How to Work Out on a Budget

Looking for tips that can help you work out on a budget? Here are a few suggestions:

#1: Use things you have around the house. Use household items to work out with instead of purchasing equipment. You can use soup cans as weights and paper plates to slide around to sculpt muscles. You should already have these great tools around your house.

#2: Use your body weight, and do squats, pushups, and lunges. This way you can work out anywhere without needing anything. You can use your body weight for many of the challenging exercises. This is a way to work out without having to buy extra equipment, and you can do a lot with just your body weight. Look up new ways to work out, and challenge your muscles.

#3: Find free workouts on the internet — YouTube! — that you can keep changing up. Many short workouts can pack an intense punch when done efficiently. Intense interval training can take as little as twenty minutes, and you still get a really great workout. You will not have an excuse not to work out when it can be done so easily and if you have a Smartphone, it can be done anywhere.

#4: Buy cheap equipment. If you do spend money on fitness equipment, you can do it without breaking the bank. You really can do many workouts with handheld dumbbells and an exercise mat. There are ways to change up your workout so you are never hitting the same muscles twice. Variety is the key to keep your body transforming.

#5: Buy multi-use equipment. An exercise ball can be used for lots of different exercises and so can an incline bench. It can be a lot of fun to come up with new and creative ways to do new exercises and using your equipment.

#6: Buy one big item. A treadmill might seem like a luxury but it can be used in many different ways to work out, if you have it for days that it is raining outside then you will benefit. If you do not want a treadmill there are also exercise bikes, and an elliptical which some people like a lot better. Splurging on one big item for your health will help keep you motivated.

#7: Take advantage of the outdoors. Run on trails, bike down roads, and hike up mountains. Just running around in your backyard is better than not doing anything. Getting outdoors and moving is free, so you can do it as often as you want. Fresh air and getting outside for some Vitamin D is great for your body and your spirit.

#8: Search locally. See if your community offers free workout classes, and find out when they are. Many businesses, such as athletic clothing stores, will plan free workout activities you can sign up for. Just be observant and pay attention to what is going on around you.

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Simon @ Modest Money - September 30, 2013

I’ve always had this belief that staying fit and working out shouldn’t put all that much dent in our pockets. It should be so ingrated into our lives that its part and parcel of it and not something that we do as an afterthought.
Your tips go to solidify this view. There is a lot we can do with what we already have, a bit of creativity and willingness to stay fit.

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    Kayla - December 4, 2013

    Exactly! People of ALL budgets should be able to stay fit and healthy!

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