15 Ways To Get Fit On A Tight Budget
It will be amazing if all of us can afford a membership to a fancy gym. But gym memberships these days are expensive affairs and not all can opt for the same. So here are 15 healthy alternatives to stay fit that won't burn a hole in your pocket.
1. Run, walk or jog around your neighborhood
This might not be rocket science, but this is a great way of exercising and it's all free. However, running or jogging may not be suitable for everyone. In that case, you can take a brisk walk around the area to stay fit. There are several parks which you can enter for free or where you only have to pay minimal entry fees.
2. Ride a bicycle
Riding a bicycle can also be a great way of getting fit without spending too much. If you don't have a bike, you can even rent one for the day. In case you are planning to buy a bike, look for the deals available in the market. A bike is a great one-time investment that will give you more bang for your buck. Try websites like Quikr if you don't want to spend on a brand new bike and want to pick up a used one.
3. Go for a swim in a neighborhood pool
Find a friend who has a swimming pool in their apartment complex and head there for a swim every other evening. Swimming is a great exercise and it is also fun during the summer days. So you won't feel like you are working out.
4. Buy some used piece of exercise equipment online
There are portals like Quikr and Craigslist that sell pre-owned exercise equipment and you can find some great deals online for these items. Sure, you will have to spend some money to buy those, but just think how much you will be saving, compared to buying a brand new treadmill or investing in a gym membership for three months.
5. Rent old fitness DVDs
With the Internet making widespread foray, the days of renting are almost passe. But you can still find a rental store and get one of those old-school fitness DVDs. Transform your home into your personal gym by clearing out some furniture and making room for your exercise routine.
6. Do your workouts with the help of YouTube videos
YouTube is just amazing when it comes to how-to videos. You have how-to videos on everything under the sun - right from how to put on makeup to how to cook and how to exercise. Always choose a workout routine from an instructor whose credentials you have researched. After all, you don't want to pull your hamstring on the very first day of stretching.
7. Check out local gyms for basic memberships or deals
Some gyms offer great deals and discounts to attract clients. Some may offer a free one-month trial while others may have a 50% discount if two people sign up at once. Avoid the larger, more famous gyms if you are on a budget and opt for a local one.
8. Use your smartphone
Another great tool to keep track of your fitness for free. There are tons of free apps out there that can help you get onto the right track and stay fit. Try out MyFitnessPal for the iPhone. The app only requires you to know your basal metabolic rate for maintaining your weight and losing the extra kilos. Other apps to give a shot are Lose It!, iTreadmill, and Fitness Buddy.
9. Take your dog out for a walk
If you have a dog, he can make a great exercise buddy. Leash him up and go to the dog park for a rigorous walk or even a run, if you are up to it. Your pooch will love you for it and your body will shed the fat.
10. Do household chores
This may sound extremely tedious, but it really helps. Give your household help a month off and take care of all the household chores yourself. Do the sweeping, dusting, and washing up. And get help from other members of the family as well. You can burn 100-200 calories, doing 30 minutes of chores per day.
11. Use social media
Some of the biggest fitness trainers in the world have pages on Facebook and profiles on Twitter from where you can get access to workout videos, tips, and more to help you achieve your goals - all for free.
12. Go for a hike
Go for a hike in the wilderness, preferably some place near your home. The fresh air and the adrenaline rush are sure to do you a world of good. Thirty minutes of hiking can help you shed more than 267 calories. What's more, you don't have to go uphill all the way. Even if you hike cross-country, you can burn up to 214 calories in 30 minutes.
13. Play a sport
Playing a sport is a great way to stay fit for free. Moreover, it will also help you develop leadership skills, team spirit, and self-esteem. You can try anything you like - right from tennis, badminton, and soccer to basketball, volleyball, squash, and more. Just 30 minutes of playing a sport can burn 250 calories.
Make room in your living room; turn on your stereo, and dance to your favourite track like no one is watching. Just half an hour of freestyle dancing can help you burn up to 153 calories.
15. Play with your kids
Simple games like tag that require you to run around can help you burn up to 150 calories in 30 minutes. So grab your kids, head to the park, and join the fun.