Exercise. Something I never worried about as a kid, did purely as punishment in my twenties, and now in my thirties, has become not only a way to maintain my health, but it also provides some enjoyment and mental relief.
Money. Something I never worried about as a kid, spent frivolously in my twenties, and now in my thirties is something I take seriously and spend with intention.
How are the two related? I’m glad you asked! They are related by way of the fact I don’t pay money to exercise. And, you don’t need to either! Last weekend, while running mind you, I came up with a slew of free exercise solutions.
11 Ways to Exercise for Free
- Run – Sure, you need sneakers to run, but I’m guessing you already have a pair?
- Walk – If running isn’t your speed, go for a walk instead. Take your dog along! Walk with a coworker at lunch. Meet up with friends to walk and talk.
- Dance – We love a good dance party at our house. Ask the neighbors, they’ve probably witnessed me and my kids jam to questionably appropriate music.
- Play – play baseball with your kids, play badminton with you friends. Or just run through a sprinkler by yourself. The point here is to get moving while doing something fun.
- YouTube fitness videos – There are an endless supply of free workout videos on YouTube. You may need to sit through an ad or two, but it’s free soooo….
- Pinterest – Harness the power of Pinterest! I’ve collected a bunch of great fitness and workout pins. I even created my own Pinterest board, Get Fit for Free. This board is full of ideas for free fitness. If you have a related post or pin and want to add it to my board let me know!
- World Wide Web – And then there is the good old internet. Endless free workout resources there as fitness bloggers commonly share workouts and challenges they have created. I joined an awesome running-fitness Facebook group that holds monthly challenges and daily workouts.
- Chores – While they aren’t all that enjoyable, they do count! Cleaning, mowing, gardening, raking, weeding. Whatever you have to get done around your house counts as exercise. Let’s look at it as a silver lining, mmk?
- Seek hand me downs – You know how I feel about hand me downs, right? Ask around to your friends and family to see if they are looking to get rid of any exercise or workout equipment, weights, workout DVDs, etc. Just for fun I searched the free section of Craigslist for exercise equipment in my area, and I found two NordicTracs, a weight bench, weights, an exercise bike, and an elliptical-like machine.
What is your favorite form of exercise? How do you keep your workouts budget friendly?
Disclaimer: I am not a health or fitness professional. I created this list just for funsies. Always seek the advice of a health professional before beginning an exercise regimen.