You don't need to buy fancy workout equipment or a gym membership to reach your fitness goals. There are many ways to stay in shape while staying within your budget!
#1: Take advantage of outdoor activities
Summer is the perfect time for outdoor exercise activities! If you're getting back into a fitness routine, walking is a great place to start. All you need is a comfy pair of sneakers. When you're ready to rev up your outdoor fitness routine, try hiking a nearby nature trail, jogging around the neighborhood or riding on a bike-friendly path.
#2: Find free fitness videos online
From yoga to kickboxing to HIIT (high-intensity interval training), there's a wide variety of fun and free exercise tutorials and virtual classes available online. You can find workouts for all fitness levels, and many are designed for small spaces with no equipment required.
#3: Make an at-home gym
With a little creativity and a few affordable pieces of equipment, you can create a gym right in your home. Here are some ideas:
- Purchase inexpensive fitness gear like a jump-rope, resistant band, exercise ball and yoga mat. You can use these for multiple exercises!
- Use a chair for exercises like tricep dips or modified push-ups.
- Take a few extra laps up and down the stairs. You can even load up a backpack with weight to add intensity!
- No dumbbells? No problem! Grab a few cans or use full water or milk jugs as weights.
#4: Search for discounts and coupons
If you do want to join a gym or fitness class, there are still ways to save money! Start by searching for coupons or deals online. Watch for seasonal offers, especially during the summer and leading into the New Year. Many gyms also offer student and senior discounts as well as free introductory classes or personal training sessions. Before signing a gym contract, make sure to read the fine print and be aware of any hidden fees so there aren't any surprises later.
#5: Meal and snack prep weekly
Fuel your muscles before and after working out with fresh, healthy meals and snacks. Preparing meals and snacks ahead of time makes healthy eating easier — and it can help you save time and money. When you plan and budget for all your meals, you'll prevent food waste and resist the temptation of dining out!
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Remember to talk to your doctor before starting any new exercise program.