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Resolutions: Work Out for Free

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Does anyone else hear the overwhelming sounds of silence? Where once elipticals whirred and treadmills whizzed, now there are only crickets. From Santa Monica to Echo Park, aerobics studios are feeling a chill wind blow. It seems, friends, as though no one can afford their gym membership anymore.

But an empty wallet is no excuse for clogged arteries, and in fact, exercise will get your mind off depressing stuff like that pesky recession. Here are some ways you can keep your resolution to get in shape without breaking the (already broken) bank.

Hill Sprints: Jackie Warner, trainer at Sky Sport and star of the reality show "Workout," suggests getting outdoors: "Find a hilly area and start fast walking for five minutes and then do 20 push-ups. Repeat until you've done a total of 20 minutes of fast walking and 60 push-ups. It's a perfect upper and lower body workout. Or, you can get yourself a great DVD like my 'One on One Training with Jackie.'"