Overhaul your health this summer. No excuse will help you get around these economical suggestions. Try them for yourself, share them with a friend or involve the entire family. All you'll need is a few dollars and a little motivation. Get started now.
The 5-Step Money-Saving Plan
1. Phone a Friend: $0
Adopt the buddy system. When you're trying to lose weight or get fit, a good friend should always be there to keep you on track. To take Dr. Oz's Buddy Weight Loss Challenge, click here.
2. No Babysitter, No Excuses: $0
Save money on childcare. Bring the kids along and turn getting your 10,000 steps into an opportunity to bond and burn calories.
3. No Membership Required: $0
No gym membership? No equipment? No problem. Reexamine household chores and turn them into at-home workouts. For example, get lean while you do the laundry. Put the basket on the floor; squat down to pick up each piece of clothing, one at a time. Repeat until you're done fluffing and folding. Make it more advanced: alternate bringing your knees to your chest after each squat. You'll be breaking a sweat in no time. Click here for more workouts designed for busy moms on a budget.
4. Eat Local: $5
Shop local markets to seek out seasonal items and special deals. You can get a week's worth of fruits and vegetables for about $5. Take Dr. Oz's shopping list with you.
5. Try Something New: $3
Don't get stuck in a rut. Change your approach to dieting by trying different foods. Keep it interesting with new recipes. This spinach and artichoke whole grain pasta dish will only cost you $3 per serving. Click here to get the recipe.