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How to Get Fit on a Budget Without Joining a Gym

Posted by MoneyKey on April 2, 2019
Going on a run to get fit on a budget

As much as we’d all love to maintain a healthy lifestyle, the strain of keeping up with a regular fitness and diet plan can feel overwhelming. Gym memberships are expensive, you may not have the time to cook a healthy meal every night, you’re juggling work and family, and your physical health can fall by the wayside. But don’t lose hope! There are a number of ways to get fit without being roped into an expensive gym membership. Take a look at these simple, cost-effective practices that you can put into action to help you stay healthy and in shape.

Get Fit Without a Gym

The prevailing thought is that to get fit, you need to start hitting the gym. While exercise is definitely a key component to staying in shape, there a plenty of ways to keep up with your physical fitness without being forced into a gym membership you can’t afford.

Create Space for a Home Workout Plan

Have you ever asked yourself “where can I workout for free?” It’s a fair question, particularly when even a cheap gym membership doesn’t fit into your budget. The solution to this problem may be closer to home than you think!

Equipment for a home workout plan

When you create a workout space, you can start this process from the comfort of your own home. Many people think they need an entire room devoted to working out. The truth is, all you need is enough space to move around and perform a set of simple exercises. A home workout plan can be geared to fit your schedule, and you won’t need to drag yourself to and from the gym. While the amenities and equipment provided by a gym can be helpful, there are plenty of simple and effective exercises you can do to help you get fit without needing much, if any, equipment.

Exercise Apps

With a growing number of free fitness apps designed to help you get fit, social obligations or long work hours just won’t cut it as excuses to miss a workout. Many of these apps don’t require a huge time commitment and are packed full of high-intensity interval training routines. Fitness apps eliminate the need for a gym membership or a personal trainer and can reinvigorate your home workout plan at no cost.

Their benefits can go beyond just providing a workout routine. They often have suggested food lists when buying groceries, organic recipes, and healthy cooking tips to make things simple. Many offer the option to track your fitness goals as well, so you can keep a close eye on your progress. If you need accountability and motivation to keep you going, try out an app like MyFitnessPal which gives you the opportunity to join an online community. You’ll get workout reminders, be able to keep track of your progress, and get support and encouragement throughout your fitness journey.

The Great Outdoors

Going on a hike to get fit

Sometimes the best setting for your workout is just outside your door. If you live near a park or playground, these areas provide you with ample space to get in your exercise for the day. There are plenty of gym exercises you can replicate outside with a little creativity. For example, an outdoor staircase can provide the same challenge as a stair-climbing machine at a gym. If you’re looking to get in some cardio, look up local tracks or bike trails. You can even find parks with equipment to replicate a pull up bar if you’re looking to strength train.

Leveraging the outdoors to get fit doesn’t need to mean you getting a full workout in. It can be as simple as biking to work or using your lunch hour to go for a walk. When it comes to exercising outdoors, be creative with your surroundings and do your best to incorporate some sort of physical activity into your everyday routine.

Maintain a Healthy Diet to Stay in Shape

You can spend all day on the treadmill, but exercise can only get you so far in your quest to get fit. Regardless of what your specific fitness goals are, maintaining a healthy diet will play a huge role in reaching these goals. Let’s take a look at how you can eat healthy without burning through your budget.

Cost-Effective Foods

Diet is a huge part of any fitness journey, but grocery shopping, cooking, and eating healthy food can feel like an overwhelmingly pricey endeavor. But you don’t need high-priced shakes or expensive cuts of meat and fish to maintain a healthy diet. Eggs, beans, rice, cheaper cuts of meats, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are all inexpensive items you can incorporate into your daily diet. These food items can keep you eating healthy without breaking the bank. If possible, buy items in bulk to increase your cost savings, and watch out for weekly sales ads to get deals on items that would normally be out of your price range.

If you’re worried about falling victim to the sugary snacks staring at you from the vending machine at work, be sure to keep cheap healthy snacks on hand to stay focused and committed to your diet. Nuts and dried fruit are great items to keep on hand.

Cheap Healthy Meal Prep

Even if you manage to fit a lengthy list of healthy foods into your grocery budget, it may seem like an impossible task to come home after a long day of work and prepare dinner and your lunch for the next day. To avoid this, you may want to set aside a chunk of time on Sundays to prep your meals for the week.

Cheap healthy meal prep

Meal prepping may help to reduce the number of times you decide to hit the drive-thru on your way home because you haven’t had time to prep your meals. And thankfully, buying groceries, cooking healthy foods, and meal prepping doesn’t have to be complicated. There are plenty of budget-friendly meal-prepping recipes and resources available online, and while they all require some measure of planning and preparation, they’ll ultimately help you get fit without breaking your budget.

In order to ensure you’re planning and prepping your meals effectively, you’ll need to have the proper tools in place. This includes a list of simple, healthy recipes, a list of the required ingredients, and enough food storage containers to last you for the week. Walking into the grocery store without a list is a dangerous game, so be sure to map out exactly what you need beforehand. If you have trouble keeping your spending in check at the grocery store, take a look at these tips to help you save at the grocery store.

You Don’t Need to Break the Bank to Get Fit

While a healthy lifestyle may seem out of reach to someone making ends meet, the truth is that there are plenty of ways for you to incorporate physical activity and positive health practices into your daily routine. You don’t need an expensive gym membership to get fit. You just need to be aware of all of the available opportunities and resources at your disposal. Knowing how to exercise efficiently and plan and prep healthy meals effectively will go a long way in ensuring you maintain a healthy lifestyle without breaking the bank.

What are some ways that have helped you get fit on a budget?

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