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Budget Beach Body: How to Get in Shape without a Gym Membership

Exercise, we all need it. The Center for Disease Control states that physical activity has the capacity to help manage our weight, reduce the risk of premature death, diabetes, heart disease, certain forms of cancer, and more. Not only is exercise great for physical health, but it is also great for mental health, as well. The benefits of exercise and physical activity are innumerable. However, one of the drawbacks to seeking out exercise is the cost of a gym membership and exercise equipment. Luckily, there are many ways to build a successful exercise regimen without spending a great deal of money.

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Technology is Your Friend

Over the past few years as technology has grown, more and more businesses are producing applications or apps for smartphones. This has helped spur multiple fitness apps that can be downloaded onto your phone or Ipod and used to help track amount of physical activity you have done, steps taken, calories burned, and more. About.com lists a number of fitness apps that can be downloaded on Apple products such as the Iphone, Ipod touch, and the Ipad. The prices for these apps range from free to around $10. These apps are convenient tools that provide you with video or self-directed workouts, utilizing some of the latest fitness crazes such as interval training, yoga, kickboxing and more.

Another resource you, no doubt, have already used, but maybe just not for fitness purposes is Youtube. Youtube is a phenomenal resource if you are looking to build a home workout routine with minimal space and equipment. Many users have uploaded old workout DVDs, and many fitness trainers have created specialized routines to share with their subscribers. Some of our favorite fitness Youtubers are:

Fitnessblender, a husband and wife team whose workouts range from 5 minutes to an hour and a half and include kickboxing, yoga, bodyweight and strength training, and kettlebell workouts;

Superherofitnesstv hosted by Keaira LaShae, a fitness enthusiast who specializes in dancing and kickboxing. Her workouts usually range from 15 to about 25 minutes, great for when you do not have a lot of time, but want to work up a sweat.

These are just two out of the many pages on Youtube where you can get an efficient and free workout right in the comfort of your own home. All you need is an internet connection.

Cheaper Gyms

For those of you who still want or need the structure of a gym setting to get in a workout, but do not want to spend a great deal of money on monthly fees, more and more “no frills” style gyms are popping up. Planet Fitness is an example of these no frills gyms and membership costs just $10 a month. While you will not get all the variety of equipment or fitness classes that are available at other gyms, you can manage to work up a pretty decent sweat with a membership to Planet Fitness.

Another alternative to avoiding gym fees is joining a running or other exercise group. Generally these are pretty informal groups that meet a few times a week to run or partake in some other activity. There may be some membership fees, depending on location, but this is rare, unless everyone is training for a race (which is not mandatory). Not only are running groups a great way to save money while still being physically active, they also help with motivation, as you find a group of supportive people with a common interest. Searching the Meetup website is a great place to look for, or even start a local running or workout group.

Exercise and physical activity are important for our health. Luckily, we do not have to sacrifice or forego exercise simply because we cannot afford a gym membership. There are multiple ways to build a successful exercise regimen without breaking the bank. Whether you enjoy running, walking, kickboxing, or yoga, you have access to a number of workout routines for free or at a very low cost. Money should not be a hindrance to taking care of your health.        

Source:  San Diego Shooter

Tiffany Patterson
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