Loosing weight does not have to be expensive or wreak havoc on the environment. There are a variety of ways to loose the post holidays weight without having to waste money or buy unnecessary exercise products (destined for the closet). Below are some easy ways to be eco-frugal on that wonderful journey into a healthier lifestyle in 2010.
Gym membership vs. the park
Loosing weight does not require an expensive gym membership. Instead consider exercising at any Houston parks and recreation area. Houston parks are free and filled with fresh air, natural surroundings, sounds, smells, lights and sometimes beautiful creatures. Most importantly they are filed with fresh air opportunities to loose weight. For example, good exercise can come from playing soccer, softball or any other commutative sport on the open fields of many of these parks. Houston park trails can be taken advantage of for fast paced walking, running, skating or even biking. On lazy days or family days Houstonians can stroll around the parks or play with their children on the playground instead of watching TV.
Buy or rent
In times of cold or rainy weather, loosing weight does not have to involve an expensive gym either. Exercise videos can be checked out at the library and then watched and followed at home. The great thing about checking out exercise video from the library is that if the video is worthless it can be returned and exchanged for another one. Something to keep in mind: some libraries carry better selections of exercise videos than others, but if there is a particular exercise video of interest it can be requested from another library at the front desk of the library
New or used
In addition, loosing weight does not require the expensive purchase of brand new exercise equipment. A friend, family member or neighbor who no longer use or want their exercise equipment can provide free or inexpensive and gently used exercise equipment. Gently used equipment can also sometimes be found at freecycle, craigslist, swap sites, resale shops, garage sale, flea markets, etc. Something to keep in mind: when receiving or buying gently used equipment it is important for personal safety to thoroughly clean the equipment before use.
Gas powered or man powered
Loosing weight can also happen while doing chores manually outside. For example: swap the leaf blower for the broom or a rake. It takes more works and burns more calories to rake or sweep up leaves or other debris than it does to turn on an air polluting and noise polluting leaf blower.
Last but not least, in addition to exercise it is important to eat a healthy diet. An informative website to visit for dieting news, facts and advice is mypramid.gov.