Have you ever invested in a gym pass and hardly used it? Many of us are guilty of this. People often feel better about their health because they have a gym pass, even when they are not regularly using it. What if you don’t have the funds or simply don’t want to spend the money for a gym pass? There are so many ways that you can stay in great shape both at home and in your local area. This article will help you start reaching your fitness goals no matter what your budget is.
Let’s say that you decide that going to the gym is too expensive for you. How are you going to get the same level workout without all of the equipment that they gym offers? Don’t worry, there are many ways to do this.
Do you have any books around the house? How about some old water jugs, water bottles, or a garden hose? Robert Herbst, world champion powerlifter, personal trainer, and wellness coach, has a number of suggestions to help you use some of the basics around the house to whip your body into shape.
Invest in the following simple pieces of equipment: stretch bands, a chin up bar, and a jump rope. Having these around the house will help you to stay a bit more active without spending the big bucks on a gym pass.
If working out at home is hard for you, head outdoors. Stephanie Blozy, owner of Fleet Feet shares a couple of ideas of how you can stay in shape while exercising in your local area.
Often times people want to start working out more frequently but don't know what things they need to be doing to help their bodies the most. Matt Kite, Director of Education at D1 Training suggests starting with four basics. These include the following:
Matt believes that "With discipline, good nutrition and a bit of research, it’s more than possible to get in shape with little to no money spent on memberships or equipment."
As you work towards improved health and physical fitness, it is important to remember that little progress can be made without adjusting your diet. Eating healthy can be intimidating to some people. When we think about eating healthy, we often think that it will be expensive and we give up. Lisa Richards, a nutritionist and gut health expert who runs thecandidadiet.com, shares some awesome tips on eating healthy without spending a lot of money.
Putting physical activity, technology, and food aside for a minute, there are a number of other ways to save money while working on physical fitness. One of these was brought to our attention by Nathan Grant of Credit Card Insider. Did you know that there are credit cards that can help you save more money on exercise equipment and athletic/sporting goods?
The Ducks Unlimited Rewards Visa Signature® Card may prove surprisingly useful for those with fitness goals that can add financial strain, because it offers a whopping 5 percent cash back rewards at sporting goods stores and on gas, all without an annual fee.
Who knew that you get could extra rewards for purchases that you were planning to make anyway? If you are planning to invest in some fitness equipment anyway, this may be a good way to save a bit of money in the process.
Over the past decade there has been a large influx in the number of people that own smartphones. Do you own one? Another fun way to get fit while on a tight budget is taking advantage of the technology that you have at your fingertips and finding fitness Apps to provide workout plans, tips and tricks, and help you track your progress. Lee Wratislaw with Gold's Gym has quite a bit to say about this as Gold's Gym has recently come out with a new App that brings fitness, music, and technology together so that you can have a personal trainer in your pocket.
GOLD’S AMPTM has been available for download for iOS and Android on the App Store and Google Play since late 2017. New workouts are uploaded each week to add to the hundreds of coach-led, music-driven indoor and outdoor cardio, bodyweight, and stretching workout for users at every fitness level. Workouts range from 6–60 minutes and include treadmill and outdoor walking, jogging, and running, as well as elliptical, bike, stair climber, rowing and more. The most commonly used workout series are the HIIT workouts.
Once you have the App downloaded on your smartphone, you can start a 7-day free trial. Give it a go to see if this App can help you stay in shape without paying for a gym pass.
I guess I have to apologize, but I’ve eliminated all your excuses! Whether you have a gym pass or not, you don’t have an excuse to feel sorry for yourself and not take care of your body. Start with the little things. Do some push-ups. Run some stairs or get out on a hike. No matter how much money you have available you can create a gym wherever you are!