Get Fit at Little to No Extra Expense

A young, healthy woman working out at home, doing yoga.

It's hard to keep up with all the newest wellness and fitness trends. Everything from yoga classes to expensive at-home exercise machines vies for our attention as the next big thing that helps us lose weight, stay trim, and get fit. But does staying healthy really have to come at great financial costs?

What It Takes to Get Fit

Becoming fit should not poke a hole in your wallet. According to the American Heart Association, you do need to incorporate physical activity into your schedule, but it doesn't take much to make a big difference:

Get at least 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity or 75 minutes per week of vigorous aerobic activity (or a combination of both), preferably spread throughout the week.

You'll notice that their recommendations do NOT involve:

  • Purchasing a gym membership
  • Hiring a personal trainer
  • Buying the latest trendy exercise equipment
  • Drinking branded protein shakes

What do you need to do? 150 minutes per week of exercise. In fact, you can do that anywhere, both at no cost and low cost.

No-Cost Workouts to Get Fit

Workouts that require no extra expense or special purchases make it easy to get fit on a budget. Here are a few ideas:

  • At least three times a week, go for an early morning or evening walk around the neighborhood.
  • Search the phrase "free at-home workout" on YouTube and choose an option that works for you.
  • If your house has a set of stairs, walk up and down the steps a specific number of times per day. Slowly increase the number of reps over time.
  • Every morning when you wake up, do sets of pushups, squats, jumping jacks, sit-ups, and calf raises. You'll see a difference to your energy and fitness levels in no time.

Depending on where you live and what options are available, you could have a wide variety of no-cost workout options at your disposal. Sometimes it just takes intentionality to identify them.

Low-Cost Workouts to Get Fit

Lost-cost at-home workouts can be amazingly effective. Instead of paying for gym memberships and fitness classes, stock up on some low-cost workout items that can keep you fit at a fraction of the price.

Jump Ropes

Jumping rope burns fat, strengthens your core, builds stamina, tones your calf muscles, and increases your lung power and cardio capacity. Best of all, both standard and weighted jump ropes are relatively cheap to purchase and super easy to use.

Ab Wheels

Though there's somewhat of a learning curve involved, ab wheel workouts are both challenging and effective. Forcing your body into what is essentially a "moving plank," an ab wheel doesn't just work your core: it also strengthens your entire upper half, including your arms and back.

Resistance Bands

With a good set of resistance bands on hand, you can build muscle and tone your arms, legs, and core. This is, indeed, at the fraction of the price of free weights or dumbbells. Choose the level of resistance you want, and get to work.

Medicine Balls

With one standard medicine ball and the right set of workouts, you can feasibly tone your entire body. After this single, affordable purchase, all you have to do is show up and work out consistently.

Get Fit on a Budget

In the end, we see that becoming fit on a budget is possible. You don't need to join a flashy gym or hop on the latest expensive fitness trend. You have plenty of low-cost and no-cost options right at the tips of your fingers.

Choose what works best for you to start today. Both your body and your bank account will thank you.

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