At a time when many of us are constrained financially, any idea that helps us manage our budget is welcome. No doubt this reality was why I was invited to demonstrate my low-cost home gym on KGO-TV ABC Channel 7’s afternoon program The View from the Bay.
The show is taped live in San Francisco, and I live three hours north in the Sierra foothills, so it wasn’t practical to transport my entire home gym. But I brought enough items that viewers could get the idea and even expand on the list through their own ingenuity.
I demonstrated the following items:
A luggage strap for stretching hamstrings ($6)
Two hand weights for strengthening the upper body ($20)
A wood pole for improving back flexibility ($3)
A throw from my living room that doubles as a mat ($10)
The hosts of the program, Janelle Wang and Spencer Christian, were good sports as I put them through lower back and hamstring exercises. You can see them struggling through the different poses here.
Even when money is not an issue, home gyms are particularly useful for caretakers or those pressed for time. They also are a good alternative for those who find the gym an intimidating environment or who feel embarrassed about their body. Whatever one’s reason for exercising at home, in this economy, ideas that involve a low-cost approach to fitness are worth considering.
"He who will not economize will have to agonize." Confucius