When we’re trying to save money, gym memberships are usually one of the first expenses on the chopping block. But you can live a fit and healthy life even if you’re on a budget. Here are some inexpensive ways to get a heart pumping workout.
Download fitness apps
Fitness apps can help you get the results you crave without stepping foot in a gym. They provide a daily workout and demonstrate how to do each move. Plus, many of them don’t require a credit card. Here are a few free options to get you started:
Do bodyweight exercises
No equipment? No problem. Doing bodyweight exercises can improve your strength, build muscle and burn fat. Some of the best bodyweight exercises for weight loss are burpees, pushups, squats, lunges and planks.
Purchase discounted fitness classes
A great way to avoid falling into a rut is to experiment with different fitness classes. Groupon and Living Social offer discounted deals so you can switch things up as much as you choose. The deals they offer vary, but usually you can find things like kickboxing, yoga, CrossFit and more. Both websites often offer special coupon codes which will allow you to save even more money.
Look for workout groups in your area
Working out is much more fun when you don’t have to do it alone. Meetup is a great way to meet people who share the same interests and fitness goals. Just do a quick search for free group fitness workouts and see what’s available in your area.
Try one of the many workouts on YouTube
No matter what kind of workout you’re looking for, chances are you can find it on YouTube. The best part is it’s free. If you’re looking to lose weight, exercising alone won’t cut it. You’ll also need to change the way you eat. Don’t worry, YouTube can help with that too. There are plenty of videos documenting what people eat in a day to lose weight. Watch a few then create a meal plan that works for you.
Find a cheaper gym
There’s no need to join a high-end gym when you can get the same results at a cheaper location. For example, a membership at Planet Fitness starts at only $10 per month. Find a club near you and save yourself some money. If you’re not a fan of Planet Fitness, there are many other gyms that offer a free trial period so you can try them out before making a commitment.
Take your workout outside
If the weather’s nice, take your workout outside. You can jog around your neighborhood, go swimming at your local beach or do some pull-ups at a nearby park. Another option is to search for hiking trails in the area. Hiking is a great cardio workout that lowers your risk of heart disease, boosts your mood and can improve your blood pressure. If this is your first-time hiking, it’s a good idea to bring a friend just in case you get lost or injured.
Join an adult sports league
Many people played sports growing up and there’s no reason to stop as an adult. Playing sports keeps you active, helps you make new friends and encourages teamwork. No matter what sport you’re interested in, chances are you can find an adult league to join. Typically, you’ll pay a fee for weekly games with people who love the sport as much as you do.
See if you’re eligible for the SilverSneakers program
Getting older doesn’t have to slow you down. If you’re age 65 or older, the SilverSneakers health and fitness program was designed just for you. It’s included at no additional cost with many Medicare plans. You’ll have access to more than 17,000 gym locations, fitness classes and all the equipment you need to stay fit.