I’m out of shape and I need to lose weight!
Traditional Paths To Lose Weight
I’m out of shape, there, I said it with only a tear in the corner of my eye. In the past, I would go searching for a gym membership at some fitness club. The pricing for the fitness clubs that I could afford would range from $40 to over $90 a month. The of course you could always hire a personal fitness trainer (but this is definitely something that I couldn’t afford). Finally at the uber-high end of paying for fitness you could buy membership to a country club. I would faint if I told you the pricing for this luxury (some are over $20,000 per year)!
Now to be fair, there are perks in joining fitness clubs and country clubs that go beyond the goal of losing weight and becoming more healthy. Socialization is one such goal, Prestige (or bragging rights) is another. For someone at my level of income, I can’t afford such luxuries.
Cheap Ways to Lose Weight
Over time, I learned that there are cheaper, although not as exciting way to lose weight. Below is a quick list of some of the easy ways to be healthy both physically without spending a ton of cash:
- Purchase a weight bench and weights or some other piece of proven fitness equipment (and use it!).
- Exercising to morning fitness programs on TV.
- Take strolls around the neighborhood at night (of course you need to live in a safe area and go with a buddy).
- Calisthenics – pushups, situps, leg squats combined with a sensible diet works wonders really!.
- Mowing the lawn.
- Taking the dog on walks (good for the dog and you, of course you need to have a dog…)
The methods above are things I’ll be doing in addition to the next topic below!
Getting Paid To Lose Weight
I’m not talking about getting huge, then going on some diet losing half your body weight (blob to babe) kind of deal…
My idea is to find ways to get paid while losing weight, it’s that simple! So let’s say that you have a buddy that has a law mowing business. You should talk to him and see if he has work for a few hours to five hours per week that you could get paid for. Of course you would have to be reliable and stick to it for at least a year. This approach could be a win-win for both you and your buddy.
Another approach would be to make videos about it and post them on youtube. Of course you would have to be entertaining… Perhaps while doing your video you can dress up as something silly (like Fred, nuff said!). This approach is a long shot, but it could be a lot of fun to do in the process!
Oh, one finally point on getting paid to lose weight, if you do find a way to make money while losing weight, use the money for something that rewards you for doing so (I’m not talking about buying ice cream either)! I mean something like a small vacation after a few months of losing weight work, or maybe a small shopping trip to the store, or paying down extra on your debt… Make the money gained by losing weight targeted to something fun or rewarding!
Thinking to Lose Weight
The point of this article is that you don’t have to let the past define the technique you use! You can think outside of the box on this and come up with entirely new ways to make fitness work for you! You might even come up with a system that is so much fun that you can market your idea and become rich (Zumba comes to mind)!
So today, I’m officially back on the weight lose wagon and I want to make a little money (or at least do it cheaply) while doing so!