Keeping fit is an important foundation to a healthy and happy life, but it’s easy to fall into clever and expensive advertising traps. With #fitspo ruling social media it’s not hard to covet the glamorous personal trainer or boutique gym lifestyle, but what if you’re on a budget? There are plenty of cheap and even free alternatives to expensive gym memberships and you don’t have to worry about being locked in to a 12 month contract you’ll get bored of.
Here are some ideas to help you kick your inner couch potato and get fit, while saving:
- Jogging is free and you can do it anywhere, even if you live in the middle of the city! Find someone to jog with or create a kick-ass playlist to run to.
- Ride your bike whenever you can. If you can, ride your bike to work, not only will you get a free workout, but you’ll save on transport! Otherwise use your bike instead of driving for those small trips down the road.
- Go for scenic walks with family or friends! We are blessed in New Zealand to have an abundance of beautiful bush tracks, make it a weekend tradition. Follow this link for more information on bush walks in your area; http://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/tracks-and-walks/
- Check out some workout DVDS or VHS is even cheaper if you still have a video player. You can find them in your local DVD store or your local library. They’re cheap as chips and often just as comprehensive as having a personal trainer.
- Use home exercise equipment. Don’t go rushing to call the 0800 number for that machine you saw on the infomercial, do some research to find second hand equipment or online deals. Check TradeMe and get a cheap yoga ball and skipping rope in the meantime.
- Look into an app for workout plans you like, then you can take it anywhere with you. There are some great apps on the market, for example Yoga workouts complete with video demonstrations. The best thing is most of these apps are free too.
- Regular housework is great for fitness. Up the ante, put on some music and put some elbow grease into your chores. Vacuuming for 30 minutes burns about 90 calories (same as a 15 minute kick-boxing session), and scrubbing your bath for 30 minutes can burn up to 200!
- If you like lap swimming, check out your local pool. Concession cards for pools are usually a much cheaper alternative to the gym. Or if you have access to a beach even better, swimming in the ocean is even better exercise than the same in a pool due to the resistance.
- Get your mates together in your local park for fitness. Whether it’s a light-hearted game of touch rugby or a structured workout, it’ll be a lot more fun with your friends. It’s also a lot harder to make excuses to your friends than skipping the gym, so it’s a bigger commitment.
- Check out classes at community education centres at local high schools. They often offer Zumba, yoga, dance classes, tennis lessons and other sports much cheaper than gym classes.
- Have a good old boogie! Next time you’re sober driving your friends, hit that dancefloor. It’s great way to get your heart rate up, and aerobic dance can burn up to 440 calories an hour!
Disclaimer: The above information is general in nature and not intended to be financial advice. You should consider seeking professional advice before following any suggestions in this blog/website.