In 2021, the average cost of a gym membership is over $37! You don't have to spend a lot of money to lose weight or get in shape. Here are Professor Pig's tips for exercising on a budget.
Organize a group of friends or neighbors to get together a few times a week and walk or run in the neighborhood or nearby park or high school track. Socializing while you exercise makes time fly by and gives you something to look forward to.
Play at the Park
Take a walk around the park while the kids are busy on the playground, or better yet, join them and use the monkey bars for pullups! Take a little jog around the sports complex during their next soccer or baseball practice!
Hit the Trail
If you own a bicycle or can find a used one for a reasonable cost, exploring trails around your town is a great way to get a workout while enjoying the scenery.
Take the plunge at your neighborhood pool, community recreation center, or municipal pool! Swimming builds endurance and cardiovascular fitness.
You can get a great workout without leaving your home. Add yoga to your daily routine to build strength and reduce stress. Download free home workout routines from sites like NerdFitness or Orangetheory.
Suppose you're looking to add some simple equipment. In that case, resistance bands are economical and versatile. As few as one kettlebell is enough to create a good workout. Use your bodyweight to build strength with pushups, sit-ups, jumping jacks, planks, or climbing the stairs.
Skim your favorite social media platforms and follow a variety of trainers. Most post training tips, meal plans, and workouts regularly. Track your workouts with pen & paper or an app like MapMyFitness, which offers different apps to track your run, walk, and ride.
Smarty Pigs put their money toward their savings goals, not pricy gym memberships or equipment that can go unused. Keep yourself and your budget in shape by getting creative and using what you already have. Keep things interesting by changing up your routine. Pretty soon, you'll see your waistline shrink and your wallet grow!