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5 Gym-FREE Workouts and Fitness Tips
If you can’t afford a gym membership or you never go — you’re not alone. The IHRSA found that 50% of all new gym members quit going within six months, and 46% claimed the reason they quit was because of cost. Fancy health clubs and pricey boutique gyms are a luxury not accessible for many people. And if you are a gym member, but never go, your money’s just slipping away.
Fitness and gyms don’t have to go hand-in-hand. Check out the following free and accessible workouts, whether you’re starting your fitness journey or looking for more affordable alternatives.
Be an Outdoors Workout Warrior
If you live near safe sidewalks, a high school track and field or a local park, then stepping outside can be like stepping into your own outdoor gym. For cardio junkies, jog outside or hit those stadium steps. Don’t worry if it’s been awhile since you’ve last laced up those running shoes. Runner’s World recommends the app Pacer to kick-start a running routine. A nearby park can also become a fitness playground for you and your family! You’ll be surprised by how much playing alongside your kids on playground equipment will get your heart rate up.
Volunteer on Your Feet
It’s not always easy to stay motivated. But what if moving meant helping the greater good? Channel a passion for making a difference with an altruistic activity — not only is volunteering an opportunity to move more, but this selfless behavior improves your mental health too! Do any of these ideas inspire you?
- Sign up for a charity run for a good cause. Search Active.com to find a local event.
- Join a cleanup for your community environment. Visit Keep American Beautiful to take action.
- Walk dogs at the animal shelter or pack boxes at the food bank.
Ditch the Driving
Put the brakes on driving your car around town and get moving on two wheels, instead of four. The Valley may not be the most cycling-friendly city, but it can depend on your location too. Tempe, recognized as a gold-level bicycle-friendly community, has the highest percentage of bicycle commuters in the state! You can also challenge yourself to a no-car weekend with the help of the bike sharing system Grid Bikes (located in Phoenix, Mesa, Tempe and Scottsdale). Use this public transit option to run errands, meet for brunch or to just enjoy the ride.
Break Up with the Couch
Home is where the fitness is! Home workouts are ideal for people with a tight schedule who need flexibility and convenience. Plus, you can avoid the crowds and any insecurities about working out in public. There are all kinds of home exercises freely available, and you don’t need expensive workout equipment.
- Fitness Apps: Your digital personal trainer is right at your fingertips! Fitbit Coach leads your workouts with step-by-step coaching and recommends personalized workouts that you can do anywhere. Check out other apps like adidas Training by Runtastic, J&J Official 7 Minute Workout and Down Dog for yogis.
- YouTube: Find your favorite at-home workout with a simple YouTube search: “free home workouts.” Here’s a list of popular YouTube channels you can play on your TV or computer: POPSUGAR Fitness, HASfit, Blogilates, alo Yoga and Fitness Blender.
- Pinterest: Pinterest is a social gold mine for finding workout plans that range from leg and ab burners to HIIT blasts and running programs. Create a fitness board and explore workout routines. Happy pinning!
Transform a Rut into a Routine
Getting back into a fitness regimen after a significant amount of time away can feel overwhelming. You can’t expect to go from time off to high-intensity training or running five miles a day. Take the first step by establishing a routine, no matter how small the goal is. Follow this beginner’s bodyweight workout by Nerd Fitness, wake up early for a sunrise walk, or commit to taking the stairs. It’s all about making these moves routinely. Once exercising becomes a habit, take it up a notch with more advanced workouts.
Fitness for Free
Money doesn’t have to be a deterrent, or an excuse, for pursuing an active lifestyle. It’s just a matter of discovering what works for you, whether it’s playing with your family at the park or turning your living room into your very own home gym. So plan out your new fitness goals, and even grab a workout buddy, to start your no-gym, free fitness journey.