I don’t need hand weights to exercise or how I exercise on a really tight budget..
I started exercising. I haven’t done any real exercise in a while and I decided it was about time I started again. I really wanted to go to a Pilates class in the area but kept balking at the cost. After a little soul-searching I decided that I really did not need to spend money on a class to begin exercising. I took out an old DVD (good thing my new laptop has a DVD player- many new notebooks don’t!) and decided to start doing Jillian Michael’s 30-day shred instead. Of course, my mind started racing- I really should get a new DVD- this one is so old. I need new weights. I need a good yoga mat. A nice new water bottle. I can do this for hours- think of things I need to get started. Have you ever spent tons of money on a new hobby or health kick? I do it all the time!
This time, I decided it would be different. I would use the old DVD. I would use my kids play-mat as a mat. I would pull out my old, too-tight leggings. And I would use water bottles as weights. Is it effective as real weights? Probably not- but sitting in front of the TV is not great exercise yet. For some reason, I often think that if I am not going to do it perfectly I probably shouldn’t do it at all. That thinking wasn’t really doing me any favors and I did really need to exercise. So I decided to start with what I have. And I did! Yes- its not perfect but the workout is plenty hard enough without my hand weights.
I decided that hand weights would be my reward for actually sticking to my exercise regime. Exercise regularly for 2 weeks and I would buy myself hand weights. This was I would have a “reward” for sticking to my new routine and I wouldn’t spend money for something that wouldn’t get used. I wanted to prove to myself that it would be money well spent before spending it. When you are on a tight budget- every little amount adds up and it would be shame to spend it on something that wouldn’t get used. Having a reward to look forward to really helps keep me motivated and determined to succeed. I want those hand weights! Now I only have 2 more work-outs until I “earn” them! And I know I will!