Thursday, November 18, 2010

Fitness Activities that are (Almost) Free

Due to economic reasons, some people opt to do fitness activities at home rather than enrolling on a commercial fitness center and spend some amount of money. In reality, some people are not capable of allocating some of their household or personal budget to splurge on such things.

Although it is important for our body to stay fit and healthy, it will be impractical for small earners and those who have tight budget to spend some money to enroll in gym centers. That is why they choose doing cheap but effective fitness activities at home or outdoors. Here are some of the things you can do to stay in shape without spending too much.


Contrary to popular belief, hiking is not just a weekend activity. Hiking can be a regular exercise routine. You will need to exert more effort in hiking because of the ascending terrain and the heavy backpacks you usually carry when hiking that makes it a more challenging and strenuous fitness activity to try. You can go hiking on your free day, especially if you are living near hiking parks and trails. Hiking is free and is a sure way to burn as much as 550 calories per hour.

Walking, Jogging, and Running

Another cheap and effective alternative way to stay fit is walking, jogging, and running. All you need is a pair of good rubber shoes, a nice weather, and a nice neighborhood to burn fats. It may not be as adventurous as hiking but it will give you almost the same health benefit. Brisk walking can burn up to 380 calories while jogging and running can burn much more than that.

However, one of the disadvantages of walking outdoors is you cannot do it when the weather is not fine. In this event, you may use a treadmill to walk, run, or jog inside your house or you may jog in place or walk up and down your stairs.

Home Fitness DVDs

Instructional workout videos in DVDs are now getting popular. You can learn yoga, aerobics, and other exercises in your home. Instructional DVDs only cost $10 to $30. These DVDs are professionally designed fitness workouts to suit your fitness level. Do not be particular with the celebrity endorsers of the DVD but instead go for videos created by credible fitness professionals. You may also organize group fitness exercise in your home using these DVDs and enjoy exercising with your friends.

Use Old Exercise Machine

If you have old but functioning exercise equipments at home, try using it again instead of buying a new one. There is nothing wrong in using old stuff; after all, the benefits you will gain are still the same. You may also ask some of your friends to borrow exercise equipments they no longer use.

Buy Only the Basics

Having a treadmill or elliptical trainer at home is quite pricey so it is not necessary for you to have one. These stuffs only simulate activities you can do outdoors, thus you still have the option to do the real hardcore exercises. Just buy the basics such as weights, exercise mat, and exercise ball. They all provide various workout techniques but do not cost as much.

“Most of the time, we already have what we really need.”

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