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Free and Low Cost Exercise

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It doesn't have to cost a lot of money to exercise. While gyms have a lot of advantages, there are plenty of things you can do at home for free. For example, walking up and down the steps in an apartment or office building is a great aerobic exercise. Walking staircases also builds the lower part of your body.

Among other places, you can find free exercise programs at:

  • YouTube offsite link (type in exercise, exercise programs, exercise videos etc)
  • offsite link
  • The President's Council On Physical Fitness And Sports' brochure: Pep Up Your Life: A Fitness Book For Mid-Life and Older Persons (don't be put off by the title or the drawings), available at: offsite link
  • offsite link - free information about walking
  • On your mobile device. 
    • Free apps are available for yoga, walking, running, calisthenics and almost eery type of exercise. Plus you can easily take these workouts with you when traveling.
    • Consider joining a health or nutrition challenge. There are many free challenges available online or in communities to help people get fit. Many provide online badges or other awards for motivation. 

The odds are that there is a free or low cost public gym and/or pool in your area. In expensive New York City, a person age 50 and over can join a city gym for $10 a year. .


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