A few years ago, I ditched the gym membership in order to save money and as part of my philosophy of living a frugal lifestyle.
As a matter of fact, the family and I did this because we cancelled our family membership at the YMCA.
For me it was a good move and the only thing I miss was swimming laps in the big swimming pool. Still, if I really wanted to swim I can go out into the ocean for free.
Anyway, I’m going to review all the alternative ways of exercise that doesn’t require a gym memberships, let you in on things that were explored and things I settled upon… making you can find ways to incorporate these FREE methods of exercise that are simple and, actually common sense stuff.
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“Yoga is 99% practice and 1% theory” – Sri K. Pattabhi Jois
6 Frugal Ways To Get Fit
1. Yoga as Home Practice – while you might want to go to a Yoga Shala to learn how to do Yoga, and take a lesson or two, here and there… you can start your own yoga practice at home. As one legendary guru has said, yoga is 99% practice and 1% theory. So, you can spend more time at home working on your own and exploring the various asanas, or poses. Sure, there are countless DVDs that guide you through a yoga routine, from the more gentler forms of yoga to the more demanding forms like Ashtanga. But what’s important is that you explore the poses at your own pace.
2. Walking – this is probably the easiest things to do (well, depending on where you live). And all that’s required is to buy a good pair of walking shoes, but other than that, walking out your front door and walking away for 15 minutes, then walking back home… well, that’s pretty much FREE, other than the investment in walking shoes. With the 15 minute out and back walking routine, you’ve done your 30 minutes workout for the day. Most people can do this everyday. But if you are totally out of shape you can slowly build up to the 30 minutes of walking time.
3. Running – same principles apply to Walking. And you’ll want to invest in the best running shoes you can afford. But the running part is FREE and you can run around your neighborhood without having to go to a gym or a special running track.
4. Jumping Rope – this would require a small investment in a jump rope, but basically you can do this at home anytime. Jumping rope can be a strenuous workout, so you should check with your doctor if it’s okay to do this.
5. Strength Training with Free Weight – well, if you get free weights as a gift that’s great. But they are inexpensive to purchase from a Sporting Goods store and a lifetime investment.
6. Calisthenics – chances are, you’ve done calisthenics in junior and senior high school during P.E. (Physical Education). The various exercises combined are designed to give you pretty close to a complete workout as possible. Sit-ups and Crunches allow you to develop the core muscles, Jumping Jacks get your heart pumping, Push-ups work the upper body. Squats and Calf Raises work the lower body. And it doesn’t cost a cent to do these. You don’t need to go to a gym to perform these exercises… you can do these in the comfort of your own home; while saving gas, time and money you’d dish out for a gym membership.