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Fun Ways to Exercise on a Budget

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Did you know that the average cost of a gym membership is $58 a month? Crazy, right? What’s even crazier is that 67% of these people won’t even use their membership.

If you fall into this category, I highly recommend canceling your membership pronto! Today if possible. You’ll save yourself $700 a year!

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For those of you who are interested in exercising but just can’t or don’t want to pay for an expensive gym membership, I’ve got you covered. 

There are plenty of ways you can exercise on a budget or even exercise for free. One thing I’ve learned is that you don’t need to pay crazy amounts of money in order to look fine for summertime (or anytime!).

Here’s a list of 11 fun ways to exercise that are budget friendly too!

Related: Tips to Eating Healthy on a Super Tight Budget

1. At home workout DVDs

One of my absolute favorite ways to workout is at home where I can pop in a DVD. You can find them as cheap as $1 at the Dollar Tree.

I personally love my workouts from Beachbody (my favorites are 21 Day Fix and Insanity Max 30). They are a little pricey but I have definitely gotten my monies worth. It was like working out with a personal trainer at home! I’ve used those workout DVDs for the past 3 years and love that I have the option to get a great workout at home.

2. Fitness apps

There’s an app for everything including working out.

You’re able to get workout plans, guides, and videos from so many apps out there and you don’t have to pay a dime!

A popular app is Weight Loss Fitness. They offer short workouts and a training plan based on your goals.

3. YouTube

You can find almost anything on YouTube including your next workout. It’s a free way to find new workouts and find a trainer that you like. The number of workout videos out there are endless.

It’s easier than ever to stream it on to your home TV so you don’t have to follow it from your small phone screen.

A couple of great people to follow are the Tone It Up Girls and the Fitness Marshall.

Tone It Up Girls offer a wide range of workouts including yoga, cardio, and total body workouts while the Fitness Marshall offers super fun dance workouts.

4. Hike

Hiking is a great way to exercise.

You could easily get a 3 – 6-mile hike in without even noticing how quickly the time goes by. You could even pack a lunch and make a day out it. Something you wouldn’t want to do at a gym.

5. Walk/Run

You’ll see a ton of people walking and running on nice days and weekends.

It’s no wonder because people love the fresh air and the free workout. All you need is a pair of running shoes and you can start your supercheap workout anywhere.

There are even free running and walking clubs you can join so you can exercise and be social at the same time.

6. Outdoor gyms

Many parks are adding outdoor gyms.

If you haven’t seen one, they are super cool. You use your body weight as resistance and you’ll get a great workout without needing to use the expensive gym equipment.

7. Group classes off of Groupon

Do you really like taking group classes? Check out Groupon.

They have a wide selection of discounted classes available in your area for a huge discount. I was able to take barre classes for half the price.

It’s also a great way to try new classes for cheap while you figure out what type of workout you like the best. 

8. Create a frugal home gym

Home gyms can cost a lot of money but you don’t need to spend a lot to get a great workout at home.

All you need are a few basic items to get a gym-quality workout at home. Buy yourself a few pairs of dumbbells that are all different weights, a yoga mat, and a resistance band. Seriously, that’s really all you need to get a total body workout.

9. Join a cheap or free gym

If you like going to a gym, look for a free or cheap gym.

Some workplaces offer a gym for free or at a discounted rate. There may be a gym in your community that you can go to for $10 a month which really isn’t bad as long as you commit to using the membership.

Always be sure to ask if there are any discounts available to you, like for paying in advance or being a senior citizen, student, or military personnel. If you never ask, you’ll never know what sorts of deals you’ll miss out on.

10. Find free classes around your town

There are so many classes that are offered for free.

Check out your local parks and even your library to see if there are any free classes available.

You read that right, even libraries offer fitness classes like yoga and Zumba. So make sure to check them out.

11. Bike

Biking is a great way to get a cardio workout and you can even use it for transportation (double the money savings).

Buying a bike will cost some money upfront, but bicycles last a long time.

You can even rent bikes for pretty cheap if you are trying to figure out if biking is right for you. You can find bicycles for sale at garage sales and facebook buy/sell groups. Or even better, you can borrow one from a friend or family member.

Staying active is very important, but you don’t have to spend a lot of money to get a great workout! There are ways to exercise on a budget and still get a great workout. What have you done to save money on your fitness?

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