Most of us probably need to go to the gym more (or at least we say we do). But gym memberships are expensive, and even if you have the money to pay for one, if you have kids or strange working hours, sometimes a gym membership just won’t work out. For instance, I only live two blocks from a gym I could get a great monthly discount on, but their hours don’t run very late so I can’t go when my husband comes home from work, and I can’t go during the day without finding childcare since the gym doesn’t provide any—and childcare means spending more money, etc, etc. Not very frugal at all. But there are a few different ways you can get in a variety of exercises even if you’re in a similar situation as me, without paying for anything!
Jogging/Walking Outside – Your comfort level about this might depend on the type of neighborhood you live in. But the cheapest way to get some decent exercise in is to throw on a pair of good walking shoes and make a few laps around the block. It’s free and not too strenuous, especially for people who are just starting out with exercise.
Climbing stairs – Do you have stairs in your house? Maybe you’re lucky enough to live in an apartment and can climb stairs for free! Climbing is great exercise and you can mix things up by taking two steps at a time, walking, jogging, etc. Be careful on the way down as you can hurt your knees much easier than going up—take an elevator down if you can, otherwise, don’t push yourself!
Jump rope – All right, you are paying for this, but a basic jump rope is only $5-$10—much cheaper than a gym membership and most other exercise equipment! Jumping uses muscles in your legs and arms and forces you to work on your rhythm and balance at the same time. It’s intense, but cheap and effective!
How else do you exercise without spending (much) money?
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