8 Ways to Stay in Shape Without a Gym Membership

Most of us want to get in shape and stay healthy. However, we always find reasons to keep us from exercising—and having a limited budget is one of the reasons people often use. The great news is that you don’t need a costly gym membership to get in shape!

Here are some inexpensive ways to be fit and trim without spending a fortune:

1. Work out from home.

Instead of spending a hefty amount on monthly gym fees, why not spend on your own equipment? A jump rope, resistance band, stability ball and dumbbells are some of the more effective yet affordable things you can purchase. Check CraigsList or local consignment stores for larger equipment.  No budget for equipment? Then do push-ups, crunches and squats!

2. Hit the pavement.

You don’t need a treadmill to keep in shape. Step out the door and go for a walk or a run around your neighborhood. Map out a route you can do regularly, then work on increasing your pace or logging a longer distance the next time you head out.

3. Go sightseeing.

There’s no reason you can’t sightsee in your own city. Call your neighborhood parks and recreation centers to inquire about free or inexpensive walking tours. You can also opt to make use of your park facilities and walking trails.

4. Take the stairs.

Forego the convenient elevator ride up to your office and take the stairs instead. If you’re pressed for time during the day, then take advantage of the empty stairwell after office hours. Get a great workout by repeatedly running up the stairs, and then walking back down.

5. Check out your local library.

If you’re strapped for cash but are looking to keep in shape, the library is a great place to go. Borrow workout DVDs or explore the periodicals section for health and fitness magazines. If you’re getting bored with your routine, then check out a new magazine or DVD next week!

6. Do housework.

You may not be excited about this, but doing the house and yard work is a wonderful way to burn a few calories. Clean the house from top to bottom and you’ll be able to stay in shape while keeping your house spic and span!

7. Go dancing.

Dancing is a fun way to get your blood pumping and your calories burning. Check your local clubs or community center to see if lessons are being offered. You’re likely to find group classes that are either free or very inexpensive.

8. Drink water.

Drinking only water and staying away from sodas, carbonated fruit drinks and alcoholic beverages is another inexpensive way to keep healthy. Not only will your calorie count drop, but your expenses will, too.

These are eight simple ways to stay in shape without having to enroll in a gym. Turn these activities into a habit and you’re well on your way to a becoming a healthier and happier you!



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  1. I wanted to sign up for a gym membership but I thought “Hey, I can exercise for less and even for free!” So I’ve started doing morning walking and jogging, and bought a gym ball for strength exercises. Getting healthy doesn’t have to be expensive.

  2. You go Sandra! That’s awesome 🙂 I’m really proud of you!


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