I have a resolution to be healthier and that means exercise. I don’t have money for a gym or equipment or a babysitter right now, but that isn’t a problem. I can still work out with these ideas.
Walking is a wonderful exercise that can be done with children or by myself. I could go for a walk outside to a park or I could walk in place or even jog in place in the living room.
Instead of lifting weights try lifting groceries instead. A can of soup is about one pound. A gallon of water is about eight pounds. Save money on the fancy equipment. I can just work out with my lunch before my lunch.
I have a music time at my home for my son and he likes to dance. I realized that I like to dance too. No one is watching so if I look like (as my brother tells me) a spazzing string bean it doesn’t matter. This isn’t just a good example for my kids for fitness. It teaches them to be comfortable with their body movement.
Use What I Already Have
There are things that sat in a closet for years. Gear from each time I planned on getting fit. I went through the stuff to see what I had. Some of it I forgot was even there. Some apartments also have a workout room that can be used as long as I have a key.
It’s November and in a week most of our waistlines will be expanding until January when we make our New Year’s resolution to get back into shape. However, it’s crazy the amount of people who sign up for gym memberships, but never use them. I admit I’ve been one of them. You know what they say about good intentions right?
And it’s not just New Year’s that people are getting gym memberships. The weather makes it hard too to enjoy working out outdoors.
Here are some ideas for gym alternatives. You can still stay in shape without a gym membership.
1. Walk indoors. You’ve heard of mall walkers haven’t you? Laugh if you will, but if you commit yourself to it, it can be quite healthy for you. I used to work in a rather large building and everyday the same woman walked the building at the same time everyday during her lunch. A year later she had lost 75 pounds. Of course, she coupled that with a healthy diet, but according to her it was the only working out she did. You can even think about going to Target and Costco/Sams and walking around their store. It’s heated, it’s big and they have carts so you can put your kids in there.
2. Exercise videos. These so haven’t gone out of style and if you can be disciplined, they actually work. The point of working out is to burn calories and get your heart rate up. Very few of us are actually working out to compete in muscle building contests. If you just want to be healthy, workout videos are great. You can usually find them in the $5 section at Wal-Mart and Target. Ebay is also a great place to buy them!
3. Use your kids. This works especially well if you have babies that have good neck control. Try doing squats with a 15-pound baby and tell me you don’t feel the burn!
4. Break out the canned goods. Canned foods make for great weights! Use them for curls and you’ll feel it in no time. We all have extra cans, huh?
5. Clean! The average person will burn 100 calories cleaning for half an hour. We all need to clean and now we have motivation to do it!
What are some things you do to exercise for free?
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