Exercise: How to Get Started

Frequently Asked Questions

4. How can I be more physically active on a limited budget?

You don't need to spend a lot of money to exercise. For many activities, you don't need any special equipment or clothing. All you need for brisk walking, for example, is a pair of comfortable, non-skid soles. For strength training, you can make your own weights from unbreakable household items. For example, you can fill plastic milk jugs with water or sand, use soup cans or bottled water.

Many communities offer free or low-cost programs for older adults. Check with your local parks and recreation department or senior center about the facilities and programs in your area. In addition, some local fitness centers may offer senior discounts.