Frugal Fitness II

by Kezia on December 16, 2008

Earlier I wrote about frugal fitness, and offered tips on cheap ways to staying fit. Well, I’m doing it again! This time, I focus on using the Internet to start/maintain/achieve/shake up your exercise routine.


What: SparkPeople is a health website with a dizzying array of tools, content, widgets and community features. Of course what makes it so great also makes it overwhelming, so check out their “Getting Started” guide after registering. Here’s a taste of what you get:

  • Personalized diet & fitness plans
  • Calorie counters & exercise tracker
  • Fitness demons & videos
  • 100,000+ articles, recipes, & tips
  • Active lifestyle communities, message boards & blogs

Why: It’s totally free! Plus, there’s something for everybody. Personally, I hate tracking calories and logging my workouts, but lots of people seem to love/need the structure. I’m more into the articles and community message boards - like 30somethings with 10-24 lbs to lose.


What: Glisten bills itself as “your in-the-know workout partner.” It’s basically an e-newsletter that delivers complete workouts to your inbox three times a week. And if you’d rather not receive even more email, most of the workouts are archived on the site. I must confess that I the word ‘glisten’ gives me the creeps. It reminds me of ‘moist.’ Still, it’s a wonderful resource.

Why: Again, it’s free! You can print out the workouts and take them with you to the gym (or living room). There’s a good mix of cardio, upper body, lower body and total body workouts. There are also options for equipment-free exercisers. Each workout links to a brief, easy-to-follow video demonstration — great for iPods with video.


Got a Netflix membership? I do. It’s totally my guilty pleasure. I’ve got every episode of Law & Order ever made in queue — plus many other crime/police dramas. But I digress. Netflix also has hundreds of workout DVDs, from classic to cutting edge.

My friend Kim’s husband, Erik, raves about Workout: One-On-One Training With Jackie:

“No over the top lingo or silly exaggerated toughness. Very simple, basic work outs. Her helpers are all good looking but not over the top. Chatter between them is pretty minimal. Great combination of cardio and weights that you can do in your living room.”

Why: Membership isn’t free, but you have access to a well-stocked library of DVDs — without buying anything. Perfect for commitophobes.

3-Month Podfitness Membership

What: Podfitness builds custom audio workouts based on your fitness profile - downloaded to your iPod, Zune or other MP3 player, and mixed with your music.

Why: Costs less than a personal trainer ($19.98 for a 3-month membership) and you get access to a database of 2,000 exercises.

top image still from Nagi Noda video, middle from and last

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Tierra M Wilson December 16, 2008 at 12:33 pm

oooh… thx for the tips.. i saw heidi in a bathing suit on the hills last night and I need to get a plan together…. lol.

2 other frugal exercise tips include great site with loads of videos and also cox’s ondemand has at least 50 or more free exercise videos under health and fitness


2 chelsea December 16, 2008 at 1:00 pm

Ha ha, Nagi Noda is amazing.


3 Ian December 16, 2008 at 3:07 pm

Concering that top image: Poodles wear heels not sneakers.

I have a hard time being consistent with exercise. I’m just too lazy. Even thinking about it makes my eyelids heavy.


4 Shen-Shen December 16, 2008 at 8:31 pm

I’m not going to lie, that header image scared me!


5 kezia December 16, 2008 at 9:21 pm

@Tierra — oh thanks for the tips! But Heidi? Meh.

@Ian — that’s the beauty of exercise DVDs, the internet, etc. You can do it when the mood strikes you (or not). I’ve been known to lazily lift dumbells during law & order marathons.

@Shen-Shen - It’s a pretty wacky video, no? I swear you won’t look like that if you follow my tips! ;-)


6 Eyeliah December 16, 2008 at 10:16 pm

OMG! That photo made my day, laughed so loud in the office. oops!


7 hannah December 18, 2008 at 4:21 pm

Nagi Noda’s death was such a tragedy :(
She had so much more wackiness to give to the world…


8 Sara December 18, 2008 at 6:42 pm

Love Jackie bitch is fierce. I just put it in my queue, I need more weight set ideas. ty!


9 caroline December 21, 2008 at 6:32 pm

There are a few things that I can never say no to. Law & Order is one of them.


10 Canadian coupons December 30, 2008 at 12:01 pm

Wow, Love the Image.
Thanks for the great tips, I wasn’t aware there was so much online for fitness. And a lot more frugal ideas vs the gym and personal trainer.


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