10 Ways to Work Out at Home and Stay Motivated
Staying fit and healthy and losing weight were the top two New Year's resolutions of 2015 in a Nielsen survey. Many consumers chase those goals by joining a gym, at an average cost of about $700 a year -- and about two out of three don't use their memberships, according to data compiled by the Statistic Brain Research Institute. Others spring for a thousand-dollar treadmill or weight machine that ends up sitting idle. There are ways to get fit -- and stay motivated -- for much less. Try these 10 approaches to working out at home in 2016.
Creating a clear plan with goals and milestones for the year is essential to success. Focus on small, actionable goals, such as working out three times a week, rather than dwelling on the big picture, such as losing 25 pounds. Check in with the plan periodically to ensure you haven't strayed far off course.
Once you've chosen a type of training to start, a YouTube video -- or even a workout DVD from the library -- can set the pace for free. Plenty of at-home fitness programs require no equipment, or just a few inexpensive items such as dumbbells or elastic bands for resistance training and a jump rope for cardio.