5 Ways To Stay Fit on a Budget

Posted October 16, 2012 by in Health + Fitness

So, you’ve decided to get healthy, back in shape and really take care of yourself. Well done! But, Winter is coming, the gym memberships seem more expensive than ever and there are so many “obstacles”. Are there, really?

It’s time to go MacGyver on your excercise routine and make your home into a workout zone.

 1. It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a countertop turned into pushup land!

For beginners, pushups are hard. You do 10, and their not really full pushups. Which makes one go “Oh, F it” and go sit on the sofa.

Use your kitchen countertop instead of the floor, place your hands so they’re comfortable and your feet far enough out so there’s at least a 45 degree incline. Do 10 , rest and repeat two more times. Once this gets easier, either add more reps or increase the incline a bit.

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  2. Sit up dresser!

Doing full sit-ups hurt the lower back and forces you to use unrelated muscle groups (the neck for instance) if no one is holding your feet.

If you own a heavy dresser, place your feet safely under it (if there’s room! Don’ lift the dresser!) and easily continue your ab routine. If none are available, go for crunches, but make sure not to curl your lower back. Imagine your lower back glued to the floor as you crunch those abs. 25 reps x 3 every day should do the trick!

3. You want to do Aerobics, but it’s raining?

Put your favorite station on Pandora/Spotify and dance those calories off! There are tons of Youtube aerobic classes, completely free!

Not a fan of aerobics classes? Then think about purchasing the Stamina E1000 InMotion Elliptical. You can get it on Amazon for about $100.  I own one, and it has saved me hundreds, if not thousands on gym memberships!

4. Water weights anyone?

Use cans or full water bottles as weights. Yes, it’s for beginners, but you’ve got to start somewhere!

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5. Squats

This form of exercise is great for the  legs and buttocks. If you’re finding them too difficult, you can just try sitting and standing up over and over again on a regular chair. As long as you’re able to do a few repetitions, you will be providing some benefit to your body.

And of course, if the weather allows it, just go for a walk!

*There is no need to rush the exercises, yes it burns, which makes it that much more effective.

How do you stay fit on a budget? Tell us in the comments below!