You don’t have to go broke trying to get in shape–even though most gyms these days might suggest otherwise. In fact, although a daily workout is generally a good idea, you can build muscle and burn calories in your everyday routine simply by shifting things around a little. These tips will save you both time and money.
How to Get Fit for Free…
1. Ditch the Car
If it’s possible, switch your mode of transportation when traveling to work, school or errands to a form of exercise. Take your bike, skateboard, roller-skates or running shoes instead. This will burn calories, save on gas and even give you a dose of vitamin D as you spend time in the sun.
2. Take The Stairs
Avoid escalators and elevators at all cost. Take the stairs instead and you have yourself a free Stairmaster. Break a sweat and get your heart rate up while heading towards the 14th floor. If you have stairs at work, it’s a great opportunity to get some exercise on your lunch break. Carrying a couple free weights or strapping on ankle weights will intensify the workout.
3. Give Up On The Perfect Parking Spot
How many times have you circled around the mall parking lot over and over looking for that spot closest to the entrance? How about parking as far away as you can and walking in? You will likely save more time than if you were circling around the lot, you are less likely to get dents in your car, you’ll save gas, and you’ll ultimately burn calories.
4. Turn House Work Into Working Out
If you are a busy person, than you know how wonderful it is to have the ability to multi-task. When vacuuming the house, engage your muscles, working out your core, shoulders, arms– even add a few lunges across the living room floor so you can work out your glutes and legs. Scrubbing the floor, mowing your lawn, and washing windows are all great activities where ancillary muscles can get a work out as well. You are cleaning, getting a workout, and saving money by skipping the gym and the housekeeper. Now that is some serious multi-tasking!
5. Slip in Quick Workouts
It can be fun finding little spaces to get a workout. While dinner is cooking, crank out 100 crunches. Show up at your child’s school a bit early and walk around the parameter until they get out. When you get the call from your partner that they are on their way home, see how many jumping jacks and push ups you can slip in before they make it to your door. Having a time limit will ensure that you will intensify your workout, getting your heart rate up and burning some calories in no time at all.
6. Replace Your Chair With A Ball
This only works if you have a pretty laid back office. But if you’re lucky you may be able to gain some serious benefits simply by replacing your office chair with an exercise ball. Exercise balls promote good posture, work your core, encourage you to stretch and put you in an exercising kind of mood.
7. Wear A Pedometer
Speaking of getting into an exercise mood, wearing a pedometer can also do that. Research recommends 10,000 steps a day to promote a healthy heart, stamina and burn excess calories. You can also put a little excitement into your day by having a contest with family, friends, and co-workers to see who gets the most steps in.
The morale of the story is that you don’t have to drain your bank account or go out of your way to get to the gym to stay in shape. Time and money are precious so use both wisely. Adding a bit here and a bit there may be all you need to get the best workout in town. Creating your own way of working out puts spice–and fitness–into your life.
Do you have any non-gym exercises that you love?
You might also like: “I Lost 84 Pounds Without a Gym Membership!“, Bye Bye Jelly Roll, Hello Hottie – 12 Free Exercises, 9 Free and Simple Ways to Stay Healthy and Fit Without a Gym Membership, and 4 Reasons Why Your Wallet Wants You to Adopt a Healthier Lifestyle ASAP .
Sarah Stevenson, a.k.a., The Tini Yogini, is a Certified Yoga Instructor in Southern California and one of the fitness and wellness experts at Beach Body. She has a degree in Behavioral Psychology and teaches not only yoga classes but also life affirming workshops.