Get Fit Despite Issues of Time & Money

barreIn theory, at least. In real life, not everyone can afford a gym membership or a set of dumbbells, or has a way to get to the gym or feels safe walking after dark in their neighborhood.

Not to fret. There are ways to get fit and to stay fit. All you need is some desire and a bit of determination, a doorknob and a chair.

“You don’t need fancy things or a gym,” says Elizabeth Lindberg, owner of Studio 6 Fitness, which just celebrated its first anniversary. “We’re known for a very, very expensive machine here, but we also do barre. When you go to a barre studio, it’s fun in a group fitness environment. But the moves that make it so popular, you can do on the back of a chair or a bar in your house or the kitchen counter.”

Think simplicity. “If you have no time at all and did push-ups and planking, it’s old- fashioned, but believe it or not it works your upper body and core. Your legs are strong. You can do push-ups off the floor or off the bar,” Lindberg says.

Think intensity over duration. As you get stronger, she says, up the intensity of the workouts. Hold your heel lifts longer, for instance.

Focus on form. “If it hurts while you do it, you’re probably not doing it right,” Mariotti says. “There’s a difference between hurt-injury and hurt-I-haven’t- done-this-in-20-years.”

Make nutrition changes slowly, too. Mariotti encourages clients to substitute water for at least half their daily sodas and add vegetables to their meal planning. “That means real vegetables,” he says, “not creamed corn and white potatoes.”

Focus on what you can do. “So everything went wrong today,” Lindberg says. “Can you do a 30-second lunge and some leg lifts? Doing something slowly changes your mood. Being in a squat will change your feelings. When you work out, things work out.”

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