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Many people are under the misconception that they can’t workout because they don’t have money for a treadmill in their home or they can’t pay the monthly fee for a gym membership. However, there are plenty of ways to exercise without spending a dime. Assuming you have workout clothes that work fine, which can just be some comfortable pants, a t-shirt, and athletic shoes, the following workouts won’t cost you anything.
Walking or Running
The basic type of workout you can do without spending any money is to go walking, jogging, or running. All you need is for the weather to be decent enough to head outdoors and burn some calories. Walking is good for most people, whether you are in shape, overweight, a senior with disabilities, or simply want to walk your dog. It is also something you can do with your kids, as a family, or with friends. Walking and running is also easy to fit into your schedule, whether you do it after dinner with your family or walk during your lunch break at work. If you are not able to get outdoors, you can head to the mall to walk inside. Leave your wallet in the car so those cookies and cinnabons don’t call your name. For years, I have walked a path inside my house. It is just what has worked well for me because at one time I felt I couldn’t go anywhere when the kids were younger, but also because of outdoor allergies. I still walk inside the house today, taking breaks from talking to clients at different times during the day to get up and move, but also for a change of scenery.
Swimming is another great workout that shouldn’t require spending money. While you could spend money at a local gym or health center that has a swimming pool, that isn’t required. You also don’t need your own built-in pool in your backyard to swim. If it is currently warm out, you could go swimming at the local beach, lake, or river. There are also some community pools that will be open to the public for free during the warm months of the year. See if there are any in your area. Your neighbors might let you use their pool, too.
The great thing about dancing for exercise is that you can do it anywhere and it turns into a fun family activity. If you are going out with your girlfriends, head somewhere that has a dance floor. You are enjoying quality time with your friends and getting in a good workout as well. However, you can also spend no money and dance at home. Turn on some music and dance while cooking, early in the morning before heading to work, or when your kids are home for the day. This can also be fun when it is raining or snowing out and your kids are looking for some fun. Some of my clients enjoy different dance videos with their kids, so much so that the kids remind mom when she gets home from work to pop it in for a dance party.
If you have a trampoline in your backyard, it isn’t just for kids. Go out there and start jumping for 30-45 minutes, and you will be amazed by the excellent workout you can get from it. This is yet another way to turn into a family activity.If you do want to spend some money for a rebounder, that is a good investment to have indoors for some activity.
Yoga is another option that you could do at home without spending money. There are plenty of Beginner and up yoga videos on youtube and the internet. I also know that some yoga studios offer free yoga classes. Be sure to check out your area for some ideas.
As with any activity you might do, it is best to have an okay from your doctor plus use safety measures to prevent injury.
Don’t let money keep you from finding a way to be active. Use your creative juices to come up with something you enjoy. Find just 2 or 3 days a week that you can fit in 15 minutes of activity to start. Don’t think you have to do an hour or more every day when you are beginning. Put it on your calendar. Tell someone or invite someone to participate with you so you can encourage each other.
So what will you choose to do? Let me know how you make fitness work for you.
Until next time,