Exercise For Less: 3 Inexpensive Ways To Workout From Home


Scott Webb

Signing up for a gym membership may seem like a good way to invest in your health, and while it may help to keep you fit and toned, the costs can also make your wallet a lot slimmer. Nowadays, the average cost of a gym membership is just under $60 a month, however, most of it goes to waste as 67% of memberships go unused. While investing in your health and well-being may be one of the best decisions that you could make in your life, there are other things that you can do to get fit without spending a fortune. To get in shape for less, try working out at home.

Benefits of working out at home

One of the best things about working out is that when it’s done on a regular basis, you can get good results no matter where you choose to do it. Exercising at home means that you get to save money on workout clothes because you can wear whatever you want and not worry if your shirt is too old or if your socks are mismatched. You can also start exercising right away as you don’t have to change into workout clothes or wait in line to use the fitness machines. Best of all, you get to play your own music, and you don’t feel self-conscious because no one else is around. By working out at home, you get to focus on what matters most—exercising, without all the other distractions that you can find at a gym. Here are a few inexpensive ways to workout from home.

P90X3 workout

Doing the P90X3 workout only takes 30 minutes a day for 90 days, so it may be the right fit for you if you’re pressed for time or if you’re trying to get in shape within a certain time frame. While you need little to no equipment, you can use dumb bells, resistance bands, and a yoga mat for a better workout experience. Plastic dumb bells that can be filled with water don’t cost a lot, or you can use soup cans or big bottles of water instead of dumb bells if you don’t want to spend anything at all.

Try workout DVDs

Workout videos have come a long way since the 80’s when Jane Fonda, Richard Simmons, and all those jazzercise videos were all the rage. Today, you can find a wide variety of workout DVDs for just a few dollars in online stores, so take your pick from Zumba, hip hop, Tae Bo, HIIT, or anything else that interests you.

Workout to a YouTube video

To do this, all you need is an internet connection, your laptop, and you’re good to go. There are lots of YouTube exercise channels that will help to keep you in shape without spending a single cent. For a fun way to break out a sweat, try Keaira LaShae’s Reggae Dancehall Workout or the Beyonce “Move Your Body” Full Workout Routine.

Your health matters, but so do your finances, and exercising at home will help strengthen your body without doing a number on your wallet. Try any of these tips to get fit without breaking the bank.

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How To Make Your Business More Accessible

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When you own a business, it’s incredibly important that you’re able to keep it available to use for everyone; this involves making sure that people can reach you any time and that it is easy to reach you! But what can you do to achieve this? It’s difficult to know what your options are, so read on to find out what you can do about it!

 

Having Social Media Accounts

 

Websites like Facebook have fast become incredibly popular over the past few years, and it’s a brilliant platform for you to be taking advantage of! A lot of people use social media, there is an estimated 3 billion accounts that are being used at the moment and you should be using this to your advantage. You should be creating accounts on every social media that you can in order to make your company more accessible. People are going to be more likely to message a social media account than make a phone call about an inquiry as it’s easier meaning you can get more business.

 

Customer Answering Service

 

We can’t always pick up the phone, whether it’s in our personal lives or our business ones,  sometimes we just don’t have the time to speak to people. So, we have to do something about this because every missed phone call means that we’re missing out on business. Hiring an off site customer service call center means that the phone is always going to be answered by the people that you are hiring, they can help the customer as best as they can and often leave messages on to you, meaning that you don’t miss out on any business! This also opens up to people who are calling from different time zones; if you’re able to effectively communicate to people that live in different countries then you’ve just opened yourself up to a whole new market meaning you can become much more successful as your audience will be wider!

 

Advertise Your Details

 

This is of paramount importance for anything you own, especially when you’re advertising! Your details are obviously how people are able to get into contact with you, without them people would have to blindly trawl through the internet for your business which they will quite quickly give up on. When you’re advertising, and even on your website, make sure to put your details on the advert somewhere; this means that people can directly get into contact with you instead of having to search around for you so you can get more business in!

 

All of these things are great for keeping your business connected! You’ll have a call answering service for when you just can’t pick up the phone so you don’t miss out on anything, you’ll have social media accounts that are manned and ready to answer any questions that potential customers might have and your details will be advertised on everything you put out to the world to ensure everyone can get in touch with you! Putting yourself out there is essential to getting investors on board, but what else can you do to attract them? Well, read this and you’ll learn how!

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Could You Be A Better Driver?

