- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 11, 2009

So you promised yourself as the clock struck midnight Dec. 31 to work out daily, and yet the gym membership is draining your wallet?

Don’t fret.

Plenty of less-costly alternatives are available out there. And we’re not just referring to the free - but dreaded - jogging outside in bone-chilling February weather.

Look instead at your jurisdiction’s public recreation centers and pools. In the District, for example, city residents swim for free at its seven indoor public pools (http://dc.gov).

Montgomery County (www. montgomerycountymd.gov/ rec) has public recreation centers with full-service gyms, including group exercise classes and pools, that charge a mere $150 a year. (That’s close to what some private gyms charge per month.)

Fairfax County (www.fairfax county.gov/living/parks/) also features several full-service gyms, including racquetball courts, for a fraction of private gym membership costs. So your new year’s resolutions to save money and work out daily don’t necessarily have to compete.

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