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Keeping fit is good for both your physical health and your mental health. Unfortunately, exercise can be an expensive hobby.
Gym memberships and all the gear you need can soon get pricey.
If you’re on a budget, you might think that fitness isn’t accessible for you, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Here are some ideas to help you keep fit without blowing the budget.
Work Out With Friends
Do you have friends with similar fitness goals to you who are also keeping to a budget?
Meet up a few times a week to work out.
Choose free or cheap spaces to work out like the local park or a high school for a run, the community pool for a swim, or someone’s home to do fitness videos.
Keep things fun by working out together and then doing something like having coffee together afterward.
You’ll feel motivated, without spending much money.
Buy A Deck Of Cards
You can create plenty of different workout routines with a deck of cards and bodyweight exercises.
Assign a move to a suit in the deck, such as lunges for clubs, push-ups for hearts, mountain climbers for spades, and squats for diamonds.
Shuffle the deck of cards and flip a card.
If you turn over the seven spades, do seven mountain climbers. For the three diamonds, do three squats.
Keep turning cards over until you’ve finished the deck, or can’t keep going any longer, for a fun twist on mixing up a workout with no need for equipment.
Look For Free Passes
Many gyms offer free or discounted trial passes.
Sign up for these when you see them get access to classes or gym equipment.
Set a reminder on your phone to remind you to cancel before the trial period ends and you get charged.
This can also work for exercise classes.
You can try a few classes to find the one you like without wasting money on classes you don’t get on with.
If you want to join a gym, free passes are also an excellent way to try a few out to find the one you like best and shop around for the right price to help you find a membership that you can afford.
Ask your friends if their gym offer guest passes, so you can try their gym for free too.
Don’t Buy equipment
You don’t need a lot of fitness equipment to get an effective workout once you’ve got your shoes and your booty scrunch gym leggings.
You can work out for free at home by doing bodyweight exercises like push-ups, squats, and crunches.
Do cardio exercise by running up and down the stairs or dancing to a favorite playlist.
There are plenty of benefits of doing cardio at home, as it won’t cost you a thing and can be squeezed in whenever you have a spare few minutes.
Use Youtube videos to guide you and get a real workout without leaving the house.