Scientific research suggests that most people rate their driving skills as above average. Studies show that the majority of people would give themselves a score of at least 7 on a scale of 1-10, even though most said that their friends or family would give them a lower score. You may think that you’re a brilliant driver, but if your skills were under the spotlight, would you make the grade?

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Are you as good at driving as you think?

Everybody has to pass a test to be able to drive on the roads, but how different is your driving style now to those days when you were accompanied by an instructor and are you really as good a driver as you think? If you were to take a test now, would you pass? Can you still remember the rules of the road? Are you guilty of driving with bad habits? Experience can be hugely valuable when it comes to driving, but not everyone who has years of driving under their belt is a good driver.

 

The worst driving habits

When you do something over and over again, it’s very common to pick up bad habits. When you’ve been driving for 20 years, it’s highly likely that the days of holding the steering wheel in the ‘ten to 2’ position have long gone. There’s nothing wrong with getting more comfortable behind the wheel, but it’s always essential to drive safely. Here are some of the worst habits drivers can display.

 

Distracted driving

If you’ve been driving for years and you’re a confident driver, or you tend to live your life at one hundred miles an hour, and you’re always on the go, distracted driving is probably a feature of day to day life. How often do you make calls when you’re driving or take time to plug in a zip code into the navigation system? If you do tend to do this, it’s really important to invest in a hands-free kit for your phone or to use the inbuilt system in your car rather than messing around with your cell in the car. Even when the roads are quiet, and there aren’t many cars around, hazards can come out of nowhere, and if your eyes aren’t fixed on the roads, you may not be able to react. It’s also worth bearing in mind that in some countries, such as the UK, it’s illegal to use your phone while you’re driving unless you have hands-free access.

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Driving tired

How often do you drive when you’re tired? If you know your way around the roads and you’re a seasoned pro when it comes to driving, you may think that you can overcome any challenge on the road, but tiredness kills, and there’s no getting around the statistics. According to the National Sleep Foundation, more than a third of drivers have fallen asleep at the wheel at least once. Driving when you’re tired puts both you and other drivers at risk, so always pull over in a safe place if you’re struggling to keep your eyes open.

 

No hands

When you learn to drive, not a moment goes by when you don’t have at least one hand on the wheel. This tends to change when you pass the test, and you’re free to explore at your leisure. It’s fine not to have a firm grip on the wheel with both hands at all times, but resist the temptation to try and show off. You don’t want to end up injuring somebody because you’re showing your mates you can steer with your knees. If you’re negligent, and somebody else is injured, they have every right to get in touch with a firm like https://www.StephenBabcock.com/locations/ruston/ and pursue a compensation claim. You may also incur penalties if you were at fault. When you’re behind the wheel, always remember that it’s not just your safety at risk. Careful driving also protects others, so make sure you have a firm grasp of that wheel, even if you do know the roads like the back of your hand.

 

Driving too fast

If you’re confident in your driving abilities and there’s an open road ahead, you may be tempted to put your foot on the gas and let the vehicle fly. The trouble is that driving at high speed carries risks. If you crash at speed, you’re more likely to sustain severe, even life-threatening injuries and you may also injure other people and do serious damage to your car. If a pedestrian is hit at 30 kph, they have an 80% chance of surviving. This falls to almost 0% at 80 kph. You may also face legal action if you exceed the specified limit, especially if others are injured. If you’re unsure about the impact of speed, this article is a useful resource http://www.who.int/violence_injury_prevention/publications/road_traffic/world_report/speed_en.pdf. Pay attention to the speed restrictions and adapt the way you drive if it’s raining outside or there’s ice on the road. Even if the speed limit is 70 mph, it may not be safe to drive at this speed if the surface is slippery or it’s pouring down with rain and visibility is poor.

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Not giving other vehicles space

Are you guilty of driving right behind other cars? Do you try and encourage people to speed up or tailgate them on the highway? Driving like this can make other drivers feel anxious, and it can also end in disaster, especially if the driver in front is forced to brake quickly. If there’s not enough distance between your car and the vehicle in front, you’re going to crash into the back of them. Leave at least two car lengths between you, and adjust the distance in line with the conditions. If it’s wet or icy, you’ll need to increase the gap to account for a greater stopping distance.

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You may think that you’re a good driver, but do you have any of these bad habits? How careful are you on the roads? If there’s room for improvement, take these considerations on board and remember that you’re responsible for other people’s safety, as well as your own.

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