knowing good and well that I'll be eating cookie dough by the ton in bed and feeling like crap within a few weeks. But really, I love to workout. Well, sometimes I love to workout (I'm not Beyonce), but you can only do a Julian Michaels
Not many of us are inclined to go to the gym day-in and day-out. If you do, then you probably don't need to read further. But hold up, you may be interested in learning how to spice up your workout regimen without having to fork over hundreds of dollars to try out new exercise classes that apparently helped celebrities become a size 2 overnight. Right?
I've learned that I'm one of those people that have to try a little bit of everything because I get bored easily. Since I don't have all the money in the world and must stay within a specific budget, I turn to Groupon and LivingSocial to get my groove on.
Since there aren't any long-term commitments and prices that are so deeply discounted, it's worth trying out whatever your heart desires. If you don't like it, no harm done and you move onto the next.
Here are 4 exercise classes I was able to get via Groupon and LivingSocial for up to 85% off it's retail value:
The surprising fact is that you start racking up calories burned even before you arrive to your destination. Yes, the hour it takes to pack (or unpack) your bags burns up about 118 calories. Then just the act of traveling (lugging your bags through a busy airport, negotiating the signs in a foreign train station) can burn an average of 117 calories per hour. You can even burn calories while waiting around at the airport! Here's how:
Carry-On Bag Curls. Do curls with your carry-on or purse to tone your biceps, shoulders, back, even your core. It can be a total upper-body toning session. Don't worry if you tire yourself out, you're about to be sedentary on an airplane seat for the next several hours. May as well make the most of your freedom of movement now!
Terminal Lunges. You may look a bit nutty lunging around the terminal, but honestly, who cares? It's not like you are ever going to see these people again. With generally an hour to kill, why sit around and twiddle your thumbs when you could be getting a good leg and butt workout?
Calf Raises. Feel the need to be a little more discrete? I get it. Calf raises are a great way to tone your legs without being too obvious. It's perfect for those long boarding lines. You don't have anything else to do, so why not work out?
Wall Sit. No available seats? Great! Instead of sitting on the disgustingly dirty floor, pretend to take a seat with a wall sit. Push your back up against the wall, step your feet about 2-feet from the wall (the length of your quad muscles), then bend your knees so that your hamstrings are parallel to the ground (as if you're sitting on a chair). Hold this position for as long as you can- which will likely be only about 60 seconds.
2. HOTEL ROOM WORKOUT
There is always some extra time spent doing nothing in your hotel room. Instead of nothing, do some exercises! No, you don't need to go to the gym or even put on appropriate attire. There are exercises you can do in your hotel room… even while watching TV!
I can't believe it's almost fall! Living in LA, we lack the four seasons so all I can go by is the really hot heatwave that comes through before we move into fall. With fall coming closer, all I can think about are pumpkins, warm soups and Halloween.
Personally, it brings up such great childhood memories. My mom making pumpkin porridge, entering into my school's annual Jack-o'-lantern contest and of course the highlight, dressing up for Halloween. As we get ready for fall, our DealPros have a thing or two for you to think about.
What should you buy in September?
If you are looking to save some money this month, Valerie Hoff of 11Alive tells you What To Buy In September so that you can maximize your savings. If you're bike hunting, this is the time to make your purchase as the stores clear past inventory to bring new ones in.
If you're an active person and a smartphone owner, I have two products to recommend. First is the Spibelt, an impossibly comfortable sports belt with a stretchy pouch that can accommodate keys, cash, your phone and other walker/runner/biker essentials.
The second is the Jabra Sport Bluetooth stereo headset, which lets you listen to music and FM radio and make/take calls while you're exercising--all without wires. (Well, sort of.) The Sport has a list price of $99.99, but right now you can get it from Amazon for $60.99 shipped.
I hate sports. I know that living in Southern California this goes against all the laws of nature--which include but are not limited to rooting for either the Angels or the Dodgers and getting excited about things like the Superbowl (I like the Puppy Bowl...)--but really, sports just aren't my thing. I have broken about six fingers, torn some ligaments, and had various other injuries during my childhood, almost all of which were sports-related, so yeah. Me + sports = no thanks.
However, table tennis? That's a sport I can get excited about! The sound of the ping-pong ball, the whoosh of the paddle, the sweat on my brow. Ah yes, table tennis, the game of champions!
So imagine my excitement when I found this winning item from Gizmine: Self Table Tennis.