The fitness industry, more than ever before, is booming. Today, one has such options as getting a gym membership, signing up for group workout classes, or even (for the less athletically inclined) purchasing so-called “hot pants” that supposedly help you to melt away the pounds. There is, however, a problem with this plethora of choices; they are all expensive. So what is the fitness enthusiast on a budget to do? Luckily, there are still many ways to get in your workout without wrecking your finances; all you’ve got to do is take some inspiration from the past.
Option 1 – Workout videos
Perhaps some of you remember watching your mothers sweatin’ it to the oldies when you were kids. Well, it turns out that they were onto something! Fortunately for you though, today’s videos have gotten some serious upgrades, with many of them being produced by celebrity trainers such as Jillian Michaels and Jackie Warner. Not only do these workouts push you harder than you might push yourself at the gym, but you have the added bonus of getting to exercise in the comfort of your own home. Additionally, they often require very little in the way of equipment, with most of them only suggesting light hand weights and a mat. You can even keep up-to-date with the latest fitness trends since the videos produced range from yoga to zumba. The DVD’s themselves generally cost between $8-15.00, but you can even find great exercise routines on youtube for free.
Option 2 – The Playground Workout
When you were a kid, the playground was a place to have fun with your friends and let out some energy; so why can’t it serve that same purpose today? Monkey-bars make a great pull-up station while the swings get your legs pumping. Bring along a jump rope to get in a cardio burn and use the picnic tables to do raised push ups and tricep dips. Sure, the kids may look at you like you’re crazy, but it will be worth the results!
Option 3 – Running
Now this is an activity that most people dread. For many, it brings back memories of humiliating high school P.E. classes where you were forced to run around a track by a man who looked like he hadn’t done any strenuous activity in the past ten years, yet still insisted on being called “coach”. Despite its bad rap though, running is one of the best, (not to mention cheapest), activities you can possibly do. Plus, there are ways you can lower the dread factor, such as forming a running group with friends or taking your dog with you. If you’re more of a solitary exerciser, running can be a therapeutic workout to do alone; when it’s just you and the road, you have time to focus, look internally, and relax your mind while your body prepares itself to look smokin’ hot.