Not everyone can afford a pricey membership at a fancy gym or a golf membership at a ritzy country club. However, just because you’re on a tight budget shouldn’t mean you can’t stay fit. In fact, in some instances keeping fit can even help you to save money! Here are some tips for staying fit on a tight budget.
Incorporate exercise into your daily routine
Exercise need not be something that requires loads of advance preparation, time and money. There are many ways you can become more active in your daily life. Take the stairs instead of the lift whenever you can. At the office, make multiple trips to the water cooler instead of filling up a huge container of water and leaving it at your desk all day. Go for a walk around the block during your lunch break instead of sitting at your desk. The possibilities are endless.
Exercise during your commute
Your daily commute holds so much potential for staying fit. Instead of driving, ride a bicycle, walk or even roller blade whenever you can. Incorporating a bicycle ride into your daily commute can ensure you get your heart pumping an impressive ten times a week and can also save you from the frustrations of getting stuck in traffic or pushed around on the subway.
Find cheap or free activities
While horse riding lessons, afternoons spent teeing off at the golf course and expensive personal trainers might be out of the question, believe it or not, staying fit can cost little or nothing and still be fun. Grab a few friends and have a game of Frisbee, have a swim in the lake or ocean or go for a run in the company of your dog. Challenge yourself to try out new sports or outdoor activities at the lowest possible price.
Do your research
If you’ve ever wanted to pick up a new sport or try out a new activity but found the cost prohibitive, don’t give up. With enough research and some helpful contacts, you are sure to find a cheap way to hack any expensive activity. Always wanted to improve your tennis but couldn’t afford a coach? If you have five friends band together to form a class, tennis coaching can be a lot more affordable. Always wanted to join a gym but got scared off by the high prices? Go for free trials at all the smaller gyms in your neighbourhood and you’ll find that prices are a lot lower than you thought. Always wanted to learn how to skateboard but couldn’t afford the equipment? Get a cheap board on eBay or Craigslist. Always wanted to learn to surf but couldn’t afford lessons? Befriend a local surfer dude and have him show you the ropes.
Enjoy the great outdoors for free
The wonderful thing about the great outdoors is that anyone can enjoy it at little to no cost. Hiking, swimming in oceans and lakes, camping and taking long walks in nature cost absolutely nothing and are wonderful for the soul. The fittest people are not those who spend the most money, but those who can spare the time to exercise. With that in mind, know that your budget should be no barrier to staying fit.
Romayne Warner is a full time self-employed blogging fanatic. Obsessed with finding small ways to save money every day, she enjoys sharing her frugal lifestyle tips and tricks with the world, she regularly writes about healthy living and health cover related topics.