In fact, you can get in shape by spending only about two and half hours a week on your workouts.
While this won't get you in shape incredibly fast, it will get you in shape and keep you there -- all without having to leave the comfort of your own home.
What do you need? No expensive gym equipment here, all of these stuff may total for about $150.
First, we have resistance bands which will cost about $40 for a four-band set.
Next, an interval timer, which is about $20 (a good brand is the Gym Boss), an off on roller, which is going to cost you about $11 for a round, one-foot long one, and an exercise ball, which is going to set you back roughly $30.
You should also invest in a set of dumbbells that are adjustable, which is $40 for a 40 pound kit.
It will cost you about a dollar extra for every pound you add.
That will get you started (again, for total cost of about $150), and if you want to advance further and have the space to do so, you may also want to consider getting a barbell set, a pull-up bar, and, perhaps, something called the Valslide; the Valslide will cost about $30 and does much what a slide board does, but much more cheaply and portably -- you can take it with you anywhere.
Other options If you're interested in a really time efficient workout that's going to enable your workout from home, try something called Turbulence Training.
Turbulence Training was invented by Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, MS; he'll show you how to do a super efficient workout based upon serious, scientific results in just three days a week, 45 minutes a day.
And that's it, according to a Georgetown Health Club -- well, not quite.
Of course, you have to eat right as well as exercise to lose the fat and get buff, but this is certainly a start -- and you don't have to go to a gym and pay expensive gym fees, or invest in a lot of fancy and expensive exercise equipment that you may or may not use.
Eating right If you don't know where to start when it comes to eating right and you want some good tasting recipes, try John Berardi's Gourmet Nutrition cookbooks, especially the second in the series.
That retails for about $40.