Top 10 Keys to Staying Fit Without Going Broke in the Recession

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South Florida fitness professional Doug Jackson describes how to stay fit on a budget. Spurred by seeing clients in tough economic times, Jackson wrote a free consumer awareness guide entitled "How to Recession-Proof Your Fitness Plan" which can be downloaded at

If money is an issue, consider reducing the frequency you meet with a trainer.

Two months ago, South Florida fitness professional Doug Jackson noticed his clients were starting to feel the economic downturn. In response to his clients worry about the economy, he wrote a consumer guide for the public on the best ways to get fit and stay fit in times of economic uncertainty.

Jackson, the owner of, has some advice for people that you wouldn't expect to hear from a personal trainer. "If money is an issue, consider reducing the frequency you meet with a trainer."

He goes on to refine his position. "It's about coaching. When money is tight, people need to think of their trainers as professionals to help them move forward in the most effective way possible. At that point, the trainer empowers people to make good choices on their own without needing to see the trainer the traditional two or three times per week.

"The traditional way of working with a trainer multiple times per week is ideal, but it's a problem if people decide not to get guidance because they think that's the only option", Jackson states. He suggests that beginners meet with a trainer at least once per week, intermediates meet with a trainer anywhere from one to four times per month, and advanced exercisers keep moving forward by meeting with a trainer at least once per month.

Other suggestions in his report include using inexpensive fitness equipment such as stability balls and sticking with what he calls the fitness 'best practices'.

Jackson, an author of multiple fitness programs, states, "In a bad economy, the last thing you want to do is waste money on the latest exercise gimmick."

You can access his entire consumer guide to staying fit on a budget at

For additional information about Doug Jackson visit .

Doug Jackson, Owner - Personal Fitness Advantage, LLC.

Doug Jackson is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist who holds a Masters Degree in Developmental Kinesiology with an emphasis in Exercise Psychology from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. After being unhealthy during childhood, fitness turned Doug's life around. Doug now spreads the word that everyone can and should enjoy the vast benefits of fitness. Doug's work has appeared in various magazines, books, and online fitness websites. He's also appeared on Dave Depew's Fitness and Nutrition Hour and NBC's South Florida Today to discuss the realities of fitness and sort through the misinformation that the public is constantly bombarded with. In the past Doug has taken part in serving as an Expert Fellow for the National Board of Fitness Examiners, directed and produced Your 24/7 Personal Trainer, a strength training instructional video, and co-created a university personal fitness training program. Doug also publishes and is Editor-in-Chief of Fitness Empowerment, an industry leading electronic newsletter that accepts free subscriptions at


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