You want to exercise more – you know how good it is for you. But between work, the kids, your social obligations and your favorite TV shows, there just doesn’t seem to be enough time. Making it harder is the fact that you don’t have the cash to shell out for a high-priced gym membership or one of those fancy treadmills.
The good news is it’s easier than ever to complete a quick work out on the cheap – and get an amazing workout while doing so. Below are several great ideas for working out on a budget – both your time budget and your fiscal budget – that will help you improve your health and fitness.
- Exercise your fingers first. Search the web for “15-minute workout” or “free exercise videos” – you’ll be amazed at what comes up. There are thousands of free, fast workouts available online – many of which require little to no equipment other than your body weight.
- Check out discount stores. If you find you do need some equipment, check out discount retailers (such as TJ Maxx or Ross). They often carry fitness equipment at a price that is substantially less than at fitness stores.
- Recycle. Don’t forget to look at sites like Craigslist. Fitness equipment is always available here – usually at a deep discount
- Be resourceful. Stairs can double as a step. Use your coffee table as a dip station. Fill empty milk containers with water and use them as weights.
- Don’t go it alone. Find a friend and go for a walk or a run. You both can use a free “couch to 5k” training program if you want to take things up a notch.
Using these ideas – and carving out just 15 minutes a day – you can quickly (and cheaply) be on your way to a healthier life. Track your exercises on the free Nexercise app, watch your progress and earn rewards as you lose weight. The more you earn, the healthier you’ll be. And that is time, and money, well-spent.