• By Laurel J. Kelly

Consumer Health: Fitness on a budget

April 13, 2018

a family on bicycles - father, mother and teenage daughter and son, all wearing helmetsFitness for less: Low-cost ways to stay in shape 
Want to stay fit without breaking the budget? Don't let gym membership costs keep you from working out. There are lots of affordable — and even free — ways to get exercise every day. These ideas can help you get started.

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