When your goal is to look and feel your best, the first thing a lot of people turn to is exercise. But if you’re living on a tight budget and can’t afford the high cost of getting in shape, your journey to get fit may stop before it ever really starts. This seems to be the case with a good number of people, as a 2019 survey done by Freeletics showed that 20 percent of respondents said they don’t exercise because it’s too expensive. The truth is, you don’t need a pricey gym membership, thousands of dollars worth of expensive gym equipment, or a personal trainer to get in shape. There are plenty of ways to get an effective free workout, you just need to know where to look. Let’s take a look at these six ways to exercise without breaking the bank.
When you walk into a gym, one of the first things you may see is rows and rows of expensive workout equipment staring back at you. But a lot of the areas of your body that you’d be working out with these machines can be done with just your body weight and some simple exercises. You can work to build muscle in your chest with pushups, and you can work on your legs with things like squats and lunges. You can target your arms with tricep dips and start working on that six-pack by planking. You can even put together a home strength training program with a few pieces of simple equipment if you’re looking to bulk up. One of the biggest advantages to any of these exercises is that they’re easy to do anywhere. Do them at home, at work, or while traveling to squeeze a free workout in whenever you have time.
While you can definitely get a great free workout in with just your body weight and a little bit of space, there are certain exercises that you can’t do without workout equipment. But as we’ve already mentioned, getting a gym membership just to have access to this equipment is expensive, and buying your own equipment still may not be cheap depending on what you’re looking for. Fortunately, there are certain pieces of workout equipment that you can recreate with simple household items.
For example, use jugs of water or canned goods to recreate dumbbells. You can use a chair to help you do incline pushups or tricep dips. Looking to get your glutes burning and your heart pumping? Use a staircase to recreate a Stairmaster. The key is to look around your house and try to get creative with what you have.
We do this all the time in our everyday lives, but that doesn’t mean that it’s not an inexpensive and effective free way to get some exercise in. It’s one of the easiest ways to get a free workout in, as it works for any fitness level and it can fit seamlessly into your daily routine.
If you normally take public transportation to get to work but your workplace is within walking distance, get there on foot instead. If it’s a little out of your walking range, use your lunch break to go on a 30 minute stroll around the area. If the weather isn’t great, do some laps around an indoor mall and try to throw in some errands while you’re at it.
Walking is a great way to reduce stress, build up aerobic fitness, and can even help you lose weight. It’s also an easy first step if you’re looking to start exercising on a more regular basis.
Even if you do manage to find a free workout or two that you can comfortably complete and work into your daily routine, a barrier that a lot of people face is the simple but important discipline it takes to get themselves going. If you’re the type of person that needs the motivation of other people around you working towards the same goal, there are some great ways to connect with other people in similar situations who are looking to plan an outdoor workout. Search through sites like FitnessMeetups.com to find an exercise group for you to hop into. You can also use your social connections to find people to workout with. Look for local Facebook groups to find other people who enjoy similar kinds of exercise to you, like hiking or swimming. This is a great way to get in a free workout with like-minded people, and have them hold you accountable so you don’t start to slip on your commitment to exercise more.
While it’s great to find a free workout you can do on your own, when you have little expertise in the realm of fitness, it helps to have an instructor to guide you through an effective workout. The problem is that most exercise classes at a gym or an independent studio don’t come cheap. But that doesn’t mean that you’re completely cut off from the world of exercise classes.
There’s a chance that community centers in your area, your local library, or even nearby parks will have free exercise classes for you to join. To find out, search online for local free workout classes or check your local newspaper’s calendar online to see if they’ve listed any free workout events coming up.
Not only can you potentially find free workout classes, you may even be able to find some slightly used workout equipment for free! It’s not uncommon for people to buy workout equipment like weights, a treadmill, or some other pricey piece of equipment only to realize that they’re not going to get much use out of it. The problem is that it’s not always easy to sell these larger items because of how tricky it might be to physically move, so people will sometimes give these things away as long as you’re able to come pick it up yourself. Finding equipment like this for free could be a great way to take your home workout plan to the next level.
Whether it’s a regular gym, yoga studio, or some other fitness-related studio, a lot of places will give you a free trial period or a voucher for a few free classes. Finding these opportunities to learn from instructors for free is a good way to try out different workouts and learn some routines to do on your own from the pros. Even some online workout video programs may offer a free trial period.
If you do end up signing up for a bunch of these free trials, just make sure that if you have to give your credit card info to sign up, there’s a chance that you’ll be automatically enrolled when your free period ends. Keep an eye on when your trial expires and make sure you cancel your membership before they start charging you.
As much as we’d all like to stay fit, the cost of a gym membership and expensive workout equipment may be more than your budget can handle. But you don’t need to break the bank to get in shape. Whether you’re trying to put together a 30-minute home workout plan or looking for ways to incorporate some more exercise into your daily activities, there are plenty of simple ways to get a free workout in. So get off the couch and start working towards your fitness goals today!
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