Friday, September 7, 2012

Exercise Tips That Cost Next to Nothing!


Great Ways to Exercise on a Budget


Saving money is always a priority when financial times get tough.  Sometimes, it isn’t just a priority – its necessity.  In these cases, things that were once thought of as must-haves become frivolous splurges.  Was your gym membership one of the things that recently got the ax?  If so, have no fear.  Here are a few tips to help you break a sweat without breaking the bank.

  • Join a running or walking club.  If you exercise with a group of people, you’ll be much more motivated to actually workout.  Most clubs are free to join and have indoor alternatives (like malls and shopping centers) for when there is inclement weather.
  • Share equipment with friends and neighbors.  Does your neighbor have a bicycle?  Do you have old exercise videos you don’t use?  Let your neighbor borrow some videos for awhile; in exchange, you can use her bike three times a week.
  • Take advantage of free resources from the library.  Your local library has tons of exercise videos.  Go check out the selection.  Exercise videos come in a variety of fitness levels and activities.  Surely the library has something that strikes your fancy.  While you’re there, check out the magazine rack.  Fitness magazines are full of helpful dieting, exercise, and fitness tips.
  • Turn your home into a gym.  Run up and down the stairs a few times a day.  Spend the afternoon raking leaves.  Sweep the driveway.  Drag out the old push mower and cut the grass.  Clean the windows.  Scrub the shower.  Fill empty milk jugs with water and use them for strength training.
  • Spend time outside with the kids.  You don’t need to be a professional athlete to play a friendly game of baseball, basketball or tennis.  Simply tossing the Frisbee back and forth will burn calories too.  While you are outside, ask to borrow your daughter’s jump rope!
  • Design a no-equipment workout.  Exercises like squats, lunges, pushups, bicycle crunches, triceps dips, back extensions, jumping jacks, side steps, knee lifts, power squats, and jogging in place don’t require a single piece of equipment.
  • Invest in a few key pieces of inexpensive equipment that can be used for a variety of exercises.  Check Goodwill, Salvation Army, Craigslist, and garage sales for even better deals.  Pick up some resistance bands.  They can be used to exercise just about every muscle in the body, are inexpensive, and don’t take up a lot of storage space.  A pedometer is inexpensive, easy to use, and highly motivating.  If you hunt around, you can probably find a good deal on a set of dumbbells.  These free weights can be used to enhance just about any exercise.      
Let us know what you think.  Were you able to find inexpensive ways to burn calories?  Do you use an exercise method we left off the list?  Tell us about it!

Blogger Lindsey Clement is forever under the yoke of two things: a tight waistband and a tight budget.  Luckily, she doesn’t spend a dime on her exercise routine.  This leaves a few extra dollars in the budget for things like B12 shots that give her a much needed boost of energy. 


1 comment:

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