Morning Money Matters: 3 cheap ways to lose weight

January 14, 2009; News 12 This Morning

Even in these tough times, you can still lose weight without losing too much of your cash. Your New Year's resolution to get trim doesn't have to break the bank: here are three tips to tighten your belt and your wallet.

Let's start with the gym. It can be expensive to join one, but it doesn't have to be. Look for discounts through outside groups or get a group together for a group discount. Also, try buying in bulk. Pay for a discounted package of classes or personal training sessions rather than one at a time. However, never pay an initiation fee. If the gym asks for one, say "no, thank you." I bet they'll work with you, or you will find one that does.

Want to work-out at home? There are plenty of aerobics shows on television; just record them so it's convenient for you. You can also check out a dvd at the library. That's free too, or you can watch one on line, also free.

You don't need exercise equipment. Sit-ups, push-ups, squats, and lunges work just fine. Stairs do too. I had a friend in college who swore running up and down the stairs was all she needed to stay in shape. To this day, she looks amazing. Richard Rogers, who sits across from me in the newsroom, also reminded me of something all you Georgia Bulldogs will enjoy. The great Hershel Walker never used an expensive gym. All he did was run and do sit-ups and push-ups. We all know the incredible shape he was in. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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