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How to Exercise on a Budget

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Exercising is very important, but can be hard to do on a budget.  However, you do not need a pricey gym membership or fancy equipment to get regular exercise. With a little creativity, you can find many ways to exercise for little or no money. Below a several ways to exercise without breaking the bank.

  • Take a walk: Walking is one of the easiest and least expensive forms of exercise. All you need is a pair of comfortable shoes. Walking gives you a great workout that you can tailor to your own fitness level. You just need to make sure you are walking fast enough to get exercise. Also, it can be a good way to walk the dog, talk with friends or family, and/or walk to an errand.
  • Create a home gym: You do not need expensive exercise gear and equipment to have a home gym. By making the most of what you already have, you can work out at home with a little investment. This can include using stairs as exercise, running around your house, or using everyday items as weights.
  • Use free exercise resources: There is lots of free information out there to get a good exercise. Some options include:
    • Library: Many libraries offer a wealth of information like videos and books about exercise, healthy eating, and fitness.
    • Internet: The internet is a great resource for free exercise information and workouts.
    • Running or walking clubs: Some local walking and running clubs are free. And even if there is a small fee, it is usually not very expensive.
    • Your friends and neighbors: Another idea to consider is asking friends and neighbors to share things like bicycles, exercise videos or other equipment. 
  • Bodyweight workouts: You don't need any equipment to get a great workout, provided you work hard. A number of exercises require nothing more than your body. This includes squats, lunges, pushups, dips, triceps dips, and back extensions.
  • Low cost sports/activities: Many sports and activities are free or cost little to begin with.
    • Free classes: Many cities and towns offer free fitness classes for the public. Check your local paper or look online to find out what's available in your area. 
    • Use local courts: Most communities have public basketball and tennis courts.
    • Go swimming: Find a local pool or lake and go for a swim.
    • Try other low-cost options: Try ice-skating, jogging, hiking, volleyball, or in-line skating. 

Does anyone else have any tips to help them exercise on a budget? Please feel free to share.

 

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Comments 1

Wanderer on Wednesday, 28 August 2019 06:20

To add, some Health Insurance Policies also have a 'Wellness' Component that would allow for a monthly amount to be applied to approved an Gym Programs or something like the YMCA. This added benefit may be of use during the cold snowy winter months when outside exercise options are more limited.

To add, some Health Insurance Policies also have a 'Wellness' Component that would allow for a monthly amount to be applied to approved an Gym Programs or something like the YMCA. This added benefit may be of use during the cold snowy winter months when outside exercise options are more limited.
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