Get Fit for Summer on the Cheap
Paying for a gym membership is right up there with an expensive coffee habit in my frugal book - it's a luxury, not a necessity. So my idea of getting fit for summer does not include a monthly fee.
There are many ways to get in shape and stay healthy from the comfort of home or right in your own back yard. Moms have to get especially creative with small children underfoot and little time to exercise. I stay active chasing after my two year old between loads of laundry and vacuuming. But is that enough?
My plans for shaping up this year include some basic items I purchased for my own mini-gym right at home. It includes some light weights, resistance bands, a mini-trampoline, some work out videos and foam mats for underfoot. For under $100, I can get a basic work out all year long right in the privacy of my living room.
I also have the assistance of the Your Shape Fitness Evolved game for Xbox Kinect. While the Xbox was a hefty initial investment, it is still less money in the long run than a gym membership, with many other functions for family enjoyment. The game itself is amazing, and even includes a "personal trainer" and precise feedback.
These tools are all helpful, but still cost money. Looking for more ideas?
Here are ten FREE ways to stay fit this summer:
1. Develop a walking routine. Grab a comfortable pair of shoes and get outside! Pushing a stroller will give you an added boost.
2. Mow the lawn. Yard work burns up to 300 calories an hour! Extra points for pulling weeds.
3. Wash the car. Bonus - you'll cool off and the kids will actually want to help!
4. Borrow exercise videos from your local library. Check out a different one each week so you'll never get bored.
5. Clean your house. All that scrubbing and vacuuming will burn plenty of calories.
6. Use the stairs. Step up and down or run up a whole flight. Don't have any? Ask a neighbor or find an apartment or office building to utilize.
7. Play with your kids. Get off that park bench and join in! Climbing, jumping and chasing is exercise disguised as fun.
8. Swim. Find a pool with free access (they are out there!) or borrow a neighbor's.
9. Use your body weight. Squats, lunges, push up and sit ups require no fancy equipment. No excuses!
10. Drink more water. Cut out sugary drinks and stay hydrated.
How are you getting fit this summer? Share your frugal ideas!