Free Fitness Exercises
Getting fit is not something that should be expensive, though for many people that is what it becomes. Paying for trainers, gyms, clothing and gadgets can add up. But these are only accessories, none of that is actually necessary to make your body fitter. It can make it seem more appealing, but is not essential.
Are you paying for motivation? Putting yourself out there and training hard takes a lot of motivation and commitment. If you can work-out without needing to pay a gym or a personal trainer to motivate yourself, then it is more likely that you will continue to do so. When things get difficult, it is your own will that is required to keep pushing yourself, support may help but it should not be the main driver.
You don't need to pay for expensive equipment. There is nothing easier (and cheaper) than going for a run to train aerobically, and workouts can become much more complex when you add hills, stairs or beach running - and you get the bonus of a bit of fresh air! For example, try these beach workouts. To get stronger, try these bodyweight exercises, or make your own weights. With just what you can find around the house, here a list of home fitness exercises.
Not having enough money to get fit should never be an excuse - not having enough time is another thing, but should also not be an excuse. If you think you have no time, it is more likely that you are not making fitness a priority. You can always find time if you really want. And the best time is now!
Here are some exercise activities that will not cost you a cent, and you get the bonus of a bit of fresh air! Just don't spend the money you save on an unhealthy food snack afterwards! Get outdoors for these cost-free activities.
- Parks — Running on the grass is much better for your joints compared to a treadmill or along a road. Running outdoors is also more demanding than running at the same speed on a treadmill, plus you get the benefit of the fresh air and the changing scenery. Take your dog or other friend to make it a social and more enjoyable activity too.
- Beach — The beach is a great place to go to relax, but also a great place to do your workout. There are countless activities you can do at the beach that will provide you with health benefits, and many of them won't seem like exercise at all. Running in the sand can be hard work, and the extra instability is great for developing stabilizer and core muscle groups. See also this list of training exercises for at the beach.
- Hills — For a more demanding workout, head for the hills. Find a hill or better still a sand dune, and do some sprints up. Walk back to recover.
- Stairs — Choose to take the stairs rather than the lift at every opportunity - little things like this help you keep in shape in the long run. For a workout, find some stairs where there are not too many people around, and do some runs ups. There is nothing like some stairs or hills to get your heart rate elevated.